A Lawsuit Against A Trump Charity, A Report From the Inspector General, and 2 New States?

A lawsuit was brought against Trump, his three eldest children and his personal charity today . The lawsuit accuses the charity with illegal activity in the 2016 election including  assisting the campaign by raising money at a nationally televised fundraiser Trump held instead of participating in a GOP primary debate. It goes on to accuse individuals of “a pattern of persistent illegal conduct” by misusing the charity’s funds to pay off legal bills, business debts and other expenses from Trump properties. Trump reacted to news of the lawsuit in usual fashion by heading to Twitter, “The sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000. I won’t settle this case!...Schneiderman, who ran the Clinton campaign in New York, never had the guts to bring this ridiculous case, which lingered in their office for almost 2 years. Now he resigned his office in disgrace, and his disciples brought it when we would not settle.”  Trump went on to specifically target New York’s attorney general's office was biased against him due to the fact that Schneiderman “ran the Clinton campaign in New York. Schneiderman did endorse Clinton campaign but was never employed by the campaign.

The Inspector General released a report today containing information that former FBI Director James Comey's actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation deviated from the department's norms but that Comey was not motivated by political bias. The 500 page report detailed a series of failures by top federal officials who were leading the investigation prior to the election. The report concluded that the decisions made in Clinton’s case were “consistent” and not affected by any bias or other misconduct. Although Clinton's case was not specifically affected, this new information does cast doubt on the FBI and its reputation. "The damage caused by these employees' actions extends far beyond the scope of the Midyear (Clinton) investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI's reputation for neutral fact finding and political independence.” The report criticized Comey for failing to coordinate with his superiors at the DOJ. The report went on to criticized FBI agent Peter Strzok who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

Californians acquired enough signatures to place an initiative on their November ballot. The measure on the ballot will be to determine if the state should remain as one or be split into three separate pieces. If a majority of the state’s voters agree the long process to separate would ensue. The people of California  have felt that their vast size has not properly given the people adequate representation. The proposal aims to invoke Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the provision guiding how an existing state can be divided into new states. California would be broken into three pieces; Northern California, California and Southern California — which would roughly divide the population of the existing state into thirds. Northern California would consist of 40 counties stretching from Oregon south to Santa Cruz County, then east to Merced and Mariposa counties. Southern California would begin with Madera County in the Central Valley and then wind its way along the existing state’s eastern and southern spine, comprising 12 counties and ultimately curving up the Pacific coast to grab San Diego and Orange counties. If this ballot initiative passes it will be the first division of an existed U.S. state since 1863 when West Virginia was created.