Trump Formalizes Obstruction In Letter To Congress

Ken AshfordConstitution, L'Affaire Ukraine, Trump & Administration, Trump ImpeachmentLeave a Comment

He won’t cooperate, period. And now we are officially in a constitutional crisis. The missive sprawls over eight pages, but its message can be boiled down to just five words: You’re damn right we’re obstructing. I need to discuss the legal issues here — there are very few in this letter. They are tucked away in footnotes. And they are terrible. … Read More

Huge Win: NC Court Strikes Down GOP-Gerrymandered Districts; Orders New Map

Ken AshfordConstitution, Courts/Law, Election 2020, Local Interest, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

In a 357-page decision, a unanimous three-judge panel on Tuesday ordered drawing of new legislative maps in North Carolina, ruling in Common Cause v. Lewis that the current maps constitute “extreme partisan gerrymandering” and violate three separate provisions of the state constitution. “The 2017 Enacted Maps, as drawn, do not permit voters to freely choose their representative, but rather representatives are … Read More

Emoluments Case Dismissed

Ken AshfordConstitution, Crime, Political Scandals, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The Fourth Circuit just sided with President Trump, dismissing a lawsuit claiming the president is illegally profiting from foreign and state government visitors at his luxury hotel in downtown Washington. The unanimous ruling is a victory for the president in a novel case brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia involving anti-corruption provisions in the … Read More

Breaking: Second Circuit Rules That Trump Cannot Block People On Twitter

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The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a New York judge’s ruling and found that Trump “engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by utilizing Twitter’s ‘blocking’ function to limit certain users’ access to his social media account, which is otherwise open to the public at large, because he disagrees with their speech.” “We hold that he engaged in such discrimination,” the ruling … Read More

Is It Constitutional Showdown Time?

Ken AshfordConstitution, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Will we finally get the Constitutional showdown we’ve been waiting for? It’s obvious that Trump believes neither he not any of his underlings should deign to appear before another branch of the US government. Constitutional Republic? Pshaw. It’s Unitary Executive Time, Baby! The President gets to decide all by his-damned-self what counts as a “legitimate” investigation and what is a … Read More

Trump Meddled Again With DOJ Investigation

Ken AshfordConstitution, L'Affaire Russe, Stormy Daniels & Karen McDougal Affairs, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Just out from the NY Times: As federal prosecutors in Manhattan gathered evidence late last year about President Trump’s role in silencing women with hush payments during the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump called Matthew G. Whitaker, his newly installed attorney general, with a question. He asked whether Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New … Read More

McCabe Told Gang of Eight About Counterintelligence Investigation Into Trump

Ken AshfordCongress, Constitution, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

I haven’t written much, if anything about former FBI director Andrew McCabe’s series interviews promoting his upcoming new book, but the big reveal from it all is that McCabe ordered a counterintelligence investigation into Trump early in the presidency. Not surprising in one sense, given Trump’s firing of James Comey, etc. But there was an interesting wrinkle to the story. … Read More

The Latest Court Attack On Obamacare Could Backfire

Ken AshfordConstitution, Courts/Law, Health CareLeave a Comment

The latest conservative challenge to the Affordable Care Act, in which the Trump administration has taken the position that the health care law’s protections for preexisting conditions are unconstitutional, is heading to the courtroom. Federal judge Reed O’Connor, who has ruled against Obamacare before, is set to hear oral arguments on Wednesday, September 5. Trump lawyers are arguing that Obamacare’s most popular provisions … Read More

Trump Wants To Defy Constitution By Ending Birthright Citizenship

Ken AshfordConstitution, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

He can’t do this.  He should know it: President Trump said he was preparing an executive order to end birthright citizenship in the United States, his latest attention-grabbing maneuver days before midterm congressional elections, during which he has sought to activate his base by vowing to clamp down on immigrants and immigration. “We’re the only country in the world where … Read More

Once Again, The GOP-Led NC Legislature Gets Foiled By The Courts In Their Attempt To Gerrymander

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Constitution, Election 2018, Local Interest, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Yesterday, a federal district court once again struck down North Carolina’s Republican-drawn congressional map as a partisan gerrymander in violation of the Constitution. This ruling reaffirmed the court’s January decision, which the Supreme Court vacated and told them to reconsider in June under a different legal theory of who has standing to sue. Indeed, while the Supreme Court said each district would have to be challenged individually … Read More

Abhorrent Actor Dropped By Agency

Ken AshfordConstitution, Rightwing Extremism/ViolenceLeave a Comment

Fox News reports: James Woods has been dropped by his talent agent, and received the announcement in an email sent during the Fourth of July holiday. The Oscar-nominated actor shared a screenshot of the email with the subject line “Well…” on his personal Twitter account. The agent, Ken Kaplan, said that he’d come to the decision to no longer represent the … Read More

We Are Fucked: Kennedy Is Retiring

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Constitution, Courts/Law, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

NBC: Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced Wednesday that he will retire when his successor is confirmed, preparing the way for the most significant change in the court’s makeup in half a century. The vacancy will allow President Donald Trump to make the U.S. Supreme court a solidly conservative body for years, if not generations, to come — a … Read More