WASHINGTON (AP) — Terrorism, taxes and Russia tribulations provided fertile ground for President Donald Trump and others to sow confusion over the past week.Over days of head-snapping developments, the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election produced indictments and a guilty plea reaching into Trump’s campaign team, then eight people died in New York City in what authorities called a terrorist attack by a man acting in the name of the Islamic State group.Trump opened an Asia trip after House Republicans came out with a tax overhaul that, if successful, could mark Trump’s first major legislative achievement after a series of health care flops.A look back at the rhetoric:TRUMP: “It’s a tax bill for middle class; it’s a tax bill for jobs, it’s going to bring a lot of companies in; and it’s a tax bill for business, which is going to create the jobs.” — meeting with business leaders … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Terrorism, Taxes and Russia Probe
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Donald Trump has officially been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, there are already calls underway for him to be impeached.ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org, a website aimed at removing Trump from the presidency, was launched immediately after Trump was sworn in. “The nation is now witnessing a massive corruption of the presidency, far worse than Watergate,” the website, which was created by two liberal groups, claims. Many have predicted that Trump won’t last the full four years and are wondering not if but when Donald Trump will be impeached. Now, this all might be a bunch of wishful thinking by Trump’s opponents. However, given the deep divide in Washington D.C. and throughout the country, the possibility of an impeachment is worthy of a closer examination. So let’s break down what would have to happen on the legal front. First, What Does the Constitution … [Read more...] about Will Donald Trump Be Impeached? Here’s How It Would Happen.
Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. With that in mind, there is a fever pitch of momentum on social media, and among many Democrats (and moderates alike) to do anything possible to prevent Trump from heading to the White House. While the reality is that Trump will almost certainly be taking the oath of office on January 20th, 2017, here at LawNewz.com, we love to use our legal skills to go through the “what-if” scenarios. For all the dreamers out there, here are several actual legal scenarios that could (but probably won’t) prevent Donald Trump from becoming President. 1. Electoral College dumps Trump The first scenario is the easiest (but still very unlikely.) On Monday, 538 electors are expected to meet across the country to cast their vote for president. Right now, there are 306 Republicans and 232 Democrat. Trump will obviously win if everyone follows the rules. However, if at … [Read more...] about Four (Super Long Shot) Ways to Still Prevent Donald Trump from Becoming President
There’s currently no “full-scale” investigation of President Donald Trump, says an ABC reporter. Pierre Thomas appeared on Sunday’s episode of This Week, where he talked about the scope of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe into Russia’s 2016 election interference.“Now my sources are telling me that he’s begun some preliminary planning, plans to talk to some people in the administration, but he has not made that momentous decision to go for a full-scale investigation,” Thomas said.Questions abound as to whether Mueller is investigating Trump for any alleged wrong-doing. The confirmed federal and Congressional probes into Russian interference have only touched the president’s campaign. Nonetheless, fired FBI Director James Comey has suggested Mueller could be looking into whether POTUS committed obstruction of justice by asking him to drop a federal investigation into former National Security … [Read more...] about Special Counsel Has No ‘Full-Scale’ Investigation of Donald Trump Yet, Reporter Says
Donald Trump has a top litigator in his corner during the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian connections to his presidential campaign. But Marc Kasowitz wasn’t the Trump team’s first choice, according to a report by Yahoo News, and it turns out the others just weren’t interested.Some of the attorneys on the list were Brendan Sullivan of the law firm Williams & Connolly, Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Paul Clement and Mark Filip of Kirkland & Ellis, and Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell, the report says. All are among the top firms in the country.Common reasons that sources gave for why the firms didn’t want the President’s business were fears that Trump wouldn’t go along with his attorneys’ counsel. “The concerns were, ‘The guy won’t pay and he won’t listen,'” a lawyer familiar with the matter told Yahoo. Trump and his businesses have a reputation (and a history … [Read more...] about ‘The Guy Won’t Pay and He Won’t Listen’: Top Law Firms Refused to Back Trump in Russia Probe, Report Says
