On Friday, July 19 House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York requesting information related to two questions: First, whether the Justice Department’s policy against indicting a sitting president at all influenced the office’s decision not to bring charges against the president for violating campaign finance laws in the Michael Cohen case; and second, whether the attorney general or other department leaders influenced these decisions.
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The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding a hearing on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. on the nomination of Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper to be secretary of defense. Read his prepared testimony here. Watch the hearing live below and here.
The law prohibits the disclosure of identities of U.S. covert agents under certain circumstances. Now the CIA is fast-tracking an expansion.
Livestream: House Judiciary Hearing on Constitutional Processes for Addressing Presidential Misconduct
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Lessons from the Mueller Report, Part III: Constitutional Processes for Addressing Presidential Misconduct” at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. A video of the hearing is available below and here.
Committees typically alternate in five-minute segments between members of Congress of different parties. There’s no reason to do that for Robert Mueller.
The House Committee on Ways and Means has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service in order to obtain President Trump's tax returns. The complaint is available here and below.
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has filed its brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Trump v.
In a new Washington Quarterly article, the authors argue that the post-World War II expansion of the presidential alliance powers enables President Trump to weaken alliances from within.
Livestream: Hearing on Social Media Companies’ Efforts to Counter Extremist Content and Misinformation
The House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing titled, “Examining Social Media Companies' Efforts to Counter Online Terror Content and Misinformation” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. A video of the hearing is available here and below.
Livestream: House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on Artificial Intelligence and Counterterrorism
The House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing titled, “Artificial Intelligence and Counterterrorism: Possibilities and Limitations” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. A video of the hearing is available here and below.