By Mary Clare Jalonick, Lisa Mascaro And Jonathan Lemire The Associated Press Thu., May 9, 2019 WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the Democrats’ extraordinary legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia report. The vote Wednesday capped a day of ever-deepening dispute between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump, who for the first time invoked the principle of executive privilege, claiming the right to block lawmakers from the full report on Mueller’s probe of Russian interference to help Trump in the 2016 election. Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York declared the action by Trump’s Justice Department a clear new sign of the president’s “blanket defiance” of Congress’ constitutional rights to conduct oversight. “We did not relish doing this, … [Read more...] about Barr contempt citation heats up House’s dispute with Trump
By Mary Clare Jalonick And Lisa Mascaro The Associated Press Tues., May 7, 2019 WASHINGTON - A former White House lawyer defied a congressional subpoena Tuesday, setting the Trump administration on course for another collision with the Democratic-led House over its pursuit of documents related to the Russia investigation. Don McGahn’s refusal to provide the documents to the House Judiciary Committee came at the instruction of the White House, which suggested they could be subject to executive privilege. Such a claim can shield some presidential material from disclosure. President Donald Trump has defied requests from House Democrats since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report last month. Republicans have largely united behind the president, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday declaring “case closed” on Mueller’s Russia probe and potential obstruction by Trump. McConnell said Democrats are … [Read more...] about Ex-White House lawyer defies House subpoena for Mueller docs
By Mary Clare Jalonick And Lisa Mascaro The Associated Press Tues., May 7, 2019 WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has instructed former White House counsel Don McGahn to defy a subpoena for documents from the House Judiciary Committee, arguing that the materials are subject to executive privilege. The committee wants to speak to McGahn and review certain documents after he co-operated extensively with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice. In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Tuesday, the deadline the panel set for the materials, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said McGahn has been directed not to disclose the documents. Cipollone said McGahn does not have any “legal right” to the materials because they are under White House control and that any requests should be directed to the White House. Meanwhile, Senate … [Read more...] about White House orders ex-counsel McGahn to defy House subpoena
SAN FRANCISCO: US Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke attacked the close ties between Republican President Donald Trump and Fox News on Sunday (Apr 28), saying the White House has "free rein, almost" over what is broadcast on the cable television network.Democrats have long accused Fox of reporting that is biased in favour of the Republican Party and Trump. The president is an avid watcher of the network, and Sean Hannity, one of its stars, is an admirer of Trump and last year spoke at one of his rallies.Former Fox News executive Bill Shine became a communications official in the Trump White House in 2018, resigning the position in March to be an adviser on Trump's 2020 presidential campaign.Speaking at a campaign event in San Francisco, former Texas congressman O'Rourke, one of 20 candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, criticized the links between the Trump White House and an influential news network."You have members of the organization moving into the … [Read more...] about Democrat O’Rourke accuses Trump White House of dictating Fox News content
It is as if nothing has happened since the 2014 legislative election. Despite a series of graft cases implicating various political parties and a meager performance in lawmaking, the new composition of the House of Representatives, according to quick-count results, has not changed much. The pollsters were wrong. The coattail effect, which was expected to bring more votes to the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party for having fielded their members as presidential candidates, did not really happen. The PDI-P is predicted to get around 19 to 20 percent of the vote, which is only slightly better than its showing in 2014 with 18.95 percent. The Golkar Party, even after having two of its top executives charged with graft, still gained around 12 percent of the vote. Gerindra may have performed better in the April 17 election but it only increased its vote acquisition by 1 percent. Islam-based parties, except for the United Development Party (PPP) and National … [Read more...] about Same old House?