Author: Rebecca Beitsch

House appropriators move to extend Title 42 through DHS budget

House appropriators voted Friday to extend a Trump-era border policy, adding a six-month extension of Title 42 to the Department of Homeland Security Budget. The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), was passed by voice vote, leaving unclear with Democrats voted in support of the effort. Title 42 contravenes asylum law, allowing border officials…

Former officials describe fierce Trump pressure on Justice Dept.

Former President Trump’s plan to overturn the 2020 election by installing a loyalist at the top of the Justice Department would have led to mass resignations at the agency and, ultimately, sparked an unprecedented constitutional crisis, former DOJ leaders testified Thursday on Capitol Hill. Appearing before the House panel investigating last year’s attack on the…

Who is Jeffrey Clark, a key figure in Trump’s DOJ pressure campaign

Jeffrey Clark was a mid-level Justice Department lawyer specializing in environmental law when he became a central part of former President Trump’s plans to oust DOJ leadership who wouldn’t forward baseless investigations into election fraud. Clark was introduced to Trump by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and quickly became a leading advocate for the Justice Department…

Jan. 6 panel to hear from DOJ officials who battled Trump’s ‘misuse’ of agency

Justice Department officials’ unwavering resistance to then-President Trump’s attempts to use their agency to legitimize his bid to remain in office will be the focus of Thursday’s hearing from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. “In the remaining weeks of the transition, President Trump tried to pressure the Department…

Five takeaways from the latest Jan. 6 hearing

The House committee examining last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday advanced its ongoing case against former President Trump for his role in the deadly riot, tapping the experiences of Republican state election officials who had been pressured directly by Trump to overturn the 2020 election results. Those officials — representing Arizona and Georgia,…

Jan. 6 panel subpoenas filmmaker with access to Trump family

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol is probing new sources for information on former President Trump, his children and former Vice President Mike Pence, issuing a subpoena to a documentary filmmaker. The subpoena to Alex Holder, first obtained by Politico, asks not only for footage he captured as…

Trump’s pressure on state GOP to take center stage

Former President Trump’s role in pushing state officials across the country to bypass election requirements and aid him in claiming victory will take center state Tuesday for the fourth hearing from the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. “We’ll be taking a close look at how the president and his allies…

Five takeaways: Jan. 6 panel bears down on Pence pressure campaign

The House committee investigating last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol staged its third public hearing on Thursday, advancing its case that former President Trump had tapped the powers of the White House to orchestrate an attempted coup. The effort was unsuccessful, in the panel’s telling, only because Trump’s weeks-long campaign to recruit other White…

Jan. 6 panel pits Trump against Pence

A weeks-long campaign by former President Trump to pressure his vice president to overturn the 2020 election results was based on a “nutty” legal theory — rejected by top aides to both men — that led directly to the violence on Jan. 6, 2021, according to congressional testimony presented Thursday. In its third hearing scheduled…