White House Won’t Rule Out Using Executive Privilege To Hide Flynn Documents From Investigations

QUESTION: On the overall issue of privilege, will you be invoking privilege [on any documents that the White House may have relating to General Flynn]? 

SPICER: We’re not, that, I am not at this time, to answer that question I don’t know the answer, there is nothing that would that I am responding to on that particular matter. 
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Flashback: Trump Trashing Executive Orders

As the White House brags about President Trump signing “more executive orders than any other president in over a half century,” here is a reminder of how little Donald Trump thought of Executive Orders and the Presidents who signed them.

Trump On Executive Orders:  “I Don’t Like Them And Our Country Wasn’t Based On Executive Orders.”  “John Dickerson: Let me ask you about executive orders in general. Like them, don’t like them, that the president uses them to go around Congress? Donald Trump: Well, I don’t like them. And our country wasn’t based on executive orders…” [“Face the Nation,” CBS, 1/3/16]

Trump: Here’s A Guy Just Goes — He’s Given Up …. Just Goes And Signs Executive Orders On Everything. “Nobody really knew that we even had an executive order, such a thing. It’s supposed to be you get along with Congress, and you cajole, and you go back and forth, and everybody […]

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Flynn Broke the Law. Period.

“Michael Flynn broke the law and the White House refusing to release documents constitutes a cover up. This latest development only furthers the need for an independent commission to investigate this scandal to ensure accountability, transparency and most importantly, have the ability to subpoena important documents that the White House is trying to hide free from political considerations,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler.

Politico – Lawmakers: Flynn did not disclose Russia payments in security clearance application
By Austin Wright, April 25, 2017

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn did not disclose payments for a 2015 speech in Moscow in his security clearance application for 2016, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee told reporters Tuesday.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent a request last month to the White House and federal agencies seeking the security clearance applications. Cummings said the White House declined in a […]

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Statement on Trump’s Neo-Nazi Adviser Seb Gorka

Ahead of Donald Trump’s remarks at the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s National Days of Remembrance, American Bridge spokeswoman Sabrina Singh released the following statement: 

“As Trump remembers the six million Jews and millions of others killed by Nazis during the Holocaust, it serves as a reminder that Seb Gorka, whose affiliation to a Neo-Nazi group is well-documented and goes back decades, still serves as an adviser to Trump.

“Unless Trump fires Gorka, nothing he says today should be taken seriously. Gorka should not have any place in the White House, let alone be advising Trump on matters of national security. It’s long past time for him to go.”

BACKGROUND ON SEB GORKA’S AFFILIATION TO NAZI-ALLIED GROUP
Wore Medal Associated With Vitezi Rend

Gorka Appeared Multiple Times Wearing A Medal From The Hungarian Order Of Heroes, Vitezi Rend, A Group Listed By The State Department As Taking Direct Action From The Nazi Government During WWII. According to LobeLog, […]

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First 100 Days: Our Misogynous, Racist President’s Un-American Agenda

Donald Trump ran a divisive and un-American campaign fueled by virulent racism and xenophobia. And the life-long misogynist didn’t back off his sexist and abusive past during his candidacy, refusing to apologize for his bragging about sexually assaulting women and even attacking his numerous accusers as they came forward.
It should come as little surprise, then, that Donald Trump is no better a person now, as president, than he was as the Republican nominee, or during his prior 70-years of discriminating against people of color, denigrating women, and exploiting others for personal gain.

 

Rather than bring the country together as he said he would — and indeed he the chance to do so — Trump has instead continued to divide us.

When not fearmongering and trying to legislate his racist and alienating campaign promises — see: his deportation force, $70 billion-dollar taxpayer-funded wall, and two unconstitutional Muslim bans — Trump has attacked women’s healthcare access […]

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Tonight Should Be Awkward For President Trump

Tonight, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two of the most vocal Republican critics of Donald Trump, will be dining at the White House. In advance of this hypocritical photo-op, here is what they have been saying about President Trump as a reminder that you can’t believe the rhetoric from any one at the table tonight.

“Senator Graham thinks Trump’s tweets undermine his ability to govern and Senator McCain basically called him a dictator. What you’ll see after tonight is purely political doublespeak that will again prove none of these men can be taken seriously when it comes to their empty rhetoric and so-called principles. Hope they like meatloaf,” said Trump War Room Rapid Response Director Emily Aden.

Background: 

McCain On Trump Calling The Press The Enemy: “That’s How Dictators Get Started.” “TODD: Do you believe the press is the enemy? You believe any group of Americans are the enemy of another group of Americans? JOHN MCCAIN: I was talking […]

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The Trumpcare “compromise” is an assault on Americans with pre-existing conditions

“These details, released only to Republicans, confirm Trumpcare would now go beyond costing 26 million Americans their health insurance and force working and middle class families, seniors, and rural communities to pay surging out-of-pocket costs.  Trumpcare is being crafted behind closed doors because Republicans know Americans don’t support their scheme to let insurance companies stick it to people with pre-existing conditions,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.

Axios: Republicans get details on latest health care compromise
Jonathan Swan, David Nather

Here is what House Republicans are being told this afternoon about the newest compromise by Reps. Tom MacArthur and Mark Meadows to get the GOP health care bill moving again, per a source familiar with the discussions:

States would be able to get waivers from two Affordable Care Act insurance regulations: the “essential health benefits” and the rule that older adults can’t be charged more than three times as much as younger […]

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The U.S. State Department is promoting a privately-owned Trump family business

Statement from American Bridge VP Shripal Shah on the U.S. government promoting a Trump family business:

“Aggressively begging foreign countries to funnel money straight into Trump’s pocket is a clear violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments clause, but that’s precisely what the State Department is doing by openly promoting one of the Trumps’ private businesses.  It’s a gross abuse of taxpayer resources and flagrant violation of the law from an Administration that thinks rules don’t apply to them.” 

More at share.america.gov:

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ICYMI: Poll: 73% Back Independent Probe of Russian Election Interference

Just last week, American Bridge released the results of a new poll that showed persuadable voters in swing House districts are deeply concerned about Trump’s ties to Russia, and support an independent commission. 71% of persuadable voters support an independent commission and 59% are more likely to support a candidate who calls for an independent commission.

Today’s NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll confirms that the American people want transparency and accountability to uncover the truth about any potential collusion between the Trump aides and Russian officials.

NBC News – Poll: 73% Back Independent Probe of Russian Election Interference
April 24, 2017

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they want an independent, non-partisan commission instead of Congress to investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Seventy-three percent of respondents prefer the independent investigation, versus 16 percent who pick Congress.

Still, a majority of Americans — 54 percent […]

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American Bridge Launches Week-Long Effort On Trump’s Disastrous First 100 Days In Office

 

New Website TrumpPresidency.biz, Research Reports, and Digital Ads to Chronicle Trump Failures 

A week-long series of digital ads backed by research reports from American Bridge will highlight the many failures of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office at trumppresidency.biz. Rather than fulfill his now broken campaign promises, Trump has been profiting off the presidency, selling out American families, and attacking core American values. The American people have responded by giving Trump the lowest recorded approval rating of any modern president during the first 100 days.

“Donald Trump is a loser who never wins. We’re going to hold him accountable for the disaster that has been his first 100 days in office,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah.

American Bridge will share a policy report outlining a different shortcoming of Trump’s presidency paired with a social media ad campaign each day of week leading up to Day 100: April 29th.

Monday: Trump Profiting Off The Presidency

Tuesday: Trump Undermining American […]

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