In his pardon of Joe Arpaio, Donald Trump accomplished five things. He took a swipe at Latinos (never a bad thing in his book), letting them know that no matter what the Constitution says, they’re not protected against abuses by law enforcement. He threw a big hunk of red meat to the baying mob that makes up his base. He added momentum to the slide into authoritarianism in the US and flipped the bird at custom, propriety and civility. He did his fervent campaign supporter Joe Arpaio a solid.
And, oh yeah, he dangled the potential of a pardon in front of witnesses in the Mueller investigation.
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When the Mueller investigation gets close enough for Donald Trump to feel truly threatened, we need to be ready to act.
Despite the cries of “fake news!” from Trump administration loyalists, it seems as if Special Counsel Robert Mueller is getting closer and closer to evidence that could lead to legal action — against members of the Trump campaign, members of the Trump administration, or against Trump himself. The investigation of Paul Manafort (and in particular, the FBI raid on Manafort’s residence) sure suggests that Mueller is not on a mere fishing expedition, but that he already has information adding up to reasonable cause to believe that a specific crime was committed — and he’s shown it to a judge.
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