making the case
June 1, 2018

Following Thursday's news that President Trump might commute the prison sentence of his Apprentice buddy, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), Fox News hosted Blagojevich's wife, Patti, to stump for her husband's release.

While she did revisit the facts of the corruption case, which centered on Blagojevich's attempt to sell the Senate seat previously held by Barack Obama, Patti Blagojevich also argued the president may be sympathetic to her husband because they have enemies in common.

"I see that these same people that did this to my family, the same people that secretly taped us, and twisted the facts, and perverted the law that ended up my husband in jail — these people are trying to do the same thing that they did to my husband just on a much larger scale," she said. "They were emboldened. They took down a governor and now they've got their sights much higher."

The "same people" are Special Counsel Robert Mueller and fired FBI Director James Comey, who were serving as FBI director and deputy attorney general respectively during the Blagojevich prosecution. Patti Blagojevich and Fox host Martha MacCallum are not the first to draw this connection, though others have suggested the link indicates the president's motives may be more about fostering his negative narrative on Mueller and Comey than the service of justice.

Watch the interview below. Bonnie Kristian

August 14, 2017

Controversial commentator Dinesh D'Souza appeared Monday on Fox & Friends to make the case for why President Trump is not like Adolf Hitler.

D'Souza, the maker of conspiracy theory-filled films who pled guilty in 2014 to making illegal campaign donations, defended Trump after the president failed to directly condemn white supremacists in his remarks about the deadly violence at Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump's hateful rhetoric has been blamed for inflaming tensions, and D'Souza noted that Trump has also been "accused of being like Hitler" for making "kind of a racist attack on immigrants."

First off, D'Souza explained, Trump's immigration issue is "between legal immigrants and illegals." "This is not a racial distinction at all," D'Souza said, not mentioning Trump's immigration ban targeted at several Muslim-majority countries. "Trump has never said, not even implied, that he wants to see legal immigration be more white."

D'Souza's next piece of evidence for the difference between America's 45th president and the leader of the Nazi Party is that Hitler "wasn't even talking about immigrants," as "the Jews in Germany were German citizens." "And so for Hitler, the distinction was inside of Germany between what he considered to be the superior Nordics and the sort of inferior Jews," D'Souza said, concluding that there is "simply no valid analogy here between Trump and Hitler on this racial point at all."

Watch it below. Becca Stanek

January 3, 2017

More than 1,100 law school professors across the country have banded together to urge the Senate not to confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general. Professors from 170 law schools in 48 states have written a letter to send to Congress on Tuesday, and they are also publishing that letter as a full-page newspaper ad. The only states that aren't represented are North Dakota and Alaska, which doesn't have a law school.

"We are convinced that Jeff Sessions will not fairly enforce our nation's laws and promote justice and equality in the United States,” the letter reads, per The Washington Post. The professors specifically raise concerns about Sessions' record on racially-charged issues, his support of a border wall, and his "repeated opposition to legislative efforts to promote the rights of women and members of the LGBTQ community," The Post reported.

Those concerns factored into the rejection of Sessions' nomination to a federal judgeship decades ago, and the law professors contend those arguments still stand. "Nothing in Sen. Sessions' public life since 1986 has convinced us that he is a different man than the 39-year-old attorney who was deemed too racially insensitive to be a federal district court judge," the letter says.

Sessions' confirmation hearings are scheduled for Jan. 10-11. Becca Stanek

November 18, 2016

In an editorial published late Thursday, The Wall Street Journal laid out why President-elect Donald Trump's "best option" to avoid a perceived conflict of interest between his business and his government is to "liquidate his stake" in the Trump Organization. While Trump has floated the idea of a "blind trust," turning the company entirely over to his adult children, The Wall Street Journal joined critics of the idea in saying it won't be enough.

Typically, The Wall Street Journal reported, a "blind trust" is an "independent manager, not family members," and the assets being protected generally aren't as highly visible as, say, Trump's array of properties and brands. These disparities have already raised eyebrows, and the Journal contends it will only get worse:

The political damage to a new administration could be extensive. If Mr. Trump doesn't liquidate, he will be accused of a pecuniary motive any time he takes a policy position. For example, the House and Senate are eager to consider tax reform — and one sticking point will be the treatment of real estate, which will be of great interest to the Trump family business. Ditto for repealing the Dodd-Frank financial law, interest rates, and so much more. [The Wall Street Journal]

As "painful and perhaps costly" as Trump's break-up with his businesses may be, the "presidential stakes are too high" for him to do anything else, the newspaper's editors conclude. Head over to The Wall Street Journal to read more about what troubles Trump's business could cause him. Becca Stanek

October 14, 2016

As much as Donald Trump may try to argue otherwise, Vice President Joe Biden is unconvinced former President Bill Clinton's infidelity is relevant to the 2016 presidential election, or to wife Hillary Clinton's shot at winning the White House. "It shouldn't matter," Biden said in an excerpt of his Meet the Press interview with Chuck Todd, set to air Sunday.

While Biden was frank about the fact he "can't make an excuse" for Bill's "conduct," he insisted that the former president had already "paid a price." "He was impeached," Biden said. "And he expressed his deep sorrow and acknowledged what he did."

All Trump has done, Biden argued, is acknowledge that "he has been a sexual predator."

Watch Biden make the case, below. Becca Stanek

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