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Knox

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Well, something is up, just for shits and giggles I just searched my IP and yep is says I'm in Australia. Because last time I checked I was in Australia. I really don't think it matters that much, I just find this whole situation to be bizarre. Seriously, why would I invent my nationality? There are a lot of people here who follow American politics for same reasons I do. I didn't actually call you a liar because I don't think that you are. That was really more of an implication that you were doing something wrong in your quest to uncover the "truth" about me.
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Yet no mention of the three teenage girls he was also harassing, or the fact he offered money for their dox.

Yes, you did call me a liar. Don't twist your words. And people lie all the time about who they are on the internet. No one really cares one way or the other and I would have left it alone but you were so desperate to prove where you're from that you kept on it like a dog with a bone so finally to shut you up about it, I told you where it shows you're from. But even that doesn't deter you. Let it go before you get a warning for derailing the thread. Once you get six you're banned. Count yours.
 

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Victoria

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'Hit job': Trump responds to report he lost more than $1 billion over decade

President Donald Trump is still fighting Congress over the release of his tax returns, but a new report on Tuesday analyzing his official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts, with the figures from his federal tax forms, shows he lost over $1 billion from 1985 to 1994.

The documents show Trump's businesses lost $1.17 billion over the 10 years, including $46.1 million in 1985 and hundreds of millions by the time of his much-publicized early-1990s financial collapse, according to a report in The New York Times, which acquired the tax documents.

The president has often portrayed himself as having a "golden touch" in all businesses during the 1980s, before fighting back from serious financial debt — due to struggles with his casino business — in the 1990s. His infamous book, "The Art of the Deal," was released in 1987, right in the middle of the years covered in the tax documents.

Charles Harder, an attorney for Trump, countered in a statement to the Times — later provided to ABC News — that the reporting was inaccurate and based off "inherently unreliable" tax transcripts. He also questioned whether the documents even exist.

"We understand that your story relies upon IRS tax transcripts from the 1980s, rather than the actual tax returns. You cannot rely upon IRS tax transcripts from so long ago," Harder said in the statement. "To the extent any such documents even exist, they are inherently unreliable. IRS transcripts, particularly before the days of electronic filing, are notoriously inaccurate, incomplete and selective in any information that may have been manually inputted into (or omitted from) the IRS system. IRS transcripts from the 1980s would not be able to provide a reasonable picture of any taxpayer’s return. Drawing any conclusions from a purported tax transcript would be speculative at best, and constitute irresponsible and unethical reporting."

"We have already informed you that your statements regarding Mr. Trump’s tax returns from 30 years ago are highly inaccurate and based upon information that is demonstrably false," Harder continued. "Any story on this subject that is inaccurate and harms Mr. Trump’s reputation would be defamatory with actual malice. You are on notice. All rights are reserved."

Me: Oh my, put on notice and more of the 'don't believe your own ears and eyes' defense too?

Trump did not pay any taxes in eight of the 10 years analyzed by the Times due to his financial losses. During his financial collapse in 1990 and 1991, he lost more than $250 million each year, the documents show.

The report comes in the middle of an ongoing fight with Congress over the release of more recent Trump tax returns. Democrats have argued that the release of Trump's tax returns are required by a 1924 tax code provision.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied congressional Democrats' request for six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns on Monday.

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Knox

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'Hit job': Trump responds to report he lost more than $1 billion over decade

President Donald Trump is still fighting Congress over the release of his tax returns, but a new report on Tuesday analyzing his official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts, with the figures from his federal tax forms, shows he lost over $1 billion from 1985 to 1994.

The documents show Trump's businesses lost $1.17 billion over the 10 years, including $46.1 million in 1985 and hundreds of millions by the time of his much-publicized early-1990s financial collapse, according to a report in The New York Times, which acquired the tax documents.

The president has often portrayed himself as having a "golden touch" in all businesses during the 1980s, before fighting back from serious financial debt — due to struggles with his casino business — in the 1990s. His infamous book, "The Art of the Deal," was released in 1987, right in the middle of the years covered in the tax documents.

