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Trump’s Attorneys Tell Judge Congress Has No Authority to Investigate Any President’s Personal Affairs

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Donald Trump at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona.

President Donald Trump is trying to stop Congress from investigating him and from obtaining his financial records. His attorneys appear ready to do or say just about anything.

Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon would likely be surprised over the latest claim by President Donald Trump’s personal attorneys: That Congress has no authority to investigate the personal affairs of any sitting President, as Buzzfeed’s Zoe Tillman reports.

The highly-controversial claim was made in court on Tuesday by Trump’s personal attorney, William Consovoy, who “argued that Congress had little, if any, power to investigate a president, to the point of avoiding a direct answer on the lawfulness of two of Congress’s most famous investigations — former president Richard Nixon’s role in the Watergate scandal and former president Bill Clinton’s role in the Whitewater scandal.”

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta “asked how Consovoy’s argument squared with Supreme Court precedent that said Congress didn’t have to point to specific legislation to justify its investigative demands,” Buzzfeed explains. “Consovoy said Democrats had repeatedly made clear that subpoenaing Trump wasn’t about adopting legislation, and that Congress’s oversight power was more about the actions of federal agencies, not the president himself.”

If all this sounds like more gobbledygook from Trump’s tweets, you’re not alone.

Attorney Luppe B. Luppen, who writes for Yahoo News and Just Security, and more frequently on Twitter, offers this critique of Trump’s attorney’s argument:

USA Today adds that Judge Mehta “suggested history might not be on the president’s side, saying courts had not found that Congress overstepped its subpoena authority since 1880 and questioning Trump’s lawyers about the basis for previous investigations of presidents.”

Tillman sums up Trump’s strategy: “Buy time, go big, and prepare to lose.” Then appeal.

In other words: Wash. Rinse. Repeat. And run out the clock.

 

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‘I Watch Fox News Every Night’: Man Says He Stabbed Baby Trump Balloon Because It Was ‘Good vs. Evil’

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A man who allegedly stabbed a balloon figure protesting President Donald Trump says that he was fighting “evil.”

Over the weekend, 32-year-old Hoyt Deau Hutchinson was charged with felony first degree criminal mischief after he was seen slashing a “Baby Trump” balloon that activists were using to protest the president’s visit to Tuscaloosa for the LSU/Alabama football game.

On Monday, Hutchinson called in to the Rick & Bubba Show to defend his actions, according to Al.com.

“I got so fired up when I rolled by the balloon and I rolled down the window and I said something to them and I figured they saw me,” he explained. “I figured only way I was going to get close enough to that balloon was to blend in. (I) went and bought me an Alabama shirt and walked up like I was walking to the game and like I was going to take a picture with [the Trump balloon].”

“I was so fired up. I was shaking I was so mad,” Hutchinson added.

He went on to complain that “a lot of people my age don’t keep up with the news and politics.”

“I watch the news every night,” he insisted. “I watch Fox News every night. Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity are my favorite two anchors.”

Hutchinson compared the incident to a Biblical story about Jesus.

“It comes a point when you gotta take a stand,” he opined. “We don’t have two parties anymore. We have good vs. evil. When you got one party that says it’s OK to kill babies and by the way, this is the first time I’m ever seen a liberal get mad about chopping up a baby.”

 

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Trump Makes Startling Statement: ‘We’ve Taken Control of the Oil in the Middle East – U.S. Has Control of That’

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President Donald Trump made a startling statement Friday afternoon while boasting about how he believes he handled his widely-condemned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Northern Syria – a move that had opened the gate to ethnic cleansing of America’s now-former allies, the Kurds.

“We’ve taken control of the oil in the Middle East, the oil that we’re talking about, the oil that everybody was worried about. We have the U.S. control of that,” Trump said, minutes after concluding a talk with the first two women astronauts to participate in an all-women spacewalk.

Trump went on to claim “there are no shots being fired, and a lot of people are doing a lot of things,” despite the supposed “ceasefire” that lasted less than 24 hours.

“This is a deal that should been made 15 years, 10 ago, over the last number of years under the Obama administration. The real numbers is over one million people were killed,” Trump said, doubling his claim from earlier this week. “We have lost no, not a drop of blood since we’ve started, what I’ve started, and it was, so far it’s working out.”

CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale was among the first to report on Trump’s stunning claim.

Trump in fact made a similar statement on Twitter that went largely unnoticed just a few hours ago:

Reporters are expressing confusion over what the president meant:

 

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Trump Attacks Obama, Hillary, Biden, and Supports Putin in Off-the-Rails Press Conference With Ukraine President

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President Donald Trump went berserk while speaking to reporters during his first meeting with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump attacked former President Barack Obama, his former Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton, his current Democratic political opponent Joe Biden, and voiced support for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Here’s Trump blaming President Obama – not President Putin – for Russia illegally invading and annexing Crimea, a part of Ukraine.

Trump also went nuts, rattling about his former Democratic political opponent Hillary Clinton and her emails.

“I think one of the great crimes that were committed, Hillary Clinton deleted 33,000 emails,” Trump says falsely.

He attacked his current top Democratic political opponent Joe Biden, and Biden’s son Hunter. Trump falsely suggested they both are “corrupt,” and suggested Hunter was illegally paid millions by China.

Trump outright solicited Zelensky to investigate Biden:

Trump went on to voice support for Russian president Vladimir Putin, telling the Ukraine president he hopes Zelensky will get together with Putin – the two countries are effectively at war – and work things out:

Here’s ABC News’ report, with Jon Karl asking if Trump is also talking with China about Biden:

 

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