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Opinion | The Case for Not Panicking About Trump’s Pardons

The panic about Trump’s pardons is already counterproductive, producing too many unforced errors by journalists and legal commentators. It has become almost an article of faith among Trump’s critics—especially among the many former prosecutors on TV—that accepting one of his pardons amounts to an admission of guilt. This is wrong as a matter of law, and also of principle. Over the past few decades, many innocent people exonerated by DNA evidence have also accepted pardons, and the Department of Justice has long recognized pardon applications for the innocent. The eagerness to interpret accepting a pardon as evidence of guilt runs roughshod over the presumption of innocence and liberals’ traditional concerns about the criminal justice system. It is hypocritical for critics to be promoting criminal justice reform on the one hand, while also echoing the Trumpists’ “lock ’em up” chants, or guilty-until-proven-innocent philosophy, when it comes to their political opponents.

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How Is Trump’s Lawyer Jenna Ellis ‘Elite Strike Force’ Material?

In a written statement responding to questions about her record, Ms. Ellis described herself as “a highly experienced and highly qualified attorney and expert in my field.” Any assertions to the contrary “cast me in a false light,” she said. The Trump campaign provided the name of one federal case in which it said Ms. Ellis had participated, in 2012, when she was a year out of law school. But her name is not among the lawyers listed in the decision, and the case was not heard in a regular federal court, but rather in an administrative tribunal.

It has been a month since Election Day. In the weeks since, as Mr. Trump has refused to bow to the reality of his defeat, his fruitless attempts to persuade federal judges and state officials to undo the results have introduced the nation to a once-obscure cast of lawyers, legislators and local

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Law officers call for halt to executions in Trump’s final weeks

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This Aug. 28, 2020, file photo shows the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. A wave of federal executions by the Trump administration after a 17-year hiatus are set to resume. (Photo: Michael Conroy, AP)

A coalition of 90 current and former law enforcement officials are calling on federal authorities to halt five executions scheduled during the final weeks of the Trump administration, claiming that the uncertain transition period and resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic risk undermining confidence in the criminal justice system.

“When people believe the state is executing a person, or applying the death penalty unjustly … their trust in our system of government and law enforcement is undermined,” the officials stated in an open letter released by the group Fair and Just Prosecution.

This year, the Trump administration has dramatically revived its use of the death penalty after a 17-year hiatus, executing more prisoners —

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Trump’s advisors are frantically trying to stop him from firing Attorney General Barr as the president’s fury hits a boiling point



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump stands with Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci


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President Donald Trump stands with Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

  • President Donald Trump’s anger with Attorney General William Barr has reached a boiling point, and multiple advisors are trying to convince him not to fire Barr, The Washington Post reported.
  • Trump is said to be furious with Barr’s failure to deliver on a politically charged investigation into the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe.
  • The Post said Trump is even angrier with US attorney John Durham’s refusal to issue a public report of his findings in the investigation before the election.
  • Trump’s frustration mounted after Barr undercut the president’s conspiracy theories by telling The Associated Press that the FBI and DOJ did not have evidence of widespread voter fraud in the election.
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Chinese firms on U.S. exchanges threatened by bill headed to Trump’s desk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a law to kick Chinese companies off U.S. stock exchanges if they do not fully comply with the country’s auditing rules, giving President Donald Trump one more tool to threaten Beijing with before leaving office.

FILE PHOTO: Signage for Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. covers the front facade of the New York Stock Exchange November 11, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

The measure passed the House by unanimous voice vote, after passing the Senate unanimously in May, sending it to Trump, who the White House said is expected to sign it into law.

“The Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act” bars securities of foreign companies from being listed on any U.S. exchange if they have failed to comply with the U.S. Public Accounting Oversight Board’s audits for three years in a row.

