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  • Mueller v. Trump

    05/20/2018 7:31:33 PM PDT · by CWW · 37 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 05-20-2018 | Ted Olson
    As things now stand, Mueller has not made, or even attempted to make, a record to explain why he would be justified in invoking the power of the judiciary to compel the president to show up before a grand jury—without a lawyer—and answer whatever questions Mueller and his army of prosecutors may put to him. Two Supreme Court decisions have been cited by some commentators as precedents authorizing compulsive judicial authority to force a president to testify before a grand jury. But neither case goes nearly that far. Indeed, both decisions are explicitly limited to the unique circumstances that gave...
  • Mueller v. Trump

    05/20/2018 4:46:09 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 7 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 20 May 2018 | Theodore B. Olson
    Can special counsel Robert Mueller require President Trump to testify before a grand jury? It would be unprecedented, and his effort to do so could lead to a major constitutional confrontation. The president could, of course, resist a grand jury subpoena by asserting his right under the Fifth Amendment not to be a witness against himself. However, for political reasons, he may not wish to do that. And he may not need to. Another off-ramp for the president, which he may choose not to take, is to remove the special counsel. Mueller is an appointee of the Department of Justice,...
  • Trump attorney John Dowd resigns amid shake-up in president’s legal team

    03/22/2018 8:39:38 AM PDT · by bitt · 89 replies
    WAPO ^ | 3/22/2018 | Rosalind S. Helderman, Carol D. Leonnig and Ashley Parker
    John Dowd, a personal attorney to President Trump, resigned his post Thursday amid a shake-up in the president’s legal team as Trump has sought more firepower to deal with the special counsel’s Russia investigation. The resignation came Thursday, according to three people familiar with the decision. Dowd declined to comment. Dowd’s departure was a largely mutual decision made after the president lost confidence in his ability to handle special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation and Dowd became frustrated with Trump’s recent efforts to bring on new attorneys, they said. In recent weeks, Dowd clashed with the president, including an...
  • Trump Legal Team Reaches Out to Top Attorney Theodore Olson

    03/20/2018 11:47:36 AM PDT · by frnewsjunkie · 16 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Mar 20, 2018 | Jeffrey Rodack
    President Donald Trump's legal team has approached high-profile attorney Theodore Olson about joining forces. The newspaper described Olson as a seasoned litigator, who served as solicitor general in the George W. Bush administration. The Post said Olson, 77, has long been considered a legal superstar.
  • Top GOP lawyer absolutely scorches Ted Cruz: “Most graduates of Harvard Law School know” better

    07/07/2015 8:44:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Salon ^ | July 7, 2015 | Sophia Tesfaye
    Ted Olson dings Cruz's proposal to revamp the Supreme Court.Conservative attorney and prominent gay rights activist Ted Olson took a swipe Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz , saying the freshman senator had abandoned a fundamental understanding of the constitution when he suggested a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality. Immediately following the Court’s decision, Cruz promised to keep the issue “front and center” in his campaign. ”That is very much front and center something I intend to campaign on,” he said. “And marriage and religious liberty are...
  • Ted Olson: ‘Not Illegal’ for Bakery to Refuse to Take Part in Gay Wedding Under SCOTUS Ruling

    06/29/2015 8:15:13 PM PDT · by GregoTX · 48 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 29, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) – Former Solicitor General Ted Olson told “Fox News Sunday” that it is “not illegal” for a bakery for instance to refuse to participate in a gay wedding under last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. “It's not illegal under this ruling,” Olson said in response to Fox News host Chris Wallace’s question about how the ruling will affect religious freedom. “There's the question – and it became hot this spring – of religious freedom. Can the proverbial baker or photographer who is selling his services openly, can he refuse to participate in a same-sex marriage...
  • Gaming Out the End of the Gay-Marriage Fight (Nausea notice)

    10/30/2014 7:28:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 29, 2014 | David A. Graham
    Evan Wolfson and Ted Olson aren't pleased with the Supreme Court's decision not to make marriage equality the law of the land, but they're ready to keep fighting. In the heat of the civil-rights fight, when told he shouldn't push too hard for racial equality because of political backlash, Lyndon Johnson famously shot back, "What the hell's the presidency for?" Ted Olson had a similar question for the Supreme Court Wednesday, pondering why the justices had opted not to take a single case on same-sex marriage this term. "I agonize over the court not making a decision," said Olson, an...
  • Ted Olson Likens U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's Anti-Gay Views To Racism During Civil Rights Movement

