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 …

Bernie Sanders booed as Democratic hopefuls try to woo women of color

Seven leading Democratic 2020 contenders spoke at the inaugural She the People event focusing on female voters of color White House candidate Bernie Sanders got a rocky reception when he gave a halting performance at an event this week focusing on female voters of color, while Kamala Harris was given a standing ovation but was vigorously challenged in the popularity stakes by rivals Elizabeth Warren and Beto ORourke. Women from 28 states descended on Houston, Texas, on Wednesday to hear from the eight leading Democratic 2020 contenders at an inaugural event called She the People presidential forum a day before Joe Biden jumped into the race. Women of color are such a powerful voting bloc in America that they are …

Sanders dares Democrats to stop him but is he the man to beat Trump?

The socialist senator from Vermont and his supporters seem to have the upper hand over a party establishment worried hes too leftwing Raging against the machine has taken Bernie Sanders a long way. In 2016, his disdain for the establishment and the donor class gave progressives a near-perfect foil to Hillary Clinton, who was cast as the anointed Democratic candidate for president. Sanders was beaten in the primary but the senator and his allies clamored for and won changes to party rules they said were rigged. Now, the partys role in choosing its nominee has been limited and a Sanders nomination is a very real possibility. At the top of early polls, the increasingly confident senator from Vermont is daring …

‘He gave me permission’: Joe Biden jokes about touching complaints

Former vice-presidents comments came during first public appearance since allegations from at least seven women surfaced Joe Biden has twice made joking references to complaints from women that his physical behavior made them uncomfortable. The former vice-presidents comments on Friday came during his first public appearance since the allegations began to surface last week. Taking the stage in Washington at a gathering of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Biden was introduced by the president of the union, Lonnie Stephenson. Biden quipped: I just want you to know I had permission to hug Lonnie. The crowd, which was mostly male, erupted in laughter. Later, Biden made a similar joke after inviting a group of children onstage and putting his arm …

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 …

Beto O’Rourke, friend of the fossil fuel industry, is no climate hero | Kate Aronoff

ORourke wants to be everything to everyone. To take a look back at his career, thats an invitation hes extended to the fossil fuel industry We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of this Earth, Robert Francis Beto ORourke ended a video announcing his presidential bid. At this moment of maximum peril and maximum potential, lets show ourselves and those who will succeed us in this great country just who we are and what we can do. That sounds pretty green and maybe even refreshing after two years of Donald Trump. But ORourkes candidacy is kind of like the iceberg lettuce of politics. You can load it up with whatever you want, but underneath all the …

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 …