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  • City to drop pastor subpoenas

    10/29/2014 10:05:10 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    Chron.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | Katherine Driessen
    The City of Houston will withdraw its controversial subpoenas of five pastors tied to a lawsuit over the city's equal rights ordinance, Mayor Annise Parker announced at a news conference Wednesday. The announcement came amid a national firestorm about the subpoenas, which have prompted outrage among Christian conservatives. Parker said two meetings yesterday, one with local pastors and another with national clergy, persuaded her to pull the subpoenas altogether. The subpoenas are part of a discovery phase in a suit filed by equal rights opponents, who largely take issue with the rights the law extends to gay and transgender residents.
  • Who Are the 5 Pastors in the Houston Sermon Subpoena Scandal? Here are their names and background

    10/23/2014 2:48:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/23/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Although much has been reported regarding the ethics and legality behind the city of Houston's subpoena of five Houston-area pastors that had asked them to turn over all of their sermons that address homosexuality, gender identity, and the city's first openly-lesbian mayor, little attention has been given to who those five pastors actually are and the ministries they operate.Although those five pastors, Steve Riggle, David Welch, Hernan Castaño, Khanh Huynh and Magda Hermida, were not technically parties of the lawsuit against the city's new equal rights ordinance that sparked the need for the subpoenas, they all participated in the coalition...
  • Attorney General Greg Abbott Asks Houston City Attorney to Withdraw Subpoenas Seeking Sermons...

    10/15/2014 9:02:07 PM PDT · by lightman · 64 replies
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ^ | 15 October AD 2014 | AG Greg Abbott
    https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/oagnews/release.php?id=4880 AUSTIN -- Attorney General Abbott today asked that the Houston City Attorney to immediately withdraw the subpoenas sent last month to several Houston-area pastors seeking sermons, notes and other information. In his letter to the city attorney, Attorney General Abbott said, “Whether you intend it to be so or not, your action is a direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment. The people of Houston and their religious leaders must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious affairs are beyond the reach of the government.” Mr. David Feldman City Attorney City of Houston...
  • Gay Totalitarians in Texas

    10/15/2014 9:27:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 15, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    Churches have received subpoenas issued by the city of Houston demanding copies of sermons. Houston is probing opposition to a ballot referendum pertaining to an ordinance proposing a local discrimination law affecting gays. (Bryan Preston posted this summary of the lawlessness taking place in Houston.) Over 50,000 petition signatures were gathered opposing the ordinance. Now the city, run by the first openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is retaliating and demanding that churches turn over sermons. You read that correctly. This is the sort of government behavior that used to be confined to two-bit third-world regimes. The gay rights movement was...
  • Issa subpoenas Obama´s chief of staff

    08/22/2014 4:38:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    the hill ^ | 8/22/14 | Elise Viebeck
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) issued a subpoena Friday for White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, arguing he has not cooperated with a GOP probe of President Obama's political office. Issa accused McDonough in a letter of failing to accept investigators' "good faith" effort to address concerns about revealing privileged communications between Obama and his staff. "The White House has acknowledged that the dialogue has been constructive and that progress has been made. Unfortunately, these characterizations represent the total sum of what the White House has provided," Issa wrote on Friday. "The White House has not produced...
  • Issa Expands Investigation – Subpoenas 28 Years of Lois Lerner Emails

    06/25/2014 5:57:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/25/14 | Jim Hoft
    Lois Lerner, the controversial director of the tax-exempt organizations division at the Internal Revenue Service, has a long sordid history of targeting conservatives. Under the direction of Lois Lerner, the Federal Election Commission sued the Christian Coalition in the 1990s. She harassed the Christian Coalition for three election cycles. Eventually, she lost her case. At one point Lerner even asked a targeted conservative if Pat Robertson prayed over him. (Sound familiar?)
  • Darrell Issa subpoenas IRS commissioner over lost Lois Lerner emails

