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    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, will meet Republican senators throughout Tuesday on Capitol Hill, as the party finalizes plans for a quick confirmation process ahead of the November presidential election.Barrett is scheduled to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and a slate of GOP lawmakers on the panel, including Chuck Grassley of iowa, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Rick Scott of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas, John Thune of South Dakota and Mike Lee of Utah. The Capitol Hill visit takes place just days after Trump nominated Barrett to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and underscores the speed with which...
    President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will meet with Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham on Tuesday before her confirmation hearings, which are scheduled for mid-October. Barrett will first meet with Graham, who will be in charge of the Senate confirmation hearings for Barrett which start on October 12. She will then meet with a number of other Senators on Capitol Hill, despite several Democratic Senators saying they refuse to even meet with Trump’s nominee. So far, three Democratic senators have said they refuse to meet with Barrett before the hearings. Those senators include New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono. “I will not meet with Judge Amy...
    Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have offered high praise to President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, describing her as a “legal trailblazer” and “committed constitutionalist” who stands as a “problem to rabid partisans, and an ally to the rule of law.” President Trump formally announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a former law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, as his nominee to the Supreme Court on Saturday. While Democrats immediately launched a string of attacks, questioning Barrett’s faith, adopted children, and legal positions, GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee struck a positive tone, describing Barrett as a qualified originalist with a commitment to the Constitution, which she said she loved. “Judge Barrett is highly...
    Democratic senators are already claiming they will not meet with Amy Coney Barrett as her nomination moves to the Senate floor next month, claiming her 'extreme' views are not suited for the Supreme Court. 'I will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett,' Senator Kirsten Gillibrand asserted in a tweet Sunday afternoon. 'This nomination process is illegitimate.' The New York Democrat added: 'I refuse to participate in the further degradation of our democracy and our judiciary.' Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii joined in Gillibrand's sentiment earlier in the day Sunday. 'I will oppose the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, as I would any nominee proposed as part of this illegitimate sham process, barely...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that an escalated timeline for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett will allow for a vote before Halloween — as a number of lawmakers said her confirmation is all but assured. “So we’ll start on Oct. 12, and more than half of the Supreme Court justices who have had hearings were done within 16 days or less,” Graham said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “We’ll have a day of introduction. We’ll have two days of questioning, Tuesday and Wednesday, and on the 15th we’ll begin to markup, we’ll hold it over for a week, and we’ll report her nomination out of the committee on Oct....
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that an escalated timeline for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett will allow for a vote before Halloween — as a number of lawmakers said her confirmation is all but assured. “So we’ll start on Oct. 12, and more than half of the Supreme Court justices who have had hearings were done within 16 days or less,” Graham said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “We’ll have a day of introduction. We’ll have two days of questioning, Tuesday and Wednesday, and on the 15th we’ll begin to markup, we’ll hold it over for a week, and we’ll report her nomination out of the committee on Oct. 22.”...
    Lindsey Graham said Sunday that the Judiciary Committee will hold its confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett next month and will report her nomination to the Senate floor on October 22. 'So, we'll start on October 12, and more than half of the Supreme Court justices who have had hearings were done within 16 days or less,' Graham told 'Sunday Morning Futures' host Maria Bartiromo. 'We'll have a day of introduction. We'll have two days of questioning, Tuesday and Wednesday, and on the 15th we'll begin to markup, we'll hold it over for a week, and we'll report her nomination out of the committee on October 22.' 'Then it will be up to [Senate Majority Leader Mitch]...
    Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, according to Chairman Lindsey Graham. The South Carolina Republican said on Sunday the former No. 2 at the bureau is set to appear on Oct. 6, about a week after former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify. "I'm very glad he is," Graham said on Fox News. Graham also said he is negotiating with fired FBI agent Peter Strzok to bring him in for a hearing and he wants to hear from William Barnett, one of the FBI agents involved with the inquiry into retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. The panel has already received testimony from former Deputy...
    Washington (CNN)Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said Sunday that the committee will approve Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court on October 22, setting up a full Senate vote to send her to the high court by the end of the month. "So, we'll start on October 12, and more than half of the Supreme Court justices who have had hearings were done within 16 days or less," Graham said on Fox News. "We'll have a day of introduction. We'll have two days of questioning, Tuesday and Wednesday, and on the 15th we'll begin to markup, we'll hold it over for a week, and we'll report her nomination out of the committee on October 22." "Then it will be...
    Reuters September 27, 2020 0 Comments U.S. President Donald Trump said the U.S. Senate will likely open hearings on his third Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, on Oct. 12 and he expected a full Senate vote before the Nov. 3 election. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said in a statement on Saturday evening that the committee would host a hearing for opening statements on Oct. 12, followed by three to four days of questions and testimony. “It’s going to go fast. We’re looking to do it before the election. So it’s going to go very fast,” Trump said. The hearings are part of an accelerated timeline as the Republican-controlled Senate seeks to vote on Trump’s nominee before...
    On Saturday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, laid out the timeline for the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who Graham argued had been consistent with past Supreme Court confirmations. When asked by host Jeanine Pirro, Graham said he anticipated October 12 as the start date for hearings before his committee. “October 12 — that would be 16 days for the nomination and 24 of the 42 Supreme Court justices who have had hearings were done within 16 days,” Graham said. “Kennedy — 14, Stevens — 10, Powell — 12, Rehnquist — 12, Blackmon — 14, Chief Justice Burger 11. So, 16 days from now,...
    Two Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee said they will not meet with Amy Coney Barrett -- President Trump’s pick to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Trump announced on Saturday evening that he intends to nominate Barrett to fill the vacancy on the nation’s highest court after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week. TRUMP ANNOUNCES AMY CONEY BARRETT AS NOMINEE FOR SUPREME COURT SEAT  Democrats indicated that they will oppose Barrett’s nomination, citing her conservative credentials which they see as a threat to health care and abortion rights, while also arguing that it is too close to Election Day for Trump to nominate a justice. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and...
