Calls of obstruction of justice have been growing louder since President Trump tweeted over the weekend, “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI.” John Dowd, President Trump’s personal lawyer, answered these calls by telling Axios today that “the President cannot obstruct justice.” Dowd also says that he drafted the tweet Trump sent over the weekend and that the language does not admit obstruction. Some disagree and say the tweet proves Trump knew Flynn lied to the FBI when James Comey claims Trump asked him to “see your way clear of letting this go, to letting Flynn go.” Former U.S. Attorney Don Stern, who previously worked with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, and Lylah Alphonse, managing editor of U.S. News and World Report, joined Jim Braude to discuss.
The Supreme Court takes up the battle over religious freedom versus claims of discrimination by a same-sex couple tomorrow. The Justices will hear arguments from the 2012 case against a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig. The couple accused baker Jack Phillips of discrimination and filed a civil rights complaint, while Phillips argued that making the cake would violate his religious rights and that, therefore, he has the constitutional right to refuse. Former Chief Justice of the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court, Margaret Marshall, joined Jim Braude to discuss that case, the statute of limitations on sexual misconduct, and more.
At first glance, the stretch of Cambridge Street west of Inman Square might seem like a case study in how bikes, cars and pedestrians can peacefully coexist. In quieter, more orderly moments, cyclists head toward and away from Harvard in dedicated bike lanes, flanked by parked cars on one side and the sidewalk on the other, as drivers and walkers patiently await their passage. At other times, though, pedestrians walk directly in front of bikes, seemingly unaware of their approach — and delivery trucks edge into spaces designated for parked cars and cyclists, forcing vehicles approaching behind them to swing out toward oncoming traffic. When this occurs, the road simply seems too small for everyone attempting to use it. And that’s not the only hint that things aren’t quite as harmonious as they might initially seem.
Jim Braude weighed in on the gun bill in Congress he has not been waiting for.