Charles Harder, an attorney for Trump, countered in a statement to the Times — later provided to ABC News — that the reporting was inaccurate and based off "inherently unreliable" tax transcripts. He also questioned whether the documents even exist.

"We understand that your story relies upon IRS tax transcripts from the 1980s, rather than the actual tax returns. You cannot rely upon IRS tax transcripts from so long ago," Harder said in the statement. "To the extent any such documents even exist, they are inherently unreliable. IRS transcripts, particularly before the days of electronic filing, are notoriously inaccurate, incomplete and selective in any information that may have been manually inputted into (or omitted from) the IRS system. IRS transcripts from the 1980s would not be able to provide a reasonable picture of any taxpayer’s return. Drawing any conclusions from a purported tax transcript would be speculative at best, and constitute irresponsible and unethical reporting."

"We have already informed you that your statements regarding Mr. Trump’s tax returns from 30 years ago are highly inaccurate and based upon information that is demonstrably false," Harder continued. "Any story on this subject that is inaccurate and harms Mr. Trump’s reputation would be defamatory with actual malice. You are on notice. All rights are reserved."

Me: Oh my, put on notice and more of the 'don't believe your own ears and eyes' defense too?

Trump did not pay any taxes in eight of the 10 years analyzed by the Times due to his financial losses. During his financial collapse in 1990 and 1991, he lost more than $250 million each year, the documents show.

The report comes in the middle of an ongoing fight with Congress over the release of more recent Trump tax returns. Democrats have argued that the release of Trump's tax returns are required by a 1924 tax code provision.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied congressional Democrats' request for six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns on Monday.

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I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you!!! But only that it took so long for someone to find the damn figures. LMAO!!!
 

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Trump Admin Inflated Iran Intel, U.S. Officials Say

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On Sunday, the National Security Council announced that the U.S. was sending a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Gulf in response to “troubling and escalatory” warnings from Iran –– an eye-popping move that raised fears of a potential military confrontation with Tehran. Justifying the move, anonymous government officials cited intelligence indicating Iran had crafted plans to use proxies to strike U.S. forces off the coast of Yemen and stationed in Iraq. National Security Adviser John Bolton also discussed the intelligence on the record. A consensus appeared to be emerging: that Iran was gearing up for war.

But multiple sources close to the situation told The Daily Beast that the administration blew it out of proportion, characterizing the threat as more significant than it actually was.

“It’s not that the administration is mischaracterizing the intelligence, so much as overreacting to it,” said one U.S. government official briefed on it.

Me: Trump administration blowing a situation totally out of proportion? Come on now, it's the Trumpian way.

Another source familiar with the situation agreed that the Trump administration’s response was an “overreaction” but didn’t dispute that a threat exists. Gen. Qasem Soleimani—the head of the Qods Force, Iran’s covert action arm—has told proxy forces in Iraq that a conflict with the U.S. will come soon, this source noted.

“I would characterize the current situation as shaping operations on both sides to tilt the field in preparation for a possible coming conflict,” continued the second source, who is also a U.S. government official. “The risk is a low-level proxy unit miscalculating and escalating things. We’re sending a message with this reaction to the intelligence, even though the threat might not be as imminent as portrayed.”

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The New York state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would make it easier for Congress to obtain President Donald Trump's state tax returns, advancing a bill that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will sign if it reached his desk.

The bill, called the TRUST Act, passed by a 39-to-21 vote. The bill would amend state law to permit the state Department of Taxation and Finance commissioner to release any state tax return requested by the leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee or the Joint Committee on Taxation for any "specific and legitimate legislative purpose." Existing laws generally prohibit such a release.

Those congressional committees would have to file a request with the state only after efforts to gain access to federal tax filings through the Treasury Department failed.

The bill would only apply to Trump's state returns and not the federal ones currently at the center of a battle between the House and the Treasury Department. But those returns would provide a trove of information as New York serves as the headquarters of the president's business and has served as his home.

Though the legislation would only apply to the president's state returns and not the federal ones, the tax filings are likely to contain much of the same information congressional lawmakers are seeking from his federal returns.

