Judge Denies Trump Request to Delay House Oversight’s Subpoena of His Financial Documents

A federal judge on Monday denied President Trump’s request to delay the House Oversight Committee’s subpoena for his financial records, stating that the committee had “facially valid legislative purposes” for requesting the documents.

U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta stated that in his opinion, the committee’s reasoning to subpoena accounting firm Mazars USA for documents related to Trump’s finances—including “strengthening ethics and disclosure laws” and “monitoring the President’s compliance with the Foreign Emoluments Clauses”—were valid purposes for requesting such material. “Congress plainly views itself as having sweeping authority to investigate illegal conduct of a President, before and after taking office,” Mehta wrote. “This court is not prepared to roll back the tide of history.”

Mehta also ruled that Trump was “subject to the same legal standard as any other litigant” despite the case involving “private and business affairs of the President of the United States.” This latest ruling comes after Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said he would file a “friendly subpoena” to to Mazars USA after it agreed to hand over the Trump-related documents.

“Today’s decision is a resounding victory for the rule of law and our Constitutional system of checks and balances,” Cummings said in a statement Monday, adding that Trump must “stop engaging in this unprecedented cover-up and start complying with the law.” Trump told reporters the ruling was made by a “Obama-appointed judge,” and claimed the Democrats were “trying to get a redo or a do-over” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.


Fifth Migrant Child, a Guatemalan Teenager, Dies in U.S. Custody

A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died in U.S. custody Monday in the Rio Grande Valley, according to a statement from Customs and Border Protection. According to a CBP official, agents found Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez unresponsive during a welfare check Monday morning after he was apprehended in Texas on May 13 in a large group of “70 other subjects.” Vasquez reportedly went through numerous medical screenings after being apprehended, but the CBP official could not definitively say he wasn’t sick upon being taken into custody. Vasquez told officers that he was not feeling well on Sunday, and an on-site nurse practitioner diagnosed him with “influenza A.” Border Patrol agents subsequently treated him with Tamiflu.

Vasquez was then transferred to the Weslaco Border Patrol Station, where officials assessed him again. However, officials found him unresponsive in a “short-term holding” room on Monday morning, and medical staff could not save his life. The Weslaco Police Department, CBP, Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, and the FBI are investigating the matter. The news comes after a number of Guatemalan nationals have died in U.S. custody after reaching the border. According to The New York Times, Vasquez is the fifth migrant child to have died in U.S. custody since December.


‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Draws Record-Breaking 13.6 Million Viewers

The series finale of Game of Thrones reportedly drew 13.6 million viewers on Sunday night, setting an HBO record. According to The Hollywood Reporter, replays and early streaming of the episode raised the number of viewers to 19.3 million—shattering the show's previous high of 12.48 million viewers in its debut and 18.4 million total viewers on its May 12 penultimate episode. The fantasy epic replaced the fourth-season premiere of The Sopranos—which drew in 13.43 million viewers back in 2001—as the most-watched HBO program in history. The Sopranos also previously held the record number of viewers to tune into a show’s final episode, with 11.9 million viewers watching the cut-to-black back in 2007.

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Trump Brings Up Man Wearing Brick Wall Suit During Pennsylvania Rally

During his campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Monday evening, President Trump took some time to bring up a crowd member who was decked out in a full suit that resembled a brick wall. With the audience chanting “Build the Wall” as the president promised them hundreds of miles of wall at the border, he noticed the man and called for him to come on stage. “Get him up here!” he shouted. After posing with the man and embracing him, the president noted that the man said he was from San Diego. “And as you know, in San Diego, it’s going up and now it’s up!” Trump added, claiming that California “wanted the wall so badly” but now insist they “didn’t want the wall in the first place.”


Nancy Pelosi Fights House Dems Over Trump Impeachment Calls: Report

House Democratic leaders reportedly argued Monday over calling for impeachment against President Trump, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi standing against multiple calls to move forward. According to Politico, Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and Joe Neguse (D-CO) all pushed for impeachment during a Monday meeting in Pelosi’s office. Pelosi and her ally Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) reportedly fought against their calls. “This is not about politics, it’s about what’s best for the American people,” Pelosi said at a separate Monday meeting where impeachment was brought up. Sources told the website an “impeachment inquiry resolution” could be introduced in the House Judiciary Committee in the “next several days.”

