House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler scheduled a vote Monday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not giving the committee special counsel Robert Mueller’s full unredacted report. The New York Democrat gave Barr a deadline of 9 a.m. Monday to turn in the full report with no redactions, which many Republicans believe would be dangerous due to the possibly sensitive material, which could be leaked. Nadler has now scheduled the congressional contempt vote for Wednesday, May 8 at 10 a.m.“Even in redacted form, the Special Counsel’s report offers disturbing evidence and analysis that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice at the highest levels. Congress must see the full report and underlying evidence to determine how to best move forward with oversight, legislation, and other constitutional responsibilities,” Nadler said in a statement Monday. “The Attorney General’s failure to comply with our subpoena, … [Read more...] about Nadler Schedules Vote To Hold Barr In Contempt Of Congress
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Mark Osler is the Robert & Marion Short Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)This week, we will once again be treated to the awkward spectacle of the President pardoning a turkey while confused-looking children look on. Of late, that ceremony has been accompanied by a raft of opinion pieces suggesting the President should consider granting clemency to some humans, as well. I've written a few of those myself. After years of fruitlessly making that same argument, a more worthwhile observation might be this: The process used to choose which turkey might be pardoned is far more rational, efficient and effective than the one used to evaluate clemency for humans. In particular, the turkey-choosing process features four attributes sorely missing from the human one. Mark Osler First, it occurs regularly. Turkeys are pardoned every year, not just in the waning … [Read more...] about The process to pardon turkeys is more rational than the one used for humans
Attorney General Frosh Announces Settlement with Event Ticket Sales, LLC and Guinio Volpone Settlement and Restitution Resolves Allegations That They Falsely Suggested Their Websites Were Affiliated with Maryland Venues BALTIMORE, MD (December 5, 2019) – Yesterday Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today announced that his Consumer Protection Division has settled charges against Nebraska-based Event Ticket Sales, LLC, an online event ticket reseller, and its owner, Guinio Volpone, for violations of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act and Maryland's Interference With Internet Ticket Sales law. Charges against Event Ticket Sales and Volpone were initially brought in September 2019, alleging that their ticket reseller websites unlawfully used Internet addresses, including the names of Maryland venues, without authorization and falsely implied that they were the official online box offices for Maryland venues selling tickets at face value, when in fact they were reselling … [Read more...] about Consumer Refund From Fraudulent Ticket Sellers
Washington (CNN)The prosecutor chosen by Attorney General William Barr to examine how US agencies investigated President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign has said he cannot provide evidence to the Justice Department's inspector general in support of a theory that the case was a setup, people familiar with the matter told The Washington Post. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz contacted multiple US intelligence agencies and Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham -- who Barr appointed to lead a separate review of the 2016 investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia -- to ask whether a Maltese professor who communicated with a Trump campaign staffer was actually a US intelligence asset attempting to trap the campaign, the people told The Post. The intelligence agencies said the professor was not their asset and Durham told Horowitz he didn't have evidence that would refute the inspector general's findings on that point, the people … [Read more...] about Washington Post: Barr’s handpicked prosecutor tells watchdog he doesn’t have evidence Russia probe was a setup
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fought federal sentencing reform as a senator. But now the presidential adviser and son-in-law is engaged on the other side of the issue. Photo: Zach Gibson/Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images One of the bitterest defeats for a very fragile spirit of bipartisanship in the last Congress occurred in September, when Mitch McConnell denied the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act a Senate vote. This premiere criminal-justice-reform legislation, aimed at reducing sentences for nonviolent federal offenders and decreasing prison overcrowding, had 36 Senate co-sponsors — 16 Republicans and 20 Democrats — and an array of supporters from across the ideological spectrum, from the Center for American Progress to the Koch Brothers and the Heritage Foundation. There was also some bipartisan momentum built up by reform initiatives at the state level, some championed by Republican governors. But alas, the modest sentencing-reform bill came into conflict … [Read more...] about Can Jared Kushner Save Criminal-Justice Reform From Jeff Sessions?