WASHINGTON – On Thursday night, the New York Times published that jaw-dropping story that comes out weekly – and sometimes even daily – during the Trump era.
The former president’s justice ministry, the Times reported, is calling for telephone recordings of at least two congressmen from the Democratic Party, including recordings from family members and a minor.
All in an attempt to find the sources behind the news reports about Trump’s contacts with Russia.
“It violates, I think, the separation of powers, but it also makes the Department of Justice a wholly owned subsidiary of the president̵
And this is not the first time we have learned how the former president tried to use or abuse his powers, even if those efforts never materialized.
Remember when he asked the President of Ukraine to look at the filth on Joe Biden and his son? (There is a lot of talk about Biden’s son that Biden has stopped the prosecution and many people want to know about it, so anything you do with the Attorney General will be great.)
Or when he asked Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Rafensperger to find the votes needed to overturn the results of this state’s presidential election? “All I want to do is do this. I just want to find 11,780 votes. “)
Or when he pressured his Justice Department to investigate the election to try to cancel the race he lost?
It would be one thing to look at these different stories – including last night’s New York Times report – from the perspective that Trump has left the political scene, never to return like Richard Nixon after his resignation.
It is very different to look at them, with Trump remaining the de facto leader of the CSO and the presidential president of his party in 2024 if he decides to run again.
Because we have yet to have an in-depth account of exactly how the former president tried to use his powers.
Congress, the ball is in your yard.
Blocks to the new infrastructure deal
“A bipartisan group of 10 senators said on Thursday that it had reached a preliminary infrastructure deal, but Republican skepticism and impatience on the part of Democrats left their prospects uncertain as lawmakers left for the weekend,” NBC News reported.
“The deal includes $ 579 billion in new spending totaling $ 1.2 trillion in infrastructure funding over eight years, according to two sources familiar with the calls, who asked for anonymity to share details.”
And here are the main obstacles to the deal:
- Can he get support from more than five Republicans to avoid the Philip of the GOP? (The bipartisan group of 10 is divided between five Dems and five Republicans.)
- Will Democratic senators smear it if it doesn’t include climate regulations?
- And if raising the gas tax is really one of the payouts, will the Biden White House throw the deal in the trash?
In fact, here is the statement issued by the White House on Thursday: “The president appreciates the work of senators to achieve the important investments we need to create good jobs, prepare for our future with clean energy and compete in the global economy. “
But: “Issues need to be addressed, especially in terms of both policy and pay details, among other issues.”
Download data: The numbers you need to know today
About 5 percent: Inflation in the last year.
$ 215 million: The preliminary estimated cost of recall efforts against California Gov. Gavin Newsum.
Two points: Democrat Terry McAuliff has a lead over Republican Glenn Youngkin, according to an internal poll published Thursday by the Yankin camp (the poll was conducted before McAuliff won the Dem nomination).
1: The number – now – of Muslim-American judges in the history of the federal judiciary, after the first was confirmed by the Senate yesterday.
33 591 112: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States according to the latest data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 11,843 more than yesterday morning.)
602 536: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far, according to the latest data from NBC News. (That’s 419 more than yesterday morning.)
305 687 618: The number of doses of vaccines administered in the United States
39.3 percent: The proportion of all Americans who are fully vaccinated, according to NBC News.
53.4 percent: The proportion of all adult Americans over the age of 18 who are fully vaccinated for the CDC.
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ICYMI: What else is happening in the world
Biden wants to show the world that the United States is back. But has the rest of the world moved forward?
Al Gore is lobbying the president to keep pushing for new climate initiatives.
Trump-friendly Republicans from at least seven states have toured the site of the 2020 audit in Arizona.
The Texas Democrats, who have (so far) blocked the new restrictive vote bill in Texas, are meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris.
Republicans in Pennsylvania are calling for an initial overhaul proposal.
A federal judge has sided with the plaintiffs, who have tried the Biden administration’s efforts to help colored farmers alleviate their debt.
The Arizona Republican Attorney General is running for the Senate.
What about Republicans in Idaho?