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Fox News legal analyst details exactly why Trump’s lawsuit against Elijah Cummings will fail

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s financial records. The president has responded with a lawsuit, but according to Fox News’ legal analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, the subpoena will likely be upheld.

Trump has more than his share of unwavering cheerleaders at Fox News, but Napolitano, a libertarian, is among the political wild cards at the right-wing cable news outlet. And when he appeared on Fox News this morning, Napolitano said of the lawsuit, “Congress will have to answer this complaint, establish a purpose.”

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Congress, he stressed, cannot subpoena Trump’s financial records simply because he is the president of the United States—there has to be a “legitimate legislative purpose.” And if Congress cannot show that purpose, “The subpoena will be quashed.”

“One person’s harassment is another person’s oversight,” Napolitano asserted, “but Congress will have to state for what purpose they want this.”

Napolitano quickly added, however, that stating a congressional purpose is a “low threshold.” The libertarian judge explained, “They once investigated the contents of Roger Clemens’ urine. What the heck congressional purpose was that? And that was upheld. Once they state something even related to a congressional purpose, the court, I think, will allow this to go through.”

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US planning to slash troops in Germany: report

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US President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to slash the number of troops it maintains in Germany by more than a quarter in the coming months, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The newspaper said the Defense Department would cut the number of military personnel by 9,500 from the current 34,500 permanently assigned to Germany postings.

The Journal also said a cap of 25,000 would be set on how many US troops could be inside German at any one time, whether in permanent postings or temporary rotations, half of the current allowance.

The move would significantly reduce the US commitment to European defense under the NATO umbrella, though it could also impact Pentagon operations related to Africa and the Middle East.

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Manhattan DA announces protesters arrested by NYPD will not be charged: ‘Our office has a moral imperative’

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The Manhattan District Attorney announced on Friday that his office would not be prosecuting protesters arrested for low-level crimes.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. announced that Unlawful Assembly and Disorderly Conduct would not be prosecuted during the demonstrations over police violence.

"“The prosecution of protestors charged with these low-level offenses undermines critical bonds between law enforcement and the communities we serve. Days after the killing of George Floyd, our nation and our city are at a crossroads in our continuing endeavor to confront racism and systemic injustice wherever it exists. Our office has a moral imperative to enact public policies which assure all New Yorkers that in our justice system and our society, black lives matter and police violence is a crime. We commend the thousands of our fellow New Yorkers who have peacefully assembled to demand these achievable aims, and our door is open to any New Yorker who wishes to be heard," Vance said in a statement.

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Chicago Police Board president files complaint alleging he was struck 5 times by cops at George Floyd protest

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On Friday, WTTW reported that Ghian Foreman, the president of the Chicago Police Board, has filed a complaint alleging he was beaten in the legs five times by police officers at a protest against the killing of George Floyd last Sunday.

The Chicago Police Board is an independent civilian commission that has power over police disciplinary cases.

"Foreman filed a complaint with the Citizens Office of Police Accountability alleging that he was struck by at least one officer during a protest sparked by the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, said Ephraim Eaddy, a spokesperson for the agency," said the report. "Foreman’s complaint, which identifies the officer Foreman said struck him, is one of 344 complaints of police misconduct filed with COPA between midnight May 29 and 7 a.m. Friday, Eaddy said. The complaint itself is confidential."

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