Here are your top three stories for today involving President Donald Trump: Trump foundation to dissolve; Trump expected to sign order establishing US space command; Trump administration bans bump stocks on firearms, goes into effect on Friday.
1. Trump foundation to dissolve amid NY AG investigation
Amid an investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office, the Trump foundation has agreed to dissolve. The agreement was announced by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who called the shuttering of the foundation “an important victory for the rule of law.”
The Trump foundation had been established well before Donald Trump ran for president. But the AG’s office had been investigating whether the foundation had broken the law by coordinating with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, as well as, whether the foundation was still truly functioning as a charitable organization.
Under the agreement with the New York Attorney General’s office, the Trump foundation agreed to dissolve under the supervision of a judge. The AG’s office will supervise dispersing the foundation’s remaining assets to various charities.
However, the dissolution doesn’t end all matters concerning the Trump foundation. A report from New York Attorney General’s office had found “a shocking pattern of legality involving the Trump foundation.” The AG plans to continue its lawsuit against the foundation, which seeks millions in restitution’s and penalties. In addition, the suit also seeks to bar both Donald Trump and his children from serving on the boards of other New York charities.
2. Trump to sign order establishing US space command
The US Air Force, has operated US Space Command since 1982 at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, however, that’s about to change. In the coming days, President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order establishing the creation of the US Space Command, raising the command’s profile, putting it on par with other US commands.
This includes US Central command (CENTCOM) and US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and US Cyber Command. The move fell just short of creating a “space force” as a new US military branch, but officials say that could be the next step.
3. Trump administration bans bump stocks
An official ban of bump-fire stocks has been enacted under a new federal regulation enacted by the Trump administration. Bump stocks are add-on devices that make it easier to fire rapid rounds from a semiautomatic weapon, causing the recall of the gun’s stock to “bump” the trigger faster.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had previously concluded that bump stocks were a gun accessory or firearm part, and therefore not subject to federal regulations. However, following the Las Vegas tragedy where a gunman using bump stock-equipped firearms to kill 58 people at an outdoor country music Festival, the Trump administration took a different view and called on the Justice Department to outlaw the devices.
The final rule is expected be published in the federal register this Friday, and from the date the regulation goes into effect, anyone possessing a bump stock will have 90 days to turn it in or destroy it or face criminal penalties. There was no indication as yet as to what those criminal penalties are or how they connect to existing firearms penalties.