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August 29:
Fox News: IG report highlights apparent inconsistencies in Comey’s testimony
Findings by the Department of Justice inspector general released Thursday are raising new questions about the critical May 2017 timeline leading up to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Read the entire report.

August 29: The New York Post: IG report: Comey ignored DOJ procedures and policies
The Department of Justice Inspector General’s damning report rebukes former FBI Director James Comey for several instances where he ran afoul of Bureau policy, most of them related to his retention and release of several confidential memos detailing his conversations with President Donald Trump. Among the violations Comey did not seek authorization from the FBI before providing government documents to his attorneys and the press.

August 28: The Galveston County Daily News: Red Flag Laws; proceed cautiously
Retired Judge Andrew Napolitano believes “red flag” laws" are unconstitutional because they sanction the rights of people before they have done anything.  Opening the door to allow the confiscation of weapons on the premise of what might happen could be a dangerous power to give government.  The permanent solution is to deal with the culture that promotes the hatred in the first place!

August 26: The Daily Caller: 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals next in the judicial nomination wars
Steven Menashi’s nomination for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest touchstone in the judicial confirmation wars.  The 2nd Circuit is the federal appeals court that covers Connecticut, New York, and Vermont.  “These are the same types of smears the Democrats have thrown at several highly qualified people nominated by the president to serve as federal judges said the Judicial Crisis Network chief counsel Carrie Severino.  Writing for an American Enterprise Institute publication in 2000, Menashi accused college administrators of hypocrisy for opposing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for gay soldiers while supporting separate campus housing for LGBT students.

August 18: Fox News: Senator Graham: IG’s report on Russia probe will be
“ugly and damning”
for DOJ
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Graham (R-SC) is adamant about revealing what went on behind the scenes of the Russia investigation and is looking forward to the American people learning about what happened.  "I believe the Horowitz [Inspector General] report will be ugly and damning," Graham said.  The report which keeps getting delayed is expected in the coming weeks.  "Mr. Horowitz is doing a very in-depth dive" into the FBI's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to acquire a warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, Graham said.

August 17: USA Today: US issues warrant to seize Iran oil tanker after Gibraltar
judge orders its release
The U.S. Justice Department issued a warrant to seize an Iranian oil tanker detained in Gibraltar, a day after a judge in the British overseas territory ordered its release. The U.S. move late Friday deepens a weeks-long diplomatic dispute between Tehran and Washington.  The tanker  was seized last month in a British Royal Navy operation off the coast of Gibraltar. Authorities suspected it of violating European Union sanctions on oil shipments to Syria. Its seizure aggravated fears of a conflict in the Persian Gulf, where Iran claims control of the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway for oil shipments. 

August 16:
The Daily Caller: Clinton aide who defied subpoena says he created an gmail
account and sent it nearly all of Hillary’s emails
Virtually every single one of Hillary Clinton’s emails were sent, potentially secretly, to a cryptically named Gmail address, according to a new Senate report.  The finding, which has not been previously reported, means that Clinton’s emails, including classified ones and ones which were later deleted, likely existed on Google’s U.S.-based servers. The FBI said in the report that it knew this — and of the suspicious explanation for it — but did not alert other intelligence agencies or the public, according to the report.

August 15: The Hill: New evidence shows why Steele, Ohr, and TSA workers
never should have become DOJ sources
One of the inevitable outcomes of the Russia case will be that the Department of Justice (DOJ) almost certainly will need internal reforms.  The first reform is the most obvious, given the unraveling of the Russia collusion narrative: a new set of rules governing when the FBI can investigate or spy on a First Amendment-protected political campaign during an election. The FBI never should have been allowed to sustain a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump’s campaign  based upon hearsay.

August 14: The Daily Caller: FBI: Attack on ICE office in San Antonio was
definitely a targeted attack

The FBI determined a shooting early Tuesday morning in San Antonio was a coordinated attack against an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office.  “These shootings were cowardly, brazen, violent acts, absolutely without justification and a threat to our entire community,” Christopher Combs, the FBI’s Special Agent in Charge in San Antonio, said in a statement Tuesday provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

August 14: Fox News: Federal Judge rules against House Judiciary subpoena
A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday shot down an attempt by House Judiciary Committee Democrats to link their subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn to a separate request for secret grand jury information from the Russia investigation after the Justice Department accused them of trying to "game the system."

August 11: The Daily Caller: Bill Clinton wanted to appoint lawmaker mentioned in the
Epstein scandal to the U.S. Supreme Court
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-ME) -- whom former President Bill Clinton asked to succeed Justice Harry Blackmun in 1994 -- is one of the high profile people accused by alleged Jeffrey Epstein “sex slave” Virginia Giuffre of being the recipient of erotic massages and intercourse that she was forced to perform.  The former Senator denied any wrongdoing. 

August 7: Fox News: Well Dah!  Trump faces Dems delaying tactics on judicial nominees
Trump’s judicial nominees have faced unprecedented opposition from the Senate in his first two-and-a-half years in office, records show, with Democratic senators voting against the nominees in higher numbers than at any point in American history.  Trump’s nominees for the lower courts that feed cases to the Supreme Court contend with far more ‘no’ votes and delay tactics than any past president’s, according to numbers compiled by the Heritage Foundation. Last week when 13 nominees were confirmed Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)  blasted Democrats for delaying routine appointments.

August 6: Fox News: Gowdy:  Strzok has nobody to blame but himself
Former congressman Trey Gowdy weighed in on ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok suing the FBI and the Department of Justice, saying he has no one to blame but himself. 

August 5: Vice.com: Amazon coaching Police on how to get video footage without a warrant
When police partner with Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance camera company, they get access to the “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal,” an interactive map that allows officers to request footage directly from camera owners. Police don’t need a warrant to request this footage, but they do need permission from camera owners.   Emails and documents obtained by Motherboard reveal that people aren’t always willing to provide police with their Ring camera footage. However, Ring works with law enforcement and gives them advice on how to persuade people to give them footage.

August 4: The Washington TimesRetribution by Obama officials keeps courageous
Congressman in prison

Former Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX), did more as an elected official than perhaps any other to alert the nation to the fact that Lois Lerner, the now-disgraced IRS official, was using her powerful position to target conservatives.  He boldly led the charge that eventually resulted in Lerner admitting her abuse of power, being held in contempt of Congress and being ousted her from her post. But while Lerner now lives as a free woman, even though she and her crooked government buddies enacted revenge on Stockman, who now is languishing in a federal prison under a 10-year sentence.

August 3: The New York Post: Feds probing AOC aide after sudden resignation
The Feds are looking into possible campaign finance misdeeds by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff who suddenly resigned Friday.  The inquiry centers on two political action committees founded by Saikat Chakrabarti, the top aide who quit along with OAC spokesman Corbin Trent. Trent left to join the congresswoman’s 2020 re-election campaign.  The brash Chakrabarti, who masterminded OAC’s campaign and steered her proposed Green New Deal, had caused uproar in the halls of Congress with a series of combative tweets that contributed to a rift between OAC and Speaker Pelosi.

August 2: The Daily Caller: Federal judge blocks release of Trump’s NY tax returns
On Thursday a federal judge blocked New York state from turning over President greement to a proposal from the state that would allow it to challenge Nichols’ juriDonald Trump’s tax returns to Congress.  The order from Judge Carl Nichols came in asdiction over the issue.  The order will block any House Ways and Means Committee requests for the tax returns via the New York law until the jurisdictional dispute is resolved.

