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Trump opens The Trump International Golf Links Course in 2012 in Balmedie, Scotland.

A global human rights group has filed a petition in Scotland's highest civil court seeking a judicial review of the government's refusal to investigate former President Trump's all-cash purchases of two golf courses, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The probe would've sought details on the source of the money used to buy the golf courses in 2006 and 2014. The Scottish Parliament is facing increasing calls to investigate Trump as the New York attorney general's office pursues a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization.

Catch up quick: After decades of debt, Trump spent more than $300 million in cash on the two courses, neither of which have been profitable, per Reuters.

  • In February, the Scott Parliament voted 89-32 to reject the minority Scottish Green Party's motion to pursue an "unexplained wealth order" on Trump.
  • At the time, Justice Minister Humza Yousaf of the ruling Scottish National Party called Trump "deplorable" but said law enforcement should enact unexplained wealth orders, not politicians.
  • This order, which does not trigger a criminal proceeding, is aimed at helping authorities combat money laundering and target foreign officials' illegal wealth.
    • But if the government finds that the Trump Organization's money was not clean, it could "in theory" seize the properties, Reuters writes.

What they're saying: Avaaz's petition, delivered to the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Monday, alleges that the politicians who voted against the motion used a flawed legal interpretation.

  • The group argues that Scotland's ministers have sole responsibility to determine the need for an unexplained wealth order and cannot shirk that responsibility to anyone else.
    • It also argues that Trump's case meets the legal standard for issuing the order and that Scotland's politicians have failed to perform their duty.
  • "An unexplained wealth order would be a clear signal that business in Scotland must be transparent and accountable no matter the individual involved," Patrick Harvie, leader of the Greens, said in a statement to Reuters.

Worth noting: Trump has made five other all-cash purchases of golf properties outside of Scotland.

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Call notes show Trump urged DOJ to declare election "corrupt"

Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Then-President Trump pressed top Justice Department officials in a December phone call to "just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me" and Republican congressmen, according to handwritten notes of the call released by the House Oversight Committee on Friday.

Why it matters: It’s the latest example of how aggressively Trump publicly and privately pressured the Justice Department to overturn the results of the election, despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

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Former President Trump on Monday blasted Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) after he told "Axios on HBO" that he is not sure Trump could win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Driving the news: When told that Trump could be expected to win the nomination, Cassidy jumped in saying: "I don't know that."

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Biden's carbon emissions-cutting pledge faces tough climb

Image from the Rhodium Group study "Pathways to Paris." Courtesy of the Rhodium Group.

The verdict is in: President Biden's U.S. emissions-cutting pledge isn't a fantasy, but the path to meeting it is very difficult and relies on forces outside of White House control.

Driving the news: The Rhodium Group just released an analysis of policy combinations that could close the gap between the current U.S. trajectory and Biden's vow under the Paris Agreement to cut emissions in half by 2030.