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What the Republican senator has asked Americans to do

The data at the Trump Twitter Archive show that President Trump tweeted: “no collusion” five times in 2017, fifty-three times in 2018, and ninety-five times in 2019. “no obstruction” once in 2017, twelve times in 2018, and fifty-two times in 2019. “no quid pro quo” eighteen times between Sept 24 and Dec 12, 2019. “no bribery” and “no extortion” four times each in late 2019. Nixon said "I am not a crook" only once on television, and everyone immediately knew he was a crook. Trump's repetition wears down people's skepticism. It shouldn't. It's the same kind of transparently false defense as Nixon's. Trump denies committing these offenses because he knows he committed them, and he knows we know he committed them, and he knows that a lie can replace the truth if he repeats it enough. The disinformation has taken root, but we mustn't let it grow any further. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Republican who isn't seeking reelection, said he wou

Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's defense attorneys, receives $65 million in charitable funds

Yesterday the Associated Press published a most interesting article by Michael Biesecker. It is long. Here, I've summarized and reorganized the information. Although the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), "as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, is barred under IRS rules from engaging in partisan political activities," nevertheless a half-dozen ACLJ lawyers, including its chief counsel Jay Sekulow and his son, are part of Trump's legal defense team in the impeachment. "Charity watchdogs for years have raised concerns," the AP story explains, "about the blurred lines between for-profit businesses tied to Sekulow and the complex web of non-profit entities he and his family control." An AP investigation "of tax returns for the ACLJ and other charities tied to Sekulow" found that between "2008 to 2017, the most recent year available, show that more than $65 million in charitable funds were paid to Sekulow, his wife, his