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  • Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees

    02/19/2018 4:16:21 PM PST · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2018
    The battle between Senate Democrats and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) over the “blue-slip rule” escalated this week, after another one of President Trump’s judicial nominees advanced without the approval of both of their home-state senators The blue-slip rule — which Democrats describe as a long-running Senate tradition Grassley has taken to ignore — has become a flashpoint for members on the Judiciary Committee. The committee has been tasked with considering the slew of nominees from the Trump administration, many of which have been controversial. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee’s top Democrat, said that Grassley’s decision to...
  • Gohmert Pushing to Subpoena Transcripts From FISA Court Hearings (VIDEO)

    02/04/2018 9:04:18 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 70 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | February 4, 2018
    Rep Gohmert appeared on Fox News Sunday to talk about the FISA abuse memo which was released Friday. Gohmert also revealed he is requesting the House Judiciary Committee subpoena the FISA court hearing transcripts. “I have prepared a letter that I plan to submit to and hopefully have other people sign on with me tomorrow on our Judiciary Committee we have a great Chairman [Bob Goodlatte] on our Judiciary Committee. He wants to get to the facts and what I’m asking him for is that we as the Judiciary Committee subpoena the transcripts from the FISA court hearings, the four...
  • Sessions clashes with Franken over Russia claim: 'Give me a break'

    10/18/2017 1:50:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 76 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 18, 2017 | Brooke Singman
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions publicly and repeatedly clashed with Democratic Sen. Al Franken on Wednesday after being pressed over the accuracy of past testimony regarding his communications with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. In one of several testy exchanges Sessions had with Democratic senators during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Franken, D-Minn., grilled the attorney general and suggested his explanations have changed. “The goal post has been moved. First it was ‘I did not have communications with Russians’ – which was not true. Then it was ‘I never met with Russians to discuss any political campaign’ –...
  • The real story of that Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting gets even stranger

    08/11/2017 2:12:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8-10-17 | Jazz Shaw
    When we last checked in on newly released information regarding that infamous tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton, we learned that the media wasn’t terribly interested in discussing the matter any more than absolutely necessary. But as reporters continue to dig through the trove of Justice Department emails obtained by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, we find out that there were some people who were very interested in talking. The people in question would be Lynch’s staff and they were having a flurry of discussions with...
  • Graham Gets Heated During Questions About Unmasking Private Conversations [VIDEO]

    06/29/2017 11:34:53 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/27/17 | Henry Rodgers
    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham became frustrated with intelligence community lawyers Tuesday, when they would not answer a question about his conversations being picked up while the U.S. was spying on foreign targets. Graham asked the lawyers at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday whether he is legally entitled to know if his communications are collected and “unmasked” within the administration. The identities of U.S. citizens inadvertently caught up in foreign spying are typically “masked” from officials to protect their privacy rights. “It’s important to us to get the facts right,” Graham said. “Did the name come in masked or unmasked?...
  • Senate announces probe of Loretta Lynch behavior in 2016 election

    06/23/2017 12:58:01 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 83 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, June 23, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s efforts to shape the FBI’s investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the committee’s chairman announced Friday. In a letter to Ms. Lynch, the committee asks her to detail the depths of her involvement in the FBI’s investigation, including whether she ever assured Clinton confidantes that the probe wouldn’t “push too deeply into the matter.
  • Senate Judiciary Committee refers Planned Parenthood for criminal charges

    12/13/2016 6:16:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2016 | Bradforb Richardson
    The Senate Judiciary Committee is recommending criminal charges against Planned Parenthood for allegedly trafficking in fetal body parts from abortions for profit. In a letter sent to the FBI and the Department of Justice on Tuesday, committee chair Chuck Grassley referred four of Planned Parenthood’s largest affiliates, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and three of the abortion provider’s business partners for potential prosecution.
  • Grassley: We're not delaying Sessions hearing