July 29: The Daily Caller: Trump grants pardons to non-violent offenders
President Donald Trump granted full pardons Monday to five individuals previously involved in offenses like transporting marijuana and drug-trafficking. The president decided John Richard Bubala, Roy Wayne McKeever, Rodney Takumi, Michael Tedesco and Chalmer Lee Williams were worthy of Executive Grants of Clemency after “a careful review of the files” of each individual

July 28: Fox News: AG Meese concerned that Mueller was
not familiar with his own report

Former Attorney General Edwin Meese claimed in an interview airing Sunday on "Life, Liberty and Levin" that the Mueller report seemed "foreign" to the man credited with authoring it.  "I was concerned by his [Mueller’s] testimony," Meese said. "I was concerned by the fact that so much of the report seemed to be foreign to him, or at least he was not familiar with it. And I've since reflected the views of a lot of people who were watching and that was that he was not familiar with the report because it looked like someone else had written it."

July 24: Yahoo News:  Chris Wallace: Hearing a disaster for Mueller’s reputation
During the first break in Wednesday’s House testimony of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace claimed the hearing had thus far been a “disaster” for both House Democrats and Mueller himself.  Fox News’ special coverage team of Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum immediately noted at the break that the special counsel struggled to answer questions, saying the hearing had been “halting.”  “I think you both have been very kind,” Wallace responded. “This has been a disaster for the Democrats, and I think it’s been a disaster for the reputation of Robert Mueller.”

July 24: Fox News: Jim Jordan and Mueller at House Judiciary Hearing:
If you are only going to look at one exchange from the hearing, this is the one it should be!
Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), grilled former special counsel Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill Wednesday, accusing him of selective prosecution methods and promising Attorney General Bill Barr would get to the truth.

July 24: The Daily Caller: Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) exchange with Mueller
“Mr. Mueller, rather than purely relying on the evidence provided by witnesses and documents, I think you relied a lot on media. … how many times you cited The Washington Post in your report,” Lesko asked.  Mueller was unsure how many times.  Lesko noted that she had counted 60 times that the Washington Post was cited in the report and also 75 times that Mueller cited the New York Times.  “I’ve got to say, it looks like Volume II is mostly regurgitated press stories,” Lesko concluded. “Honestly, there’s almost nothing in Volume II that I couldn’t already hear or know simply by having a $50 cable news subscription. However, your investigation cost the American taxpayers $25 million.”

July 24: Fox News: Mueller issues clarification
“I want to add one correction to my testimony this morning [at the House Judiciary Committee hearing]," Mueller said. "I want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mr. Lieu, who said and I quote, ‘You didn’t charge the President because of the OLC opinion. That is not the correct way to say it. As we say in the report and as I said at the opening, we did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime [of obstruction].”  Mueller made it clear that he did not intend to support Lieu’s implication that Mueller would have indicted Trump if not for the OLC opinion. That would have meant that Mueller determined that Trump committed a crime, but could not do anything about it.

July 20: The Daily Caller: Supreme Court to look at precedent of deferring to agency’s interpretations
Late Justice John Paul Stevens left a far-reaching legal legacy in his 34 years on the Supreme Court including a decision that defer to a federal agcncy’s interpretation of an ambiguous law which it administers. Yet the endurance of his legacy might be an open question as the  signaled it might overturn it -- one of his most significant opinions.  The Chevron case initially seemed like an arcane agency issue of little consequence.  However, under Chevron, the courts would defer to the Environmental Protection Agency’s reading of an unclear provision in the Clear Air Act. If the Supreme Court revisits the issue, this approach could change.

July 17: NBC News: House holds AG and Commerce Secretary in contempt of Congress
The House voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for obstructing a probe into the administration's failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The criminal contempt resolution passed by a vote of 230 to 198. It passed along party lines — no Republicans voted in favor. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, now an independent after leaving the GOP earlier this month, voted in favor of the move. Four Democrats voted against the measure.

July 17: NBC News: Meanwhile, by a landslide, the House defeats measure to impeach Trump
The House also voted on Wednesday to table a resolution from Rep. Al Green, (D-TX) to impeach President Trump over so called “racist comments” he made about four Democratic congresswomen of color, effectively killing the measure.  The vote, 332 to 95, marked the first time the Democratic-controlled chamber had weighed in on impeachment, an issue that has created a widening schism within the party. Progressive newcomers and several 2020 candidates have pushed for impeachment proceedings, but the House leadership, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has been resistant.

July 10: The UK Daily Mail: Trump wins victory in court
Donald Trump won a rare unanimous judicial victory Wednesday after a three-judge panel in the 4th circuit tossed out a Democrat-led lawsuit accusing him of corruption by accepting foreign government business at his Washington, D.C. hotel.  The U.S. Constitution makes such dealings impermissible, although the Trump Organization writes am annual check to the Treasury to offload its profits from all such transactions it can identify.

July 9: The Daily Caller: House Intel witness accuses Fusion GPS founder of perjury
A House Intelligence Committee witness accused the founder of Fusion GPS -- the firm behind the Steele dossier -- of committing perjury during a Senate interview in 2017.  Felix Sater, who has worked with the Trump Organization, discussed the Fusion GPS founder, Glenn Simpson, while taking a break from a closed-door interview with the House panel.  Democrats sought an interview with Sater to discuss whether the Kremlin could have any leverage over President Donald Trump due to his business dealings in Russia.

June 24: Fox News: Supreme Court rejects challenge to Trump tariffs on steel imports
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to rule on a case challenging President Trump’s 25 percent tariffs on steel imports into the U.S. that was imposed last year.  The decision, which the justices did not immediately comment on Monday, will leave in place the U.S. Court of International Trade’s ruling from March that allowed the president’s tariffs.   In March 2018, Trump imposed 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent tariffs on imported aluminum.

June 23: The Hill: Supreme Court set to deliver ruling on census question
The Supreme Court is set to hand down its much-anticipated decision on whether the Trump administration can include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The question has been the subject of multiple legal challenges since it was first announced in early 2018. And a courtroom twist this past week added a new level of drama that could affect the Census Bureau’s timeline for finalizing and printing the decennial questionnaire. The administration has been steadfast in its insistence that including the question is necessary to enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
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June 23: The Daily Caller: Gowdy: Mystery FBI transcript “Changed My Perspective” of the Russia Probe
Former Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said Sunday his “perspective” of the special counsel’s investigation changed after he saw a transcript of an interaction between the FBI and a Trump campaign associate believed to be George Papadopoulos.  Gowdy said in an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that the public would likely see the transcript as a “game changer” if it was ever released.   He also said it was never presented to the FISC surveillance court which allowed four FBI surveillance warrants against Trump campaign advisors.

June 19: The Washington Times: Dems not happy, witness doesn’t answer their questions
Democrat members of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday said a White House attorney is preventing President Trump’s former communications director Hope Hicks from answering the panel’s questions about her time in the administration.  Hicks, who served as Trump’s communications director through February 2018, is the first senior administration official referenced in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to testify before Congress. She appeared at a closed-door hearing, with a transcript expected to be made public within 48 hours.

June 17: The Daily Caller: Supreme Court lifts punishing order on Christian baker
The Supreme Court lifted an order Monday punishing a Christian baker in Oregon who refused to produce a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, telling a lower court to reconsider the dispute in light of the 2018 Masterpiece Cakeshop decision. “This is a victory for Aaron and Melissa Klein and for religious liberty for all Americans,” said Kelly Shackelford, president of the firm that represents the Klein family. “The Constitution protects speech, popular or not, from condemnation by the government. The message from the Court is clear, government hostility toward religious Americans will not be tolerated.”

June 11: The Daily Caller: House votes to hold AG Barr in contempt
The House of Representatives voted 229-191 in a party line vote Tuesday to hold Bill Barr and Don McGahn in contempt of Congress.  Both Trump’s Attorney General and former White House counsel defied subpoenas from the House Judiciary Committee, and congressional Democrats followed through on threats to hold them in contempt.

