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« on: Yesterday at 10:16:47 PM »
Wells Fargo and TD Bank have turned over President Trump’s financial records to the House Financial Services Committee, Fox News confirmed on Thursday, amid a contentious legal battle between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats seeking access to sensitive files.
The committee, led by Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is one of several panels that have issued subpoenas and requests for Trump’s financial files.
NBC News first reported that Wells Fargo turned over a few thousand documents to the committee, and TD Bank provided a handful.http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/wells-fargo-td-bank-turn-over-trump-financial-records-to-house-dems/ar-AABO7IW?li=BBnb7Kz&OCID=AVRES000
« on: Yesterday at 06:39:21 AM »
A federal judge dealt a blow to President Donald Trump on Wednesday, ruling that two banks can hand over his financial documents in response to congressional subpoenas.
The Trump family and company sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One last month in an effort to block them from turning over financial documents sought by Congress. The House Intelligence and Financial Services committees had issued subpoenas to several banks as part of their investigations of alleged foreign influence on U.S. elections.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos said he disagrees with the arguments from the Trump family attorneys that the subpoenas don't have a legitimate legislative purpose.
Ramos described the subpoenas as "undeniably broad" but "clearly pertinent."
Ramos issued his ruling after hearing arguments from lawyers representing the Trump and the Democratic-controlled congressional committees.https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/judge-rules-deutsche-bank-can-hand-over-trump-financial-records-n1008991
Edgardo Ramos was nominated by President Obama to serve as a federal judge in the Southern District of New York in May of 2011.
After being approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ramos’ nomination was put before the full Senate. He was unanimously confirmed in a vote of 89-0 on December 5, 2011.
Ramos began the job on December 15, 2011.https://usbreakingnews.net/2019/05/22/judge-edgardo-ramos-5-fast-facts-you-need-to-know/
« on: May 22, 2019, 06:24:12 AM »
Confidential draft IRS tax memo says tax returns must be handed to Congress unless president uses executive privilege.
Just days after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he would not comply with a House Democratic subpoena for President Trump’s tax returns, a confidential draft IRS memo obtained by The Washington Post called the disclosure “mandatory,” unless the president asserts his executive privilege.
The paper published the 10-page memo that does not mention Trump by name, but appears to add new pressure on the administration.
Mnuchin has been resisting House Democrats’ request for Trump’s tax returns on the grounds that such request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose” and said his department will not “disclose the requested returns and return information.”
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, a lawmaker from Massachusetts, insisted that the committee is looking into the effectiveness of IRS mandatory audits of tax returns of all sitting presidents, a way to justify his claim that the panel has a potential legislative purpose.
But the IRS document says the law “does not allow the Secretary to exercise discretion in disclosing the information provided the statutory conditions are met” and directly rejects the reason Mnuchin has cited for withholding the information.
“[T]he Secretary’s obligation to disclose return and return information would not be affected by the failure of a tax writing committee … to state a reason for the request,” it reportedly reads, adding that the “only basis the agency’s refusal to comply with a committee’s subpoena would be the invocation of the doctrine of executive privilege.”https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-democrats-irs-draft-memo-tax-returns-congress
The memo was a draft, so I doubt that it will have any affect on Mnuchin.
« on: May 20, 2019, 05:15:11 PM »
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Washington has ruled against President Donald Trump in a financial records dispute with Congress.
Judge Amit Mehta's ruling says Trump cannot block the House subpoena of financial records.
The decision comes amid a widespread effort by the White House and the president's lawyers to refuse to cooperate with congressional requests for information and records.
Trump and his business organization had sued to block the subpoena issued in April to Mazars USA, an accountant for the president and Trump Organization.
Mehta, a U.S. District judge, was nominated to his position by President Barack Obama.https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/judge-rules-against-president-donald-trump-in-financial-records-fight-with-congress/ar-AABDYmb?ocid=ientp
« on: May 20, 2019, 03:12:32 PM »
WASHINGTON — President Trump is preparing to instruct his former White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, to defy a congressional subpoena and skip a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, denying Democrats testimony from one of the most important eyewitnesses to Mr. Trump’s attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation, a person briefed on the matter said on Monday.
The Judiciary Committee chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, said last week that he was prepared to have his panel vote to hold Mr. McGahn in contempt of Congress if he does not show up on Tuesday. Though a black mark on a witness’s record, a contempt citation would most likely result in the House turning to a federal court to try to enforce its subpoena.
At the same time, if he defies the White House, Mr. McGahn could not only damage his own career in Republican politics but also put his law firm, Jones Day, at risk of having the president urge his allies to withhold their business. The firm’s Washington practice is closely affiliated with the party.
The White House declined to comment on Monday, as did a lawyer for Mr. McGahn.http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-expected-to-instruct-mcgahn-to-defy-subpoena-and-skip-house-testimony/ar-AABDNPE?ocid=ientp
« on: May 20, 2019, 09:36:33 AM »
WASHINGTON — In modern times, presidents have rarely been church mice afraid of a little salty language. But President Trump has grown increasingly willing in recent months to say in public what most of his predecessors tried to keep behind closed doors.
