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Judge fast-tracks fight over congressional subpoena of Trump financial records


Judge Amit Mehta plans next week to weigh the major legal issues raised in President Donald Trump’s challenge of a congressional subpoena for his accounting firm’s records, according to an order issued Thursday — putting the case on an even faster track than it previously looked to be.

Congress has subpoenaed Trump and his business’ accounting records from the firm Mazars USA, and Trump’s personal legal team sued to stop the records from being turned over.

A hearing is now scheduled for May 14.

Previously, the case was set up so that Mehta, a nominee of President Barack Obama, would consider it in multiple stages, beginning next week — which could have lengthened out the legal fight and held off Congress from getting the records.

Trump's inner circle frustrated by son's subpoena

The court case comes as the Democratic-led House of Representatives continues to investigate Trump, his administration and his businesses.

House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings issued the subpoena to Mazars, which compiled Trump’s financial disclosure forms, over questions about whether Trump manipulated his net worth.

Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen provided the committee with three years of financial statements prepared by Mazars, in which Cohen says Trump inflated his wealth while he was attempting to purchase the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills. Cohen, who reported to federal prison for a three year sentence earlier this week, has accused Trump of financial fraud.

The House Financial Services and Intelligence Committees are also investigating the President’s finances and have delivered subpoenas to Deutsche Bank, Capitol One and other major banks.

Trump, his businesses, and three of his children — Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric — are suing to stop the subpoenas to the banks.

The House Ways and Means Committee requested six years of the President’s personal and business tax returns.



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Brexit is making England even more divided


Locals laugh ruefully at the sight, for they remember fondly what once stood there before the store — a renowned Yale lockworks factory.

“If you’ve got to put that on the wall, Willenhall isn’t wonderful — you don’t have to convince yourself,” Roger Wilcox, a local resident, said with a chuckle.

This small town lies around 15 miles northwest of Birmingham in England’s “Black Country,” an area that some say was named after the smoke created by the explosion of factories, mines and mills here during the Industrial Revolution.

It then sat at the heart of the country’s lock-making industry, which required skills that were passed down through generations and employed thousands of people.

But it no longer exists. British lock-making declined in the late 1980s when it became cheaper to import from abroad, and many businesses closed.

Willenhall's lock industry declined in the 1980s amid recession and competition from cheaper foreign imports.

The decline hit families hard in the region, rendering the many skills locals had redundant overnight, and stalling Willenhall’s growth.

“Almost every day you’d see a piece of machinery on a flatbed lorry leaving the town and you’d think, ‘that’s been sold to India, that’s been sold to China’ and of course the jobs are going as well,” Wilcox said.

Willenhall, situated in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, is now among the most deprived areas in England, with poorer health and higher rates of unemployment than other areas of the country. The area also voted by 67.9% to leave the European Union in the UK’S 2016 referendum.
Walsall North, Willenhall’s constituency, also contributed the fewest signatures of any constituency to the Revoke Article 50 petition in March 2019, calling for the UK to remain in the EU.

This petition was so popular it repeatedly crashed the UK Parliament website and made headlines for attracting more than 6 million signatures.

Only 1,900 residents from Walsall North signed the petition while the southwestern city of Bristol — which voted 61.7% to remain in the EU — sat at the opposite end of the scale. More than 37,000 people from the Bristol West constituency demanded Brexit be canceled.

The attempt failed, but these signatures — or lack thereof — tell the story of a divide between two Englands that existed long before the Brexit vote but surfaced in its aftermath.

Brexit ‘crystallized’ England’s divide

Many people now see themselves either as as Leavers or Remainers, and it’s this “Brexit identity” that has cemented age-old splits throughout UK society — by class, age, values and geography.
Will Jennings, a professor of political science and public policy at the University of Southampton, said these divides are more important than ever. Partly that’s because London still dominates the UK, but also post-industrial towns — many of them in the Midlands and north — have found it difficult to adapt after long-term economic and demographic decline.
"To let" signs adorn many of the shops on the high street in Willenhall.

“The major difference that we see between core cities and smaller towns is the great divergence between the age of population,” said Jennings, who has spent five years studying how Britain’s core economic model favors its cities over its towns.

Over the past 30 years English towns have aged, while cities, such as Bristol, have become younger and younger. And by losing key trades, towns such as Willenhall have lost a large amount of jobs. The number of people with professional qualifications and skills has stagnated as the young move to cities.

Brexit has “crystallized” England’s divide, Jennings told CNN, fueling “a politics of resentment, or cultural backlash … because the populations of different parts of the same country … hold increasingly divergent views.”

‘The land that time forgot’

Wilcox, who worked as a police officer in Willenhall for 30 years, believes the town voted so heavily to leave the EU because locals feel it’s “the land that time forgot.”