"Donald Trump has broken 40 years of political tradition by not releasing his tax returns," Democratic state Sen. Brad Hoylman, who sponsored the legislation, said in a statement. "Now, his administration is precipitating a constitutional crisis by shielding the president from congressional oversight over those returns. Our system of checks and balances is failing. New York has a special role and responsibility to step into the breach."

TRUMP KNOWS HE IS FUCKED!!

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U.S. Senate intelligence panel subpoenas Trump's son -sources

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Donald Trump Jr. AKA Jut Jaw

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., to answer questions about the younger Trump's contacts with Russia, two congressional sources said on Wednesday.

The panel is seeking to question Trump Jr. about his previous congressional testimony, the sources said. The Axios web site said he told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 that he was only "peripherally aware" of proposed plans for a Trump Tower project in Moscow.

RUT ROW!!!!

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Edited to add do you think widdle Donnie made the same face when mommy tried to give him medicine?

... giggle ... giggle ... giggle :p
 
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Victoria

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House judiciary committee votes to hold William Barr in contempt

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The House judiciary committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress.

The committee voted 24-16 in favor of holding Barr in contempt for defying a subpoena to produce a full, unredacted version of the Robert Mueller report, in what House judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., described as "a very grave and momentous step."

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House Intel panel subpoenas Barr for full Mueller report, evidence

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The House Intelligence Committee has issued a subpoena for documents and materials related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.

The panel's chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), issued the subpoena to Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday evening. The committee is demanding Mueller's full unredacted report, the underlying evidence and all counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials generated in the course of the investigation.

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CentreAussie

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Yes, you did call me a liar. Don't twist your words. And people lie all the time about who they are on the internet. No one really cares one way or the other and I would have left it alone but you were so desperate to prove where you're from that you kept on it like a dog with a bone so finally to shut you up about it, I told you where it shows you're from. But even that doesn't deter you. Let it go before you get a warning for derailing the thread. Once you get six you're banned. Count yours.
Actually, you're the one calling me a liar and you've been doing it for weeks. I'm calling you incompetent because you have your wires crossed somewhere. So how many warnings is that now, 2? Worth it.
 

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Senate GOP grows frustrated with Trump chief of staff

Senate Republicans are growing increasingly frustrated with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

GOP senators see the former House lawmaker as an obstacle to striking deals on spending, including a stalled disaster relief package. The intraparty battle could spill over into high-profile debates on fiscal matters, such as raising the debt ceiling and avoiding another government shutdown.

Before joining the administration, Mulvaney was a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which rose to prominence after the Tea Party wave of 2010 by opposing spending increases and the implementation of Obama Care.

Some GOP lawmakers worry that Mulvaney has ingrained the Freedom Caucus's staunch conservative worldview to the White House, making it tougher to cut deals with Democrats.

"There is a feeling that the Freedom Caucus may be on the wane in the House, but it's on the ascendency in the West Wing," said one Republican senator, who requested anonymity to discuss colleagues' frustration with Mulvaney.

A second GOP senator said, "He's a former member of the Freedom Caucus, and he's used to saying no."

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Sources: Donald Trump Jr. seen resisting Senate committee subpoena

Donald Trump Jr. is unlikely to comply with a U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena to testify about his contacts with Russia, two congressional sources said on Thursday as the president publicly defended his eldest son.

The sources said Trump Jr. is expected to cite his Fifth Amendment constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination, a day after reports that the Republican-led panel had issued what is the first publicly known subpoena for a member of the president's family.

Trump, who has blasted the investigations into him and Russia, defended his son, who runs the Trump Organization — a private business that the Republican president still owns.

"I was very surprised," Trump said at a White House event intended to highlight healthcare. "My son's a very good person. Works very hard."

Lawyers for Trump Jr. did not respond to requests for comment and a White House spokesman declined to comment.

Discussions between the Republican-led panel and Trump Jr. about his possible testimony have been going on for months, according to the sources, who asked not to be named given the panel's ongoing probe.

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3 ways Attorney General William Barr is in the hot seat this week

If there is one thing that has been consistent in the Trump White House, it’s this: If a Cabinet official is in the news, they may not be in the Cabinet much longer.

Whether the news coverage comes from the shade thrown in a presidential tweet or from being entangled in some controversy, it bodes ill for the person involved. The best way to go might be that of Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who has had a relatively long tenure in office. Most forget the guy is still around.

