Trump Loses Lawsuit Challenging Subpoena for Financial Records

Posted: May 20, 2019, 6:02 pm

Trump Loses Lawsuit Challenging Subpoena for Financial Records President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn before leaving the White House in Washington, May 20, 2019. A U.S. judge on Monday ruled in favor of a U.S. House of Representatives committee seeking President Donald Trump's financial records from his accounting firm, dealing an early setback to the Trump administration in its legal battle with Congress.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington also denied a request by Trump to stay his decision pending an appeal.
Last Tuesday, Mehta heard oral arguments on whether Mazars LLP must comply with a House of Representatives Oversight Committee subpoena.
Mehta said in Monday's ruling that the committee “has shown that it is not engaged in a pure fishing expedition for the President's financial records” and that the Mazars documents might assist Congress in passing laws and performing other core functions.
FILE – Lawyer Amit Mehta speaks during a..

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Republican Lawmaker Calling for Trump’s Impeachment Draws Backlash   

Posted: May 20, 2019, 5:51 pm

Republican Lawmaker Calling for Trump's Impeachment Draws Backlash FILE – This March 28, 2017, file photo shows Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., followed by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, leaving a closed-door strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington. WASHINGTON — A Michigan congressman who was the first Republican to call for President Donald Trump's impeachment defended himself Monday against attacks from other Republicans supporting Trump.
Rep. Justin Amash, a five-term member of the House of Representatives, said his critics employed “several falsehoods” in claiming that Trump did not obstruct justice by trying to thwart the lengthy investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
/**/ /**/ /**/ SEE ALSO: White House to Congress: No 'Do-Over' of Mueller Probe Critics of the Mueller probe, including the president, have claimed that Trump could not obstruct justice because there was no underlying crime to o..

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Trump Tells Former Counsel to Ignore Congressional Subpoena

Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:04 pm

Trump Tells Former Counsel to Ignore Congressional Subpoena FILE – White House Counsel Don McGahn sits behind U.S. President Donald Trump as the president holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, June 21, 2018. WHITE HOUSE — The White House, acting on a legal opinion from the Justice Department, has instructed its former counsel not to testify before Congress.
Lawyer Don McGahn, facing a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee, had been scheduled to appear before lawmakers Tuesday morning.
“The Department of Justice has provided a legal opinion stating that, based on long-standing, bipartisan, and Constitutional precedent, the former Counsel to the President cannot be forced to give such testimony, and Mr. McGahn has been directed to act accordingly,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Monday afternoon. “This action has been taken in order to ensure that future Presidents can effectively execute the responsibilities of the Office of t..

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US Senator Convening Meetings to Warn Business, Academia of China Threat

Posted: May 19, 2019, 10:49 pm

US Senator Convening Meetings to Warn Business, Academia of China Threat FILE – Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., speaks after hearing some of the testimony from Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, before a closed door hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Feb. 26, 2019, in Washington. U.S. Senator Mark Warner said on Sunday that he has been organizing meetings between U.S. intelligence officials and the country's business and academic communities to urge caution in their relationships with China.
“I have been convening meetings between the intelligence community and outside stakeholders in business and academia to ensure they have the full threat picture and hopefully, make different decisions about Chinese partnerships,” Warner said in a statement.
Accusing China of undermining U.S. security, Warner, a Democrat, said the meetings were aimed at increasing awareness about tactics used by China against the United States.
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Trump Attacks Fox News in Latest Sign of Strain

Posted: May 19, 2019, 8:17 pm

Trump Attacks Fox News in Latest Sign of Strain FILE – The Fox News channel logo is seen during a town hall meeting, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 8, 2019. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump criticized Fox News again Sunday in the latest hint that he is souring on what has been his favorite and most faithful news outlet.
As part of a flurry of afternoon tweets, Trump took the conservative network to task for interviewing Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
“Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him. Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems,” Trump wrote, alluding to the Fox interviewer.
Trump added: “Chris Wallace said, 'I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance…fascinating biography.' Gee, he never speaks well of me.”
Trump again mocked Buttigieg, referring to him as Al..

