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Speaker Ryan opposes GOP bid to impeach Rosenstein

  • 1:10 pm Thursday, July 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Breaking with a group of more conservative GOP lawmakers, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that he did not support an effort unveiled last night to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, as Ryan argued that despite concerns over cooperation from the Justice Department, the dispute did not merit such a constitutional showdown.

“Do I support impeachment of Rod Rosenstein? No, I do not,” Ryan said at a news conference, just before House members went home for an extended summer break which will run until after Labor Day.

“I don’t think we should be cavalier with this process, or with this [More]

House conservatives unveil impeachment resolution against Rosenstein

  • 8:32 pm Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A small group of Republicans in the House on Wednesday evening filed an impeachment resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, charging that the top Justice Department official had repeatedly not cooperated and refused to share documents with Congressional investigators, as the more conservative GOP lawmakers argued it was time to ‘hold him accountable.’

“The stonewalling over this last year has been just as bad or worse than under the Obama administration,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who filed the impeachment articles on the House floor.

“The DOJ is keeping information from Congress. Enough is enough,” said Rep. Jim Jordan [More]

FBI releases declassified Carter Page FISA applications

  • 7:02 pm Saturday, July 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday released a highly redacted copy of the application made by the bureau to a special intelligence court, asking to establish surveillance in the fall of 2016 on Carter Page, a one-time foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, showing officials feared that Page was working with Russia to undermine the Presidential election.

“The FBI believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian Government,” the document states – interrupted by redactions – but then continues, “undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election in violation of criminal [More]

With Putin, Trump calls Russia probe a ‘disaster’

  • 12:36 pm Monday, July 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After several hours of talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Finland, President Donald Trump on Monday called the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections a ‘disaster,’ as he seemingly rejected the findings of his own intelligence organizations, accepting the word of Putin that Russia did not meddle in the last campaign for President, and making the case that the investigation had undermined relations between the two countries.

“President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Mr. Trump told reporters at a joint news conference. “I will say this – I don’t see any reason why it would [More]

Trump sets July 9 date to announce Supreme Court pick

  • 8:49 pm Friday, June 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he plans to make his announcement of a choice for U.S. Supreme Court on the Monday after July Fourth, a move which should set in motion Senate confirmation hearings in August, followed by a full Senate debate and vote after Labor Day, getting a new Justice installed before the Court’s new term begins on the First Monday in October.

“Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it,” the President said aboard Air Force One, on the [More]

Political fight swiftly accelerates over Supreme Court vacancy

  • 7:48 am Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The decision on Wednesday of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire quickly set off a political firestorm on Capitol Hill, as Republicans vowed quick hearings and a vote by fall, and Democratic groups raised ominous questions about President Donald Trump’s list of 25 judges under consideration for the spot on the Court.

“The Senate should not consider ANY Supreme Court nominee until after the midterm elections,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) on Thursday morning, as Democrats still burn with anger over Republicans blocking the final nominee of President Barack Obama before the 2016 elections.

While Democrats grit their teeth, for GOP [More]

Political fight swiftly accelerates over Supreme Court vacancy

  • 7:48 am Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The decision on Wednesday of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire quickly set off a political firestorm on Capitol Hill, as Republicans vowed quick hearings and a vote by fall, and Democratic groups raised ominous questions about President Donald Trump’s list of 25 judges under consideration for the spot on the Court.

“The Senate should not consider ANY Supreme Court nominee until after the midterm elections,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) on Thursday morning, as Democrats still burn with anger over Republicans blocking the final nominee of President Barack Obama before the 2016 elections.

While Democrats grit their teeth, for GOP [More]

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire

  • 2:24 pm Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, considered a pivotal vote on a host of controversial political issues, announced Wednesday that he would retire from the High Court, providing President Donald Trump with the chance to nominate a second Justice to the bench, further cementing the court’s conservative majority.

“For a member of the legal professions it is the highest of honors to serve on this Court,” Kennedy said in a letter to President Trump.

The decision is certain to spur a heated confirmation hearing this summer in the Senate; the Supreme Court is now in recess until the beginning of the new term, [More]

Trump: GOP should give up on immigration until after 2018 elections

  • 7:27 am Friday, June 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after Republicans in the House defeated one more conservative immigration reform plan, and delayed action until next week on a second bill because of a lack of GOP votes, President Donald Trump on Friday suggested a different avenue entirely – urging Republicans in Congress to drop the issue until after the November elections.

“Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,” the President tweeted early on Friday morning, saying the answer was simple – get more GOP lawmakers in the 2018 mid-term elections.

“Elect more Republicans in November and [More]

Supreme Court: States can force online sellers to collect sales taxes

  • 10:46 am Thursday, June 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a decision that will impact online shopping for all Americans, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a South Dakota law which required online companies to collect and remit state sales taxes, even if that company did not have a ‘physical presence’ in the state.

“Each year, the physical presence rule becomes further removed from economic reality and results in significant revenue losses to the States,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy, in a 5-4 decision.

“These critiques underscore that the physical presence rule, both as first formulated and as applied today, is an incorrect interpretation of the Commerce Clause,” the [More]