CAFE Insider 2/11: Presidential Payback!

Show Notes

In this episode of the CAFE Insider podcast, “Presidential Payback!” Preet and Anne break down the aftermath of Trump’s acquittal, including:

  • President Trump’s sudden dismissal of Lieutenant Colonel Vindman and Ambassador Sondland, two witnesses who testified in the House impeachment hearings.
  • Attorney General Bill Barr’s internal DOJ memo, which outlines a new policy that would require his personal approval of any presidential campaign investigations.
  • The stand-off between the Trump administration and the state of New York over “sanctuary” laws designed to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

IMPEACHMENT / VINDMAN DISMISSAL

  • Deputy Sec. of Defense David Norquist’s letter to Sen. Schumer, 12/16/20
  • Clip: Romney explains vote in favor of impeachment, 2/5/20
  • “Trump Fires Sondland and Vindman in Post-Acquittal Rage,”  The New York Times, 2/7/20
  • “Republican Senators Tried to Stop Trump from Firing Impeachment Witnesses,” The New York Times, 2/8/20
  • “GOP Senators incensed by Schiff’s ‘head on a pike’ comment,” NBC News, 1/25/20
  • “Trump singles out Romney in post-acquittal Twitter rant,” Politico, 2/9/20

DOJ / GIULIANI “PROCESS”

  • Clip: Sen. Lindsey Graham on Face the Nation, 2/9/20
  • “Giuliani is giving Biden info the government, Barr confirms,” Los Angeles Times, 2/10/20

BARR MEMO

  •  AG Bill Barr’s memo outlining new restrictions on opening politically sensitive investigations, 2/5/20
  • “Attorney General Bill Barr issues new rules for politically sensitive investigations,”  NPR, 2/6/20
  • Barb McQuade tweet on Barr’s memo, 2/8/20
  • “Paul Manafort Sentencing: What You Need to Know,” NPR, 3/6/19
  • “Alaska Senator Stevens Found Guilty of Accepting Gifts From Oil Executive,” The Guardian, 10/27/08

EMOLUMENTS

  • DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision, 2/7/20
  • “Individual members of Congress barred from suing Trump over business dealings,” Washington Post, 2/7/20

TRUMP V. NY

  • DHS press release on “Trusted Traveler” programs action, 2/6/20
  • “Trump officials threaten to expand retaliation for ‘sanctuary’ policies to more states as N.Y. residents are kicked out of global entry,” Washington Post, 2/6/20
  • “President Trump, Gov. Cuomo battle over Global Entry,” CBS, 2/8/20

ANNE LAUGHING CHALLENGE

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