    (Reuters) - U.S. appeals judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's third nominee to the Supreme Court, will face a series of informal and formal meetings with the Republican-controlled Senate, which has the power to install her in the lifetime role. Trump wants Barrett seated before the Nov. 3 election. That leaves little time for the Senate to fulfill its role and confirm the new justice. Here is a breakdown of what's next: INFORMAL MEETINGS ON CAPITOL HILL Barrett as early as Tuesday is expected to begin informal meetings with senators on Capitol Hill, starting with Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This process generated controversy in 2017 when Senator Richard Blumenthal revealed that Trump's nominee at the time, now-Justice Neil...
    The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) plans to distribute $16 million into key races this fall as part of its push to flip state legislative chambers and gain access to others. The latest initiative would reportedly bring the committee's total political spending for the 2020 election cycle to $35 million -- a $25 million increase from the $10 million it spent in 2010. WHY ARIZONA'S LATINO VOTE HAS DEMOCRATS IN A TAILSPIN As Politico reported Friday, the figure is a record for the group as Democrats wrestle with the importance of redistricting battles. The organization has invested in around 600 races this year, but new spending efforts will zero in on 17 battleground state targets, including some in Arizona, Iowa, Texas and Minnesota. FILE -...
    Warning against “mere capitulation” to the unpopular effort by President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans to rush through another right-wing Supreme Court justice right before the November election, a memo circulating on Capitol Hill outlines a number of ways in which Democrats in both chambers of Congress can gum up the works and delay the advance of Trump’s nominee. First reported by The Daily Poster on Thursday and later published in full by The Intercept, the document was compiled by people familiar with the nuances of congressional procedure, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has frequently used to further his party’s aims while stifling those of his Democratic counterparts. The memo details a number of procedural maneuvers available to congressional Democrats, including the introduction of privileged War Powers Resolutions—an idea floated this...
              Democrats in the state Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee on Thursday advanced numerous House bills relating to policing and justice reform and COVID-19. All together the committee considered 20 bills during the meeting and hastily reported 19 to be considered on the Senate Floor on Friday or sometime next week. Despite Democrats holding an 11-person majority in the Finance and Appropriations Committee, Republican members voted against nearly every bill, except for two pieces of legislation, one of which was passed by indefinitely unanimously. Most of the legislation considered Thursday were either similar or the same as already-passed Senate bills, meaning the arguments of opposition are not entirely new. The Republican senators who voted...
    Fox News reached out to several conservative Republican senators this week, in an effort to gauge their plans for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, whom the commander-in-chief plans to announce on Saturday. Here's what they had to say about the process and the presumptive pick Amy Coney Barrett. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will approve the nominee, spoke with Fox News about Barrett and Barbara Lago's Catholic faith. She said Democrats are willing to vilify these women based on their spirituality, in an effort to derail Trump’s nominee out of spite. “If you are a conservative woman in DC, you are treated like a fourth-class citizen,” she said. “Democrats are chastising these women because they...
    Reuters September 24, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee chaired by Republican Senator Roger Wicker will issue subpoenas to the chief executives of Twitter Inc , Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc if they do not agree to testify at a hearing on Oct. 1. The hearing will discuss a legal immunity known as Section 230 that technology companies have when it comes to liability over content posted by users. Republican President Donald Trump has made holding tech companies accountable for allegedly stifling conservative voices a theme of his administration. As a result calls for a reform of tech’s prized legal immunity have been intensifying ahead of the elections but has little chance to be approved by...
    BANGKOK – Scheduled voting by Thai lawmakers on six proposed amendments to the country’s military-backed constitution was canceled at the last minute Thursday as Parliament voted instead to set up a committee to further consider such proposals. The action, taken after two days of debate, means any vote on constitutional amendments is likely to be postponed for at least a month, and likely longer. At least 1,000 protesters pushing for charter reform gathered outside the Parliament building, and were angered when they heard that the voting might be postponed. They issued three demands for changes to the charter, including reform of the monarchy, limits to the powers of the unelected senators, and the election, not appointment, of any constitutional drafting...
    Justice Brett Kavanaugh was appointed to the Supreme Court in October 2018 after a highly contentious confirmation process.  Progressive groups, some media and activists warned that Kavanaugh was the fifth vote needed to overturn Roe v. Wade, but those warnings have not come to fruition. Now, as President Donald Trump weighs who will fill the Supreme Court vacancy, another confirmation process looms before the nation — one that could put Roe v. Wade in a more perilous situation than before. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation sparked massive backlash across the United States in an 89-day confirmation process fraught with sexual assault allegations, anxiety over his stances on Roe v. Wade, and more. When Kavanaugh replaced former Supreme...
    The week of Oct. 12 marks the likely start of confirmation hearings for the next nominee to the Supreme Court. Republican sources on Capitol Hill signaled the process will begin mid-October in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where lawmakers will spend several days questioning and then voting on the female nominee President Trump plans to announce on Saturday at 5 p.m. Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, has not announced the schedule, but the Oct. 12 start date confirmed by Republicans sources allows the nominee time to complete pre-hearing paperwork and collection of background material by staff. Perhaps most importantly, it allows time for the nominee to hold private meetings with individual senators. A GOP aide told the...
    Big Tech-funded lobbyists and D.C. insiders are expressing alarm that President Donald Trump is set to nominate an FCC commissioner, Nathan Simington, who isn’t one of them. “There’s this informal rule that the nominees come from someone on the Hill — or at least it’s someone that somebody on the Hill wants to see there. That certainly appears not to be the case here,”  Scott Wallsten, president of the Technology Policy Institute, told Law360. “It’s sort of not surprising to see that Trump wouldn’t follow the conventional approach because he doesn’t on anything.” The Technology Policy Institute is funded by virtually every major Big Tech company — its list of donors includes Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. According to an...
    By BEN FOX, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security denied allegations Wednesday that he molded intelligence reports to suit the administration, telling a Senate committee that a recent whistleblower's report is “patently false.” Acting Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, testifying in a wide-ranging Senate confirmation hearing, also rejected a separate allegation that he held back an intelligence report on Russian disinformation that targeted former Vice President Joe Biden. Both issues emerged early in the hearing as the Senate considers a nominee who has been accused of politicizing the third largest department in the federal government and faced criticism over its handling of civil unrest, COVID-19 and immigration. “Rhetoric and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security denied allegations Wednesday that he molded intelligence reports to suit the administration, telling a Senate committee that a recent whistleblower’s report is “patently false.” Acting Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, testifying in a wide-ranging Senate confirmation hearing, also rejected a separate allegation that he held back an intelligence report on Russian disinformation that targeted former Vice President Joe Biden. Both issues emerged early in the hearing as the Senate considers a nominee who has been accused of politicizing the third largest department in the federal government and faced criticism over its handling of civil unrest, COVID-19 and immigration. “Rhetoric and political ideology cannot drive intelligence...