While is applies to companies from any country, the legislation’s sponsors intended

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Trump’s former national security advisor shared a message asking the president to suspend the Constitution, impose martial law, and hold a new election



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  • Former national security advisor Michael Flynn shared a message calling on President Donald Trump to invoke martial law and have the military hold a new election.
  • The message was an ad from a right-wing activist group asking Trump to “declare limited Martial Law to temporarily suspend the Constitution … in order to have the military implement a national re-vote that reflects the true will of the people.”
  • Flynn shared the press release about the ad on Twitter, tagged several Trump-supporting lawyers and media personalities, and wrote, “Freedom never kneels except for God.”
  • The president does not have the power to unilaterally cancel, delay, postpone, or change the date of an election even if he declares martial law, and declaring martial law does not suspend the Constitution.
  • The military also has no role in administering elections, and even if it did, it could not
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Here are the 4 voting issues at the heart of Trump’s Wisconsin election lawsuit



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As Wisconsin’s partial recount wrapped up and left President-elect Joe Biden with a net increase of 74 votes beyond his original margin of victory of more than 20,000 votes, President Donald Trump’s team filed a lawsuit Tuesday to overturn the result.

Clearing the path for the lawsuit was the broader purpose of the recount.

Here are four issues at the center of the lawsuit:

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More: Wisconsin confirms Biden’s win as Trump says he will bring a lawsuit

Early in-person voting

Wisconsin voters cast more than 1.9 million ballots before Election Day — either by mail, left in drop boxes or at in-person early voting locations. The total is equivalent to 63% of all ballots cast in 2016. The COVID-19 pandemic was a massive factor, with election

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Trump’s Family Pardon Plan Might Make Him a Bigger Criminal Target

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump has been discussing wide-reaching pardons for three of his children, his son-in-law, and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The news came shortly after a federal judge unsealed a redacted legal filing in the investigation of alleged “bribery-for-pardon schemes” by an unnamed individual seeking a pardon or commutation from Trump, a revelation which the president subsequently described as “Fake News!” The news of the potential family pardons and allegation of a possible solicitation of a criminal pardon raise an important question for Trump’s final weeks in office: What will any Trump pardon spree mean for the possibility of future investigations of possible Trump-era crimes? It turns out, that if Trump is too extravagant with his pardons, it might open him up to greater criminal liability.



Donald Trump Jr. et al. standing in front of a crowd: You get a pardon, and you get a pardon, and you get a pardon. Everybody gets a pardon! Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


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The GOP’s Shameful Embrace of Trump’s Fake Election Fraud

President Trump is aware there is no evidence of massive voter fraud resulting from an international conspiracy — hatched not only by Democrats in every swing state but also Republican state officials and Republican judges and the FBI and the DOJ — to steal the November election from him. Republicans in Congress know this too. They know there was no global plot, no widespread fraud, no evidence presented in court and no way Trump “won by a lot.” Attorney General Bill Barr said this gently on Tuesday, but GOP leaders refuse to do the same — they’re down for the con.

Brad Raffensperger, a partisan Republican Trump donor and voter who happens to be the secretary of state in Georgia, has now been dubbed “the enemy of the people” by the president of the United States for following the law and not cheating on Trump’s behalf. His family faces death

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Krebs hints at taking legal action against Trump’s campaign lawyer

  • Chris Krebs is considering taking legal action against Joe diGenova, a campaign lawyer for President Donald Trump, who said the former cybersecurity official should be “shot.”
  • “I’ve got an exceptional team of lawyers that win in court and I think they’re probably going to be busy,” Krebs told NBC News.
  • Calling Krebs an “idiot” and a “class-A moron,” diGenova said on Monday that “he should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.”
  • DiGenova walked back his comments on Tuesday, saying, “It was obvious that my remarks were sarcastic and made in jest.”
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Chris Krebs, the US’s former cybersecurity chief, is considering taking legal action against one of President Donald Trump’s campaign lawyers who said he should be “shot.”

“It’s certainly more dangerous language, more dangerous behavior,” Krebs said in an NBC News interview on Tuesday, referring to comments made by

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