    12/13/2016 4:13:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 13, 2016 | Jordai Carney
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Tuesday evening that he will not delay Sen. Jeff Sessions's attorney general confirmation hearing amid a Democrat push for more information. "Any suggestion that a nominee’s good faith efforts to locate and produce responsive material is cause for delay begins to look like a call for delay for delay’s sake, rather than a thorough review of a colleague’s character and qualifications," Grassley said. The Judiciary Committee chairman added that "I look forward to hearing from Senator Sessions on Jan. 10." His pushback comes after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Grassley on...
  • House GOP in election-year probe of presidential 'overreach'

    01/12/2016 9:26:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2016 4:53 PM EST | Alan Fram
    House Republicans said Tuesday that they will launch an election-year study of what they say has been executive overreach by President Barack Obama and other recent presidents. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said that his panel would vote in coming weeks on creating a task force to conduct the investigation. Goodlatte said the probe would be led by Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, a conservative and frequent Obama critic. Goodlatte announced the examination at a time when Republicans have repeatedly accused Obama of exceeding his constitutional powers. ...
  • ICE Director, Ted Cruz Spar Over Obama Immigration Enforcement, Amnesty

    12/02/2015 8:15:16 PM PST · by Isara · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Dec 2015 | Caroline May
    A tense exchange erupted in fireworks Wednesday between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Sarah Saldana during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing focused on the Obama administration's immigration enforcement policies.In a lengthy exchange Cruz, a Republican presidential candidate, opened his questioning of the ICE director by highlighting the criminal releases made by the Obama administration and pressed Saldana on 918,369 non-detained illegal immigrants in the U.S. that have been ordered removed but remain in the U.S.Saldana argued that there are "obstacles" to removing illegal immigrants including travel documents and final orders of removal - which Cruz...
  • Watch Ted Cruz make DOJ nominee answer for targeting firearms companies with ‘Operation...

    11/05/2015 8:37:37 AM PST · by Isara · 38 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | November 5, 2015 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Watch Ted Cruz make DOJ nominee answer for targeting firearms companies with 'Operation Choke Point' Sen. Ted Cruz blasted one nominee for associate attorney general Wednesday for his participation in a Department of Justice scheme called "Operation Choke Point," a program that resulted in alleged attempts to run businesses the Obama administration deems undesirable into failure.The Texas Republican firebrand hammered the nominee, Stuart Delery, at Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for his approval of the initiative in which DOJ lawyers intimidated banks into cutting off financial services to businesses such as gun manufacturers and dealers.The GOP presidential hopeful noted that...
  • Sen. Cruz Demands Answers from Associate AG Nominee on Operation Choke Point (Must-watch Video)

    11/04/2015 3:14:06 PM PST · by Isara · 56 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | November 4, 2015
    The DOJ has acted as a partisan arm of the White House Sen. Cruz Questions Associate AG Nominee Stuart Delery on Operation Choke Point (video) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today in a full Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) questioned the Hon. Stuart Delery, nominee for U.S. Associate Attorney General. Mr. Delery approved Operation Choke Point, a Department of Justice (DOJ) initiative that unconstitutionally sought to choke off access to banking services for gun dealers and other lawful business enterprises.“The DOJ has a long and bipartisan tradition of staying out of politics, of defending the law and the...
  • House Hearing On Obama's Unilateral Action To Cease Enforcing Laws - Live Webcast

    12/03/2013 9:22:23 AM PST · by mojito · 93 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/3/2013 | Tyler Durden
    The House Judiciary Committee is about to discuss what it calls “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws,” focusing on the Obamacare delays, enforcement of immigration laws, and more. As Mediaite notes, the question of whether the president can take unilateral action to cease enforcing laws stretches back at least to last summer, when President Barack Obama said he would stop deporting young undocumented immigrants, an end-run around congressional refusal to pass the DREAM Act.
  • Congressman Calls House Judiciary Cmte. “Murderers’ Row”: “They All Like Their Guns”