    When Sen. Mitt Romney said on Tuesday that he would support the Senate moving ahead with the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee from President Trump ahead of the election, he tipped the balance of the tenuous confirmation math in Republicans' favor, opening a lane for a nominee to clear the Senate with at least 50 Republican votes and Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie. Hours later, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., the only other apparently outstanding possible GOP defector, said he supported moving ahead with a nominee as well. That left Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as the only two Republicans to say they would oppose moving ahead with a Trump nominee ahead of the presidential election....
    Two bills designed to expand transparency on the Virginia Parole Board will not receive a floor vote in the House after a committee declined Tuesday to advance the bills and sent them to be studied further. Republicans made parole board reform a top priority in the ongoing special legislative session after the Office of the Inspector General accused the board of blocking information so it more easily could release prisoners, including convicted murderers. Both bills were introduced by Republicans and passed the Senate with bipartisan support earlier this month before the Democrat-led House Committee for Courts of Justice voted Tuesday to table both bills. "The two Senate Bills defeated by Democrats today would have added much-needed transparency...
    Sen. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersBiden's six best bets in 2016 Trump states GOP set to release controversial Biden report Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate MORE (D-Mich.), the top Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenGOP set to release controversial Biden report Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate GOP senator blocks Schumer resolution aimed at Biden probe as tensions run high MORE (D-Ore.), the top Democrat on the Finance Committee, on Wednesday released a report countering the GOP investigation into the Bidens. Two Senate Republican chairmen earlier in the day released findings from their months-long investigation, arguing that Hunter Biden's work for a...
    A new Senate Committee report alleges that Hunter Biden paid women linked to “Eastern European prostitution or [a] human trafficking ring.” The report, released Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Senate Committee on Finance, alleges that Biden made a series of questionable financial transactions, opening him and his family to extortion and counterintelligence concerns. The committees’ report confirms in a footnote that Biden “sent thousands of dollars” to individuals involved with “possible human trafficking,” associated with the adult entertainment industry, or associated with prostitution. From the report: The records note that it is a documented fact that Hunter Biden has sent funds to nonresident alien women in the United States who are citizens of Russia...
    Washington — Top administration health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Centers for Disease Control director Robert Redfield, are testifying before the Senate on Wednesday to discuss the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. The hearing comes the day after the U.S. passed the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Redfield and Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will be joined by Assistant Secretary For Health Dr. Brett Giroir and Dr. Stephen Hahn, the director of the Food and Drug Administration, in a hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). How to watch the Senate HELP committee hearing: What: Anthony Fauci, Robert Redfield, Brett...
    Vice President Mike Pence is in full campaign mode now, making the rounds on news channels and holding re-election rallies. On Tuesday the Indiana Republican told Fox News Business’ Lou Dobbs that perhaps President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee should just skip the usual Judiciary Committee hearings and get confirmed by the U.S. Senate immediately. Pence said the nominee should get a committee hearing, but only “if needs be.” He might have been thinking that since Chairman Lindsey Graham has already said there are enough votes to confirm, even though no one knows who the nominee is, why take up valuable time when the outcome has, for the first time in U.S. history, been preordained without even a facade of interest...
    Senate Republicans chastised Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for blocking the Senate Intelligence Committee from receiving election security briefings on foreign interference following the New York Democrat’s “temper tantrum” over the Supreme Court. “Just a short time ago, Democratic leaders demanded more briefings on election interference,” acting Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Marco Rubio said on Tuesday. “The Senate Intelligence Committee was scheduled to have a briefing today with Director Evanina, who leads our nation’s election security efforts. However, Sen. Schumer had a temper tantrum over the Supreme Court and used a procedural move to cancel the committee’s briefing.” Rubio spoke on the Senate floor to request “unanimous consent” that the Senate Intelligence Committee be “authorized” to meet on Tuesday...
    Sen. Marco Rubio accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of throwing a “temper tantrum” on the Senate floor Tuesday by canceling an intelligence briefing on election interference because of a standoff over Republican efforts to vote on a Supreme Court justice. Rubio, the acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, noted that Schumer and other congressional Democrats have recently demanded more election-related intelligence briefings. Democrats had complained that John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, planned to end in-person briefings because of leaks of classified information about foreign governments’ efforts to meddle in the upcoming election. Ratcliffe later reversed course and agreed to provide some briefings to intelligence committees. Bill Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center...
    Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee who were strongly in favor of voting for Judge Merrick Garland have voiced their disapproval for voting on the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s potential replacement. President Barack Obama nominated Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in February 2016 after Justice Antonin Scalia died, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn’t consider the nomination since it was an election year, The Washington Post reported at the time. Ginsburg spoke out against McConnell’s decision to halt a vote to confirm Garland saying it was the Senate’s job to vote. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year,” Ginsburg...
    Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee should proceed directly to a vote on President Trump's forthcoming Supreme Court nominee without bothering to hold a confirmation hearing, syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday. "We’ve obviously got the votes, so what’s the point of the hearing? ..." Limbaugh asked. "We don’t need to open this up so that whoever the nominee is can be [Brett] Kavanaugh’d, or Borked, or [Clarence] Thomas’d." The host stated that the Constitution does not require a committee hearing to move a nominee forward, and such a spectacle has previously been a tradition respected by both parties. However, Limbaugh added, Democrats have made clear they care more about grandstanding and fearmongering than any tradition. GRAHAM CLAIMS SENATE GOP HAS VOTES...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday invoked a rule to prevent Senate committees from meeting, to retaliate against Republicans, who have agreed to vote on confirming President Trump's nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday. Under the "two-hour rule," no Senate committee or subcommittee can meet after the Senate has been in session for two hours or after 2 p.m. The move potentially delays a briefing on national security and a confirmation hearing for Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.  "We invoked the two-hour rule because we can't have business as usual when Republicans are destroying the institution as they have done," Schumer told reporters, in reference to GOP senators' consent to confirm...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he will determine the timing of a Senate vote to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, after the Senate Judiciary Committee recommends a nominee for confirmation. McConnell told a news conference that the next step will be for Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham to handle in committee the nominee that President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Saturday. "When the nomination comes out of committee, I'll decide when and how to proceed," McConnell said. (Reporting by David Morgan; editing by Jonathan Oatis) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Republicans are going to have to find a way to compensate for a major disadvantage in resources if they hope to put a dent in the Democratic majority in the House after Democrats entered September with $36 million more to spend on the fall campaign than the GOP. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $22.6 million in August and closed the month with a $104.7 million war chest. Comparatively, the National Republican Congressional Committee raised $17.4 million to finish the period with $68.9 million in cash on hand. The DCCC has consistently out-raised the NRCC this election cycle, positioning House Democrats to hold their 16-seat majority unless the political environment takes a turn in the GOP’s favor. Republicans flipped control...
    Caren Morrison September 22, 2020 7:13AM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18, thrusting the acrimonious struggle for control of the Supreme Court into public view. President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have already vowed to nominate and confirm a replacement for the 87-year-old justice and women's rights icon. : This contradicts the justification the Republican-controlled Senate used when they refused to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's pick for the Court after the death of Antonin Scalia in February 2016. Garland, a moderate judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, was nominated in March 2016, but McConnell balked...
    Virginia House and Senate committees are advancing bills that put restrictions on landlords designed to protect tenants who have suffered economic loss as a result of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, the House General Laws Committee advanced Senate Bill 5088, which would require landlords to establish a payment plan for tenants who are behind on rent before they can be evicted. The committee conformed that bill to a similar bill, House Bill 5064. The conformed legislation would require any landlord who owns more than four rental dwelling units or has more than a 10% interest in more than four dwelling units to provide a written notice to the tenants, informing them of the total owed...
              The House Committee on Public Safety advanced multiple bills from the Senate relating to police reform on Monday as the 2020 special session enters its fifth week. Through a legislative process called conforming, lawmakers will combine two similar bills that have both come out of the House and Senate, and are being considered by committees of the other legislative body. On a “motion to conform a bill,” the committee will substitute out the language and replace it with the language of its own body’s similar bill, and then advance the legislation to the floor for another vote. If the updated version of the bill passes the floor vote again, Senators and Delegates will...
    Senate Republicans have enough votes to confirm a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the Nov. 3 election, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told "Hannity" Monday. "It's pretty obvious that if they [Democrats] want an outcome, they'll just destroy anybody's life to keep the seats open," Graham told host Sean Hannity. GRAHAM PRAISES RBG AS 'TRAILBLAZER' WHO SERVED WITH 'HONOR AND DISTINCTION'  "They said they tried to destroy Brett Kavanaugh so they could fill the seat -- they were dumb enough to say that," Graham added. "I've seen this movie before. It's not going to work, it didn't work with Kavanaugh. "We've got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg's replacement before the election. We're going to move forward in the committee, we're going to report the nomination out of...
    On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated that Senate Republicans have “the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election.” And said that the Senate Judiciary Committee will report the nomination so there can be a vote on the floor of the Senate on the nominee prior to the election and that Republicans will confirm Ginsburg’s replacement prior to the election. Graham also vowed that the nominee to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court will be supported by all the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Graham said, “We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election. We’re going to move forward in the committee. We’re...
    Republican Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst both pledged Monday to “evaluate” a nominee put forth by President Donald Trump to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I’ve consistently said that taking up and evaluating a nominee in 2020 would be a decision for the current chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Senate Majority Leader,” Grassley said in a statement to the Des Moines Register. “Both have confirmed their intentions to move forward, so that’s what will happen. Once the hearings are underway, it’s my responsibility to evaluate the nominee on the merits, just as I always have.” Grassley contended there is “no such ambiguity in 2020” like existed in 2016 when the White...
    HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -- A North Carolina native made President Donald Trump's shortlist to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose death was announced Friday evening, on the US Supreme Court.Allison Jones Rushing is from Hendersonville in Western North Carolina, and at 38 years old she would be the youngest Supreme Court justice if she is nominated and confirmed.Rushing is a former Duke Law student and clerked under Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Neil Gorsuch before he was nominated to the nation's highest court.Both Thomas and Gorsuch have conservative views on issues like abortion, affirmative action, prayer in schools and LGBT rights.WATCH: President Trump vows to pick a woman as Supreme Court nomineeEMBED More News Videos "It will be a woman....
    (CNN)The Senate is moving ahead with Chad Wolf's nomination for Secretary of Homeland Security amid concerns about the legitimacy of his appointment, with a full committee hearing scheduled for Thursday morning. Wolf, who has served for 10 months as acting Homeland Security secretary, was formally nominated by President Donald Trump on September 10. The nomination hearing comes as courts and the Government Accountability Office have raised concerns about the legitimacy of Wolf's appointment to lead DHS. Over the objections of the department, the GAO stood by its August opinion that Wolf and his deputy Ken Cuccinelli were appointed as part of an "invalid order of succession."On Wednesday he will be introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at the Senate...
    The Senate Intelligence Committee’s Republican leader said every intelligence agency warned the FBI not to rely on the “ridiculous things” in British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier. Sen. Marco Rubio, the panel’s acting chairman who presided over the release of its fifth and final report on Russian meddling this summer, criticized the bureau during an appearance on Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News, noting that the intelligence community warned the FBI the dossier might contain Russian disinformation. He told the show's host, Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo, that he believes the actions taken by some in the FBI were criminal, and that there was likely more wrongdoing that has not yet been made public. “I think the real...
    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell promised shortly after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was announced Friday that he would bring President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace her to a full Senate vote. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” McConnell said in a statement that did not indicate when it would happen. Nonetheless, the death of the liberal Supreme Court justice triggers a confirmation process mandated by the Constitution that begins with the president. Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution provides that the president “shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint … judges to the Supreme Court.” After Trump,...
