(Washington, DC-AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is threatening to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt. Opening a brief hearing today, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler slammed Barr for refusing to testify about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. Barr cited an ongoing dispute with House Democrats over the format of the scheduled hearing. Dems wanted staff lawyers to question Barr, along with House members. Nadler said the Trump administration will not dictate how the House runs its hearings.
Nadler called Barr’s refusal to testify an act of obstruction. Georgia Republican Doug Collins said the only problem is with Democrats. He accused Dems of running a political circus and also called the dispute with Barr a stunt. Collins noted that Barr fielded hours of questions during a Senate hearing yesterday.
Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, during a capitol briefing, was very specific in calling Barr out for lying to lawmakers about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.
Pelosi said, “He lied to Congress; if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime.”
Pelosi did not elaborate on what she believes Barr lied about. She also argued that the attorney general is more loyal to President Trump than he is to the American people.
(Montgomery, AL-AP) — A bill that would outlaw nearly all abortions in Alabama is advancing. Yesterday, the House passed a bill to make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion unless there’s a serious health risk to the mother.
This bill doesn’t allow abortion in the case of incest or rape, and some lawmakers who support it say they’re expecting a fight. Their goal is to get this before the Supreme Court forcing them to revisit Roe versus Wade.
The bill now moves to the Senate.
(Washington, DC-AP) — A federal judge is denying a request by the Justice Department to dismiss a lawsuit alleging President Trump is improperly accepting payments from foreign governments while serving in the White House. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan issued a 48-page ruling that accepts a broad definition of the Constitution’s “emoluments” clause.
The lawsuit was filed by 200 Democrats and claims foreign governments are staying at Trump International Hotel for the purpose of earning favor with Trump by helping him profit financially.
The emoluments clause forbids any person holding public office from accepting presents of any kind from a foreign state unless Congress has given its approval. In his ruling, Sullivan wrote that the Justice Department’s argument ignores the definition of the term set in a vast majority of dictionaries used by the Founding Fathers.
(Washington, DC-AP) — In his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Attorney General Bill Barr is planning to say he did exactly what he told Senators he would do during his confirmation hearing.
Barr does not mention in his prepared remarks the Robert Mueller letter that was disclosed Tuesday in which the Special Counsel criticizes the way he characterized the report. He does say that he promised not to interfere with the investigation, and that he kept that promise.
He also said he would release as much of the report as he could, and pointed out only eight percent was redacted in the public version, and less than two percent in the version Congressional leaders could read. He admits he allowed the White House Counsel and President Trump’s personal attorneys to see the public redacted report prior to its release.
He claims it was so the Counsel could advise the president on executive privilege. He concludes by saying it is vital that the Department of Justice stand apart from the political process.
(Charlotte, NC-AP) — The 22-year old man accused of killing two students at UNC Charlotte is being charged with murder. Four others were injured when gunfire erupted inside the Kennedy Hall Building late Tuesday afternoon.
The CMPD said early this morning that Trystan Terrell is in jail on two counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder among several other charges. The school’s chancellor called it the worst day in the history of the university.
While all campus activities have been canceled for today, there will be a vigil for students, alumni, faculty, staff and allies at 6 pm local time.