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Pentagon IG Releases Report on Hiring and Administrative Leave of Michael Ellis

On Oct. 21, the Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General released its report on the hiring process of Michael Ellis as the general counsel of the National Security Agency (NSA) and his subsequent placement on administrative leave. The report found that, regarding Ellis’s hiring as general counsel, there was “no improper influence or failure to comply with [Department of Defense] guidance in the process and decision to select Mr.

Jan. 6, 2021 Violence in the Capitol

Trump Files Lawsuit Against Jan. 6 Committee and NARA

On Oct. 18, former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against: Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol; the House Select Committee; David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States; and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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Senate Committee Releases Report on Trump’s Efforts to Overturn 2020 Election

The Senate Judiciary Committee released an interim report on former President Trump’s efforts to use the Department of Justice to overturn the 2020 election. The report is based on documents as well as interviews with former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, former Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and former U.S. Attorney Byung Jin Pak, among other department officials.

Director of National Intelligence (DNI)

DNI Haines Asserts State Secrets Privilege in Civil Lawsuit Involving Saudi Arabia

In a court filing on Aug. 27, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines asserted state secrets privilege in a civil lawsuit filed by Sakab Saudi Holding Company against Dr. Saad Aljabri, a former Saudi Arabia government official, and two of his sons. The lawsuit alleges that Aljabri defrauded the Sakab Saudi Holding Company and was filed in Massachusetts state court on March 21 and has since been brought before Massachusetts District Court.

Donald Trump

Notes Detail Trump’s Pressure on Justice Department To Declare the Election ‘Corrupt’

The House Oversight and Reform Committee obtained notes written by a former Justice Department official that detail former President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election due to his false belief that there was widespread voter fraud. The notes, written by Deputy Attorney General Richard P. Donoghue, contain a summary of a Dec. 27 phone call, in which Trump reportedly instructed department officials to “Just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R.

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