3 Stories You Should Read 4/16/2019: Trump, Ilhan Omar Amid , The House
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In the category of: It can be done – so let’s do it.
‘The scope of the power of inquiry,’ the Supreme Court wrote, ‘is as penetrating and far-reaching as the potential power to enact and appropriate under the Constitution.’
House Democrats need not ask meekly for information about Trump’s finances and the Mueller report and accept whatever Trump voluntarily provides. The power of the House and of the Senate to compel the disclosure of documents and testimony to inform the exercise of their constitutional powers is very, very well-established. “The power of the Congress to conduct investigations is inherent in the legislative process. That power is broad,” the Supreme Court said in Barenblatt v. United States. “It encompasses inquiries concerning the administration of existing laws as well as proposed or possibly needed statutes.”
“The power of inquiry has been employed by Congress throughout our history, over the whole range of the national interests concerning which Congress might legislate or decide upon due investigation not to legislate; it has similarly been utilized in determining what to appropriate from the national purse, or whether to appropriate,” the Supreme Court said in Watkins v. United States. “The scope of the power of inquiry, in short, is as penetrating and far-reaching as the potential power to enact and appropriate under the Constitution.”
In the category: Hate speech that instigates violence is a crime.
Trump appears firmly planted in continuing his racist attacks on Rep. Omar.
Trump has a history of Islamophobic and racist rhetoric and policies, including a ban on people entering the U.S. from several Muslim-majority countries. He has also repeated a lie numerous times over the years that he saw “thousands” of Muslim Americans in New Jersey celebrating after the 9/11 attacks. He defended his position in 2015 by telling NBC’s Chuck Todd that he “saw it on television.” He didn’t.
On Friday, Trump tweeted a video of Omar making comments about how the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was formed after 9/11 “because they recognized that some people did something.” The video then cuts to footage of the burning twin towers.
“WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” Trump’s caption reads.
In the category of: Watch out for the nation faux crisis distraction.
Like a rapper that knows an explosive diss track is about to be released, the president of the United States is playing reduced-stress checkers—in which they’re only six pieces on the board to prevent confusion (but he still cheats)—by releasing tweets that will help his followers know his position on the soon-to-be-released Russian investigation report by special counsel Robert Mueller.
On Monday, the president of people who can see Russia from their house unleashed a series of tweets as a preemptive strike for Thursday, also known as political geek Super Bowl, in which the redacted Mueller report will be released to Congress and the public.
“Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction,” Trump tweeted, the Associated Press reports. “These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!”
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