Tag: Nixon, Richard Milhous

Will There Be Smoking Guns in the Mueller Report?

Any week now, any day now — so the news reports go — the special counsel’s office will file the Mueller report. It will round out a trilogy. In 1974, to inform its impeachment proceedings, Congress received what became known as the “road map,” a terse document from the office […]

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What if the Mueller Report Demands Bold Action?

Reports that Robert Mueller will soon issue the findings of his investigation have brought a new urgency to the question of whether, assuming sufficient evidence exists, a president can be indicted while in office. Most people take for granted that both Mr. Mueller and the new attorney general, William Barr, […]

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When Executive Privilege and Congressional Oversight Collide, Who Wins?

With the 116th Congress up and running, President Trump is facing meaningful congressional oversight for the first time. On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee embarked on a major investigative mission, sending letters to 81 witnesses seeking documents and testimony relating to possible “obstruction of justice, public corruption and other abuses […]

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Editorial Observer: Oversight Season Is Heating Up in Washington

If you thought the past two years of inquiries into possible misbehavior by Trumpworld were brutal, brace yourself. Phase 2 is about to heat up. On Monday, the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee announced a wide-ranging inquiry into “the alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption and other abuses of power by […]

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John Dean: I Testified Against Nixon. Here’s My Advice for Michael Cohen.

There are several parallels between my testimony before Congress in 1973, about President Richard Nixon and his White House, and Michael Cohen’s testimony this week about President Trump and his business practices. Setting aside the differences regarding how we got there, we both found ourselves speaking before Congress, in multiple […]

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‘He Is a Racist, He Is a Con Man, and He Is a Cheat’

More than 45 years ago, as a 14-year-old farm kid in Oregon, I watched on a flickering black-and-white television as Richard Nixon’s former White House counsel, John Dean, testified about presidential misconduct in the Watergate scandal — and the second-most-corrupt administration in American history began to crumble. Now, watching Michael […]

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The House Finally Acts on Yemen

Congress has long ignored its constitutional war-making responsibilities, evading difficult questions about military engagement and effectively giving presidents a blank check to decide when and how the military should be involved in hostilities. That the House finally took up that duty on Wednesday andvoted to end military support for Saudi […]

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The Real Problem With Trump’s National Emergency Plan

President Trump is verging on a declaration of national emergency — purely in order to fund his wall. And if he does, the courts may — or may not — reject his gambit. But the fact that he may actually possess the legal authority to require agencies to waste billions […]

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Republicans Got Us Into This Mess, and They Have to Get Us Out of It

At first glance, in the wake of the roars of approval President Trump received from Republican lawmakers during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, it may seem fanciful to think the president might be forced out of office by members of his own party. At second glance, […]

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New York Today: N.Y. Today: A New York History of Roger Stone

Weather: Sunny but cold all day, with temperatures not budging above 30. Rain tomorrow, turning to snow tomorrow night. Alternate-side parking: in effect till next Monday. ImageRoger Stone in 1987.CreditTom Reed/Associated Press Roger Stone, the Trump adviser and self-proclaimed dirty trickster arrested on Friday at his home in Florida, is […]

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Editorial Observer: Russell Baker, Bard in a Buick

There’s a story the writer Russell Baker, who died this week at 93, told about himself that reveals a lot about him. Back in 1961 — “in the time of Lyndon Johnson’s vice-presidential agony,” as Russ once put it in The New York Review of Books — he encountered the […]

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Speaker Pelosi Returns

On Thursday, Nancy Pelosi became the first person in 64 years to return to the position of speaker of the House of Representatives, completing the most startling comeback in American politics since Richard Nixon became president. Her return says a great deal about Ms. Pelosi and about our politics, but […]

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The Inevitability of Impeachment

An impeachment process against President Trump now seems inescapable. Unless the president resigns, the pressure by the public on the Democratic leaders to begin an impeachment process next year will only increase. Too many people think in terms of stasis: How things are is how they will remain. They don’t […]

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Raise Your Hand if You Want to Judge Trump

Twenty years ago this week, the House of Representatives forwarded articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate. Whether or not that was constitutionally warranted — it wasn’t — does any citizen on either side who witnessed or participated in that partisan dust-up honestly look back on it […]

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Is Mueller Building an Expansive Obstruction Case?

The court filings on Friday in the Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort cases require reading between the lines. Some lines, redacted, are missing altogether. However, what has been made public calls for reconsidering the longstanding assumptions about President Trump’s potential exposure to a charge of obstruction of justice. That discussion […]

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What Happens If …

ImageThe special counsel, Robert Mueller, is still investigating the alleged connections between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016.CreditJ. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press I no longer think that anyone in America, including Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters, can afford to put off the consideration of the central question of this administration: […]

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Mueller Has a Way Around Trump and His Minions

In a stunning move on the heels of the midterm election, President Trump has forced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed an outspoken critic of the Mueller investigation — Matthew Whitaker — as acting attorney general, shunting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to the sidelines. This raises […]

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