Barack Obama told President-elect Donald Trump not to hire Michael Flynn for national security adviser, according to a new NBC news report. Three Obama administration officials told the outlet this happened in November during a 90-minute conversation less than 48 hours after the election.We asked the White House for a response.This comes on the same day that former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who served on the Trump administration as a holdover from the previous president, is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Yates is expected to say she told the Trump team about her concerns about former National Security Adviser Flynn’s contacts with the Russian ambassador. Flynn resigned from his job in February after misleading officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, over these communications.Suspicion over the Moscow links have plagued the Trump administration because of U.S. intelligence’s … [Read more...] about Barack Obama Warned Donald Trump About Hiring Michael Flynn, Report Says
Donald Trump held a press conference, where his attorney, Sheri Dillon, spoke regarding Trump’s business interests. As LawNewz.com noted, Dillon is a partner at the law firm Morgan Lewis & Bokius. Using the services of the firm makes sense for Trump, as Morgan Lewis is a world-renowned organization. In fact, just last year, Chambers and Partners rated them as the top firm in a certain country, and guess which one it is.Did you guess Russia? You probably guessed Russia.It’s Russia.According to a press release on Morgan Lewis’ website from May, the firm was given the honors in the 2016 Chambers Europe guide to law firms. The title is awarded based on a firm’s “client service, preeminence in the relevant market, notable achievements over the past 12 months, outstanding work, and impressive strategic growth.”The firm’s Moscow office provides services for litigation, real estate transactions, international arbitration, … [Read more...] about Law Firm Representing Trump Rated ‘Russia Law Firm of the Year’
Donald Trump isn’t talking, the media (myself included) never seems to run out of material during this election season.So when Trump addressed the rumors of Russia being responsible for leaking incriminating Democratic National Committee emails by saying, “I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” regarding Hillary Clinton‘s deleted messages, everyone lost their minds. He added, “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”People are going so far as to claim that Trump committed espionage with that remark. Clinton’s senior policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, even said, “This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent.”Hold on, people.The Espionage Act (U.S. Code §§ 792-799) refers to certain types of classified information that are “knowingly … [Read more...] about Settle Down, Donald Trump Didn’t Commit Espionage By Hoping Russia Finds Hillary’s Emails
Donald Trump Jr. appeared on Sean Hannity‘s show Tuesday night to discuss the matter. But while the President’s son was trying to spin the situation the right way, he may have just made things more difficult for himself.Here are just a few of the statements that could indicate this story may not be the “nothing burger” the Trump camp would have you believe.“I wanted to hear him out.” This was Donald Jr.’s way of trying to say he didn’t have any nefarious plans, he was just curious as to what kind of information was out there on Clinton. Unfortunately for him, it’s also a flat out admission of an interest in collusion. Someone approached him saying the Russian government supports the Trump campaign and one of their officials wants to give damaging information on Clinton. Trump Jr.’s explanation of the situation basically means, “I was interested in doing business with the Russians if they could be … [Read more...] about 3 Things Donald Trump Jr. Said in Hannity Interview that Could Get Him in Trouble
took a meeting from someone claiming evidence of foreign corruption by Hillary Clinton. The meeting proved useless. Donald Trump Jr. released the emails leading to the meeting. It is clear from the documents and statements of all involved that Donald Trump Jr. did nothing wrong. He broke no law. This isn’t like Hillary Clinton’s husband soliciting donations disguised as speech payments, travel costs, and charity work, while Hillary was Secretary of State. Based solely on the fact the source of the information was a Yeltsin-era prosecutor from Russia, a few anti-Trump lawyers falsely accuse Trump Jr. of a crime.American law imposed no restrictions on foreign donations for almost all of its history until that ethical icon Lyndon Baines Johnson was President. Then, after Watergate, those restrictions on foreign funding of American elections was mostly enacted through incorporation of Watergate-era reforms. Exceptions always existed: only cash donations, or the like, were … [Read more...] about Why Donald Trump Jr. is Innocent. Period.