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‘Blatantly impeachable’: Attorney Neal Katyal shows how Dems have Trump nailed on bribery charges

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Attorney Neal Katyal has written an entire book making the case for the impeachment of President Donald Trump — and he believes that Democrats have the president nailed dead to rights on soliciting bribery.

Newsweek has published an excerpt of the book, titled “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump,” in which Katyal outlines the reasons that America’s founders included the power of impeachment in the Constitution, and why Trump has most certainly met the standard by which presidents should be impeached.

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Katyal notes that bribery is one of the specific justifications cited for impeachment in the Constitution, and he thinks there’s a rock-solid case to be made that Trump is guilty of this very offense.

“Section 201(b)(2) of the criminal code says it is a crime if a public official ‘directly or indirectly, 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…an official act,'” he writes. “That fits President Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine to a T, which is why Speaker Nancy Pelosi referenced bribery specifically.”

In fact, Katyal thinks that the case against Trump is so clear that Democrats don’t even have to definitively prove that the president was withholding military aid to Ukraine until it agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

“The problem arises when the president asks a foreign power for a personal favor — one that doesn’t align with the interests of those he represents,” he writes. “When a president abdicates his duty in front of another country, he leaves himself, and our nation, vulnerable to blackmail.”

Read the entire excerpt here.

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Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

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Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.

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United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal

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The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

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WATCH: Maddow hilariously recaps Trump’s ‘shenanigans in the Oval Office’ with the Russian foreign minister

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday examined President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov -- on the same day that the House of Representatives unveiled articles of impeachment against the commander-in-chief.

Following the meeting, Lavrov trolled Trump on the issues of foreign election interference and Trump's habit of revealing classified intelligence.

"Given that, given the way the president is being impeached for having done all those things to Ukraine in and way that undermined our alliance with them and specifically their fight against Russian aggression -- which has, you know, led to a five-year-long war in Ukraine -- I mean given the fact he's being impeached for undermining Ukraine in its war against Russia, this is heck of a day to choose to have the Russian foreign minister sitting on your lap in the Oval Office," Maddow said.

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