Newly installed Attorney General William Barr began the job in the hot seat, and the seat hasn’t become any cooler since. From his first few weeks on the job he was instrumental in the controversial framing of the findings in the 448-page Mueller report. Now he won’t release the redacted portions and the underlying evidence.

This week, in particular, has been a big week for Barr in the headlines. But the good news for him is that there is an obvious path: Do the president’s bidding and brush off the demands of the Democrats.

Here are three ways Barr has been the focus of attention in Washington:

Barr was found in contempt by the House Judiciary Committee

Following the Mueller report, the House Judiciary Committee, which is led by Democrats, asked for Barr not to just answer questions from them but also from the committee’s staff attorneys. Barr refused to show up under those terms last week. They also asked for him to release the full, unredacted Mueller report and accompanying evidence. He said no to that also.

The committee voted this week to find Barr in contempt. The next step is that the whole House could vote to find him in contempt. After that, the next steps really begin to fade. Sure, Barr’s own Justice Department could bring criminal charges against him. Technically, the House could even go to his office and detain him and force him to testify. Congress could also sue him. But this all seems highly unlikely.

We have been here before, in almost the exact same situation. President Obama’s first attorney general, Eric Holder, was found to be in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify in a Republican-led House committee about a controversial program along the Southern border.

Holder continued in his job well after that, left the administration on his own terms, and even pondered a run for president in 2020. And on Wednesday, some seven years after Holder was found in contempt it was announced that the suit against him was officially settled.

Barr is going to have to decide whether Mueller testifies

Congress wants to hear directly from special counsel Robert Mueller. Originally, Barr told reporters at a press conference that he wouldn’t have a problem with that. Then, earlier this week, Trump tweeted that he felt Mueller shouldn’t testify. And since Mueller works for a Justice Department that Barr runs and who reports to the president, both statements matter.

But while Trump may personally believe Mueller shouldn’t testify, Trump said Thursday that the decision will be up to Barr.

“I’m going to leave that up to our very great attorney general. He’ll make a decision on that,” Trump told reporters.

Barr’s legal advice helped the Treasury decide to hold on to Trump’s taxes

The House Democrats feel like they have strong legal grounds to ask for Trump’s tax returns. After all, it is literally in the law that Congress can request records on any individual taxpayer if there is a congressional purpose.

In April, House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, of Springfield, formally requested that the Treasury Department, which oversees the Internal Revenue Service, turn over six years of Trump’s returns for the congressional purpose of “conducting oversight related to our federal tax laws, including, but not limited to, the extent to which the I.R.S. audits and enforces the federal tax laws against a president.”

With a legal assist from Barr, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that wasn’t good enough. He denied the request. In fact, he and Barr said, the real purpose of the request was simply “presidential harassment.”

In the end, while Barr is getting a lot of headlines this week — including calls for him to resign — he might not be feeling that much actual pressure. The path of pleasing the president may be a change from how other administrations have viewed the role of attorney general, but it is the easiest path for Barr to keep his job.

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Victoria

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Democrats launch health-care law rescue in face of Trump’s threat of repeal

House Democrats began making good on their campaign promise to shore up the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, passing a bill that would bar the Trump administration from granting states some waivers to the landmark health-care law.

Next week, the House will vote on a package of seven health-care bills, several of which would reverse administration actions that Democrats have described as efforts to sabotage former president Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement.

The votes come as President Trump recently renewed his vow to repeal the 2010 law and directed the Justice Department to intervene in a lawsuit aimed at invalidating the law entirely — including its popular protections for Americans with preexisting medical conditions.

Trump has vowed to run on health care and has said his campaign would present a plan to voters. Republicans, however, have failed to come with an alternative to the law and there is no GOP effort in Congress to craft a replacement.

None of the House bills approach anything near the kind of massive expansion of government-run health care that a number of liberal Democrats are now advocating, including several of the 2020 presidential candidates. Instead, under Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House leaders are pursuing a measured strategy aimed at highlighting Democrats’ efforts to protect coverage for people with preexisting conditions without wading into the murky political waters of a Medicare-for-all-type plan.

