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Michael Flynn Invokes the Fifth

May 23, 2017 Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday he won’t comply with their May 10 subpoena of materials related to the Russia investigation, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. “The context in which the committee has called for General Flynn’s testimonial production...

Will the Supreme Court Take Up Cellphone Surveillance?

May 22, 2017 Statistically speaking, you’re most likely reading this story on a cellphone somewhere in the United States. If you are, you’re using one of more than 378 million cellphone accounts in the country. The data forming these words is beaming to your phone by way of between 300,000 and 600,000 cell...

What the Special Counsel Appointment Means

May 17, 2017 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel in the Russia investigation on Wednesday, a major escalation in the ongoing federal probe into Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. In a letter formalizing the appointment, Rosenstein said Mueller was authorized to oversee...

Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff Joins the Trump Administration

May 17, 2017 David Clarke, the controversial sheriff of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County and a conservative media darling, is joining the Trump administration as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security. Clarke announced the move in a local radio interview Wednesday afternoon. The hiring comes as public scrutiny of the jail he...

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

May 9, 2017 President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, a shocking dismissal that removes the top federal law-enforcement official overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In a statement announcing the removal, the White House said Trump had “acted based on the clear recommendations of both...

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

May 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, a shocking dismissal that removes the top federal law-enforcement official overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In a statement announcing the removal, the White House said Trump had “acted based on the clear recommendations of both...

To Protect and Serve (and Pray)

April 21, 2017 There are more than 18,000 police departments in the United States, spread out in a vast jurisdictional patchwork of federal, state, local, and tribal agencies that stretches from Hawaii to Maine. This month, Alabama could add to their ranks something unprecedented in American history: a police department operated by a...

More Judicial Scrutiny for Police Use of Civil Forfeitures

April 5, 2017 The U.S. Supreme Court receives thousands of appeals from the nation’s lower courts each year. It declines to hear almost all of them. But for Justice Clarence Thomas, one of those rejected cases earlier this month gave him the chance to challenge a widely criticized police practice: civil forfeiture. Leonard...

‘General Flynn Certainly Has a Story to Tell’

March 31, 2017 Why does someone request immunity from prosecution before speaking with federal investigators? That question will likely consume Washington in the weeks ahead after Thursday night’s bombshell Wall Street Journal report about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. According to the Journal, Flynn is seeking an immunity deal from the FBI...

Michael Flynn Is Ready to Talk to Investigators

March 31, 2017 Why does someone request immunity from prosecution before speaking with federal investigators? That question will likely consume Washington in the weeks ahead after Thursday night’s bombshell Wall Street Journal report about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. According to the Journal, Flynn is seeking an immunity deal from the FBI...

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