His is the profanity presidency, full of four-letter denunciations of his enemies and earthy dismissals of allegations lodged against him. At rallies and in interviews, on Twitter and in formal speeches, he relishes the bad-boy language of a shock jock, just one more way of gleefully provoking the political establishment bothered by his norm-shattering ways.
In a single speech on Friday alone, he managed to throw out a “hell,” an “a** ” and a couple of “bullsh**s” for good measure. In the course of just one rally in Panama City Beach, Fla., earlier this month, he tossed out 10 “hells,” three “damns” and a “crap.” The audiences did not seem to mind. They cheered and whooped and applauded.http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-and-the-four-letter-presidency/ar-AABBKbD?ocid=ientp
« on: May 17, 2019, 06:12:51 PM »
Trump blames Obama for not warning him about Michael Flynn. Which Obama did.
President Donald Trump wants you to believe that he had no way of knowing about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s shady dealings with Russia before he made him his first national security adviser. In reality, the president is trying to rewrite history.
On Friday, Trump tweeted his lament that nobody warned him about Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general who was dismissed from his job as director of national intelligence by then-President Barack Obama in 2014. After his dismissal, Flynn wasted little time cozying up to the Kremlin, and then spent 2016 as one of Trump’s key campaign surrogates.
“It now seems the General Flynn was under investigation long before was common knowledge,” Trump tweeted. “It would have been impossible for me to know this but, if that was the case, and with me being one of two people who would become president, why was I not told so that I could make a change?”
But news reports indicate otherwise. CNN, citing former Obama administration officials, reported on May 17, 2017, that during a White House meeting days after Trump’s election, Obama told him that “given the importance of the [national security adviser] job, the president through there were better people for it, and that Flynn wasn’t up for the job.” But Trump proceeded with hiring Flynn anyway. Former New Jersey governor and longtime Trump confidant Chris Christie has also said he directly advised Trump against hiring Flynn.
“If I were president-elect of the United States, I wouldn’t let General Flynn into the White House, let alone give him a job,” Christie said in 2017.http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/factcheck/trump-blames-obama-for-not-warning-him-about-michael-flynn-which-obama-did/ar-AABvR79?ocid=ientp
« on: May 17, 2019, 05:47:04 PM »
WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday refused to comply with a congressional subpoena to hand over President Trump’s tax returns, a move that is likely to be the final step before the matter heads to the courts.
For more than a month, the Treasury Department and House Democrats have exchanged letters about the request, which was initiated in April by Representative Richard E. Neal, Democrat of Massachusetts and the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
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Mr. Mnuchin said that lawyers in the department concluded that the original request, made using an obscure provision of the tax code, was not legitimate. Mr. Neal changed course last week and issued a subpoena to try to gain access to six years of Mr. Trump’s personal and business tax returns.
On Friday, Mr. Mnuchin wrote a one-page letter to Mr. Neal, in which he reiterated his previous position that the request lacked “legitimate legislative purpose” and said he could not comply with the subpoena.
“For the same reasons, we are unable to provide the requested information in response to the committee’s subpoena,” Mr. Mnuchin said.
Mr. Mnuchin was widely expected to ignore the subpoena, as Mr. Trump has vowed to fight all subpoenas from House Democrats. The Treasury secretary has warned that allowing House Democrats to retrieve the president’s tax returns would open the door to lawmakers from both parties politicizing the Internal Revenue Service in the future.http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/steven-mnuchin-refuses-to-comply-with-subpoena-for-trumps-tax-returns/ar-AABvXwv?ocid=ientp
« on: May 17, 2019, 11:56:16 AM »
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens served nearly 35 years on the high court, and there is one decision that stands out for him.
“Unquestionably the most clearly incorrect decision” is District of Columbia v. Heller, the 2008 decision holding that the Second Amendment created an individual right to bear arms, Stevens writes in his new memoir. The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Time, CNN and the New York Times have coverage.
Stevens’ new book, released Tuesday, is The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years.
In an interview with Time, Stevens, 99, said the Heller decision has contributed to countless gun tragedies that are “multiplying one after another.” The decision has had “disastrous practical effects,” Stevens told the Washington Post.
“I think there’s no need for all the guns we have in the country,” Stevens told the Post, “and if I could get rid of one thing it would be to get rid of that whole gun climate.”http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/this-was-the-worst-decision-during-my-35-years-on-the-supreme-court-retired-justice-says?utm_source=maestro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_email
« on: May 17, 2019, 07:52:47 AM »
« on: May 15, 2019, 06:31:58 PM »
A new survey shows former Vice President Joe Biden opening up a large lead over President Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2020 general election matchup in the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania.
The Quinnipiac University poll, released on Wednesday, is the latest national or state survey to give Biden a clear lead over the rest of the historically large Democratic field in the race for the party’s presidential nomination.