              The Virginia House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions tabled a Senate bill on Thursday, which called for the limitation of public health emergency orders by the Virginia Health Commissioner. Sponsored by Sen. Steve Newman (R-Bedford), Senate Bill 5025 was tabled by a vote of 13-Y 9-N along party lines.  The bill, which unanimously passed the Senate last week, would cap emergency public health orders from the state health commissioner at 30 days and require the Board of Health to meet and decide whether to approve the order, extending it for another 30 days. Under the bill, the board could continue that process for an 18-month period from the effective date of the...
    The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday gives President Trump the opportunity to solidify the high court’s former 5-4 conservative majority — and some Republican senators have said they’re eager to help him do it. Ginsburg died at age 87 due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. When Ginsburg was hospitalized in May, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) said the GOP was ready to act if a vacancy opened up before the Nov. 3 presidential election. “We’re going to fill it,” Barrasso, the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, told Politico at the time. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Judiciary Committee, also said Republicans wouldn’t shy away from a bruising confirmation battle with Senate...
    By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Foreign Affairs Committee has dropped a threat of contempt against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the State Department turned over 16,000 pages of records related to a Senate investigation of Democrat Joe Biden’s son. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., had subpoenaed Pompeo and threatened to hold him in contempt of Congress after months of requesting the records, which had already been turned over to the Republican-led Senate. The GOP probe by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee is looking at Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine, an investigation that Democrats say is an effort to boost President Donald Trump’s reelection bid. The chairman of...
    WASHINGTON – The House Foreign Affairs Committee has dropped a threat of contempt against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the State Department turned over 16,000 pages of records related to a Senate investigation of Democrat Joe Biden’s son. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., had subpoenaed Pompeo and threatened to hold him in contempt of Congress after months of requesting the records, which had already been turned over to the Republican-led Senate. The GOP probe by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee is looking at Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine, an investigation that Democrats say is an effort to boost President Donald Trump’s reelection bid. The chairman of that committee, Wisconsin Sen. Ron...
              The Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor killed a House bill on Wednesday that would have required employers to provide paid quarantine leave during the COVID-19 pandemic. House Bill 5116, sponsored by Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Prince William), was passed by indefinitely by a vote of 14-Y 1-N.  “Killing a paid quarantine bill in the middle of a pandemic is a threat to public health and a slap in the face to hardworking Virginians across the Commonwealth,” Guzman said in a statement hours after the legislation was defeated. The bill stipulated that employers would be required to give all employees paid quarantine leave, immediately available to use, equal to the number of hours that...
    Members of the Virginia business community let out a collective sigh of relief Wednesday after a Senate committee decisively killed legislation that would have forced businesses to provide paid quarantine leave to employees. House Bill 5116, sponsored by Del. Elizabeth Guzman, D-Woodbridge, would have mandated two weeks' worth of paid quarantine leave if an employee contracted the novel coronavirus or was caring for a family member who had COVID-19. Anyone who works 20 hours per week or longer would be eligible for paid leave under the bill, and eligibility would kick in the moment a person is hired. An employee who stayed out longer than two weeks would stop receiving a check from his employer but would have...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland State Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will be hearing testimony next week on police accountability and reform bills. The hearing is a rare one with the General Assembly not in session. The bills that will be heard next week focus on use of force policies, transparency and the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.  
    By IRIS SAMUELS, Associated Press/Report for America HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers may have the ability to vote remotely during the upcoming legislative session, according to new rules proposed by the Joint House and Senate Rules Committee. Republican members of the committee met Thursday to discuss proposed rule changes, including a new rule that would allow state House and Senate members to vote remotely during the upcoming legislative session due to the coronavirus pandemic. Another rule would authorize the majority leaders of the House and Senate to break ties in votes taken by legislative interim committees, which are often comprised of Democrats and Republicans in equal numbers. Republicans hold a majority in the House and Senate. The committee's Democratic...
    Washington — Former FBI Director James Comey will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 30 to testify about his role in the bureau's investigation into possible ties between Russian officials and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, committee Chairman Lindsey Graham announced on Thursday. Graham said Comey had agreed to testify before the committee voluntarily. "The day of reckoning is upon us when it comes to Crossfire Hurricane," Graham said in an interview on Fox News, referring to the FBI code name for the investigation. "I appreciate Mr. Comey coming before the committee. He will be respectfully treated, but asked hard questions. I look forward to this hearing. I think it will be important to the American...
    Bradley Cortright September 17, 2020 0 Comments Former FBI Director James Comey will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his agency’s Russia probe, the committee’s chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says. Graham has been investigating the origins of the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” probe – which looked into whether members of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign coordinated with Russian operatives to swing the election. “The day of reckoning is upon us when it comes to Crossfire Hurricane,” Graham said during an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday night. He noted that Comey will appear before his committee on September 30.  He continued, “I appreciate Mr. Comey coming before the committee, and he will be respectfully treated but asked hard questions. We are negotiating...
    The Senate Homeland Security Committee authorized committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to subpoena 40 people, including many top Obama administration officials, in connection with a Senate probe into the Russian collusion investigation into the Trump campaign. The committee voted along party lines eight to six on Wednesday to authorize subpoenas for dozens of Obama administration officials as Johnson investigates the origin of Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign. The committee had approved subpoenas for 33 people during a July meeting, but Democrats objected on procedural grounds and forced a new vote on Wednesday that included subpoenas for seven more people, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation. The new additions under Johnson’s subpoena power include...
    (CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 30, according to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham.Graham told Fox News' Sean Hannity that Comey had agreed to appear before the panel at the end of the month voluntarily as part of his committee's probe of the FBI's 2016 Russia investigation."He will be respectfully treated but asked hard questions," the South Carolina Republican said of Comey. But another witness Graham had previously eyed to testify will not be appearing: former special counsel Robert Mueller. Graham said Mueller declined an invitation to appear because he doesn't have enough time.Barr says calls for coronavirus lockdown are the greatest intrusion on civil liberties other than slavery in US...
    Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBarr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' Michael Cohen book debuts at top of bestseller list Trump offered Kelly FBI director's job, demanded loyalty: report MORE will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 30 about the bureau's investigation into Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign, according to Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate Republicans signal openness to working with Biden Loeffler calls for hearing in wake of Netflix's 'Cuties' Quinnipiac poll shows Graham, Harrison tied in South Carolina Senate race MORE (R-S.C.). “The day of reckoning is upon us. ...James Comey has agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Graham told Fox...
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham revealed that former FBI Director James Comey will testify in his probe of alleged FBI misconduct just weeks before the November elections. Graham, a Trump loyalist who has been probing the FBI's 'Crossfire Hurricane' investigation that kicked off the Russia probe, announced the development on Fox News host Sean Hannity's program.   "The day of reckoning is upon us when it comes to Crossfire Hurricane,' he said. Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in a Senate GOP-run probe of the 'Crossfire Hurricane' investigation that kicked off the Russia probe Graham said Comey had agreed to come voluntarily, without need for a subpoena. He indicated an ongoing push to bring in...
    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is calling on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to release a list of potential Supreme Court nominees by the end of September. Grassley (R-Iowa), who previously served as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, said in a statement Wednesday that he saw “no reason” for the 2020 Democrat to not share with voters “something as consequential” as who he would name to the nation’s highest bench. “I hope Vice President Biden will agree with me that the American people deserve this information before the election, not after. I call on Vice President Biden to release the list of names from which he would nominate to the Supreme Court, no later than September 30th,” Grassley said in...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia Senate committee has killed legislation that would have required employers to provide up to two weeks of paid sick leave for workers who have to quarantine because of COVID-19. The vote by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee effectively closes the possibility of passing a sick leave requirement during a special legislative session called in part to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The same committee killed a similar bill earlier in the session. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that only Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, voted against the motion to kill the bill. Business groups said small businesses are already facing pandemic-related financial burdens and restrictions on their operations. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press....
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced that former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee and his appearance will take place on September 30. Graham said, “The day of reckoning is upon us when it comes to Crossfire Hurricane. James Comey has agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September the 30th, without a subpoena. I appreciate Mr. Comey coming before the committee. He will be respectfully treated, but asked hard questions. We’re negotiating with McCabe, Mr. McCabe. We’re hoping to get him without a subpoena, time will tell. Mueller has declined the invitation of the committee to appear to explain his...
    Former special counsel Robert Mueller has declined an invitation to testify about the Russia investigation before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to Chairman Lindsey Graham. "He says he doesn't have enough time," the South Carolina Republican said Wednesday evening on Fox News host Sean Hannity's show. Graham is leading a congressional investigation into Crossfire Hurricane, the code name for the FBI's counterintelligence inquiry into ties between President Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia, which was wrapped into Mueller's special counsel investigation in May 2017. Democrats had pushed the chairman to invite Mueller to testify about his report as Graham set his sights on dozens of other officials from the Obama and Trump administration who were involved in the Russia investigation. ...
    As Republican Sen. Mitt Romney acquiesced to voting to approve some three dozen subpoenas for one of two bogus partisan probes being conducted by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, he worried that at least one of the investigations "had the earmarks of a political exercise." That's the understatement of the century. In fact, the committee chair, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, just came out last month and confirmed in an interview that one of his two ongoing  investigations "would certainly help" Trump. Johnson, who is desperately trying to deliver an October surprise to boost Trump's reelection bid, currently has two probes going in his committee. He's hell-bent on delivering the Biden probe that Trump had tried to...
    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) questioned the legitimacy of the Senate investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden's dealings in Ukraine, calling the probe a "political exercise." In remarks made Wednesday during a business meeting of the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee, Romney said "the Biden-Burisma investigation … I think, from the outset, had the earmarks of a political exercise, and I'm fearful that comments made in the media recently have only confirmed that perspective." The "comments made in the media" Romney referenced are likely comments made by the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). On Monday, Johnson told supporters on a call to "stay tuned" as "in about...
    Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is sharply criticizing an investigation by his own party into Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son, saying its “not the legitimate role of government” to try and damage political opponents. GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, has said the committee will issue a report before the Nov. 3 election on Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine. Johnson, a close ally of President Donald Trump, is leading the investigation into Burisma, a gas company in Ukraine that paid Hunter Biden to serve as a board member while Joe Biden was vice president to President Barack Obama. Most Republican senators have been on board with Johnson’s inquiry. But Romney, a frequent Trump...
    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican-led Senate committee on Wednesday voted to move forward with subpoenas and depositions of dozens of Obama-era officials over the objections of Democrats who say the panel's inquiry is intended to boost President Donald Trump's re-election campaign. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved moves to subpoena and take depositions from witnesses who the Republican majority say are relevant to its investigation into "Crossfire Hurricane," a code name the FBI used for an investigation it opened during the 2016 election campaign into allegations that Trump's campaign colluded with Russia. Trump and his supporters have aggressively denied such collusion and have suggested that the Obama-era inquiries were politically motivated. An investigation by Special...
    A Senate criminal law committee is looking at how changes to the state's criminal sentencing rules could affect everything from the state's prison population to public safety in Illinois cities. The state's Truth in Sentencing law has been debated since 1998 and it was the center of discussion during a Senate criminal law committee hearing on Tuesday. The Illinois law requires that nearly all violent offenders serve 85% to 100% of their sentences. Prior to the enactment of the law, offenders served on average 44% of their sentences. Kathy Saltmarsh, the executive director for the Sentencing Policy Advisory Council, or SPAC, said the law keeps prisoners locked up for years at considerable cost to taxpayers “The...
    By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney is sharply criticizing a Republican investigation into Democrat Joe Biden’s son, saying it's “not the legitimate role of government” to try and damage political opponents. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has said the panel will issue a report on Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine before the November election. Johnson, a close ally of President Donald Trump, is leading the investigation into Burisma, a gas company in Ukraine that paid Hunter Biden to serve as a board member while Joe Biden was vice president. Johnson insists that the investigation is not designed to hurt Biden. Democrats have strongly objected to the probe and...
