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.
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The four issues addressed in the resolution were all addressed in similar committee documents laying out impeachment-related procedures in connection with the impeachments of Richard Nixon in 1974 and Bill Clinton in 1998.
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.
At least 23 legislative items that specifically mention 5G have been introduced in the 116th Congress. Most are bipartisan, but it’s doubtful that this Congress will muster any response that will materially change the trajectory of the U.S.’s deployment of 5G technology or the security of the network.
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.
Following recent mass shootings, two bills have been introduced in Congress that would provide federal law enforcement with tools to combat domestic terrorism.
A new team is developing strategies to tackle threats from cyberspace—and it wants your ideas.
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.
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.
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.