President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that there is “no reason” for Congress to investigate his personal finances.
At an event to announce his nominee for World Bank president, Trump was asked about Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) insistence that investigations will go forward and that Congress will not be bullied by remarks in the president’s State of the Union Address.
“That wouldn’t be partisan, would it?” Trump asked sarcastically. “Under what basis would he do that [financial investigation]? He has no basis to do that.”
“He’s just a political hack,” the president added. “There would be no reason to do that. No other politician has to go through that.”
Trump said that the investigation “is called presidential harassment.”
“And it really does hurt our country,” he opined.
Trump went on to say that he was “very honored” by the people who praised his State of the Union speech.
“I just want to thank all of those people that said such nice things,” he concluded.
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The court filing on Sunday, according to The Week, was in response to a ruling Howell made on Thursday — when Howell asserted that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was withholding too much information from the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York. The House Judiciary Committee, The Week’s Peter Weber reports, has been “wrangling” with DOJ over the evidence that Mueller obtained during his lengthy investigation.
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Have we become too paranoid about mass shootings?
Many Americans worry about when – not if – another mass shooting will occur, and a Gallup poll from September found that nearly half of Americans fear being a victim of one of these attacks.
After the film “Joker” was released, you could see these fears play out.
Many announced they wouldn’t see it in theaters. The film’s deranged main character, they said, would inspire people like the Aurora shooter, who, in 2012, killed 12 people and wounded 70 others during a screening of “Dark Knight Rises.”