    06/16/2014 5:56:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/16/14 | Susan Ferrechio
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has subpoenaed the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service to testify next week before Congress about a trove of lost emails that could contain evidence of a plan to targeted conservative groups. Issa, R-Calif., will hold a June 23 hearing aimed at finding out more about two year´s worth of emails -- from 2009 to 2011 -- that the IRS has reported lost. The emails were from former top IRS official Lois G. Lerner to Justice Department and Treasury officials. ssa had requested the emails because he and other Republicans believe
  • Issa Subpoenas DOJ After ‘Election Crimes’ Director Refuses to Answer Critical Questions 34 Times

    05/20/2014 6:03:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/20/14 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) subpoenaed the Department of Justice today for documents after the DOJ’s Election Crimes Branch director, Richard Pilger, refused to answer critical questions 34 times, as advised by a DOJ lawyer, about the IRS-Tea Party scandal. “The Department’s refusal to allow Mr. Pilger to testify about matters highly relevant to the Committee’s investigation unnecessarily delays and frustrates the Committee’s Constitutional oversight obligations,” said Chairman Issa in a letter sent with the subpoena. “The Department’s obstruction in this regard, coupled with its failure to produce any relevant material to date,...
  • U.S. House committee subpoenas Kerry over Benghazi (BenghaziGate 'Lurching' toward a conclusion?)

    05/02/2014 8:55:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/2/14 | Patricia Zengerle - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee has issued a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify at a May 21 public hearing concerning the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the committee said on Friday. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said the panel wanted Kerry to answer questions about the State Department's response to the congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012, that killed four Americans. Issa, a Republican, said the State Department has not fully complied with previous subpoenas for documents related to the attack. The Benghazi attack has become...
  • House subpoenas Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew for IRS documents

    08/02/2013 1:20:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/2/13 | Stephen Dinan
    House Republicans on Friday accused Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew of obstructing their investigation into the IRS’s targeting of tea party and conservative groups, and issued subpoenas for more agency documents. Oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa sent a scathing latter to Lew blasting him and Obama for dismissing the GOP’s claims about IRS targeting as a phony scandal, saying that Lew has attempted to thwart his investigation. (Snip) The IRS came under scrutiny when its auditor reported earlier this year that the agency had singled out groups with “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names for special scrutiny when the...
  • Revealed: Holder personally vetted Rosen warrant, DOJ fought for prolonged secret monitoring....

    05/24/2013 2:51:35 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:40 pm on May 24, 2013 | Allahpundit
    It’s 4 p.m. ET as I’m writing this. If you had that time plus “deeper complicity for Holder in the Rosen investigation” in the pool, congrats.We already knew that he signed the warrant for Rosen’s e-mails. Now we know for sure that it wasn’t pro forma. President Good Government announced yesterday that he’s ordered the Attorney General to review the DOJ’s guidelines for snooping on reporters. Imagine how dismayed Eric Holder will be when he finds out what Eric Holder’s done. The Justice Department said on Friday that officials up to Attorney General Eric Holder vetted a decision to search...
  • DOJ subpoenas are 'unconstitutional,' hurt press, AP president says

    05/19/2013 4:16:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    fox ^ | 5/19/13 | fox
    Associated Press President Gary Pruitt said Sunday the Justice Department sent a strong – and negative -- message to future sources that the government would go after them if they spoke to the press. It’s a move Pruitt called not only unconstitutional, but damaging to the ideal of a free press in the country. “It will hurt,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “We’re already seeing some impact. Officials are saying they’re reluctant to talk.” The Justice Department sought phone records for a two-month period from more than 20 phone lines in four bureaus,including Washington and New York. "Their...
  • Rep. Issa subpoenas Benghazi auditor Thomas Pickering

