American democracy depends on a Dem house win in 2018 Atkins 17 David Atkins is

American democracy depends on a dem house win in 2018

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American democracy dependson a Dem house winin 2018.Atkins 17. (David Atkins is a writer, activist and research professional living in Santa Barbara. Heis a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal and president of The Pollux Group, a qualitative research firm. 2018 May Become the Most Important Election in American History. July 22, 2017. -important-election-in-american-history/)Every two years, pundits and politicians tell the American people the same tired refrain: “This is the most important electionin ourlifetimes.” This time it may actually be true–and not just in our lifetimes, but in thelifetime of thegreat American experiment. That is no exaggeration. The last 48 hours have been a dizzying whirlwind of revelationsfrom the Trump Administration that signalnothing less than the president’s intent to operatewholly outside therule of law. First came Trump’s New York Times interview in which he said he would not have hired Jeff Sessionsas Attorney General if he had known that Sessions would recuse himselffrom the Russia investigation. By doing so, the president let slip that he views the entire country’s law enforcement apparatus as answerable not to the American people or to the rule of law, but to himself and his personal interests. Later in the same interview, Trump indicatedthat ifSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller wereto begin looking into his and his family’s finances it would “cross a red line,”even as it was announced within hours that Mueller was doing just that. Within 24 hours of that explosive interview, Trump began asking his lawyers about his options for pardoning himself, his family and his campaign associates. The TrumpAdministration isalso setting up a
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political operation aimed at discrediting Mueller himself. New dominoes keep falling almost faster than many observers can even keep up with. Just this evening came more astonishing reports that Sessions spoke with Russian ambassador Kislyak about “campaign-related matters.” Members of Trump’s immediate family and his campaign will be testifying under oath later this week on the capitol. All speculation carries some risk with it, and on matters of this severity one must be especially careful. But it seems very likelythat1) there is material of a potentially illegal nature about Trump’s business dealing that he wishes to hide; 2) that there wasillegal collusionbetween the Trump campaign and the Russiansbeyond what we have already learned; and3) that the presidenthimself was awareof both. Trump’s actions in these matters are not those of an innocent man. Sowhat happens from here?Well, the president could simply resign. But nothing in his past indicates he would be willing to lose face in thatmanner. Further, resigning would carry enormous legal risks to himself: he would be at the mercy of President Pence to pardon him and his entourage if
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