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Fox News Anchor Shep Smith Fact Checks Trump – By Reading the Constitution On-Air

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After a day of confusing statements by Donald Trump and the White House, Fox News’ Shep Smith unequivocally declared that his reporting on the current administration is “without fear or favor.”

“We want to report without fear or favor and hold truth to power,” the host said following the president’s outlandish claim that he can pardon himself in case of indictment. “No matter who it is that’s in power.”

He proceeded to read from the U.S. Constitution’s clause about presidential pardons.

“He shall have the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States,” Article II, section 2 reads. “Except in cases of impeachment.”

Nevertheless, Trump’s lawyers insist that he can self-pardon. Paired with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ unwillingness to agree with the president’s legal team about the Trump Tower meeting, Smith outlined the difficulties of reporting on Trump’s version of the truth.

“When you get a competing set of facts, one of them completely untrue, and no way to get through it, from the highest elected authority in the land, from those who work for us — it’s very frustrating for journalists. It’s not partisan, this is about facts — and knowing that someone is telling the opposite of that.”

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House Republicans Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein – For Not Doing What He Was Not Asked to Do

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U.S. Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) have just introduced Articles of Impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. It is a dramatic and stunning move, one many see as another attempt by Trump-supporting Republicans to end the Mueller probe.

“House Republicans have been ramping up their attacks on the deputy attorney general in recent weeks, accusing him of withholding documents and being insufficiently transparent in his handling of the probe led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III,” The Washington Post reports.

Meadows and Jordan are the leaders of the extremist House Freedom Caucus.

A University of Texas law professor notes Trump has not directed the DOJ to order Rosenstein to hand over any documents, which supposedly is at the center of the controversy:

The managing editor of the highly-respected Lawfare blog has been mocking the move:

More responses from legal experts (UPDATING):

A writer at The Atlantic notes just how extraordinary this move is:

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Watch: Sarah Sanders Repeatedly Refuses to Answer When Asked if Trump Thinks He Can Pardon Himself

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President Donald Trump Monday morning launched one of his most dictatorial tweets ever: “I have the absolute right to PARDON myself,” he claimed. Adding to the confusion, over the weekend Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani suggested that it would be unthinkable and an impeachable offense if the president tried to pardon himself.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a rare “daily” press briefing Monday at least four times rattled off a prepared remark, and repeated it word-for-word to reporters when pressed: “The President hasn’t done anything wrong and wouldn’t have any need for a pardon,” Huckabee Sanders continuously claimed.

She refused to actually answer if President Trump would pardon himself.

In this clip she repeats that sentence twice, without answering the reporter’s questions:

NBC’s Peter Alexander asked if President Trump believes he is above the law. Huckabee Sanders finally answered that “certainly no one is above the law,” while again repeating the claim that “The President hasn’t done anything wrong and wouldn’t have any need for a pardon.”

Notice how Sanders refused to allow Alexander a follow-up question. No reason, just no.

Huckabee Sanders increasingly refuses to hold White House “daily” press briefings. In the month of May, there were just nine.

Sunday night Rudy Giuliani said President Trump could shoot former FBI Director Jim Comey and still not be prosecuted.

 

 

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Donald Trump Just Said ‘I Have the Absolute Right to Pardon Myself’ – Claims He Doesn’t Need To

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President Donald Trump, who for over a year certainly has been acting like a man who is guilty and has plenty to hide, just announced he believes he has “the ABSOLUTE right” to pardon himself. He cites unnamed legal scholars, and adds he doesn’t need to invoke that supposed right – which many legal scholars dispute – because he hasn’t done anything wrong.

This is, perhaps, one of the more egregious actions Trump has taken in relation to the Mueller probe.

It comes barely more than 12 hours after the president’s personal attorney made a thinly-veiled threat against a former Director of the FBI. Sunday night, to great shock across the nation, Rudy Giuliani said President Trump could shoot former FBI Director Jim Comey and still not be prosecuted.

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