    WASHINGTON – Utah Sen. Mitt Romney is sharply criticizing a Republican investigation into Democrat Joe Biden’s son, saying it's “not the legitimate role of government” to try and damage political opponents. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has said the panel will issue a report on Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine before the November election. Johnson, a close ally of President Donald Trump, is leading the investigation into Burisma, a gas company in Ukraine that paid Hunter Biden to serve as a board member while Joe Biden was vice president. Johnson insists that the investigation is not designed to hurt Biden. Democrats have strongly objected to the probe and say the committee should instead...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney is sharply criticizing a Republican investigation into Democrat Joe Biden’s son, saying it’s “not the legitimate role of government” to try and damage political opponents. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has said the panel will issue a report on Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine before the November election. Johnson, a close ally of President Donald Trump, is leading the investigation into Burisma, a gas company in Ukraine that paid Hunter Biden to serve as a board member while Joe Biden was vice president. Johnson insists that the investigation is not designed to hurt Biden. Democrats have strongly objected to the probe and say the committee should...
    (CNN)The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved another round of subpoenas Wednesday for depositions to dozens of officials from the Obama administration as part of the panel's investigation into the FBI's 2016 Russia investigation.The subpoenas -- which were sent to such officials as former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former FBI Director James Comey -- are the latest sign that the committee is ramping up its probes of President Donald Trump's political opponents ahead of the November election. The subpoenas approved on a party-line vote Wednesday were separate from the panel's investigation into a Ukrainian energy firm and former Vice President Joe Biden, which Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson has said...
    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has voted in favor of authorizing over three dozen subpoenas and interviews as part of their probe into the origins of the Russian collusion investigation. Depositions will now be requested of names like former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. The Senate committee, led by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), will also subpoena dozens of other Obama administration officials. Approximately 40 people are expected to be questioned. The GOP-led panel voted 8-6, a party line vote, on Wednesday to move forward with the subpoenas. Originally, a vote was also planned to authorize a subpoena to Bridget Brink, US ambassador to Slovakia, as...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The top-ranking Republican in the Pennsylvania Senate wants journalists who wrote about his campaign spending to pay thousands in costs to produce those records. Spotlight PA and The Caucus reported Wednesday that a hearing is scheduled for next month in the litigation brought against The Caucus and two reporters by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati's campaign committee. Scarnati's committee filed the lawsuit last month, seeking more than $6,000 from The Caucus, a publication of Lancaster-based LNP Media Group, Caucus reporter Brad Bumsted and Spotlight PA reporter Angela Couloumbis. Scarnati's campaign had tried to bill the reporters $2,000 for the records, but the Department of State told his lawyer in October 2018 that the law only...
    The Republican-led Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted along party lines on Wednesday to reaffirm and broaden Chairman Ron Johnson’s subpoena authority for witnesses in for an inquiry into the Russia investigation. The panel’s June business meeting had authorized subpoenas for 33 Trump-Russia figures, and, after efforts by Democratic ranking member Sen. Gary Peters to throw up roadblocks, the Wednesday meeting reauthorized the subpoenas for all of them in an 8-6 vote, in addition to approving subpoena authorization authority for seven more possible witnesses: Cambridge professor and FBI informant Stefan Halper; Halper’s FBI handler Stephen Somma; James Baker, the director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment; Deputy Assistant Attorney General Tashina Gauhar; former Deputy FBI Director...
    The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday voted to authorize subpoenas for former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, and other Obama administration officials as part of its broad review into the origins of the Russia investigation. The committee on Wednesday held a business meeting to authorize committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., to issue notices for taking depositions, subpoenas, for records, and subpoenas for testimony to individuals relating to the panel’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation, the Justice Department inspector general’s review of that investigation, and the “unmasking” of U.S. persons affiliated with the 2016 Trump campaign, transition team and the Trump administration. JOHNSON SUBPOENAS FBI AS PART OF REVIEW INTO ORIGINS...
    A Senate committee voted along party lines on Wednesday to authorize depositions and subpoenas for 41 individuals as part of a review of the Trump-Russia investigation. The vote authorizes Sen. Ron Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, to subpoena Stefan Halper, a former University of Cambridge professor who served as a confidential source for the FBI during Crossfire Hurricane, the name of the Trump-Russia counterintelligence investigation. The committee also approved issuing a subpoena for Steven Somma, an FBI counterintelligence investigator who served as Halper’s handling agent. A Justice Department inspector general’s report released on Dec. 9 faulted Somma for numerous errors during Crossfire Hurricane. The Senate committee voted in June to issue subpoenas for...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Lawmakers from the Vermont House and Senate have reached a deal on a bill that would allow for the legal sale of marijuana, as well as taxation on those sales. The three House members of the conference committee agreed Tuesday to drop language that would have prevented advertising for cannabis-related businesses, the Brattleboro Reformer reported. The senators on the committee agreed to a House proposal collecting fees from cannabis licensees and distributing proceeds to towns hosting such entities. “It’s not perfect,” said state Sen. Dick Sears, a Bennington Democrat who led the Senate side of the conference committee. “There’s a lot of compromise, a lot of give and take on both sides to get to a...
    The Republican and Democratic leaders on the Senate Intelligence Committee rejected a broad request from two Republican Senate leaders seeking access to the panel’s records to assist in their investigation into the Trump-Russia investigators. Acting Chairman Marco Rubio of Florida and Vice Chairman Mark Warner of Virginia rejected a late August letter from Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who said that they “respect the authority” of the Senate Intelligence Committee to protect its interests, adding that “ultimately, we have the right as United States Senators” to access the records. “We note that your request of the Committee is made pursuant to Senate Rule 26, but fails...
    The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating a recent whistleblower complaint from a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official who alleges he was pressured to alter intelligence reports to align with President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: I feel 'deep down fury' that Trump downplayed pandemic NYT reporter removed from Trump rally in Michigan Trump says he didn't share classified information following Woodward book MORE’s rhetoric. Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP senators say coronavirus deal dead until after election Intel panel rebuffs request to share info for GOP's Obama-era probes The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Woodward book rattles Trump MORE (R-Fla.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerMicrosoft warns Russia, China and Iran targeting US election Intel panel rebuffs request to share info for GOP's Obama-era...
