How A Cohen Pardon Backfires

Overlooked? A pardoned Michael Cohen can still be compelled to testify against Trump, but then by law he can’t take the 5th because he is no longer in jeopardy of incriminating himself for prosecution. If he exonerates Trump and prosecutors can prove that’s a lie, well, that’s perjury, meaning he would have to be pardoned again.

Another scenario, perhaps more likely, offered by Alan Dershowitz, the only law pundit I’ve seen discussing this obvious consequence, is that Cohen could refuse to testify, be held in contempt of court, and Trump would have to pardon him for that.

In other words, the only way for Trump to silence Cohen could be to issue multiple pardons that could expose the President to allegations that he’s obstructing justice.

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DNC Sues — Questions

The Democratic National Committee sues the Russian government, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, charging that they carried out a wide-ranging conspiracy to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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QUESTIONS

  • Does this get in the way of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe?
  • Is this a real lawsuit or a publicity stunt for fundraising?
  • Any effect on the midterms in November?
  • Can this case survive a motion to dismiss?
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A Comey Conundrum

I have watched most, maybe all, of James Comey’s interviews, from Stephanopoulos to Colbert to Maddow to Jake Tapper and on and on and on.

My take: He is truthful and flawed in an era of confirmation bias where so many Americans who find merit, honor and truth fake news, because they would rather hear lies about how elites like Comey are out to get them. I wish him well but I think the better counter argument for his kind is to convince aggrieved people that progressives are the ones who are best counted upon to protect them from the bad people they believe are out to get them.

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