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House Intel latest committee to subpoena AG Barr as chair promises ‘we will not be obstructed’

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Hours after the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt for defying a subpoena, another House committee announced they were subpoenaing the Department of Justice.

The latest subpoena was revealed Wednesday by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who chairs the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence.

“House Intel just subpoenaed DOJ for all counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials in the probe, the full report, and underlying evidence,” Schiff announced.

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“For the last month and a half, the Committee has engaged the Department of Justice in a good faith effort to reach an accommodation of our requests for all of the foreign intelligence and counterintelligence information related to the Special Counsel’s investigation, and the Mueller report and its underlying materials,” Schiff said. “The Department has repeatedly failed to respond, refused to schedule any testimony, and provided no documents responsive to our legitimate and duly authorized oversight activities.”

““As both the Special Counsel and the Department of Justice have recognized, the Congress has a vital constitutional role in evaluating misconduct by the Executive Branch, including the President, and to assess and refine laws that address the ‘sweeping and systematic’ invasion of our democracy by Russia,” he continued. “We therefore need these materials in order to do our job. The Department’s stonewalling is simply unacceptable.”

“Today, we have no choice but to issue a subpoena to compel their compliance. If the Department continues to ignore or rejects our requests, we will enforce our request in Congress and, if necessary, the courts,” he argued. “The law is on our side. The Committee’s efforts to obtain necessary documents to do our constitutionally-mandated oversight work will not be obstructed.”

Or, as he put it on Twitter, “We will not be obstructed.”

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READ IT: Court filing from Michael Cohen seeking a sentence reduction

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President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, but he's seeking a reduction in his sentence according to a recent court filing.

"Reducing the Court's previously imposed 36 month term of imprisonment, or, in the alternative, reducing it to a term of home confinement, coupled with a community service," the documents requested.

While Cohen cooperated with investigators, he didn't do so immediately, instead he remained loyal to his former client. After it became clear that Cohen was being thrown under the bus, however, he began to cooperate with investigators.

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Cohen says DOJ acted out of ‘blind loyalty’ to Trump — and that he ‘sold his soul’

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President Donald Trump's former "fixer" blasted the Department of Justice in new court filings.

Michael Cohen is seeking a sentence reduction and admitted he "sold his soul" to Trump.

He also blasted the Justice Department for "blind loyalty" to Trump.

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No one can figure out why John Kennedy compared government documents to ‘dropping acid’

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Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) compared reading government documents to "dropping acid" while in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday and the internet can't figure out how he would know.

"I haven't read the entire report," Kennedy said of the inspector general report on the start of the Russia investigation. "I'm about 70 percent through but I'm going to get through. It's tedious and I don't mean that in a pejorative way, it's supposed to be tedious. About 15 percent of the way through it made me want to heave. After about 25 percent of the way through, I thought I'd dropped acid. It's so real."

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