Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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As President Obama once said, elections have consequences.

Florida brought the latest reminder of that on Friday, when Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill that makes it much harder to change the state constitution via citizen-led ballot measures.

As Matt Shuham reports, this move puts a major dent in what is essentially the last lever of power Democrats have in the Sunshine State, which is currently overseen by a Republican governor, legislature, secretary of state and attorney general. Every member of the state Supreme Court has also been appointed by Republicans.

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On Fox News Friday, contributor Katie Pavlich took umbrage at the suggestion that Attorney General Bill Barr is just “repeating talking points” pushed by Trumpworld. Barr’s investigation into the true origins of the Russia probe is simply, Pavlich said, an effort “to get government accountability.”

But the quotes speak for themselves.

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Two House committees on Friday asked Friday to intervene in a lawsuit filed by President Trump, his eldest children, and the Trump Organization seeking to block lawmakers’ subpoenas of their financial records.

In a joint motion to intervene filed in Manhattan federal court, the House Financial Services Committee and Intelligence Committee asserted their “broad” authority to oversee the executive branch. The subpoenas of Deutsche Bank and Capital One were necessary to carry out that work, the letter from House general counsel Douglas Letter said.

“The committees have broad legislative, investigative, and oversight authority. Pursuant to this authority, the committees are conducting various investigations on issues of national significance,” it read.

Trump, his children and their family real estate company swiftly responded, seeking a preliminary injunction that would stop the banks from complying with the subpoenas while the lawsuit is underway. The Trumps brought the suit on Monday.

In their own Friday letter to U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, the Trumps said they would suffer “irreparable harm” without the order, accusing Democrats of seeking their private financial information purely “for the sake of exposure.”

Democratic lawmakers are pursuing wide-ranging investigations into the Trump Organization’s financial practices and whether the President’s business interests influenced his political decisions.

Read the Democrats’ new letter below.

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