Just days after President Trump was formally acquitted in his impeachment trial, Democrats including impeachment managers Jerry Nadler and Val Demings are accusing Trump of a new “Quid Pro Quo”
Yahoo reports Donald Trump has been accused of attempting to orchestrate a fresh quid pro quo just a week after being acquitted in his Senate impeachment trial.
This time, the accusations come after the president offered to lift travel restrictions against New Yorkers in exchange for Governor Andrew Cuomo dropping investigations into his tax records.
Mr Trump has also been hit by an unexpected rebuke from his attorney general over the Roger Stone case, with William Barr saying he will not be “bullied” and that the president’s tweeting about an active case makes it difficult for him to do his job.
However, the public rebuttal was a move that ex-Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele warned was “carefully staged” to appease disgruntled Justice Department prosecutors.
Meanwhile, a new book on Mr Trump, Sinking in the Swamp, offers the bizarre detail that the president nurtures an obsession with badgers, regularly plaguing his first chief of staff Reince Preibus with questions about the animals and their characteristics.
An excerpt of the new book said Mr Trump “was never able to shed his affinity for mob‑don lingo”.
The book also said he has mob-like tendencies, including instances in which he would “repeatedly blast his former fixer and attorney, Michael Cohen, for being a snitch and a rat for cooperating with the feds and making him look bad”.
Per Syracuse, Trump met with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the White House on Thursday to negotiate an end to the Trump administration’s decision to prevent New Yorkers from enrolling in Global Entry and other “trusted traveler” programs. Hours before the meeting, Trump suggested he wouldn’t allow New York residents to have access to faster border crossings and shorter airport lines unless it benefits him personally.
“[Cuomo] must understand that National Security far exceeds politics. New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harrassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes,” Trump tweeted Thursday. “Build relationships, but don’t bring Fredo!”
Politico reports Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) responded by accusing Trump of “expanding his abuse of power to blackmailing U.S. states (threatening millions of people he supposedly works for). In this case, he’s holding New York state hostage to try to stop investigations into his prior tax fraud.”
“Trump is publicly admitting that he is holding Global Entry for New Yorkers hostage in exchange for dropping lawsuits against him and his family’s lawbreaking behavior. This is corrupt, illegal, and authoritarian,” Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) added.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Trump’s tweet was similar to the “quid pro quo” that led to his impeachment, when the president withheld millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine to pressure them into investigating his political rival, Joe Biden, and the former vice president’s son, Hunter Biden.
“Dear @SenateGOP, This is what another quid pro quo by the President of the United States looks like,” Nadler wrote on Twitter.
Trump said the decision to ban New Yorkers from “trusted travelers” was due to the state’s new law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses, while barring federal immigration agents from accessing state DMV records. The Department of Homeland Security said it endangers public safety by making it tougher for immigration and border agents to confirm an ID, check for fugitive warrants or see if a person has a criminal record.
Cuomo called it “political extortion” during an interview with CNN Thursday, accusing Trump of retaliating against New York for lawsuits against the federal government and Trump personally, including efforts to see his tax returns. Trump admitted in 2019 that he misused funds from his charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, and paid $2 million as part of a legal settlement.