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Mnuchin willing to risk prison time because he is ‘compromised’ by Trump: Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter

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Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston said Monday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin could be putting himself in legal jeopardy by blocking access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

In a recent interview with The Nation, Johnston explained that Congress can obtain anyone’s tax return at any time under a 1924 anti-corruption law.

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Speaking to MSNBC on Monday, he said that it doesn’t appear that Mnuchin plans to comply with that law.

“The likely outcome is that the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, Richard Neal, will get a vote to take the president’s team to court,” Johnston said.

And both Mnuchin and Charles Reddig, the IRS commissioner — who is the person with the technical legal authority who is supposed to turn it over — run some risk here. If they are ultimately prosecuted, which certainly wouldn’t happen during this administration, they’re at risk of five years in prison and, of course, being labeled felons which would seriously interfere with Mnuchin’s going back to Wall Street and Reddig continuing to practice law as a tax avoidance lawyer.”

MSNBC host Kristen Welker wondered why Trump administration officials like Mnuchin were refusing to back down.

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“You have around Donald Trump people who, instead of upholding the oath they took in their office to defend the Constitution, have been compromised in one way or another by Donald and they are doing what James Comey would not. They are showing their loyalty to the boss, that’s not at all what their duty requires. There is an honorable way out of this for both Mnuchin and Reddig. Resign,” Johnston said .

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Iran accuses foreign forces of raising Gulf ‘insecurity’ — but doesn’t mention Trump by name

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President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday denounced the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf and said Iran will present a peace plan, after its arch-foe Washington ordered reinforcements to the tense region.

"Foreign forces can cause problems and insecurity for our people and for our region," Rouhani said before a military parade commemorating the Iran-Iraq war.

Rouhani also said Iran would present a peace plan to the United Nations within days.

"In this sensitive and important historical moment, we announce to our neighbours that we extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood to them," he said.

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Trump holds mass rally with Indian Prime Minister that was more like a campaign event than official one

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US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared themselves united in a relentless fight against "terrorism," vowing a close, personal alliance in front of tens of thousands of Indian-Americans.

The two leaders, like-minded nationalists fond of fiery rallies and skeptical of traditional media, heaped praise on each other in an unusual joint appearance inside a football stadium in Houston.

To the bhangra beats of four drummers in saffron turbans, Trump in his dark suit and Modi in a yellow kurta and vest made a grand entrance with arms clenched together to ecstatic cheers from a crowd estimated by organizers at 50,000.

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Here’s how the law governing whistleblowers applies to the Trump Ukraine complaint

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This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump did something so concerning that an intelligence staffer felt the need to report the incident and file for whistleblower protections.

Trump asked Ukraine to look into scandals about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter. For nearly a year, Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani was admittedly working to persuade officials in Ukraine to find "dirt" on the Bidens that they could use in the election. While the accusations against the younger Biden have been disproven, it's suspected, but not confirmed, that this was the incident detailed in the complaint.

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