Acting AG Matt Whitaker Can’t Run The Mueller Investigation

Acting AG Matt Whitaker Can’t Run The Mueller Investigation

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Call your Senators and Representative and urge them to demand that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
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The Fight for the Supreme Court Post-Kavanaugh

By Reginald Oh

Brett Kavanaugh is a U.S. Supreme Court justice. That means now there is a clear five conservative justice majority which could work to systematically gut constitutional rights. But, all is not lost. There are two possible solutions to the Kavanaugh appointment: 1) impeachment; and 2) increasing the number of SCOTUS seats. Impeachment, though, presents serious difficulties. The better solution is the second option: Democrats should seek to increase the number of seats on the Court.

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The Putin Regime Uses Blackmail Against its People and the West

By Kseniya Kirillova

This piece was originally published in The Integrity Initiative and subsequently in DemWritePress.

As its confrontation with the West grows, Russia’s use of the elements of blackmail, both veiled and direct, in its diplomacy is increasing. In general, threats and fear-mongering are some of the main tools of the Putin’s regime, primarily in domestic policy, where they serve as essential means of ensuring the loyalty of the population. However, the Kremlin is not averse to using the same tactics beyond its borders as well, trying to win concessions from Western leaders. Let’s look at the main types of Putin’s blackmail inside and outside Russia.

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Changing the Tune of the Trumpian Choir

By Adam Cohen

The high road is littered with potholes and pitfalls, hairpin turns and sheer cliffs.

But I am struggling to stay upon it.

Every day we are assaulted by voices from our political discourse which broadside our sensibilities and threaten to send us careening over the edge of the chasm.  Shakily, we try to maintain equilibrium and forge ahead on the course of liberty.

But these days, let me tell you, it ain’t easy.

The voices screech: The caravan is invading our country, bringing disease, criminals and Middle Easterners!, hardly attempting to hide their completely unfounded and preposterous conspiracy theory that women and children essentially walking from Honduras to the United States and asking for asylum; human beings hoping to escape destitution, rape and almost certain death; mothers who are simply desperate to find a safe home in which to raise their children; and impoverished migrants engaged in an arduous, several thousand mile journey; are all not only somehow clandestinely harboring terrorists, but are also looking to invade America, attack us, infect us, and destroy our way of life.

But the voices don’t stop there.
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The Cloud Over Trump Darkens with the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi: It’s Worse than Just another Conflict of Interest, it Could be Bribery

By Luke Brussel

President Trump’s financial ties to foreign governments and leaders have once again come under scrutiny as Trump equivocates on the United States response to the murder of Saudi journalist and critic, Jamal Khashoggi, even as calls grow from Congress for retaliatory sanctions against the Saudis responsible for the murder. Trump continues to raise questions about his motives as he provides cover to the Saudi government and the Saudi Royal Family by backing their shifting explanations and disavowals of responsibility by Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud (“MBS”) for the Khashoggi murder despite a widely held skeptical response. The criticism and dialogue about whether President Trump is primarily motivated by United States policy interests or his own financial interests in his response to Khashoggi’s murder have taken a familiar path to that of his prior reactions to international events: the focus has been on possible issues of ethics and violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause arising from conflicts of interest in Trump’s business dealings with the Saudis. Such focus misses a much more consequential legal dimension to this issue: were President Trump to use the Presidency to block sanctions or other United States government action against the Saudis in response to the Khashoggi murder on the basis of Trump’s financial ties to the Saudis, it would violate Federal Anti-Corruption laws, constitute a felony, and stand as an enumerated Constitutional basis for impeachment. The same is true for other instances in which the President may have taken government action because of or for his personal enrichment over the public interest.

From his actions in response to Russian interference in the 2016 election to the favorable change in U.S. treatment of the Chinese ZTE Corporation, the issue of public corruption by Trump for his personal enrichment from foreign powers is one that runs through the Trump Presidency.

It arguably represents the greatest threat to the Presidency, but has yet gone without the level of scrutiny given to his conflicts of interest and whether such conflicts violate the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause. With the real possibility of Democratic control of the House of Representatives and its investigatory powers looming, President Trump’s ability to evade the open question of whether he is engaging in public corruption may be coming to an end.

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