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Fed chairman Jerome Powell: If Trump fires me, I’ll ignore him

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Somehow I missed this yesterday. You’d think it’d be bigger news when the chairman of the Federal Reserve tells Congress that he’ll stay on the job whether the executive likes it or not.

Especially when he’s doing it on TV, in response to a question from Trump nemesis Maxine Waters.

I mean, is this guy *trying* to get fired? He’s waving a red cape before the big orange bull here.

“I have the right to demote him. I have the right to fire him,” Trump said of Powell a few weeks ago, still annoyed that the Fed won’t slash interest rates to further goose the economy. Demotion seems to be the first option on his menu at the moment; Bloomberg reported last month that Trump was exploring stripping Powell of his chairmanship and leaving him as a plain ol’ Fed governor. But let’s say he did want to pull the trap door. Could he fire Powell under the law?

Answer: Depends. The Federal Reserve Act says that each Fed governor gets to serve 14 years “unless sooner removed for cause by the President.” What does “for cause” mean? The courts have never had to address the question but it probably doesn’t mean “because the Fed won’t do what the president wants it to do on monetary policy.” The point of the Act is to give the Fed a modicum of independence from politics. Letting the president fire the chairman “for cause” because, essentially, it’s behaving independently would wreck the whole scheme.

But back up. Is the Federal Reserve Act constitutional — or at least this part of it, purporting to limit the president’s authority to fire its officers? My gut reaction is no. Aside from the special case of federal judges, who operate under Article III and are assured life tenure so that they feel free to rule fairly in all cases, it’s difficult to imagine a rationale for letting an *unelected* policy-making federal officer serve with no accountability to anyone. Of course Powell can be removed summarily — or so it seems to me instinctively. The New-Deal-era Supreme Court decided differently, though, ruling in 1935 that laws limiting the president’s power to remove top personnel at independent agencies like the FTC are constitutional. That’s because independent agencies are quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial, the Court said, whatever the hell that means. But this is what Powell is banking on if Trump drops the axe. He’ll ignore him, go to court, and point to the Humphrey’s Executor case from 1935 as a slam-dunk winner for him. Unless Trump can show “cause,” he loses. Simple as that.

We’ll see, though. Conservative legal thinkers have developed a powerful allergy to the idea of “independent” agencies and agents over the last few decades. There may no single judicial opinion in the past 40 years that’s influenced conservative constitutional thinking as much as Scalia’s dissent in Morrison v. Olson, the “independent counsel” case that featured frequently in constitutional commentary about the Mueller probe. Scalia’s point there was that the president is supreme in his constitutional sphere; as a matter of basic accountability, one can’t have an executive officer who’s so “independent” from the president that he can’t be removed. On top of that, the Roberts Court has been eyeing the sprawl of the administrative state over the last few years and making unhappy noises, with Roberts’s own recent opinion in the census citizenship question case delivering a new blow to agency independence. The conservative majority won’t like the idea of an agency head like the Fed chairman being able to tell the president to piss off if Trump wants to remove him. If Trump and Powell forced them to decide whether Humphrey’s Executor is still good law, which way would they go?

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“A Disgrace”: Dan Crenshaw Provides a Reality Check for Mad Maxine After Her Wild Rant on Trump and Iran

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, left, listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

As Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has shown since elected but especially in recent weeks, he is unafraid to take on the loudest, shrillest voices on the left, no matter the issue.

Last week, it was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on her “border detention centers=Nazi concentration camps” comparison, and Black Hat for disinviting Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) from a tech conference over his pro-life views. Over the weekend, it was twice-failed Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton – who tried to blame the border crisis on Republicans.

Also over the weekend, the freshman Congressman took issue with comments from longtime Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who went on a wild Twitter rant regarding President Trump and possible war with Iran:

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., drew fire from Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, on Twitter for accusing President Trump of provoking a conflict with Iran.

The U.S. military’s Central Command released a video earlier this month showing Iranian forces removing an unexploded mine from one of the two ships that were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has denied any involvement in the conflict.

Trump called off a military strike against Tehran after they shot down an American drone they claimed was in Iranian airspace. It was valued at over $100 million. Iran has since claimed they have the capability to continue shooting down American drones if necessary.

Waters said Trump didn’t deserve credit for showing restraint and questioned the nature of America’s surveillance of Iran.

In particular, Crenshaw took issue with this tweet from Waters:

In response, he blasted the Congresswoman:

Red State‘s Jennifer Van Laar documented Waters’s tweets last night and explained how her rant was wildly off the mark for a number of reasons, but commenting on an issue without the facts has never stopped Mad Maxine before.

