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Disgraced IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was a popular French Socialist politician and a favorite to unseat Nicholas Sarkozy next year before he was accused of rape and paraded in front of the world media as a criminal.

Now that the accuser’s credibility is in doubt, his party is celebrating the potential for their hero to return home:

French Socialist politician Michele Sabban said her party should put its presidential primary calendar on hold if Strauss-Kahn is exonerated. The deadline for Socialists to declare candidacy for the party’s presidential primary is July 13. The primary vote is scheduled for October.

“If Dominique Strauss-Kahn is cleared, I ask the Socialist Party to suspend the primary process,” Sabban said Friday on i-tele television.

The chief of the Socialist Party, Martine Aubry, said the news brought her “immense joy.”

“I hope that the American justice system establishes all the truth tonight and allows Dominique to get out of this nightmare,” she told reporters.

Aubry announced this week that she will seek the Socialist nomination for president. She and Strauss-Kahn had been rumored to be discussing some kind of joint ticket for the election

Europeans tend to be more tolerant of promiscuous (illegal) sexual activity (see Berlusconi, Silvio of Italy) on the part of their politicians, and as long as rape charges are dropped, Strauss-Kahn might attempt a comeback.

Former Navy Secretary Sean O'Keefe

Photo Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Almost 500 national security experts — including 22 four-star military officers — slammed Donald Trump in a public letter released Thursday, calling him unfit for his role as commander in chief and endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The letter, simply addressed "To Our Fellow Citizens," is a bipartisan effort signed by prominent Republicans and Democrats alike who say they "fear" for their country under Trump. Signatories include former Navy Secretary and NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe, who served in both Bush administrations, and former Defense Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta, and Ash Carter.

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