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Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Rule Of Law Or The Shadow Of Tyranny

This article originally appeared on Creators.

Those old enough to recall the presidential politics of the 1990s may still hear a certain righteous sentence ringing in their ears: “We must uphold the rule of law.”

With irrefutable simplicity, those words were uttered in numbing repetition by the Republicans who pursued Bill and Hillary Clinton for years, at a cost of millions, over “scandals” too baroque and too minor to explain.

To honor the American rule of law, they simply had to investigate Whitewater, an obscure land deal that had lost the Clintons $45,000 in the remotest Ozarks, several years before he entered the White House.…

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With Mueller, Patience Is Patriotic

This article originally appeared on Creators.

 

Everyone clamoring for Robert Mueller to finish his investigation of the Trump campaign’s connections with the Kremlin should do us all a favor and relax. The special counsel isn’t done probing that complex matter — or the attempt to conceal the facts — and he will need more time.

Nobody knows when the investigation and any further criminal trials will be completed. The desire for speed is understandable on both sides of the political divide. Many Republicans believe that curtailing the probe will save the president. Many Democrats believe that Mueller already has uncovered enough to ruin Trump — and that the special counsel’s final report will signal the end of his presidency.…

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Pardon Manafort — And Go To Jail

This article originally appeared on Creators.

 

For more than a year, Donald Trump has dangled presidential pardons before former associates who might provide evidence against him. He teased such miscreants as Mike Flynn, his crooked national security adviser, and Michael Cohen, his bullying ex-lawyer. And today we know how blatantly he has been using that same enticement to lure his former campaign manager Paul Manafort to abandon a plea agreement with the special counsel.

While supposedly cooperating with Robert Mueller’s prosecution team, Manafort and his attorney were revealing to President Trump and his lawyers what questions the prosecutors were asking and how he had answered.…

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