1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump is taking water from all sides

Donald Trump is getting it from all sides right about now. I can honestly say that I couldn’t wish anything better for him. With Michael Cohen’s testimony and the crimes it has uncovered distracting him, Trump hasn’t even mentioned his “national emergency.” Some Republican Senators, however, are trying to remind him that it’s still hanging out there – and more importantly they’re not planning to support him.

The most vocal of these Republicans is Lamar Alexander. Last week, he publicly called out Donald Trump: “Withdraw your national emergency declaration at the border or face a potential rebellion from the GOP.” While Alexander did not indicate whether he will be that elusive fourth vote needed from the Republican Senators, he is clear that he neither agrees with nor appreciates Trump’s “national emergency” declaration.


According to Politico, Lamar is one of 10 Republicans who might well vote against the declaration. When reporters asked Alexander how the GOP can avoid an all-out battle with Trump, an unnamed senator stated succinctly, “He can change his mind.” Even “Lyin’ Ted Cruz,” as Trump called him during the campaign, sounds reluctant to allow the national emergency declaration to proceed: “I have long believed and advocated that every president, Republican and Democrat, should act consistent with the Constitution and federal law.” As much as I hate to agree with Cruz on anything, I do in this case.




Alexander suggests an alternative to Trump: take $1.37 from the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, $601 million from the Treasury Forfeiture fund, and $3.7 billion from the Department of Defense counter drug enforcement fund. That’s all well and good, but the vast majority of Americans don’t want a wall – period. If these funds are truly available, they should be put to better use, such as infrastructure, updated border security, real tax relief for the middle class, and I could go on.




I’m sorry, but a border wall is the least of our problems. Interestingly, Alexander is not running for reelection, so he is very free to say how he feels. The problem will be getting enough others to go along with his plan. Rand Paul says he’s voting against Trump, so that will take the resolution to Trump’s desk, where he will veto it. Then, the real Republicans who truly want to support their constituents and this country should step up and override his veto. I doubt very seriously that they have the balls to do that.



It still puzzles me why so many of them continue to support Donald Trump, including those who support him with their silence. But Alexander makes the most valid point: if this declaration goes through, what’s to stop a Democratic president from doing the same thing on a different issue? Our Constitution was designed with checks and balances to prevent this type of thing. No man – including one who thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread–has the right or power to undo what is written. They all need to stand up for our Constitution and for us.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump is falling to pieces in real time

“President” Donald Trump met with North Korean President Kim Jong-un in Vietnam last week, and the summit broke up suddenly and quickly. Trump is now making an effort to discredit Michael Cohen, as well as to deflect blame from himself for not being able to effectively have any art to his deal making.


On Sunday evening, Trump took once again to Twitter, and tweeted: “For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the “walk.” Never done when a president is overseas. Shame!”




Trump is right on one thing, as many have pointed out on Twitter – this has never done when a president is overseas, but we have never had a sitting president accused of crimes and obstruction that involved his personal lawyer who also happened to be the Deputy Vice Chair of his party’s finance committee. His tweet is preposterous. Trump has no basis to suggest that somehow the hearings impacted the ability to get a deal done.




First, number one of deal making is, until you have a signed deal or agreement, you don’t announce that a big deal signing ceremony will be held. It deleverages your position and enables the other side to seek additional concessions and benefits. Second, the likelihood of reaching an agreement on denuclearization, when the two countries did not have an agreement as to what that term means, was little to none.



Trump in his mind can do no wrong, and can never be on the bad end of a transaction or interaction. But like with much of his seventy-plus years on this earth, he did not achieve what he bragged he could. Now, he wants to blame hearings in the United States, which had absolutely zero to do with the failure to reach a deal. Like most in the Trump repertoire, it another example of a non sequitur.

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Washington Governor Inslee announces presidential run and top priority.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Trump blames Cohen testimony for collapse of summit with Kim Jong-un

US president says the timing of the Cohen hearing, while he was at the talks in Vietnam, was ‘a new low’ in politics

US president Donald Trump has blamed that the Democrats’ decision to interview his longtime fixer, lawyer Michael Cohen, on the same day as a meeting with Kim Jong-un for the fact that the North Korea summit ended with no deal.