    05/17/2013 1:07:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/17/13 | Julian Pecquet
    The lawmaker leading the charge to investigate the Benghazi terror attack on Friday subpoenaed the co-author of a report that slammed the State Department but didn´t interview Hillary Clinton. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) formally demanded that retired ambassador Thomas Pickering submit to being deposed by the committee next Thursday. The subpoena comes in the wake of a series of acrimonious public exchanges this week between the two men. Issa didn´t issue a subpoena to former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen, who co-authored the Benghazi report with Pickering.
  • Issa notes 113th Congress rules will keep Holder subpoenas from expiring

    12/28/2012 12:58:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/28/12 | David Codrea
    In a statement issued moments ago, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa “praised the inclusion of special provisions in the proposed 113th Congress rules package that will keep in place legal obligations on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and others at the Justice Department as a result of lawful subpoenas issued in the 112th Congress. “The inclusion of these provisions in the House rules will allow the civil suit, authorized by a bipartisan vote of the House in July 2012, which seeks federal courts to compel the production of relevant subpoenaed documents to continue,” the...
  • Issa subpoenas documents on Medicare demo

    10/22/2012 2:32:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    politico ^ | 10/22/12 | KYLE CHENEY
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa subpoenaed the Obama administration Monday for documents he believes will expose Medicare malfeasance by Department of Health and Human Services officials. The move, confirmed by an aide to the California Republican, makes good on a threat Issa issued last week, when he demanded reams of data from HHS by 5 p.m. on Thursday. Although the agency dumped 1,300 pages at his doorstep just before the deadline, he contended that the information was garbled and unresponsive to his request. Issa is seeking documents and communications related to a pilot program initiated by...
  • Issa Subpoenas Criminal Division Chief from Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office

    01/19/2012 9:42:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    House Oversite Committee ^ | 1/19/12 | staff
    WASHINGTON, DC – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced the issuance of a subpoena to Patrick J. Cunningham, Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona. Mr. Cunningham's repeated refusals to testify voluntarily have forced the Committee to use compulsory process. "During the course of our investigation, the Committee has learned of the outsized role played by the Arizona U.S. Attorney's Office – and you specifically – in approving the unacceptable tactics used in Fast and Furious," Chairman Issa wrote to Cunningham in a letter informing...
  • Activists denounce FBI probe revealed by papers

    06/23/2011 8:47:35 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Daily Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2011 | AMY FORLITI

    MINNEAPOLIS – When Meredith Aby met with members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 2006, she asked what it would take to get them to stop fighting. Jess Sundin did the same during her trip to Colombia 11 years ago. They returned and openly wrote and spoke about their experiences, while criticizing the U.S. government’s involvement in that country. FBI documents recently found by the anti-war activists suggest the trips may have started an investigation into apparent connections between local activists and radical groups in Colombia and the Middle East. One document says the probe expanded to include...
  • White House Misses Deadline for Solyndra Subpoena

    11/10/2011 11:03:18 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-10-11 | Fox News and Ed Henry
    The White House on Thursday missed the deadline for responding to the Republican-approved subpoena issued last week demanding the White House turn over "all documents" pertaining to the Solyndra loan guarantee. White House aides told Fox News there are no plans to produce more documents on the bankrupt solar panel firm until Republicans agree to narrow the scope of their request. When Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week approved the subpoena, they requested documents "referring or relating in any way" to the loan guarantee. The White House rejected the request as "overbroad" and accused Republicans of...
  • Obama’s Chicago-style politics conceal Solyndragate

    11/09/2011 6:12:12 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 5 replies
    Badger Herald ^ | 11-8-11 | Vincent Borkowski
    What is bothering is the fact that this story may go a bit deeper. Not only did Obama decide to ignore the Republicans who were entirely correct (that part is not new), but he also decided to ignore the experts in finances inside his own party and those nonpartisan ones hired to investigate Department of Energy spending. Despite criticism on both sides of the aisle, he still wastes more than half a billion dollars.  What would cause him to make such an expensive and ill-advised move? Was it an intoxicated Biden calling him a softie? The answer is that one...
  • The smell of cover-up in the morning

