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Friday, September 21, 2018

How Trump Will Rig His Own Case

This article originally appeared on Creators.

Nothing Brett Kavanaugh has said in his Supreme Court confirmation hearings relieves the most profound suspicion: that President Donald Trump nominated him to front a legalistic coup against the rule of law.

Of course, he uttered all the expected platitudes. “I am a pro-law judge,” he promised, nonpartisan and neutral, “committed to deciding cases according to the Constitution and laws of the United States.” But the circumstances of his selection as well as his own previous history and statements offer no reassurance. Neither does the Republican Senate leadership’s effort to ram through this confirmation with haste and secrecy.…

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A Nation Without Real News

This article originally appeared on Creators.

 

Whenever the president complains about “Fake News,” always capitalized and often punctuated with exclamation points, rest assured that he doesn’t mean the actual sources of fraudulent information that infest the internet and haunt American politics. No, Donald Trump’s definition of “fake” has nothing to do with factuality or responsibility in media. It merely means news he doesn’t like, usually truthful reporting about him, his family, his administration or his cronies produced by credible newspapers and broadcasters.

It’s easy to dismiss these outbursts as simply more of the daily spew of falsehoods on his Twitter feed.

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Why New York’s District Attorney Should Reopen That Fox News Investigation

For well over three decades, Robert M. Morgenthau served as the Manhattan District Attorney. A law enforcement legend, Morgenthau became renowned for his zealous pursuit of white-collar offenders.

He believed that “crime in the suites” deserved to be punished just as consistently as crime in the streets — and as a former federal prosecutor, he ignored minor issues such as jurisdiction when he thought justice needed to be done. And he sought expansive interpretations of law wherever he saw the federal government failing to do justice.

Recently I asked a ranking federal prosecutor who once worked for D.A. Morgenthau whether his old boss would have allowed Fox News Channel executives to escape accountability for the crimes of Roger Ailes and their alleged concealment of those crimes from auditors and shareholders.…

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