As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Donald Trump really, really doesn’t want people to find out what exactly he was up to on January 6, 2021, probably because it makes him look really, really bad. We know he feels this way because he’s responded to the House select committee’s investigation into the events of the day like a caged feral pigeon—frantically flapping his wings, shitting everywhere; because his lawyer has instructed at least four of his lackeys to obstruct justice; and because he’s insisted that any and all documents detailing what he was doing before, during, and after the Capitol attack must remain under lock and key. In a letter sent to the National Archives on Friday, Trump wrote that the records sought by the committee contain information shielded by “executive and other privileges, including but not limited to the presidential communications, deliberative process, and attorney-client privileges,” adding that he would assert the same privilege in the case of any future requests.
Only, as Trump may or may not know, he’s no longer president, and therefore he has no executive privilege to assert. Instead, there’s a new president in the White House, and that guy? Says the documents are going to Congress!
Per The Washington Post:
Biden’s decision came after Trump told four former advisers, according to Politico, not to comply with congressional subpoenas, and former White House strategist Stephen Bannon told the committee he won’t be responding to its requests for documents. According to the Post, former chief of staff Mark Meadows and national security aide Kash Patel are said to be “engaging with the committee,” despite President Trump’s demands. “While Mr. Meadows and Mr. Patel are, so far, engaging with the Select Committee, Mr. Bannon has indicated that he will try to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former President,” the committee’s leaders said in a statement released Friday. The committee added that it is considering holding Bannon in criminal contempt. (For his part, Bannon knows a little something about running afoul of the law. In August 2020, he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering for allegedly scamming thousands of border-wall donors. He pleaded not guilty and, naturally, was pardoned by Trump before going to trial. Separately, in November 2020, Bannon was permanently kicked off of Twitter after suggesting Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI director Christopher Wray should be beheaded.)
Biden’s decision triggers at least a 30-day window for Trump to challenge the call in court before the documents are released, which he no doubt will. On the Hill, members of the committee investigating the insurrection have pledged to take a hard line with anyone refusing to cooperate with the probe. “This is a matter of the utmost seriousness, and we need to consider the full panoply of enforcement sanctions available to us,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin. “And that means criminal contempt citations, civil contempt citations and the use of Congress’s own inherent contempt powers.”
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Nothing to see here, just Trump’s company getting “preferential” treatment to the tune of tens of millions of dollars from Deutsche Bank while he was president
Sort of seems like the kind of thing a president would try to avoid since it looks super corrupt—but not this guy! Per The Washington Post:
A Trump Organization spokesperson naturally claimed there’s no story here, except for the fact that the press has it out for the 45th president, who is a saint and has never been accused of corruption in his life. “We have been great custodians of this iconic building, continue to have a great relationship with the GSA and are in full compliance with our leasehold obligations,” the spokesperson wrote in a statement to the Post. “Simply stated, this report is nothing more than continued political harassment in a desperate attempt to mislead the American public and defame Trump in pursuit of an agenda.… At no time did the company receive any preferential treatment from any lender.” The company did not offer an explanation for why the terms of the loan changed. Deutsche Bank, which kept lending Trump money when other banks wouldn’t touch him with a 10,000-foot pole, also disputed the committee’s findings. “The Committee’s letter makes several inaccurate statements regarding Deutsche Bank and its loan agreement,” a spokesperson told the Post without specifying what those inaccurate statements are.
In a letter to GSA administrator Robin Carnahan, Maloney and Connolly wrote that the documents warrant further examination. The findings “raise new and troubling questions about former President Trump’s lease with GSA and the agency’s ability to manage the former President’s conflicts of interest during his term in office when he was effectively on both sides of the contract, as landlord and tenant,” the two Democrats said in a separate news release.
A reminder re: Deutsche Bank’s long history as the lender of choice for the worst people in the world
Report: Florida and Texas could have saved thousands of lives if they weren’t so anti-vaccine
It’s almost as though—and stick with us here because we’re about to get technical—the vaccines actually work and people shouldn’t hesitate to get them. Per the Post:
Hopefully this study will inspire Texas and Florida residents to go out an get inoculated, but with Ron “Grim Reaper” DeSantis and Greg “Give Me All the COVID” Abbott running the joints, it probably won’t.
Dogs and cats living together!
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