    11/07/2011 10:54:01 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 11-6-11 | Hugh Hewitt
    Kathryn Ruemmler is the White House counsel, President Obama's third White House counsel, in fact, following Robert Bauer and before him Greg Craig. Ruemmler has been at her post since June 30. Bauer lasted 18 months in the job, the Siege Perilous of Team Obama, and Craig just a year. Ruemmler is a formidable lawyer, a partner at the powerhouse law firm of Latham & Watkins before joining the Obama White House, and before that a prosecutor -- of Enron's Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, in fact. So Ruemmler surely knows what a subpoena means and what its recipient is...
  • Obama administration mulled Solyndra bailout days before company's demise

    11/02/2011 9:49:34 PM PDT · by Qbert · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/02/11 | Andrew Restuccia & Ben Geman
    As California solar panel maker Solyndra teetered on the brink of financial collapse, Obama administration officials weighed and rejected a last-ditch plan to keep the ccompany afloat. Under the August plan, which was outlined in nearly 1,200 pages of documents the Obama administration released Wednesday evening, private investors would have put about $100 million into Solyndra, the company that received a $535 million loan guarantee in 2009. Meanwhile, the Energy Department would have agreed to convert some of Solyndra’s debt to the federal government into a partial stake in the company. The agreement would have also authorized the Energy Department...
  • Fast and Furious Subpoenas (what they are seeking)

    10/12/2011 9:44:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    ajc ^ | 10/12/11 | Jamie Dupree
    House Republicans today announced that they had sent subpoenas to Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to gain more information about Operation Fast and Furious, the controversial gun-walking program that allowed weapons to go to Mexican drug gangs. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) says his Oversight Committee wants some very basic information, described below. = The subpoena seeks the following: In accordance with the attached schedule instructions, you, Eric H. Holder Jr., are required to produce all records in unredacted form described below: All communications referring or relating to Operation Fast and Furious, the Jacob Chambers case, or any...
  • Congressman Issa Announces New Subpoenas for Holder, and 100 Fast and Furious Guns Show

    10/10/2011 8:32:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/10/11 | AWR Hawkins
    Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder tried to stall the momentum building behind the Fast and Furious investigation by submitting a letter to Senate and Congressional investigators in which he continued to plead ignorance, and in which he did his best to undercut the progress of the investigation to this point. In the letter, Holder actually had the gall to re-affirm his feigned ignorance of Fast and Furious: “[I have] no recollection of knowing about Fast and Furious or of hearing its name prior to the public controversy about it.”
  • Darrell Issa subpoenas DHS officials

    02/24/2011 12:57:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | February 24, 2011 | Jake Sherman
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is demanding two Homeland Security employees appear in front of his committee’s staff to talk about Freedom of Information practices, the first subpoena that directly targets the Obama administration. The request comes as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, of which Issa is the chairman, investigates whether DHS employees allow political interference when dealing with FOIA requests. People close to the committee say Issa has whistleblower documents that prove such activity occurs. His first subpoena went to Countrywide Financial. The subpoena has sparked fresh conflict between Republicans and Democrats on the committee. Maryland Rep. Elijah...
  • Ex-banker Quattrone arrested, faces criminal charges

    04/23/2003 7:55:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 213+ views
    CBS.Marketwatch.com via Yahoo! ^ | 4/23/03 | Luisa Beltran
    NEW YORK (CBS.MW) -- Former Credit Suisse First Boston star banker Frank Quattrone surrendered to federal authorities Wednesday morning and will face criminal charges, prosecutors said. James Comey, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, will unveil the charges at a 1 p.m. ET press conference. Quattrone, a former star banker for CSFB, allegedly advised his colleagues in late 2000 to destroy documents while regulators were investigating the ways Wall Street investment banks were doling out shares of lucrative initial public offerings. The former banker is charged in a three-count criminal complaint with obstruction of justice, document destruction...
  • Bachmann: 'All we should do' is issue subpoenas and hold hearings

