News Bits

Ken AshfordCongress, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

(1) ABOUT TIME From the Washington Post: House Democrats filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Trump administration seeking access to President Trump’s tax returns. Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, filed the lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department after months of feuding with the Trump administration over the returns. … Read More

The Perils Of Immigrants

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

This photo hit the public yesterday and went viral. Chuck Schumer: “President Trump, I want you to look at this photo. These are not drug dealers or vagrants or criminals. They are people simply fleeing a horrible situation in their home country for a better life.”Via The Hill pic.twitter.com/r9an1kA7Br — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 26, 2019 The man and his … Read More

Actually, It Seems The President IS Above The Law

Ken AshfordCongress, Courts/Law, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It is worth noting that, while Attorney General Barr has apparently negotiated an agreement to provide the House Judiciary Committee with access to Robert Mueller’s “most important files” related to the obstruction inquiry, Trump’s lawyers continue to fight in court against the release of the president’s financial records. It is very likely that the latter poses the bigger threat to Trump, who has already … Read More

Breaking: House Judiciary Committee To Hold Hearings On Mueller Report

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WaPo: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing next week on the Mueller report — but the report’s author will not attend. The panel announced Monday that it will convene on June 10 for a hearing titled “Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes.” Former U.S. attorneys and legal experts are expected to attend, as is John W. … Read More

Mueller Talks

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Congress, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Surprise press conference from Robert Mueller in which he took no questions: Trying not to break DOJ protocol, Mueller did his best to explain but not veer from the words of his report, and was successful. But in being faithful to his report, Mueller tacitly highlighted just how disingenuous AG Barr was when he first summarized the report. Mueller opened … Read More

Breaking: Trump Now 0-2 In Getting Judges To Bock Subpoenas

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Courthouse News: MANHATTAN (CN) – A federal judge refused President Donald Trump an injunction Wednesday in the subpoena fight over his personal and business bank records at Deutsche Bank and Capital One. A German lender in the swirl of a money laundering scandal, Deutsche has been identified as one of the few financial institutions willing to do business with Trump … Read More

Happening Now: Pelosi And Schumer At White House To Talk Infrastructure; Trump Cannot Focus

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Congress, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Trump is on the White House lawn complaining about the Mueller investigation, while Pelosi and Schumer are trying to do the work of the people: "I walked into the room and I told Sen Schumer and Speaker Pelosi that I want to do infrastructure…but I can't do it under these circumstances." Pres Trump of his meeting moments before with Democratic … Read More

McGahn Is A No-Show. Now What?

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

Rep. Jerry Nadler: “We will not allow the President to prevent the American people from hearing from this witness. We will not allow the President to block congressional subpoenas, putting himself and his allies above the law.” https://t.co/iwEhpwoUah pic.twitter.com/Aw7imGg0GX — The Hill (@thehill) May 21, 2019 Nadler in the clip above (from The Post): “We will not allow the president to … Read More

Document Dump: Judicial Opinion Requiring Trump’s Accounting Firm To Hand Over Trump Financial Records

Ken AshfordCongress, Courts/Law, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It’s a scathing opinion, right from the opening graf: Judge Mehta rules against Trump in financial record case. Mehta starts his 41-page opinion with a quote from President Buchanan. pic.twitter.com/ZDmOYw6Rra — Charlie Gile (@CharlieGileNBC) May 20, 2019 “It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a President for reasons including criminal behavior would … Read More

Trump Expected To Order McGahn To Ignore Subpoena

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NEWS: The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel has drafted an opinion centering on McGahn’s planned testimony to House Judiciary tomorrow, per DOJ official. A Hill aide tells me they expect it to provide a legal basis for McGahn refusing to comply with the subpoena. — Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) May 20, 2019 NY Times: President Trump is preparing to instruct … Read More

Trump’s Lawyers Adopt Untenable Position

Ken AshfordCongress, Courts/Law, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

On all fronts, Trump, through his lawyers, is fighting congressional subpoenas issued to him, his businesses, his sons, etc. in the courts. Trump and his allies are working to block more than 20 separate investigations into his actions as president, his personal finances and his administration’s policies, according to a Washington Post analysis. The most important case of all is, ironically, one … Read More

Document Dump: We Have Questions

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

Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have sent a letter to Republican committee Chair Lindsey Graham to insist on the importance of bringing Robert Mueller before their committee. To demonstrate the importance, the Democratic senators have included a list of 60 questions that can only be answered by the special counsel’s appearance. The letter—which includes the signatures of 2020 presidential candidates … Read More

Barr’s Most Absurd Defenses Of Trump’s Obstructive Conduct

Ken AshfordCongress, Courts/Law, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

By now, it’s pretty clear that Attorney General Bill Barr thinks there was nothing unusual — let alone potentially criminal — about President Trump’s intervention in the federal Russia investigation. Not the repeated pushes to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, not the public fuming about being the innocent victim of a federal “witch hunt,” not the tweeted threats to the … Read More