Appearing on MSNBC's "The Sunday Show," former Watergate prosecutor and MSNBC legal analyst Jill Wine-Banks claimed Donald Trump's impeachment trial travails may be gone but he is looking at much worse in the courts now that he is no longer in office and protected by the presidency.
As the former prosecutor pointed out, Trump and his family are about to take a big hit to their pocketbooks and their company's financial stability.
After discussing the Senate impeachment vote where Republicans disregarded evidence of sedition and refused to convict the ex-president, Wine-Banks said the future looks much grimmer outside of politics.
"I also want to point out that there's also a lot of civil liability that faces Donald Trump and given how much he loves money and that that may be just as important as anything else," she told host Jonathan Capehart. "He may have to actually pay his back taxes. He may have to give up some of his properties. He may no longer be able to get any financing anywhere."
"So there's a lot of things," she continued before adding, "There's defamation cases against him. There's a case in Chicago because of him polluting the Chicago River, and so I think there's a lot of financial damages that face him."
The controversial lawyers who threatened protesters with semi-automatic weapons should lose their licenses to practice law, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board argued on Saturday.
"Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the personal injury attorneys who became darlings of the right-wing fever swamps by waving guns around at peaceful protesters in St. Louis last year, pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor charges. This is the right outcome to a case that was never really felony-charge material. But this shouldn't be the end of it. After pleading to a crime, Mark McCloskey bragged about that crime and vowed to do it again if the same circumstances arose. If that's not grounds for disbarment, what is?" the newspaper asked.
A special prosecutor secured a misdemeanor plea agreement with the couple having to pay $2,750 in fines and avoiding any time in jail. They must also surrender their weapons.
"As the Post-Dispatch's Joel Currier reported Thursday, Mark McCloskey was anything but contrite after the plea," the newspaper noted. "It's not hard to figure out the game here — McCloskey is seeking Missouri's GOP nomination to the U.S. Senate, with a campaign based on exactly this kind of bluster — but it has no place in the legal profession. The McCloskeys' plea, his comments, and the couple's long, well-documented history of abusing the legal system to go after neighbors and relatives should provide plenty of fodder for a Missouri Bar Association reconsideration of their professional standing."
While many are celebrating the long-overdue acknowledgment of Juneteenth, some Republican lawmakers have completely opposed the federal holiday and the educational value behind it. Although Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans, and it should be a day of celebration, there are a few reasons why the symbol of freedom ruffles the feathers of some.
Axios highlights that Juneteenth is an "annual reminder" of how Black Americans were denied opportunities to create generational wealth. The publication describes that denial, which remains an issue for an overwhelming number of Black families today, as the "economic security that many white families take for granted."
In his book, The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America, author Shawn Rochester offers an assessment of how today's disparities are direct vestiges of slavery's legacy and the debilitating laws enacted during the grim Jim Crow era. Statistical breakdowns of the economic figures also shed light on the wealth gaps that have widened even more in recent decades.
"Around $50 trillion of economic resources and labor has not been paid to Black people since slavery, Rochester told Axios. Advocates say this legacy of slavery must be addressed to tackle systemic racism."
From homeownership to net worth, the evident disparities are problematic despite Republican lawmakers' attempts to downplay the economic hardships and act as if no problem exists.
- "By the end of 2020, the homeownership rate for Black families stood around 44%, compared with 75% for white families, U.S. Census numbers showed."
The Washington Post also released an analysis documenting the economic divide. The publication found that a typical middle-class Black household a wealth amount of approximately $13,024 compared to a staggering average of $149,703 in white households.that a typical middle-class Black household a wealth amount of approximately $13,024 compared to a staggering average of $149,703 in white households. The current gap between the two households pales in comparison to the same statistics from 1968.
Per The Washington Post:
"In 1968, a typical middle-class black household had $6,674 in wealth compared with $70,786 for the typical middle-class white household, according to data from the historical Survey of Consumer Finances that has been adjusted for inflation. In 2016, the typical middle-class black household had $13,024 in wealth versus $149,703 for the median white household, an even larger gap in percentage terms."
An Economic Policy Institute analysis also found that "Black households had $8,762 in cash or equivalent liquid assets, compared with $49,529 for white households in 2016." For Republican lawmakers, the reminder of the country's divide forces them to acknowledge what they've always ignored.
Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign is facing accusations it helped organize the January 6th insurrection by supporters seeking to overturn the presidential election.
CNN's Jim Acosta interviewed Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) on Saturday about Republicans blocking a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to investigate the insurrection.
As Waters was listing the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Ku Klux Klan, and QAnon as domestic terrorists, Acosta asked her about the debunked Fox News conspiracy theory that it was the FBI, not Trump supporters, who were responsible for the assault on democracy.
"They can say whatever they want to say," Waters said.
"You know, one of the things we know is that we need a commission, and they are opposing a commission to find out who all was involved. Where did the money come from to send busloads of people in? Who supported them in all of this? Where was the organizing taking place? I'm told that there was organizing taking place right in the Trump campaign," she revealed.
"And so, if they really concerned about why our Capitol was invaded, and why there was an insurrection, they would support a commission to find out, but they don't want to know because too many of them side with them and support what they have done and they are not going to call them to task for it," she explained. "It is outrageous what happened to us, that the Capitol of the United States was invaded by domestic terrorists and they don't want to live up to it and admit what took place."
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