CHICAGO — For those not closely following efforts to reform the Chicago Police Department or other departments across the nation, a call to “defund the police” might sound surprising or even alarming.But the concept has been widely discussed for several years, brought forward by activists and reformers, who question the dedication of tax dollars in the wake of numerous scandals in the Chicago Police Department.Tax dollars would be better spent on community programming or efforts that can more adequately address some of the deep-rooted social problems, such as drug addiction or mental health co...
Ginni Thomas was called out by multiple legal experts in a New Yorker story by Jane Mayer.
"Last fall, Justice Clarence Thomas, in an address at Notre Dame, accused the media of spreading the false notion that the Justices are merely politicians in robes. Such criticism, he said, 'makes it sound as though you are just always going right to your personal preference,' adding, 'They think you become like a politician!' The claim that the Justices’ opinions are politically neutral is becoming increasingly hard to accept, especially from Thomas, whose wife, Virginia (Ginni) Thomas, is a vocal right-wing activist," Mayer reported.
Mayer interviewed NYU Law professor and judicial ethicist Stephen Gillers.
“I think Ginni Thomas is behaving horribly, and she’s hurt the Supreme Court and the administration of justice. It’s reprehensible. If you could take a secret poll of the other eight Justices, I have no doubt that they are appalled by Virginia Thomas’s behavior," Gillers explained.
Gillers said it comes down to an appearance of impropriety.
“It doesn’t require an actual conflict. The reason we use an appearance test is because we say the appearance of justice is as important as the fact of justice itself," he explained.
Fordham legal ethics professor Bruce Green said the appearance “is awful—they look like a mom-and-pop political-hack group, where she does the political stuff and he does the judging.”
Former ethics czar Norm Eisen said “it is hard to understand how Justice Thomas can be impartial when hearing cases related to the upheaval on January 6th, in light of his wife’s documented affiliation with January 6th instigators and Stop the Steal organizers.”
“Justice Thomas should recuse himself, given his wife’s interests in the outcome of these cases," Eisen said.
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Trump documents may not reveal as much as expected: 'This was not a White House that operated in a normal fashion'
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Donald Trump's efforts to block the National Archives from turning over his White House documents, but one reporter who covered that administration tried to lower expectations about what those could reveal.
New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt appeared Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he cautioned against getting too excited about the documents -- which would include everything from handwritten notes, email messages, drafts of speeches and meeting logs -- that will be turned over to the House select committee because he's not too sure there's all that many of them.
"The one thing that I've often sort of cautioned in talking to folks about those documents is that assumes this White House was operating in sort of a normal way, in a way that they were taking a lot of notes and they were sort of keeping track of things," Schmidt said. "This was not a typical White House in that sense. [Jan. 6] is certainly not a typical day, so I sometimes wonder how helpful those documents will be because this was not a White House that operated in a normal fashion."
"The president did not have a schedule on most days in the way a normal White House would," he added. "The president would saunter down to the Oval Office between 10:00 and 11:00 in the morning and sort of begin talking and begin his day."
No matter what the documents show, the House select committee has two options once they receive them from the National Archives.
"What does the committee do with the documents?" Schmidt said. "Do they hold on to them and use them as investigative leads and then maybe publish parts of them as they put out a report, or does the committee release sections of the documents in the coming days? So that's what we're waiting on."
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Former White House Chief of Staff Mark attended "secret meetings" Donald Trump held in the private residence of the White House, a top former aide said Friday on CNN.
Stephanie Grisham is uniquely positioned to understand the dynamics between the two halves of the White House during the Trump administration. When she served as White House press secretary and communications director, she worked in the West Wing under the chief of staff. But she then became chief of staff to First Lady Melania Trump, who has traditionally directed the East Wing, which is the White House's private residence.
Grisham explained her experience during an interview with CNN's Kasie Hunt.
"I would say that in my role as chief of staff — just kind for background for you guys for your viewers — I was always told about any meetings that were going to happen in the residence, mostly so I could give Mrs. Trump a heads-up that there would be people in her home," she explained. ""There were meetings taking place up there. I don't have visibility into what was discussed and all of the people who were there, but I can say that you know, Mark Meadows would have been there, as well as the legal team that was working on all of the bonkers little plans that you were actually talking about right before this segment."
She also said Melania Trump may have attended the meetings.
"She may or may not have been sitting in," Grisham said. "She was known for popping into meetings, so she probably knew what was going on as well."
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