WASHINGTON – On Thursday night, The New York Times ran the kind of jaw-dropping story that came out every week – and sometimes even every day – during the Trump era.
The former president’s Justice Department, The Times reports, cited telephone records of at least two Democratic members of Congress, including records of family members and a minor.
All with the aim of seeking the sources behind the information indicating contacts associated with Trump with Russia.
“This violates, I think, the separation of powers, but it also makes the Department of Justice a wholly-owned subsidiary of the president’s personal legal interests,” said Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif., One of the targets of reported subpoenas. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow told MSNBC last night.
And this isn’t the first time we’ve learned of how the former president attempted to use – or abuse – his powers, even though those efforts were never successful.
Do you remember when he asked the President of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son? (“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to know, so anything you can do with the attorney general would be great.”)
Or when he asked Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to find him the votes necessary to overturn the results of the presidential election in that state? “All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes. “)
Or when he urged his Justice Department to investigate the election in a related effort to try to overthrow a contest he lost?
It would be one thing to see these different stories – including last night’s New York Times report – with the prospect of Trump leaving politics, never to come back as Richard Nixon after his resignation.
But it’s a whole different thing to watch them with Trump remaining the de facto GOP leader and his party’s presidential favorite in 2024 if he decides to run again.
Because we haven’t yet calculated in detail how the former president tried to use his powers.
Congress, the ball is in your court.
Obstacles to the new infrastructure agreement
“A bipartisan group of 10 senators said on Thursday they had reached an interim infrastructure deal, but Republicans ‘skepticism and Democrats’ impatience left its outlook uncertain as lawmakers left for the weekend,” according to NBC News.
“The deal includes $ 579 billion in new spending for a total of $ 1.2 trillion in infrastructure funding over eight years, according to two sources familiar with the talks, who requested anonymity to share the details.”
And here are the main obstacles to the deal:
Can he get the support of more than five Republicans to avoid a GOP obstruction? (The bipartisan group of 10 is split between five Democrats and five Republicans.)
Will the Democratic senators scuttle it if it does not include climate provisions?
And if an increase in the gasoline tax is really one of the gains, will the Biden White House throw the deal away?
In fact, here is the statement the White House released on Thursday: “The President appreciates the work of senators to advance the critical investments we need to create good jobs, prepare for our clean energy future, and be competitive in the economy.” global. “
But: “Questions need to be addressed, particularly regarding the details of policy and payments, among others. “
Downloading data: the numbers you need to know today
About 5%: The rate of inflation over the past year.
$ 215 million: The preliminary projected cost of the recall effort against California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Two points: Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s lead over Republican Glenn Youngkin, according to an internal poll released Thursday by Camp Youngkin (the poll was conducted before McAuliffe won the Democratic nomination).
1: The number – now – of American Muslim judges in federal justice history after the first was confirmed by the Senate yesterday.
33 591 112: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the most recent 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 most recent data from NBC News. (That’s 419 more than yesterday morning.)
305 687 618: The number of doses of vaccine administered in the United States
39.3%: The share of all Americans who are fully immunized, according to NBC News.
53.4%: The share of all US adults over 18 who are fully immunized, by 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 changed?
Al Gore is pressuring the president to keep the pressure on new climate initiatives.
Trump-friendly Republicans from at least seven states “walked around” the Arizona 2020 election audit site.
Texas Democrats who have blocked Texas’ new restrictive voting bill (for now) are meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris.
Pennsylvania Republicans walked out of their original proposal to overhaul the vote.
A federal judge is siding with plaintiffs who continued the Biden administration’s efforts to help farmers of color ease their debt.
Arizona’s Republican Attorney General is running for the Senate.
What’s going on with Republicans in Idaho?