“For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the ‘walk.’” Trump said on Twitter, referring to his decision to walk away from what he previously said was a bad deal with Kim. “Never done when a president is overseas. Shame!”

For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the “walk.” Never done when a president is overseas. Shame!

Related: The art of the no deal: how Trump and Kim misread each other | Julian Borger

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: can the new star of the US left help beat Trump?

All eyes are on Ocasio-Cortez, but what does her brand of politics actually mean for the Democrats as they head into the presidential elections next year? The Guardian’s Lauren Gambino reports from Washington. And Rupert Jones discusses the dangers of the rising number of windowless microflats

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest US congresswoman ever and has quickly become a household name. Renowned for bold challenges in Congress and radical policies such as her “Green New Deal” focusing on climate change, Ocasio-Cortez is not afraid of being heard – or of the backlash that might bring.

There is a lot of excitement around her but, as Democrats start gearing up for the 2020 presidential elections, some are concerned about her brand of politics. She has become a clear target for the far right in America, and for anyone seeking to portray the Democrats as radicals, or even communists.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s day from hell


“I am an innocent man…” Donald Trump tweeted these words earlier today. This is professional-grade whining as only Trump can whine. But now with an overriding edge of Defcon-1 panic. Is this a seismic shift? Well, let’s see. Adam Schiff, who is one of the chillest members of Congress to ever grace its halls, is now saying there is definite evidence of Trump/Russia collusion. The U.S. House is launching a probe into possible obstruction by Trump, and Senate Intel Committee ranking member Mark Warner is all out saying they have found, “enormous amounts of evidence” of potential collusion with the Trump campaign and Russia.




Let’s see. There’s also the fact that daughter-wife Ivanka has been named by Cohen as a person who should give testimony to Congress, Jared Kushner is fighting a wave of outrage after he was anointed with a Top Secret clearance, and finally there’s Donald Trump Jr doing what he usually does. Let’s just say in the words of a thug, it don’t look good.




And speaking of thugs, we now top off the week with of all things, Matthew Calamari. From lowlife bodyguard to glamorous Chief Operating Officer for the Trump Organization, Mr. Calamari embodies the American Dream of climbing the corporate ladder. And he did it all with the promise to kill for Trump, and a Ron Jeremy porn ‘stache. He’ll probably be speaking to the House Oversight Committee too, and that’s saying a lot given how he chokes in public speaking, and has a marked tendency to lose his train of thought.



Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has pegged him as a witness to Donald Trump inflating assets in order to get bank loans. If he gets called in, it will be painful to watch. He stammers. He chokes. But it will be absolutely stache-tastic. (Take all the time you need, Matty. We’ll wait. In fact, we can’t wait to wait!) Oh, and did you know Matthew Calamari budded off and produced a Matthew Calamari, Jr.? He’s now the Corporate Director of Security for the Trump Organization. I’d like to hear him stammer under oath too.

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AEC confident in ‘fake news’ defences ahead of election  The Australian Financial Review

Australia’s Electoral Commissioner says the recent parliamentary hack will not hit the integrity of the federal election and that he believes tech giants will help …

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (9 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Ivanka contrasts the differences between Democrats and the Trump administration


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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (9 sites): CNN’s YouTube Videos: Several dead after tornadoes tear through the South


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At least a dozen tornadoes are reported across Alabama and Georgia, leading to a number of fatalities and multiple people injured. #CNN #News

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump Jr goes completely off the deep end after House Judiciary Committee formally targets him


In the several hours since we learned that the House Judiciary Committee has included all three of Donald Trump’s oldest kids in tomorrow’s massive formal document request, each of the kids has taken a different approach. Ivanka Trump hasn’t tweeted anything. Neither has Eric Trump, though we suspect he’s busy sticking his finger in an electric socket. Then there’s the curious case of Donald Trump Jr.




Donald Trump Jr seems to think that all of the criminal investigations into him and his family are rather humorous. His Twitter feed is a cross between completely witless punchlines and tinfoil hat conspiracy theories. So how is Junior doing, now that he’s learned he’s among those being formally targeted by Congress?




