The White House insists
that President Donald Trump was never briefed on the intelligence reports — begging the question why, if true, that could be the case. However, on Tuesday night, the New York Times reported
that President Trump had, indeed, been briefed on the Russian bounties in February — three months before he unilaterally offered to invite Russia to the G7 meetings
At the very least, it fits a long pattern
of Trump and his team avoiding confrontation with Vladimir Putin, despite constant provocations.
It also provides just the latest, most urgent, example of why so much rides on the Supreme Court’s decision
on whether Trump’s taxes and business records can be turned over
to members of the House of Representatives and the New York district attorney. The ruling is expected this week.
This is perhaps the most closely watched Supreme Court decision of this session, with massive implications for the separation of powers and the ability of American voters to make a fully informed decision in the November presidential election.
Trump has, of course, broken with decades of precedent in refusing to release his tax returns, often making up phony excuses for why he can’t do it (among them, that he is subject to what would be the longest tax audit
in recorded history). The truth is that he’s done everything possible to avoid showing his finances to the American people, with Attorney General Bill Barr’s Department of Justice now acting like the President’s personal lawyer.
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