Updated 8:26 am PDT, Thursday, August 1, 2019 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., begins a markup over immigration policy on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. The Senate Judiciary Committee is engaged in a heated battle over immigration policy as chairman Lindsey Graham threatens to upend the rules to advance a detention bill that Democrats oppose. It’s one last battle, being led Thursday by a top ally of President Donald Trump, before senators break for a long August recess and the start of 2020 campaigning. less Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., begins a markup over immigration policy on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. The Senate Judiciary Committee is engaged in a heated ... more Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP … [Read more...] about Graham immigration bill disrupts Senate Judiciary Committee
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Mary Clare Jalonick Associated Press Published 6:28 PM EDT May 8, 2019 Washington – The Senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., calling him in to answer questions about his 2017 testimony. That’s according to a person familiar with the subpoena who discussed it on condition of anonymity. The committee has renewed interest in talking to President Donald Trump’s eldest son after Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified earlier this year. Cohen told a House committee in February that he had briefed Trump Jr. approximately 10 times about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 he was only “peripherally aware” of the proposal. The Senate intelligence committee has been investigating Russian election interference and Trump’s ties to Russia for the last two years. The subpoena is a sign that the panel is still conducting its investigation even after the release … [Read more...] about Senate intelligence committee subpoenas Donald Trump Jr.
A bill that would make internal police investigations police open to the public advanced Wednesday.After more than an hour of debate, the controversial proposal was approved on a party-line vote by the Democratic-majority Senate Judiciary Committee. House Bill 1119 would boost transparency and accountability within police departments across the state, said co-sponsor Sen. Mike Foote said, D-Lafayette, resulting in a win-win for police and the communities they serve.“Transparency is good for the public. It enhances trust between government agencies or the government in general and the public that is supposed to be served by that government agency,” Foote said. “The police departments, in this case, would benefit from the additional trust that would be created from this kind of transparency.”If enacted, internal police investigations could be released to the public after all investigations and criminal cases associated with them were completed. … [Read more...] about Colorado bill to open files on internal police investigations heads to Senate after committee approval
Lindsay Whitehurst Associated Press Published 4:58 PM EST Jan 3, 2019 Salt Lake City – Orrin Hatch ended his tenure Thursday as the longest-serving Republican senator in history, capping a unique career that positioned him as one of the most prominent conservatives in the United States. The departure of the vocal supporter of President Donald Trump ushers in another outsized Utah voice with a very different take on the president: Mitt Romney, whose renewed criticism of Trump is already making waves. Romney was sworn in to the U.S. Senate seat from which Hatch is retiring after four decades and at the height of his power. A staunch conservative who wasn’t afraid to cross the aisle, Hatch teamed with Democrats to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for low-income kids. He also championed GOP issues like abortion limits and played a major role in shaping the U.S. Supreme Court, including defending Clarence Thomas … [Read more...] about Orrin Hatch ends 4-decade Senate run as unique GOP voice
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society.Senate passage of the bill by a vote of 87-12 culminates years of negotiations and gives President Donald Trump a signature policy victory, with the outcome hailed by scores of conservative and liberal advocacy groups. The House is expected to pass the bill this week, sending it to the president's desk for his signature.The bill gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. It also reduces the life sentence for some drug offenders with three convictions, or "three strikes," to 25 years. Another provision would allow about 2,600 federal prisoners sentenced for crack cocaine offenses before August 2010 the opportunity to petition for a reduced penalty. 13 … [Read more...] about Senate overwhelmingly passes criminal justice reform bill