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How did Jeffrey Epstein escape justice?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The case of super-rich sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is so disturbing, not only because dozens of women say he victimized them as young girls, and not only because he went almost unpunished, but because his wealth appears to have enabled his criminality for years. While the sources of Epstein's enormous fortune remain mysterious and may never be ...Read more

The Opposite of Patriotism

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Vindication is not always a happy feeling, not when the nation is at such grave risk.

In years past, I've often devoted my Fourth of July column to observing that the right has no monopoly on patriotism. The Tories of the Revolutionary era, who demanded loyalty to the British throne, were the right-wing reactionaries of their time, as were ...Read more

Crimes against humanity on the border

From the Left / Joe Conason /

There may come a time when top officials of the Trump administration, including the president himself, will no longer be able to travel abroad without fear of arrest by international authorities. Every day now, evidence accumulates that Trump and his appointees are perpetrating crimes against humanity on the southern border.

Even Trump's ...Read more

Democracy should turn its attention to the enemies within

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Among the most disturbing moments during the last presidential election cycle occurred in September 2016, when a group of top intelligence officials briefed congressional leaders on the Kremlin's aggressive hacking campaign.

Aiming for bipartisan unity against a threat from a hostile foreign power, then-President Obama sent his counterterrorism...Read more

Kushner proved he is a security risk -- again

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Some blessed day, America will be rid of the Trump administration. But the "normalization" of misconduct by this president's entourage will leave indelible stains -- one of which will bear the name Jared Kushner.

Unlike his constantly blithering and blabbering father-in-law, Kushner usually goes about his self-serving business in the White ...Read more

What Mueller told us about impeachment

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Behind the straight-shooting, ramrod demeanor always mentioned by his friends, Robert Mueller possesses a shrewd intelligence. He demonstrated that strategic acuity on Wednesday morning when, with a few carefully selected sentences, he wielded his own reticence to deliver a crushing blow to Donald Trump (and a hard shot to Attorney General ...Read more

Congress must begin an impeachment inquiry

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Donald Trump is no longer just a persistent object of national shame and revulsion. He has become a threat to the Constitution and the rule of law -- and the question before the House, quite literally, is what to do about him.

For understandable reasons, the Democratic leadership in Congress has been reluctant to answer Trump's lawless conduct ...Read more

For the hypocrites on the Hill it's always party first

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Donald Trump will never build the Great Wall he envisioned on this country's southern border, but his lawyers and minions are erecting the largest stonewall against congressional oversight since Nixon's presidency. In a scolding letter to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., White House attorneys have said that the administration will simply reject some...Read more

To Trump, it's not illegal

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When Rep. Jerrold Nadler said that America is in a "constitutional crisis" -- as he and other members of the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress -- commentators scoffed that the Manhattan Democrat was exaggerating, at least a little. The sweeping, concerted resistance to congressional ...Read more

What made Robert Mueller so mad?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The Republican message from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller report, featuring Attorney General Bill Barr, was perfectly blunt: Forget that any of this ever happened -- unless and until we can figure out how to blame Hillary Clinton.

All of those "conservative" worthies including the chief law enforcement officer of the ...Read more

Every path to national redemption is perilous

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Although Robert Mueller filed his massive report with the Justice Department, the special counsel must have known he was actually forwarding an impeachment referral to Congress. Between his decision to forgo a criminal indictment of the president and his incriminating recital of the president's 10 instances of potential obstruction of justice, ...Read more

If Trump Weren't POTUS, He Would Be Indicted

From the Left / Joe Conason /

If Donald Trump were the president of any private or public entity -- if he were the president of anything, that is, except the United States -- he would be under indictment today for obstruction of justice, intimidating witnesses and conspiracy, at a minimum. That is what the Mueller report, even in redacted form, tells us in no uncertain ...Read more


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