Donald Trump Jr launched juvenile zingers at Adam Schiff and a reporter, the latest evidence that he thinks he can truly make investigators go away by tweeting dumb things about them. But then came Junior’s weirdest moment of all. The official Meet The Press account made an unfortunate (and quickly deleted) error, referring to its own host Chuck Todd as the rather offensive “Cuck Todd.” Junior promptly retweeted this, adding “At least they finally got something right.”



So that’s right, Donald Trump Jr just said that Chuck Todd is a “cuck.” That’s how seriously this jackass is taking the mounting criminal case against him. Junior increasingly comes across like a guy who’s either high on laughing gas, or has simply cracked under the pressure and taken on a Joker-like persona. The trouble: he’s too stupid too pull it off.

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (9 sites): ABC News’s YouTube Videos: New move by Democrats on the Trump investigation


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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (9 sites): ABC News’s YouTube Videos: Desperate search for 2 missing little girls concludes


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In California, search teams used K-9s and helicopters for two days to locate two sisters, ages 5 and 8, who were found about a mile and a half in the thick woods behind their home.

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (9 sites): ABC News’s YouTube Videos: Venezuelan interim president set to return home


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World leaders warn Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro that any attempt to arrest Juan Guaido could be the tipping point in the conflict between protestors and the military over humanitarian aid.

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (9 sites): ABC News’s YouTube Videos: 8-year-old athlete defies the odds


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Tommy Morrisey was born without his right hand due to a congenital birth defect, but his parent’s positive motivation and support lead him to be one of the top golfers in the country.

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (9 sites): CNN’s YouTube Videos: SpaceX nails historic docking at International Space Station


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After the first test launch for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule , the spacecraft pulled off a risky and crucial test when it docked with the International Space Station. #CNN #News

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Russian Intelligence services and organized crime” – Google News: Salisbury: What we know a year after the Skripal poison attack – DW (English)

Salisbury: What we know a year after the Skripal poison attack  DW (English)

The attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in the UK deepened tensions between Russia and the West, and the case still isn’t closed. DW presents a …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Here’s one key thing the Democrats can do to defeat Donald Trump

This month the annual conservative event known as CPAC was held again. This is a grassroots meeting that invites conservatives from all over the country to hear Republican conservative leadership and media personnel speak on conservative issues. Back when I was a conservative, it was an event that I had always wanted to go to but didn’t get the chance, and I am glad I never went.


I have learned in this past year the dangers of conservative media. The pundits tend to leave out facts, create a narrative, and demonize people by gaslighting those who have different opinions, religions, race and gender, all for the purpose of their agenda of American isolation and nationalism. I also see how important this presidential election in 2020 will be, and I believe that we in the Democratic Party should have annual events because I really believe if we are not a unified party, Trump will win four more years, and that will set the United States back for a long time.




Conservatives continue to tell the lie that all Democrats want to take guns, have open borders, kill babies, hate Jews, support radical Islam, and hate police. These are the talking points that I believed for so many years, and I would like to say that none of this is true. Are people in the Democratic Party perfect? Of course not, but the values of the Democratic Party are what makes it amazing when I saw the truth of what liberalism really represents.




I have learned there is fine print in the United States Constitution that conservatives continue to leave out. For example, the 2nd Amendment talks about having a well-regulated militia, basically saying our lawmakers have the right and obligation to implement laws that ensure people who shouldn’t own weapons don’t own them. Same with abortion. No one likes abortion, but women have the right to decide what goes on in their bodies. Basically in a nutshell, CPAC is a time where they gaslight Democrats without any actual real solutions to our real problems in this country. But they will make up a national emergency to isolate immigrants who have every human right to be in our country.



I strongly feel that the Democratic Party should have an equivalent to CPAC. I see now how we are a melting pot of people with similar values who need to come together for their voices to be heard. This is a party that accepts those who are different, those who are unique, from all walks of life. This party sees the struggle Americans go through on a regular basis. With our country being the richest country in the world, there shouldn’t be homeless, there shouldn’t be people without medical coverage, and no child should be left out when it comes to education, and everyone should be given an opportunity to excel in life. That’s the party I fell in love with, the Democratic Party, the party of acceptance.

