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Sun May 12, 2019, 10:29 PM

Suddenly, conservative lawyers are condemning Trump for abuses of power

Suddenly, conservative lawyers are condemning Trump for abuses of power

By DOYLE MCMANUS
Los Angeles Times, MAY 12, 2019 | 4:00 AM
| WASHINGTON

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Even as Republicans in Congress have fallen in line to defend Trump at every turn, a surprising number of conservative lawyers have broken ranks and are condemning the president for abuses of power and denouncing his blanket claims of executive privilege.

Last week, John Yoo, the former Justice Department official who drafted a notorious memo justifying the torture of detainees under President George W. Bush, warned that Trump had gone too far in asserting unbridled presidential power.

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“This president is undermining the basic principle of checks and balances,” one of the 11, former Deputy Atty. Gen. Donald B. Ayer, told me. “It’s really kind of tyrannical. It’s un-American. It’s the sort of expansion of government power you would expect Republicans to worry about.”

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In addition, more than 800 former federal prosecutors, many of them Republicans, signed a statement declaring that the report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, far from exonerating Trump, showed that he deserved to be indicted for obstruction of justice.

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https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-republican-lawyers-20190512-story.html

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John Yoo is so pro-president conservative, he once wrote Smirko Bush could crush a child’s testicles for America.

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Reply Suddenly, conservative lawyers are condemning Trump for abuses of power (Original post)
Kid Berwyn May 12 OP
elleng May 12 #1
delisen May 12 #2
The Velveteen Ocelot May 12 #3
Turbineguy May 12 #4
greenman3610 May 12 #5
DBoon May 12 #6
Rainbow Droid May 13 #7
mountain grammy May 13 #8
Steven Maurer May 13 #9
Nasruddin May 13 #10

Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 10:32 PM

1. Oh THAT's good, john yoo!!!

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 10:42 PM

2. They want him out. nt

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 10:59 PM

3. If John "Torture Memo" Yoo thinks you've gone too far...

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 11:10 PM

4. Trump will precipitate

a bunch of new laws limiting the power of the president. Conservatives with more than 2 functioning brain cells can see that far into the future.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 11:30 PM

5. john yoo will be the first one waterboarded

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 11:56 PM

6. Are they maybe afraid that they too might be victims of unlimited power?

That a dictator wouldn't stop with attacking liberals but might also go after the right as well?

Dictators tend to do this, after eliminating the opposition they go after supporters who are not "pure" enough

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 12:19 AM

7. Timmy v United States, iirc

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 12:38 AM

8. If John Yoo thinks he's gone too far

We’re past the point of no return.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 01:10 AM

9. They know if this stands, it's going to come around and bite them in the ass. N/T

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Response to Steven Maurer (Reply #9)

Mon May 13, 2019, 01:14 AM

10. Incompetence is one thing

Everyone should fear a truly competent sociopath coming to power after this.

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