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Trump’s legal appeal to keep his finances hidden could be heard by Merrick Garland

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President Donald Trump was dealt a stinging blow when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 he cannot block Congress from subpoenaing his financial records, with the lone dissenter being a judge he appointed.

The president may well appeal that decision, and one way to do that would be to request an “en banc” rehearing where the entire D.C. Circuit reviews the case. But as MSNBC’s Kendis Gibson and former prosecutor Glenn Kirschner discussed on Saturday, one of the judges who would then hear the case is a familiar name: Merrick Garland, the Supreme Court nominee who was denied a hearing by Senate Republicans so Trump could fill it with an extreme-right replacement.

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“It could still take some time depending how the appellate court handles this,” said Kirschner.

“A noteworthy name at the top of that court. Isn’t there?” Gibson pressed him. “Merrick Garland.”

“Yes,” said Kirschner. “You know what? He was done wrong … He also is renowned for being a fair, circumspect, thoughtful jurist, and I have every confidence that he will divorce all of his experience, some might say his mistreatment from his mind. He’ll saw the legal wood in front of him and decide the issue based only on the merits of the arguments.”

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US planning to slash troops in Germany: report

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US President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to slash the number of troops it maintains in Germany by more than a quarter in the coming months, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The newspaper said the Defense Department would cut the number of military personnel by 9,500 from the current 34,500 permanently assigned to Germany postings.

The Journal also said a cap of 25,000 would be set on how many US troops could be inside German at any one time, whether in permanent postings or temporary rotations, half of the current allowance.

The move would significantly reduce the US commitment to European defense under the NATO umbrella, though it could also impact Pentagon operations related to Africa and the Middle East.

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Manhattan DA announces protesters arrested by NYPD will not be charged: ‘Our office has a moral imperative’

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The Manhattan District Attorney announced on Friday that his office would not be prosecuting protesters arrested for low-level crimes.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. announced that Unlawful Assembly and Disorderly Conduct would not be prosecuted during the demonstrations over police violence.

"“The prosecution of protestors charged with these low-level offenses undermines critical bonds between law enforcement and the communities we serve. Days after the killing of George Floyd, our nation and our city are at a crossroads in our continuing endeavor to confront racism and systemic injustice wherever it exists. Our office has a moral imperative to enact public policies which assure all New Yorkers that in our justice system and our society, black lives matter and police violence is a crime. We commend the thousands of our fellow New Yorkers who have peacefully assembled to demand these achievable aims, and our door is open to any New Yorker who wishes to be heard," Vance said in a statement.

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Chicago Police Board president files complaint alleging he was struck 5 times by cops at George Floyd protest

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On Friday, WTTW reported that Ghian Foreman, the president of the Chicago Police Board, has filed a complaint alleging he was beaten in the legs five times by police officers at a protest against the killing of George Floyd last Sunday.

The Chicago Police Board is an independent civilian commission that has power over police disciplinary cases.

"Foreman filed a complaint with the Citizens Office of Police Accountability alleging that he was struck by at least one officer during a protest sparked by the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, said Ephraim Eaddy, a spokesperson for the agency," said the report. "Foreman’s complaint, which identifies the officer Foreman said struck him, is one of 344 complaints of police misconduct filed with COPA between midnight May 29 and 7 a.m. Friday, Eaddy said. The complaint itself is confidential."

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