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—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–

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Maxine Waters Willfully Gets Iran/Drone Story Wrong, Blames Trump

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) says some outrageous things (regularly), but her recent tweets at directed President Trump are far more than outrageous.

Tweeting in response (two days later) to news that Trump called off retaliatory strikes against Iran at the last minute, Waters refused to give Trump “credit for so-called stopping the strike against Iran” then asked why the drone was “in Iran’s airspace” and wondered why we would conduct surveillance on Iran.

What?

In addition to the confusing use of the term “so-called” and the ignorance about why we could possibly want to keep an eye on a country that just bombed an oil tanker nearby, Waters publicly endorsed the words of Ayatollah Khameini over the Pentagon and the Commander in Chief by asserting that the drone was in Iranian air space.

Military Times reported on June 20 that Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, Commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command issued a statement disputing Iran’s characterization.

“This attack is an attempt to disrupt our ability to monitor the area following recent threats to international shipping and free flow of commerce. Iranian reports that this aircraft was shot down over Iran are categorically false,” Guatella said. “The aircraft was over the Strait of Hormuz and fell into international waters.”

At the time of the intercept, “the RQ-4 was operating at high-altitude approximately 34 kilometers from the nearest point of land on the Iranian coast,” Guastella said in a statement Thursday. “This dangerous and escalatory attack was irresponsible and occurred in the vicinity of established air corridors between Dubai, UAE, and Muscat Oman, possibly endangering innocent civilians.”

The Pentagon provided reporters a map showing where the drone was shot down and from where the missile that shot it down was launched.

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Waters continued with more lies, tweeting that Trump started a confrontation with Iran and that Trump “unilaterally renege[d]” on the Iran deal – a deal that was never approved by Congress and a deal Trump had no obligation to follow – and claiming that Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu are attempting to start a war.

Most laughably, Waters claims that Iran was in compliance with the JCPOA.

It’s amazing that she has a communications team with the ability to tweet all of that that with (allegedly) a straight face.

And she kept going, saying that by announcing additional sanctions on Iran Trump is “trying to further provoke Iran” so Trump can strike.

The nonsensical logic is totally on brand, but there is no excuse for a member of Congress to knowingly spread lies and propaganda perpetuated by our country’s enemies.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor of RedState. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Maxine Waters takes Iran’s side in drone shootdown

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Politics stops at the water’s edge, as Arthur Vandenberg famously asserted during the Truman administration. But apparently not if the water in question is the Strait of Hormuz. And not if the politician in question is Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D – CA 43). After President Trump pulled the plug on the Iran counterstrike, you’d think that the move dovish Democrats would all be breathing a sigh of relief. (At least for a little while.) But Waters decided that she would lay into the President, claiming that the confrontational situation was our fault in the first place.

This prompted some immediate responses from some of her colleagues, including Dan Crenshaw.

Our own Hugh Hewitt got in on the action as well.

Crenshaw and Hugh are correct here. All Maxine Waters is doing is parroting the propaganda of the Iranian regime. And that’s really going far over the line, even for the Democrats. The Iranians have been growing increasingly aggressive with their naval forces for years now, going so far as to capture two of our own command boats in 2016. (To be fair, our sailors, in that case, had decided to take a “shortcut” and went through Iran’s waters, but it was still an outrageous move for such a minor infraction.)

As far as our drone goes, unless one of them suffers a crippling malfunction, we know where those birds are at any given moment down to a matter of inches. They have satellite nav systems and geolocation so the operators know precisely where they are. And we also know exactly where Iran’s airspace begins and ends. Sure, it’s possible that some of our operators push their luck a bit and cross the lines from time to time, but in this case, the Navy is saying we were definitely in international airspace.

So if it comes down to a game of We Said, They Said, and you’re talking about the Iranian regime, whose side are you going to take? In the case of Maxine Waters, she’s made her choice. Her burning hatred for the President is so intense that she would rather take the word of the Iranian Mullahs than our own military. There’s really no nuance required in this discussion. The woman is a disgrace.

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Secret ‘Memorandums of Understanding’ Among House Democrats; It’s Almost As If They Don’t Trust Each Other

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Investigative journalist Sara Carter reported that House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings and House Finance Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters allegedly “executed a secret Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to “target” President Trump and subpoena all his financial and banking records.”

Carter obtained a copy of a letter from Rep. Jim Jordan, ranking member of the Oversight Committee, sent to Cummings on Monday.

