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Trump undermines Democracy – can our Republic hold?
Tuesday’s news about the President pressed our laws and norms!

Trump will not call President-elect Biden nor attend the Inauguration.
“After his own too-short transition from Bill Clinton, George W. Bush wanted his handoff to Barack Obama to be the smoothest in history.”
Credit: Marvin Joseph, The Washington Post
  • Ed. note: The news coming from Trump’s world Tuesday, December 1, 2020, indicated that our republic’s laws are under assault by the President of the United States.
  • Will our republic hold from what else Trump will do the next 49 days through Inauguration Day and beyond?


+ NBC News: Trump considers 2024 campaign kickoff on Inauguration Day – The president is not expected to attend his successor’s inauguration or even call him but could hold a campaign event Jan. 20.

+ NYT: Trump Has Discussed With Advisers Pardons for His 3 Eldest Children and Giuliani

+ CNN: Justice Department investigating potential presidential pardon bribery scheme, court records revealClick here to read the Court filing on DOJ pardon investigation

+ NBC News: Barr says no evidence of widespread voter fraud, defying Trump – “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told The Associated Press.

+ NBC News: Barr sent a letter to Congress on Tuesday notifying it that he had named U.S. Attorney John Durham a special counsel, providing him extra protection during the incoming Biden administration to continue his investigation of the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe. [Ed. note: This appointment was not consistent with the Special Council’s provisions.]

+ The National Review Op-Ed: Trump’s Disgraceful Endgame

+ WaPo: At the White House, Capitol and Supreme Court, Trump goes on a spree of sabotage [scroll down for the story]

+ WaPo Op-Ed: 1918 Germany Has a Warning for America – Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” campaign recalls one of the most disastrous political lies of the 20th century.

+ WaPo: Trump fired me for saying this, but I’ll say it again: The election wasn’t rigged – by Christopher Krebs

+ Daily Kos: “My DC Bar complaint concerning diGenova

+ NYT: ‘It Has to Stop’: Georgia Election Official Lashes Trump

+ Daily Kos: GA Lt. Gov (R): Biden ‘President-elect’, Trump should change approach, have no time for Trump rally

+ MSN: Fox News host Sean Hannity thinks Trump should “pardon his whole family and himself” on the way out [to avoid a ‘witch hunt.’ Though by pardoning himself, Trump would essentially be admitting he was guilty of one or many crimes. Mark Greenberg, Professor of law and philosophy at UCLA said, “He’d be able to essentially commit extremely serious crimes and immediately pardon himself, which would effectively put him above the law.”]


+ Daily Kos: “On Monday evening [Nov. 30], the Department of Justice formally moved for dismissal of the case against Flynn. In doing so, they released the full text of the pardon from Trump. And it’s astounding.

“Trump provides to Flynn, ‘A full and unconditional pardon … for any and all possible offenses arising from the facts set forth … or that might arise, or be charged, claimed or asserted.’

“The extent of that pass also makes it clear that Trump isn’t really concerned about Michael Flynn’s lies to the FBI. He’s more concerned about what Flynn might say if he ever really lived up to the terms of his original deal. It’s obvious that somewhere in the “any and all possible offenses” are some offenses that involve Trump. Offenses that Trump still, after four years, does not want anyone to hear.

“Flynn getting a blanket pardon for all crimes past and present isn’t a sign of Trump’s strength, or even his anger over the Mueller investigation. It underlines that there really were crimes involved, and the cover-up is still ongoing. This is the real deal that Michael Flynn made from the beginning.” Read more

Posted by Steve on December 2, 2020 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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  1. once Trump leaves, maybe now the official presidential Obama portrait can be moved to the proper room with all the other presidential portraits instead of being hidden in some unknown room….I doubt Biden would do that to Trump. Has Trump even posed for a portrait?

    Comment by audrey wolfe on December 2, 2020 at 10:17 am

  2. Not yet.

    Comment by Steve on December 2, 2020 at 11:45 am

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