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“Conspiracy Against US” – Google News: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou suing Canada over her arrest – Brisbane Times

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou suing Canada over her arrest  Brisbane Times

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou said Canada’s national police force detained, searched and interrogated her before telling her she was under arrest.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump russian ties” – Google News: Manafort family business defends name as cousin sits in jail – NBC Montana

Manafort family business defends name as cousin sits in jail  NBC Montana

PROVIDENCE, R. I. (AP) — What do you do if you share a name with one of the most prominent defendants in the special counsel’s investigation into Russia?

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FBI News Review: “fbi” – Google News: FBI: Man set free on explosives charge after girlfriend killed in California explosion back in custody – Washington Post

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FBI: Man set free on explosives charge after girlfriend killed in California explosion back in custody.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump protests too much

“President” Donald Trump ranted for more than two hours on Saturday at CPAC, adding to the items that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and others might follow up with, such as saying he discussed the reasons he fired James Comey with First Lady Melania Trump. As has been reported by Palmer Report, the House Judiciary Committee, where any impeachment might commence, will be sending out requests to more than sixty individuals and corporations tomorrow.


Donald Trump took to his favorite lie perpetration machine, Twitter, on Sunday to spin his tale of pure, unadulterated bullshite, tweeting:
“After more than two years of Presidential Harassment, the only things that have been proven is that Democrats and other broke the law. The hostile Cohen testimony, given by a liar to reduce his prison time, proved no Collusion! His just written book manuscript showed what he said was a total lie, but Fake Media won’t show it. I am an innocent man being persecuted by some very bad, conflicted & corrupt people in a Witch Hunt that is illegal & should never have been allowed to start – And only because I won the Election! Despite this, great success!”




This newest spin is that Cohen has written a book and that is what this is about. Unless Cohen lied again, there is no book in process (the only one in trouble right now over a book is Roger Stone). It is a way to try to deflect criticism of Trump and to suggest he is being harassed over some left-wing conspiracy theory.




There is nothing illegal or wrong about investigating a person who has very clearly aligned with Russia and is doing things to harm the United States while lining his own pockets. His approach works for his base who attended CPAC, and for some of his wingmen in Congress. For example, Representative Jim “gym shorts” Jordan stated today, “I don’t think the president has lied about Russia at all. There has been no collusion.”



We must not be distracted or deterred by the constant obfuscation efforts by Donald Trump and those close to him. The reality is that Trump had a bad week, and that the coming week will likely top that one, when House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler starts ordering more folks to produce documents and to appear before his committee.

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The week that was: out with the old and in with the new ǀ View  Euronews English

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s epic speech is laced with fabrication  Raleigh News & Observer

AP FACT CHECK: Trump packs plenty of fiction in epically long speech.

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Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Israel’s Attorney General Moves Forward With Netanyahu’s Indictment: What Happens Next?

After years of investigations, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has announced his decision to consider indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with multiple counts of graft. As expected, Netanyahu reacted with fire and fury, calling the investigations a witch hunt. He vowed to continue leading Israel for many years to come—implying that he would not step down if indicted. The attorney general’s announcement is particularly dramatic in light of the upcoming elections in Israel, scheduled for April 9. In this post I outline the meaning and practical implications of the announcement, as well as the consequences of an indictment against the prime minister in the coming months. I explored the latter topic in detail in a previous Lawfare post on the legal framework governing the indictment of a sitting prime minister in Israel.

The Attorney General’s Decision 

The attorney general’s decision relates to the findings of three investigations involving Netanyahu as a suspect. The first, labeled case 1000, pertains to lavish gifts Netanyahu and his wife Sara allegedly received from prominent businessmen Arnon Milchan and James Packer. In return for the gifts, Netanyahu is said to have advanced Milchan’s interests in various contexts despite being in a conflict of interests. According to the attorney general, Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu received goods equivalent to roughly $265,800 over a period of ten years. The bulk of those goods were delivered in the past five years. In this case, the attorney general decided that the evidence is sufficient to indict Benjamin Netanyahu with fraud and breach of trust with a reasonable chance of conviction. He decided not to move forward with a bribery count, concluding that the evidence was insufficient to prove a direct link between the goods provided and specific action by Netanyahu. 

