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Trump Exerts Executive Privilege Over Census Materials

The Department of Justice has informed the House Oversight and Reform Committee that President Trump has exerted executive privilege over certain documents subpoenaed by the committee regarding the administration's decision to include a question about U.S. citizenship in the 2020 census. The letter can be read here and below. 

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OLC Releases Opinion on Executive Branch Counsel for Officials Subject to Congressional Subpoena

The Justice Department disclosed an opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) stating that it is unconstitutional for Congress to prohibit executive branch lawyers from accompanying witnesses who are current and former executive branch employees called to testify.

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Trump Legal Team Files Brief in Mazars Appeal

The legal team on behalf of President Trump and the Trump Organization has filed a brief in the case of Trump v. Mazars USA, in which Trump, in his personal capacity, is seeking to block a subpoena of his accounting firm by the House Oversight and Reform Committee. The district court ruled against Trump last month and oral arguments in the U.S.

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Department of Justice Letter to House Judiciary Committee Regarding Durham Review

The Justice Department sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler responding to the committee’s request for further information regarding U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of the Russia investigation.  The letter is available here and below.

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Rep. Collins Releases Transcripts of Interviews with FBI and Justice Department Officials

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, released transcripts of interviews with former and current Justice Department officials, including former attorney general Loretta Lynch and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.

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Special Counsel Search Warrants Against Michael Cohen Unsealed

On Tuesday, the Chief Judge Beryll Howell of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia issued an order to unseal and for the government to publish warrants for searches against former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen obtained in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The five warrants can be read below. 

Warrant, July 18, 2017

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Document: Petition for En Banc Rehearing in McKeever v. Barr

Stuart McKeever has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for a rehearing en banc in McKeever v. Barr, concerning the judiciary's inherent authority to release grand jury material. A D.C. Circuit panel ruled against McKeever in early April, finding that courts do not have such authority. The petition is available here and below. 

 

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