Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano on Monday explained why President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is almost certainly doomed to fail.
During an appearance on Fox News, Napolitano said that courts likely will not respond well to the arguments being made by the president’s attorneys, who are claiming that Congress is acting in bad faith in its efforts to obtain information on Trump’s past financial dealings.
“The complaint actually asks the court to second guess Congress’s motivation and courts are reluctant to do that because the courts and the Congress are equal branches of government and don’t get in the business of second guessing the motivation of either,” he said.
Napolitano did acknowledge that Democrats would have to show the courts that they weren’t simply on a partisan fishing expedition — but he predicted they could offer a fairly broad rationale for their requests that would be acceptable under the law.
“Congress will have to state for what purpose they want this,” he said. “It is a low threshold. 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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Lincoln Project issues lawyer letter mocking Jared and Ivanka’s billboard threat
The Lincoln Project is staffed with a slate of Republicans using a unique set of ads to bring down President Donald Trump. One of the latest is a billboard in New York City's Times Square, where many tourists often visit when they are in town.
The ad features a photo of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, which prompted the first family to lash out at the organization demanding the billboard be taken down or they would sue for "what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages."
In response to the letter, the Lincoln Project's lawyers fired off a letter of their own:
Confused Trump can’t stop talking about the new military ‘hydrosonic’ toothbrush missile
President Donald Trump spent some of his time at his Ohio rally Saturday, saying that under his leadership, the military has developed a secret hydrosonic missile.
There's just one problem: Hydrosonic is a toothbrush.
The Hydrosonic Pro is a Curaprox product that boasts "ultra-fine, gentle CUREN® filaments."Hypersonic missiles are weapons that can travel at 17 times the speed of sound and Navy warships will be outfitted with them. Trump also seems confused about the facts, saying that the missile travels at five times the speed of normal missiles.
Trump teases he may not have a peaceful transfer of power if he loses
President Donald Trump was aghast when he was asked in the presidential debates if he would agree to a peaceful transfer of power.
The moment in the debate came when he dodged the question for weeks, refusing to agree to the long-standing tradition of presidents handing over the reins to the next leader.
"Well, we'll have to see what happens," Trump told reporters during a White House news conference. "You know that."
After weeks of bad press about it, Trump said he would agree to it.
"They spied heavily on my campaign and they tried to take down a duly elected sitting president, and then they talk about 'will you accept a peaceful transfer?' And the answer is, yes, I will, but I want it to be an honest election and so does everybody else," Trump said, adding, "When I see thousands of ballots dumped in a garbage can and they happen to have my name on it, I'm not happy about it."