The White House continues to stonewall Congress, refusing to comply with subpoenas. On Tuesday, the president’s legal counsel wrote a letter to Democratic lawmakers claiming that the president’s due process was being violated and that the effort was designed to overturn the results of the 2016 election.
“Your unprecedented actions have left the president with no choice,” said the letter, signed by Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel. “In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the executive branch and all future occupants of the office of the presidency, President Trump and his administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.”
On Wednesday, CNN played a clip of Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) holding forth during the Clinton impeachment proceedings. Julian Epstein, the chief Democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, then explained why the legal basis for Trump’s refusal to co-operate is bonkers.
“This is Alice in Wonderland upside down reality,” Epstein joked. He then explained why there’s no Constitutional basis for Trump’s legal argument. “The White House is arguing, I think the text of what they’re arguing is that they have a right as a matter of fairness to negotiate with the House on the procedures and rules of engagement for impeachment. And that’s just wrong as a constitutional matter,” he said. “That’s Constitutional law 101.
“The House has the sole authority to determine its procedures. In 1998 the White House had no rights and procedural protections whatsoever during the impeachment process. We voted on September 11th an impeachment inquiry. There was nothing in the impeachment inquiry about the rights of the White House.”
Trump’s health officials privately grumbling about his obsession with unproven anti-malaria drug for COVID-19: report
On Monday, Politico reported that some health officials in the Trump administration are privately "unsettled" by the president's ongoing fascination with hydroxychloroquine, the drug primarily used to treat malaria, lupus, and arthritis that is now being suggested as a treatment for the novel coronavirus.
The president has repeatedly touted hydroxychloroquine as a possible miracle cure, and has even suggested he might start taking it himself, even though his tests for COVID-19 have been reported as negative and even though there's a lack of data that it is safe or effective for that purpose.
Wisconsin GOP slammed for making people choose between their health and their vote
After Republicans nationally and in Wisconsin successfully sued in both state and federal court to block voters from being given extra time and options to cast votes in the middle of a pandemic, commenters on social media reacted with fury.
What just happened re: Wisconsin can seem a bit confusing. The TL;DR: The Supreme Court decided that Republicans winning elections is more important than keeping voters healthy & alive.
ESPN reports the NBA is looking to rapid COVID-19 tests to resume professional basketball
The NBA and the union representing players are working together on a possible solution to re-open professional basketball in America, ESPN reported Monday.
"In recent weeks, officials within the NBA and NBPA have been collaborating in assessing the viability of multiple blood-testing devices for the novel coronavirus that could provide accurate results within a matter of minutes, a process that would hopefully enable the league to track the virus in what's considered a critical first step toward resuming play in the near future," ESPN senior writer Baxter Holmes reported.