February 19, 2018 AAA

February 19, 2018 Dear OSTPDX, Drinking out of a firehose?!  Mach 4 with your hair on fire?! Does that sound like you? The news can be overwhelming. Another school shooting. More apprehension about threats to remove Mueller as more indictments and plea bargains are announced. Another failure to protect Dreamers. Another payoff to a porn star, engendering concerns about blackmail risks. Widespread failure to ensure that White House staff have the proper security clearances. At our last OSTPDX meeting, speaker Larry Wallack introduced a large, enthusiastic audience to some key…

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February 5, 2018 AAA

Dear OSTPDX, Many of us recall the alarm we felt when the Saturday Night Massacre happened. Nixon directly challenged the rule of law when he demanded that first his Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, then, the Deputy AG, Bill Ruckelshaus, fire Independent Prosecutor, Archibald Cox. It wasn’t until he reached the third-in-command at the DOJ, the Solicitor General, Robert Bork, that he got a willing accomplice. But when Nixon’s attempts to squelch the Watergate investigation were met with a firestorm of protest, he backed down and agreed to the appointment of…

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