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House Democrats have ‘penetrating and far-reaching’ power to investigate Trump — and to make new laws to restrain him

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House Democrats have the legal authority to see President Donald Trump’s tax returns and the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller — if only they would exercise their power.

Congress has strong investigative powers to root out corruption and mismanagement, even if those actions are being investigated elsewhere, and the Supreme Court has established clear guidelines for exposing misconduct in both the federal government and the private sector, according to former congressman Brad Miller in an essay for The Daily Beast.

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“The power of the Congress to conduct investigations is inherent in the legislative process,” the court ruled in Barenblatt v. United States. “It encompasses inquiries concerning the administration of existing laws as well as proposed or possibly needed statutes.”

“The scope of the power of inquiry, in short,” the court ruled in Watkins v. United States, “is as penetrating and far-reaching as the potential power to enact and appropriate under the Constitution.”

Congress conducted hearings on organized crime and union corruption — which were dramatized in the “Godfather” movies — that resulted in significant legislation, including 1970’s Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) that made criminal prosecution of mob bosses much easier.

House Democrats could push legislation requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns, which Trump has refused to do and now is fighting a legal battle against doing, and Congress could make specific adjustments to laws regarding corruption and the emoluments clauses.

Lawmakers could also close tax loopholes or increase the budget for tax enforcement, as well as revisiting the independent counsel law, argued Miller, who represented North Carolina from 2003 to 2013.

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Trump can rage against the various investigations into his administration and past business, but Miller argued the Supreme Court has been clear on congressional oversight authority.

“When a committee of Congress is engaged in a legitimate legislative inquiry and the questions propounded are relevant and material to the inquiry, the courts will not question the motives of the questioner,” the Supreme Court has ruled.


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The few police willing to join in solidarity with protesters

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Reports of the protests across the country are focusing on the violence, clashes and property damage caused by a small few rather than the peaceful protest of those rallying against injustice and the police standing in solidarity with them.

A few captured positive moments of cities where officers support the protests and believe Black lives do actually matter.

There were moments of protesters fist-bumping police, hugs with police, and in one incident in New York City over the weekend, one officer was separated from his unit. Protesters surrounded him with locked arms to protect him from those being violent. In Miami, Florida and Seattle, Washington, police joined protesters in kneeling.

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Trump shows all the signs of being ‘rattled’ now that the White House is under siege from protesters: columnist

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In a column for the Atlantic, longtime political observer Peter Nicholas stated that Donald Trump is showing all the signs of a scared man as massive protests have broken out across the country over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops -- and angry Americans are taking their case all the way up to the White House gates.

As Nicholas wrote, "Presidents live within a protective cocoon built and continually fortified for one purpose: keeping them alive. But inside the White House compound these days, Donald Trump seems rattled by what’s transpiring outside the windows of his historic residence."

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Black Londoner explains George Floyd protester support with story of how cops murdered his brother

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In an interview with MSNBC's Molly Hunter, a Black Londoner explained why he turned out for a protest near Trafalgar Square in support of Americans who have hit the streets in the U.S. over the murder of George Floyd by four former Minneapolis police officers.

According to the man -- identified as Daniel and who was wearing a COVID-19 mask and a New York Yankees hat -- his brother was also murdered by police and the cops walked free.

"You've been marching all day," Hunter began. "Look, I have two questions for you: what was it like watching the U.S. this week from London? Does it resonate?

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