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Trump Losing: Trump tax return is just one of many. There’s the memo about his attempts to get the Justice Department to lie about the election. Earlier in the week Justice said it would not defend a Republican congressman accused of helping incite the riot, with the clear message to Trump that applied to him as well. But wait, his candidate in Texas lost, The country listened to the 4 capitol police offices describe the absolute hell. And it was infrastructure week.
By Sarah N. Lynch
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Former President Donald Trump suffered twin setbacks on Friday when the Justice Department cleared the way to release his tax records and disclosed a memo showing he had urged top officials last year to falsely claim his election defeat was “corrupt.”
The department, reversing course from the stance it took when Trump was in office, told the Internal Revenue Service to provide the Republican businessman-turned-politician’s tax records to congressional investigators – a move he has long fought.
Trump was the first president in 40 years to not release his tax returns, as well as other documents, as he aimed to keep secret the details on his wealth and activities of his family company, the Trump Organization. The Democratic-led House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee has said it wants the tax data in part to examine whether Trump had taken inappropriate advantage of U.S. tax laws.
Handwritten notes taken by Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue in December and released on Friday by the House Oversight and Reform Committee painted a damning picture of Trump as he desperately sought to get the Justice Department to take the unprecedented step of intervening to try to upend his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden.
The fact that the Justice Department let congressional investigators obtain the notes marked a dramatic shift from the Trump administration’s repeated assertion of executive privilege to skirt congressional scrutiny.
“Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen,” Trump told Jeffrey Rosen, referring to Republicans, in a Dec. 27 phone call days before Rosen was appointed acting attorney general.
The notes showed Rosen told Trump the department could not and would not “change the outcome of the election.”
Trump’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment.
The Justice Department ordered the IRS to provide Trump’s tax returns to the House panel, saying the panel has invoked “sufficient reasons” for requesting it.
The department’s Office of Legal Counsel concluded it had erred in 2019 when it found the committee’s request for Trump’s taxes to be based on a “disingenuous” objective aimed at exposing them to the public. The committee engaged in a two-year legal battle with the Treasury Department after then-Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defied a subpoena for Trump’s taxes.
In a court filing late on Friday, the Treasury Department said it was prepared to hand over Trump’s tax returns to the committee and would not object to giving him 72 hours’ notice before the documents are handed over.
After another legal fight, the Manhattan district attorney’s office in February separately obtained https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-trump-taxes/new-york-prosecutors-digging-into-trumps-tax-financial-records-idUSKBN2AP2MS Trump tax and financial records in a criminal investigation centering on his company, though the material was not publicly disclosed.
During Trump’s presidency, the Justice Department was accused by Democrats of bending to his personal and political goals. Its recent actions illustrate a different approach under Biden.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, welcomed the department’s action, saying access to the documents represents “a matter of national security.”
The department “is no longer going to simply kowtow to Donald Trump,” said University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter, who was ethics counsel to former President George W. Bush.
“Every other president has disclosed their tax returns, and finding out what the conflicts of interest are on the president or a former president who may have made decisions that now have to be revisited – that’s critically important,” Painter added.
It has been a tough week for Trump. Four police officers on Tuesday testified https://www.reuters.com/world/us/police-who-defended-us-capitol-testify-riot-probes-first-hearing-2021-07-27 to a House panel about the violence of his supporters during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
That same night, the Justice Department revealed https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-justice-dept-wont-defend-republican-lawmaker-capitol-riot-lawsuit-2021-07-28 it would not defend a Republican congressman named along with Trump in a civil lawsuit accusing them of helping incite the riot, while a U.S. congressional candidate he endorsed in Texas lost https://www.reuters.com/world/us/trump-backed-candidate-ballot-us-house-runoff-texas-2021-07-27 her run-off election. Trump also fumed as a bipartisan agreement on Biden’s massive infrastructure bill advanced in the Senate https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-senate-vote-open-debate-1-trillion-infrastructure-bill-2021-07-30, a feat Trump failed to achieve.
The Justice Department this week cited “compelling legislative interests” as it authorized six former Trump administration officials to be interviewed by the House oversight panel. Among them were Rosen, Donoghue, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark.
Clark is at the heart of a Justice Department inspector general’s office inquiry https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-justice/watchdog-to-probe-if-justice-dept-officials-improperly-tried-to-alter-2020-election-idUSKBN29U21E after news surfaced that he had plotted with Trump to try to oust Rosen so he could launch an investigation into alleged voter fraud in Georgia. Clark did not respond to a request for comment.
