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Congress

House Democrats Release Measure Allowing Proxy Voting

House Democrats yesterday unveiled a measure that would allow for proxy voting, in which absent lawmakers could authorize colleagues present in the House chamber to cast votes on their behalf during certain designated periods of public health emergency. The proposed rules changes are intended to allow the House to proceed with legislative business while away from the Capitol due to the coronavirus pandemic. The House is expected to vote on the changes on Friday.

Michael Flynn

Justice Department Drops Criminal Case Against Michael Flynn

In a filing on Thursday, May 7, 2020, the Justice Department moved to dismiss the criminal information against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn had pleaded guilty to one count of lying to federal investigators regarding his contact with the Russian ambassador prior to President Donald Trump's inauguration. The filing, signed by U.S.

Nominations

Livestream: Senate Intelligence Committee Holds Nomination Hearing for Director of National Intelligence

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will hold an open hearing to consider the president’s nomination of Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas to serve as director of national intelligence.

You can watch a livestream of the hearing here and below:

Intelligence Oversight

Office of the Director of National Intelligence Releases 2019 Transparency Report

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence on April 30 released its annual transparency report for the 2019 calendar year. The report presents statistics on how often the government uses certain national securities authorities.

You can read the report here and below:

Coronavirus

Justice Department Will Monitor State and Local Pandemic Policies for Civil Rights Violations

Attorney General Bill Barr today issued a memo directing all U.S. attorneys to examine state and local policies for directives that could violate the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens. Barr also directed the assistant attorney general for civil rights and the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan to oversee and coordinate efforts to monitor state and local policies and potentially take actions to correct them.

The Russia Connection

Justice Department Will File Cert Petition in Mueller Grand Jury Materials Case

The Justice Department announced that it will file a petition for a writ of certiorari in In re Application of the Committee on the Judiciary, the Judiciary Committee’s effort to obtain grand jury material relevant to the Mueller Report. Previously, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the department must provide the committee with the material by May 1.

immigration

Trump Signs Executive Order Limiting Immigration

President Trump signed an executive order on April 22 temporarily suspending immigration into the United States in response to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. The proclamation halts the issuance of green cards for 60 days and applies to individuals who, as of its signing, are outside of the United States, do not have an immigrant visa and do not have official travel documents other than visas. The order contains a range of exceptions, including exemptions for health care professionals, immigrants already in the U.S. and those seeking temporary visas.

Congress

House Rules Chairman Brings Resolution to Authorize Remote Voting

House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern today unveiled a resolution that would authorize remote floor voting by proxy and digital committee hearings so that the House of Representatives can continue to legislate during the coronavirus pandemic. The resolution would allow an absent House member to authorize other members physically present in the chamber to cast votes on her behalf.

Military Justice

Experts Recommend Changes to Structure of Military Justice System

Experts in military justice on Monday submitted a report to the Senate and House Committees on Armed Services arguing that the Defense Department should alter the command-based structure of the military justice system by removing the authority of commanders to determine in individual cases whether felony-level charges are brought. Under their proposal, military prosecutorial discretion to decide whether to charge a defendant with a felony would be vested in a high-level Judge Advocate General officer outside of the chain of command.

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