Tag: Nixon, Richard Milhous

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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House Democrats Can Constrain Trump. They Can Also Overreach.

After Donald Trump won the election in 2016, he was in a position of great power to cut taxes, repeal Obamacare and build border walls to his heart’s content — if congressional Republicans cooperated. Of course, they didn’t always cooperate, but Mr. Trump was also able to push forward his […]

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Present Danger for the Endangered Species Act

The 1973 Endangered Species Act is at once the noblest and most contentious of the landmark environmental statutes enacted during the Nixon presidency. For 45 years, it has been celebrated by conservationists for protecting, in Mr. Nixon’s words, “an irreplaceable part of our natural heritage, threatened wildlife.” In equal measure, it has been reviled by […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: Does the Law Apply to Donald Trump?

I asked Bob Bauer, who was Barack Obama’s White House counsel, about Giuliani’s argument. “Why in the world would you decide to invite into the discussion whether the president could murder people and escape indictment for as long as he or she is in office?” he asked. “That’s not where you want to go, because […]

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President Trump Thinks He Is a King

The second pillar of the letter submitted by Mr. Trump’s lawyers to Mr. Mueller is that he is too busy running the country to sit for an interview. Relatedly, they argue, forcing him to testify “demeans the office of the president before the world.” Here Mr. Trump’s position run completely afoul of another presidential precedent: […]

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Trump’s Lawyers, in Confidential Memo, Argue to Head Off a Historic Subpoena

They argued that the president holds a special position in the government and is busy running the country, making it difficult for him to prepare and sit for an interview. They said that because of those demands on Mr. Trump’s time, the special counsel’s office should have to clear a higher bar to get him […]

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Can Trump Pardon Himself? Explaining Presidential Clemency Powers

In 2001, Jeff Sessions, then a Republican senator from Alabama who is now Mr. Trump’s attorney general, voiced support for the idea of a bribery investigation into Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich, a fugitive financier whose former wife had donated to the Democratic Party and the Clinton library foundation. In an Op-Ed published in […]

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