During an MSNBC discussion on the various entities of Donald Trump’s empire that are under investigation, one of his biographers pointed out that his entire presidential campaign was constructed like a “criminal enterprise.”
Speaking with AM Joy host Joy Reid, author and columnist Tim O’Brien sat back and put the most recent revelations from special counsel Robert Mueller in context:
“What we have learned from these documents is that there is the very real possibility that the Trump campaign was a criminal conspiracy from its beginnings and that criminal acts might have been committed,” O’Brien observed. “Now you have the Trump White House dealing with the consequences of all of these.”
“When you have Rudy Giuliani distracting people, focussing only on campaign finance issues, focussing inaccurately on campaign finance issues, it distracts from this larger halo of illegality hanging over this entire Trump team,” he offered.
“You know, Trump and his advisers have put out three defenses in the wake of Cohen’s sentencing memo that Michael Cohen cannot be trusted,” the biographer continued. “He is a dishonest narrator, that he was giving the president advice and it wasn’t the other way around and none of it had anything to do with the election.”
“You can pick apart on the fact pattern in all three of those things,” he explained. “Specifically, it had nothing to do with the election and that it was Cohen taking advice from Trump, rather than Trump being the architect of those of these issues.”
Addressing the Mueller investigation, among others, he added, “These are smart, veteran prosecutors who are assembling a case and Michael Cohen is a small part of that.”
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Congressional subpoenas will be ‘forever unenforceable’ if GOP lets Trump off the hook: conservative attorney
Conservative attorney Gabriel Malor, who in the past has written legal analyses for right-wing publications such as The Federalist and the Washington Examiner, warns that Republicans will be setting a dangerous precedent if they let President Donald Trump off the hook for his unprecedented obstruction of the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry.
Writing on Twitter, Malor argues that giving Trump a pass on the House's proposed obstruction of Congress charge will neuter any future congressional inquiry into the executive branch.
"There's a real danger that if the Senate does not convict on the obstruction of Congress count, congressional subpoenas will be forever unenforceable," he writes. "If Congress itself rules that defiance of congressional subpoenas is no error, how could the courts in any future litigation?"
Lawmakers green light US space force
The United States is getting a new space force along with $738 billion in military spending under an agreement backed by lawmakers on Tuesday that fulfils a priority of President Donald Trump.
The fiscal year 2020 spending in the National Defense Authorization Act is a jump from the $716 billion authorized last year, and will go to pay for a wide range of military activities.
It will also create a space-based sixth branch of the military, a priority of Trump's, after the army, air force, navy, Marine Corps and coast guard.The bill has won the approval of Democratic and Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate armed services committees, making its passage in Congress likely.
The bill, which Congress must pass each year, allocates $635 billion to the Pentagon, and another $23.1 billion to the Department of Energy for the US nuclear arsenal's maintenance and fuel.
Trump wrote a $2 million check to cover damages from misuse of charity funds: report
The Washington Post also reported that the remaining $1.8 million left in Trump's "foundation," would be distributed to eight charities, which will get $476,140.41. The foundation was shut down in 2018 after a judge demanded it be desolved.