June 11: Fox News: Colorado baker being sued for a third time; when will it stop?
The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop -- which won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court recently -- was sued for a third time this week.  Jack Phillips, the Lakewood, Colo. bakery owner who has refused to bake cakes that violate his Christian faith, is being sued again by Autumn Scardina, a transgender woman, for refusing to bake a gender transition cake.  Scardina claims it is textbook LGBT discrimination. But Phillips said she is rehashing old claims that hold no merit.

June 11: The Daily Caller: Planned Parenthood sues Administration over conscience rule
Planned Parenthood joined several other groups in suing the Trump administration on Tuesday over the “conscience” rule, which would allow health care workers to refuse to conduct abortions due to religious or moral beliefs.  The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) “conscience” rule “protects individuals and health care entities from discrimination on the basis of their exercise of conscience in HHS-funded programs,” according to the HHS website.

June 10: The Daily Caller: DOJ review of Trump surveillance is “broad in scope and multifaceted”
Attorney General William Barr’s review of surveillance against the Trump campaign is “broad in scope and multifaceted, and is intended to illuminate open questions regarding the activities of U.S. and foreign intelligence services as well as non-governmental organizations and individuals,” Boyd, a DOJ official said.  Boyd continued saying U.S. Attorney Durham’s team has requested that intelligence community agencies preserve certain records, ensure that witnesses pertinent to the review be made available for interviews, and to identify and assemble documents relevant to the review.

June 10: Fox News: SCOTUS rejects atheist attempt to scrub “In God We Trust”
The Supreme Court rejected an atheist case Monday to remove “In God We Trust” the national motto, from all coins and currency from the Department of Treasury.  Michael Newdow, an activist attorney,  lost his case, arguing Congress' mandate to inscribe "In God We Trust" on currency was a government endorsement of religion and a violation of the First Amendment.  The justices rejected his petition without comment.

June 8: Yahoo NewsSupreme Court upcoming rulings may be decided by one vote
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hinted that sharp divisions will mark the final weeks of a Supreme Court term that will include major rulings on the census and partisan gerrymandering.  Speaking before the annual conference of federal judges in New York, Ginsburg suggested that more than a quarter of the court’s remaining 27 rulings will be decided by a single vote. Of the 43 argued cases settled so far, 11 were by a vote of either 5-4 or 5-3, she said.

June 4: Fox News: DOJ reveals Dems acknowledged subpoena of Barr was “overboard”
Hours after the Department of Justice (DOJ) slammed House Democrats for planning a contempt vote against Attorney General Bill Barr -- and charged that Democrats had privately admitted their subpoena requests were "overbroad" -- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced late Tuesday that he is open to negotiating with the DOJ "without conditions."

June 3: Fox News: Dem’s case about Trump moving money
for national emergency denied
Washington, D.C., district court Judge Trevor McFadden threw out House Democrat’s lawsuit seeking an injunction against President Trump's emergency border wall funding reallocation, saying that the matter is fundamentally a political dispute and that the politicians lack standing to make a legal case. Trump had declared a national emergency this past February over the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, following Congress' failure to fund his border wall legislatively.

June 3: CNN: Justice Thomas: Rumors are false
Justice Thomas’  booming voice filled the Supreme Court chamber Monday afternoon, as he took time off from the last month of the term to give a wide-ranging talk and publicly question where the rumors of his retirement come from.  "People can say things about you and for you that have nothing to do with you," Thomas told an audience attending an event sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society in the ornate chamber.  "I enjoy being here, I enjoy my work," he said.

June 1:
The Daily Caller: Rep Collins points to Peter Strzok as FBI leaker
A top House Republican is asking the Justice Department’s inspector general whether Peter Strzok is the former FBI official accused of leaking sensitive materials to the press and accepting gifts from a reporter. Collins, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to the DOJ IG asking about the identity of a former FBI deputy assistant director (DAD) who was investigated for unauthorized contacts with the press.  The IG found the FBI official accepted a $225 ticket from a reporter to a media-sponsored event. The official also had “dozens” of unauthorized contacts with the media, and provided law enforcement sensitive information to reporters on “multiple” occasions.

May 31: The Daily Caller: Barr rebukes “bogus” collusion conspiracy theory
Attorney General William Barr offered his most pointed rebuke to date against conspiracy theories that President Donald Trump is in bed with Russia.  “Mueller has spent two and half years and the fact is there is no evidence of a conspiracy. So it was bogus, this whole idea that the Trump was in cahoots with the Russians is bogus,” Barr said.   Special counsel Mueller said in his report that investigators were unable to establish that Trump or his campaign associates conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

May 30: Associated Press: Mueller: We did not exonerate Trump
Special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday that charging President Donald Trump with a crime was “not an option” because of federal rules, but he used his first public remarks on the Russia investigation to emphasize that he did not exonerate the president.

May 30: Fox News: Giuliani: If Mueller could not indict then he
just wasted two years and a lot of money
President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani didn't hold back when it came to addressing Robert Mueller’s 's latest comments on the Russia investigation.  "If you take that analysis that he can't indict, and he can't give an opinion, then the reality is we just wasted two years. He did give an opinion. And his opinion is no collusion, no obstruction," Giuliani said.

May 30: The Daily Caller: Judicial Watch calls for investigation of Mueller
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton called for an investigation into Robert Mueller for suggesting “wrongdoing by an innocent person without any foundation.”  Fitton’s Wednesday night appearance on Fox Business’ “Lou Dobbs Tonight” comes after the former special counsel delivered prepared remarks regarding his investigation.

May 30: Fox NewsLimbaugh: Mueller begged Congress to impeach despite
lack of evidence

"Robert Mueller made it clear as a bell today that he wants to nail Donald Trump and he wants Donald Trump out of office, he just doesn’t have the evidence. And so he’s asked Congress to take over the job," conservative talk show host Limbaugh said Wednesday on his radio show.

May 28: Fox News: Ginsberg and Thomas exchange opinions over abortion ruling
Supreme court Justices Ginsburg and Thomas had two very different opinions when it came to a ruling on Tuesday that allowed Indiana to enforce a requirement that abortion clinics either bury or cremate fetal remains following an abortion. The justices said the case does not involve limits on abortion rights. Ginsburg dissented and said in a short solo opinion that she believes the issue does impact a woman's right to have an abortion "without undue interference from the state."  Ginsburg’s dissent was not met well by Thomas, who said that it “makes little sense” to say that the remains of a child somehow impacts the ability of a woman to have an abortion in the first place.

May 26:
The Daily Caller: Lindsey Graham: Obama officials worried about declassification of information
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham asserted Sunday that the former government officials opposing declassification of Russia probe documents “are worried about being exposed.”  In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, Graham also argued Democrats are unconcerned with whether the FBI misled the federal surveillance court in order to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

May 26: The Hill: Cheney: Statements by agents investigating Trump could be treason
Rep.Liz Cheney (R-WY) said on Sunday that statements by FBI agents investigating President Trmp sounded “an awful lot like a coup, and it could well be treason.”  Cheney told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week” that the beginnings of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation were suspect and need to be investigated. 

May 25: Fox News: Jason Chaffetz: Dems worried about release of intel info on Trump
Democrats were puffing hot air and criticized the Trump administration because they feared his  declassification plan would uncover their dirty deeds, according to Jason Chaffetz former chair of the House Oversight Committee.  He called concerns that President Trump's plans would hurt national security "hogwash."  He argued doing so would improve AG Barr’s  ability to communicate with intelligence agencies.  He speculated that Democrats were projecting their own fears about the declassification uncovering troubling activities on their part.

