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3 Stories You Should Read 5/11/2019: Contempt of Congress, Executive Privilege, Tax Returns

3 Stories You Should Read 5/11/2019: Contempt of Congress, Executive Privilege, Tax Returns
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In the category of:  The law is the law

The House Judiciary vote on contempt of Congress and what it means for William Barr, explained

Democrats will vote on whether to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress. Here’s how that would work.

House Democrats are upping the ante in their attempt to get special counsel Robert Mueller’s full, unredacted report by threatening to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress.

Frustrated by weeks of missed subpoena deadlines and pushback from the Trump administration, the House Judiciary Committee will vote — and likely pass — a contempt resolution Wednesday, after Barr failed to deliver Mueller’s complete, unredacted report by a Monday deadline.

The contempt resolution would also have to be approved by the full House — which has an increased shot at passing now that an increasing number of Democrats are focusing their ire on Barr.

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In the category of:  Of course, he did.

Trump invokes executive privilege over unredacted Mueller report

The move comes as the House Judiciary panel will vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for not complying with a subpoena for the report.

President Donald Trump has invoked executive privilege to block an effort by House Democrats to access special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report and underlying evidence.

The move comes at the urging of the Justice Department, which said Tuesday it intended to ask Trump to make the sweeping claim in response to Democratic plans to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress over his refusal to provide Mueller’s materials to Congress.

 

In the category of:  Death and taxes

10 Years Of Trump’s Tax Information Released By New York Times

From 1985 to 1994, Donald Trump’s financial figures show he had more than $1 billion in business losses, according to The New York Times.

President Donald Trump’s tax filings from 1985 to 1994 show that he had accumulated more than a billion dollars in business losses over the course of the decade, according to newly revealed tax information obtained Tuesday by The New York Times.

In the 10-year stretch, Trump racked up nearly $1.2 billion in core business losses, according to the Times’ analysis of the president’s federal income tax information from those years. The loss paints what the Times called a bleak picture of Trump’s businesses, which he has always touted as successful.

The news comes as the president continues to feud with House Democrats over the release of his federal tax returns from 2013 to 2018.

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