Author: Rebecca Beitsch

As Jan. 6 subpoena deadline looms, Jordan, McCarthy mull options

Letters from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) demanding documents from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is a surprising signal that some GOP members subpoenaed by the panel may actually be thinking about some level of cooperation with its investigation. The letters largely berate the committee before asking…

Biden pressed to take unusual strategy on Title 42 court fight

Advocates are calling on the Biden administration to take an unusual approach in the legal battle over Title 42: Challenge a court ruling that blocks it from being lifted but otherwise cave to the court’s demands. A ruling last week blocked the Biden administration from rescinding the Trump-era policy that denies migrants their right to…

Administration to streamline processing of asylum applications

The Biden administration on Tuesday will begin streamlining its processing of asylum applications in an effort to aid those who otherwise face years in limbo due to massive backlogs in the immigration court system. Only one of the nation’s 500 immigration judges currently can give approval to those fleeing persecution to remain in the country….

Jordan demands docs from Jan. 6 panel in face of subpoena

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), one of five Republican members subpoenaed by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, is asking the panel to turn over the bulk of the information it has collected on him as he weighs how to respond to the compulsory request for his testimony. In a six-page…

Ethics law offers possible path for Trump prosecution

As federal investigators weigh the potential criminality of former President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, legal experts say a decades-old ethics law — one routinely violated by members of Trump’s inner circle — could provide them a glide path to prosecution. The Hatch Act prohibits electioneering by executive branch officials, including the promotion…

Republicans demand docs from paused DHS disinformation board

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and four Senate GOP colleagues are demanding documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) related to its now paused disinformation board. DHS last week froze the work of its controversial Disinformation Governance Board, and its leader has resigned. But the letter indicates Republicans plan to continue their oversight of a…