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Mulvaney’s sin: Getting out ahead of the others on the White House ‘so what’ defense

 Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

[Regarding this story: Mick Mulvaney Has Conservatives Asking: WTF Are You Doing?]

Yesterday I surmised that Mick Mulvaney was intentionally advancing the impeachment narrative to its inevitable destination: “Yeah, we crimed, we crimed a lot even, but what’s it to []

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Mulvaney steps in it: Can anyone at the White House get their story straight?

 Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

After Mick Mulvaney’s press conference today, the White House’s official explanations for why Ukraine’s foreign aid was held back have fully gone full circle []

Today in Trump: Incompetence among the super-wealthy, and manufactured martyrdom

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

[Regarding this story: Ex-Aide Saw Gordon Sondland as a Potential National Security Risk]

There’s a pervasive sense among the super-wealthy that they are also super-competent by virtue of their wealth, no matter the the manner in which that wealth came to []

ProPublica: Records suggest Trump has committed fraud even into his presidency

 Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

[In regards to this story: Never-Before-Seen Trump Tax Documents Show Major Inconsistencies]

This seems big-ish. ProPublica evidently obtained either the tax returns or tax summaries for Trump’s NY businesses over the past 8 or so years and you probably won’t be surprised to []

The White House is bluffing when it threatens witnesses over ‘executive privilege’

[Fiona Hill]

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

The White House has been thuggishly waving around what it calls “executive privilege” like the sword of Damocles over the heads of testifying witnesses before Congress, such as the recently resigned Fiona []

What the Trey Gowdy debacle tells us about Trump as a nightmare client

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

[Regarding this story: Inside Trump’s Botched Attempt to Hire Trey []

Trump got judge-splained about his tax returns in thorough 134-page appellate opinion

[Judge David S. Tatel]

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

While the Second Circuit prepares to hear the question of whether New York can subpoena Trump’s tax returns (against Trump’s defense that he’s immune as President), the DC Circuit has just weighed in on whether Congress can subpoena Trump’s []

It’s worth your time to read Marie Yovanovitch’s statement before the House today

[Marie Yovanovitch]

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

It’s worth your time to read Marie Yovanovitch’s prepared statement before her closed testimony before the House today. She was fired because she had the integrity to stand in the way of a bad-faith investigation Trump and Giuliani wanted opened on []

Chinatown street formalism, with noodles

 We’re big fans of attorney Scott Pilutik’s New York street photography. He posted a stunner today we thought you’d like to []

Appeals court denies Trump over tax returns, Trump appointee dissents

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

134 page (which I’ve only skimmed) 2-1 appellate opinion in the other case concerning Trump’s tax returns (last week’s was in a NY fed court, this one is in DC fed court). Upshot is that Congress is well within its constitutional rights []