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Mon May 20, 2019, 04:57 PM

Opinion: Republicans who don't protect Trump's corruption will pay a very steep price

The Plum Line ē Opinion
Republicans who donít protect Trumpís corruption will pay a very steep price

By Greg Sargent, Opinion writer covering national politics
May 20 at 4:23 PM
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As Politico reports, the Justice Department is preparing a legal opinion justifying the move on executive privilege grounds. Itís true, as Politico notes, that the long-standing position of presidential administrations in both parties, including that of President Barack Obama, has been that close presidential advisers have ďabsolute immunityĒ to congressional subpoenas, to preserve presidential prerogatives.

But in this case, the legal theory is being used as part of a much broader across-the-board strategy of maximal resistance to oversight on all conceivable fronts. Trump himself has openly confirmed this, vowing to fight ďallĒ subpoenas, and weíve also seen it applied in the administrationís naked breaking of the law to keep Trumpís tax returns secret.

Still, as Eric Columbus, who served as a lawyer in the Obama administration, points out, McGahn is a former employee of the White House, which means that if he wants to testify to Congress, he can.

But Trump has an answer to this problem, as the Times further reports:

If Mr. McGahn ... defies the White House, Mr. McGahn could not only damage his own career in Republican politics but also put his law firm, Jones Day, at risk of having the president urge his allies to withhold their business. The firmís Washington practice is closely affiliated with the party.

Thatís pretty remarkable: It is being discussed as a realistic possibility that Trump would threaten to destroy both McGahnís career and the business prospects of his law firm if he honors a legitimate congressional subpoena designed to get to the bottom of an extraordinary accounting of alleged corruption and wrongdoing produced by a legitimate law enforcement investigation. ... That this was noted almost as a banal, unremarkable factor, observed with barely a raised Timesian eyebrow, is itself an indication of how low weíve sunk here.
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Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog. He joined The Post in 2010, after stints at Talking Points Memo, New York Magazine and the New York Observer. Follow https://twitter.com/theplumlinegs

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Mon May 20, 2019, 05:06 PM

1. Dear Leader will crush you if you don't love him enough. nt

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Mon May 20, 2019, 05:11 PM

2. Isn't the Trump threats called obstruction of justice?????

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Mon May 20, 2019, 05:31 PM

3. Oh ..just like all the other careers dotard threatened to ruin?

Seems several have benefited from openly bucking his shit

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