One Day In Trumpworld

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & Administration, White House SecrecyLeave a Comment

These things happened yesterday: (1) Trump gave William Barr total authority to declassify and release anything he wants regarding the Russia investigation, particularly anything from the intelligence community (who was told by executive order to cooperate). I don’t think there is a smoking gun showing that the “Deep State” was out to get Trump by starting what eventually became the Mueller investigation. … Read More

Call Me Crazy, But It Doesn’t Look Like Justin Amash, The First Congressional Republican To Call For Impeachment, Is Showing Signs Of Backing Down

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

As New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait points out, Amash has “an 88 percent score from the American Conservative Union, [and] a 100 percent score from FreedomWorks.” He’s anti-abortion, more anti-interventionist than the average Democrat, and when bills add to the federal government’s vast ocean of red ink, he votes no.

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

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

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

Document Dump: Draft Internal IRS Legal Memo Contradicts IRS Legal Position On Trump Tax Returns

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

A draft memo, written last fall by an Internal Revenue Service attorney, contradicts the Treasury Department’s justification for denying House Democrats’ demands for access to President Trump’s tax returns.  Trump has refused to turn over his tax returns but has not invoked executive privilege. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has instead denied the returns by arguing there is no legislative purpose … 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

Then And Now

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Then (March 2019) Great news from @Ford! They are investing nearly $1 BILLION in Flat Rock, Michigan for auto production on top of a $1 BILLION investment last month in a facility outside of Chicago. Companies are pouring back into the United States – they want to be where the action is! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2019 … Read More

Trump Expected To Order McGahn To Ignore Subpoena

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

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

Meanwhile, A Fifth Migrant Child Dies In Custody Of Border Patrol

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The U.S. government says a 16-year-old Guatemalan died Monday at a Border Patrol station in South Texas, the fifth death of a migrant child apprehended by border agents since December. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that Border Patrol apprehended the teenager in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley on May 13. The agency says the teenager was … Read More

Pardoning War Criminals: A Terrible Idea

Ken AshfordMilitary Issues, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Nowhere is Donald Trump’s imperial instinct more obvious than when it comes to the pardon power. This makes sense. The pardon power is a relic of the English monarchy, which most of the founders didn’t think was necessary and didn’t originally include in the Constitution. With some famous exceptions, pardons have mostly been used to show mercy. In recent years presidents … Read More

The Iran War Drumbeat

Ken AshfordIran, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This morning, the State Department issued a “Do Not Travel” advisory for Americans considering going to Iraq, ordered nonessential personnel to leave the country, and warned of a “high risk for violence and kidnapping.” This action comes after the United States indicated that Iran was behind attacks on four oil tankers just outside the Persian Gulf. Iran has denied those accusations, but as tensions in the region increase, Republicans … 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

Trump Abuse Everywhere

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

First, an insight into the guy we’re dealing with: Ok. So he’s an asshole. But he’s dangerous too. Trump, through his surrogates, is openly involving a foreign power in domestic politics: If you’re still worried about the collusion described in the Mueller Report forgot about that because it probably means you’re not focused enough on how President Trump’s top advisors … Read More