    06/30/2014 3:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Burnt Orange Report ^ | June 30, 2014 | Omar Araiza
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is taking heat for his anti-gay views and vocal opposition to marriage equality by none other than a fellow Republican figure. Prominent Republican lawyer, Ted Olson, who is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, thought Cruz's comments on marriage equality were "very, very sad." Cruz had a lot to say to the crowds at the Texas GOP convention about the "threat" that is gay marriage. His speech appeared on an article of The New Yorker (emphasis mine): "Marriage is under assault," Ted Cruz said to the crowd. "It is under assault in a way that is...
  • Ted Olson Vows to Make GOP Pro-Gay

    06/12/2014 7:32:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    US News ^ | 06/12/2014 | Nikki Schwab
    Ted Olson isn’t big on making predictions. The conservative attorney who successfully argued Hollingsworth v. Perry, ridding California of Proposition 8 and allowing gay couples to marry, isn’t willing to guess which gay marriage case will make it to the Supreme Court next. (He’s working on one out of Virginia.) “Every time you make a guess of what a judge is going to do … you’re wrong, so I try to stay away from that,” he told Whispers. Olson also isn’t willing to play political prognosticator, though he said we’d eventually see a GOP presidential candidate who is pro-gay marriage....
  • Sundance: Prop 8 lawyer wants gay marriage 'in all 50 states in five years'

    01/19/2014 1:37:48 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 29 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/18/2014 | Tatiana Siegel
    PARK CITY -- The Sundance premiere for Ryan White and Ben Cotner's Proposition 8 documentary The Case Against 8 at Temple Theatre on Saturday afternoon drew one of the most enthusiastic audience responses of the festival to date. OUR EDITOR RECOMMENDS Sundance: Zach Braff Was Warned 'People Will Go Apes--t' Over Kickstarter Campaign Sundance: Kristen Stewart on 'Camp X-Ray's' Haunted Set, Meeting Robert Redford (Video) Daily Warm Up: Aaron Paul Talks Sundance Drama 'Hellion,' 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff Sundance at 30: Vintage Photos of Park City's Biggest Stars Lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies, who successfully fought to overturn California's Proposition...
  • Former solicitor general calls IRS targeting scandal 'huge'

    05/16/2013 3:17:49 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 16, 2013 | Megyn Kelly
    Ted Olson weighs in...
  • Ted Olson's Faulty Polygamy Argument

    03/30/2013 5:27:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/29/2013 | J. Robert Smith
    Okay, so I'm not a lawyer, much less a constitutional lawyer. Ted Olson is a lawyer -- an accomplished attorney with a fine mind and a capacity for facile argument. But he's dead wrong when he says the law can exclude polygamy or any other marriage arrangement though it recognizes the legal "right" of homosexuals to marry. Let's carefully consider Olson's oral argument in response to Justice Sotomayor's query about the plasticity of marriage should the institution be opened to homosexuals. SNIP SNIP Here's the Sotomayor-Olson exchange from a transcript provided by NPR: JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: Mr. Olson, the bottom line...
  • EXCLUSIVE: EMails Show Prop. 8 Judge Sought Ted Olson’s Advice On Whether to Attend Supreme Court...

    03/22/2013 12:04:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Patterico's Pontifications ^ | 03/22/2013 | Patterico
    EXCLUSIVE: EMails Show Prop. 8 Judge Sought Ted Olson’s Advice On Whether to Attend Supreme Court Argument on Gay Marriage Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:25 am Vaughn R. Walker, the judge who struck down Proposition 8, California’s gay marriage ban, sought Ted Olson’s opinion regarding whether Walker should attend next week’s Supreme Court arguments on the gay marriage cases. Olson was one of the lawyers who successfully persuaded Judge Walker to strike down Proposition 8 after a trial held in 2010.In December 2012 emails obtained exclusively by Patterico.com, Judge Walker, who retired in February 2011, asked Olson’s law...
  • Paul Ryan taps Ted Olson to play Biden in debate prep

    09/15/2012 5:34:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/15/12 | Felicia Sonmez
    Paul Ryan taps Ted Olson to play Biden in debate prepBy Felicia Sonmez, Saturday, September 15, 10:31 AM The Washington Post Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has tapped former U.S. solicitor general Ted Olson to play the role of Vice President Biden in preparations for next month’s debate. Olson is best known as the top Republican attorney who, along with New York attorney David Boies, led the legal battle against California’s Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage. His first mock debate session with Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, came this past week. Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck called Olson “one of...
  • Bush Solicitor General Ted Olson Hails Obama Gay Marriage Shift

