When discussing a leaked document that shows a lengthly laundry list of questions special counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask Donald Trump, CNN’s Jake Tapper mused that if the president’s legal team did the leaking themselves, it may be yet another sign that he believes he’s above the law.
The Center for American Progress’ Neera Tanden theorized if the president’s lawyers leaked the questions to the press in light of his own tweet calling the leak “disgraceful,” it may have been in an attempt to “build an argument if he’s charged with obstruction of justice.”
Kevin Madden, a GOP strategist, had another theory: that Trump’s lawyers may have leaked the questions intentionally without his knowledge because they were “having a hard time getting him to focus” on the investigation. He went on to agree with Tanden’s assertion that it could be part of a “systematic” legal strategy to undermine the Mueller probe by attempting to demonstrate that the questions are outside of the scope of his investigation.
The host appeared to agree with both panelists before offering his own take.
“The idea that no one, no person in the United States, no man is above the law is perhaps one of the things that will be eroded continually as other things in this Trump presidency are,” Tapper mused.
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Chad Wolf’s authority is ‘illegitimate’: Hispanic Caucus chairman demands DHS chief ‘resign in disgrace’
Immigrant rights groups and Texas Democrats are urging a review on the legality of Trump administration immigration policies after a government watchdog found two of the White House’s top immigration officials are not legally eligible to serve in their respective positions.
The Government Accountability Office on Friday determined that Chad Wolf, acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, and Ken Cuccinelli, a senior official performing deputy secretary duties, aren’t legally qualified to hold those posts.
United We Dream, an advocacy group pushing for immigration reform, said the GAO’s conclusion calls into question the latest guidance from the DHS on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that was initiated in 2012.
Lots of red hats — but not many COVID masks — at Bedminster ‘Cops for Trump’ event with the president
Enhanced unemployment benefits have expired and there is still no deal on the next COVID-19 stimulus package, but the president of the United States left Washington, DC on Friday for yet another weekend at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.
"This weekend’s trip to Trump National Bedminster is the president’s 23rd since taking office, and will increase his golf-related taxpayer tab to $142 million in travel and security expenses," HuffPost White House corresponded S.V. Dáte reported Friday. "Trump has already spent 268 days on golf courses that he owns in his 1,303 days in office, of which 85 have been at Bedminster."
Trump declares that Fox News is ‘no longer the big deal’ in the 2020 presidential campaign
Donald Trump on Friday reflected on what he sees as the key differences between his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.
"The biggest difference between the Presidential Race in 2020 and that of 2016 is the 2016 candidate, Crooked Hillary Clinton, was much smarter and sharper than Slow Joe, we have even more ENTHUSIASM now, and [Fox News] has become politically correct and no longer the big deal!" Trump tweeted after arriving at his Bedminster Golf Club for the weekend.
Trump has grown increasingly frustrated by the network and its polls, which gave him more bad news on Thursday.