Associate Prof. in Global Politics @UCL. Author: CORRUPTIBLE: Who Gets Power & How it Changes Us. Contributing writer @TheAtlantic. Host @PowrCorrupts podcast.

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Joined May 2009
My book—CORRUPTIBLE: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us—is now out! I explore our relationship with power, and why we have so many awful, despotic leaders, from political psychopaths to corporate kingpins to your local neighborhood association tyrant. amazon.com/Corruptible-Who-G…
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I discussed with @allinwithchris last night on @MSNBC the important differences between the 1/6 Committee and DOJ, particular in terms of goals, timelines, and standards. Will have a piece coming out in @cafedotcom next week about how they might be on a collision course
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If Trump doesn’t get indicted for a wide array of crimes, I never want to hear another politician proudly boast that “in America, nobody is above the law.” That’s been tested out now and for the last several years and so far it’s pretty clear…it’s just not remotely true.
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The more we learn about the Trump presidency, the more it’s clear how lucky we were that it wasn’t much, much worse. The guy is amoral, completely unhinged, dangerous, and clearly attempted to destroy American democracy to stay in power and protect his ego.
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In hindsight, perhaps it wasn’t a good idea to make an unregistered foreign agent who won’t say whether he believes in the peaceful transfer of power but who does believe in deranged conspiracy theories…the National Security Adviser to the US president.
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I mean, the President knew that an armed mob was heading to kill his Vice President and he tweeted out encouragement seems to be maybe more important than he wanted to drive.
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We’re seeing how they want to play this. Hutchinson testified under oath. Now others are disputing her claims without going under oath or while refusing to cooperate. Everyone’s claims deserve scrutiny. But the price of entry is testimony under oath.
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Witness tampering charges seem a lot more likely after today too.
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Good lord, Mark Meadows is a cynical authoritarian coward.
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Hutchinson’s testimony was extremely brave—and given the dangerous, armed extremists in Trump’s camp, she is at great personal risk for having said what she did today.
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Trump and Meadows both apparently favored floating pardons for January 6th insurrectionists. Giuliani and Meadows also wanted presidential pardons for their roles in January 6th.
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How do you not indict Trump now?
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“It was un-American…we were watching the Capitol building get defaced over a lie.” Spoken about Trump’s tweet attacking Mike Pence, said by a diehard Republican with a key role in the Trump White House.
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The president lunged at his Secret Service agent and tried to hijack his own limo to help overthrow the government.
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In case anyone tries to tell you the violence on January 6th wasn’t the predictable outcome of Trump’s behavior, I wrote this in May 2020. Check the date:
If Trump loses, there’s a real possibility he will reject the results, absurdly claim it was rigged, and say he’s the victim of the “deep state.” And he will send that message to some people who are heavily armed, which could prove deadly. My column: washingtonpost.com/opinions/…
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Grab ‘em by the…clavicle?
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Trump lunging for the neck area of the Secret Service agent who told him he couldn’t go to the Capitol on Jan. 6th is one of the craziest revelations in American presidential history.
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I guess that's what he meant when he said he was tough on China. 🤣
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It’s like the film Air Force One, except it’s the actual president trying to hijack his own limo to overthrow the government.
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“I’m the F’ing president, take me to the Capitol now.” Trump tried to take the wheel to drive to the Capitol, and apparently violently lunged for the neck of the staff member who told him he couldn’t go to the Capitol on January 6th. Wow.
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(This is from Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony, obviously).
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