Good Tuesday morning.
Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:
- The president has dinner with business leaders
Manafort witch hunt trial continues into week two
Short-lived Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is on trial for
tax evasion working for President Trump’s election campaign. We are now in the second week of this event. Yesterday, Manafort’s former business partner testified that he and Manafort intentionally broke the law and did not report a treasure chest of foreign booty to the U.S. authorities.
During his testimony on Monday, Gates told jurors he and Manafort failed to report over a dozen offshore accounts to the government and admitted to shielding several million dollars over the years, all of which “at Mr. Manafort’s direction,” Gates said.
Manafort’s lawyers are claiming that Gates went rogue and engaged in shenanigans on his own. “Rick Gates had his hands in the cookie jar and he didn’t want his boss to find out,” defense attorney Thomas Zehnle told the court in opening statements, accusing Gates of being “willing to say anything to save himself.”
Probably true. When will we get to the part about RUSSIAN collusion?
Trump admin reopens 87 asylum cases of Iraqi Christians, religious minorities
Eighty-seven Christians and religious minorities have been waiting in limbo over in Austria after the U.S. denied their asylum applications earlier this year.
Lawyers for the group said the latest DHS action, which they were notified about last week, reversed an earlier blanket denial of their refugee applications back in February and could be a breakthrough in allowing them to reunite with other family members already living in the United States.
“We were very happy to hear that the government re-opened these cases, and we’re hoping this will bring them closer to being able to reunite with their families,” Mariko Hirose, the litigation director for the International Refugee Assistance Project in New York, told the Washington Free Beacon.
“This is a specific group of people who this administration and several prior administrations has recognized have been persecuted and have committed to helping,” she added. “We hope that the government will process these cases quickly, so our clients can reach the safety of the United States.”
Sessions rips DACA judge
Attorney General Jeff Sessions ripped into the judge who reinstated the unconstitutional DACA program the Trump administration wiped out. The DACA program was not part of any legislation, but rather was part of Obama’s “pen and phone” governance where he would make up regulations that would never be able to get through Congress and then enforce their execution. So while Obama was able to create laws out of whole cloth, a judge has decided Trump doesn’t have the exact same authority to undo those laws. U.S. District Judge John Bates has ordered the government to start up the DACA program in full.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday unloaded on a federal judge who ordered the administration to reinstate the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy last week, saying the ruling was “improper” and vowing to keep up enforcement efforts against illegal immigration “aggressively.”
Sessions added that the judge had effectively “eviscerated” the legal authority of the executive branch and Congress, and strongly suggested the administration would appeal the ruling.
In a statement, Sessions said Bates’ decision was based on a “number of decisions in which courts have improperly used judicial power to steer, enjoin, modify, and direct executive policy.”
“The judicial branch has no power to eviscerate the lawful directives of Congress—nor to enjoin the executive branch from enforcing such mandates,” Sessions said.
“This ignores the wisdom of our Founders and transfers policy making questions from the constitutionally empowered and politically accountable branches to the judicial branch,” he added. “It also improperly undermines this Administration’s ability to protect our nation, its borders, and its citizens. The Trump Administration and this Department of Justice will continue to aggressively defend the executive branch’s lawful authority and duty to ensure a lawful system of immigration for our country.”
“The last administration violated its duty to enforce our immigration laws by directing and implementing a categorical, multipronged non-enforcement immigration policy for a massive group of illegal aliens,” Sessions said, adding that the Trump White House has “simply reestablished the legal policies consistent with the law.”
“The executive branch’s authority to simply rescind a policy, established only by a letter from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is clearly established,” he said. “The Department of Justice will take every lawful measure to vindicate the Department of Homeland Security’s lawful rescission of DACA.”
Historical picture of the day:
It’s getting kind of silly at this point Emmy-winning Showtime series “Homeland” to end with season 8 in 2019
For Islamophobia: Daily Mail removes ‘Powder Keg Paris’ report after complaints
And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!