The findings of the second investigation, labeled case 2000, allege that Netanyahu tried to strike a deal with Arnon Mozes, the publisher of Israel’s second largest newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth. This took place in 2014, in advance of the previous Israeli elections. Under the alleged deal, Netanyahu would receive positive coverage in media controlled by Mozes in return for taking measures, including possibly supporting legislation, to limit the circulation of Israel Hayom, Yedioth’s main rival. (Israel Hayom is owned by Sheldon Adelson, to whom Netanyahu has been very close; over the years the paper’s line was strongly pro-Netanyahu.) Here, too, the attorney general decided that there was sufficient evidence to indict Netanyahu with fraud and breach of trust—but not with bribery. Mozes, on the other hand, met the threshold for being indicted with proposing a bribe to a public official.

The third investigation, labeled case 4000, involves the most serious charges. It concerns the relationship between Netanyahu and Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecom company. Netanyahu allegedly gave preferential regulatory treatment to Bezeq in return for favorable coverage on Walla, a popular news website controlled by Elovitch. The attorney general concluded based on the findings of the investigation that the relationship between Netanyahu, Elovitch and Elovitch’s wife Iris was a quid pro quo relationship. According to the attorney general, Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu repeatedly demanded more favorable coverage on Walla, and Elovitch did their bidding by dictating instructions to the website’s leadership. Netanyahu, in turn, allegedly authorized or was involved in regulatory action that significantly benefited Bezeq and other Elovitch businesses during the same period. The value of the benefits Elovitch allegedly received as a result of Netanyahu’s actions is valued at roughly a billion Israeli new shekels (NIS) (about $280 million). Netanyahu’s efforts to advance Elovitch’s interests, the attorney general alleges, included the removal of the general manager of the Communications Ministry who opposed Elovitch’s demands, and his replacement with a Netanyahu confidant who had no previous experience in the communications sector. His reported actions went against the position of career communications officials. According to the attorney general, the evidence indicates that Netanyahu intervened in regulation with the intent to reward Elovitch, and that Elovitch obliged the Netanyahus’ demands regarding Walla with the expectation that Netanyahu would use his position as prime minister to benefit his businesses.

Therefore, the attorney general decided that there was enough evidence to indict Benjamin Netanyahu and Shaul and Iris Elovitch with bribery, in addition to counts of fraud and breach of trust against Netanyahu. He noted that there was a consensus on the viability of the bribery count among senior law enforcement officials during their internal deliberations. At the same time, the attorney general concluded that evidence was insufficient to indict Sara Netanyahu and her and Netanyahu’s son Yair with bribery and obstruction of justice. (The latter charge was based on the testimony of a state witness, who said that Sara Netanyahu instructed Iris Elovitch to delete potentially incriminating texts from her phone. The attorney general noted that the testimony was found to be credible, but that there was no corroborating evidence. Yair was allegedly involved in this effort and in directing coverage on Walla.)      

Throughout his decision, Mandelblit described the progression of the three investigations, emphasizing that he personally oversaw them and made all related decisions. He detailed the scope of the investigations, which involved interviews with dozens of witnesses—including the suspects, media research, seizure of relevant documents, state witness agreements with Netanyahu confidants as well as dozens of meetings of the highest echelons of Israeli law enforcement to assess the evidence and legal issues. Mandelblit also underscored his extensive deliberations after he received all of the investigation materials in December.

He stressed that those deliberations followed a predetermined work plan concluded in November 2018—that is, before the dissolution of the Knesset at Netanyahu’s initiative, and before the scheduling of an election in April. This was likely a retort to those in Netanyahu’s environment who have accused the attorney general of attempting to influence the outcome of the elections by issuing the decision at this time. (Others have argued that Netanyahu decided to hold elections in first place because of the impending decision of the attorney general, not the other way around.) Remarkably, the attorney general even detailed the various positions expressed by the officials that participated in the internal deliberations with respect to each case and suspect, revealing that there were disagreements among senior officials on evidentiary and legal questions, including whether there was a reasonable chance of conviction on certain counts, and whether other, more serious counts should have been invoked.

