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Here’s the exact law that may end Trump’s presidency

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Defenders of President Donald Trump have repeatedly claimed that the president can’t be impeached because he didn’t break any laws, despite the fact that Congress does not need to prove explicitly illegal activity to formally impeach a president.

All the same, one official who served in the George W. Bush administration believes that the president very possibly did break federal laws against bribery with his attempt to shake down Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.

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Philip Zelikow, a history professor at the University of Virginia, has written an article on Lawfare outlining exactly why the president is in both political and legal jeopardy.

Specifically, Zelikow cites 18 U.S.C. § 201(b), which states that any public official who “corruptly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally or for any other person or entity, in return for… being influenced in the performance of any official act” is breaking the law.

Zelikow goes on to break down all the ways that Trump’s actions in the Ukraine affair seem to fit the bill for breaking this law. Among other things, he shows how Ukraine publicly announcing that it was investigating former Vice President Joe Biden undoubtedly counts as a thing of value to the president.

“There is no doubt that these demands were things of great value to Trump,” he writes. “Federal bribery law does not require that the value be in money. As the Department of Justice Criminal Resource Manual points out, such things include ‘intangible as well as tangible things’ and ‘have been broadly construed to focus on the worth attached to the bribe by the defendant, rather than its commercial value.'”

Read the entire analysis here.

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Trump called out by Wall Street Journal for plan to send troops after protesters and risking ‘bloodshed’

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The editors of the conservative Wall Street Journal strongly cautioned Donald Trump to refrain from putting members of the military on the streets of the United States because it would only inflame a country already being torn apart by battles between George Floyd protesters and the police.

With the president threatening to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807, which would allow him to send in the troops to restore order, the Journal's editors implored Trump to step on the brakes and not make matters worse.

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‘Very proud of themselves’: Senior White House official says Trump team was ‘celebrating’ tear gassing protestors at church

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The Trump White House is "celebrating" Monday evening's gassing of protestors in Lafayette Park to clear the area so the President could walk to St. John's Church to hold up a bible for a photo-op. President Donald Trump made the decision to hold a Rose Garden speech during which he threatened to deploy the Military throughout the country to "quell" protestors demonstrating over the police killing of George Floyd, then march to the historic house of worship.

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Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano rips Trump for tweeting while America burns

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Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano blasted President Donald Trump's failure of leadership after nationwide protests have erupted over the police killing of George Floyd.

Napolitano was outraged by the president calling on governors to "dominate" protesters, and he ripped Trump's inflammatory tweets, reported the Huffington Post.

“These words make things worse, they don’t lighten the tension -- they exacerbate it,” Napolitano told Fox News Radio’s “Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla.”

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