A “person familiar with” Michael Cohen’s planned testimony to a House committee tells The Wall Street Journal to expect accusations of criminal coverup of hush payments, along with financial and racist secrets from Cohen’s years as President Trump’s lawyer.
A joint congressional inquiry is demanding that National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre hand over internal documents showing whether the NRA made “illegal, excessive, and unreported in-kind donations” to the campaigns of Donald Trump and several GOP Senate candidates.
Houston police chief Art Acevedo called gun violence “arguably one of the greatest public health epidemics facing the nation everyone in this room loves and serves” at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.
Democrats making their opening bid in the border-security negotiations to prevent a second government shutdown proposed a number of improvements across a host of agencies. No new wall funding was on the list, despite hints that it’s up for negotiation.
Senators now have until next week to continue pressing Attorney General nominee William Barr for commitments to release the special counsel’s report, now that the Judiciary Committee vote on his confirmation has been pushed back. So far, Barr isn’t budging.
The long-stalled bill to overhaul federal prisons and sentencing passed 87-12 late Tuesday night. “(It’s) large but modest, and filled with numerous exceptions to gain the backing of law enforcement organizations, whose support was critical in gaining Trump’s endorsement,” said one commentator.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is seeking changes that weren’t included in the latest version of the bill. Opponents will try to exclude some inmates from qualifying for reduced sentences. Democrats may abandon the bill if that amendment prevails.
Former FBI Director James Comey asked a judge to reject a subpoena he received from House Republicans for closed-door testimony, arguing that leaks would harm both his credibility and the public perception of investigations by the Justice Department.
U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), who heads the appropriations subcommittee that oversees the U.S. Justice Department’s budget, was defeated for re-election Tuesday. Culberson would have left the chairmanship in any case because the Democrats took control of the House. He may be succeeded by Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY).