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Giuliani Says He Told Trump Not to Pardon Michael Cohen

July 8, 2018 in Blogs

By ursulafaw, Daily Kos

Michael Cohen is likely looking at a fate similar to former national security adviser Mike Flynn.


Cogency has never been one of Rudy Guiliani’s strong suits. Remember his disastrous Fox interview with Sean Hannity where he admitted that Trump paid the $130,000 to Stormy Daniels?

Trump “wasn’t told, but even if he was told, he wouldn’t have remembered it — like I wouldn’t have remembered it.”

Trump “never said this to the FBI. He never said it under oath.”

Today was more of the same. Washington Post:

“I have advised the president, which he understands: no discussion of pardons,” Giuliani said in an appearance on ABC News’s “This Week.” But he seemed not to rule out that the president might change his mind.

“You can’t abridge your power to do it. That’s something you can decide down the road, one way or the other,” Giuliani said.

While Giuliani said he had advised Trump against pardoning Cohen, he also argued that to rule out a pardon “wouldn’t be fair to — to the president, wouldn’t be fair to Cohen, wouldn’t be fair to future presidents. But the fact is there’s no reason for a pardon right now . . . and, quite honestly, it would just confuse everything.”

“Michael Cohen should — should cooperate with the government,” he said. “We have — we have no reason to believe he did anything wrong. The president did nothing wrong with him, so we’ve gone through every document we can. We see no evidence of it.”

Here’s an interesting thought: Last week Michael Cohen ended a joint defense agreement with Trump’s attorneys and that is exactly what Michael Flynn right before he flipped. Business Insider:

In late November, Flynn notified Trump's legal team that he would end a similar agreement. Roughly a week later he pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to the FBI and agreed to cooperate with the Russia inquiry. [...]

“Michael Cohen is preparing the way to flip on POTUS,” said Mitchell Epner, an attorney at Rottenberg Lipman Rich who was previously an assistant US attorney for the District of New Jersey.

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Right-Wing Identity Politics Propelled Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court — Will Trump Follow Suit And Appoint a Woman?

July 8, 2018 in Blogs

By Ian Reifowitz, Daily Kos

The selection of Clarence Thomas would be loudly echoed by Trump nominating Amy Barrett.


“Whaddya mean I’m anti-women? Look at my Supreme Court woman over here!” Can’t you just imagine Donald Trump—wearing that sh*t-eating grin he’s always got when he thinks he’s being clever—saying something like that tomorrow night while presenting Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court? 

Trump could do that in an attempt to wipe away the stain of decades of misogyny, of his proclamations of pussy-grabbing, and of the dozen women who have publicly, and in great detail, accused him of sexual assault. He could do it just a few days after making light of the #MeToo movement while attacking Sen. Elizabeth Warren for having claimed American Indian ancestry—based on what her own ancestors told her. Trump demanded that she take a DNA test to prove it. He never believes the woman.

Who is Amy Coney Barrett, and what kind of Supreme Court justice would she be, in particular on the matter of reproductive rights, where Justice Kennedy has long been seen as the fifth and decisive vote preventing the overturning of Roe v. Wade? First of all, she was on the list of pre-approved conservatives the Federalist Society provided Trump. Whatever she says or doesn’t say about Roe v. Wade, she wouldn’t be on that list if she wasn’t a reliable vote to overturn that almost half century-old precedent, as NBC’s Hallie Jackson pointed out last weekend. Here’s what Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer had to say:

The bottom line: Judge Barrett has given every indication that she will be an activist judge on the Court. If chosen as the nominee, she will be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and to strike down pre-existing conditions protections in the ACA. #WhatsAtStake

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 2, 2018

In 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court seat vacated by the retirement of the first black Supreme Court Justice, civil rights champion Thurgood Marshall. Conservatives know how to play …read more

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MSNBC Panel Erupts in Laughter After 'TV Lawyer' Giuliani Claims He Was 'Probably' Present During June 2016 Trump Tower Meeting

July 8, 2018 in Blogs

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

“This is so incredibly ridiculous.”


An MSNBC panel on Sunday erupted in laugher over Donald Trump’s “TV lawyer” Rudy Guliani,whose interview with ABC reminded the guests of AM Joy that the former mayor of New York is really just the president’s PR guy.

“I don’t think I’ve ever heard a president’s lawyer go on TV and say ‘oh, he’s going to charge him.’ but he seems to think his client will be charged with obstruction of justice,” Joy Reid said.

Esquire journalist Charlie Pierce noted Giuliani is “out there to change public opinion,” not to lead the president’s defense.

Reid played a clip of Giuliani telling ABC he was “probably” present during the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

“I was probably there that day,” Giuliani declared in that clip. “I don’t remember it. Did somebody say something to me? I don’t know. You know what a campaign is like? It’s helter-skelter.”

That remark prompted jeers from the panel.

“This is so incredibly ridiculous. Somebody ought to be at the New York State Bar Association filing a grievance against Rudy Giuliani, ” contributor Tiffany Cross said.

“The fact that Donald Trump has chosen this cousin-dater to lead his defense team shows how ill equipped he is to be at the helm of the United States,” Cross continued “But if Donald Trump refuses a [Mueller] subpoena, this is an example of something that likely could end up before the Supreme Court and what do you know? He has a Supreme Court pick coming up Monday.”

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Historian Explains Why ‘Intellectually Lazy’ Christians Support Trump: ’If This Is Evangelicalism — I Am Out'

July 8, 2018 in Blogs

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

“Evangelical support for Donald Trump is also rooted in nostalgia for a bygone Christian golden age,” John Fea wrote.


John Fea, an evangelical historian and professor of American history on Sunday published an op-ed detailing why white evangelicals support Donald Trump, calling his fellow Christians “intellectually lazy” for backing the president.

“For the last year I have been thinking deeply about why so many of my fellow evangelical Christians support Donald Trump,” Fea wrote in USA Today.

Fea explained he’s wondered why white evangelical Christians are willing to accept Trump’s decision to separate children from their parents at the border or turn a blind eye to his alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels.

“What kind of power does Trump hold over men and women who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ?” Fea asked. “Evangelical support for Trump goes much deeper than simply a few Supreme Court justices.”

Fea described his experience during the 2016 election, when he learned that eight out of ten people at his Pennsylvania evangelical megachurch voted for Trump. “If this is evangelicalism — I am out,” Fea recalled tweeting.

“Ever since World War II, white evangelicals in the United States have waged a desperate and largely failing war against thickening walls of separation between church and state, the removal of Christianity from public schools, the growing ethnic and religious diversity of the country, the intrusion of the federal government into their everyday lives (especially as it pertains to desegregation and civil rights), and legalized abortion,” Fea wrote, arguing the “political playbook” used by conservative evangelicals like Jerry Falwell Sr. “divides rather than unites.”

“But these anxieties extend even deeper into the American past,” Fea argued. “They are the logical result of 300 years — from the Puritans to the American Revolution, and from nativism to fundamentalism — of evangelical fears about the direction in which their “Christian nation” was moving.”

“Evangelical support for Donald Trump is also rooted in nostalgia for a bygone Christian golden age,” Fea said. “Instead of doing the hard work necessary for engaging a more diverse society with the claims of Christian orthodoxy, evangelicals …read more

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'Vote Him Out': Mitch McConnell Confronted by Protestors in Kentucky — Without Secretary Chao to Defend Him

July 8, 2018 in Blogs

By Sarah Toce, The New Civil Rights Movement

“Where are the babies, Mitch?” protesters demanded.


When your own constituents protest your existence on a quiet Saturday morning, you know there's a problem. Enter: Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky.

A large rally was held in downtown Louisville, Ky. on Saturday morning to protest ICE. The Courier Journal reported that McConnell was a no-show and at the demonstration and issued no statements or comments in response.

Later in the day, McConnell was leaving dinner at Bristol Bar & Grille in Louisville when protesters stormed his car.

Heard among the chants were: “Where are the babies, Mitch?,” “Abolish ICE,” “We know where you live,” and “Vote him out.”

A few weeks earlier, a similar incident occurred in Washington, D.C. involving McConnell.

 

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