    09/18/2013 11:21:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 18, 2013 - 12:59 PM | Jeffrey Meyer
    Apparently, being pro-Second Amendment in Congress is equivalent to supporting mass shootings in America. At least, that’s the interpretation of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) during an appearance on MSNBC today. …
  • Feinstein to take over Judiciary

    12/22/2012 8:35:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/12 05:00 AM ET | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is poised to take over as chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, shifting the leadership of the partisan panel in charge of judicial nominations to the center.She will have primary jurisdiction over two of the biggest issues Congress will tackle next year: immigration reform and gun control. … Feinstein has sided with Republicans on big votes, which could pave the way for landmark bipartisan compromises on divisive issues such as immigration reform. … But Feinstein has sided with liberals in other battles over the judiciary. She was one of a small group of Democrats to vote...
  • DHS Stonewalls Judiciary Committee

    11/18/2011 9:45:44 PM PST · by Rabin · 11 replies
    judiciary.house.gov ^ | November 18, 2011 | Jessica Baker, (202) 225-3951
    Chairman Smith: “Although officials at the Department of Homeland Security promised they would provide the data requested on criminal immigrants, they have provided (instead) information that is completely useless to the Committee. “ all DHS gave was a list numbered 1 through 220,995." The… administration is trying to control what information the Committee sees. American people have a right to know what crimes hundreds of thousands of immigrants have committed after ICE intentionally chose not to detain them.
  • House Judiciary Committee Begins Investigation of Kagan and ObamaCare

    07/08/2011 9:13:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    New American ^ | July 8, 2011 | Michael Tennant
      Just 12 days after 49 congressmen requested an official inquiry into Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s (left) involvement with the Patient Protection and Affordable Act (PPACA, aka ObamaCare) during her tenure as U.S. Solicitor General, the House Judiciary Committee has complied. Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) sent a July 6 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for “relevant documents and witness interviews in order to properly understand” Kagan’s role with regard to the legislation itself and related litigation.Perhaps the committee will have better luck in wresting those documents from the Justice Department’s clutches than private organizations have...
  • Senate Hearing To Protect Muslim Civil Rights

    03/23/2011 11:56:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 23, 2011
    In “response to the spike in anti-Muslim bigotry,” the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has quietly scheduled a special hearing for early next week to better protect Muslim civil rights in America. Organized by Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin, who chairs the judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, the event will mark the first-ever congressional hearing on Muslim civil rights. Durbin put it together because he claims there’s been a surge in anti-Muslim bigotry in the last year. As examples he offers Quran burnings, restrictions on mosque construction, hate crimes, hate speech, and other forms of discrimination....
  • EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lamar Smith issues first DOJ oversight letter

    01/06/2011 1:52:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    WaPo/ Right Turn ^ | January 6, 2011 | Jennifer Rubin
    Right Turn has obtained the first oversight letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued to the Justice Department. While he was in the minority, Smith labored, largely unsuccessfully, on the committee to convince the Democratic chairman to investigate a range of issues, including detainee policy and New Black Panther Party case. He now has the authority to schedule hearings, call witnesses and subpoena documents. In a five-page letter, Smith notes that there has been "little oversight" as to how the civil rights division has used its budget increases ($22 million in FYI 2010 and $17 million requested...
  • Shock video: Top Dem, socialists plot '1-world' scheme

    10/17/2010 11:18:43 PM PDT · by FromLori · 34 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | 10/17/10 | Aaron Klein
    The Democratic chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee has been caught on tape meeting with a U.S.-based, Marxist-oriented socialist organization to discuss how the group can cooperate to strengthen President Obama and advance their "one-world" plans. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who has a long history with the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, was recorded promoting a "one-world" government, while asking the socialist group to organize against the war in Afghanistan and in support of Obama's policies. "I see that us making him more cooperative with our plans is going to strengthen him and not weaken him," Conyers says...