Jonathan Lemire of the Associated Press is reported that President Trump is infuriated by Brett Kavanaugh’s “betrayal” on the two recent tax return cases. Kavanaugh sided with the majority vote on Thursday that ruled that New York could obtain Trump’s financial records for their criminal investigation.
Lemire talked about his report as a guest on MSNBC’s, ‘Morning Joe” and was asked by Willie Geist how President Trump was responding to the ruling. Geist said, “You’re at the White House, it’s either a witch hunt or a big win depending on who you ask. [Trump attorney] Jay Sekulow is also calling it a win. The president doesn’t want his tax returns, financial records to see the light of day particularly before election day. What’s the concern now with the two 7-2 decisions?”
Lemire responded, “You’re right that the West Wing’s response was somewhat schizophrenic to these rulings yesterday. The president’s real anger was on Twitter in the immediate moments after the announcement and then it evolved as the day went on.”
Lemire continued, “Politically we’ll see what sort of fallout we have here, there’s a sense the tax returns are not going to see the light of day, won’t be made public until after the election. So in that sense, there was a sigh of some relief from the White House, if that holds true. But the anger from the president was that the court itself, in particular, according to our reporting, the justices that he appointed, Kavanaugh and [Neil] Gorsuch, who, as you said earlier, he demands loyalty from his appointees, from his staff in his circle even though he doesn’t always exhibit it in return.”
Lemire concluded, “As he is fighting for re-election here and is down in the polls, one of the arguments his campaign has made time and again is they have two justices, they got two conservatives on the court; Gorsuch, a relatively smooth process and Kavanaugh decidedly less so. He’s had a series of setbacks from the Supreme Court in recent weeks, and to this point, though some of his anger has been directed at Chief Justice [John] Roberts who has frustrated him according to our reporting more or less since he took office, in the last few weeks, and particular yesterday, it was on Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, a real sense of betrayal, as one person close to the president put it to me.”
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