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‘Trump was caught’: Every major GOP excuse for president’s conduct destroyed by ex-prosecutor

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Former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade said Thursday’s marathon impeachment hearing left her “shouting” at her television, so she gathered her thoughts and blew up Republican defenses one by one.

McQuade, an MSNBC legal analyst and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, exposed the weaknesses in each of the GOP’s sometimes contradictory defenses of President Donald Trump against impeachment by the House of Representatives.

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“Trump hit the trifecta of impeachable conduct by subverting an election, seeking foreign influence, and putting personal interest ahead of national interest,” McQuade wrote. “And he obstructed Congress by refusing to produce any witnesses or documents.”

Those two allegations form the basis of the two articles of impeachment lawmakers will vote on Friday morning, but McQuade disputed Republican claims that no harm was done because the promised military aid was eventually sent to Ukraine.

“The aid went through only after Trump was caught,” McQuade wrote. “In the meantime, months of delay cost Ukraine lives in its war with Russia. U.S. credibility was harmed and moral authority to fight corruption was eroded.”

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She demonstrated Trump’s actions meet the standard for bribery, and she argued that abuse of power was indeed an impeachable offense under the Constitution.

“Impeachable conduct may be criminal conduct, but need not be,” McQuade wrote. “A president could be impeached if he watched TV all day and failed to fulfill his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

Republicans insist Trump holds the authority to ask for investigations, but McQuade argued that he went around the normal procedure for a lawful request as part of a covert operation to subvert the 2020 election.

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“If this were legitimate investigation, you wouldn’t need to send your personal lawyer and his henchmen to do it,” she wrote. “Witnesses say Trump didn’t want investigation, just announcement of investigation.”

“Trump’s request for a ‘favor’ is strong evidence, corroborated by witness testimony, of months-long scheme to get Zelensky to ‘go to the mic’ and announce Biden probe,” McQuade added. “Aid was leverage.”

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Trump was advancing his personal interests, McQuade argued, and not any legitimate public interest by seeking the announcement of an investigation of his political rival.

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“Trump sought foreign influence in our election and harmed national security by delaying aid designed to fight Russia, our adversary,” she wrote. “We don’t have to accept it. We deserve better.”


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Genocide expert breaks down how all of the ‘warning signs’ are present in Trump’s America

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Defense research scientist and genocide expert Brynn Tannehill laid out a terrifying warning on Thursday about President Donald Trump's administration.

As the United States Senate conducted an impeachment trial for the commander-in-chief, Tannehill posted an extended Twitter thread examining the situation in America from her perspective as a researcher studying the conditions that lead to genocide.

Here is what she wrote:

I study genocide. It's been a theme in my academic endeavours for nearly 30 years. More accurately, I study the conditions in the lead up to genocide, be they cultural, social, political, economic, etc... 1/n

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Year of Rat hails easy ride for Donald Trump — but bumps for Harry and Meghan

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As the world prepares to welcome the Year of the Rat, feng shui masters predict a lucky year for Donald Trump, but warn Harry and Meghan's futures are less certain as they make a bid for freedom.

Both the US President and the Sussexes have begun 2020 with a bang.

The former is facing down an impeachment trial -- and seeking re-election in November -- while the latter are beginning a new chapter in Canada after consciously uncoupling from the gilded but pressured career of being a working British royal.

But if experts in the field of Chinese horoscopes are to be believed, it is the US president that will have the easier journey this year.

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John Roberts caused a ‘crisis of democratic legitimacy’ — it’s ‘entirely fitting’ he has to preside over his mess: columnist

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Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was blasted in The Washington Post on Thursday for his culpability in creating the dynamics that resulted in President Donald Trump -- and his impeachment.

"There is justice in John Roberts being forced to preside silently over the impeachment trial of President Trump, hour after hour, day after tedious day," Dana Milbank wrote. "Roberts’s captivity is entirely fitting: He is forced to witness, with his own eyes, the mess he and his colleagues on the Supreme Court have made of the U.S. political system. As representatives of all three branches of government attend this unhappy family reunion, the living consequences of the Roberts Court’s decisions, and their corrosive effect on democracy, are plain to see."

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