(Queens, NY-AP) — Rapper Cardi B is being indicted in her assault case in New York City. Prosecutors had decided to present her case to a grand jury but it’s not clear what formal charges she faces with the case set to be unsealed next week.
In April the 26-year-old performer rejected a plea deal that would have kept her out of jail and reduced the charges in her case. S
he’s accused of attacking two female bartenders at a strip club in Queens last summer.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The House is expected to vote this week to take more action with respect to Russia investigation subpoenas. A Democratic resolution would empower the Judiciary Committee to go to court to enforce subpoenas the Trump administration has rejected.
Meantime, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced Monday the Justice Department has agreed to hand over key documents on obstruction of justice from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.
The New York Democrat said a criminal contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General Bill Barr has been put on hold.
(Washington, DC-AP) -Special Counsel Robert Mueller says charging President Trump with obstruction of justice was not an option due to a longstanding Justice Department policy; but that doesn’t mean he’s innocent.
The policy states that a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while in office. Speaking at the department today, Mueller said if he had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, he would have said so. Mueller also announced that he is formally stepping down as special counsel. He did not take questions.
Meantime, Mueller is negotiating with the House Judiciary Committee. He wants to testify behind closed doors while Democrats who run the committee want a full, public hearing.
In a tweet, Dem hopeful Corey Booker said Mueller’s statement makes it clear — Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.
New York Democrat Jerry Nadler also released a statement saying it falls to lawmakers to “respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump.” He argued that no one is above the law, including the President
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) – Actor Ashton Kutcher is now done testifying in a Los Angeles serial murder trial. A man named Michael Gargiulo is accused of killing a woman he was set to go out on a date with in 2001. On the stand yesterday, Kutcher said that on the night of the murder, he was stopping by to pick up Ashley Ellerin.
She didn’t answer the door. When he looked through the window he spotted what he thought was spilled red wine on the floor. He assumed she had already left for the night. Her body was discovered the next day.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee expects former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify on May 21st.
New York Democrat Jerry Nadler told reporters today that McGhan will be subject to contempt if he does not show up. Nadler said McGahn has to “respect the rule of law like anybody else.”
President Trump has ordered McGahn not to give the Judiciary Committee documents related to the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump recently suggested he may seek to prevent McGahn from testifying in Congress.
(Sandy Springs, GA-AP) — Rapper Offset is a wanted man. A report says police in Georgia have issued a felony arrest warrant for the rapper, after he smacked a man’s phone out of his hand at a Target store last month. It then allegedly fell to the ground and shattered.
The man was recording a video of Offset, which shows the rapper hitting the phone. The incident is a felony because of the device’s 800-dollar value.
(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.
(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.
(Washington, DC-AP) — President Trump is suing to keep his banking records from being given to Congress.
Trump, his family and his businesses filed a lawsuit to stop Deutsche Bank and Capital One from complying with congressional subpoenas demanding banking records. The lawsuit says the subpoenas were issued to harass President Trump by rummaging through his personal finances.
The complaint suggested the subpoenas are purely political. Committees controlled by Democrats in the House are looking into the President’s financial history.