“We invite it to be very bipartisan — send it to the Senate, and hope that the president of the United States, who says he supports [benefits for people with] preexisting conditions, signs it into law as soon as possible,” Pelosi said.

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Victoria

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We're in the eye of the shit storm now.

It's been a good while back that I lost track of the word unprecedented in connection to our Pretender in Chief. You know the guy who frequently looks into the nearest camera and tells you not to believe your own ears and eyes. Yeah, that guy AKA individual #1.

Trump arrived in Washington to shatter historical norms and ignore our system of checks and balances in alarming ways absent of reason.
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Crisis point? High stakes in Trump's showdown with Congress

Stunned by the extent of the White House's blanket refusal to comply with oversight by Congress, the Democrats warn that the Trump administration is shattering historic norms and testing the nation's system of checks and balances in new and alarming ways.

It's not just the House's fight with the Justice Department over the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report . The standoff involves President Donald Trump's unwillingness to engage with dozens of Capitol Hill probes of his tax returns , potential business conflicts and the running of the administration — from security clearances for his family to actions he's taken on his own on immigration.

It's a confrontation that's only expected to deepen now that Mueller's work is finished and the investigation focus shifts to Capitol Hill.

Trump derides the probes as "presidential harassment." Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell tries to declare it all "case closed." But Democrats warn that without the legislative branch staying on the case, keeping watch, any executive becomes more like a "monarchy" — or "tyranny" — that doesn't have to answer to the representatives of all Americans.

"Will the administration violate the Constitution and not abide by the requests of Congress in its legitimate oversight responsibilities?" asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday.

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Obstructer in Chief Donald Trump's battle with sprawling congressional probes gets its first day in court
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President Donald Trump and his private business filed a federal lawsuit Monday to block the House from obtaining financial records from the company’s longtime accountant.

The 14-page complaint, which reads like a cross between a campaign ad and a traditional lawsuit, accuses House Democrats of having “declared all-out political war” with “subpoenas are their weapon on choice.” It asks a federal court to prevent the Trump Organization's accounting firm, Mazars USA, from being forced to turn over financial records to congressional investigators.

The lawsuit is the latest salvo in a series of investigation that are continuing into Trump and his businesses in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. That probe ended without a finding that Trump had committed a crime, but federal prosecutors and a half-dozen congressional committees are conducting separate investigations of the president and his business.

Trump's lawsuit Monday came in response to a subpoena issued last week by the House Oversight and Reform Committee for Mazars, the longtime accountant for Trump and his businesses, seeking eight years of financial documents.

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Trump urges judge not to fast-track his lawsuit over House subpoena

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Donald Trump on Monday objected to a judge's plan to fast-track his lawsuit seeking to block a congressional subpoena for information about eight years of his personal and business finances.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington proposed holding a trial on Tuesday, May 14, but Trump's lawyers said that plan would deny the president a "full and fair" hearing.

Trump's lawyers said the hearing should only deal with his request for a preliminary ruling.
Mehta will decide whether Mazars LLP, Trump's long-time accounting firm, must comply with a subpoena issued by the House Oversight Committee seeking financial records for Trump and his company.

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Daddy's boar boy Trump Jr. subpoena could force GOP loyalty test


If Donald Trump Jr. doesn't comply with the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena, the Senate is preparing for the very real possibility it could vote on enforcing the order on the Senate floor, according to sources in both parties.

Republicans said privately on Monday they were eager to avoid the clash and what would surely be an ugly floor vote if Trump Jr. ignores the Senate, and some hope the committee and Trump Jr. can work out a deal to avoid a floor vote on complying with the subpoena or even holding the president's son in contempt. But the chamber has several options if it chooses to force the issue, and they could pass given that they would only require a simple majority and aren't subject to the chamber's supermajority requirement, according to aides in both parties.

Contempt is one way forward. But the Senate also has a special option "as an alternative to both the inherent contempt power of each House and the criminal contempt statutes," according to the Congressional Research Service. The Intelligence Committee and then the full Senate can take civil action to enforce a subpoena in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or to simply ask for a declaration of the validity of the subpoena,

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The House could take subpoena enforcement into its own hands. Will it work?

