Attorneys for President Donald Trump this week asked a Manhattan federal judge not to allow a New York grand jury to review his financial information.
According to Bloomberg, Trump’s attorneys made the request on behalf of the president on Monday.
Prosecutors for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. have hinted that the president is being investigated for hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and other possible fraud.
The Supreme Court allowed the case to move forward earlier this year after ruling that the president does not have “absolute immunity” from subpoenas or criminal prosecution.
NEW: Trump urges a judge to block NYC grand jury from reviewing his tax filings, after US Supreme Court ruled he doesn’t have absolute immunity from criminal investigations, @BobVanVoris reports. Trump's arguing subpoena to his accounting firm seeks too much info, is harassment.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) August 10, 2020
#BREAKING @realDonaldTrump believes “he’s entitled to discovery” specifically Grand Jury proceedings
The TARGET of a criminal investigation demand access to Grand Jury Materials <—😂
This brief is heavy on histrionics but devoid of meritorious argumentshttps://t.co/N6Kp3kV364 pic.twitter.com/GZFQzAy9Xn
— File411 (@File411) August 10, 2020
Oh @realDonaldTrump thanks for reminding voters that you:
-fathered 5 children from 3 separate women
-paid back @MichaelCohen212 from checks written in the Oval Office.
-had at least TWO extramarital affairs.
On Brand #FakeChristianTrump https://t.co/N6Kp3kV364 pic.twitter.com/nEFqnZjFTG
— File411 (@File411) August 10, 2020
‘Truly grotesque’: On way out the door, Trump prioritizes bringing back executions by firing squad and electrocution
Among the slew of potentially destructive policy changes the Trump administration is rushing to implement on its way out of power is a rule that would authorize the return of electrocutions and firing squads for federal executions, an effort critics slammed as a twisted priority amid deadly public health and economic crises.
ProPublica reported Wednesday that the rule, first published in the Federal Register by the U.S. Justice Department in August, "has raced through the process with little notice but unusual speed—and deadly consequences."
"This rule could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions for federal executions, giving the government more options for administering capital punishment as drugs used in lethal injections become unavailable," ProPublica noted. "The Justice Department surfaced the proposal in August and accepted public comments for only 30 days, instead of the usual 60. The rule cleared White House review on Nov. 6, meaning it could be finalized any day."
Americans ‘won’t stand’ for election results not being honored: Biden
US President-elect Joe Biden said Wednesday that Americans "won't stand" for the results of the November 3 election not being honored.
"Our democracy was tested this year," Biden said in a Thanksgiving Day address in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. "And what we learned is this: The people of this nation are up to the task.
"In America, we have full and fair and free elections, and then we honor the results," he said. "The people of this nation and the laws of the land won't stand for anything else."
Biden did not mention Donald Trump by name but he was clearly referring to the president's refusal to accept the results of the election.
The strange truth about our Trump addiction
Are we addicted to Donald Trump? It's a question that's haunting journalists and political commentators, most of whom hate Trump but cannot deny that his name drives traffic and ratings. Even though Trump lost the election and Joe Biden will be the next president, Trump continues to be the big attention draw for political websites and cable news networks.
Part of that is completely understandable. Trump is still big news. He literally spent the past few weeks attempting a coup. While he failed, that doesn't change the history-making fact that he even tried, or that he got so much support. Certainly Biden, whose main activity is finding boring-but-competent people to staff his administration, can't compete with that, and there's no real indication that he wants to. (Unlike Trump, Biden views governing as a job and not just an opportunity to get attention.)