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Judge orders the Trump Organization to cooperate with NY attorney general’s fraud investigation. New York Attorney General hints at plan to obtain Trump’s presidential records. New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating the Trump Organization for potential fraud, suggested this week that she could seek presidential records once Donald Trump leaves office.

New York Attorney General hints at plan to obtain Trump’s presidential records

In a tweet on Wednesday, James revealed that she had sent a letter to the White House demanding that presidential records not be destroyed. “I wrote a letter to the White House today to remind the Trump administration that it must preserve and maintain all presidential records,” she wrote. “By law, every bit of this information belongs to the American people, and this president and the White House cannot deprive them of it.”

I wrote a letter to the White House today to remind the Trump administration that it must preserve and maintain all presidential records.By law, every bit of this information belongs to the American people, and this president and the White House cannot deprive them of it.— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) December 16, 2020. Judge tosses out Trump supporter’s voter fraud lawsuit after plaintiff admits she wasn’t even registered to vote. Can someone have been defrauded in the 2020 presidential election if they never even bothered registering to vote in that election?

Judge tosses out Trump supporter’s voter fraud lawsuit after plaintiff admits she wasn’t even registered to vote

That’s a question that the Pinal County Superior Court in Arizona had to answer this week after local resident Staci Burk filed a lawsuit demanding that President-elect Joe Biden’s win in her state be overturned based on multiple unsupported allegations of mass fraud. Pinal County Superior Court Judge Kevin D. White answered that question with a resounding “no” on Tuesday, as he ruled that Burk did not have standing to claim she was defrauded by the election results if she never even bothered to register to vote in the first place.

“Plaintiff by her own admission was not registered to vote for the 2020 general election,” wrote White in his decision, which was posted on Twitter by Arizona Republic reporter Maria Polletta. Donald Trump’s brutal day in court. “The relief being sought by the petitioners is the most dramatic invocation of judicial power I have ever seen,” said Brian Hagedorn, a conservative elected justice, in a concurring opinion.

Donald Trump’s brutal day in court

“Judicial acquiescence to such entreaties built on so flimsy a foundation would do indelible damage to every future election. Once the door is opened to judicial invalidation of presidential election results, it will be awfully hard to close that door again. This is a dangerous path we are being asked to tread.” An Arizona county judge, similarly, tossed a suit brought by state GOP chair Kelli Ward. Judge Allows Lawsuit Over Coronavirus Checks For Undocumented Parents To Go Forward. WASHINGTON — A lawsuit filed by US citizen children whose undocumented immigrant parents were denied coronavirus stimulus checks can move forward after a judge rejected the Trump administration’s early attempt to get the case tossed out.

Judge Allows Lawsuit Over Coronavirus Checks For Undocumented Parents To Go Forward

A federal judge in Maryland on Friday denied the government’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, finding the families had the standing to sue and rejecting arguments raised by the Justice Department that the administration was immune against these types of constitutional claims over how Congress and the Treasury Department chose to administer billions of dollars in relief money. Under the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, families who are eligible for stimulus checks can get up to $500 for each child under 17, on top of the $1,200 maximum payment for individual adults.

But the law requires anyone receiving the money to have a Social Security number. New US Attorney faces slate of cases of interest to Trump. Audrey Strauss takes over one of the most high-profile prosecutor jobs in America with a lot on her plate.

New US Attorney faces slate of cases of interest to Trump

The 72-year-old former deputy to Geoffrey Berman is taking the reins as acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York after an unusual shuffle – her boss refused to leave his role until Attorney General William Barr respected “the normal operation of law” and put her in charge. Strauss has been Berman’s second-in-command since April 2019, but her history in the Manhattan office stretches back more than four decades. The position is the most important federal law-enforcement role outside of Washington. With a territory that encompasses lower Manhattan, it can strike at the heart of the financial industry with headline-grabbing cases. A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School, Strauss first became a Southern District federal prosecutor in 1976.

Appeals court rules against Trump on Emoluments Clause. Prominent Republicans mock Trump’s legal claims in Supreme Court brief — and debunk president’s ‘absolute immunity’ This article was paid for by Raw Story subscribers.

Prominent Republicans mock Trump’s legal claims in Supreme Court brief — and debunk president’s ‘absolute immunity’

Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. David Cay Johnston A Supreme Court filing lays bare the deep chasm between prominent Republicans who believe in the rule of law and wannabe president for life Donald Trump, whose says he enjoys absolute immunity from any inquiry into his conduct. The Supreme Court's Coming Decisions on Donald Trump’s Taxes Could Be Bigger Than Impeachment. 0-for-3. “Noooooooo!”

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NBC News: “A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Donald Trump’s lawsuit to prevent the House Ways and Means Committee from utilizing a recently passed New York law providing the panel an avenue to pursue his state tax returns. Judge Carl Nichols of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that his court was not the proper jurisdiction to sue the New York officials named in the lawsuit, leaving open the option that Trump do so in New York.”