This transparency regarding the process seems to be part of an effort to convey that the prosecution did its homework, that the decision was not taken lightly, that it was not driven by political considerations and that the buck stops with the attorney general (a former secretary of cabinet under Netanyahu). Alongside the document outlining his decision, Mandelblit’s office released a detailed summary of the offenses Netanyahu is suspected of committing, complete with colorful details about Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu’s interactions with media sector players over the minutiae of various news reports and images, and their involvement in vetting prospective Walla reporters and editors.

What Did the Attorney General Actually Decide?

The first thing to note is that Mandelblit only announced that he is considering indicting Netanyahu. In other words, the announcement does not mean that Netanyahu would necessarily be indicted. This is not specific to Netanyahu’s case, but rather a feature of the Israeli justice system: Netanyahu, like most criminal defendants in Israel who face serious charges, will get a hearing before a final decision is made. Based on news reports and past precedents, the hearing will take place several months from now, after the April elections. This process is governed by the guidelines of the state attorney—the official subordinate to the attorney general who directs prosecutions—for notification and hearing in criminal proceedings.

In a nutshell, the guidelines provide that a suspect should receive two letters of notification from the prosecution prior to being indicted. The first is due when the investigation material is transmitted from the investigating authority to the prosecution. The second is due when the prosecution decides to consider indictment pending a hearing. It outlines the offenses attributed to the suspect. This was the summary of offenses that the Attorney General released together with his decision. Once suspects receive a second notification, they have 30 days to state their case and request in writing that the prosecution not indict. The suspect may also request an in-person hearing, which is all but guaranteed when the suspect is the prime minister. The guidelines provide that the hearing should generally take place within the 30 days. But this timeframe is extendable with proper approval—and the suspect being the prime minister is certain to be viewed as meriting exceptional procedural treatment and lengthy consideration. Therefore, it is quite possible that the process would take months if not more than a year.

What if Netanyahu is Indicted While in Office?

If Netanyahu remains prime minister after the April elections and refuses to resign, Israel would be in uncharted territory. In a previous Lawfare post, I explored the legal framework governing the indictment of a sitting prime minister and relevant past practice. Previous prime ministers who faced an imminent indictment while in office—Yitzhak Rabin and Ehud Olmert—resigned voluntarily, and there is no precedent for a prime minister leading the country while being a criminal defendant in an ongoing trial for offenses so deeply intertwined with his role as prime minister.

Therefore, there are open questions as to whether Netanyahu could be forced to resign upon indictment. As I explained in the previous post, a prime minister can, in theory, stay in office even after being indicted. Under Israel’s Basic Law: The Government, an indicted prime minister is only automatically removed when he is convicted and the verdict becomes final—that is, when the timeframe to appeal the verdict elapses, or the guilty verdict is affirmed on appeal. In the period between a conviction and the verdict becoming final, the Knesset may, but is not required to, vote to remove the prime minister. A trial and potential appeal could take years. In Olmert’s graft case, the entire process took seven years.

The Israeli Supreme Court has previously ordered the removal of elected officials— government ministers, deputy ministers and mayors—upon indictment in serious offenses involving corruption or abuse of power, even though the cases did not meet the applicable statutory threshold for removal. The court has applied administrative law doctrine in asserting that the failure of the prime minister (in the case of ministers) and city councils (in the case of mayors) to remove those officials after they had been indicted was extremely unreasonable. Under existing case law, then, statutory removal requirements do not exhaust the circumstances in which an elected official’s tenure could be terminated due to alleged criminal wrongdoing. The potential implication for the prime minister would be that although the Basic Law only requires automatic removal when a conviction becomes final, the Supreme Court could order his removal at an earlier stage of the criminal proceedings should the Knesset fail to act.

