Econintersect: The Real News Network interviewed William K. Black, Associated Professor of Law and Economics,University of Missouri Kansas City, the day after the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. His view is that internal whistleblowers within the government are most likely to be the downfall of the current administration.
[Donald Trump is] fundamentally not serious and he's fundamentally lazy. So he can't be bothered to learn the facts and the issues which, if you were President, would tend to have you working 16 hours a day, and then dragging yourself asleep regretting the 20,000 things you didn't get to that day. But that's not The Donald and it's not the bully pulpit, it's simply the bully.
And you're going to see dominance games because this is someone who fundamentally knows that there's no there there, when it comes to Donald Trump. And the real dangers will be twofold: One is the resumption of the enemies list approach of Richard Nixon where Trump is pretty clearly going to use it to go after people, "it" being the Office(?).
[Climate change denial by Exxon Mobil] is absolutely documented now that this was a systematic effort, even created a fake entity purportedly to do research that was designed, in fact, to prevent the truth from being known. Well, that's the charge being laid against the major energy companies, most particularly Exxon, which has been funding all this climate denial research and then denying that it has done so and has tried to have cutouts.
So several attorney generals have gone after them, all Democrats, and several Republican attorney generals are actively trying to prevent that. And Congressional Republicans at the national level, federal government, are actively through subpoena trying to screw up the ability to bring these kinds of actions effectively.
... the Congressional Republicans are clearly going to try to stop these investigations. And I think you can expect the Attorney General of the United States, to claim preemption. And I actually bet that he's going to seek an injunction against the State AGs pursuing those laws.
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