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Sunday night time owls. Mayer: Why Trump cannot afford to lose

No American president has ever been charged with a crime. But as Donald Trump struggles to hold on to the White House, he and those around him know for a fact that if he loses, the presumption of immunity will fade – a result no one should be counting on. Given that Trump is currently under a dozen investigations and civil suits, he could be watching an endgame even more dangerous than the one Nixon is facing. Presidential historian Michael Beschloss said of Trump: “If he loses, you have a situation not dissimilar to Nixon when he stepped down. Nixon talked about the cell door slamming shut. “Trump is known to have survived one impeachment, two divorces, six bankruptcies, twenty-six sexual misconduct allegations and an estimated four thousand lawsuits. Few people have evaded the consequences more cleverly. This stroke of luck could possibly end brutally if he loses to Joe Biden. Even if Trump wins, there will be serious legal and financial threats in his second term. […]

Barbara Res, whose new book “Tower of Lies” draws on the eighteen years she has spent time and again developing and managing construction projects for Trump, also believes the president isn’t just running for a second term – he is it is to flee the law. “One of the reasons he’s so crazy out to win is because of the speculation that prosecutors will pursue him,” she said. “It would be a very scary ghost.” She reckoned that if Trump loses, “he will never recognize it – he will leave the country.” […]

Three more articles worth reading

“It’s the most outrageous thing I’ve ever seen” by Michael Hall. DNA evidence proved Lydell Grant’s innocence. Why doesn’t the state’s highest criminal court exonerate him?
Data disappeared, by Samanth Subramanian, Michael Hobbes, Jonathan Cohn, Kate Sheppard, Alex Kaufman, Delphine D’Amora, Chris D’Angelo and Emily Peck. Data is the lifeblood of a functioning government. Over the past four years, the Trump administration has destroyed, disappeared, or distorted much of the information the nation needs to protect the vulnerable, protect our health, and alert us of emerging crises.

Remember what you didby Hamilton Nolan. One day the most visible phase of this nightmare will end. The current residents of the White House will go, and all of their various enablers will scatter back into the world like breeze-blowing mushroom spores, hoping for a cozy place to thrive again. It is our task as a society to deny them that. To deny them acceptance, peace and the undeserved shine of seriousness. To always remember what they did.

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At Daily Kos that day in 2016– Democrats point to Comey’s “apparent double standards” while judiciary restricts further news:

FBI Director James Comey believed that early October was too close to election day for the government to announce that the Russian government is trying to interfere in our elections, a second source has confirmed to the Huffington Post. Weeks later, of course, Comey relied on much more speculative information when he announced that the FBI had come across emails that may have been relevant to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private server. As Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook says “It is impossible to see this as anything less than an obvious double standard.” And as Clinton’s press secretary Brian Fallon says: “Director Comey owes the public an explanation for this inconsistency.”

However, it is unlikely that the public will get this statement anytime soon, both because Comey doesn’t seem inclined to make any sense of his actions at all, and because the Justice Department is trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube, saying that it does will move quickly to investigations but will not pass on any further information.

Meanwhile, Democrats continue to pressure Comey because Trump may entertain Russia

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