Mark Sherman Associated Press Published 9:41 p.m. UTC Jul 21, 2018 Washington – Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested several years ago that the unanimous high court ruling in 1974 that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes, leading to the end of his presidency, may have been wrongly decided. Kavanaugh was taking part in a roundtable discussion with other lawyers when he said at three different points that the decision in U.S. v. Nixon, which marked limits on a president’s ability to withhold information needed for a criminal prosecution, may have come out the wrong way. A 1999 magazine article about the roundtable was part of thousands of pages of documents that Kavanaugh has provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of the confirmation process. The committee released the documents on Saturday. Kavanaugh’s belief in robust executive authority already is front and center in his nomination by President Donald Trump to … [Read more...] about Kavanaugh: Watergate tapes decision may have been wrong
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Nancy Pelosi recently gave a wide-ranging interview where she strongly suggested that Democrats not run midterm election campaigns based on removing Donald Trump from office. For the last few weeks, the House minority leader has been warning Democrats about the risks of making the president’s impeachment their number one priority. In an extensive sit-down with Rolling Stone‘s Tim Dickinson, Pelosi outlined her thoughts on how left can make a political comeback and gain the leverage to put more checks and balances on Trump. When Pelosi was asked about impeachment, she characterized the idea by saying “I think it’s a gift to the Republicans.” When asked to elaborate, she blasted the “stupid extent” to which Republicans have been blocking investigations, but she also conceded “We don’t really know what Mueller has. We have a responsibility, if we have information, to act upon it. But we don’t know what Mueller has.” From … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi: Midterms Can’t Be About Impeaching Trump, ‘It’s a Gift to the Republicans’
Before Donald Trump made me embarrassed for our country and my political party, the president who most angered me was Bill Clinton. In fact, my first documentary film was about how he outrageously helped censor an ABC television mini-series which was, in part, about his role in failing to stop 9/11. I believe that when Clinton essentially got away with blatantly lying both to the American people and under oath, something permanently snapped in this country. You can even make a very strong argument that, rather ironically, Clinton set the stage for all of us to be desensitized by Trump’s far more audacious form of lying, and thus his own wife’s defeat to the current president. It was with that background that I heard about Clinton’s much-discussed interview on the Today Show — which was supposedly to promote a new book, but which, by media acclamation, turned into a disastrous revisiting of his Monica Lewinsky scandal. Let’s face it, whenever S.E. Cupp, … [Read more...] about Bill Clinton’s Today Show Interview Was a Disaster, But He Does Have One Valid Point
Anne Flaherty, Associated Press Updated 9:43 pm, Monday, June 4, 2018 Now Playing: President Donald Trump and his lawyers are laying out an extraordinarily expansive vision of executive authority that scholars say is mostly untested in court and could portend a drawn-out fight with the prosecutors now investigating him. (June 4) Media: Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump once joked he could "stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" and not lose voter support. The quip was intended as hyperbole to make a point on the loyalty of his base. Now, Trump says, he has the power to keep himself out of jail if he wanted, declaring an "absolute right to PARDON myself." This time, though, it seems he isn't joking. But there is a big limit in the world of presidential pardons: impeachment. A look at what's true and what's not when it comes to presidential pardons: SO PRESIDENTS GET TO DO WHAT EXACTLY? … [Read more...] about Is there any limit on the president’s power to pardon?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump once joked he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and not lose voter support. The quip was intended as hyperbole to make a point on the loyalty of his base. Now, Trump says, he has the power to keep himself out of jail if he wanted, declaring an “absolute right to PARDON myself.” This time, though, it seems he isn’t joking. But there is a big limit in the world of presidential pardons: impeachment. A look at what’s true and what’s not when it comes to presidential pardons: SO PRESIDENTS GET TO DO WHAT EXACTLY? Under the Constitution, the president has the power to grant “reprieves and pardons” for federal (but not state) crimes, essentially wiping out a person’s convictions. The power is, as Trump says, “absolute” in that pardons can’t be overturned by Congress or the courts. Almost every president has used his pardon powers, but … [Read more...] about Can Trump pardon himself? Not if he’s impeached