After my post went live on Oct. 18, two significant developments occurred in the prospects of a contempt prosecution of Steve Bannon.
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The report outlines the committee’s efforts to get Bannon to comply and his failure to do so.
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).
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.
The preservation of democracy requires that prosecutors have the ability to investigate and indict a sitting president when the president commits crimes. The Protecting Our Democracy Act is an important step toward curtailing unfettered presidential power.
A judge blocked much, but not all, of the House Oversight Committee’s request for documents from 2011 to 2018 related to Trump and his businesses.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is allowing Rep. Devin Nunes’s defamation suit against the Washington Post to proceed.
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.
The Office of Legal Counsel, contrary to the Trump Justice Department’s assertions, decided on Friday that the Treasury is obligated to provide Congress with the former president’s tax returns.
At what point does informal coercion raise Constitutional questions?