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Trump Assails Republican Lawmaker Who Called for Impeachment

Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:55 am

Trump Assails Republican Lawmaker Who Called for Impeachment FILE – U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) speaks at the Liberty Political Action Conference in Chantilly, Virginia Sept. 19, 2013. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday assailed Congressman Justin Amash as “a total lightweight” after the Michigan lawmaker became the first Republican to call for Trump's impeachment.
The U.S. leader said he was “never a fan” of the five-term member of the House of Representatives, claiming he “opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy.”

Trump said Amash “is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!”
Amash, echoing numerous Democratic lawmakers, claimed that Trump “engaged in impeachable conduct” by attempting to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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Jimmy Carter Finds Renaissance in 2020 Democratic Scramble

Posted: May 19, 2019, 7:54 am

Jimmy Carter Finds Renaissance in 2020 Democratic Scramble Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, right, and his husband, Chasten Glezman, left, speak with former President Jimmy Carter, May 5, 2019 at former President Jimmy Carter's Sunday school class in Plains, Georgia. ATLANTA, GA. — Former President Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term. Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history is re-emerging from political obscurity at age 94 to win over his fellow Democrats once again.
A peanut farmer turned politician then worldwide humanitarian, Carter is carving out a unique role as several Democratic candidates look to his family-run campaign after the Watergate scandal as the roadmap for toppling President Donald Trump in 2020.
“Jimmy Carter is a decent, well-meaning person, someone who people are talking about again given the time that we are in,” Minnesota S..

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Ex-CIA Chief Brennan to Brief House Democrats on Iran

Posted: May 19, 2019, 5:28 am

Ex-CIA Chief Brennan to Brief House Democrats on Iran Former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 23, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force. WASHINGTON — House Democrats will hear from former CIA director John Brennan about the situation in Iran, inviting him to speak next week amid heightened concerns over the Trump administration’s sudden moves in the region.
Brennan, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, is scheduled to talk to House Democrats at a private weekly caucus meeting Tuesday, according to a Democratic aide and another person familiar with the private meeting. Both were granted anonymity to discuss the meeting.
The invitation to Brennan and Wendy Sherman, the former State Department official and top negotiator of the Iran nuclear deal, offers counterprogramming to the Trump administration’s closed-door briefing for lawmakers also planned for Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Democratic lawmakers ar..

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Michigan GOP Lawmaker: Trump Conduct Is ‘Impeachable’ 

Posted: May 18, 2019, 8:45 pm

Michigan GOP Lawmaker: Trump Conduct Is 'Impeachable' FILE – Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 10, 2018. On May 18, 2019, Amash became the first Republican federal lawmaker to accuse President Donald Trump of engaging in “impeachable conduct.'' WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman from Michigan on Saturday became the first member of President Donald Trump's party on Capitol Hill to accuse him of engaging in “impeachable conduct'' as detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller's lengthy investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
But Rep. Justin Amash stopped short of calling on Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, which many Democrats have been agitating for.
Often a lone GOP voice in Congress, Amash sent a series of tweets Saturday faulting both Trump and Attorney General William Barr over Mueller's report. Mueller wrapped up the inves..

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Report: Trump May Pardon Some Linked to War Crimes

Posted: May 18, 2019, 6:23 pm

Report: Trump May Pardon Some Linked to War Crimes FILE – U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, May 9, 2019. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for files to be prepared on pardoning several U.S. military members accused of or convicted of war crimes, including one slated to stand trial on charges of shooting unarmed civilians while in Iraq, The New York Times reported Saturday.
Trump requested the immediate preparation of paperwork needed, indicating he is considering pardons for the men around Memorial Day on May 27, the report said, citing two unnamed U.S. officials.
Assembling pardon files normally takes months, but the Justice Department has pressed for the work to be completed before that holiday weekend, one of the officials said.
One request is for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of the Navy SEALs, scheduled to stand trial in coming weeks on charges of shooting unarmed civilians and kil..

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