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White House will claim ‘absolute immunity’ in effort to block former top McGahn aide ahead from submitting testimony to House: report

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The Trump White House is expected to move to prevent former White House Deputy Counsel Annie Donaldson from giving written responses to questions from the House Judiciary Committee, Politico is reporting.

When she was working in the White House, Donaldson reported directly to former White House Counsel Don McGahn — which made her an important witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. In May, the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler, subpoenaed Donaldson to testify as part of its probe into whether or not President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct Mueller’s investigation.

Because Donaldson is pregnant, her attorney Sandra Moser said, it is difficult for her to travel — and the House Judiciary Committee agreed to let her submit written responses to questions rather than traveling to Washington, D.C. to testify in person.

But the Trump White House doesn’t want Donaldson to testify and is claiming that like others who formerly worked in the Trump Administration, she enjoys “absolute immunity.” Legal experts, however, have been stressing that there is no such thing as “absolute immunity” when it comes to congressional investigations of the executive branch of the U.S. government — and that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the matter in the 1970s when it rejected President Richard Nixon’s “absolute immunity” claims.

The White House can, however, make executive privilege assertions in response to congressional probes. And the courts can either uphold or reject those assertions.

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The Trump White House has been urging Donaldson and others to defy subpoenas from House committees, claiming executive privilege. Nadler and other House Democrats have vowed to keep fighting the Trump White House in court.

 

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Social media responds to Trump’s ‘go back’ tweet with viral hashtags #TrumpIsARacist and #RacistInChief

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President Donald Trump began Sunday by saying that four Congresswomen of color should go back to their country of origin before they try to be American officials. The greatest problem is that all of the women are Americans, three of which are naturalized. Both cable news and social media was filled with accusations about Trump's racism, prompting #TrumpIsARacist and #RacistInChief to trend on Twitter across the nation.

Trump employed the "I know you are but what am I" defense, saying that the Democrats are the real racists. It's a strategy he's tried with accusations of "fake news" in the past and it's proven to be successful in feeding his supporters the response lines.

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Trump was manipulated into choosing Mike Pence as VP — especially by Kellyanne: new tell-all book

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Another excerpt of the book "American Carnage," by Politico Magazine reporter Tim Alberta has dropped and it's just as shocking as the first bit published by Axios earlier Sunday.

According to the excerpts of the new tell-all book on the administration, President Donald Trump was essentially manipulated by multiple staffers, into picking Mike Pence as his running mate.

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Here’s how lies and hypocrisy took over the Republican Party and hit an all-time high

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Last week, before Trump’s buffoonish cave on his attempt to hijack the census, Greg Sargent wrote about Attorney General William Barr’s emerging role as Trump’s enabler in undermining the rule of law — first in the census case, then in the challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

The connection between the two is straightforward, according to University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley. “In both, Barr directed his lawyers to make bad-faith arguments, just because Trump said so,” Bagley told Sargent. “That’s a blow to the integrity of the Justice Department and a threat to the rule of law.”

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