Confluence | Oct 4, 2019 | 0
3 Stories You Should Read 10/7/2019: Graham, Fox News, Tax Returns
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In the category of: Death and Taxes
A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Donald Trump’s effort to prevent his tax returns from being turned over to a New York grand jury.
The ruling raises the likelihood that Trump’s tax returns will be provided in response to a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney’s office, although any material obtained through a grand jury subpoena is covered by grand jury secrecy rules, meaning it would likely become public only if it were used as evidence at a trial.
Dismissing Trump’s “extraordinary” claim that any occupant of the White House enjoys “absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind,” US District Judge Victor Marrero said in a 75-page opinion that such a position “would constitute an overreach of executive power.”
The judge described Trump’s assertion of immunity as “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.”
In the category of: Fox and Friends
Fox News shields President Trump. But his love for their conspiracies might bring him down.
On Tuesday night, Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity, on Fox News, about the role Fox News would play in protecting President Donald Trump from impeachment. “You know, if it wasn’t [for] your show, Sean, they would destroy him absolutely,” Rivera told Hannity, who, when not hosting his television and radio shows, informally advises Trump. “You are the difference between Donald J. Trump and Richard Nixon.”
He’s half right. Fox News is playing a critical role in protecting Trump from Nixon’s ultimate fate. But it’s also played a critical role in luring Trump into committing Nixonian misdeeds.
In the category of: Sticking it to the man
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called it “a stain on America’s honor.”
President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw support for Kurdish allies in northern Syria ahead of Turkey’s planned invasion of the region drew forceful backlash from both Republicans and Democrats, as well as foreign policy experts.
The Kurds lead the Syrian Democratic Forces, the main ally to the U.S. in fighting the self-described Islamic State in Syria. Turkey has long wanted the U.S. to end its support for the Kurds, an ethnic group the Turkish government views as terrorists.
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