Tue May 7, 2019 AT 4:42 PM EDT


The last thing the world needs is more of Robert Mueller’s commentary, but Congress is determined to have him hold forth at a public hearing.

It’s not as though we don’t already have the special counsel’s version of events. He mustered enormous investigate resources and took two years to write a 400-page report that is available to the public and presumably carefully written (although not necessarily carefully thought through).

That should be enough for Mueller to stand on, and enough for Congress to make a decision to impeach or not impeach, or otherwise dispose of the matter as it sees fit.

Instead, Mueller is going to be asked to expand on his already-expansive report that not only blew through Justice Department regulations, but inverted the long-standing burden of proof in the Anglo-American legal tradition. Read Full Story

Thu May 2, 2019 AT 11:05 AM EDT

On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr revealed that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched many investigations into the constant leaks to the media during the Trump-Russia investigation. The DOJ is examining just exactly how mainstream media outlets had scoops on the investigation long before Congress had heard anything about the subject matter.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Barr about the leaks in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The Inspector General found that during the department’s investigation of Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information, there was a culture of unauthorized media contacts. During the Russian investigation, the leaks continued. Leaks undermine the ability of investigators to investigate,” Grassley argued. “Further leaks to the papers while Congress’ questions to the department go unanswered is unacceptable.” Read Full Story

Thu Apr 25, 2019 AT 10:13 AM EDT

President Donald Trump’s White House appears to have figured out the secret of congressional oversight: There’s not much Democrats can do if they say no to everything.

The millions of voters who elected a Democratic House in November are about to find out how hard it is for one party — with just one chamber of Congress and without the cooperation of the other party — to investigate a president who’s determined to run out the clock.

  • Yes, House Democrats can subpoena whoever and whatever they want — but those subpoenas are hard to enforce.
  • They can hold administration officials in contempt, but in all of the most recent examples where Congress did that, it fizzled.

Read Full Story at Axios

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