May 24:
NBC News: Judiciary Chair Nadler falls ill in Manhattan
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler appeared weak and on the verge of passing out at a presser held by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday morning in Manhattan.   The mayor is speaking -- and then there's a sudden commotion. De Blasio and others move to help an extremely pale Nadler as he sits, a ghost-like look on his face, in the chairs at P.S. 199 on the Upper West Side.

May 24:
Yahoo News: Utah Judge suspended for anti-Trump comments
A longtime Utah judge has been suspended without pay for six months after making critical comments online and in court about President Donald Trump, including a post bashing his "inability to govern and political incompetence."  Judge Michael Kwan's posts on Facebook and LinkedIn violating the judicial code of conduct and diminished "the reputation of our entire judiciary," wrote Utah State Supreme Court Justice John A. Pearce in an opinion posted Wednesday.

May 24: The Hill: Supreme Court puts hold on Ohio & Michigan redistricting ruling
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to pause a pair of lower court rulings ordering that Ohio and Michigan redraw their district maps ahead of the 2020 election. The justices' ruling, issued in several unsigned orders, mean that the states don’t have to immediately start redrawing the maps, after the lower courts found that current district maps constituted a partisan gerrymander. A federal court struck down Michigan's district maps as unconstitutional in April. Another federal court ruled similarly just a week later in regard to Ohio's congressional districts.

May 24:
Clarion Ledger: Federal Judge blocks Mississippi heartbeat abortion law
U.S. District Judge Reeves on Friday issued a preliminary injunction blocking Mississippi’s “heartbeat abortion law, that would have banned abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat is detected.  Reeves' order will combine the lawsuit against Mississippi's fetal heartbeat ban with an ongoing one against the state's previous 15-week abortion ban.

May 21: Real Vetted Sources: Has AG Barr found the smoking gun?

There are now three different investigations into how the FBI and the Obama administration began the Russian collusion probe.  Attorney General Barr is overseeing a coordinated effort with the new heads of the FBI, CIA, and Office of National Intelligence to get to the bottom of why and how the Obama administration and the FBI spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.  "I've been trying to get answers to the questions, and I've found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate and some of the explanations I've gotten don't hang together, in a sense I have more questions today than when I first started," Barr told a shocked Fox News.

May 20: Politico: Lower Federal Court upholds subpoena for President’s financial records
A federal judge on Monday upheld a congressional subpoena seeking President Donald Trump’s financial records from an accounting firm, arguing that Congress is well within its rights to investigate potential illegal behavior by a president — even without launching a formal impeachment inquiry.

May 20: Fox News: Former AG Lynch contradicts Comey on Clinton email  investigation
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has flatly accused former FBI Director James Comey of mischaracterizing her statements by repeatedly alleging, under oath, that Lynch privately instructed him to call the Hillary Clinton email probe a "matter" instead of an "investigation."

May 20: LawandCrime.com: Two latest SCOTUS appointees disagree three times in one day
President Trump’s two appointments to the bench, Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch, disagreed on three separate decisions in one day. Each case dealt with a different area of law. 

May 18: The Daily Republic: Dems may use the Supreme Court and Abortion 
as a campaign issue
Democrats are attempting to turn the Supreme Court into a campaign issue as they confront President Donald Trump’s success at reshaping the federal judiciary with young, conservative judges and the prospect that abortion rights are close to being eliminated.  It’s a shift after decades of GOP candidates rallying their voters with promises to reshape the courts in a backlash to Warren Court rulings of the 1960s, and Roe v. Wade in 1973, the landmark abortion rights ruling.

May 17:
Fox NewsAG Barr coming for Comey?
Attorney General Barr revealed that the recently announced review of the origins of the Russia probe will focus in part on a controversial briefing that intelligence officials gave President Trump shortly before he took office in 2017.  At that time, Trump was briefed by intelligence and law enforcement officials on Russian election meddling -- and was also informed by former FBI Director James Comey about the now-infamous anti-Trump dossier which included salacious allegations against him. Details later leaked to the press.

May 15: The Hill: AG Barr appoints US Attorney to examine FBI probe into
Trump campaign and its handling of the Clinton emails

Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney in Connecticut with the responsibility of examining the origins of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign, a move long clamored for by President Trump and his conservative allies. But the decision comes as a trio of high-profile Senate Republicans are planning their own investigations into “spying” on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election and the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email probe.

May 15: The Washington Free Beacon: AG Barr; a man with a sense of humor
Attorney General William Barr asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) if she brought "handcuffs" for him Wednesday at the Capitol, following her accusing him of lying to Congress earlier this month.  Sources say  Barr approached Pelosi following the National Peace Officers Memorial Service in Washington, shook her hand, and asked, "Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?" Pelosi smiled and said the House Sergeant at Arms was present if an arrest was necessary, to which Barr laughed and walked away.

May 12: The Daily Caller: Obama White House kept tabs on FOIA request for Hillary emails
According to recently released emails, the Obama White House kept tabs on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email accounts that the State Department improperly denied.  The emails show for the first time that the Obama Administration was aware of the Clinton-related FOIA request.  The State Department denied the request in May 2013, claiming that no responsive records existed despite the fact that officials at the State, the White House and even the President knew  Hillary Clinton used a personal email account for government business.

May 8:
NBC News: House Judiciary votes to hold AG Barr in contempt
The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to advance a measure that would hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress after President Donald Trump asserted executive privilege over special counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted report.  The Justice Department pushed back. "Nadler’s actions have prematurely terminated the accommodation process and forced the President to assert executive privilege to preserve the status quo," spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement. "No one, including Chairman Nadler and his Committee, will force the Department of Justice to break the law.”

May 7: Mediaite: Special Prosecutor Ken Starr takes on a “whiney” Mueller
With rare exception, special counsel Robert Mueller has emerged from the past two years unscathed — seemingly immune to cable news criticism. But on Monday, one man who previously ran a high-profile independent investigation of a president came after him with a blistering take.  Starr, who headed up the investigation of President Clinton shredded Mueller for his letter to Attorney General William Barr, which took the AG to task for his four-page Mueller Report summary.  Starr said “His (Mueller’s) letter, that was then leaked on the very eve of Bill Barr’s testimony, was essentially, I believe, an unfair, whiny complaint.”

May 7:
The Hill: Former FBI Director Comey is in trouble and he knows it
Barr has made plain that he intends to examine carefully how and why Comey, as FBI director, decided that the bureau should investigate two presidential campaigns and if, in so doing, any rules or laws were broken.  Comey has realized, probably too late, that he has to try to counter the narrative set by the attorney general at the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

May 3: Fox News: Federal Court says Ohio Congressional map is unconstitutional:
A federal court on Friday found Ohio’s Congressional map unconstitutional ordering that a new map be proposed by June ahead of the 2020 elections -- and blocking the state from holding another election under the current map.    “Accordingly, we declare Ohio’s 2012 map an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, enjoin its use in the 2020 election, and order the enactment of a constitutionally viable replacement,” the decision said.

May 2: Associated Press: Investigation Indigestion!
Attorney General William Barr skipped a House hearing Thursday on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia report, escalating an already acrimonious battle between Democrats and President Donald Trump’s Justice Department. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Barr had already lied to Congress in other testimony and called that a “crime.” The committee Democrats even went so far as to place a statute of a chicken in the witness chair and one member pulled out a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and ate it as the theatrics on Capitol Hill continued.

