5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump says he won't negotiate on legislation until Democrats end investigations

  • Pelosi cautions against impeachment amid Democratic divide

  • Draft IRS memo says presidential tax returns must be given to Congress

  • Indonesia restricts social media after violent political protests

  • Blues advance to Stanley Cup Final against Bruins

In a surprise Rose Garden press conference on Wednesday, President Trump announced that he would no longer negotiate with Democrats on legislation until House panels end the myriad investigations into his administration and his finances. After reportedly cutting short a planned meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that was intended to hash out details on a previously agreed upon infrastructure deal, Trump expressed anger that some Democrats discussed the possibility of impeachment during a closed-door meeting on Wednesday. Trump said he won't work with Democrats on an infrastructure deal, spending bills, or any other legislation until they "get these phony investigations over with." He said he respects Congress' oversight role but claimed "what they've done is abuse."

Source: CNN, NBC News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is continuing to resist increased calls from Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Pelosi, who denies there is a "divide" within her party, rejected these calls during a meeting with Democratic leaders on Monday, arguing lawmakers have not exhausted all steps and that their investigations are now "getting some results." She also expressed fear that their message is being drowned out. Democrats stepped up impeachment talk after the White House on Monday directed former Counsel Don McGahn not to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. On Wednesday, Pelosi is expected to make the same plea against impeachment at another closed-door meeting, during which she'll warn that impeachment should only be pursued if it can receive Republican support.

Source: Politico, Politico

A confidential draft Internal Revenue Service memo directly contradicts Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's reason for not giving Congress President Trump's tax returns. House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) formally requested Trump's tax returns last month; under a 1924 law, he is one of a handful of lawmakers with the authority to do so. Mnuchin has refused to give Neal the returns, claiming Congress does not have a "legitimate legislative purpose" to request the documents. The memo, obtained by The Washington Post, states otherwise, asserting that it is "mandatory" the returns are disclosed, as the law "does not allow the secretary to exercise discretion in disclosing the information provided the statutory conditions are met."

Source: The Washington Post

Authorities in Indonesia on Wednesday temporarily restricted the sharing of videos and photos via social media after several people died in violent protests against the election of President Joko Widodo to a second and final term. Hundreds were injured in clashes between police and people participating in the protests organized by losing candidate Prabowo Subianto. Jakarta's governor, Anies Baswedan, said six people had reportedly died. Authorities said police were not allowed to use live ammunition and were not responsible for the casualties. "There's no way the state apparatus would kill the perpetrators," said Indonesia's security minister, Wiranto.

Source: The Washington Post, The New York Times

The St. Louis Blues beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in Game 6 of the National Hockey League's Western Conference final on Tuesday night to advance to the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. St. Louis won the final three games to take the best-of-seven series and reach the final for the first time since 1970. Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn each contributed a power-play goal, and goalie Jordan Binnington made 25 saves for the Blues. "We always believed we could do this," said Tarasenko. "But it's still an unbelievable feeling." Game 1 of the final series is Monday night in Boston.

Source: NHL, ESPN
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