Fans of political melodrama, at risk of overdose in recent years, have fixated upon a fascinating possibility as House Democrats seek to pry information from President Trump and the White House: What if Congress just arrested administration officials until they testified?

In the abstract, this sounds bizarre to the point of illegality. If you want information from your neighbor, you’re not allowed to simply lock him in your basement until he tells you what you want to know. You can do it, sure, but you’re probably going to go to prison for kidnapping. Why should Congress be different?
The answer is that, unlike you, Congress is allowed to do this.

As we reported in January of last year, the Senate actually detained a former member of the administration of President Herbert Hoover in 1934. Senate investigators were looking for information about certain government contracts, and William MacCracken, who had been assistant secretary of commerce for aeronautics, declined to provide information that had been requested. He was detained first at the home of then-Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Chesley Jurney and, for a second night, at the Willard Hotel in Washington.

Unsurprisingly, MacCracken contested the detention in court. The resulting case, Jurney v. MacCracken, landed at the Supreme Court. The justices determined that the Senate did, in fact, have the power to do precisely what it had done.

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House Judiciary Committee schedules hearing for Don McGahn, despite White House move to block subpoena

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Don McGahn next week, but it is unclear if the former White House counsel will agree to appear — the latest development in the battle between congressional Democrats and the White House for testimony from current and former administration officials.

The committee, led by Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., posted plans on Tuesday to hold a hearing for McGahn on May 21. The committee subpoenaed McGahn last month, but the White House has blocked McGahn from producing documents responsive to that subpoena.

The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on whether McGahn would appear before the committee. Last week, though, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if she thought McGahn would comply with the committee’s requests.
“I don’t anticipate that takes place,” Sanders said on ABC News "The Investigation: podcast last week. “We consider this to be a case closed and we’re moving forward to do the work of the American people.”

Nadler’s committee subpoenaed McGahn on April 22, days after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which featured McGahn prominently in its section related to the obstruction of justice inquiry. The subpoena called for him to appear before the panel to testify, and to provide documents related to the Mueller investigation.

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Judge skeptical of Trump effort to keep records from House

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.

House Democrats have said court battles are inevitable as they have made dozens of requests for documents and witnesses that the White House and others in the administration have rebuffed.

Trump, his business and family have also filed a lawsuit in New York against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to block subpoenas from the House Financial Services and intelligence panels seeking their banking and financial records. A hearing in that case is set for May 22.

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Maine Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote

The Maine Senate has passed a bill that would award the state's Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote in a presidential election.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the state chamber approved the bill in a 19-16 vote on Tuesday.
If passed by the state House and signed by Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D), the state would become the latest to join National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which is an agreement among a number of states to give their electoral college votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote.

So far, 14 states and Washington D.C. have joined the pact, which will only take effect if a number of states holding the majority of the Electoral College's 538 electoral votes join the agreement.
Since the formal body was created in 1787, there have only been five instances where a presidential candidate has been elected without winning the popular vote.

President Trump was the most recent to win the office without winning the popular vote. During the 2016 election, Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes. However, Trump won the election after he managed to secure 304 electoral votes.

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Daddy's boar boy Trump Jr. subpoena could force GOP loyalty test


If Donald Trump Jr. doesn't comply with the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena, the Senate is preparing for the very real possibility it could vote on enforcing the order on the Senate floor, according to sources in both parties.

Republicans said privately on Monday they were eager to avoid the clash and what would surely be an ugly floor vote if Trump Jr. ignores the Senate, and some hope the committee and Trump Jr. can work out a deal to avoid a floor vote on complying with the subpoena or even holding the president's son in contempt. But the chamber has several options if it chooses to force the issue, and they could pass given that they would only require a simple majority and aren't subject to the chamber's supermajority requirement, according to aides in both parties.

Contempt is one way forward. But the Senate also has a special option "as an alternative to both the inherent contempt power of each House and the criminal contempt statutes," according to the Congressional Research Service. The Intelligence Committee and then the full Senate can take civil action to enforce a subpoena in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or to simply ask for a declaration of the validity of the subpoena,

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The House could take subpoena enforcement into its own hands. Will it work?

