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Steve Mnuchin could be held in contempt of Congress over Trump tax return flub

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A senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee is warning that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin could be held in contempt of Congress for the Trump administration’s “stonewalling” on the president’s tax returns.

Politico reported that Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, slammed the administration for missing its Wednesday deadline to deliver Donald Trump’s tax returns to the panel.

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Pascrell added that Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Chuck Rettig should consider stepping down over the move.

The New Jersey Democrat made the suggestion after Mnuchin’s appearance before Congress earlier in the week that included a verbal sparring match with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) after he attempted to cut his Financial Services Committee hearing short.

“I want to take a look at contempt of Congress here,” Pascrell said, “because the way Mnuchin talked and the way he writes, he’s very dismissive of the legislative branch of government, particularly if that part of the legislative branch of government is controlled by the Democratic Party.”

Congress, the legislator added, must defend its Constitutional prerogatives.

Pascrell added that Commissioner Rettig should consider stepping down after Mnuchin, and not the IRS, responded to the committee’s request for the president’s tax returns.

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During his two days of testimony on Capitol Hill this week, numerous Democratic members of Congress told Rettig that “Treasury secretaries have long deferred to the head of the IRS on these matters.” Nonetheless, the Commissioner retained his defense that Treasury supervises the IRS.

“Now that IRS commissioner must stand up for America,” Pascrell said, “or maybe he should leave his job if he can’t.”

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Genocide expert breaks down how all of the ‘warning signs’ are present in Trump’s America

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Defense research scientist and genocide expert Brynn Tannehill laid out a terrifying warning on Thursday about President Donald Trump's administration.

As the United States Senate conducted an impeachment trial for the commander-in-chief, Tannehill posted an extended Twitter thread examining the situation in America from her perspective as a researcher studying the conditions that lead to genocide.

Here is what she wrote:

I study genocide. It's been a theme in my academic endeavours for nearly 30 years. More accurately, I study the conditions in the lead up to genocide, be they cultural, social, political, economic, etc... 1/n

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Year of Rat hails easy ride for Donald Trump — but bumps for Harry and Meghan

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As the world prepares to welcome the Year of the Rat, feng shui masters predict a lucky year for Donald Trump, but warn Harry and Meghan's futures are less certain as they make a bid for freedom.

Both the US President and the Sussexes have begun 2020 with a bang.

The former is facing down an impeachment trial -- and seeking re-election in November -- while the latter are beginning a new chapter in Canada after consciously uncoupling from the gilded but pressured career of being a working British royal.

But if experts in the field of Chinese horoscopes are to be believed, it is the US president that will have the easier journey this year.

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John Roberts caused a ‘crisis of democratic legitimacy’ — it’s ‘entirely fitting’ he has to preside over his mess: columnist

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Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was blasted in The Washington Post on Thursday for his culpability in creating the dynamics that resulted in President Donald Trump -- and his impeachment.

"There is justice in John Roberts being forced to preside silently over the impeachment trial of President Trump, hour after hour, day after tedious day," Dana Milbank wrote. "Roberts’s captivity is entirely fitting: He is forced to witness, with his own eyes, the mess he and his colleagues on the Supreme Court have made of the U.S. political system. As representatives of all three branches of government attend this unhappy family reunion, the living consequences of the Roberts Court’s decisions, and their corrosive effect on democracy, are plain to see."

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