Trump's legal woes mount without protection of presidency
Donald Trump’s latest legal troubles — sweeping fraud allegations by New York’s attorney general and a stark repudiation by federal judges he appointed — have laid bare the challenges piling up as the former president operates without the protections afforded by the White House.
Fox News panel reacts to Breyer retirement with immediate backlash to Biden picking a Black woman: 'What you're talking about is discrimination'
A law professor on the panel tried to argue it would be unconstitutional for President Biden to pick a Black woman under a pledge for any other job.news.yahoo.com
A multimedia impeachment trial: Video takes center stage
Trump's lawyers fully embraced a TikTok defense on Friday, using manipulated video to complain about manipulated video and relying on rapid-fire, repetitive imagery. “The only question one might have is whether they repeated that effectiveness too much.”They also left room for a line of attack for Trump's lawyers. Trump's team found video of participants in the impeachment trial calling past elections into question, even digging back to find a 2005 speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In a trial without witnesses, the House managers relied heavily on media reports and interviews. Ultimately, it was a fully modern impeachment trial, with hours spent in video editing rooms likely rivaling the time spent with lawyers.
Barr's special counsel move could tie up his successor
WASHINGTON – Outgoing Attorney General William Barr's decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the handling of the Russia probe ensures his successor won't have an easy transition. But the maneuvering over the special counsel is especially significant because it saddles Democrats with an investigation that they've derided as tainted. A special counsel can only be dismissed for cause. The Biden transition did not respond to a request for comment on the special counsel appointment. But Barr's decision could influence whom the president-elect puts forth as a nominee for attorney general.
'See you in court': ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump
As of this week, the ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other legal actions against the Trump administration, some meeting with setbacks but many resulting in important victories. As of this week, the ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other legal actions against the Trump administration, some meeting with setbacks but many resulting in important victories. Donald Trump has provided a full employment program for ACLU lawyers on all of our issues, Romero said. By a similar 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court also allowed the implementation of the Trump administration policy barring transgender people from enlisting in the military. In an email, Turley questioned the wisdom of the torrent of lawsuits against the Trump administration.
Administration skips hearing on violence against protesters
The White House, however, trumpeted the administration's continuing support of law officers in the now subsiding protests. If there was a shred of evidence, the administration would have presented fact witnesses to support this gaslighting, Rep. Jared Huffman, a California Democrat, said. The clearing of Lafayette Square is the subject of an Interior Department inspector-generals review and at least one lawsuit brought by those wounded. At a separate briefing Monday, a House Oversight subcommittee addressed the treatment of protesters and journalists at demonstrations across the country, including Lafayette Square. The administration has denied that authorities forced protesters from the square that day so Trump could stage a law-and-order photo op nearby, clinching an upheld Bible.
Bolton critique of Trump could define tell-all book battles
Trump on Thursday called the book a compilation of lies and made up stories intended to make him look bad. But he never got a formal clearance letter, and the Trump administration contends that the book, titled The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir," still contains sensitive material. Ellis began his review of the Bolton book on May 2 at the behest of national security adviser Robert OBrien. It was initially cleared for publication by Army reviewers, but when spy agency reviewers took a look, they claimed it included classified information that could damage national security. Aftergood, the classifications expert, said the Bolton case has turned the governments little-known prepublication review process into national news.
Crime required for impeachment? Not so, say legal experts
But legal scholars dispute the idea that the Founding Fathers ever intended for impeachable offenses to require proof of a crime. And historians are equally dubious that the argument from Johnson's lawyer, Benjamin Robbins Curtis, can be credited with securing Johnson's narrow acquittal. It's a way of trying to promote an understanding of the Johnson impeachment that is false, based on what historians now believe." That was the very concern that led to Johnson's impeachment in the first place. I'll be blunt: If I was the president's lawyer, I'd probably make the argument too," Stewart said.
How to watch the House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing
Washington The impeachment inquiry is entering a new phase this week as hearings begin before the House Judiciary Committee. ET, comes two weeks after the first round of public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. How to watch this week's impeachment hearingUnder the resolution governing the process for impeachment inquiry, the Judiciary Committee is responsible for pursuing actual articles of impeachment if warranted. Noah Feldman Deborah FeingoldFeldman is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School. Gerhardt has written six books on "impeachment, appointments, presidential power, Supreme Court precedent, and separation of powers," according to the school.cbsnews.com
Trump impeachment: Questions about crime, bribery and obstruction dominate historic House hearing
The professors who supported impeachment are Noah Feldman of Harvard University, Pamela Karlan of Stanford University, and Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina. "If what we are talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable," Gerhardt said during the hearing. Turley, on the other hand, said that if the House votes to impeach Trump for obstruction, it would be those lawmakers, and not Trump, who were guilty of abusing power. The hearing followed the public testimony of a dozen witnesses before the House Intelligence Committee in recent weeks. If the House impeaches Trump on those grounds, it'll set a dangerous new precedent, Turley argued.cnbc.com
Man sentenced to 2nd life term in Charlottesville car attack
Peterson said Fields' mother "tried her best" and it's not her fault her son "turned out to be a piece of feces." Marcus Martin, who was captured in a dramatic photo as Fields' car struck him, said anger over what Fields did has permeated his life and affected his marriage. A photo of the car tossing Martin and other counterprotesters into the air won a Pulitzer Prize. But he said Fields had received psychological treatment throughout his life and his mental health issues do not excuse his crimes. During Fields' state trial, his attorneys said he was afraid after seeing violent skirmishes between white nationalists and counterprotesters.chicagotribune.com