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Failure to immediately impeach Trump ‘puts the republic in grave danger’: constitutional scholar

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As a former co-prosecutor in the impeachment of Arizona Governor Evan Mecham, Paul Eckstein always believed that the definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors” is both “less and more than criminal conduct.”

“It is less because a crime need not have been committed by the impeached officer,” Eckstein writes in recent op-ed for AZCentral. “It is more because to be impeachable, an act of omission must be an ‘abuse of some public trust.'”

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According to Eckstein, who teaches Constitutional Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, the longer the U.S. House of Representatives waits to draft articles of impeachment against President Trump, the longer they fail to fulfill their constitutional duty.

“Impeachment should be used sparingly,” Eckstein writes. “But it must be used when a president has in numerous ways violated his oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States’ – and particularly where that president presents a danger that he will do so again and again.”

Trump pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate a political rival in exchange for military aid is a clear abuse of power, Eckstein contends, and so is getting witnesses to lie under oath and to ignore subpoenas — which, according to him, is a clear case of obstruction of justice. Additionally, Trump’s repeated violations of the emoluments clause shows corruption, and his refusal to hold Russia to account for interfering in our election shows he’s not willing to defend the US against foreign adversaries.

“Failure of the House of Representatives to adopt articles of impeachment promptly will give license to all who follow President Trump to abuse power, obstruct justice, engage in corrupt actions and neglect their duty in ways we cannot imagine,” Eckstein writes. “Failure of the Senate to convict and remove President Trump from office will put the republic in danger every day that he remains in office.”

Read the full op-ed here.

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MSNBC’s Maya Wiley reveals she is exploring a bid to run for mayor of New York City

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Civil rights activist and prominent MSNBC analyst Maya Wiley revealed on MSNBC on Thursday that she is considering a campaign for mayor of New York City.

Wiley also serves as the senior vice president for social justice at The New School and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment.

"There have been reports in multiple outlets about some people discussing whether or not you might run for mayor of new york," MSNBC chief legal analyst Ari Melber noted. "Not as friend of Maya, but as a journalist, do you have any comment on that? Are you considering running for mayor?"

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GOP Senate candidate suspended football player for one game — for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl: report

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On Thursday, in an op-ed, the conservative Washington Examiner reported on an incident from Alabama Republican Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville's career as a football coach for Auburn University in 1999.

"When Clifton Robinson, the short but quick receiver from Naples, Florida, returned to the Auburn University football team in August 1999 after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor to avoid going to trial after being charged with the second-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl, first-year head coach Tommy Tuberville pledged to figure out the right punishment for him," wrote Siraj Hashmi. "'Clifton is back on the team,' Tuberville said. 'He and I will sit down today, and I'll tell him that we do things right around here, so he can expect there will be some punishment. What it is, I don't know yet.' That punishment ended up being a mere one-game suspension from the team's Sept. 4 season opener against Appalachian State. Auburn won 22-15."

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Arizona Republican attacks Fauci and Birx for ‘undermining’ Trump with COVID-19 facts

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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona set a record on Thursday, but one of the state's Republican representatives in Congress went to Fox News to urge the end of President Donald Trump's Coronavirus Task Force.

"I think that Birx and Fauci have gone well past their, their -- they've expired, their time of usefulness has expired," Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said.

"What they do, is when the president comes out and makes a policy -- because he is the president, he is the policymaker. When they come and make these statements that they make, they engender panic and hysteria and undermine what the president's doing. That's what I think's critical," they argued.

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