Robert Mueller’s report reveals a stunning array of new allegations against President Donald Trump. But one thing remains the same: House Democrats are ducking any talk of impeachment. After interviews with 15 lawmakers Thursday, it’s clear Democrats think the report is severely damaging to the president, with substantial evidence that he attempted to derail the Russia probe. But it’s still not enough to pull the trigger on the most consequential — and politically risky — action Democrats could take in their new majority: trying to forcibly eject Trump from office.Story Continued Below “Election time is when you beat Trump,” said Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), a senior member of the party’s progressive wing who was an early supporter of impeachment efforts in the previous Congress. “Right now, he’s got enough protection around him from the top lawyer in the country to keep him in office,” Grijalva added, referring … [Read more...] about Dems run from impeachment post-Mueller
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Peter Baker New York Times March 27, 2019 WASHINGTON — After Watergate, it was unthinkable that a president would fire an FBI director who was investigating him or his associates. Or force out an attorney general for failing to protect him from an investigation. Or dangle pardons before potential witnesses against him.But the end of the inquiry by Special Counsel Robert Mueller made clear that President Trump had successfully thrown out the unwritten rules that had bound other chief executives in the 45 years since President Richard Nixon resigned under fire, effectively expanding presidential power in a dramatic way.Mueller’s decision to not take a position on whether Trump’s many norm-shattering interventions in the law enforcement system constituted obstruction of justice means that future occupants of the White House will feel entitled to … [Read more...] about Mueller’s investigation erases a line drawn after Watergate
In Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, the hero is depicted in righteous fury at his aides’ admission that they could not secure the votes to push the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery, through Congress. “Buzzards’ guts, man! I am the president of the United States of America, clothed in immense power,” says actor Daniel Day-Lewis, with steely intent and determination. “You will procure me these votes!”Story Continued Below As we ponder the legal and political reverberations of Robert Mueller’s report, it is useful to remember that the office of the American presidency remains clothed in immense prestige and power. This is not to say that Donald Trump will join Lincoln on Mt. Rushmore. But presidential brawn makes it likely that, should he choose, Trump will survive to face the voters at the polls in 2020. Trump supporters can take solace when they consider two recent presidents—Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton—each of whom faced … [Read more...] about Nixon Almost Survived Watergate. Does Mueller Have a Smoking Gun on Trump?
Mark Hicks Published 9:35 PM EST Feb 6, 2019 Clinton Township — Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s Pulitzer-Prize winning reporting at the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s is widely considered a high-water work for investigative journalism. So when they brought their journalist heft to Macomb County on Wednesday, it seemed that people were interested to hear more about how journalism is made and how to protect a free press. "When we talk about journalism, the titans for us ... are the likes of Woodward and Bernstein," said Paula Tutman, a broadcast reporter who moderated an evening presentation Wednesday at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. "These guys are absolutely no slackers." More than 1,000 people filled the auditorium to hear Woodward and Bernstein tackle the current political climate, attacks on media, and similarities between the Nixon and Donald Trump administrations in a … [Read more...] about Watergate journalists Woodward, Bernstein share reporting stories in Macomb
The Roger Stone I met for a drink in the bistro across the street from a Barnes & Noble bookstore was not the right-wing merry prankster, the con man, I expected. Yes, he looked like he’d stepped from the set of Guys and Dolls—with a spread collar, natty tie, pocket square and that navy-blue chalk-striped suit he wears. And, yes, he was on his way to said book shop to tout his latest volume of risible conspiracy theories. It was autumn, 2014. Story Continued Below “Cocktails?” he had asked, when I had called to request an interview. Did he still have a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back? I asked. The infamous Nixon bong? Absolutely, he told me. It was Nixon I came to talk about. And, laughs aside, Stone defied my expectations. In analyzing Nixon he was truthful, wry and perceptive—everything his public persona is not. Like Josef Stalin, the Soviet tyrant who could recite Walt Whitman, or Frankenstein’s monster, tamed by the strains of a … [Read more...] about Watergate Created Roger Stone. Trump Completed Him.