Trump Tweets: The Independence Day Edition

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It’s Thursday.

Today we celebrate our Independence Day.

14 days from now Special Counsel Robert Mueller is scheduled to testify before two House Committees regarding his finds as detailed in the Russian Election Interference Report.

In light of his scheduled testimony the President has scheduled a campaign rally in North Carolina for that evening.

For Independence Day the President has tweeted 5 times and re-tweeted two times.

So important it last appeared on the census in 1950.

For more information on how the citizenship question played out in the courts @ the News Blender.

On Tuesday evening the Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross, issued a statement that said the census forms would be printed without the question as the News Blender reported on Wednesday.

Hours later the President weighed-in on the Census Citizenship question, which was denied addition by the Supreme last week.

On Wednesday he declared on Twitter that his Commerce Secretaries statement announcing that the form would be printed without the question was “incorrect,” and “FAKE.”

The above tweet caused Maryland U.S. District Judge George Hazel, to call a teleconference with those representing both the Government and the Plaintiffs.

In the transcription of the call that was released to the public on Wednesday evening, we learn that the Judge has Twitter, and follows the President, he on Wednesday morning saw the Presidential Tweet, and went um, that’s not what the lawyers for the Government told me on Tuesday.

I guess it was yesterday [when he last spoke with the lawyers] feels like a while ago, but I think it was yesterday….

So I saw a tweet that directly contradicted the position that Mr. [Joshua] Gardner [lawyer for the government] had shared with me yesterday.

The Judge via Google Docs.

The Judge asks the same question he apparently asked on Tuesday of the Government, “Is the Government going to continue efforts to place a citizenship question on the 2020 census?”

Gardner tells the Judge that he’s been a lawyer with the Department of Justice for 16 years. He goes on to say that the tweet itself was the first he heard of the President’s position as it was his understanding and that of Ross, that the question would not appear on the census. He finishes by stating, “I can tell you I have confirmed that the Census Bureau is continuing with the process of printing,” the census form, “without a citizenship question, and that process has not stopped.”

They are joined by another Government lawyer Joseph Hunt who tells the Judge that the Justice Department has been instructed “to examine whether there is a path forward consistent with the Supreme Court’s decision, that would allow,” the question to be added.

The Judge tells the lawyers involved on both sides, that they have until Friday at 2 p.m. eastern to give the Judge one of two things.

I either want a stipulation, as we’ve been discussing, indicating that the citizenship question will not appear on the census or I want a proposed scheduling order for how we’re going to forward on the equal protection claim that’s been remanded to this Court.

The Judge via Google Docs.

For what it’s worth.

I rec’ reading the whole 15 pages just for the lol’s, pay close attention to pages 5-9.

Spoiler alert, the gist of these pages, is that the plaintiffs lawyers request an order that would prevent President Trump for either A) speaking of the census citizenship question or B) basically forces the Government to come out immediately to correct the President if he tweets, or speaks misinformation aka lies regarding the citizenship question appearing on the census.

Salute to America.

Department of the Interior schedule for the events for Salute to America.

@ 11:45 a.m. eastern time Independence Day Parade.

@ 6:30 p.m. eastern time the President will give his campaign rally speech .

There will be a separate thread for the speech.

@ 8 p.m. an all star salute to America concert will be held.

@ 9:07 the fireworks.

On this Independence Day Republican Congressman Justin Amash (MI) announced that he was leaving the Republican Party.

His announcement comes weeks after he explained his reasons for supporting the Impeachment of President Trump, following his reading of the Mueller Report, in which Mueller tells the public, the President attempted to obstruct justice.

Amash writes in his opinion piece posted at the Washington Post, that he has become “disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.”

He continues “Americans have allowed government officials, under assertions of expediency and party unity, to ignore the most basic tenets of our constitutional order: separation of powers, federalism and the rule of law. The result has been the consolidation of political power and the near disintegration of representative democracy.”

Amash then explains that while “modern politics is trapped in a partisan death spiral,” there is an out as most Americans “are not rigidly partisan and do not feel well represented by either of the two major parties. In fact, the parties have become more partisan in part because they are catering to fewer people, as Americans are rejecting party affiliation in record numbers.”

He concludes by writing, “Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party. No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.”

Live Feed for the Independence Day Parade ABC News.

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Happy Independence Day everyone, be safe, be happy, eat, drink, and make merry. I hope you all have a wonderful day.

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