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"If Trump fires Mueller or pardons himself, our democracy will be changed forever. There were many reasons to be alarmed by the transcript of Trump’s NY Times interview, but if you drew back the lenses of time far enough, it foretold a deeper crisis, the scope of which is clearer now that Trump talks about pardoning himself, his family, and his closest aides. Should he do this Republicans will reprise their familiar refrain: 'The president’s power to pardon is beyond question.' If this crisis unfolds, the country’s final hope for avoiding a terminal slide into authoritarianism would be the midterm election, contesting control of a historically gerrymandered House of Representatives. Absent the necessary sweep, everything Trump will have done to degrade our system for his own enrichment and protection will have been ratified, and a point of no return will have been crossed."