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‘A spanking’: Trump mocked for judge’s ruling with specific ‘personal order’ not to destroy evidence

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Two MSNBC legal analysts broke down a fascinating detail from the judge who ruled on eight years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns must be turned over to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr.

“A federal judge today has issued a stinging rebuke to Donald Trump’s lawyers, who are keeping his tax returns out of the hands of the Manhattan D.A. who has subpoenaed them in a criminal investigation,” Chris Hayes reported.

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Hayes described Trump’s lawyers as “arguing essentially that not only can a president not be indicted while in office, but he cannot even be investigated at all.”

“As the president finds himself in more than half a dozen legal battles with Congress and others about what he can keep secret, this ruling is as bad an omen as it gets as to how judges will interpret his above-the-law arguments,” Hayes explained.

The host noted that Judge Amy Berman Jackson had ordered the White House to preserve records of Trump’s dealings with foreign leaders.

“Is that as extraordinary a condemnation of the level of trust she has in them as I feel like it is?” Hayes asked for Assistant U.S. Attorney Maya Wiley.

“Yes, it is extraordinary,” Wiley replied. “Because normally the government believes the government.”

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“These are two federal entities, and normally you have full expectation that there will be some honor and some deep abiding of the law,” she explained. “If they tell you something, they’re putting their word on the table and you can accept it. So what the judge is saying is I don’t trust you.”

Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman agreed.

“One other point to add, the order ran expressly to the president, so he’s under personal order not to do anything. That is a stunning vote of no confidence from a district court,” Litman said. “To single out the president of the United States, that’s a spanking.”

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Trump spent 45 minutes talking with cast of right-wing play dramatizing ‘Deep State’ conspiracy theories: report

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The coronavirus emergency has given President Donald Trump one of the most daunting tests of his administration, with less than a year to go before he stands for re-election.

And yet in the midst of all the chaos, one thing the president found time to do on Thursday was meet with the cast of a bizarre right-wing play dramatizing the supposed "deep state" plot at the FBI to frame Trump in the Russia investigation.

According to The Daily Beast, Trump spent 45 minutes talking with the people behind "FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers," which focuses on the affair between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The leading roles of Strzok and Page were played by Dean Cain, the former Superman actor, and Kristy Swanson, who played the starring role in the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.

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All US Navy ships in the Pacific near countries with coronavirus ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days

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CNN National Security reporter Ryan Browne tweeted Thursday that the U.S. Navy has ordered all of its vessels in the Pacific that have been near countries with COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, "to remain at sea for at least 14 days before pulling into another port in order to monitor sailors for any symptoms of the virus."

Health experts have said that the two-week period should give enough time for infected people to become aware that they are sick.

The highly-contagious disease has spread very quickly in South Korea and California after public exposure. The first person verified with "community-spread" transmission was identified just outside of Sacramento, California.

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‘Most wicked to ever represent Cleveland’: Jim Jordan ripped by hometown paper for covering up sex scandal

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President Trump likes to call his enemies 'sleaze bags" and Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan a "warrior," but according to Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Brent Larkin, Trump has it backward.

While Jordan may not seem like the worse politician to ever come out of Ohio, the "crimes" he's committed "don't involve felonies," according to Larkin. "They are crimes against America, crimes involving total disregard for the principles of democracy, trampling the truth on behalf of a corrupt president who revels in his inhumanity."

Watching Jordan question witnesses during the House impeachment inquiry particularly incensed Larkin, who writes that it was like watching a man who "spent his childhood gleefully ripping wings off flies."

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