Dec 9, 2018

Schiff: "Very real prospect" Trump could be indicted when he leaves office

Incoming House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday that "there's a very real prospect" the Justice Department may indict President Trump the day he leaves office — calling him "the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time" — based on the sentencing memo for Michael Cohen submitted by federal prosecutors in New York.

The big picture: Prosecutors allege that Cohen paid off two women "in coordination with and at the direction of" of then-candidate Trump with the goal of preventing them from influencing the 2016 election. The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel has maintained that a sitting president cannot be indicted, but Schiff argued that if evidence supports the claim that Trump directed Cohen to commit felonies, he could face criminal exposure once he leaves office.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.