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Trump says Manafort pardon ‘not off the table’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’s never discussed pardoning his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, but it’s “not off the table.”

In an interview with the New York Post, Trump asked rhetorically: “Why would I take it off the table?” The comment drew swift condemnation from a top Senate Democrat and it renewed concerns from Trump critics that the president would wield his vast pardon power to protect his friends and supporters caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The comments came just days after Mueller’s team said Manafort had breached his plea agreement by repeatedly lying to investigators on a variety of topics, an allegation Manafort denies. In recent weeks, the president, armed with inside information provided by Manafort’s legal team to Trump’s lawyers, has seized on what he believes are dirty tactics employed by the special counsel, accusing investigators of pressuring witnesses to lie.

In the interview with the Post, the president also praised conservative author and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, who has recently rejected a plea offer from Mueller’s team. Trump said Corsi, Manafort and his longtime associate Roger Stone are “very brave” for resisting Mueller’s investigation.

In response to Trump’s comments, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee said that if Trump pardons his former campaign chairman, it would be a “blatant and unacceptable abuse of power.”

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia said in a tweet that the presidential pardon power is not a “personal tool” that the president can use to protect “himself and his friends.”

Meanwhile, Manafort’s lawyers have been briefing Trump’s attorneys on what their client has told investigators, raising the prospect that he is pursuing a close relationship with the president in hopes of a pardon.

Neither Manafort nor Mueller’s team has said what Manafort is accused of lying about. But a federal judge set a hearing for Friday in which she will hear from both sides about next steps in the case. That hearing could yield new details about the dissolution of the not even three-month-old plea agreement as well as result in the setting of a sentencing date for Manafort.

Manafort faces up to five years in prison on the two charges in his plea agreement — conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. He faces a separate sentencing in Virginia set for February after he was convicted on eight felony counts during a trial last summer.

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Impeachment fails again as 4 out of 5 Americans believe it’s not justified

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If it at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. If at second… and third… you’re still failing miserably, it’s time to rethink your stance on the subject. This advice is offered for free to Representative Al Green, whose impeachment filing against President Trump was once again struck down overwhelmingly by Congress.

131 Democrats joined every Republican in tabling the measure. It marked a stark reality for Democrats who realize impeachment is only popular among the very politically minded progressives in their party and pretty much nobody else. The most recent poll showed a mere 21% believe there’s enough of a reason to begin impeachment hearings.

Democratic leadership may be conniving, insincere, and wrong-minded when it comes to policy, but they’re not stupid. They know a failed impeachment process at this point would not only make them look bad for losing, but would reinforce the GOP narrative that they’re unhinged and only interested in beating President Trump even if doing so will harm Americans along the way.

For now, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will keep her Lieutenants hammering away at subpoenas, hearings, and charges of contempt against members of the administration. It’s all they can do to try to hold back the radicals who are small but loud, led by “The Squad” and their incessant calls for impeachment. Pelosi is trying to keep a steady hand on the while even though backseat drivers are trying to climb to the front.

This is a lose-lose situation for the Democrats. If they end up never impeaching the President, they’ll be branded as weak and demands will be made to hand over the reins. If they try and fail, they’ll look like fools. This is all working out nicely for the President.

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Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson has charmed Alyssa Milano

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Hollywood’s favorite social justice warrior has committed to attend a Democratic candidate’s fundraiser, and it’s raising eyebrows of even the most “woke” in Tinseltown. Charmed actress Alyssa Milano is starting her elect-any-Democrat tour by fundraising with spiritual guru and debate enthusiast Marianne Williamson.

But even as she announced her intentions to visit with Williamson, Milano made sure to hedge her bets and be as inclusive as possible by saying she loves everyone running. But it’s clear Williamson’s talk of the “collective” and the “soulful ache of the nation” has Milano sincerely interested in getting the guru attention, including on he popular progressive podcast, Sorry Not Sorry.

Williamson has been moving up in the polls, which is to say she’s not at zero anymore. Other notable candidates are.

But the jokes on Milano and Williamson’s supporters who clearly cannot see this candidacy is about building name recognition and public relations for the guru. Her message is one that can resonate with a very particular group of Americans, but her policy proposals are a combination of textbook 2020 Democrat and off-the-wall attention-grabbers. She’s obviously intelligent and is running a real campaign, but she’s doing so knowing the end result will be more appearances on talk shows and paid speeches that she’ll be able to ride long after the Democratic nominee is selected.

At least she got on Dave Rubin’s show.

Alyssa Milano has become completely unhinged. It would be hard to find an actor who has committed as much to politics in recent months, shifting her branding from entertainment to activism. But backing Williamson won’t help in that regard.

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Justice Democrats’ and House Democrats’ Twitter accounts engage in organizational fight

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Justice Democrats and House Democrats Twitter accounts engage in organizational fight

The bitter battle between the Justice Democrats and Establishment Democrats has spilled over to their organizational Twitter accounts. While the Establishment Democrats come to the rescue of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in her quarrel with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, her Chief of Staff and co-founder of the Justice Democrats, Saikat Chakrabarti, inserted himself into the conversation.

Whoever controls the House Democrats’ Twitter account fired a low blow at Chakrabarti.

The Justice Democrats replied with a point that is actually quite valid.

Then, Chakrabarti himself made an important point.

I am never inclined to defend the Justice Democrats or Chakrabarti, but they were correct on this one issue. It was a silly attack made on an account that’s supposed to represent the entire body of the House Democrats, and as of today AOC is still part of that body. To go after Chakrabarti through that account only plays into the Justice Democrats’ notion that the Establishment is old and ready to be replaced.

Clumsy efforts by the Establishment Democrats helped the Justice Democrats score points with their base. Having the @HouseDemocrats account chime in was a rookie move. Expect Saikat Chakrabarti to take full advantage of their mistake.

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