Needless to say, such a judicial move would be extremely problematic from a democratic and constitutional perspective—especially if it comes on the heels of an election that reaffirms popular support for Netanyahu despite his pending indictment and the troubling details that have come to light about his alleged abuse of office for personal gain. As I previously pointed out, there are also legal considerations that distinguish the potential judicial removal of the prime minister from existing precedent:

… [T]here are ample grounds for questioning the application of [precedents] to the situation of a prime minister facing criminal charges. [Previous cases] were decided based on administrative law principles that apply to the prime minister as chief executive and to city councils as administrative authorities. The question of whether a prime minister can be removed in circumstances other than those explicitly provided for in the Basic Law implicates additional complex constitutional issues. It is one thing to hold that a city council’s failure to remove a mayor who is accused of criminal wrongdoing is unreasonable as a matter of administrative law. It is a completely different thing for the Supreme Court to challenge the failure of the national legislature, the Knesset, to act, should it fail to remove the prime minister if and when he is indicted. The stakes here are particularly high because the removal of the prime minister means the resignation of the entire government.

Furthermore, the provisions of the Basic Law governing the prime minister’s removal due to criminal wrongdoing seem to set the bar for removal higher than the constitutional and statutory provisions that address ministers, deputy ministers and mayors. This might serve as an additional basis for distinguishing the existing precedents in the case of the prime minister. Articles 23(b) and 27 of the Basic Law provide that a government minister or deputy minister convicted of an offense with “moral turpitude” would automatically be removed from office once the verdict is rendered. Unlike the prime minister, they cannot remain in office until the verdict becomes final. Article 20 of the Tenure Statute provides that a mayor would be automatically suspended if convicted with “moral turpitude” until the verdict becomes final. No such provision exists in the Basic Law with regard to the prime minister, which indicates that the Knesset intended to bestow a more robust constitutional protection from removal upon the prime minister.

Still, having a prime minister on trial for corruption and faced with a possible prison sentence run a state in tumultuous times is hard to fathom. The charges, as well as the attacks by the prime minister on law enforcement, the media, and the Israeli left, might have negative long-term implications for the health of Israeli democracy and public respect for its legal institutions.

It is possible that the conflicting legal and constitutional debate regarding the removal of a sitting prime minister will never come to a head if a new government emerges in April. But if Netanyahu remains the prime minister, holds on to office if indicted as he said he would, and is not forced to resign by the Knesset, Israel might be headed for an unprecedented constitutional crisis.

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Palmer Report: House Judiciary Committee just rung up Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, and Jared Kushner


This morning, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced on television that he’ll be sending formal document requests tomorrow to sixty different Trump-related people and entities, including Donald Trump Jr. Now a number of additional names have surfaced, and let’s just say that it’s even worse news for the Trump family.




As expected, the document requests are going out to Donald Trump Jr and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. But according to a new report from the WSJ this afternoon, the list also includes Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump, and Jared Kushner, along with John Kelly, Don McGahn, and longtime Trump secretary Rhona Graff. These are the only names that are being provided thus far. So why is this such a big deal?




The document request is a presumption that the person in question possesses documents that either incriminate themselves, or incriminate someone else, or both. So is the House Judiciary Committee targeting Donald Trump’s kids in order to expose his crimes, or in order to expose the kids’ alleged crimes? We’ll soon find out. In any case, Trump’s kids can’t defy these requests, as they’ll be quickly followed by legally binding subpoenas if necessary – and destroying the documents would be an imprisonable felony.



As Palmer Report spelled out earlier today, the impeachment process against Donald Trump has now begun – it’s just not being called “impeachment” yet. By the way, these document requests are a fairly clear sign that all of Trump’s kids will be hauled in to publicly testify as well.

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“Comey” – Google News: House Judiciary to request documents from Trump Jr., dozens in administration – NewsChannel5.com

House Judiciary to request documents from Trump Jr., dozens in administration  NewsChannel5.com

The House Judiciary Committee will request documents on Monday from President Donald Trump’s oldest son, his business and more than 60 individuals in his …

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (9 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Maloney: Our system of government was founded on checks and balances and holding everyone accountabl


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New York Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney weighs in on new investigations into Trump’s finances by House Democrats.

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Former U.S. Solicitor General Ken Starr weighs in on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

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Acquiescence to Trump is now Republicans’ defining trait  The Age

Trump’s ownership of the GOP was on vivid display again when the president appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland.

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To Woo a Skeptical Trump, Intelligence Chiefs Talk Economics Instead of Spies  New York Times

While the professionals do not criticize Mr. Trump’s focus, they question whether those interests are crowding out intelligence on threats like terrorism.

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