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Document: Transcripts of Jim Baker Interview with House Judiciary and Oversight Committees

Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the transcript of House Judiciary and Oversight committees' interviews with former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker from October 3 and October 18, 2018. The full transcripts are available below.

Part One (October 3)

Federal Law Enforcement

D.C. Circuit’s Lockdown on Grand Jury Material May Hinder Congress and Historians

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, finding that courts have no inherent authority to release grand jury material, may be a roadblock for Congress’s efforts to obtain the Mueller report—but it will also harm other efforts to comb through archives.

Federal Law Enforcement

Document: D.C. Circuit Rules in McKeever v. Barr

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ruled in McKeever v. Barr, a case concerning whether federal courts have the inherent authority to release grand jury information protected under Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. A divided panel found that courts do not have this inherent power, with Judge Sri Srinivasan dissenting. The decision is available in full here and below.

Federal Law Enforcement

The Privacy Rights of Terrorism Defendants, Muslim and Non-Muslim

A stated Justice Department policy of protecting the privacy of terrorism defendants is inconsistent with its practice of releasing materials naming Muslim Americans prosecuted in international terrorism-related cases—while rarely publicizing the identities of non-Muslims prosecuted for right-wing extremism.

Federal Law Enforcement

Document: Justice Department Charges New York Man for False Statements About Firearm Possession

On April 3, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York charged Thomas Alonzo Bolin with making false statements about his possession of firearms to FBI agents in the course of an investigation into possible violations of federal civil rights and firearms laws.

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Document: Woman Carrying Malware Charged With Illegally Entering Mar-A-Lago

According to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Secret Service agents at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida arrested a woman who allegedly attempted to enter the resort carrying two Chinese passports along with four cell phones, a laptop, an external hard drive and a thumb drive containing malware. The woman, identified as Yujing Zhang, was charged with making false statements and trespassing.

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