Tag: House Committee on the Judiciary

The Mueller Report Is Coming. Here’s What to Expect.

The special counsel Robert Mueller will apparently soon turn in a report to the new attorney general, William Barr. Sure, there is still a lot of activity, including subpoenas, flying around, but that shouldn’t stop Mr. Mueller. The report is unlikely to be a dictionary-thick tome, which will disappoint some observers. But such brevity is […]

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News Analysis: Presidents Have Declared Dozens of Emergencies, but None Like Trump’s

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday pointed to nearly five dozen previous instances in which presidents of both parties have declared emergencies as justification for his invocation of extraordinary powers to build his border wall. But there is no precedent for what he has just done. None of the times emergency powers have been invoked […]

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T-Mobile-Sprint Deal Gets New Scrutiny From the Left

WASHINGTON — When T-Mobile announced its intention to buy Sprint last April, the prospects for the $26 billion deal winning regulatory approval appeared strong. Although a similar deal had been effectively blocked a few years earlier, Trump administration officials voiced far less concern. But the merger has faced harsher scrutiny in recent weeks, as Democratic […]

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House Judiciary Committee Hires Trump Legal Critics for Investigations

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee said on Tuesday that they have retained two elite white collar litigators and prominent legal critics of President Trump to help begin inquiries into some of the most sensitive allegations involving the president, including ethics violations, corruption and possible obstruction of justice. The committee’s chairman, Representative Jerrold […]

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How Trump Has Hurt the Gun Lobby

Last Valentine’s Day, a year ago this Thursday, classes were wrapping up at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a former student with a semiautomatic rifle murdered 17 people and wounded 17 others. It so happens that this Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will move to advance legislation requiring background checks on all firearm sales. […]

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Matthew Whitaker Says He Has Not Interfered in the Mueller Investigation

WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, told Congress on Friday that he had “not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation” into Russia’s 2016 election-manipulation operation since President Trump installed him atop the Justice Department. During an often contentious oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Whitaker also testified […]

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Matthew Whitaker Says He Has Not Interfered With the Mueller Inquiry

[embedded content] Matthew G. Whitaker declined to defend the special counsel’s investigation, as his predecessor and likely successor at the Justice Department have done But Mr. Whitaker declared that he had “not interfered in any way” in the special counsel investigation and that he had provided no information to Mr. Trump or White House officials […]

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Matthew Whitaker Testifies Before House Panel: Live Updates

Matthew G. Whitaker tangled early on with committee’s chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, over his oversight of the special counsel’s Russia investigation — at one point even informing Mr. Nadler that his five minutes were up. But Mr. Whitaker declared that he had “not interfered in any way” in the special counsel investigation […]

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Trump Administration Says Migrants Seeking Asylum Must Wait in Mexico

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration, mired in a battle with Congress over funding of a border wall, announced on Thursday that the United States would begin requiring people seeking asylum at the southwest border to wait in Mexico for a court ruling on their cases. After weeks of talks, the Mexican government reluctantly agreed to […]

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Raise Your Hand if You Want to Judge Trump

Twenty years ago this week, the House of Representatives forwarded articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate. Whether or not that was constitutionally warranted — it wasn’t — does any citizen on either side who witnessed or participated in that partisan dust-up honestly look back on it as an exemplary exercise showcasing […]

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Google’s Pichai Faces Privacy and Bias Questions in Congress

WASHINGTON — Google’s chief executive, in perhaps the most public display of lawmakers’ unease with his company’s influence, was grilled on Tuesday about everything from search result bias and the data Google collects about its users to plans for a censored service in China. Sundar Pichai, an engineer who rose through Google’s ranks to become […]

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Live Briefing: Sundar Pichai of Google Heads to Capitol Hill

Mr. Pichai, in his prepared remarks for the hearing, pushed back against those Republican arguments by putting on a show of patriotism. He said the search giant was first and foremost an American company grounded in values like free speech and political neutrality. “I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that […]

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Is Mueller Building an Expansive Obstruction Case?

The court filings on Friday in the Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort cases require reading between the lines. Some lines, redacted, are missing altogether. However, what has been made public calls for reconsidering the longstanding assumptions about President Trump’s potential exposure to a charge of obstruction of justice. That discussion has been dominated by the […]

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Republicans Subpoena James Comey and Loretta Lynch Over Clinton Email Case

The House Judiciary Committee has issued subpoenas for James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, and Loretta E. Lynch, the former attorney general, as part of an investigation into their handling of inquiries into Hillary Clinton’s email server and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. The subpoenas, issued on Wednesday by Representative Robert […]

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Mueller Has a Way Around Trump and His Minions

In a stunning move on the heels of the midterm election, President Trump has forced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed an outspoken critic of the Mueller investigation — Matthew Whitaker — as acting attorney general, shunting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to the sidelines. This raises the specter of a fearful […]

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The President’s Congressional Lap Dogs

Since the founding of the Republic, Congress has acted as a check on overreach by presidents and their administrations. But history will judge the current Congress as remarkable for its aggressive protection of President Trump. The Republicans who lead key House and Senate committees have used their subpoena powers to harass administration critics, undermine the […]

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House Republicans to Meet Privately with Rod Rosenstein

House Republicans plan to privately question the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, about discussions last year where he suggested secretly taping President Trump to expose a chaotic White House and removing him from office under the 25th Amendment. Mr. Rosenstein and Representative Robert W. Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia and chairman of the House Judiciary […]

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The Case for Impeaching Kavanaugh

Charles Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, seem determined to call a vote next week on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court, even in the face of this week’s sexual assault allegations against him. Senate Republicans assume, […]

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Legal Experts Urge Release of Watergate Report to Offer Mueller a Road Map

Unlike Mr. Jaworski in 1974 and Mr. Mueller today, Mr. Starr was operating under a law — enacted after Watergate, and since lapsed — that clearly gave him the authority to send a report directly to Congress. In his 1976 memoir, “The Right and the Power: The Prosecution of Watergate,” Mr. Jaworski, who died in […]

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