Monday news break: Donald Trump's final fight to keep his tax returns secret
In today’s issue:
Appeals court tells Trump he is not above the law.
US begins process to formally withdraw from Paris Climate Accord
Trump whines about California’s wildfires and threatens to withhold funds California after state forced his administration to pay its legal fees.
Appeals court is unanimous that Trump has to turn over his taxes.
This morning, a panel of three judges on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that Donald Trump is not, in fact, immune to investigations and must turn over his tax returns and other financial documents to a grand jury convened by Cyrus Vance, district attorney for Manhattan.
This is the case where Trump’s attorneys argued that he could literally shoot someone and the police could do nothing to stop him while he’s still in office. That does not seem to have amused the court.
Trump will appeal the case to the Supreme Court. Interestingly, the circuit justice for the 2nd Circuit is Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
US gives notice of withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Continuing with disaster president news, the United States has formally notified the United Nations that we intend to leave the Paris Climate Accord. Even though Trump made the decision to withdraw shortly after he was sworn in as president, the terms of the Accord made it impossible to begin the process of withdrawal formally until today. This is a one-year notice, meaning that the US’s absence can be short-term if we play our cards right.
Trump lashes out at California for not raking our forests.
In keeping with his denial of climate change, Donald Trump continues to believe that the giant wildfires in California are happening because Gov. Gavin Newsom won’t invest in a good leaf-blower. Therefore, he’s threatening the US’s largest economy and most populous state with the denial of federal funds to fight those wildfires. Unfortunately for him, California is not Ukraine and cannot be extorted.
And that might be the real reason for Trump’s frustration. Trump knows that if he actually tried this, California will sue and we will win. Trump lost to California so badly on the Census citizenship question fight that not only will a citizenship question not appear on the 2020 Census, but California is forcing the Trump administration to pay $850,000 in attorney’s fees.
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