    07/22/2010 2:06:40 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 49 replies
    startribune.com ^ | July 22, 2010 | Jeremy Herb
    Should Republicans take back the House in November, Rep. Michele Bachmann said she wants the GOP to focus all of its attention on issuing subpoenas and holding hearings investigating the Obama administration and Democrats. “I think that’s all we should do,” Bachmann said at the GOP Youth Convention in Washington on Thursday. “I think all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another and expose all the nonsense that has gone on." Bachmann said that Republicans have all their chips on the table in November. “This is the year — this is it,” she said. Republicans...
  • Blagojevich reportedly subpoenas White House advisors Emanuel and Jarrett

    06/02/2010 11:20:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 465+ views
    l.a. times ^ | 6/2/10 | ap
    Lawyers for former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich have subpoenaed White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as a witness at his corruption trial, attorneys close to the case and a White House official say. White House advisor Valerie Jarrett also was subpoenaed, another White House official said. Blagojevich's racketeering and fraud trial is set to get underway Thursday with jury selection. The former governor, who is accused of trying to sell President Obama's former Senate seat, has pleaded not guilty.
  • CA: Subpoenas issued in pension fund corruption investigation (Villaraigosa appointees resign)

    05/23/2009 10:34:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 924+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/23/09 | Michael Rothfeld and David Zahniser
    Reporting from Los Angeles and Sacramento -- An ongoing investigation into pension fund corruption across the country intensified Friday as California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown directed subpoenas at politically connected firms and individuals, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Brown issued the subpoenas as part of a probe into "placement agents" who help secure pension fund investment contracts for their clients in return for large sums of money, often millions of dollars. The subpoenas seek information on the use and disclosure of placement agents and potential conflicts of interest, said sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because...
  • News Blackout: White House Served With Subpoenas on Day 5

    01/26/2009 6:30:43 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 23 replies · 1,119+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 26, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    How many times did we hear about Karl Rove or other White House staff being subpoenaed to testify before Congress, grand juries, and any other kangaroo tribunal the left could cobble together? The media would breathlessly play Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid talking about nobody being above the law, ducking subpoenas, etc. Well nobody in the MSM seems to have noticed that on the 5th day of the Obama Administration, a whole slew of Obama staffers, supporters, and friends were subpoenaed in the Blagojevich scandal. More . . .
  • Court says Bush aides can be subpoenaed

    07/31/2008 8:50:48 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 36 replies · 158+ views
    UPI ^ | 7-31-08
    Top aides to U.S. President George Bush can be subpoenaed to testify before a congressional committee, a federal court in Washington ruled Thursday. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected White House arguments that former presidential counsel Harriet Miers and current Chief of Staff Josh Bolten have absolute immunity from testifying before Congress. The House Judiciary Committee filed suit after the two, citing executive privilege, refused to testify in the committee's investigation into the firings of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006. Regarding Miers's claim of absolute immunity, the court wrote, "The (executive branch's) current claim of absolute...
  • Ill. governor (D-IL) fights order to release federal subpoenas (pal of Obama D-IL & Rezko)

    02/11/2008 5:18:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies · 125+ views
    Ill. governor fights order to release federal subpoenasBy The Associated Press 02.11.08 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration says it has new, secret evidence to warrant keeping the public from seeing federal subpoenas it has received. Lawyers for the Democrat filed court papers Feb. 8 asking a judge to reverse his ruling of a month ago to release subpoenas from the U.S. attorney. “Newly discovered evidence” makes it important to keep the documents secret, they said. But they also requested to file the documents in secrecy and no information about them was included in the filing. The Better Government...
  • House moves to quash subpoenas in defense contractor's trial (Brent Wilkes)

    09/26/2007 8:13:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 77+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 9/26/07 | Allison Hoffman - ap
    SAN DIEGO - Attorneys for the House of Representatives asked a federal judge Wednesday to quash subpoenas for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, House Republican Whip Roy Blunt and 10 other members of Congress in the trial of a defense contractor charged with bribing jailed former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. The subpoenas were sent by attorneys for Brent Wilkes, whose trial begins Tuesday on charges that he paid Cunningham $700,000 in exchange for government contracts. The contractor has pleaded not guilty to 25 counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Cunningham, an eight-term Republican from San Diego, is serving...
  • Schumer Office: Subpoenas Ready for Rove, Miers