So, if you are keeping score at home, that’s the third time Comrade Stupid has lost a case regarding keeping his taxes secret, including a judgement last month in which Prznint Stupid’s lawyer argued that he cannot be prosecuted or even investigated for any crimes he may have committed while in office. “Never Trumper,” Comrade Stupid was heard yodeling from the can, but I’m only guessing.

The real mystery is why Chairman Richard Neal hasn’t requested the state returns yet. Sharing Means Caring, fool! DOJ argues executive has 'absolute immunity' and Congress can never go to court to enforce subpoena. Trump flees to his bankruptcy-proof Florida home as New York prosecutors close in. This article was paid for by Raw Story subscribers.

Trump flees to his bankruptcy-proof Florida home as New York prosecutors close in

Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. David Cay Johnston. Judge dismisses President Trump's lawsuit seeking to block subpoena for tax returns. Federal Judge Demands Trump's Taxes; But There's An Appeal. Trump lost big time in Federal Court this morning, and is appealing the decision.

Federal Judge Demands Trump's Taxes; But There's An Appeal

Wapo: A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Trump’s lawsuit seeking to block the Manhattan district attorney from obtaining the president’s tax returns as part of an investigation into hush-money payments during the 2016 campaign.U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero rejected Trump’s argument that the presidency makes him immune to any investigation by any prosecutor.In his 75-page ruling, Marrero called such a claim “extraordinary” and wrote, “This Court cannot endorse such a categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity from judicial process.”

Of course Trump is appealing and that appeal forces courts to stay the order until the appeal can be heard. Watch this space. Do go read the judge's ruling, though. Trump lost big time in Federal Court this morning, and is appealing the decision. Do go read the judge's ruling, though. Trump’s Justice Department Asks Judge to Block Subpoena for His Tax Returns. The Justice Department on Wednesday asked a federal judge to temporarily block a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney that would require President Trump to turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns.

Trump’s Justice Department Asks Judge to Block Subpoena for His Tax Returns

Mr. Trump has been fighting off an attempt by the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., to obtain his tax returns as it investigates hush-money payments made to the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels. After the subpoena was sent in late August, Mr. Court fights over Trump tax returns ramp up. Legal showdown looms over Trump deposition order. A lawsuit brought by protesters who contend they were roughed up by security personnel outside Trump Tower in 2015 has become an urgent problem for President Donald Trump’s legal team after a New York judge ruled Friday that Trump must submit to a videotaped deposition in the case. Despite the swirl of congressional litigation involving Trump and the intensifying efforts to impeach him in the House, the Bronx-based suit jumped to the forefront of the White House’s legal concerns because — as it stands now — an order by the New York judge, Doris Gonzalez, requires Trump’s testimony before the trial.

The case is set to open Thursday. Story Continued Below “More than 200 years ago our founders sought to escape an oppressive, tyrannical governance in which absolute power vested with a monarch. A fear of the recurrence of tyranny birthed our three-branch government adorned with checks and balances,” Gonzalez wrote in her ruling. New York DA drops the hammer on Trump's Accounting Firm. Let’s see Bill Barr (aka Trump’s Roy Cohn) put his hefty “unfitness for office” — in the way of these steam-roller legal proceedings, being pursued by the authorities of New York … Manhattan district attorney subpoenas 8 years of Trump tax returns New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance's office has subpoenaed eight years of President Donald Trump's tax returns from Mazars USA, the longtime accounting firm to Trump and the Trump Organization, as part of its investigation into hush money payments, according to a person familiar with the matter. [...]

"Mazars USA will respect the legal process and fully comply with its legal obligations," the company said in a statement. "We believe strongly in the ethical and professional rules and regulations that govern our industry, our work and our client interactions. As a matter of firm policy and professional rules we do not comment on the work we conduct for our clients. " by Dan Mangan, CNBC -- Sept 16, 2019. ‘THIS IS HUGE!’ Trump faces serious legal threat as federal appeals court revives emoluments case.

A court reinstated a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of violating the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clauses. The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York, by a 2-1 vote, reinstated the case brought by a restaurant group against the president, and the decision will force Trump to defend his actions and could lead to new revelations about his business and finances, reported Bloomberg. “We just won our Emoluments Clause appeal against President Trump in the 2d Circuit on behalf of hotels, restaurants, and restaurant workers injured by Trump’s unconstitutional and corrupt acceptance of foreign and domestic business,” tweeted Laurence Tribe, a Harvard Law professor who helped bring the case to court. Trump is facing ‘very unpleasant’ jail sentence in New York after Michael Cohen flipped again: Joyce Vance.