In the Dec. 27 call with Rosen, Trump threatened to put Clark in charge, the notes showed. Throughout the call, Trump pushed his false election claims. “You guys may not be following the internet the way I do,” Trump said.
Rosen and Donoghue tried multiple times to tell Trump his information was incorrect.
“We are doing our job,” the notes stated. “Much of the info you’re getting is false.”
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Additional reporting by Paul Grant; Editing by Scott Malone, Will Dunham and Leslie Adler)
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Francine Niyonsaba earned a spot in the 5000-meter final but was then disqualified by Tokyo Olympics organizers. | Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images
Niyonsaba was first barred from the 800 for natural testosterone. They found a way to remove her from the 5000-meter too. Francine Niyonsaba earned a spot in the final of the 5000-meter run, only to be disqualified by Tokyo Olympics officials in an apparently convenient way to bar the victim of the “Caster Semenya rule.”
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Niyonsaba won the silver medal in the 800 meters, losing to South Africa’s Semenya. Yet because of apparently elevated levels of natural testosterone in her body, Burundki’s Niyonsaba, like Semenya, was barred from competing in the 800-meter in Tokyo.
So Niyonsaba trained and qualified for both the 5000-meter and 10000-meter runs.
In her semifinal heat in Tokyo, she earned a spot in the final. Yet she was disqualified for stepping on a line early on in the race. Despite the error giving her absolutely zero advantage in the race, her appeal was denied.
This at the same time the United States 4×400 mixed relay team was reinstated in their final after a much more egregious error in the semifinal: missing the baton-exchange window by a good five yards.
Double standard? You bet. Allowing the Americans to break the rules and continue, but barring this Burundi athlete whom the Olympics have already targeted for removal, is pretty obvious.
The Olympics also forced Namibian runners Beatrice Masilingi and Christine Mboma out of the 400 meters.
Have you noticed a trend? Burundi. South Africa. Namibia. It’s hard to not give some credence to claims that women in Africa are being targeted.
Niyonsaba said on Twitter she isn’t stopping.
“I didn’t think it was my fault so I appealed but the decision to disqualify me has been upheld,” she wrote. “But I am not devastated. Because I know nothing can stop me. The more one tries to stop me, the stronger is my come back.”
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Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who earlier this year faced allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct by several women who say he put them in uncomfortable situations when he was a college student, is back in the headlines after he attempted to board a plane with a gun and a loaded magazine.
The 25-year-old GOP congressman representing Western North Carolina’s 11th District was attempting to board a plane on Feb. 13 when TSA workers found an unloaded gun in his carry-on bag, along with a loaded magazine, according to Asheville Regional Airport officials.
The weapon was described in a redacted incident report and police radio traffic recordings as a “Glock 9mm handgun.”
Cawthorn’s spokesman responded to questions about the incident by claiming he brought the gun by mistake. While Cawthorn was not charged with any crime, he may likely face a federal fine and loss of a special security status, local and federal officials said.
Cawthorn’s gun was secured at the airport, and he retrieved it after his flight, airport spokeswoman Tina Kinsey said.
“In the recordings, an officer can be heard repeating several times to another officer that there was an elected official found with a gun,” reports the Asheville Citizen Times.
“Elected official, Madison Cawthorn, with a firearm,” the officer said.
“Police then discuss what to do with the gun, at one point saying they might have Cawthorn take it out to his car,” according to the reoprt. “Later they say because his flight is in seven minutes, they will secure it.”
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Ruby Tui of Team New Zealand celebrates her team’s gold medal after defeating France for the Olympic championship in Tokyo, 26-12. | Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images
New Zealand, with at least four out LGBTQ players, takes gold in women’s rugby sevens. New Zealand won gold in women’s rugby sevens at the Summer Olympics, winning all six of their matches in Tokyo and fulfilling what seemed a year ago to be an inevitable march to gold.
New Zealand had been absolutely dominant in the 2020 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, winning gold in the last four events. It looked like they were cruising to Olympic gold last summer.
Then COVID hit, the series got canceled and the Tokyo Olympic Games followed.
The 2021 series never took place, but the Kiwis picked up right where they left off, dominating the field.
The team has at least four publicly out LGBTQ players that we know of: Kelly Brazier, Gayle Broughton, Ruby Tui, Portia Woodman. That’s tied with Canada for the most in rugby sevens.
Broughton scored a try goal during the gold-medal match.
Tui became a bit of a sensation after she gave this exuberant interview to the BCC, half in Samoan, half in English:
What an interview! Love this from NZ 7s @rubytui Beautifully done @JillADouglas pic.twitter.com/WpgR492Fe2— Jo Currie (@JoCurrie) July 30, 2021
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