Feb 28, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sets stage for Dems to go after Trump’s tax returns

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) listens to testimony by Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Trump. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats used President Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen's dramatic testimony to Congress Wednesday to lay legal groundwork for House Democratic leaders to pursue Trump’s tax returns, HuffPost reports.

The details: During her line of questioning, Cohen noted Trump had directed his deputies to inflate the value of his assets for insurance purposes, and the president devalued his assets to avoid paying taxes. Cohen also told lawmakers the president exaggerated his net worth in order to obtain a loan from Deutsche Bank in 2014, and Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg would be able to provide lawmakers with more details about Trump’s financial dealings.

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Updated 4 mins ago - Technology

Twitter: Trump's Minnesota tweet violated rules on violence

Twitter said Friday morning that a tweet from President Trump in which he threatened shooting in response to civil unrest in Minneapolis violated the company's rules. The company said it was leaving the tweet up in the public interest.

Why it matters: The move exacerbates tensions between Twitter and Trump over the company's authority to label or limit his speech and, conversely, the president's authority to dictate rules for a private company.

Updated 18 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Trump threatens to "assume control" of Minneapolis over unrest

Flames from a nearby fire illuminate protesters standing on a barricade in front of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis on Thursday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump threatened via Twitter early Friday to send the national guard to Minneapolis following three days of massive demonstrations and unrest in the city over George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody this week.

Details: "I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," Trump tweeted after a police station was torched by some protesters.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

Protesters cheer as the Third Police Precinct burns behind them on in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Cheering protesters set a Minneapolis police station on fire Thursday night in the third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city, per AP.

The state of play: Minnesota's governor on Thursday activated the state's national guard following violent outbreaks throughout the week, as the nation waits to see if the officers involved will be charged with murder.