11:00 PM, Trump tweets: “OPEN THE SCHOOLS!”
President Donald Trump demanded local school boards reopen schools during a late night tweet sent after 11 p.m. on Monday.
“OPEN THE SCHOOLS!!!” Trump demanded, in all capital letters with three exclamation marks.
The Internet responds with hilarity — “Shut up and eat your Big Mac!”
Court filings reveal Manhattan DA investigating Trump for bank and insurance fraud
New court filings in New York seem to indicate that President Donald Trump may be under investigation for fraud.
According to the New York Times, the documents sought by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance indicate a “significantly broader inquiry than the prosecutors have acknowledged in the past.”
The filings argue that Trump should be forced to comply with subpoenas demanding eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns due to “undisputed” reports about the president’s business practices.
“The reports, including investigations into the president’s wealth and an article on the congressional testimony of his former lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, said that the president may have illegally inflated his net worth and the value of his properties to lenders and insurer,” said the Times. Lawyers for Mr. Trump have said he did nothing wrong.”
It was only a week ago that the Supreme Court announced that Vance could subpoena the president and that the president must comply with those subpoenas as he isn’t exempt from criminal prosecution despite being president.
Among other things, Vance has been looking into whether the hush-money payments to former Trump lovers were illegal.
Even if Vance gets the documents they’ll be covered under grand jury rules for secrecy, so they won’t be available to the public until well after the election.
Trump blows up at “Crazy Nancy” — Speaker Pelosi ignores his lunatic ravings
On Monday, The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump privately flew into a rage and threw insults at Democrats as his aides are struggling to negotiate a deal to extend coronavirus stimulus benefits, the unemployment portion of which expired at the end of last week.
“Mr. Trump called Speaker Nancy Pelosi ‘Crazy Nancy,’ charging that she had no interest in helping the unemployed,” reported Maggie Haberman, Emily Cochrane, and Jim Tankersley. “He said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, only wanted to help ‘radical left’ governors in states run by Democrats. And he threatened to short-circuit a delicate series of negotiations to produce a compromise and instead unilaterally impose a federal moratorium on tenant evictions.”
“The comments came just as Mr. Trump’s own advisers were on Capitol Hill meeting with Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer in search of an elusive deal, and they underscored just how absent the president had been from the negotiations,” continued the report. “They also highlighted how, three months before he is to face voters, the main role that Mr. Trump appears to have embraced in assembling an economic recovery package is that of sniping from the sidelines in ways that undercut a potential compromise.”
Negotiations for another round of stimulus have proven difficult. Republicans have proposed significant cuts to the $600 a week unemployment extensions, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is flatly refusing to pass a bill that doesn’t immunize corporations from lawsuits if their employees get sick.