    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate intelligence committee is investigating a whistleblower complaint filed by a former top U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official alleging he was pressed to skew official intelligence reports for political purposes, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Senators Marco Rubio and Mark Warner, the committee's Republican acting chair and Democrat vice chair, wrote to DHS deputy general counsel Joseph Maher on Thursday, saying they had received the complaint and asking for related documents. Brian Murphy, who until recently was acting chief of DHS' intelligence and analysis (I&A) office, alleged in the complaint that acting DHS chief Chad Wolf asked him to stop providing assessments on Russian election interference and to play...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis police called early for help from the National Guard during the unrest following George Floyd’s death, according to new evidence released by a Minnesota Senate committee. The Republican-controlled Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee says a Minneapolis police commander sent a detailed request on May 27, just after 9 p.m. The administration of Gov. Tim Walz has said there was no formal request, so the National Guard was not called until Thursday. The committee also reports there was a plan to hold the Third Precinct without loss of life, but Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey overruled that plan. The Third Precinct was overrun and burned.
              RICHMOND, Virginia – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to pass by indefinitely and create a joint House-Senate sub-Committee to further discuss a bill to end the qualified immunity defense for law enforcement. The motion to pass by indefinitely was agreed to by a vote of 12-Y 3-N with six Democratic Senators voting alongside their Republican peers on the prevailing side. The bill’s sponsor from the House, Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond City, was able to address the Committee members at the beginning of the meeting. “Mr. Chairman, members of the committee we have had and continue to have the opportunity to really move the ball forward on justice reform in Virginia,” Bourne said....
    A spending plan unanimously approved by South Carolina’s Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday includes previously suspended salary raises for teachers, additional funding for school nurses and funding for prison safety and security updates. Lawmakers will consider the budget amendment when they return to Columbia next week. The state has been operating under a continuing resolution that extended fiscal year 2019-2020 spending levels since the new fiscal year began July 1. “That step increase for the teachers is something that’s so important when we think about what they are going through right now – some of them have to teach virtual, some are in the classroom, some are doing hybrid,” Sen. Floyd Nicholson, D-Greenwood, said during the meeting. “That’s...
    Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonMcConnell works to lock down GOP votes for coronavirus bill US brokers economic breakthrough for Serbia, Kosovo President's supporters, opponents paint dueling portraits of 'Donald Trump's America' MORE (R-Wis.) will hold a vote next week on authorizing additional subpoenas for his probes into the Obama administration and the Bidens.  The votes, according to a copy of the schedule obtained by The Hill, will authorize Johnson to subpoena several officials including former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeStrzok: Trump behaving like an authoritarian DOJ kept investigators from completing probe of Trump ties to Russia: report FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book MORE...
    Several police reform bills, including a ban on no-knock warrants, a ban on neck restraints and sentencing reform, jumped another hurdle Thursday by advancing out of the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee. Senate Bill 5030, sponsored by Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, which consolidates several reforms, advanced in the committee on an 11-5 vote. One of the biggest changes in the bill would be its ban on no-knock search warrants. Under this legislation, police must provide a notice of its authority and its purpose for being there. All search warrants would have to be executed in the daytime under the legislation, unless a judge grants permission for a night-time or early-morning raid. If no judge is available, the...
    A House committee subpoenaed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to turn over documents to the panel after he missed an Aug. 26 deadline to provide information Democrats are seeking on changes he made to the Postal Service in the runup to the November election. The House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney issued the subpoena on Wednesday, ordering DeJoy to voluntarily hand over his calendar, documents and communications from his first months on the job by Sept. 16. Democrats have said DeJoy has made critical changes that will hinder the agency’s ability to handle the massive volume of mail-in ballots expected in November’s election because of the coronavirus pandemic. DeJoy called such claims “outrageous” when he testified before the Senate Homeland...
    Wise guy DeJoy testifying in the House. The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, is preparing to subpoena Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for documents related to his sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The committee demanded the documents be delivered last week. In the Oversight hearing held one week ago, Maloney accused DeJoy of "concealing documents and downplaying the damage that you’re causing." Maloney told DeJoy that if he didn't cough up the documents about the actions he's taken and his communications with the White House and Trump campaign, which the committee requested both before and during the hearing by Wednesday, "you can expect a subpoena." He hasn't provided that information, so here's Maloney kicking off the process by notifying...
    Bradley Cortright August 31, 2020 0 Comments House lawmakers are stepping up their efforts to learn more about changes taking place at the U.S. Postal Service. Just a week after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before the House Oversight Committee, the committee’s chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) is accusing him of failing to provide requested documents by her August 26 deadline. In a letter to members of the Oversight Committee, Maloney wrote, “Over the past two months, hundreds of Members of Congress have requested information and documents from Mr. DeJoy regarding widespread delays across the country in mail, medications, and other critical supplies, as well as potential delays for election mail in November.” She noted that members also requested documents regarding...
    The House Oversight Committee plans to issue a subpoena to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for documents Democrats claim have been withheld from the panel as it investigates mail delays ahead of the November election. Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York, issued a memo to members of the committee on Monday declaring her intent to issue a subpoena. The congresswoman also said she was sending a documents request to the Postal Service Board of Governors. “This subpoena includes in one place many requests previously made by Members of the House and Senate in writing and directly to Mr. DeJoy during his in-person testimony,” Maloney wrote. “The subpoena clarifies a number of previous requests based on information obtained to date...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Foreign Affairs Committee is moving to hold Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in contempt after he has repeatedly rejected the committee’s subpoenas for records related to Ukraine that the department has turned over to the Republican-led Senate. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said Friday that the panel will prepare a contempt resolution because of what he called Pompeo’s “unprecedented record of obstruction and defiance of the House’s constitutional oversight authority.” The House has asked for the same documents that the State Department has turned over for a Senate investigation into Democrat Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and his activities in Ukraine, but Pompeo has refused to provide them. In a letter...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced contempt proceedings against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, citing his refusal to comply with a subpoena for records into his "transparently political misuse" of department resources.   The Democratic chairman of the committee, Eliot Engel, also cited Pompeo's speech from Jerusalem before the Republican National Convention and said "he has demonstrated alarming disregard for the laws and rules governing his own conduct and for the tools the constitution provides to prevent government corruption."   The committee last month issued a subpoena to Pompeo demanding documents he provided to Republicans investigating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.   A Republican-led U.S. Senate committee has been gathering information related to Hunter...