May 1: Politico: Barr won't testify before House Panel on Thursday
The attorney general is boycotting the hearing amid a disagreement with Democrats over the ground rules for his testimony. The Justice Department issued a double-barreled rebuff to Democrats Wednesday, informing the House Judiciary Committee that Attorney General William Barr would not show up for his scheduled testimony before the panel and that the department

April 28: Associated Press: AG Barr may not appear before the House Judiciary Committee this week
The Justice Department has informed the House Judiciary Committee that Attorney General William Barr may not attend a Thursday hearing to review special counsel Robert Mueller’s report due to objections over the panel’s questioning format.  The department has issues with the panel’s plans to allow committee counsels to question Barr after the traditional round of questioning by members. Barr is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

April 27: The Daily Caller: Obama not the first president to spy on a political opponent!
President Barack Obama is not the first man accused of spying on his party’s political opponents in an election year.  Dr. Lee Edwards detailed the months he and his colleagues on Sen. Barry Goldwater’s 1964 campaign for president spent under FBI and CIA surveillance ordered by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Goldwater, who’s Senate seat would later go to Sen. John McCain, was pressured by supporters to run a campaign for president he understood was doomed by President John F. Kennedy’s assassination the year before. Knowing national grief and a politically vicious opponent meant disaster on Election Day, Goldwater used the campaign to launch the conservative takeover of the national Republican Party that would be finally realized 16 years later with the election of President Ronald Reagan.

April 23: Associated PressJustices seem prepared to allow citizenship question on census
Despite evidence that millions of Hispanics and immigrants could go uncounted, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to uphold the Trump administration’s plan to inquire about U.S. citizenship on the 2020 census in a case that could affect American elections for the next decade.  There appeared to be a clear divide between the court’s liberal and conservative justices in arguments in a case that could affect how many seats states have in the House of Representatives and their share of federal dollars over the next 10 years. States with a large number of immigrants tend to vote Democratic.

April 22: The Wrap: MSNBC criticized for accosting Mueller at church on Easter
MSNBC came in for criticism on Sunday after reporter Mike Viqueira attempted to question special counsel Robert Mueller as he left Easter church services in Washington, D.C.  “Will you testify before Congress, sir? If he were anybody but the president, would Mr. Trump be indicted, sir?” Viqueira asked as Mueller struggled to get into his car. “Sir, why didn’t you make a recommendation to Congress one way or the other? Did the attorney general accurately characterize your positions on conspiracy and obstruction, sir?” Mueller responded “No Comment!”

April 17: Roll Call: Bracing for release of the Mueller report
The White House is bracing for the public’s first glimpse at some of special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings but it likely would take a bombshell to alter President Donald Trump’s approach to campaigning for a second term.  Attorney General William Barr is set to release on Thursday morning a version of the former FBI director’s report — though a substantial portion is expected to be blacked out, redacted that is, for legal and security reasons. White House aides have long echoed Trump’s contention that his 2016 campaign did not conspire with Russians to influence the race..

April 15: NBC News: Barr to release Mueller report on Thursday
Special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report on the Russia investigation and President Donald Trump is expected to be made public Thursday morning, the Justice Department said Monday.  Washington has been waiting for the release of the report, which has put Attorney General William Barr at loggerheads with congressional Democrats who have demanded that the entire, unredacted document be released after Mueller recently concluded his nearly two-year investigation.

April 10: The Detroit News: Prolife advocates taking on Roe v. Wade
Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade.  Mississippi and Kentucky have passed laws that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected – which means as early as six weeks, when many women don’t even know they’re pregnant. Georgia could join them if Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signs a measure that has been sent to him, and a bill in Ohio is nearing final passage. Similar bills have been filed in at least seven other states with anti-abortion GOP majorities in their legislatures.

April 10: Fox News Dems rage against Barr for backing claims of Trump
campaign “spying” by FBI

Prominent Democrats lined up to hammer Attorney General Barr for testifying Wednesday that federal authorities had spied on the Trump campaign in 2016, with one top House Democrat charging that Barr is not acting "in the best interest of the DOJ or the country."  "I think spying did occur," Barr said during the explosive hearing before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee. "The question is whether it was adequately predicated. …Spying on a political campaign is a big deal."

April 9: NBC News: AG Barr reviewing the conduct of FBI’s 2016 Trump probe
Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that he is "reviewing the conduct" of the FBI's Russia probe during the summer of 2016, and that the Department of Justice inspector general will release a report on the FBI's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process and other matters in the Russia case in May or June.  "I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016," Barr said

April 9: The Daily Caller:
Gunmaker to appeal to Supreme Court in Sandy Hook lawsuit
Gun manufacturer Bushmaster Firearms will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after a panel of Connecticut judges said nine victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre can sue the company despite a federal law shielding gunmakers from most lawsuits.  Bushmaster produced the weapon used to kill 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Congress extended immunity to firearms manufacturers, distributors and trade associations in 2005 when it adopted the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). The law generally protects the industry from liability when third parties use weapons for criminal purposes. It applies in both federal and state courts.

April 9: The Hill: Treasury expected to miss deadline on Trump tax returns
The Trump administration is expected to miss the Wednesday deadline set by Democrats to hand over Trump’s tax returns, raising the odds that the battle will turn into a lengthy court fight.  Trump has said he cannot make the records public because of an audit, and his acting chief of staff on Sunday publicly said the administration will never hand them over to Democrats.

April 8: USA Today: The conservative “takeover” of the Supreme Court doesn’t seem to be happening
Chief Justice John Roberts and the court's newest member, Brett Kavanaugh, have voted in tandem on nearly every case that's come before them since Kavanaugh joined the court in October. They've been more likely to side with the court's liberal justices than its other conservatives.  The two, both alumni of the same District of Columbia-based federal appeals court, have split publicly only once in 25 official decisions. Their partnership has extended, though less reliably, to orders the court has issued on abortion funding, immigration and the death penalty in the six months since Kavanaugh's confirmation battle. 

April 4: Fox News: GOP senators alert Barr to allegations that Mueller team
Shortly before Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed his report on the Russia investigation last month, Senators  Grassley (R-IA) and Graham (R-SC) alerted Attorney General Bill Barr to what they described as the "selective" use of emails in Mueller court filings -- as well as potential “improper political influence, misconduct, and mismanagement” in the FBI's original Russia probe.

April 3: Politico: Senate GOP triggers the “nuclear option” in order to stop Democrats
stalling confirmation of Trump nominees

Senate Republicans used the “nuclear option” Wednesday to unilaterally reduce debate time on most presidential nominees, the latest in a series of changes to the fabric of the Senate to dilute the power of the minority.  The move by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) immediately paves the way for quicker confirmation of President Donald Trump’s judicial and executive branch picks and comes amid deep GOP frustration with Democratic delays. Future presidents will benefit too, though McConnell and Trump stand to gain inordinately as they seek to fill 130 District Court vacancies over the next 18 months before the 2020 election.

April 3: National Review: Wisconsin’s Supreme Court may turn conservative
if election results hold

In Tuesday’s Wisconsin supreme-court election, conservatives appear to have scored a shocking upset victory. With only a handful of precincts left to report, conservative-backed Brian Hagedorn leads liberal-backed Lisa Neubauer by nearly 6,000 votes out of 1.2 million cast, according to unofficial results.  The 6,000 vote lead is seen as insurmountable for Neubauer to overcome.

April 2: The New York Times: Leaked? Some of Mueller’s investigators see their
findings more damaging than Barr’s summary suggests

The New York Times reports some of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated, according to government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations.

March 29:
The Daily Caller: Federal Court strikes down California gun magazine law
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Friday afternoon struck down California’s ban on firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.  Judge Roger T. Benitez that the restriction on magazine round capacity in the state of California “as amended by Proposition 63, burdens the core of the Second Amendment by criminalizing the acquisition and possession of these magazines that are commonly held by law-abiding citizens for defense of self, home, and state.”

