Weekend Reads Trump Lawyer Says Even if He Shot Someone on Fifth Ave., He Can’t be Prosecuted
2014 photograph shows earlier ties between Trump and indicted Giuliani associate
A photograph of President Donald Trump posing with a recently indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani was posted online in April 2014, two years prior to what had been their first known interaction. In the photo, Trump and Lev Parnas stand shoulder to shoulder, smiling at the camera at what appears to be an outdoor nighttime event. Trump wears a white, Trump-branded cap and white shirt under a jacket. Parnas wears a royal blue collared shirt. The circumstances of the meeting captured in the photograph remain unclear. It was posted on April 2, 2014, on the Facebook account of Shawn Jaros, also known as Shawn Jarosovich.
A federal appeals panel on Wednesday expressed skepticism that President Trump had a right to block state prosecutors in Manhattan from enforcingfor the last eight years.
The judges on a three-member panel in Manhattan peppered a lawyer for Mr. Trump with questions, expressing skepticism about the president’s argument that he was immune from criminal investigation. A lower court judge earlier this month rejected Mr. Trump’s claim, which has not previously been tested in the courts.
Trump calls for Spicer votes on 'Dancing with the Stars'
LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump is trying to influence votes on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Trump on Monday tweeted that viewers should vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. The president called Spicer a "good guy" and wrote "he has always been there for us!" Spicer tweeted his thanks with instructions on how viewers can cast votes. Spicer has been paired with professional dancer Lindsay Arnold as they compete for the mirror ball trophy. He says he's doing it "to have fun and make it a really good experience." Trump supporters have embraced Spicer, but opponents have criticized the program for inviting him.
Carey Dunne, the Manhattan district attorney’s general counsel, cited the president’s famous claim that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue without losing political support.
Mr. Dunne asked what would happen in that extreme scenario? “Would we have to wait for an impeachment proceeding to be initiated?” he said.
Later, Judge Denny Chin posed the Fifth Avenue hypothetical to William S. Consovoy, a lawyer for Mr. Trump, and asked for his view.
“Local authorities couldn’t investigate? They couldn’t do anything about it?” Judge Chin asked, adding: “Nothing could be done? That’s your position?”
“That is correct. That is correct,” Mr. Consovoy said.
The panel did not immediately indicate when it would issue a ruling, but Judge Robert A. Katzmann, the appeals court’s chief judge, signaled that he and the other judges understood both the gravity of the matter and that they were unlikely to have the final word.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said "we have to pray" for President Trump's health after what she described as a "meltdown" by the president during a meeting at the White House on Wednesday. "I pray for the president all the time, and I tell him that. I pray for his safety and that of his family. Now we have to pray for his health, because this was a very serious meltdown on the part of the president," Pelosi said at a press conference after returning to the Capitol. A reporter later sought to clarify whether Pelosi was suggesting Trump is mentally unwell."I'm not talking about mentally.
“This case seems bound for the Supreme Court,” Judge Katzmann said early in the arguments, adding later, as the hearing wrapped up, “We have the feeling you may be seeing each other again in Washington.”
A deal struck with the district attorney’s office will allow the president time to seek a speedy review of the appellate ruling in the Supreme Court on the condition that he ask that the court hear the case in its current term, which ends in June.
The district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., a Democrat, has agreed not to seek enforcement of the subpoena until the Supreme Court either refuses to hear Mr. Trump’s case or issues an opinion, whichever comes first. Mr. Vance was present in the spectator section of the courtroom as the arguments took place.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan typically decides cases through three-judge panels. The panel members who heard the subpoena dispute were Judge Katzmann, Judge Chin and Judge Christopher F. Droney.
Student shot outside Toronto high school taken to hospital in serious condition
A student was shot outside Oakwood Collegiate Institute Friday afternoon. Emergency crews were called to the scene in the area of St. Clair Avenue West and Oakwood Avenue around 2:30 p.m.One male patient was taken to hospital in serious condition. Toronto District School Board spokesperson Shari Schwartz-Maltz told CBC News the victim was an Oakwood student.After he was shot, the student ran into the school and the vice principal administered first aid, she said. The school was also placed in a hold and secure.
Judge Katzmann was appointed to the appeals court by President Bill Clinton. Judges Chin and Droney were appointed by President Barack Obama.
The appeal by Mr. Trump’s lawyers came afterthat the president’s argument that he could not be investigated by a local prosecutor was “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.”
Mr. Vance’s office in late August subpoenaed Mr. Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, for his personal and corporate tax returns dating to 2011.
The district attorney had been investigating whether any New York State laws were broken when Mr. Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, reimbursed Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer, for payments he made to the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels, who had said she had an affair with Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump has denied the affair.
Mr. Trump went into federal court last month, trying to block the district attorney’s subpoena. The president argued that the Constitution prevented a sitting president from being “investigated, indicted or otherwise subjected to criminal process.”
Bill Maher Offers Donald Trump A Bribe If He’ll Resign: ‘Take My Million Dollars’
Bill Maher has never been less than withering in his assessment of Donald Trump, but on Friday’s edition of HBO’s “Real Time” the comedian took his criticism of the president to scathing new heights that culminated in offering a million-dollar bribe if Trump would resign — and a reasonable assurance he could bump that number up to a cool billion with the help of some other Trump-hating celebrities. In this week's "New Rules" segment, Maher played a clip of Trump from a 2016 campaign rally in which the then-candidate declared he wouldn't be accepting donations and would fund his campaign entirely with his own money because "I'm really rich.
“The subpoena is a bad faith effort to harass the president by obtaining and exposing his confidential financial information, not a legitimate attempt to enforce New York law,” the president’s lawyers wrote.
After Judge Victor Marrero of United States District Court in Manhattan, in a 75-page ruling, rejected Mr. Trump’s broad argument, the president’s lawyers appealed to the Second Circuit.
They contended that Mr. Trump’s claim of absolute immunity was meritorious; they said the framers of the Constitution, recognizing the need for a strong chief executive, created a process — impeachment — for investigating and removing a president in a manner that would “embody the will of the people.”
“A lone county prosecutor cannot circumvent this arrangement,” they said.
The, telling the appeals panel that the case raised “significant constitutional issues.”
The government is not a party to the case, but has the right to provide its views.
The Justice Department, led by William P. Barr, asked that the court stop the release of Mr. Trump’s tax returns and reiterated its longstanding position that a sitting president may not be charged or prosecuted.
But the department appeared to leave open the door for Mr. Trump to be investigated by Mr. Vance’s office.
The department argued that a local prosecutor had to meet a high legal bar before investigating a sitting president, and that Mr. Vance should not be able to obtain the president’s personal records “unless and until — at a minimum — the district attorney is able to make the required showing of particularized need.”
The department said the district attorney would have to show that the records it was seeking from Mr. Trump were central to the grand jury investigation, were not available elsewhere and were needed immediately, as opposed to after Mr. Trump leaves office.
Mr. Vance’s office, citing Mr. Trump’s arguments in the case, told the appeals court in a brief that Mr. Trump’s “core position on every one of these matters is that the United States presidency places him beyond the reach of the law.”
White House 'prepared' for Trump to be impeached .
White House 'prepared' for Trump to be impeached"We are prepared for an impeachment to happen," Grisham said in an interview on Fox News. "[House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi has made it very, very clear that the House Democrats are going to vote.
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