    05/10/2012 12:38:27 PM PDT · by torchy · 102 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 9 2012 | John Avlon
    ..."I am gratified that the president has thrown his personal support and the authority of the presidency behind the goal of justice, equality, and decency for all citizens," said Ted Olson, founder of the Federalist Society and former Bush administration solicitor general.. I called Olson on Wednesday to get the conservative legal leader's take on the North Carolina gay-marriage ban at the ballot and the way it sets up a Supreme Court showdown, possibly as early as 2013--no matter who is president. Olson has stern words for his fellow conservatives who flooded the polls on Tuesday, making North Carolina the...
  • Gay Marriage Effort Attracts a Novel Group of Donors [Geffen, Bing, Reiner Mehlman, ex-RNC Chair]

    03/24/2012 11:02:38 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 23, 2012 | ADAM NAGOURNEY and BROOKS BARNES
    Gay Marriage Effort Attracts a Novel Group of Donors ADAM NAGOURNEY and BROOKS BARNES March 23, 2012 LOS ANGELES — On a warm Friday afternoon three years ago, Rob Reiner, the director, arrived for lunch at the Beverly Hills estate of David Geffen, the entertainment mogul. Mr. Reiner and his political adviser, Chad H. Griffin, had spent six months drafting an ambitious legal campaign aimed at persuading the United States Supreme Court to establish a constitutional right of same-sex marriage. Mr. Reiner, joined by Mr. Griffin and Mr. Reiner’s wife, Michele, told Mr. Geffen they would need $3 million to...
  • Influencing Ted Olson

    08/23/2010 11:51:19 AM PDT · by CA Conservative · 35 replies
    NRO ^ | 8/23/10 | Ed Whelan
    Ted Olson and his anti-Prop 8 media machine have been aggressively leveraging his past associations with conservative legal causes in support of his newfound support for the invention of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. In so doing, they’ve tried to obscure the fact that the position that the Constitution can and should be interpreted to invalidate traditional marriage laws can’t possibly be reconciled with the conservative legal principles that Olson used to purport to stand for. (I’m not addressing here the very different question whether a conservative can soundly support legislative revision of marriage laws to include same-sex couples.)...
  • Bush Solicitor General 'Proud' of Lady Gaga’s Support for Same-Sex Marriage

    06/07/2011 4:43:16 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 44 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/5/2011 | Nicholas Ballasy
    (CNSNews.com) – Ted Olson, former Solicitor General under President George W. Bush said he is “proud” of Lady Gaga’s support for same sex marriage and credited celebrities for raising public awareness of the issue. “Lady Gaga – I’m very proud that she announced last week that one of the songs on her album – I have no idea which, I don’t – was inspired by the Proposition 8 case – she really said that so I accept her,” said Olson on Monday during a keynote address at a U.S. Justice Department Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) ceremony called “Moving...
  • Olson: Prop 8 Supporters Lack "Rational Basis"

    12/13/2010 9:58:10 AM PST · by tricksy · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Frum Forum ^ | 12/6/10
    Famed attorney Ted Olson told a 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel Monday that the reason proponents of Proposition 8 have proffered to justify their ban on same-sex marriage is "nonsense." That reason, said Olson, reading from a page in the argument brief filed by attorneys for the Yes on 8 coalition which promoted passage of California's ban on same-sex marriage, was that same-sex marriage "will make children prematurely preoccupied with issues of sexuality." "If believed," said Olson, "that would justify the banning of comic books, television, video games, and even conversations between children."... "Protecting our children," said Olson,...
  • The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage

    08/19/2010 6:18:04 AM PDT · by throwback · 446 replies · 1+ views
    Newsweek ^ | January 09, 2010 | Ted Olsen
    Together with my good friend and occasional courtroom adversary David Boies, I am attempting to persuade a federal court to invalidate California's Proposition 8—the voter-approved measure that overturned California's constitutional right to marry a person of the same sex. My involvement in this case has generated a certain degree of consternation among conservatives. How could a politically active, lifelong Republican, a veteran of the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations, challenge the "traditional" definition of marriage and press for an "activist" interpretation of the Constitution to create another "new" constitutional right? My answer to this seeming conundrum rests on...