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House Notes Contradictory Positions of Trump Impeachment and Litigation Claims

The House submitted new filings to the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia in both the Mueller grand jury 6(e) material case and the case about the testimony of former White House Counsel Don McGahn. In the filing for the McGahn case, the House noted while Trump's impeachment defense team has "criticized the House for 'not seek[ing] to enforce' and 'subpoenas in court,'" the government has argued in the McGahn case that House Committees cannot ask the court to enforce subpoenas issued to the executive branch. The House makes a similar argument in the 6(e) filing.


FISC Declassifies Order About Carter Page FISA Applications

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has declassified an order about the Department of Justice's handling of 2016 and 2016 applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for Trump campaign associate Carter Page. The Dec. 2019 Office of Inspector General (OIG) Report about the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election devoted considerable discussion to the Page warrants.


House Managers Reply to Trump Brief

The impeachment managers of the House of Representatives released a reply brief on Tuesday to President Trump’s brief, filed on Monday, which defended his own actions in the impeachment trial. The House managers claim that the brief “lacks a legitimate defense of his misconduct” and calls on the Senate to convict and remove President Trump from office during its impeachment trial beginning today.

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