March 28: The Daily Caller: Lawsuit seeks documents potentially showing the FBI ignored
intelligence community  evidence that Chinese hacked Clinton’s server:

Judicial Watch is suing the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to produce records detailing the FBI response to warnings that then - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server had been compromised by a foreign power. Judicial watch hopes the suit will prove that political partisanship compromised the investigation. “Our lawsuit could further expose how anti-Trump activists like disgraced FBI official Peter Strzok bent over backwards to protect Hillary Clinton from having to answer for her national security crimes,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

In July 2018, during the committee’s questioning of Strzok, Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert described a meeting in which named members of the ICIG staff met with Strzok. He said they informed Stzrok of “an anomaly they had found on Hillary Clinton’s emails that were going to the private unauthorized server that you were supposed to be investigating.”  “It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia,” Gohmert said.

March 28:
The Hill: Judge rules against Trump on healthcare associations
A federal judge struck down President Trump’s rules governing association health plans (AHPs) on Thursday, Bloomberg News reported.  Judge John Bates at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia blocked the rules which would allow small businesses and individuals to band together to create group health plans.   Bates in his ruling called it a clear effort to avoid following the rules of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"Indeed, as the president directed, and the Secretary of Labor confirmed, the final rule was designed to expand access to AHPs in order to avoid the most stringent requirements of the ACA," the Judge said.  The legal challenge against AHPs was brought by nearly a dozen Democratic state attorneys general.

March 23: The Daily Caller: The Mueller Report:
500 witnesses; 2,800 subpoenas: No Collusion!

Attorney General William Barr delivered a report of the special counsel’s Russia investigation to Congress on Sunday.  By far the most significant finding in the four-page letter is that the special counsel did not find evidence that President Trump or members of his campaign conspired with Russians to influence the 2016 election. Barr said that evidence was not sufficient to establish that Trump obstructed justice during the investigation. He also said that the special counsel’s team of 19 lawyers, found no evidence “that any U.S. person or Trump campaign official or associate” conspired or “knowingly coordinated” with Russian efforts to use social media platforms to spread disinformation during the 2016 campaign. Nor did Trump associates conspire with Russians in the efforts to hack Democrats’ emails and disseminate them online.

March 23: Mediaite: Unwilling to accept Mueller’s findings, Democrat
House Judiciary Chair says he will call AG Barr to testify

Shortly after Attorney General William Barr released his summary of the Mueller report to Congress, Democrat House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced that he will be calling Barr to testify because “Mueller did not exonerate the President” of obstruction.   See the text of the Attorney General’s letter.

March 22:
NBC News: Mueller Report submitted to Attorney General
Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday wrapped up his investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump and Russia and sent his report to Attorney General William Barr.  No details of the findings have been released, but Attorney General Barr said he may be able to brief congressional leaders on the report as soon as this weekend. "I am reviewing this report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend," Barr wrote in a letter on Friday to a group of lawmakers on the House and Senate judiciary committees.

March 21: ABC News: No more indictments; Mueller report expected soon
There's no shortage of speculation on the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, much of it totally uninformed. But we don't need to speculate on the scope – the man who appointed Mueller has already given us a potential road map on what to expect from the special counsel.  The bottom line: Do not expect a harsh condemnation of President Trump or any of his associates if they have not been charged with crimes.

March 20: The Hill: Justice Thomas asks questions during oral arguments
Justice Clarence Thomas, who is known for his silence, shocked spectators in court Wednesday when he asked a question during arguments in a dispute over racial discrimination in jury selection.  Thomas last spoke in February 2016 when he asked several questions during oral arguments in a gun rights case.  On Wednesday, Thomas waited until the very end of the hour-long arguments to ask if the defense for defendant Curtis Flowers, who is black, had struck any jurors from the sixth trial and, if so, what their races were.

March 19: The Wall Street Journal: Jury finds that Round Up causes cancer in California!
A jury found that a man developed cancer from exposure to Roundup weedkiller he used in his yard, in the second case to go to trial over the alleged harms of the popular Bayer AG BAYRY 2.50% product. The six-person jury in U.S. District Court in San Francisco now is set to begin hearing evidence to separately weigh whether Bayer’s Monsanto unit should be held liable, a decision that could bring substantial financial damages against the company. 

March 19: Market Watch: Lawyers file a class action suit against the National
Association of Realtors over 6% commission monopoly

A class-action lawsuit takes aim at real estate agents and housing industry watchers say it could revolutionize the way Americans buy and sell the biggest asset they’ll ever own. The suit charges the mighty Washington-based lobby National Association of Realtors, as well as the four largest national real estate brokerages, and the Multiple Listing Services they use, have conspired to require anyone selling a home to pay the commission of the broker representing their buyer “at an inflated amount,” in violation of federal antitrust law.

March 13: Fox News: Clinton investigators told by Obama DOJ
“not willing to charge” her on key espionage statute
An internal chart prepared by federal investigators working on the so-called "Midyear Exam" probe into Hillary Clinton's emails contained the words "NOTE: DOJ not willing to charge this" next to a key statute on the mishandling of classified information. The notation appeared to contradict former FBI Director James Comey's repeated claims that his team made its decision that Clinton should not face criminal charges independently.

March 11: Reuters: Mueller navigates dangerous currents in Trump Russia probe
Robert Mueller brought an enviable reputation as the architect of the modern FBI and a force behind major criminal prosecutions to his job as special counsel investigating Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election but has encountered a relentless campaign by President Donald Trump to discredit the probe.  The big question is whether Mueller will present evidence of criminal conduct by the president himself. Such findings could prompt the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to begin the impeachment process laid out in the Constitution for removing a president from office for "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."

March 10: Fox News: Top House Dems say Cohen likely to face DOJ perjury probe
A top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee told "Fox News Sunday" that she believes the panel's chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, will "end up referring" former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to the Department of Justice for a perjury investigation, after numerous contradictions and inconsistencies have surfaced in his dramatic public testimony late last month.  Even as she seemingly acknowledged that Democrats "can't go anywhere" on impeaching President Trump at the moment, Hill indicated that Cummings had more than enough justification to request another criminal probe into Cohen, who has already pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017  concerning the duration of negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

March 10: Daily Caller: ABC news’ Terry Moran: Media and Dems
face reckoning if Mueller finds no collusion

Democrats and the media will face a “reckoning” if special counsel Robert Mueller finds no evidence of collusion involving the Trump campaign, ABC News’ Terry Moran argued in a panel discussion Sunday.  “How big a deal is it if they don’t find collusion for the president?” ABC “This Week” host Martha Raddatz asked Moran.  “Huge,” said Moran.

March 9: The Daily Caller: Eight of Trump’s Court of Appeals appointments
clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
One credential in particular has been a boon to candidates President Donald Trump considers for judicial appointments: a clerkship with Justice Clarence Thomas.  To date  the president has appointed seven Thomas clerks to the federal appeals courts, while an eighth is expected in the near future. “At this point, Justice Thomas is clearly the leading intellectual force on the conservative side of the bench,” said Carrie Severino, a former Thomas clerk. “His principled approach to the law is very much in the ascendency and those are the kind of judges that this president has pledged for the courts,” Severino added.

March 8: Daily Caller: Republican releases transcript of Bruce Ohr
Georgia Rep. Doug Collins unilaterally released a 268-page transcript Friday of a deposition that Justice Department official Bruce Ohr gave to Congress in August.  Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, took the unusual step by reading a statement on the House floor and providing a link to the Ohr transcript in the public record. The representative said his patience with the Justice Department “has grown thin.”

