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Justice Department Argues House Has Not Committed to Impeachment Proceedings

In a filing opposing the House Judiciary Committee's efforts to seek a court order allowing release of grand jury material relevant to the Mueller investigation, the Justice Department argues that the committee's request does not fall under any exceptions to Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure because the committee is not involved in impeachment proceedings, citing to statements by Democratic congressional leadership.


Congress Can't Turn to Courts to Enforce Information Requests, Trump Argues

In a motion to dismiss filed in House Committee on Ways and Means v. Treasury Department, the Justice Department and President Trump's personal counsel argue that Congress cannot turn to the courts for assistance in enforcing subpoenas, but rather must refer criminal contempt charges to the Department of Justice. The document is available here and below.


House Ways and Means Invokes ‘Centuries’ of Congressional Oversight in Tax Returns Case

In a memorandum filed in support of a motion for summary judgment on Aug. 20, the House Committee on Ways and Means argued that the committee must obtain President Trump’s tax returns in order to continue its oversight of and investigation into Trump’s financial records.


Sen. McSally Proposes Domestic Terrorism Bill

Sen. Martha McSally has proposed a draft bill to make domestic terrorism a federal crime, following the recent mass shootings in Texas, Ohio and California. The bill would also require an annual report from the attorney general, the director of the FBI and the secretary of homeland security assessing the current domestic terrorism risk as well as providing an analysis of domestic terrorism incidents or attempted incidents.


Justice Department Amicus Brief in Mazars Case

On August 6, the Justice Department filed an amicus brief in Trump v. Mazars, President Trump’s suit challenging a subpoena by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform for the release of Trump’s financial information. The case is currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; oral arguments took place on July 12. The complete document is available here and below.



House Oversight Committee Report on Saudi Nuclear Transfer Deal

On July 29, the House Oversight and Reform Committee released a report on the influence wielded by private individuals with connections to President Trump over the administration’s push to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, which it pursued without a bilateral agreement under Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act. This report builds on the committee’s report of February 19, 2019, and is based on documents the committee obtained from several outside companies.

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