He said residents here often feel they’re the last — if at all — to be considered or consulted during policy changes. For them, the future feels like something that’s happening elsewhere.

“I think the Black Country and the West Midlands has long been seen to be behind the curve. I remember my wife saying when she worked in London in Oxford Street that if a rep was sent to the West Midlands, it was considered to be a punishment posting.”

Mike Batchelor, a project manager at a local charity store and advice center, Bridging the Gap, said locals now call Willenhall a “dormitory town” — a place with no major industries where people travel to larger towns or cities nearby for work.

Things began to feel different when factories closed after the recession in the late 1980s, he reflects.

“At first people could transfer from one engineering industry to another because of transferable skills but as more and more of the engineering factories closed down and manufacturing changed or went abroad … the hands-on skills were not needed anymore,” Batchelor said.

“The area itself started to feel depressed — not just individuals, but because the whole of society was changing.”

Mike Batchelor is a project manager at the charity store and advice center, Bridging the Gap.

Batchelor remembers how the main street used to be bustling in the 1960s, when factory workers — who all lived locally — would pour onto the street and into the street market. “You would have to weave your way in and out of people,” he recalls.

While the market still runs, on a smaller scale, only a few original shops remain on the main street. Some new stores have opened, but many others are advertised as “to let.” Willenhall’s police station, train station and post office have also closed.

“It’s those little things where the town has lost its status,” Wilcox said. “We have lost significant parts of our identity.”

The loss of something like a train station greatly inhibits economic opportunity. “What we’re seeing is that geography and connectivity matters more than ever in the global community,” Jennings said. “Where you are and how you are connected to things is both important for economic opportunity but also important in terms of support services.”

As a result, younger people, including Batchelor’s children, have moved away to cities for better opportunities and “don’t tend to come back.”

This anecdote is clearly illustrated in Willenhall’s demographic statistics. There’s been a 32% decrease in those aged 24 or younger and a 45% increase in those aged over 65 in the last 30 years, and that’s just one example of what’s happening to towns all over the country.

’12 separate towns stitched together’

Meanwhile, cities are getting younger and more diverse. With a population of around 460,000 Bristol has become the second most populous city in southern England and was declared the best place to live in the UK in 2017 by the The Sunday Times.

“What you have is a cocktail of things (in Bristol),” its mayor, Marvin Rees told CNN. “(It’s) city that goes on being international, a world-class university, a thriving creative sector that’s grown.”

During a short drive from its main train station it becomes clear how eclectic the city is — with various districts, each with their own distinct character. There’s a shopping quarter, a redeveloped harborside, leafy Clifton with upscale boutiques and beautiful Georgian homes, and Stokes Croft, with a vibrant artist community and walls upon walls of street art.

“Bristol’s an interesting place. It’s almost like 12 completely separate towns that have all been stitched together,” said local Sam Hickmott, who’s also part of the pro-EU political group Bristol for Europe.

Overlooking the city of Bristol and the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
It has become attractive to not only international migrants, but it also has the highest net internal migration in the UK.

“There’s a head of steam that ends up here. The more exciting and innovative and creative and diverse the city becomes it attracts those people who are drawn to that and they invest in it and they grow it,” Rees said.

A microcosm of England

While there are a lot of positives about Bristol in the way its economy is flourishing, it’s also a city that suffers from inequality.

“There are parts of the city that are very connected to the center and there are peripheral parts of Bristol … that are exhibiting the same sorts of dynamics [as towns] on a micro level,” Jennings said.

Just five miles south of Bristol’s city center is Hartcliffe, a suburb that consists largely of public housing and suffers from the city’s greatest levels of deprivation. It also voted to leave the EU. Here men will die an average of 10 years earlier than those in the district of Hotwells near the city center. Young people are also significantly less likely to go on to higher education.

This inequality is something Bristol’s mayor experienced first-hand.

“As a young kid growing up in Bristol there were periods where I felt quite hopeless, like I was looking in on all this prosperity and this opportunity and it wasn’t for me,” Rees remembers. “I’ve lived on the underbelly of Bristol in many ways and yet, this is a city that … then ultimately voted for me to become Mayor.”

Marvin Rees is the first Black African-Caribbean descent mayor to be elected in Europe.

As a result of the deprivation suffered by many throughout the country, Rees believes Brexit is the “wrong answer to the right problem.”

“The right problem are all those things that people are citing, but Brexit isn’t going to solve those,” he said. “The architects of Brexit don’t have any track record of delivering on poverty, social inclusion and empowerment of people who have been left behind by the political system.”

Jennings echoes this sentiment. “Without a fundamental change to an economic model that’s based on agglomeration of city regions, it seems unlikely that these divisions are going to go away — regardless of what happens with Brexit.

