Obama Officials ‘Are Reviewing’ Mississippi Anti-Gay Law And May Cut Billions in Federal Funding
Like North Carolina, Mississippi’s New Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law May Cost the State a Fortune in Federal Funding
At least two federal agencies are currently investigating if language in new laws signed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, and now, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, violates federal law, thus subjecting each of the states to a loss in billions of dollars in federal funding. The Dept. of Transportation, headed by North Carolina nativeÂ Anthony Foxx, who also happens to have been a mayor of Charlotte, as the first to begin an investigation into the Tar Heel State’s new law. That was quickly followed by the Dept. of Education, and then the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
Now, MNBC’s Rachel Maddow reports that at least two of those agencies, the Dept. of Transportation and the Dept. ofÂ Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are looking into whether or not Mississippi’s anti-LGBT “religious freedom” law, signed this week by Gov. Phil Bryant, violates federal laws and Obama administration policy.
Friday night Maddow reported HUD told MSNBC they “are aware” of Mississippi’s law “and are reviewing it.”Â
Maddow far too generously noted that “laws do have consequences including consequences that governors might not have imagined when they signed these things.”
In fact, as was widely reported, including by NCRM the week before Gov. Bryant signed Mississippi’s bill into law, federal agencies made clear they were investigating North Carolina’s law.
The U.S. Department of Education, which last year provided $4.3 billion to North Carolina, told The New York Times it was reviewing the anti-LGBT law “to determine any potential impact on the stateâ€™s federal education funding.” A Department spokesperson told theÂ Times, “We will not hesitate to act if studentsâ€™ civil rights are being violated.”
And Secretary of TransportationÂ Anthony Foxx exactly one week before Gov. Bryant signed Mississippi’s anti-LGBT bill into law made clear in a public address that he was reviewing North Carolina’s law to see if it violated federal law and Obama administration policy.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant are not unaware of the consequences of their actions. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is the perfect example of what happens when governors violate not only the will of their citizens and sign into law legislation that violates federal law and public morality. Lat year, Gov. Pence faced an international firestorm, one that harmed his state’s economy and his political future.Â
The same is just beginning for these two governors, and sadly, for the citizens of both states, who can ill-afford an economic downturn, thanks to bad conservative policies.
Images of HUD, DOT via Wikimedia
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Trump Lawyer’s ‘Critical Evidence’ Will Help DOJ Make Decision to Charge ‘Without Significant Delay’: Former Prosecutor
Donald Trump‘s attorney Evan Corcoran, who allegedly directed another Trump attorney to draft the false statement claiming all classified and sensitive documents had been returned, has been ordered to testify before a grand jury and hand over documents and records to Special Counsel Jack Smith in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents criminal investigation.
Trump appealed U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell’s decision ordering Corcoran to testify and hand over documents, including handwritten notes. The Appeals Court in light speed mode, rejected Trump’s appeal.
Corcoran will be testifying before the grand jury on Friday, CNN reports.
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One former top DOJ official, Brandon Van Grack, says the “Special Counsel is about to get access to the most critical evidence in the case. Should allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”
He did not define what “without significant delay” means in terms of days, weeks, or months.
Van Grack served at Main Justice for eleven years, including as a lead prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and later, as the Chief of the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.
“The announcement from a panel of three judges in the appeals court – less than a day after Trump sought to put Corcoran’s testimony on hold – adds momentum to the special counsel investigation as it seeks to secure evidence that could make or break a federal criminal case against Trump,” CNN explains. “The Justice Department has successfully argued in court that prosecutors have enough evidence that Trump’s interactions with the lawyer were part of a possible crime that they can pierce the confidentiality of the conversations between the two.”
‘National Security Implications’: Former DOJ Official Speculates on Ruling Ordering Trump Attorney to Hand Over Docs
A former top Dept. of Justice official says a federal judge’s expedited ruling ordering an attorney for Donald Trump to testify against his client before a grand jury and hand over documents very well may be related to “national security.”
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith had successfully made the case Donald Trump may have committed a crime, via his attorneys, in his classified documents case. That finding allowed her to invoke the crime-fraud exception, and order Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to testify before the grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents.
Former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann, who also worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and headed the DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Section, Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC said it’s possible Judge Howell’s expedited decisions were related to national security.
Tuesday night Judge Howell ordered DOJ to provide information by 6:00 AM Wednesday.
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Trump appealed Howell’s ruling, and Wednesday afternoon the Appeals Court denied his appeal related to the documents, Politico reports.
“I’ve never seen anything that quick. It’s very hard to know why. I have to say, to me, when I think about what can be a plausible reason– and this is pure speculation – is that there must be something in the papers that gave the judges concern about national security implications, because it’s such a short timeframe.”
“The reason this is a bombshell is you could end up with Evan Corcoran as a key, fundamental witness against Donald Trump in an obstruction of justice case and a false statements case,” Weissmann adds.
According to Politico, Wednesday’s appeals court ruling “effectively permits the Justice Department to circumvent Trump’s attorney-client privilege after a lower-court judge found that the documents likely contain evidence of a crime.”
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This article was updated to correctly spell Andrew Weissmann’s last name.
RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Trump Appeals After Judge Agrees With Special Counsel on Crime-Fraud Exception and Requires His Attorney to Testify
Donald Trump’s attorneys have appealed a ruling that requires one of his lawyers to testify before a grand jury investigating his unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return classified documents from the White House.
Attorneys for the Special Counsel “said there is evidence of a deliberate effort not to turn over all the material covered by the subpoena,” The Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell had reportedly agreed with Special Counsel Smith that there is sufficient evidence proving Donald Trump may have committed a crime via his attorneys, and ruled his attorney must testify before a grand jury. The ruling, which was not made public, was handed down Friday night, NBC News reported Wednesday afternoon.
Judge Howell “ruled in favor of applying the ‘crime fraud’ exception to Trump’s attorney-client privilege and ordered Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify before the federal grand jury.”
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Trump’s attorneys have already appealed the ruling.
“People familiar with the matter said an appeals panel has already begun reviewing the decision, after Trump’s lawyers appealed,” The Washington Post adds. “The extraordinarily quick timeline suggests that the judges — all nominated by Democratic presidents — intend to rule swiftly.”
Trump could take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but The Post says it’s “not clear he would have a much better chance of success there.”
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