On Tuesday, a CNN panel railed against President Donald Trump and his team for prolonging the battle over releasing the president’s tax returns.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wrote a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) that he will make a decision on releasing Trump’s taxes or not on May 6.
“The Treasury Department and the ten-page single-spaced letter said they need more time to May 6th to consult with the Justice Department to see whether the request from the House Democrats is legal,” CNN host Wolf Blitzer said.
“Legal analyst Jeffery Toobin called it egregious.
“I bet the tension is building about whether they’re going to turn over those tax returns,” Toobin said. “Especially since the White House Chief of Staff already said they are never turning them over.”
“This is just part of how the Justice Department, the whole Trump administration is dealing with the House of Representatives which is ‘we’re not turning over anything until the courts tell us to'” he added.
“This one is particularly egregious in the tax return department because the law is so clear that the Internal Revenue Service shall turn over a tax return, but they’ll string this out as long as possible and given the way the courts go it is likely to be months before this issue is resolved, if it is resolved at all before Donald Trump’s term is over.”
Watch below via CNN:
Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’
Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.
"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.
Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.
The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."
"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.
Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists
On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.
"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."