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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Judge: Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump Can Proceed

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

The Emoluments Clause case against President Donald Trump — alleging that his continuation of foreign business deals violates the U.S. Constitution — will continue after the president received a defeat in court on Friday.

According to the Washington Post, U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte rejected the Justice Department’s request to pause the lawsuit.

“One interesting part: @realDonaldTrump had argued that a lawsuit would distract him from his duties as POTUS. But judge notes that, while in office, Trump has found time to [threaten] lawsuits against Bannon, Stormy, Michael Wolff,” observed Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold.…

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Miami GOP Congressman Deceived Banks On Mortages

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

 

An eight-term Florida congressman, Mario Diaz-Balart, claimed both his Miami and District of Columbia homes as primary residences on mortgages inside the same calendar year, which strongly appears to be in violation of federal criminal law.

The 2012 loan on the Republican lawmaker’s condo near the Capitol raises questions about his eligibility to serve in the House of Representatives since members of Congress must reside in the states they represent.

Mortgage fraud happens when a borrower provides knowingly incorrect or false information or documents in order to qualify for a loan he or she could otherwise not qualify to borrow.…

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Big Donor Allowed To Endanger Water Supply With Nuclear Waste

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

Our Energy secretary could ship treated nuclear waste from our nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site to a Texas nuclear dump near an aquifer supplying water from northern Texas to South Dakota. The dump was opened by one of Secretary Rick Perry’s largest campaign donors.

The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, signed by former President Ronald Reagan, was written to prevent potential disasters and mandates that the Department of Energy must send high-level waste to a network of underground tunnels and rooms where it can safely decay over millions of years.

Republicans and Trump’s new assistant secretary for environmental management, Anne Marie White, who did consulting work for the company that operates the dump, want to rewrite federal regulations to say that some high-level nuclear waste isn’t really high-level nuclear waste so it can be stored elsewhere.…

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