At Issue: August 20 - Fallout Continues from Charlottesville Violence; MN Commerce Dept. Ordered to Pay Up

August 20, 2017 06:02 PM

Fallout Continues Following Violence in Charlottesville, President Trump's Response

We're seeing continued fallout from last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and President Trump's response to the white nationalist rally. It's led to numerous lawmakers, including several Republicans, openly questioning the president's competency and moral leadership. This comes after the President's sharply-worded news conference Tuesday where he blamed both far-right extremists and counterprotesters for the violence. 


President Trump also took to Twitter to defend his stance in the debate over Confederate monuments. Many are being removed from public grounds in cities across the U.S. in an effort to prevent more violent demonstrations.

The fallout from the President's response to Charlottesville is extending to the business and arts communities, as well. This week, 3M's CEO joined a group of others in resigning from the President's Manufacturing Council of Business Leaders. Not long after that, President Trump dissolved that committee and a second one. On Friday, a mass of members from the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities resigned, as well. 

Federal Judge Rules Commerce Department Carried Out "Unjustified" Investigation in to Auto Glass Company

Minnesota taxpayers will have to spend nearly $1 million because of a legal battle between the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Safelite Auto Glass. A federal judge ruled the agency carried out an "unjustified" investiagtion into the company for its billing practices with insurance companies. The ruling over legal fees isn't sitting well with Commissioner Mike Rothman or Rep. Kelly Fenton, R-Woodbury, one of Rothman's biggest critics in the Legislature. Fenton is calling on Rothman to resign, saying she believes there is a pattern of abuse of power within the Commerce Department.

In a statement, Rothman said the department stands by its investigation. A spokesperson for Safelite says the company is pleased with the judge's ruling.


Amanda Theisen

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