She reports that, “The letter also indicates that other MOUs have apparently been signed and agreed to with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Ca, who has promised to continue investigations into the president despite findings by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office that there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.”

A congressional official with knowledge of the MOUs told Carter, “We’d describe (the MOUs) as an agreement to conspire and coordinate their efforts to attack and investigate POTUS. This is not how committee’s normally operate. Dems aren’t interested in legislating. Only attacking POTUS.”  

In his letter to Cummings, Jordan condemned the secret MOUs and wrote that Democrats:

Did not consult with Republican Members of the Committee or allow Members to consider and debate the terms of your MOU before executing the MOU with Chairwoman Waters. You did not disclose the MOU’s existence to Members or the American people until after I raised the matter.

If you intend to continue to use the Committee’s limited resources to attack President Trump for political gain, I hope that you will at least be transparent about your actions. Your ability to function as a fair and unbiased finder of fact is now at grave risk. The Members of the Committee—and, more importantly, the American citizens we represent—deserve to know exactly how you are leading this Committee. I look forward to your detailed answers to these questions.

Questions for Cummings
  1. How many MOUs with committee chairpersons have you signed as Chairman since the beginning of the 116th Congress?

  2. Would you provide the Committee with a detailed list of the other MOUs you have signed, including their dates, signatories, and topics?

  3. Why did you not publicly disclose that you had signed MOUs with committee chairpersons?

  4. Will you publicly disclose all the MOUs you have signed as Chairman since the beginning of the 116th Congress?

  5. Why did you choose not to consult with any Republican Members before signing these MOUs?

  6. Have you signed any MOUs as Chairman with any entities outside of the House Representatives relating to the Committee’s oversight or legislative work?

  7. To the extent your MOUs create duties for the Committee that conflict with the Rules of the House of Representatives or the Rules of the Committee, which duties prevail?

  8. The Rules of the Committee for the 116th Congress do not authorize the Chairman to bind the Committee through an MOU.[2]Could you explain the specific authority that allows you to bind the Committee through an MOU without first obtaining approval through a vote of the Committee?

  9. As I understand your MOU with Chairwoman Waters, you have committed to sharing Committee information with the Financial Services Committee. This provision of your MOU may conflict with Rules of the House of Representatives and the Committee’s whistleblower protocol, which requires the Committee to keep some Committee information confidential. Will you still protect the confidentiality of whistleblower information notwithstanding your apparent obligation to share it with the Financial Services Committee?

  10. As I understand your MOU with Chairwoman Waters, you have agreed to consult with her before issuing a subpoena. Do you intend to consult with Chairwoman Waters before or after you consult with me, as required by Committee Rules? If I object to your proposed subpoena, do you intend to consult with Chairwoman Waters before or after the Committee votes, as you promised in the Committee’s organizing meeting?

  11. As I understand your MOU with Chairwoman Waters, you have declined to include any provision protecting the Minority’s rights to documentary or testimonial information. Can you guarantee that Minority Members will have the same access to documentary or testimonial information under this MOU as we do in every other Committee inquiry?

None of us can possibly be shocked by this. Most of the Committee chairs have stated their plans to pursue Trump publicly and have already begun.

Although I’m unfamiliar with MOUs, it certainly doesn’t sound like business as usual in the United States House of Representatives. It sounds more like an agreement between mobsters.

What does surprise me is that lawmakers would put these agreements in writing. It’s almost as though they know they’re all snakes and they don’t trust each other. Imagine that.

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WATCH: Maxine Waters Humiliates Herself As She Tries To Pin Student Loan Debt Crisis on Bank Chiefs

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These are heady days for House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters.

It’s pretty clear that she loves her new job. But she really ought to study up on the industry her committee oversees so she doesn’t embarrass herself again as she did on Wednesday when she questioned a group of bank CEOs about the student loan crisis.

The amusing exchange can be watched in the video below.

Waters: Today, there are more than 44 million Americans that owe $1.56 trillion in student loan debt. Last year, more than one million student loan borrowers defaulted which is on top of the one million borrowers who defaulted the year before. What are you guys doing to help us with the student loan debt?

Who would like to answer first? Mr. Monahan, big bank?

Bank of America CEO Brian Monahan: We stopped making student loans in 2007 or so.

Waters: Mr. Corbat?

Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat: We exited student lending in 2009.

Waters: Mr. Dimon?

J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon: When the government took over student lending in 2010 or so, we stopped doing all student lending.

Realizing this was something the head of the House Financial Services Committee should have known, she immediately switched to the next topic.

 

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