Thursday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of forty-nine. Sunrise is 7:19 AM and sunset 5:58 PM, for 10h 38m 13s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 18.3% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1933, Amelia Earhart visits Janesville.
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Ann E. Marimow and Jonathan O’Connell report In court hearing, Trump lawyer argues a sitting president would be immune from prosecution even if he were to shoot someone:
The claim of “temporary presidential immunity” from Trump’s private attorney William S. Consovoy came in court in response to a judge’s question that invoked the president’s own hypothetical scenario. As a candidate in 2016, Trump said his political support was so strong he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and not “lose any voters.”
The president’s lawyer was asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit to block a subpoena for Trump’s private financial records from New York prosecutors investigating hush-money payments made before the 2016 election. The judges seemed skeptical of the president’s sweeping claims of immunity from not just prosecution but also investigation.
Judge Denny Chin pressed Consovoy about the hypothetical shooting [if Trmp shot someone] on the streets of Manhattan.
“Local authorities couldn’t investigate? They couldn’t do anything about it?” he asked, adding, “Nothing could be done? That is your position?”
“That is correct,” Consovoy answered, emphasizing that such immunity would apply only while Trump is in office.
The exchange came during an hour-long argument centering on Trump’s effort to fend off a subpoena to his longtime accounting firm from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Vance is seeking eight years of Trump’s tax returns from the firm, Mazars USA, among other documents. Unlike past presidents and presidential nominees, Trump has refused to release any of his tax returns.
(Emphasis added. This would make Trump a dictator beyond the law for so long as he held dictatorial power.)
Kate Brannen writes Trump Views U.S. Taxpayer Dollars As His Personal Checkbook:
Trump has been dangling and withholding money to get what he wants throughout his business career and it remains his go-to tactic in the White House. In private life, he appeared to see no difference in transactions involving his personal interests and the interests of the Trump Organization or his charity. Now that he’s in the White House, he approaches the world in the same way: his personal interests come first, always.
For Trump, the Ukraine situation is no different. He wants the Ukrainian government to do something, so he’s just going to threaten them with money until they acquiesce.
The difference is that unlike the women he’s paid off or the subcontractors he’s threatened throughout his career, U.S. security assistance is not Trump’s personal money to give and withhold. It’s taxpayers’ money that only Congress has the authority to appropriate.