What the ‘Obamagate’ scandals mean and why they matter

Amid the flurry of details about spying on Michael Flynn, lying to secret courts about Carter Page, leaking classified documents, and more, it’s easy to get lost in the muck. It’s important to stand back, identify the worst abuses, and explain why they matter for American democracy. These abuses didn’t simply follow each other; their targets, goals, and principal players overlapped. Taken together, they represent some of the gravest violations of constitutional norms and legal protections in American history. Whether you are Democrat or Republican, whether you like Donald Trump or loathe him, these violations matter.

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Hillary Clinton: ‘Trump knows he’s an illegitimate president,’ ‘Insomuch as he has a conscience’

In an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley that aired Sunday, former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks about the recent accusation that President Trump inappropriately pressured the president of Ukraine for information about the Biden family’s deals with an energy country in that country.

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A crises of legitimacy

It seems to me that people aren’t quite getting how close we are to a crisis of legitimacy 1/

A hostile foreign power helped put Trump in office. That’s not at all in question except among Trump sycophants 2/

The questions, instead, are (a) whether people close to Trump, perhaps Trump himself, actively colluded in that intervention 3/

or (b), whether ppl close to and possibly including Trump have had other dealings with Russia that effectively make them foreign agents 4/

If Trump uses the power of his office to shut down investigation into these questions, we have to assume that there’s something there 5/

And in that case, how can anyone consider this presidency legitimate? Very, very scary — and could happen within days 6/

Source: Paul Krugman, Twitter.com

Protesters hold ‘Not My President’s Day’ rally in Central Park, call election ‘illegitimate’

Instead of celebrating Presidents’ Day, thousands of demonstrators lined Central Park on Monday to protest the presidency of Donald Trump, saying his election win was “illegitimate” and his policies dangerous.

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Schakowsky statement on Donald Trump’s inauguration

“I have decided to join the growing group of my colleagues who will not attend the Inauguration in protest of a President who used bigotry, fear, and lies to win an election that was tainted by foreign interference and voter suppression — and who intends to betray the interests of the ordinary working people who put him in office.

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