On Wednesday, NBC News reported that President Donald Trump’s jailed former attorney Michael Cohen is cooperating with New York City prosecutors as part of an investigation into whether the Trump Organization falsified business records. On MSNBC’s “Hardball,” former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance told anchor Chris Matthews that the consequences for Trump could be serious. “If it is the tail end of this whole operation of going after Trump, it seems to me the Manhattan DA, that’s a political office, this case could be a big case if you’re taking the president of the United States down into a criminal matter,” said Matthews. “The question I have, I guess, as a nonlawyer, is what’s the penalty for this kind of case?” Appeals court tosses emoluments suit against Trump. Trump loses ‘major’ First Amendment case – again: The president is not ‘a private person’ – Raw Story. Federal judge in Census case takes shot at Trump administration as it tries to find ‘new’ excuses – Raw Story.

Trump biographer explains how the House could get the IRS commissioner to hand over Trump’s taxes immediately – Raw Story. BREAKING: Court Blocks Trump From Using 'Emergency Powers' To Build His Stupid Wall. Democrats Score A Big Win In Emoluments Case. Did Trump and His Team Successfully Obstruct Mueller’s Investigation? TrumpInternationalHotelWashington6122019. Trump's financial lawsuit getting expedited trip through courts, new book explains what's at stake. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an Order to Expedite the lawsuit between Trump and the House Intelligence Committee. Inside New Jersey’s Investigation Into Trump’s Inaugural: Bad Football, Fake Springsteen, Real Probe. Judge Rules Democrats May Go Ahead With Emoluments Lawsuit. Federal Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled today that the emoluments clause case filed by Congressional Democrats can go forward. Jennifer Rubin: Trump Will Resign 10 Minutes Before End Of Term So Mike Pence Can Pardon Him.

Salon. President Trump Tweets About Roger Stone Testifying Against Him in Possible Obstruction of Justice, Witness Tampering. 'Bedlam, chaos, injury and death’: Trump lashes out at courts in bizarre Thanksgiving Day tweet. Trump Tried to Silence Stormy Daniels From the White House: WSJ. Stormy Daniels' Defamation Lawsuit Against Trump Just Got Tossed. Amy Coney Barrett, the Trump Supreme Court Pick Who’ll Troll Liberals the Hardest. Trump claims 'absolute immunity'- asks court to toss foreign payments suit. A scenario as crazy as our president: Here's how Trump could fire Mueller and orchestrate own impeachment. Trump Is About to Get a Dose of Due Process From Summer Zervos. After aide Rob Porter departed the White House amid accusations he had physically abused two ex-wives, President Trump tweeted a question: “Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?” Well, Trump is about to get a dose of it.

Abbreviated pundit roundup: The emoluments case against Trump, the enabling GOP, and more. Feds fight suit over Trump Twitter blocking. A lawsuit claiming that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by blocking members of the public from following his Twitter account could radically reshape First Amendment law and threaten public officials' use of new social media platforms, the Justice Department argued Friday. Trump urges dismissal of former ‘Apprentice’ contestant’s lawsuit. Summer Zervos listens as her lawyer, Gloria Allred, speaks in Los Angeles at a Jan. 17, 2017 news conference announcing the filing of a lawsuit against Donald Trump.

The ultimate lawsuit: Trump will eventually fire special counsel Robert Mueller — and a lawyer games out what will happen next. Lawsuit Accuses Donald Trump Of Illegally Destroying White House Records. D.C. and Maryland sue President Trump, alleging breach of constitutional oath. In an unprecedented court escalation, Trump protesters could be facing decades in prison for Inauguration demonstrations.

Nearly six months after Donald Trump was sworn into office, more than 200 protesters who gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest his inauguration are facing felony charges that carry sentences of 70 to 80 years. According to Al Jazeera, the 212 protesters were arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department and initially charged with felony rioting, a crime that carries a 10-year prison sentence and a $25,000 fine. On April 27, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia added additional charges that include urging to riot, conspiracy to riot and destruction of property.

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Restore Travel Ban. Trump has been sued. Here’s why the Justice Department shouldn’t represent him. Judge Curiel Rules Trump Must Face Trial for Racketeering in Trump University Suit. Lawsuit Accusing Trump Of Inciting Rally Violence Gets Green Light From Judge. #TrumpRussia ... twisting slowly in the wind, there is a comb-over the Presidency.

Summer Zervos says Trump groped and defamed her. Trump's lawyers say he's immune from her lawsuit. Art of the deal: Flynn lied about talking to Russians about sanctions before Trump took office. Ethics watchdog offers to help Nordstrom sue Trump under California Unfair Competition Law. Trump Escalates Attack on Federal Judges Who Dare Delay and Question His Travel Ban from Muslim Countries.

Appeals Court Judges Play Hardball Over Trump Ban. DOJ Lawyers LITERALLY Argued That Trump Is Above The Law And Untouchable By Any Court (AUDIO) Trump Administration, States Clash In Court Over Reinstating Travel Ban. Trump Lawyers To Court Reviewing Muslim Travel Ban: Stay Out Of It.