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House Democrats still haven’t sued the White House for ignoring subpoenas — here’s why

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House Democrats still haven’t used their strongest weapon to force President Donald Trump’s top officials to testify before Congress — but they insist their fight against the White House is proceeding as planned.

The Democratic majority has issued subpoenas and contempt citations the White House has ignored, but so far they haven’t sued the Trump administration to make current and former officials available for questioning, reported Politico.

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“Right now, we’re kind of in a wind-up phase,” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), who sits on the Judiciary Committee. “When litigation is filed, then the game begins.”

The slow pace is frustrating some progressive lawmakers and activists, but Democratic leadership say they’re building a record of Trump administration flouting of legal requirements to help persuade a court to rule against the White House.

“Unfortunately, this is the process that we must adhere to,” said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), who supports an impeachment inquiry. “It is in accordance with the rule of law, which ironically the executive branch is trampling. But we can’t get down in the mud and trample our Constitution and our laws along with the administration.”

The incremental approach is also necessary, House Democrats say, because their legal team is already overstretched, and they fear the fallout from a court ruling against the legislative branch.

“This is very serious business, so when we go to court, we absolutely have to win,” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who sits on the Judiciary Committee. “So that’s why we’re making sure we have bulletproof cases when we do go to court.”

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The House will vote this week to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas related to adding a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

Barr has already been held in civil contempt for failing to respond to a subpoena related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, and so far House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) seems to have the support of other Democrats.

“The chairman has a plan, I’m deferring to him,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), a member of the committee. “I think it’s moving.”

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Surprise! IG report finds anti-Clinton bias at the FBI

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The Justice Department inspector general's report debunked President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the FBI’s Russia probe was launched out of anti-Trump bias by FBI leaders. Conversely, it did find anti-Hillary Clinton bias among FBI agents.

Trump claimed for years that the FBI investigation was opened because of anti-Trump bias by FBI leaders, citing text messages sent between former top FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that criticized him during the 2016 campaign. Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that neither Strzok nor Page were in a position to start an investigation into Trump’s campaign and concluded that the FBI probe was justified, refuting claims that the probe was opened because of bias by the FBI’s top officials.

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AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

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Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

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Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

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Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.

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