    03/27/2007 9:30:26 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 42 replies · 1,157+ views
    New York Observer ^ | March 28, 2007 | Jason Horowitz
    Senator Charles Schumer finds it “hard to believe” that embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales can continue in office for much longer. At the same time, Mr. Schumer believes that the practical consequences for the Republican Party resulting from Mr. Gonzales’ actions—the culling of eight U.S. Attorneys—will be lasting. “Clearly, it will affect 2008, because the credibility of the President and the people close to him is lower now today than it was a month ago, and that’s going to hurt,” he said. Certainly, Mr. Schumer—now finally in the majority, and with a gift of a scandal brought before his...
  • House Panel OKs Rove, Miers Subpoenas

    03/21/2007 8:17:35 AM PDT · by bamahead · 143 replies · 7,171+ views
    AP/MyWay ^ | March 21, 2007 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel on Wednesday approved subpoenas for President Bush's political adviser, Karl Rove and other top White House aides, setting up a constitutional showdown over the firings of eight federal prosecutors. By voice vote and without dissent, the House Judiciary subcommittee on commercial and administrative law decided to compel the president's top aides to testify publicly and under oath about their roles in the firings. The White House has refused to budge in the controversy, standing by embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and insisting that the firings were appropriate. White House spokesman Tony Snow said that...
  • Circus Is Coming

    03/20/2007 5:52:17 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 34 replies · 1,201+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 20 Mar 2007 | Staff
    Abuse Of Power: Threats by Senate Democrats to subpoena White House officials go far beyond politics. Nothing less than the constitutional wall dividing legislative and executive powers is at stake. President Bush is confronted with a responsibility in which not just his own White House is at risk, but the operational abilities of the institution of the presidency itself. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is threatening to subpoena White House officials such as presidential adviser Karl Rove and former White House counsel Harriet Miers over the ouster of eight U.S. attorneys in December. President Bush says he'll let them...
  • House committees reach deal on Cunningham subpoenas

    02/27/2007 2:56:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Three House committees subpoenaed in connection with the bribery investigation into imprisoned former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham and his associates reached an agreement with federal prosecutors Tuesday allowing the subpoenas to be withdrawn, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. Under the agreement, five outstanding subpoenas will be withdrawn and the committees will voluntarily hand over documents in addition to material already provided, according to a statement released by Brendan Daly, a spokesman for Pelosi. Two committee staffers will appear March 1 before the grand jury in San Diego that has been considering evidence stemming from the Cunningham case,...
  • Federal probe floods Statehouse (NJ) with subpoenas

    02/19/2007 5:28:49 AM PST · by Calpernia · 11 replies · 247+ views
    Star-Ledger ^ | Saturday, February 17, 2007 | BY TED SHERMAN AND JEFF WHELAN
    New Jersey legislative officials were hit with a volley of federal subpoenas yesterday, in a rapidly expanding corruption investigation into the Statehouse by U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie. The subpoenas were served on both the Democratic and Republican leadership in the Senate and the Assembly -- seeking information on how millions in public funds were handed out over the last three years. (snip) Lawmakers and other Statehouse veterans could not recall a federal probe ever going as deeply into the state's budget process. Among those who received subpoenas were Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex); Senate Minority Leader Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon); Senate...
  • Question re: Subpoenas

    12/27/2006 7:36:25 PM PST · by hsmomx3 · 44 replies · 655+ views
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    My 13 year old daughter received a subpoena to appear in court with regard to a domestic violence assault she witnessed in our home. However, as I was reading the subpoena, near the bottom it gave the date of the incident. This particular incident was not witnessed by the child listed on the subpoena. Instead, this was witnessed by another child not listed. Can these charges be dismissed/dropped due to a technicality?
  • Krugman: Shut Up and Vote Democrat

    10/16/2006 9:41:58 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 51 replies · 1,929+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein October 16, 2006 - 12:13 Give Paul Krugman credit for candor. He could care less about a candidate's qualities. He just wants you to vote Democrat. As suggested by the headline - One-Letter Politics - of his pay-to-play column this morning, Krugman asserts: "The fact is that this is a one-letter election. D or R, that’s all that matters. It’s hard to think of an election in which the personal qualities of the people running in a given district or state have mattered less." In a way, it's refreshing to see a Times columnist bare his partisanship...
  • SEC setting new media subpoenas code

    03/02/2006 5:55:45 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 316+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 2, 2006 | MARCY GORDON
    WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission will adopt a new policy on subpoenaing journalists, SEC Chairman Christopher Cox said Thursday in a move to resolve a controversy over the agency's recent demands for reporters' records. Cox and the other four SEC commissioners decided unanimously at a closed-door meeting to issue "clear principles" to guide agency attorneys on media subpoenas within the next week or so, he told reporters in a meeting. On Monday, after news reports had appeared on the matter, Cox took the unusual step of halting the agency's pursuit of subpoenas previously served on columnists for...
  • TheStreet.com, Cramer Get Subpoenas in Gradient Probe (SEC Overstock.com investigation)

    02/27/2006 7:25:39 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 1,079+ views
    TheStreet.com ^ | February 27, 2006 | Matthew Goldstein
    A regulatory investigation into allegations of collusion between short-sellers and a stock-research firm has led to the serving of subpoenas on TheStreet.com and its co-founder and major shareholder, James J. Cramer. Both TheStreet.com, which publishes this Web site, and Cramer, who writes a column on its RealMoney subscription site, have objected to the government's demands for communications between journalists and their sources. The subpoenas are related to a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into allegations that Gradient Analytics, an Arizona stock-research firm, published bearish research reports at the behest of a group of short-sellers, including Rocker Partners, a minority...
  • Prosecutor subpoenas Cunningham-related companies in Texas case

    12/13/2005 4:40:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 528+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 12/13/05 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON – A Texas prosecutor has issued subpoenas for bank records of a defense contractor involved in the bribery case of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham as part of the investigation of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. District Attorney Ronnie Earle issued subpoenas last Thursday for California businessmen Brent Wilkes and Max Gelwix, records of Perfect Wave Technologies, Wilkes Corp. and ADCS Inc. in connection with a contribution to a fundraising committee at the center of the investigation that led to DeLay's indictment on money laundering charges. Perfect Wave contributed $15,000 in September 2002 to Texans for a Republican...
  • Chairman Threatens Subpoenas On Katrina

    11/09/2005 5:39:57 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 380+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 11-10-2005 | Jeffr McMurray
    Chairman Threatens Subpoenas on Katrina Thursday November 10, 2005 1:16 AM By JEFFREY McMURRAY Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican chairman of a House panel investigating the response to Hurricane Katrina threatened Wednesday to issue subpoenas for documents if the White House and other agencies don't provide them by Nov. 18. Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia made the commitment after a Louisiana Democrat, Charlie Melancon, pointed out the panel still hadn't seen some documents it requested more than a month ago. The original request pertains to the White House, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human...
  • Illinois state offices receive subpoenas

    10/26/2005 1:08:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 416+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/26/05 | AP - Chicago
    CHICAGO (AP) - The federal investigation into the state's hiring practices under Gov. Rod Blagojevich has widened with a subpoena seeking personnel records from the transportation department, an agency spokesman said Wednesday. Two other subpoenas issued earlier this month seek records from the governor's office and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The subpoenas seek personnel records from March 2002 - nine months before Blagojevich took office - to the present. The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to fully comply with the request, agency spokesman Matt Vanover said. Blagojevich has denied any wrongdoing. The governor's father-in-law, Chicago Alderman...
  • Gonzales Goes Missing

    03/29/2005 3:30:56 PM PST · by ninenot · 92 replies · 2,633+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 03/28/05 | The Prowler
    The White House was "troubled," according to one source, about the reported actions -- or inactions -- of the Justice Department last week as Republicans in Congress made a last ditch attempt to rescue Terri Schiavo. "You actually had Arlen Specter and his Judiciary Committee out there trying to save this woman's life, and then you have Alberto Gonzales and his crew over at Justice basically putting up roadblocks," says a White House staffer. "This was not a good way for Gonzales to start his tenure there." Gonzales has been on the job at Justice for a little over two...
  • Frist Threatens Jail for Terri Judge(Shiavo Feeding)

    03/19/2005 8:00:19 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 347 replies · 7,654+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 3/19/05
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Friday that subpoenas issued by Sen. Mike Enzi compelling Terri Schiavo to appear at a March 28 congressional hearing made it a crime to disconnect her feeding tube - and threatened anyone who interfered with her testimony with jail. In a statement issued by the majority leader's office, Frist said: "Federal criminal law protects witnesses called before official Congressional committee proceedings from anyone who may obstruct or impede a witness’ attendance or testimony." "More specifically," said the Senate's top Republican, "the law protects a witness from anyone who - by threats, force, or by...
  • Baseball Vows to Fight Steroids Subpoenas

    03/09/2005 9:48:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 467+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/9/05 | Ronald Blum - AP
    NEW YORK - Major league baseball responded with outrage to congressional subpoenas for Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi and other top stars, vowing to fight them all the way to court. Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Frank Thomas also were summoned Wednesday to testify at the March 17 hearing of the House Government Reform Committee (news - web sites). Also called were players' association head Donald Fehr, baseball executive vice presidents Rob Manfred and Sandy Alderson and San Diego general manager Kevin Towers. The committee, which has no interest in hearing from Barry Bonds, also demanded a...
  • CA: Auditor demands Caltrans answers - Agency threatened with subpoenas ...

    02/16/2005 8:52:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 343+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/16/05 | Sean Holstege
    The state auditor is deepening her probe into why state transportation officials withheld vital Bay Bridge documents and is threatening subpoenas for the first time. In a letter sent Monday to state Transportation Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak, State Auditor Elaine Howle demanded an investigation into why an April 2004 Caltrans report was never turned over to her office. It showed Caltrans knew the bridge repair program had shattered the budget by $1 billion. "I first learned of this document's existence at the (Jan. 26 Senate Transportation) committee hearing. I am very disturbed by Caltrans' failure to provide the draft quarterly...
  • CA: SEC subpoenas slew of pension, finance records

    12/24/2004 9:13:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 279+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 12/24/04 | Philip J. LaVelle
    A federal subpoena served on San Diego's city manager seeks a mountain of material on the city's pension underfunding, on possible conflicts of interest at the pension board and on financial reporting irregularities by city officials. The Securities and Exchange Commission subpoena of City Manager Lamont Ewell, issued Dec. 16 and made public yesterday, makes 36 demands for a broad range of records, including e-mails, notes, phone messages, financial documents, calendars and minutes of meetings dating back to Jan. 1, 1996. It also orders him to testify over two days, beginning Feb. 3, at San Diego's downtown federal building. The...
  • CA: SEC subpoenas S.D. officials, records

    12/20/2004 10:08:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 267+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 12/20/04 | Phillip J. LaVelle
    The Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed several San Diego city officials to testify under oath as part of an ongoing securities-fraud investigation of city finances and the troubled pension system. The demand for sworn testimony, along with a separate subpoena seeking a sweeping array of city financial records, was issued late last week and will be discussed at a special City Council hearing tomorrow. "I can't say I was terribly surprised," Mayor Dick Murphy said yesterday. The SEC, spurred by revelations of irregularities in the city's financial disclosures, has been investigating city finances for the better part of a...