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Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry – New York Times

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Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry – New York Times
 


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Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry
New York Times
WASHINGTON President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to a half 
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Donald Trumps petty antics are caving in on him

If Donald Trump wanted to give himself the best chance of surviving this new and devastating phase of his Trump-Russia scandal where Michael Flynn flips on him and exposes his darkest secrets, he’d only have to do one thing. He’d have to stop the Twitter antics and bring in a professional political operative who can coach him on how to impersonate presidential behavior. Instead, Trump has decided to sharply go the other way and it’s getting uglier by the minute.We’ve all seen the tweets this past week since it was revealed that Michael Flynn had sold Donald Trump out. Trump is either looking to create a distraction from the Russia scandal, or he’s simply dissolving into an even deeper level of psychological deterioration, or some combination of both. His antics are getting worse by the day. Now we know that he’s not merely content to go berserk on Twitter; he’s acting out in the same manner when it comes to his own administration.

On Thursday several news outlets reported that Trump is preparing to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo. By Thursday evening, the other half of the story surfaced: Trump leaked the news on purpose because he wanted to “publicly shame” Tillerson (linknot part of Trump’s base, but are still giving him the benefit of the doubt anyway. These kinds of fence-sitters don’t know or care about partisan issues, but they despise things like incompetece, which they see as unpresidential. By airing his own dirty laundry about why he’s ousting his Secretary of State for petty personal reasons, Trump is merely telling the fence-sitters why they should give up on him. He’s making it easy for them. He’ll drive his own approval rating into the twenties and then it’s over for him.

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For California attorney general, suing Trump again and again is a team sport – LA Daily News
 


LA Daily News
For California attorney general, suing Trump again and again is a team sport
LA Daily News
But given the blue hue of California’s electorate, the question of who is best suited to take on the Trump administration is likely to dominate next year’s race. That’s a really fundamental shift in the nature of the job, said Paul Nolette, a  

Major new Donald Trump-Russia bombshell breaks involving several key Republican Senators

On Thursday evening, the Republican Senate abruptly and unexpectedly canceled its expected tax bill vote suggesting that something was afoot. Barely an hour later, the New York Times published a major bombshell story detailing a prolonged obstruction of justice effort involving Donald Trump and several key members of the Republican Senate. Moreover, it appears the story may have been timed to derail the tax vote.At 7:49pm on Thursday evening, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted “BREAKING: Republicans just canceled tonights vote on their tax bill. They still dont have enough votes to pass this awful bill.” Shortly thereafter, the New York Times published a story titled “Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry.” It details how Donald Trump spent the summer asking everyone from Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Senator Roy Blunt to derail the Trump-Russia investigation.

This bombshell story connecting several Republican Senate leaders to obstruction of justice comes just as the Republican Senate was about to vote on a tax bill which it believed would pass. The delay of the vote on Thursday night strongly suggests that the GOP had already learned that it didn’t have the votes it thought it did. But the timing of the NY Times story (link) suggests that Senate Democrats already had this story lined up as a last ditch effort at spooking their Republican counterparts into backing down from putting themselves into the spotlight by passing the tax bill.

To be clear, the NYT story doesn’t implicate any of the Republican Senators for obstruction of justice. But it does make clear that they knew Trump was trying to commit obstruction of justice. Failure to report that kind of thing is considered to be “misprision of a felony” under the law, and is a felony in and of itself. In any case, this new bombshell marries the Republican Senate to the Trump-Russia scandal, and it changes the entire dynamic.

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Donald Trump just lost a key defense in his Trump-Russia scandal

As the Trump-Russia scandal and investigation have gradually marched closer to Donald Trump’s front door, he and his legal team and political allies have been floating various possible defenses. Some of them have been harebrained legal schemes, while others have been designed to influence the court of public opinion. It’s still not clear that Trump’s attorneys have any coherent plan for protecting him. We do, however, know that Trump just lost what would have been one of his key defenses.Donald Trump is eventually going to be proven guilty on everything from treason-related charges to money laundering. He’s led a lifetime of crime. His crimes during the election weren’t the beginning of his crime spree; they only served to amplify his lifelong pattern. Yet the swiftest way to prove Trump guilty on something, and thus get him out of office, is the same path that prosecutors took for forcing Richard Nixon out: obstruction of justice. Thursday night’s obstruction bombshell just changed everything.

It’s long been known that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is pursuing Donald Trump for obstruction of justice in relation to the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the attempted coverup of Donald Trump Jr’s Russia meeting. But now we may have a quicker way of proving obstruction. The New York Times just confirmed that Trump asked several key Republican Senators to end the Russia investigation (link). This is an easy case to prove, and the Senators themselves will easily decide to cooperate against Trump in an effort to avoid facing criminal charges themselves. It gets even uglier for Trump.

Former prosecutor Joyce Vance appeared on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show on Thursday evening and explained that when it comes to this kind of obstruction of justice, ignorance of the law is not considered a valid legal defense. In other words, Donald Trump can’t simply claim that he was too naive about politics to realize he was committing a felony by asking the GOP to scuttle the investigation. Trump just lost what would have been a key defense.

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A ‘very forceful’ Trump pushed Republican congressional leaders to shut down the Russia investigation – Business Insider
 


Business Insider
A ‘very forceful’ Trump pushed Republican congressional leaders to shut down the Russia investigation
Business Insider
President Donald Trump has reportedly been lobbying Republican members of Congress to end their investigations ofRussia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Trump urged Sen. Richard Burr, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, to shut down the 
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Argentina Abandons Rescue Mission for Crew of Missing Submarine – U.S. News & World Report
 


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Argentina Abandons Rescue Mission for Crew of Missing Submarine
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White House Says Homeland Security Advisor Is ‘Keeping an Eye’ on Bitcoin
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White House Press Secretary: Trump Elevated the Conversation by Sharing Anti-Muslim Videos – Mother Jones
 


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White House Press Secretary: Trump Elevated the Conversation by Sharing Anti-Muslim Videos
Mother Jones
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Trump poised to move US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and declare the ancient city the capital of Israel – Los Angeles Times
 


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Los Angeles Times
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Francis Howell High School on lockdown as police look for gunman who shot teacher Wednesday – STLtoday.com
 


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Francis Howell High School on lockdown as police look for gunman who shot teacher Wednesday
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Russia won’t heed US request to break ties with North Korea, Lavrov says – ABC News
 


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Russia won’t heed US request to break ties with North Korea, Lavrov says
ABC News
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Vox
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White House Plans Tillerson Ouster From State Dept., to Be Replaced by Pompeo, Within Weeks
New York Times
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