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Watergate Lawyer Explains Why Biden Has No Choice but to Prosecute Trump

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The last thing that President-elect Joe Biden wants to do is be inundated by crimes committed by the previous administration. Biden is a “worker,” looking forward toward a future that repairs relationships with the international community, fixes regulations, revives government agencies and, hopefully, bring public servants back to fill positions. There’s just one problem, however, Donald Trump.

Writing in the Washington Post on Tuesday, Philip Allen Lacovara, a former counselor to the Watergate special prosecutor, explained that Biden may not have any options. It’s a sentiment, Andrew Weissmann, former senior attorney to special counsel Robert Mueller, agrees must happen.

In the case of former President Barack Obama, he was facing the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Prosecuting former President George W. Bush, Gina Haspel and others for the violent torture conducted on prisoners of war wasn’t a priority. In the case of former President Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford said he hoped to end the “long national nightmare” that was the Watergate scandal. Weissmann argued Biden has no other option but to uphold the power of the special counsel. Lacovara agreed, saying Biden shouldn’t repeat the same mistakes as previous presidents.

“Biden and some of his advisers may believe that the best way to close the book on the Trump presidency, with all of its corruption, abuse and mendacity, is simply to forget the past four years,” wrote Lacovara. “In virtually any other presidential succession, this course might be prudent and consistent with our history of peaceful transitions without recrimination, vindictiveness or rummaging around for criminality.”

Trump is in a category by himself. “One need not embark on a malicious hunt to identify serious criminal abuses by Trump and many of his closest aides,” said Lacovara, explaining that the conduct by him and his administration showed a pattern of disregard for public order, “including those embedded in federal criminal statutes.”

In Watergate, a special prosecutor was appointed because “no person is above the law,” even a president. With Nixon, the interview with David Frost revealed the former president’s attitude was “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.”

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Internet Explodes as Trump Meets With ‘My Pillow Guy’ Whose Notes Reportedly Mention ‘Insurrection Act’ and ‘Martial Law’

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The internet exploded late Friday afternoon when a highly-respected Washington Post photographer captured on camera notes held by Mike Lindell, the founder and CEO of My Pillow, one of the top advertisers on Fox News and a close confidant of President Donald Trump.

Lindell, according to the White House press pool, “was spotted outside the West Wing at 3 pm. He was on his cell phone at one point as he waited outside. The Marine let him inside at 3:05 pm.”

There is always a Marine stationed outside the Oval Office when the President is inside the Oval Office, but not when the President is not there.

The notes appear to mention “martial law,” a suggestion to move a dangerous Trump loyalist to the CIA as acting Director, the “Insurrection Act,” and something about “foreign interference in the election,” as Talking Points Memo reported.

Understandably, the Internet lit up like a Christmas tree, but with countless rumors, jokes, and concern.

All those aside, the question really is, would President Trump, who has less than five days left in office, actually fire the head of the CIA, and why? What would he hope to accomplish, do, or get away with if Gina Haspel were gone?

The other question of course is why would Trump listen to Lindell, a far right conspiracy theorist and religious extremist, but that question is unanswerable.

Here’s what some are saying.

CNN analyst, attorney, and former FBI Special Agent:

CNN White House correspondent:

Public advocacy firm:

Media Matters Senior Fellow:

Religion News Service national reporter:

Research director at CREW:

Economist and professor:

NBC News Reporter, “dystopia beat”:

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NRA Files for Bankruptcy

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The National Rifle Association has filed a motion for bankruptcy. The embattled gun lobby group, besieged by allegations against its top leadership of years-long misuse of funds, after reportedly spending $30 million to help elect Donald Trump president in the 2016 election cycle, had also faced embarrassing reports of leadership with ties to Russia.

“The NRA listed assets and liabilities of as much as $500 million each, according to its bankruptcy petition,” Bloomberg reports, announcing the group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Texas.

In August New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a massive, devastating lawsuit against the National Rifle Association for fraud and self-dealing, and called for the gun group to be dissolved.

Bloomberg notes the NRA plans to “restructure and reincorporate in Texas.”

 

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‘Deception on a National Scale’: Oregon Governor Slams Trump, Reveals ‘There Is No Federal Reserve’ of Vaccines

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The Governor of the state of Oregon launched an attack on President Donald Trump, after learning, she says, the federal stockpile of coronavirus vaccines does not exist.

Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat, says “there is no federal reserve of doses.”

The federal government allegedly had been holding back some COVID-19 vaccine.

“I am demanding answers from the Trump Administration. I am shocked and appalled that they have set an expectation on which they could not deliver, with such grave consequences,” Gov. Brown said on Twitter.

“This is a deception on a national scale. Oregon’s seniors, teachers, all of us, were depending on the promise of Oregon’s share of the federal reserve of vaccines being released to us,” she added.

Brown says the news was confirmed to her “directly by General Perna of Operation Warp Speed: States will not be receiving increased shipments of vaccines from the national stockpile next week, because there is no federal reserve of doses.”

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) reports Brown “said increased vaccine shipments will not arrive next week. The head of the state health authority said this puts vaccination efforts ‘at grave risk.'”

Friday afternoon, a Washington Post report appeared to indirectly confirm Governor Brown’s charges.

“When Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced this week that the federal government would begin releasing coronavirus vaccine doses held in reserve for second shots, no such reserve existed,” the Post reports, noting that the vaccine reserve “was already exhausted” when the “Trump administration vowed to release it.”

 

This article has been updated to correctly identify Governor Brown of Oregon.

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