Two representatives, Cicilline and Ted Lieu (D-CA), have called for impeachment proceedings to begin if former White House counsel Don McGahn does not testify at Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing. “If McGahn doesn’t show tomorrow, I think we’re at an inflection point,” Lieu said. “If we can’t get information, I think we have to start proceeding down this path.”


Kris Kobach Gave List of Conditions to Accept ‘Immigration Czar’ Role: NYT

Ex-Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach reportedly gave a list of 10 conditions—including the 24/7 availability of a government plane, a staff of seven, and a promise to make him Department of Homeland Security secretary by the end of 2019—to the White House if he took the role as the administration’s “immigration czar.” According to The New York Times, Kobach submitted the list in recent weeks as he discussed his interest in the role. Other conditions include him having “walk-in privileges” to the Oval Office, being in the highest pay rank among White House staff, having other secretaries follow his directives, ability to spend weekends in Kansas, be the administration’s face on all immigration matters, and a promise that he would be DHS secretary by November 2019. A White House spokesman declined to comment on the list, and Kobach did not respond to the Times’ request for comment.

President Trump reportedly met with Kobach about potentially succeeding ex-DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen upon her resignation. Trump, however, though Kobach might have a hard time winning Senate confirmation—so the two talked about the creation of an “immigration czar” role. The president has reportedly been considering others for the position and has yet to make a final decision.


Iranian Media: Country ‘Quadrupled’ Low-Enriched Uranium Production

Iran’s semi-official news agencies claimed Monday that the Islamic Republic has “quadrupled” its production of low-enriched uranium amid new tensions with the U.S. over Iran’s nuclear deal. According to the Associated Press, the outlets Fars and Tasnim say the uranium produced would be enriched to the 3.67 percent limit set by the 2015 Iran deal under the Obama administration; however, the production increase would reportedly put the nation over the deal’s stockpile limitations. The Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of the deal a year ago, but it’s still in force with the U.K., France, China, Russia, and Germany. Iran reportedly claimed the International Atomic Energy Agency was notified of its move to increase production, but the agency did not return the AP’s request for comment.


Actor Jason Mitchell Dropped by Agency, Management, ‘The Chi’ Over Misconduct Allegations: Report

Actor Jason Mitchell, known for his role in Straight Outta Compton, has been dropped from his agency, management company, a Netflix movie he was cast in, and his leading role in The Chi due to “inappropriate behavior” allegations, Deadline reports. Producers from the Netflix movie Desperados reportedly caught wind of “alleged off-set incident” involving Mitchell. The incident was investigated and led to Mitchell’s termination from the project—which stars Nasim Pedrad, Anna Camp, and Robbie Amell. A representative from the Netflix movie’s production company, UTA agency, and Authentic Talent management company all confirmed that Mitchell is no longer associated with them—though all declined to comment further. Fox 21 TV Studios and Showtime also confirmed that while The Chi was picked up for a third season, Mitchell would not be in the show past its second season. Following his break-out role playing Eazy-E in Straight Outta Compton, Mitchell was investigated for assault in 2016 when a woman publicly claimed that he slammed her to the ground in a Boston hotel.


Eiffel Tower Closed After Man Attempts to Climb Iconic Paris Tower

The Eiffel Tower was forced to shut down Monday after a man attempted to climb it, the Associated Press reports. The male who climbed the iconic Paris monument was reportedly seen “dangling” below the structure’s highest level, and a rescuer dressed in red was seen saving him from above. A spokeswoman for Paris police said firefighters and a “climbing specialist” were on the scene and were “in touch” with the climber, whose motives for scaling the tower are unclear. It is also unclear how the climber managed to get past the monument’s security system, or when the tower—the city’s tallest structure—will re-open. British “freerunner” James Kingston also climbed the Eiffel Tower in 2015 without permission or safety ropes.