“We’re going to continue to see the sorts of pressure on demographics that are driving places apart.”

However in Willenhall, Wilcox remains optimistic, despite the town’s decline.

“As long as the economy keeps growing, it will trickle down and eventually, last of all, it will reach places like this.”



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US-China trade talks end without agreement


Without a compromise, tariffs increased on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports at midnight. There was scant optimism within the administration that the continued talks on Friday would result in the tariffs being rolled back, and President Donald Trump boasted on Twitter the new moves would benefit the United States.

“Tariffs will make our Country MUCH STRONGER, not weaker. Just sit back and watch!” he wrote. “In the meantime, China should not renegotiate deals with the U.S. at the last minute.”

In allowing the new tariffs to take effect, Trump is discarding warnings from businesses and Republican allies that new tariffs could threaten American economic growth — the same growth he’s relying upon to fuel his upcoming reelection bid.

A day earlier, the President signaled no qualms at the move, which has worried businesses and investors. Instead, he said he was willing to go even further, threatening to slap tariffs on nearly all Chinese goods. And he signaled Friday he would use his hardline negotiating stance as a political talking point, claiming on Twitter that potential Democratic rivals would have crumpled in a similar situation.

The Thursday evening talks between Chinese negotiators led by Vice Premier Liu He and a US team led by Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not bridge the major differences that have recently emerged between the two sides. The teams met for roughly 90 minutes, followed by a dinner at a private club near the White House.

The White House said Mnuchin and Lighthizer briefed Trump on the talks in the hours before the tariffs went into effect.

Even a week ago, top administration officials appeared bullish on the chances a deal would soon be struck with China. But backtracking by the Chinese and an emboldened Trump have dampened the optimism, and on Wednesday and Thursday the President had already seemed to write off the chances of a breakthrough.

Dow futures were pointing to a lower open on Friday after the US introduced additional tariffs on Chinese imports. Still, investors appeared confident a deal could eventually be struck and global stocks bounced back from their earlier losses in the week. Asian stocks closed higher, with the Shanghai Composite Index finishing up 3.1%.

US officials took it as a good sign that talks with the Chinese continued for a second day. While the talks with Liu were not tense, they also did not inspire confidence that an agreement would be reached when the delegations reconvened at 9 a.m. ET.

Those talks proceeded for roughly two hours before the delegations departed separately.

US officials are pinning blame for the breakdown on Chinese President Xi Jinping, who they claim lost the political will to make the economic reforms the US is insisting upon as part of the deal. In talks Thursday night, Liu essentially told his counterparts the two leaders would need to work these differences out themselves, saying he could only go as far as Beijing will allow, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Why Trump upended the US-China trade talks

Officials said there is currently no call scheduled between Trump and Xi, though Trump himself said on Thursday he would likely speak by phone to Xi about the trade matter soon.

Progress toward a deal was derailed last week following a round of talks in Beijing. While US officials departed the Chinese capital confident, they were later surprised by new Chinese demands the US characterized as backtracking on agreed-to commitments.

That included promises by China to codify into law changes to certain economic practices — an aspect of the deal US officials had believed was settled, but which Chinese officials objected to.

Trump, who has called Xi a close friend, said Thursday he’d received a letter from his counterpart advocating for continued talks.

“Let’s work together, let’s see if we can get something done,” Trump said of Xi’s message.

In the letter to Trump, Xi expressed optimism a deal could be struck — but emphasized there must be equal concessions on both sides, according to a person familiar with the document. US officials have interpreted that to mean a lifting of tariffs, something Trump has said he won’t do.

Administration officials said they expect the Chinese to respond to the tariff increase that went into effect at midnight in the coming days.

“In the meantime we will continue to negotiate with China in the hopes that they do not again try to redo deal!” Trump tweeted Friday morning, noting that the talks had been “congenial.” He added that there is “absolutely no need to rush.”

In addition to what his aides have said privately, Trump is also signaling that a deal isn’t likely to emerge from this round of talks.

He tweeted, “Tariffs will bring in FAR MORE wealth to our Country than even a phenomenal deal of the traditional kind. Also, much easier & quicker to do.”

While US officials believe they have the upper hand — believing the US economy to be stronger than China’s — squeezing China with tariffs is not a sustainable long term policy, one official conceded.

Right now, there are no set plans for Trump to meet with Liu when he’s in Washington this week, according to US officials. Trump has met with Liu during his past visits to Washington as the two sides appeared to be getting closer to an agreement. But with both sides hardening in their negotiating stance, the White House decided this week that talks should not include Trump this time.

Still, that could change if this week’s discussions prove fruitful. If Trump does meet with Liu, it would be a sign that talks are making progress, officials said. The decision would likely be made at the last minute.



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