By The Conversation. Editor’s note: The following is a roundup of archival stories related to the debate over what to do with Confederate statues. The impetus for the “Unite the Right” rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12 was a proposal to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park.…
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National Archives still doesn't have everything as Judge Cannon tries to delay FBI investigation: report
Efforts to obtain government documents from former President Donald Trump's administration have so far failed to reclaim all of the missing documents despite the August FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago.
The National Archives explained the situation in a Sept. 30 letter House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), The Wall Street Journal reported.
“While there is no easy way to establish absolute accountability, we do know that we do not have custody of everything we should,” wrote acting Archivist of the United States Debra Steidel Wall.
The letter was sent as Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon continues to delay and limit the FBI investigation into the missing public records.
"The letter also said that, as appropriate, the National Archives would consult with the Justice Department on whether to initiate action to recover records that may have been removed in potential violation of the Presidential Records Act," The Journal reported. "Still, the National Archives declined to say whether Mr. Trump had turned over all presidential records. Ms. Maloney had pressed Ms. Steidel Wall to obtain a written certification from Mr. Trump that he had surrendered all presidential records or classified materials, hadn’t made any copies, and hadn’t turned the documents over to anyone other than the archives or the Justice Department."
The Archives suggested the Oversight Committee contact the Department of Justice for information on the ongoing criminal investigation.
Maloney blasted Trump in a Saturday statement.
“Former President Trump and his senior staff have shown an utter disregard for the rule of law and our national security by failing to return presidential records as the law requires,” Maloney said. “I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that all presidential records from the Trump White House are returned to the custody of the government and to make sure these abuses never happen again.”
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Watch: MTG calls for imprisoning her political enemies in combative speech at Trump's Michigan rally
Controversial first-term Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene traveled to Michigan to speech at Donald Trump's Saturday rally in Warren.
Speaking for more than twenty minutes, Greene lashed out at her political enemies and painted a dark portrait of a dystopian portrait of a country where Republicans are persecuted and transgender Americans are the "most protected class."
Greene both took the stage to the song "Gladiator" by Zayde Wølf.
"I had to keep on reaching up 'cause it was my time; To tear down the kingdom and call out the liars," Wølf sang. "Spent too much money on a therapist; Couldn't fix me, I accepted it."
Twice the crowd chanted, "lock her up" as Greene attacked Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Greene also called for jailing doctors for gender reassignment surgeries.
She also attacked Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the governor of California, among others.
"Democrats want Republicans dead and they’ve already started the killing," she said.
As Greene left the stage, Zayde Wølf played again.
"Picked a fight with the gods I'm the giant slayer," he sang. "Bone shaker, dominator;Freight train, wrecking ball, I'm the gladiator."
The U.S. Supreme Court is facing a legitimacy crisis after overturning Roe vs. Wade and increasing ethics scandals involving Justice Clarance Thomas, whose wife Ginni testified before the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"The nine justices have no control over money, as Congress does, or force, as the executive branch does. All they have is their black robes and the public trust. A court that does not keep that trust cannot perform its critical role in American government," The New York Times editorial board wrote on Saturday.
The editorial noted the court's falling standing among the public.
"The actual cause of its historic unpopularity is no secret. Over the past several years, the court has been transformed into a judicial arm of the Republican Party," the editorial board wrote. "This project was taking shape more quietly for decades, but it shifted into high gear in 2016, when Justice Antonin Scalia died and Senate Republicans refused to let Barack Obama choose his successor, obliterating the practice of deferring to presidents to fill vacancies on the court. Within four years, the court had a 6-to-3 right-wing supermajority, supercharging the Republican appointees’ efforts to discard the traditions and processes that have allowed the court to appear fair and nonpartisan. As a result, the court’s legitimacy has been squandered in the service of partisan victories."
The court's new term is set to begin on Monday.
"With a few exceptions, the Supreme Court rarely has been at the forefront of making America a more equal place. But we are not consigned to living under the thumb of a reactionary juristocracy," the editorial board wrote. "To the contrary, the meaning of the Constitution is far more than what the court decrees; it is the result of an ongoing conversation between the court and the American people. Those who protested the loss of their rights after the Dobbs decision, and those who showed their determination to protect those rights, as voters did in Kansas in August, are speaking directly to the court. When the justices stop listening, as they have at other moments in history, the people’s voices will eventually become too loud for them to ignore."
Sunday evening, CNN is set to air a new Fareed Zakaria special titled, “Supreme Power: Inside the Highest Court in the Land.”
On Saturday, CNN published a tease of the special adapted from Zakaria's concluding remarks.
"The Supreme Court of the United States has moved in a direction that has weakened its own legitimacy," Zakaria said. "It might be an occasion to begin a national conversation about what reforms could be put in place to make it less partisan, less divisive and more trusted by the vast majority of citizens. After all, that is the only way its rulings will be truly accepted in a diverse democracy of more than 330 million people."