A California lawmaker, already noted for her pointed and well-informed questioning of officials representing President Donald Trump’s administration, said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin can expect to answer for a lot when he appears efore a Democratic-controlled House committee on Tuesday.
Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) — a Harvard and Yale-educated attorney who recently taught law at UC-Irvine — said she will come prepared to put Mnuchin, who is refusing to turn over Trump’s tax returns in defiance of the law, on the spot.
Referring to a previous contentious appearance by Mnuchin who complained that committee was wasting his time, the House Financial Services Committee member said she had no interest in bowing to his demands.
“I hope the tone will be different,” Porter explained. “I think we need to try to calm things down and allow Congress to do its work and I hope Secretary Mnuchin arrives with that kind of attitude — a real willingness to his job.”
She then delivered a warning to the Trump appointee.
“It’s not Congress’s duty to kowtow to the president or his appointed secretary — it’s our job to conduct appropriate oversight,” she asserted. “So I plan to try and be professional, but I am going to ask hard questions because that’s my duty as a member of Congress.”
She then took a pointed jab at Trump, stating, “It’s a co-equal branch of government to the presidency, and I think this president is struggling with that concept.”
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Trump flips out and threatens ‘obliteration’ after Iran calls him retarded
President Donald Trump on Tuesday angrily hit back at Iran after the nation accused him of being "retarded."
Writing on Twitter, the president accused Iran of making a "very ignorant and insulting statement" against him, which he said "only shows that they do not understand reality."
The president then threatened the nation with "obliteration" if it didn't wise up.
"Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force," he wrote. "In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!"
....Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality. Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!
Condo owner sends recording of monkey noises to prospective renter — and repeatedly calls her the N-word
Giulia Ozyesilpinar, the owner and operator of the Ocean Five Condo Hotel in Miami Beach, went on a racist tirade this week against a prospective renter because she didn't promptly respond to her WhatsApp messages.
The Miami New Times reports that London resident Monifah Brown had booked a condo at Ocean Five with some friends who were planning to go with her to a summer vacation in Miami.
However, after booking the condo, Ozyesilpinar sent her messages saying that she was having problems processing her credit cards. After Brown didn't initially respond to those messages, Ozyesilpinar sent her a racist message telling her that she was hurting the reputations of other black people.
‘Incoherent’ Trump blistered by ex-National Security Council member for acting as Putin’s unwitting stooge
In a ferocious column for Politico, a former member of the National Security Council who served under both President George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton called out Donald Trump for what he called the president's "incomprehensible" policies when it comes to Russia.
According to Andrew S. Weiss, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, the American president is likely the best friend Russian President Vladimir Putin could wish for.
Pointing out that Trump's meeting with Putin in Osaka is only days away, Weiss, who worked on Russian affairs in the State Department, said the get-together is happening just as three government officials with the most experience dealing with Russia -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, the NSC’s in-house Russia expert Fiona Hill, and U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman -- are leaving the administration.