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(Thread) Rudy Giuliani went on Fox this morning and said about collusion: “I don’t even know if that’s a crime.”

Dear Rudy:
You’re a former prosecutor, so surely you know that “Accessory after the fact” is a crime. See 👇

2/ And, Rudy, you know that Conspiracy to Commit Offense or to Defraud the United States is also a crime (18 U.S. Code § 371 )

In fact, on March 7, Bob Bauer predicted that Mueller would charge more people with 18 U.S. Code § 371 (and since then, he has):
3/ On Axios, Rudy also said of the Mueller probe “They don’t have a goddamn thing.”

For quick retweeting and argument settling, here’s a summary of what Mueller has charged so far:
4/ finally, what’s Giuliani up to? He’s flooding the zone with nonsense.

There is a method to the madness.
Will it work? That's another question.
I'm currently reading The Loudest Voice in the Room, on the origins and working of Fox.
5/ Fox-GOP & Giuliani-Trump remind me of something FDR said:
"Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself."

Oh yeah, I also have this list culled from news reporting--which of course, isn't as solid as the Mueller docs. russia-investigation-summary.com/crimes/

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Oct 9, 2018
(Thread) Recap: Back to the 1920s

Let’s keep our current situation in perspective.

Two things are happening.

First, we're in the midsts of a slow-motion constitutional crisis prompted by Congress failing to act as a check on presidential power.
1/ As a result, we have a president with authoritarian impulses whose instincts are not being contained.

We also have a president who has lived a life of crime being shielded from criminal liability by Congress.
2/ Second, we have an administration doing everything it can to roll back the clock to the 1920s, before social security, before minimum wage, before the 40 hour work week, before rights for blacks and women.

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Oct 8, 2018
(Thread) Can a sitting president be indicted?

Spoiler: Most likely yes—even with Kavanaugh’s vote.

But it’s not a game-changing issue.

(It's complicated—so a long thread)

Indictment means there's basis for a criminal charge;
Guilt is found at trial.
1/ The reason some of you are worried about whether a sitting president can be indicted is because you’re worried Trump will get away with his crimes, or be placed above the law.

The Constitution outlines a procedure for when a president is suspected of criminal behavior:
2/ The House investigates, and if there’s basis, impeaches the president. (Impeach is like indict) Impeachment requires a majority of the house.

Impeachment is followed by a Senate trial. If the Senators believe the president is guilty, they remove him from office with 2/3 vote.
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Oct 7, 2018
(Thread) Sunday recap.

Hi, everyone. I wrote 4 threads this week plus a Slate article.

INCUMI any, here they are:

#1: Trump and his lies:
#2: Why nobody is paying attention to the NYT Trump tax fraud story:
#3: How we can get through this and save liberal democracy:

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Oct 6, 2018
(Thread) Trump and his lies

[First 8 tweets are some notes from the Snyder Speaks series/ YouTube]

Fascism always begins with clearing the horizon of factuality.

The fascist clears away facts & starts with myth—usually the nation’s mythic past and future destiny of greatness.
1/ Trump naturally and gracefully inhabits a world of fiction.

When Trump had to grapple with reality, he never actually succeeded. He was a business failure.

He has, however, been successful when pretending to be something he isn’t.
2/ For example, he was good at pretending to be a successful business man.

He doesn’t understand the rules of reality. When he has to deal with reality, he fails.

But he understands the rules of fiction. He knows how to create a compelling story.
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Oct 5, 2018

Tony Schwartz wants to know why nobody is paying attention to the NYT Trump tax fraud story.

I can think of a few reasons🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️

By now Trump’s critics know he was never a “successful businessman” and that he committed a boatload of crimes.
1/ What’s more important, the GOP doesn’t care.

[If any MAGA people pop in and say, “What crimes?” click here: russia-investigation-summary.com

The drafters of the Constitution considered the possibility that a president would be elected who was guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.
2/ That’s why they included a remedy in the Constitution: Congress acts as a check on presidential power.

At the first sign of fraud or foreign influence, Congress SHOULD have stopped everything and conducted a meaningful investigation.
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Oct 4, 2018
(short thread) I'll give you a quick list of my top four recommendations for understanding what is happening right now.
First on the list: The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
The next three, in no particular order: How Democracies Die, How Fascism Works, Can It Happen Here?
1/ My top four recommendations 👇

Snyder's book is complex. He has a series of lectures on YouTube. If you spend a day or two and listen to his lectures, then read the book, it's easier.
You'll then have almost a graduate education in how Trump happened.
Snyder is brilliant.
2/ My favorite essay in the collection Can It Happen Here is this one 👇.

I did a thread on it. My thread are like cliff notes; or rather Teri's Notes. Better to read the original, but not everyone has the time.

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