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No ‘Privilege’ For Trump Jr.
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No ‘Privilege’ For Trump Jr.

BY JOE CONASON Long before Donald Trump Jr. claimed “attorney-client privilege” last week to avoid answering Congressional inquiries, that same claim was tested and wisely rejected by Congress. Junior isn’t even the first real estate executive asked to testify about suspected connections to a foreign dictator who tried that gambit to avoid questions in a…

Why Trump Must Think Twice Before He Pardons Flynn
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Why Trump Must Think Twice Before He Pardons Flynn

BY JOE CONASON Ever since Michael Flynn departed the Trump White House under a cloud of disgrace last February, speculation has mounted that the president might pardon his former national security adviser. With Flynn’s guilty plea in federal court and disclosure of his cooperation agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller, conjecture about such a pardon…

Why Franken Should Not Resign
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Why Franken Should Not Resign

BY JOE CONASON The chorus of loud demands for Sen. Al Franken’s resignation began from the moment that Leeann Tweeden accused him of sexual harassment. Those calls intensified after three more women – two of them anonymous – said the Minnesota Democrat had touched them inappropriately. They haven’t subsided yet. Although not all the facts…

When ‘Reckoning’ With Bill, Try Facts Not Myths
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When ‘Reckoning’ With Bill, Try Facts Not Myths

BY JOE CONASON Suddenly it has become fashionable again in liberal circles to flay Bill Clinton for his sexual misconduct, whether real, alleged or imagined. Amid the national frenzy swirling around the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore, prominent journalists and politicians are competing to display their dudgeon over the former president and things…

An Acid Test For The Self-Righteous Right
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An Acid Test For The Self-Righteous Right

BY JOE CONASON Whenever a politician insists too much on his own pious morality – and his duty to impose that particular brand of morality on everyone else – the safest prediction is that sooner or later, a scandal will emerge. For Roy Moore, the former judge now running to fill Jeff Session’s Senate seat,…

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