March 7: The Daily Caller: Federal Judge: Asking citizenship question on census
could adversely impact Congressional representation

A federal judge accused the Secretary of Commerce making an arbitrary, capricious decision about including a question about citizenship on the 2020 census.  The judge from northern California say asking the question was “fundamentally counterproductive to the goal of obtaining accurate citizenship data about the public.”  She said including the question would reduce the participation of immigrants creating “a significant risk of distorting the apportionment of congressional representation among the states. In short, the inclusion of the citizenship question on the 2020 Census threatens the very foundation of our democratic system.”
[Editor’s Note: Isn’t Congressional representation supposed to be based on the number of citizens as opposed to the total population (i.e., citizens, non-citizens and illegal immigrants)?]

March 3: Reuters: Guilty until proven innocent? House to open investigation into possible obstruction by Trump 
The House Judiciary Committee will seek documents from more than 60 people and organizations as it begins investigations into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Donald Trump, the panel's chairman said on Sunday.  Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told ABC's "This Week,"   "It's very clear that the president obstructed justice   He said it was too soon to consider whether impeachment should be pursued, however.

March 1: Bloomberg: Hold the conservative revolution; Chief Justice Roberts
keeps joining the courts liberal wing

Chief Justice John Roberts is showing a new willingness to side with the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal wing after the divisive confirmation fight over Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Roberts joined the liberals Wednesday in two rulings that left the conservatives in dissent. Most notably, he cast the deciding vote to order a new look at the mental competence of a death row inmate who says he can’t remember the crimes he committed.  The votes add to an unmistakable pattern, offering fresh indications that Roberts is in no hurry to oversee a conservative legal revolution. The chief justice has also joined 5-4 orders that blocked President Donald Trump from curbing bids for asylum at the Mexican border and stopped Louisiana from enforcing new abortion restrictions.

February 27: The Daily Caller: Cohen admits he cannot corroborate his allegations against Trump
President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen admitted Wednesday he is unable to corroborate allegations that the president discussed elements of WikiLeaks’ email hacks with Roger Stone.  He claims to have overheard Stone tell Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign that he had spoken to Assange about the release of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee.

February 26: Fox News: Senate confirms nomination to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Trump's nominee to be a judge on the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a party-line vote -- and, in a historic snub, the White House ignored the input of the judge's two Democratic home-state senators in the process.  The new 9th Circuit judge, Seattle attorney Eric Miller, was confirmed 53-46. Miller was one the 51 federal judicial nominees left over from the previous Congress whom the White House re-nominated last month.

February 26: Reuters: Cohen says he’s keen to tell his story
The House Oversight Committee said in a statement it would steer clear of the House Intelligence Committee’s inquiry into “efforts by Russia and other foreign entities to influence the U.S. political process during and since the 2016 U.S. election, and the counterintelligence threat arising from any links or coordination between U.S. persons and the Russian government.”  That will put off-limits for Cummings’ committee questions about “any financial or other compromise or leverage foreign actors may possess over Donald Trump, his family, his business interests, or his associates,” the committee said. Cummings’ panel will focus on Trump’s debts and payments “relating to efforts to influence the 2016 election,” as well as his compliance with financial disclosure, campaign finance and tax laws, it 

February 25: Fox News: Federal Judges are appointed for life not eternity!
On Monday the Supreme Court ruled that the decisive vote in a California pay dispute case before a lower court doesn’t count -- because the vote came from a judge who died before the ruling was issued. Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who was seen as a progressive icon on the bench, heard the dispute and participated in a preliminary vote. The appeals court then issued an opinion in his name nine days after he passed away in March 2018. But the high court, vacating the decision of a federal appeals court, said Monday that “federal judges are appointed for life, not for eternity.”

February 21: Roll Call: Justice Kavanaugh could decide redistricting case
Colorado and Michigan approved ballot measures in November to create independent redistricting commissions to prevent one party from carving up a state in such a way as to entrench itself in office. Missouri approved a plan in which a state demographer and a statistical test will help determine lines. Utah approved the creation of an advisory commission. But the ultimate success of those commissions, as well as lawsuits to combat partisan gerrymandering, could hinge almost entirely on the views of one person — newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

February 19: Reuters: Justice Thomas urges Supreme Court to reconsider 1964 ruling on defamation of character
Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its landmark 1964 ruling that made it harder for public figures to sue for defamation, a precedent that has served as powerful protection for the news media.  Thomas took aim at the unanimous ruling in the libel case known as New York Times Co. v. Sullivan in an opinion he wrote concurring with the court's decision to end a defamation suit against Bill Cosby filed by a woman who said the comedian raped her in 1974.

February 19: Breitbart News:  New information reveals a possible FBI cover up of Clinton violations
Judicial Watch just received 186 pages of records from the Department of Justice that include emails documenting an evident cover-up of a chart of potential violations of law by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Peter Strzok wrote; “I have redlined some points. Broadly, I have some concerns about asking some our [sic] senior field folks to get into the business of briefing this case, particularly when we have the D’s [Comey’s] statement as a kind of stand alone document. In my opinion, there’s too much nuance, detail, and potential for missteps. But I get they may likely be asked for comment.

February 16: The Washington Times: Senate panel to investigate meetings between
Russians and Obama officials
The Senate Finance Committee is probing meetings reportedly held in 2015 between two of former President Barack Obama’s top economic officials and Maria Butina, a Russian national who later pleaded guilty to conspiring to covertly influence U.S. foreign policy, the panel said Friday. “The Senate Finance Committee has a constitutional responsibility to engage in vigilant oversight of entities and government agencies within its jurisdiction,” wrote Chairman Grassley (R-IO) and Senator Wyden (D-OR) the committee’s ranking member.  “A critical issue facing the Committee and the country is the extent to which the Russian government engaged in efforts designed to undermine our political system and governmental policy through obfuscation and manipulation.”

February 12: NBC News: Senate investigation — no evidence of conspiracy involving the Trump campaign
After two years and 200 interviews, the Senate Intelligence Committee is approaching the end Of its investigation into the 2016 election, having uncovered no direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to both Democrats and Republicans on the committee.  "If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don't have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia," said Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee

February 11: The Daily Caller: 9th Circuit sides with Trump on environmental
waivers for border barrier
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the Trump administration Monday in a case challenging its use of waivers to bypass environmental regulations in constructing parts of the border wall.  The state of California and several environmental groups sued the Trump administration in September 2017 to stop construction of a border wall prototype and ongoing repairs to 14 miles of an existing barrier in San Diego. 

February 8: Fox News: Oversight hearing with Acting Attorney General Whitaker
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker stunned onlookers and lawmakers during an already-contentious House hearing Friday, when he Judiciary Chair he  had used up his five minutes!  The retort came after Chairman Nadler (D-NY), first said he wanted Whitaker to appear for a private deposition after the hearing and went on to ask Whitaker whether he had been “asked to approve any requests or action” for the special counsel.

February 4: The Daily Signal: Nationwide injunctions from federal courts – especially
the 9th Circuit – rise to a new level
Federal district judges who preside over a portion of a single state have been able to block President  Trump’s actions 30 times through nationwide injunctions—far more than any other administration in history, according to the Justice Department.   The trend has prompted the administration’s Justice Department to seek an end to nationwide injunctions; the same argument made by the Obama administration.  Prior to 1963 no lower court had issued such an injunction.  It did not become routine until the mid-1980s.

