On Monday, New York-based federal district judge Edgardo Ramos ruled that President Donald Trump’s businesses must comply with congressional subpoenas for their financial records, stating that their arguments for keeping the information concealed from House investigators was baseless and refusing to grant them a stay.
In conversation with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, reporter Kara Scannell outlined how significant a loss this was for the president.
“It’s the second setback for the president in just three days,” said Scannell. “He said that the subpoenas are valid, that Congress, particularly the House Financial Services Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, had a right to these documents, even though the subpoenas were very broad. In fact, the judge said that ‘The power of Congress to conduct investigations is inherent in its legislative process. That power is broad.’ He is ruling, unequivocally, that Congress has a right to the documents that the banks have, both Deutsche Bank and Capital One, banks that Donald Trump and his family members have done business with for years,” said Scannell. “These subpoenas also apply to his family members, his companies. And all of that documentation is now valid for Congress.”
“He also said that he would deny their stay pending appeal,” Scannell added. “That is, he would not put these decision aside, so that the Trump organization and the president could appeal this case. Instead, he’s saying that they really have no — they’re unlikely to succeed on the merits, and therefore, that they will not get this stay … He also said the scope of the investigation was also worthy, that Congress had the right to investigate whether there was foreign leverage, financial leverage over the president and whether his company was engaged in any money laundering.”
“How quickly do you think they’ll be released?” asked Blitzer.
“Well, under an agreement that they had before today’s ruling, there are seven days,” said Scannell. “Now, in the accounting firm case that was decided on Monday, the Trump Organization and the president said they would appeal and they notified the court of that in D.C. Now, the judge asked the lawyer for the president if what he was going to do in this matter, and he said that he would consult with his client. So he is not yet announced that they’re going to appeal this decision, but it could go into effect within seven days, Wolf.”
Justice Dept officials worry Bill Barr will fall quietly in line behind Trump after Stone interference: report
According to a report from CNN, longtime Justice Department officials are concerned that Attorney General Bill Barr will do all he can to stay out of Donald Trump's sight and not interfere now that he was caught up in a squabble with the president over the sentencing of Trump associate Roger Stone.
CNN notes that Barr had previously watched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be swept up in the president's Ukraine scandal -- damaging the State Department official's reputation -- and hoped to keep a low profile in the president's public disputes.
Internet heaps praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his ‘must watch’ destruction of Rod Blagojevich
CNN's Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his "fiery rebuke" of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were "bullsh*t."
During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.
Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.
Bill Barr’s relationship with Trump ‘on the rocks’ as unleashed president ‘openly defies him’: ex-prosecutor
In a CNN segment analyzing Donald Trump's insistent comments and tweets about Justice Department business, former federal prosecutor Eli Honig stated that the relationship between the president and Attorney General Bill Barr is now "on the rocks" and does not look promising for the future.
Speaking with "New Day" host Christi Paul, Honig explained that Barr has repeatedly cautioned the president about his comments but that Trump is flat out ignoring the Attorney general -- meaning that their relationship has taken a bad turn.
"It's interesting, Christi, the relationship between Trump and Barr seems to be on the rocks," Honig explained. "We saw Bill Barr step up and show some spine when he said to ABC News, the president is making my job impossible."