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Day 1029

(Matt Kiser) #1

1/ A federal appeals court ruled that Trump's accounting firm must comply with a congressional subpoena for eight years of Trump's tax returns. The U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. voted 8-3 to reject Trump's arguments that Congress didn't have the authority to request his business records because the House Oversight and Reform Committee only needed them to determine whether Trump broke existing laws – not whether to enact a new law. The House committee subpoenaed Trump's accounting firm, Mazars USA, in March demanding a broad set of Trump's financial records. (Reuters / NPR / Washington Post / New York Times / Politico)

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Impeachment Inquiry into Trump 2019

CNN provides a rough timetable:

… The justices, including two of Trump’s nominees, Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, will meet behind closed doors in the coming weeks to discuss how to handle the petition. Briefing is expected to be over by the end of November. If the court wants to hear the case this term, it will likely act by mid-January.

If the Court refuses to hear the case, it looks like Mazars might be required to turn over Trump’s tax returns by the end of November. That is, of course, a best case scenario – and the documents would still be held in secret, but this news does offer some glimmer of hope that responsible parties might soon have Trump’s tax returns in hand.

(David Bythewood) #3

(David Bythewood) #4

Related to the Lindsey Graham story:

An Oval Office meeting with Turkey’s President Erdoğan took a dark turn when Erdoğan pulled out his iPad and made the group, including five GOP Senators who had been against his invasion of Syria and attacks on the Kurds, watch a propaganda video that depicted Kurds as terrorists.

(Eleanor) #5

He will twist and turn as much as he can, but his past has finally caught up with him. It’s way overdue to give him his due.


Federal Prosecutors Probe Giuliani’s Links to Ukrainian Energy Projects

Associates told others that Giuliani stood to profit from natural-gas project pitched alongside campaign for investigations of Joe Biden

Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating whether Rudy Giuliani stood to personally profit from a Ukrainian natural-gas business pushed by two associates who also aided his efforts there to launch investigations that could benefit President Trump, people familiar with the matter said.

Mr. Giuliani’s associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, pitched their new company, and plans for a Poland-to-Ukraine pipeline carrying U.S. natural gas, in meetings with Ukrainian officials and energy executives this year, saying the project had the support of the Trump administration, according to people briefed on the meetings. In many of the same meetings, the two men also pushed for assistance on investigations into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and alleged interference by Ukraine in the 2016 U.S. election, some of the people said.

In conversations that continued into this summer, Messrs. Parnas and Fruman told Ukrainian officials and others that Mr. Giuliani was a partner in the pipeline venture, which was a project of their company, Global Energy Producers, one of the people said. Another person said the men considered Mr. Giuliani a prospective investor in their company more broadly, but said the pitch was unsophisticated and exaggerated.

In an interview Friday, Mr. Giuliani vehemently denied any involvement in the energy company or the pipeline pitch. “I have no personal interest in any business in Ukraine, including that business,” Mr. Giuliani said, adding that he had no indication if prosecutors were looking into the matter. “If they really want to know if I’m a partner, why don’t they ask me?”

The Ukrainians understood the pipeline to be “part of the essential package” Mr. Giuliani and his associates were pushing, often mentioned immediately after the demand for investigations, said Kenneth F. McCallion, a New York lawyer who represents a number of Ukrainian individuals who learned of the pipeline deal, including former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who left office in 2010.

Impeachment Inquiry into Trump 2019

Roger Stone guilty on all counts in federal trial of lying to Congress, witness tampering

A federal jury has convicted longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone of lying to Congress and tampering with a witness about his efforts to learn about the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks release of hacked Democratic emails in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The panel of nine women and three men deliberated for less than two days before finding Stone, 67, guilty on all seven counts resulting from his September 2017 testimony to a House intelligence committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Kremlin’s efforts to damage Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Stone, in a blue suit, stood at the defense table with his left hand in his pants pocket, watching impassively as the verdicts were read. A judge set his sentencing date for Feb. 6.

What a morning! Happy Friday y’all!

Impeachment Inquiry into Trump 2019

President Trump Remarks on Healthcare Prices

President Trump delivers remarks on honest and transparency in healthcare prices. He also reacts to former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s testimony in the second open impeachment hearing. He also denies intimidating the ambassador on Twitter.

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