Holy shit. He appointed someone who might actually care about the truth?
Well, well, well!
> Following the conclusion of the meeting – which ran more than twice as long as originally scheduled – Trump infamously confronted the interpreter and personally confiscated the notes they had taken during the meeting. Attorneys for the Trump administration argued that “when the president takes into his possession a document, it becomes a presidential record.”
> But Judge McFadden was not convinced, telling the government’s attorneys that he had “never seen a principal take notes from an interpreter,” and concluded that such documents do not become presidential records “simply because the president took them.”
> As the Washington Post reported in January, the “extraordinary lengths” Trump has gone to in his efforts to conceal details of his meetings with Putin have resulted in U.S. officials having “no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years”:
You know your country’s in trouble when you, as a layperson, read a headline about a legal decision and your immediate response was, “No shit, Sherlock. Notes about state visits *don’t* belong to the president alone? Imagine that!”
And the Trump-appointed judges seem to not be 100% on board with autocracy. I bet the far right’s next long term goal is to seed law *schools* with teaching staff that are simpatico. Because apparently sucking in the students at undergrad and grooming them for a few decades isn’t delivering the results to the extent they’d like. Time to remove a variable: those pesky academics and their teaching of facts.
> A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the Trump administration’s contention that notes taken by the president’s interpreter during a closed-door meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were not subject to the Federal Records Act.
This actually made me smile!
So rule he has to turn them over. It will take 18 months, then they will say they dont have them, then they will subpoena the interpreter, but she will be forbidden to testify, then that will go the courts for another 18 months. Then finally she will testify and Republicans will say its all second-hand hearsay and Dems will say then where the fuck are the damn notes that the President destroyed and the Republicans will say Buttery Burisma Males fake sham hoax.
Its the Pancake Breakfast. We do it every month.