According to the Keystone State poll, Biden tops Trump 53 percent to 42 percent in a head-to-head matchup. While the president holds a four-percentage-point advantage among men, Biden enjoys a 24-point lead among women. The Democrat also edges out Trump 49 percent to 45 percent among all white voters, while crushing the president 70 percent to 27 percent among non-white voters in the state.http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-tops-trump-by-double-digits-in-new-pennsylvania-poll/ar-AABpwqr?ocid=ientp
« on: May 15, 2019, 06:28:53 PM »
Racism Helps Republicans Win Elections According To Research
The authors of a new study correlate places in the south where slavery was most prominent to votes for today's Republican party.
In fact, according to the Washington Post, which published the findings, the counties or areas of the country where slavery was most prevalent vote Republican and continue to have the least progressive views on race (i.e., 20 percent of Republicans are against interracial dating/marriage, vs. 5 percent of Democrats.)
Of course, we are talking about the modern Republican party, not the “party of Lincoln.” A cursory history lesson shows that Dixiecrats left the Democratic party en masse after the Democratic party (led by President Lyndon Johnson) passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
According to the Post, “[Authors] Acharya, Blackwell and Sen examined data on racial attitudes from national polls conducted in 2010 and 2011, using the responses of white participants in the states of the former Confederacy, including West Virginia, as well as Missouri and Kentucky, slave states that did not secede. Those in counties where more slaves lived in 1860 were more likely to hold negative views of African Americans.”
The study also found that in the areas where slavery was prevalent, white voters in those areas were more likely to reject the presidency of Barack Obama.
Further, the negative beliefs that many Republicans hold are (not surprisingly) developed in childhood, regardless of how the mores and views country has moved:
“In general, there is evidence that children receive their racial prejudices from their parents, as well as the other adults in the communities in which they live. The three political scientists examined data from a national survey of high school seniors first conducted in 1965, which found that the students’ feelings about race were closely correlated with those of their parents.https://newsone.com/3694584/new-study-shows-effect-of-slavery-on-voting-today/
Read the Studyhttp://www.mattblackwell.org/files/papers/slavery.pdf
« on: May 15, 2019, 01:36:31 PM »
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City medical examiner who conducted an autopsy on an unarmed black man who died during an attempted arrest in 2014 told a hearing that the policeman who subdued the suspect used a chokehold that triggered the "lethal cascade" that killed him.
Cellphone videos taken by bystanders show Officer Daniel Pantaleo putting his arm around the neck of Eric Garner as he attempted to arrest him on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes on a sidewalk in the city's Staten Island borough.
The New York Police Department, which is conducting a hearing for Pantaleo that could lead to his dismissal, nearly five years after Garner's death, has banned its officers from using chokeholds for decades, saying the maneuver is too risky.
"In my opinion, that's a chokehold," Floriana Persechino, the medical examiner who wrote the autopsy report told the hearing, referring to cellphone video footage of the encounter. She said the chokehold triggered "a lethal cascade of events" that led to Garner's death.
Using a green laser pointer, she pointed to autopsy photographs showing ruptured blood vessels in Garner's neck, saying they were caused by the chokehold. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/new-york-medical-examiner-testifies-chokehold-led-to-eric-garners-death/ar-AABoscS?li=BBnb7Kz&OCID=AVRES000
« on: May 14, 2019, 04:54:17 PM »
WASHINGTON — A federal judge suggested Tuesday he is skeptical of President Donald Trump's efforts to block Congress from obtaining some of his financial records.
Judge Amit Mehta spent about an hour and a half holding a hearing on Trump's effort to keep financial records from Congress. Mehta did not rule during the hearing whether the House's subpoena of Trump financial records is a valid exercise of legislative power, but he said he would do so "promptly."
The lawsuit before Mehta comes amid a widespread effort by the White House and the president's attorneys to refuse to cooperate with congressional requests for information and records. And it is the first of what is likely to be many related to Trump's stonewalling
Mehta, who was nominated to his position by President Barack Obama, suggested during the hearing that Congress has wide latitude to investigate. He told Trump lawyer William Consovoy that there isn't a case since 1880 where the Supreme Court or an appeals court found that Congress overstepped its boundaries in issuing a subpoena.http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/judge-skeptical-of-trump-effort-to-keep-records-from-house/ar-AABkNrX?ocid=ientp
« on: May 14, 2019, 02:27:58 PM »
SOCHI/MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday that Washington would brook no interference by Moscow in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, saying such a move would seriously harm already poor relations.
Visiting Russia for the first time as secretary of state, Pompeo publicly clashed with Lavrov on issues from Ukraine to Venezuela. After their meeting, both men said they had been far apart on many issues.
"I made clear to Foreign Minister Lavrov... that interference in American elections is unacceptable. If the Russians were engaged in that in 2020 it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been," he said.http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/pompeo-tells-russia-dont-meddle-in-next-us-presidential-vote/ar-AABm0fL?ocid=ientp
"I'd encourage them not to do that. We would not tolerate that."