Three things for your Tuesday:
Partisan hack William Barr announced yesterday that the DOJ has a “path forward” to continue the Trump quest to add a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Part of that path forward was prompted, at least in part, when ALL of the DOJ lawyers working on the case for the Federal Government resigned and were replaced by lawyers from the Consumer Protection Bureau–lawyers that have little or no experience with this kind of case. It’s not clear if the DOJ lawyers were fired or quit on their own, but it’s likely that they quit on their own to protest the about-face that Trump made on the Census. These lawyers told a judge that the Census was already being printed without the citizenship question but Trump’s tweeting of the opposite called into question their integrity and credibility. The plaintiffs in the case are trying to stop the new lawyers from taking the case, but meanwhile the old lawyers had insisted that the issue be resolved by the Census print date of June 30th, which we’ve already passed. The whole situation is a giant clusterf*** caused by a Trump tweet.
Meanwhile Trump gave a speech yesterday praising his record on the environment, and of course social media and cable news took him to task for such blatant dishonesty. An MSNBC segment hosted by Ali Velshi went point-by-point through some of the things Trump has done to destroy the environment and it was a clear and devastating critique. You can see the video here:
Finally, the arrest of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges continued to make waves. His Manhattan townhouse was raided by the Feds, and they apparently found a trove of photographs (and possibly videos) showing potentially underage girls in various stages of nudity. Epstein was arrested years ago for similar crimes and the fact that he still possessed such materials is a damning display of a lack of contrition or guilt. It may also imply that Epstein felt invulnerable, which begs the question of how he got away with so much for so long. Who was protecting him? This question was tackled yesterday by Michelle Goldberg of the New York Times in this perfectly titled op-ed:
It seems likely that some of Epstein’s employees are at risk of arrest in this case. He required an army of helpers to accomplish the things he is accused of, which has been described as a criminal enterprise–not just a lone dude doing bad things. But it remains to be seen if any other of his high-profile friends–like Donald Trump–will turn up in the documents or photos or videos seized at his town house. If so, it could explain how he was able to avoid the consequences of his crimes for so long. He had blackmail leverage.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”