Aggressive police tactics like tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets have been used in 96 U.S. cities since the George Floyd protests began. While some cities have moved to curtail their use, a full ban may need legal or legislative action. Meanwhile Atlanta’s mayor has vowed to curb police use of force, following the death of Rayshard Brooks.
A House committee proposed last spring to de-fund the Justice Department anticrime program. The full House voted to keep funding it, and a Senate committee’s budget proposal suggests that Congress will continue to support it.
Called a “combative conservative,” Rep. James Sensenbrenner was best known in recent years for pressing states to expand their registries of sex offenders or risk losing federal funds. Only 18 states have complied with a law he sponsored.
In a party-line vote, the House Judiciary Committee authorized subpoenas to a dozen people in President Trump’s orbit, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as part of Democrats’ widening probe into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power in the White House.
The White House blocked Conway, a counselor to the president, from testifying about allegations of repeated violations of a federal ethics law that prohibits government officials from engaging in political activities at work.
The legislation authorizes the Judiciary Committee to take Attorney General William Barr to federal court for access to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report and underlying evidence. It also empowers Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) to begin legal proceedings to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to cooperate with the panel’s obstruction probe.
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.