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Rod Rosenstein Rises — No More the Mousy, if Mostly Honest,...

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I imagine you've seen the video from yesterday of Rod Rosenstein-- asked about the moves by a much of House Republicans to impeach him...

Needed: A Pre-emptive Attack on the Abuse of the Pardon Power

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A Legit Power Can Be Abused People have spoken – too much, in my view – about how broad, how nearly unlimited, is the power...

Democracy on the Ropes?

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This is my weekly op/ed for newspapers in my 2:1 Republican congressional District, VA-06. ***************************** This is a dark time for democracy. At this point, Turkish democracy...

Question for Readers Here: Who Is Going to Win This Battle?

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In America right now, two forces seem to be moving rapidly toward a collision. One might be called "the force of the rule of...

Calling on Obama for One Last (Important) Service to America

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A showdown now looms over American politics. It is a showdown between law and lawlessness. With the rule of law at stake, the outcome...

Approving Trump’s Assault on the Rule of Law?

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This piece will be appearing in newspapers in my very conservative district (VA--06). In the wake of the pardon of the unrepentant former Sheriff, Joe...

The Coming Constitutional Test. Will America Pass It?

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This piece will be appearing, in the next couple of days, in newspapers in my conservative congressional District (VA-06). ************************* It seems as clear as can...

Republicans in Congress, Is This Too Much to Ask?

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This piece will be appearing this weekend in two newspapers in my conservative congressional District (VA-06). ************************* I realize that you Republicans in Congress are in...

Wednesday News: Comey Firing “Trump’s Watergate Moment?”; “Moment of Truth” for...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, May 10. The Firing of James Comey ("Despite claims...

September 8, 1974: a disturbing precedent

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From the text of Proclamation 4311, the actual pardon:

Now, THEREFORE, I, GERALD R. FORD, President of the United States, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9,1974.

Ford's unconditional pardon of Nixon's actions as president set a dangerous and disturbing precedent.