Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Deutsche Bank has reportedly begun the process of providing financial records to New York state's attorney general in response to a subpoena for documents related to loans made to Trump and his business.

Robert Mueller's report documents a serious crime against the American people. All Americans should demand action and accountability

What's behind President Trump's lack of engagement on Russian threat?

“The president and his team may think that the Mueller report represents the sum total of what’s in play with Congress,” Raskin added. “But from our perspective, the Mueller report just sets the table for an analysis of what’s been taking place.”

Cummings: Trump and Attorney General Barr “are now openly ordering federal employees to ignore congressional subpoenas .. . These employees and their personal attorneys should think very carefully about their own legal interests rather than being swept up” in obstruction schemes

Mitch McConnell should explain why he insisted on obscuring evidence of Russian interference before the election | Lexington Herald Leader

Breaking News: Facebook said it expected to be fined up to $5 billion for violating an agreement with the FTC to better protect users’ privacy

Just in: Giffords (the nonprofit started by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords) is suing the FEC to act on administrative complaints accusing the NRA of numerous campaign finance violations, incl. illegal contributions to Trump's presidential campaign

Official working to protect 2020 election from Russia "was told to keep it secret from Trump"

US successfully removes 'sexual health' references from UN resolution on sexual violence

Secretive 'Five Eyes' club to speak openly about cyber threats

The president wanting to regulate twitter as “punishment” for secret discrimination which isn’t really happening has to be peak stupid

The Trump administration has few options to move forward on a $2 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia

Rouhani says U.S. must lift pressure and apologize before Iran will negotiate

The US has been backsliding on air pollution cleanup during the Trump administration, the American Lung Association says -- and now more Americans are breathing air that will make them sick

Good to see that Manfred Weber, a German MEP and most likely next head of the European Commission, vowing to block Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. I can’t imagine what logic there is for Europe to become more dependent on Russian gas

Breaking: MJ Hegar, former congressional candidate, says she is entering the race to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.

People who work for the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post, NBC News and many other American news outlets are facing an unprecedented wave of violent threats directly inspired by the president of the United States

We have no language for describing his hate movement against the press— because it is so un-American. But when you try to make that point on television, you have to find the words that can render it properly. This was my attempt with @brianstelter

Donald Trump's stonewalling White House is mounting a multi-front assault on accountability, testing the notion that a president must answer to citizens for whom he holds a public trust

The Supreme Court, the Editorial Board writes, must see through the obvious sabotage behind Trump’s census question

Rep. Rashida Tlaib criticizes Saudi ruler Mohammad Bin Salman: He "tortures & executes children."

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has not held a formal press briefing in 43 days, setting a new record.

New filing in United States v. Craig: Miscellaneous Relief

In my view, the common ground that must be cultivated, at least through 2020, is that which already exists within the pro-democracy coalition comprised of the left, center, and anti-Trump right. It can replace the president and stop the bleeding. Then, we figure the rest out.

"Trump has no idea what is in our Constitution. This lawsuit is proof. The reason that his lawyers... signed on to this is a mystery. Whatever the answer, it is worth considering whether their licenses to practice law should be revoked"

Chairman Nadler responds: "This evening's reports, if accurate, represent one more act of obstruction by an Administration desperate to prevent the public from talking about the President's behavior. The Committee's subpoena stands. I look forward to Mr. McGahn’s testimony.

Now Mnuchin says he’ll decide by May 6 whether he’ll release Trump’s tax returns. Is there anyone who believes he’s doing anything besides stonewalling for Trump & treating Congress with contempt? The Democrats must play hardball with this nasty bunch.

.@SpeakerPelosi says she will meet w/ Pres. Trump on infrastructure next week

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to lead global attempt to shutdown social media terrorism

NEW: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gently let the president know that his "lost" followers are bots

I can't stress enough the extent to which Trump's base now lives in an alternative info environment and who can blame them? Everyone is lying to them. Trump. His team. Many right-wing commentators. Congressional Republicans. The GOP. Fox News. This is a huge long-term problem.

Dear @TheJusticeDept Bill Barr: More evidence below that the American people can read. We read the #MuellerReport, and it sure looks like you misled the public. I look forward to seeing you in @HouseJudiciary Committee on May 2.

If Democratic investigations of Trump lead to impeachment, 'that's the place we have to go': Nancy Pelosi

Aaaand Oleg Deripaska just happened to be the Russian oligarch to whom Paul Manafort was indebted millions of $s and with whom he was hoping to “make whole” through his position in the Trump campaign. You couldn’t find a writer in Hollywood who could make this up

New from me: Kushner downplayed Russia’s interference as a “couple ads” that did no real harm. But he obliged Russian attempts to cultivate a backchannel to the WH—twice. A new DOJ filing says such backchannels can result in “commensurate harm” to the US.

House Ways & Means member Lloyd Doggett on Treasury missing the deadline for Trump's tax returns: "More obstruction! President Trump and his enablers are simply engaged in obstructing the performance of a ministerial duty that the requested returns ‘shall’ be provided."

This was not a "couple of Facebook ads." The Russians not only purchased online ads but also, according to DOJ, hacked into state election databases and stole sensitive voter information of 500,000 people. This was an attack on our democracy

House Judiciary Chair warns White House that attempts to block McGahn testimony would be "obstruction"

A stunning statistic: In 2015, 92% of all women killed by guns in high-income countries lived in the United States. 92%. That is shameful. I will close the “boyfriend loophole” and prevent dating partners convicted of domestic violence from purchasing guns.

House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings: "This administration has done everything in its power and used every means necessary to block the Congress from getting the information that we need to do our job ... He's trampling on the Constitution. No doubt about it."

It’s about accountability and progress for the people. We will do both: work to reveal the truth while also fighting to prioritize key issues such as lowering prescription drug prices and building our nation’s infrastructure.

President Trump doesn't want his aides to testify to Congress after the Mueller report: "There is no reason to go any further"

Jared Kushner is the epitome of DVG (dumb, vain, greedy). He is basically a walking, talking argument in favor of the estate tax

JUST IN: Netanyahu will introduce resolution to name Golan Heights town after Trump

A lobbyist’s son was expelled from college following allegations of sexual assault, so his dad is pushing a bill through the state legislature that would allow him to appeal his case to a review board on which his mother sits—with immediate effect.

Rep. Steve King likens the criticism he faces from his “accusers” in Washington to what Jesus Christ “went through for us”

“There is no other word for it – kooky… He doesn’t understand what the government that he’s in charge of does. He’s the Commander-in-Chief, he’s responsible for our national security and he literally does not understand what the NSA does.”

Theresa May defies security warnings of ministers and US to allow Huawei to help build Britain's 5G network

Mujtaba al-Sweikat, a student slated to attend Western Michigan University, is beheaded in Saudi Arabia. He had been arrested when he was 17 by Saudis in 2012 after taking part in democracy rallies, and tortured while in custody.

Mueller report raises questions about Trump’s intel chief

White House plans to block aides from testifying before Congress

Democratic candidates set to speak at She the People Summit

Mueller Report: A narrative of obstruction laid plain

New Interior secretary, others subject of ethics investigations