Inside Trump - November 26th, 2019

Inside Trump (Nov 26th, 2019)

SCOTUS shields Trump's taxes (for now) / McGahn must testify / Kushner tasked with building the wall

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1. The Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that required President Trump to hand over financial records to Congress. The justices set a December 5 deadline for Trump's lawyers to file their appeal of a lower court ruling that demanded the president's accounting firm, Mazars USA, provide the documents. The Supreme Court is expected to decide by mid-January if it will take up the case — which seems likely, according to Axios — and a final decision on the matter would come next summer. — ASSOCIATED PRESS

2. A federal judge ruled on Monday that former White House counsel Don McGahn must testify before the House about President Trump's alleged efforts to obstruct the Mueller investigation into Russia's election meddling. Presidents are not kings,” Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote. “They do not have subjects, bound by loyalty or blood, whose destiny they are entitled to control.” The decision gave House Democrats a victory in their pursuit to stop the White House from blocking key witnesses from testifying before Congress in ongoing investigations into the president. — NEW YORK TIMES

3. President Trump and Vice President Pence made a surprise visit in the Rose Garden on Monday to introduce reporters to Conan, the dog that had played an instrumental role in killing Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Conan is a tough cookie, and nobody’s going to mess with Conan,” the president noted. Before Conan's name was revealed to the press, Trump told reporters that "a beautiful dog" had chased Baghdadi into a dead-end tunnel during the operation in Syria last month. — WASHINGTON POST

4. President Trump on Monday signed bipartisan legislation into law making animal cruelty a federal felony. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act bans intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocation, impalement or other "serious bodily injury" to animals, the Washington Post reported. Breaking the law could result in up to seven years in prison. Animal rights advocates, including the Humane Society of the United States, applauded the bipartisan effort, which was led by Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. — ABC NEWS 

5. A new poll suggests the public impeachment hearings did little to sway the public's views on the matter in either direction. Despite new revelations from key witnesses throughout two weeks of testimonies, the public remains split down party lines on the appropriateness of impeaching President Trump, a Politico/Morning Consult poll published on Tuesday found. Voters surveyed backed impeachment 48 percent to 43 percent — a margin that falls in line with aggregate polling data on the question. — POLITICO 

6. President Trump is reportedly floating the idea of taking absolved war criminals on the road with him during the 2020 campaign. The Daily Beast reports that sources who've heard the president discuss the matter say Trump may want to feature Clint Lorance, Matthew Golsteyn, and Edward Gallagher as "special guests" at his reelection rallies. Lorance, Golsteyn, and Gallagher have all been accused or convicted of war crimes by the U.S. military. Trump's clemency rebuking the military's justice system has rattled officials and resulted in the firing of now-former Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, who disagreed with the president's involvement in military processes. — DAILY BEAST

7. President Trump is donating his third-quarter salary to fight the country's opioid epidemic, according to the White House. About $100,000 will be given to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, which can then earmark the payment for programs that will "continue the ongoing fight against the opioid crisis." It is required for the president to accept a salary, but Trump has vowed to donate the payments to worthy causes. — THE HILL

8. President Trump has tasked his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner with constructing a border wall with Mexico. Trump sees the wall's construction as a top priority with less than a year to go before the 2020 election, according to the Washington Post. Kushner is holding regular meetings at the White House in hopes he can expedite progress, as a key campaign promise of the president has yet to materialize. One potential roadblock concerning the president is the more than 800 pieces of private property that will have to be seized in order for the wall to be built. — THE WEEK

9. After President Trump intervened in the military's justice system, CNN's Chris Cuomo criticized the Republican party for "allowing Trump to do whatever he wants." "The law and order president, who promised to end the carnage, has ignored the law, ignored due process [and] attacked the justice system," Cuomo said on CNN Monday night. "And he does it because he thinks he can get away with anything as president." Trump had called for the restoration of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher to the rank of Chief Petty Officer after Gallagher was found guilty of violating war crimes. — NEWSWEEK

10. Fifty-three percent of Americans say President Trump improperly used his office to gain political advantage with his handling of Ukraine — up from 49 percent who said the same in October — a survey published on Tuesday found. The CNN poll, however, found no changes in support for impeachment since last month; 50 percent of Americans still believe the president should be impeached and removed from office, while 43 percent say he should not. — CNN

Robbie Couch is a writer and reporter whose work has been published on HuffPost, GOOD magazine, Upworthy, and more. In previous roles, Robbie has written about politics, pop culture news, and social issues.


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