Fans of political melodrama, at risk of overdose in recent years, have fixated upon a fascinating possibility as House Democrats seek to pry information from President Trump and the White House: What if Congress just arrested administration officials until they testified?

In the abstract, this sounds bizarre to the point of illegality. If you want information from your neighbor, you’re not allowed to simply lock him in your basement until he tells you what you want to know. You can do it, sure, but you’re probably going to go to prison for kidnapping. Why should Congress be different?
The answer is that, unlike you, Congress is allowed to do this.

As we reported in January of last year, the Senate actually detained a former member of the administration of President Herbert Hoover in 1934. Senate investigators were looking for information about certain government contracts, and William MacCracken, who had been assistant secretary of commerce for aeronautics, declined to provide information that had been requested. He was detained first at the home of then-Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Chesley Jurney and, for a second night, at the Willard Hotel in Washington.

Unsurprisingly, MacCracken contested the detention in court. The resulting case, Jurney v. MacCracken, landed at the Supreme Court. The justices determined that the Senate did, in fact, have the power to do precisely what it had done.

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Trump trashes Democratic challengers, calls Sanders 'crazy' and mocks Beto's reboot

President Trump used his speech in Louisiana on Tuesday to take shots at his potential 2020 Democratic challengers for the White House – launching attacks at former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, among others.

Speaking about his administration’s energy agenda at the LNG Export Facility in Hackberry, La., Trump veered off script to mock O’Rourke’s campaign reboot.

“Beto’s falling fast, what the hell happened?” Trump asked. “He’s trying to restart his campaign. Doesn't work out too well, history has said that's trouble, but he's going to restart his campaign.”

O’Rourke, who made national headlines last fall when he lost a close race for Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s seat, has recently been hit by a slew of bad press and falling poll numbers that have seen him drop far behind frontrunners like Biden and Sanders.

On Biden and Sanders, Trump called the Vermont lawmaker “crazy,” but said he had “more energy” than Biden.

“I don't know what the hell happened to Biden - that doesn't look like the guy I knew,” he said. “Bernie's crazy, but Bernie’s got a lot more energy than Biden…energy to get rid of your jobs.”

Despite Trump’s comments on the two Democratic frontrunners, a recent poll conducted by The Hill and Harris X has Biden holding a six-point advantage over Trump and a CNN poll has Sanders also with a six-point lead over the president.

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#Lindsey (I can't get no love) Graham Resign trends on Twitter

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Calls for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to resign began trending on Twitter Tuesday morning after the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman encouraged President Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. to plead the Fifth.

Graham on Monday said Trump Jr. should refuse to answer questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee, which subpoenaed Trump Jr. to testify about his communication with Russian officials.

"You just show up and plead the Fifth and it's over with," Graham told reporters, referring to the amendment that protects citizens from self-incrimination, according to The Washington Post.

The official Twitter account for Democratic Coalition, an anti-Trump super PAC that targets Republican officials and candidates, called for Graham to resign following the comments.
"Retweet if you agree. #LindseyGrahamResign," the group posted.

The group wrote that Graham "has abdicated his responsibilities as a U.S. Senator and has clearly abandoned his oath to uphold the Constitution and defend the rule of law."

The Hill has reached out to Graham's office for comment.

The hashtag quickly gained momentum online, with more than 65,000 people using it on Twitter.

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House Democrats to read Mueller report aloud in Capitol hearing room at high noon

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will read aloud on Thursday the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, one of the top Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, will, along with nearly two dozen of her colleagues, begin reading the Mueller report at 12 p.m. (1700 GMT) in a Capitol hearing room.

"We have a Constitutional duty to share that truth with the American people," Scanlon said in a release, adding the report's conclusions could not be adequately "summarized in a tweet."

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There be shadows and shadows of shadows in the dark hours and days ahead...

Trump's and his oily, republican, obsequious, sycophants bill is about to come due and who knows what the price to be paid will be in the end.
 
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How many Democrats have thrown their hat into the ring now? Will there be a shortage of hats?

I'm firm now that my support will go to Joe Biden and my anticipation for who he will choose as his running mate grows exponentially.

...giggle ...giggle ...giggle Am I the only one left on the island?
 
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