January 30: The Hill: Senate Judiciary Chair asks for briefing on Stone arrest by the FBI
Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has requested that the FBI give a briefing to the panel on February 5th about last week's arrest of longtime GOP operative and former informal Trump adviser Roger Stone.  Graham sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday expressing concerns about the "manner" in which Stone was arrested, including the number of agents involved in taking Stone into custody, "the tactics employed" and the timing of the arrest.  Stone was reportedly arrested in the dark hours of the night by FBI agents wielding assault weapons when, according to Stone, a simple call to his attorney would have resulted in his surrendering himself voluntarily.  Additionally, there are questions about how CNN was tipped off and able to get video footage of the raid.

January 21: The Hill: Senator Graham determined to look into Clinton and Obama issues
New tensions are flaring on the Senate Judiciary Committee over plans by its new chairman, Lindsay Graham (R-SC), to dig into Obama-era scandals.  Graham has outlined several areas he wants to probe now that he has the Judiciary Committee gavel.  These include the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications targeting former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

January 19: Reuters: First time Mueller’s team has commented on Cohen/Trump story
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office disputed key elements of a media report that President Donald Trump directed his former lawyer to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal, raising questions about a story that has dominated U.S. news coverage for the past 24 hours.  BuzzFeed News reported Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen  told investigators working for Mueller that Trump had instructed him to lie about efforts to build a skyscraper in Moscow while he was running for president.  "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate," a spokesman for Mueller, said in the special counsel's first comment on a media report since its probe started 20 months ago.

January 17: The Daily Caller: 5th Court of Appeals lifts the injunction
on Texas stripping Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injunction forbidding Texas from stripping Planned Parenthood of Medicaid funds Thursday, while stridently criticizing the abortion provider for its rhetoric and medical practices.  “Planned Parenthood’s reprehensible conduct, captured in undercover videos, proves that it is not a ‘qualified’ provider under the Medicaid Act, so we are confident we will ultimately prevail,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement after Thursday’s ruling.

January 16: Associated Press: Mueller report may be short on details
Robert Mueller’s Russia probe has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the last 20 months could end up disappointed.  Attorney General nominee William Barr, who will oversee the investigation after an almost certain Senate confirmation, says he wants to release as much information as he can about the probe into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 election. But during his confirmation hearing Tuesday, he also made clear that he will ultimately decide what the public sees — and that any report will be in his words, not Mueller’s.

January 16: NBC News: Barr confirmation hearings conclude, political bias continues
Confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee William Barr concluded Wednesday afternoon with lingering Democratic skepticism over his approach to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. Barr dealt directly with how he would approach the Mueller investigation but California Senator Feinstein said she was troubled.  "I know his integrity," she said, but "this is a big report and the public needs to see it — and with exception of very real national security concerns, I don't even believe there should be very much redaction."   The normal process is for the special counsel to send a classified report to the Attorney General and for the AG to provide a unclassified summary to the Congress and public.

January 14: The Hill: Senate Dems set to take aim at Attorney General nominee
William Barr will be in the hot seat this week when he faces the Senate Judiciary Committee for a two-day grilling that is expected to focus on the fate of Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.  Democrats were already anxious over Barr because of an unsolicited memo he drafted criticizing Mueller’s investigation. But those concerns have ballooned amid reports that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and has overseen the investigation, will be leaving the Justice Department.  Barr was unanimously approved by the Senate for the same position under the George H.W. Bush administration, but that was a different era!

January 14: Fox News: Latest reports may offer proof the FBI has been corrupt and dishonest
The latest proof comes in a New York Times report that the FBI initiated an investigation in May of 2017 into whether President Donald Trump was serving as a covert Russian agent.  The accusation itself was ludicrous on its face.  But from a legal standpoint, the FBI's probe constituted an egregious abuse of power.  The Bureau had no probable cause, no evidence, and no reasonable suspicions.  They investigated Trump because they could.  They defied the law, ignored or perverted facts, and debased the integrity of a heretofore-respected law enforcement agency.

January 16: Associated Press: Mueller report may be short on details
Robert Mueller’s Russia probe has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the last 20 months could end up disappointed.  Attorney General nominee William Barr, who will oversee the investigation after an almost certain Senate confirmation, says he wants to release as much information as he can about the probe into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 election. But during his confirmation hearing Tuesday, he also made clear that he will ultimately decide what the public sees — and that any report will be in his words, not Mueller’s.

January 16: NBC News: Barr confirmation hearings conclude, political bias continues
Confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee William Barr concluded Wednesday afternoon with lingering Democratic skepticism over his approach to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. Barr dealt directly with how he would approach the Mueller investigation but California Senator Feinstein said she was troubled.  "I know his integrity," she said, but "this is a big report and the public needs to see it — and with exception of very real national security concerns, I don't even believe there should be very much redaction."   The normal process is for the special counsel to send a classified report to the Attorney General and for the AG to provide a unclassified summary to the Congress and public.

January 14: The Hill: Senate Dems set to take aim at Attorney General nominee
William Barr will be in the hot seat this week when he faces the Senate Judiciary Committee for a two-day grilling that is expected to focus on the fate of Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.  Democrats were already anxious over Barr because of an unsolicited memo he drafted criticizing Mueller’s investigation. But those concerns have ballooned amid reports that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and has overseen the investigation, will be leaving the Justice Department.  Barr was unanimously approved by the Senate for the same position under the George H.W. Bush administration, but that was a different era!

January 14: Fox News: Latest reports may offer proof the FBI has been corrupt and dishonest
The latest proof comes in a New York Times report that the FBI initiated an investigation in May of 2017 into whether President Donald Trump was serving as a covert Russian agent.  The accusation itself was ludicrous on its face.  But from a legal standpoint, the FBI's probe constituted an egregious abuse of power.  The Bureau had no probable cause, no evidence, and no reasonable suspicions.  They investigated Trump because they could.  They defied the law, ignored or perverted facts, and debased the integrity of a heretofore-respected law enforcement agency.

January 9: ABC News: Rosenstein to depart DOJ when new Attorney General is confirmed:
There have been reports that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has communicated to the President Donald and White House officials his plan to depart the administration around the time William Barr, Trump's nominee for attorney general, would take office following a Senate confirmation.  There is no indication that he is being forced out. 

January 7: Associated Press:
Ginsberg misses oral arguments for the first time in 25 years:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month, the Supreme Court said.  Ginsburg was not on the bench as the court met Monday to hear arguments. It was not clear when she would return to the court, which will hear more cases Tuesday and Wednesday, and again next week.  Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said the 85-year-old justice is continuing to recuperate and work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.

January 6: Fox News:
Joseph diGenova, former US Attorney for DC claims Comey
is the man who destroyed the FBI
The treachery revealed by Comey, Clapper, and Brennan requires accountability. That can only happen through a federal grand jury investigation headed by John W. Huber, the U.S. Attorney in Utah who has been appointed to investigate the FISA criminality by the Obama FBI and DOJ.  The evidence of illegal and unconstitutional abuse of law enforcement and intelligence community power and authority is clear. diGenova says grand jury subpoenas need to be issued. These individuals have stolen more than fifteen months of a new president’s tenure. They have thrown the country needlessly into spasms of doubt about the bona fides of an election. Comey should get the first grand jury subpoena.

January 1, 2019: The Washington Times: “Real Justice Department” veteran emerges as
Mueller’s top courtroom adversary
Eric Dubelier is a litigator for the Reed Smith law firm who knows international law and the D.C. playing field. He served eight years prosecuting cases as a  DOJ assistant U.S. attorney in Washington. He refers to his former employer as “the real Justice Department,” implying that Mueller’s team is something less. His biting remarks have come in months of court filings and oral arguments.  Dubelier has depicted Mueller as a rogue prosecutor willfully ignoring DOJ guidelines and has accused him of creating a “make-believe crime.”


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