Trump would face obstruction charges if he wasn’t president, prosecutors say

Hundreds of former prosecutors sign open letter, saying it was clear Trump would have faced charges of obstruction of justice Hundreds of former federal prosecutors and counting signed an Donald Trump would have faced multiple felony charges of obstruction of justice if he were not president. Multiple aspects of Trumps conduct described in a report of the Robert Mueller were probably criminal, the prosecutors write. Mueller had declined to weigh whether to charge Trump, citing justice department guidelines prohibiting the indictment of a sitting president. But the letters signatories, which include prominent Republicans from administrations going back to Richard Nixon, said it was clear that Trump would have faced charges had he not been protected by the guidelines. Each of …

Trump floated nominating Merrick Garland to supreme court, book reveals

Exclusive: Trump raised the prospect in summer 2018, according to The Hill to Die On, but it was not clear how serious he was In the midst of a damagingly dysfunctional relationship with Republicans who controlled Congress in his first two years in office, Donald Trump pondered nominating Merrick Garland to the supreme court seat now filled by Brett Kavanaugh. A political moderate, Garland was the arch-conservative Antonin Scalia in February 2016. Citing contested precedent but exercising brute political power, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, refused even to consider the nomination. The startling revelation that Trump mused on bringing Garland back is contained in a new book by the Politico reporters Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer. The Guardian obtained …

Kellyanne Conway is no ‘badass’ and she’s certainly no feminist | Arwa Mahdawi

Conway plays an integral role in Trumps racist and misogynist agenda. Shes no feminist shes simply a bad person Sign up for the Conway told Fox Business that she has no intention of resigning from the White House over Trumps Twitter feud with her husband George (popularly referred to as Mr Kellyanne Conway, according to an Badass Women of Washington. The entire series, which profiles women like Nancy Pelosi, Elaine Chao, and Dianne Feinstein, has been a pretty vapid exercise in corporate feminism; however the puff piece on Conway was particularly embarrassing. It celebrates the fact that Conway, a mother, wife, and career woman, seems to be doing it all while brushing over the fact that all includes a lot …

Pelosi comes out against impeaching Trump: ‘He’s just not worth it’

House speaker says move would be too divisive without compelling and bipartisan rationale Donald Trump should not be impeached unless the reasons are overwhelming and bipartisan, given how divisive it would be for the country, the House speaker, Washington Post interview published on Monday. Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless theres something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I dont think we should go down that path, because it divides the country, she said. Hes just not worth it. It was Pelosis most direct comment yet on Trumps possible impeachment, a topic she has dealt with cautiously as it carries the potential to sharply split Democrats and the public ahead of next years White House and congressional …

House Probes Cambridge Analytica on Russia and WikiLeaks

As part of a sweeping new investigation into what it calls "obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump," the House Judiciary Committee sent document requests to 81 people and organizations on Monday. The list includes President Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and a litany of former Trump campaign and administration officials, including former chief strategist Steve Bannon, former chief of staff Reince Priebus, and former communications director Hope Hicks. Sprinkled among those names are also key players from President Trump's 2016 digital team, including his former digital director and current campaign manager, Brad Parscale, as well as several former executives of Cambridge Analytica, the now defunct consulting company, including …

Watch the 2019 State of the Union address here (or not)

It’s that time again — time to hear what kind of state our precious union is in. For those of you inclined to watch the temporarily delayed speech by the President, you can of course watch it in a bar and invent your own drinking game, but you can also stay home and watch it on YouTube or C-SPAN. The drinks are cheaper — and stronger. Of course C-SPAN will have it raw, and the White House stream will probably also be a plain one. But if you want a bit of partisan spice and occasional pull quotes along the bottom, many networks are also doing live YouTube coverage. There’s a list here; pick your poison. The broadcast starts at …