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Trump facing a legal drubbing as his lawyers spew a ‘stream of frivolous defenses’ to stonewall Congress: conservative

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Former White House Special Counsel Don McGahn was scheduled to appear before Congress Tuesday. He was expected to provide key testimony on whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice during the Mueller probe. But his lawyers said that he would not be appearing, following the administration’s questionable assertion that the president’s former advisors “have immunity.” As the Washington Post reported:

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The 15-page legal opinion written by Assistant Attorney General Steven A. Engel argues McGahn cannot be compelled to testify before the committee, based on past Justice Department legal opinions regarding the president’s close advisers.

The memo says McGahn’s immunity from congressional testimony is separate and broader than a claim of executive privilege.

Writing in the Washington Post op-ed section, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin observes how legally thin that argument is.

“President Trump’s lawyers now generate a nonstop stream of frivolous defenses in his all-out assault on Congress,” she writes. “On Monday, they made the ludicrous claim that former White House counsel Donald McGahn, who provided evidence to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III that wound up in the redacted Mueller report, cannot come tell Congress and the American people what he told Mueller.”

Rubin spoke with legal experts who back her assertion that the move is blatantly political and judicially unjustifiable.

“Former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah tells me, ‘This is a political move, not a real legal one and I don’t believe it would be upheld by a court.’ She explains, ‘None of the rationales cited for this immunity, which is far broader than Executive Privilege, apply here. But they needed to give McGahn cover to say no.’”

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Rubin notes that courts have previously rejected broad executive privilege for White House advisors. If anything, the legal opinion just gives McGahn cover to refuse to tell Congress what he told Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Former Justice Department spokesperson Matthew Miller was also appalled by the administration efforts to stonewall Congress and called on McGahn to appear regardless of what the White House does.

“’McGahn should do his patriotic duty and show up.’ However, he noted that McGahn has been all too willing to leak stories that make himself sound heroic, but ‘when it comes time to put his country first, he’s falling into line just like the rest of the acolytes around the president.’”

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Despite the president’s refusal to comply with Congressional subpoenas, Rubin sees hope in the courts.

“We see a crack opening in Trump’s unconstitutional stonewall strategy. It’s the courts that might have the will and the ability to defuse a constitutional standoff.”

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‘Why are you on TV?’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demolishes Laura Ingraham’s attempted mockery

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shut down Fox News host Laura Ingraham's attempt to mock her claims on the coronavirus.

The New York Democrat, whose hometown is being ravaged by the COVID-19 outbreak, pointed out that deaths from the viral infection was disproportionately occurring in minority communities.

"COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities," the lawmaker tweeted. "Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions."

"Inequality is a comorbidity," she added. "COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations."

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In an interview with Politico, Gardner said that he wanted to investigate whether the national stockpile has been mismanaged during the COVID-19 pandemic, and he vowed that "any kind of mismanagement or abuse needs to be rooted out and those responsible held accountable."

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Epidemiologist delivers a chilling warning as he dismantles the White House’s overly optimistic coronavirus projections

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During an appearance on CNN this Friday, infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm warned viewers that "this is just the beginning" of the coronavirus health crisis and that we're going to see it continue to spread throughout the U.S., adding that people are underestimating just how the long the outbreak could last.

"I think one thing that's really being missed here is that if you look at 1918 and the big influenza pandemic that occurred then, that lasted until almost 1920 before finally most people were infected and therefore became immune or died," he said. "And what we're talking about here is this is not the next couple of weeks -- we're talking about months and months, and we're already running out of supplies now, and much of the rest of the country won't even have the supplies New York has when their first wave was up and active."

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