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RSS FeedsA whirlwind of legal proceedings envelops Trump´s presidency
(The Star Theatre)


15 november 2019 23:05:02

A whirlwind of legal proceedings envelops Trump´s presidency
(The Star Theatre)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The eyes of the United States and much of the world turned to a committee room on Capitol Hill this week as public impeachment hearings about President Donald Trump’s conduct began, but it wasn’t the only presidential news event where testimony, evidence, and cross-examination were key features. Indeed, it seems that the story of Trump’s presidency has recently entered a legal proceedings phase, where news comes fast and furious from courtrooms and witness stands.Also this week: Trump adviser Roger Stone was convicted in a criminal trial for his part in the Russian activities that were the subject of the Mueller Report; a federal appeals court ordered Trump to turn over his tax returns and he announced an appeal to the Supreme Court; the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a Trump immigration policy; and we heard news about court applications concerning impeachment testimony submitted by former National Security Agency adviser John Bolton and potential ones by current Trump acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. The trial of former national security adviser Michael Flynn is moving towards sentencing next month.“I do think there’s a lot kind of coming to a head now,” says Scott Anderson, a fellow at the Brookings think tank in Washington, D.C. and senior editor of Lawfare, a publication of expert analysis of national security that closely tracks such legal matters. “You’re seeing these processes that have been in play for a very, very long time, where these months- or years-long debates that have been taking place finally kind of coming to fruition and approaching an end.”Anderson says that the slew of legal blotter items on the White House news agenda is partly a function of the seasonal cycle of the American legal system, where action tends to come in the spring and fall, but the timing of many of these items is also tied to political considerations. “I don’t think it’ ...

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