By Louise Mensch and Claude Taylor
Multiple sources confirm that Pamela Talkin, Marshal of the Supreme Court, was dispatched to the White House by Chief Justice Roberts last Friday. The decision to send her was taken, sources say, when White House Counsel, Don McGahn, did not release Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Muslim memo’, despite an order of the court* to do so by that date.
The White House failed to meet the May 19th deadline to hand over the Giuliani memo, violating this order. The order states, among other things:
The parties must exchange initial disclosures by May 19, 2017. Regarding the discovery requests Plaintiffs served on Defendants on April 6, Defendants must produce the document responsive to document request 1 by May 19, 2017, and they must respond to the remaining discovery requests by June 2, 2017.
A list of current suits in which the ‘Giuliani memo’ is vital evidence include ones at the Eastern District of Virginia, Case #17-cv-00120, Sarsour vs Trump; the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, a case that originated in Maryland, Case #17-1351, International Refugee Assistance Project v Trump; The State of Hawaii v Trump, case #17-cv-00050 at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; and the case that triggered the decision to send the Marshal of the SCOTUS to Trump, Case #17-10310 at the Eastern District of Michigan, Arab American Civil Rights League et al v Trump.
Violating a court order is colloquially called ‘Contempt of Court’ and this matter falls within the standards of impeachment for a President under the constitution. The Trump Administration had not filed a motion of leave, or availed themselves of any legal mechanism to deny the order to provide the Guiliani memo by the 19th of May.
Chief Justice Roberts was concerned about both the preservation of evidence and Trump’s disregard for legal orders of the courts. He sent Marshal Talkin to the White House on Friday night, in order to tell Donald Trump that he was ordered to keep and preserve all evidence relating to this matter. Marshal Talkin was told by White House staff – brusquely, sources say – that she was too late to deliver the message to Mr. Trump; he had already left for his first trip overseas.
Marshal Talkin was not deterred. Sources report she ordered her escort to drive her straight to Andrews Air Force base. She met Trump on the tarmac, and delivered the message of the Chief Justice. Multiple sources, from law enforcement, to those linked to the intelligence community, sources linked to the military, and those linked to various different parts of the Justice Department and of the judicial system, report that Marshal Talkin informed Trump that if he were not to preserve and protect evidence, in line with orders of the courts, it would constitute a further impeachable offense; that is to say, a separate impeachable offense, additional to the case of impeachment which has already legally begun against him.
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*Correction: I originally attached the wrong court to the order linked in the text; as stated below, the case that triggered the Chief Justice’s decision to send the Marshal to the White House was Case #17-10310 at the Eastern District of Michigan, Arab American Civil Rights League et al v Trump.