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Ex-prosecutor slams Congress for not jailing subpoena violators in the Trump administration: ‘It’s incomprehensible’

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House Democrats have been blocked at every turn from their lawful oversight functions as President Donald Trump’s administration directs its members to ignore subpoenas for information on a variety of topics, from the Russia investigation to the census.

On Thursday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner castigated Democrats for their unwillingness to use their biggest weapon in the subpoena fight: inherent contempt.

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Inherent contempt” is a power distinct from and more drastic than a vote to declare contempt of Congress, which would not lead to criminal charges unless the Department of Justice decided to pursue the matter. In inherent contempt, Congress can direct the sergeant-at-arms to bring people in for questioning, and detain them in the Capitol building until they comply with congressional directives. This power has not been used since 1935, and it is clearly intended to be a last resort.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has acknowledged this power exists, saying, “We do have a little jail down in the basement.” However, Democrats do not presently appear to have any plans to invoke it, preferring instead to litigate the matter in federal court.


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Trump creates a ‘minefield’ of legal problems for his own staff with plan for White House acceptance speech: report

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he might deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House. But legal experts who spoke with Bloomberg warned that might not be a good idea.

The publication described the proposal as "a minefield of problems for the staff charged with putting such an event together."

The Hatch Act forbids the use of government property and employees for political activities. Although the president and vice president are exempted from the federal law, their staff at the White House could face repercussions.

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Controversial ‘Hookers for Jesus’ group to get more federal money after Bill Barr and Ivanka Trump announce new sex trafficking effort

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The Las Vegas-based group Hookers for Jesus has won a grant from the Justice Department less than a year after whistleblowers raised red flags about federal funds being awarded to the organization, Reuters reports.

The complaint from union officials says the group, which is run by a born-again Christian survivor of sex trafficking and operates a safe house for adult trafficking victims, got its grant due to political favoritism.

A previous Reuters report revealed that the group required residents of the safe house to go to church, complete Christian homework, and banned them from reading “secular magazines with articles, pictures, etc. that portray worldly views/advice on living, sex, clothing, makeup tips.” As Reuters points out, recipients of federal funds are not allowed to use the funds to promote religion.

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Noted author accuses Jared Kushner of ‘planning last ditch try at disqualifying Biden ballots on election night’ with Barr’s blessing

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A prolific author and speaker who has been described as a "Religious Right Defector" has issued a warning about the 2020 election that's getting noticed.

Frank Schaeffer was raised by a noted conservative Christian theologian who was at the forefront of right wing Christian political activism in the 1970's. But now he is a liberal Democrat and a cable news guest frequently invited to speak on the tactics of the religious right.

This week he's speaking out about what he says is the White House's plan to ensure Trump remains in the Oval Office.

In short, Schaeffer says Jared Kushner is planning an end run around the election process, and will appeal to the Supreme Court, as George W. Bush did in the 2000 election, to ensure Trump is installed in office for another four years.

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