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Trump Sues Over Democrats' Use of Subpoena Power

House panel wants 10 years of financial records from his accounting firm

(Newser) - A House panel is using its power to demand access to President Trump's financial records. On Monday, however, Trump sued to block the effort and said Democrats were abusing their power, reports the Hill . The legal fight stems from a move last week by Rep. Elijah Cummings, chair of... More »

House Panel OKs Subpoenas for Full Mueller Report

Rep. Nadler said he would issue them if AG Barr doesn't change his position

(Newser) - The House Judiciary Committee approved subpoenas Wednesday for special counsel Robert Mueller's full Russia report as Democrats pressure the Justice Department to release the document without redactions. The committee voted 24-17 to give Democratic Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler permission to issue subpoenas to the Justice Department for the final... More »

New Investigation Follows Cohen's Insurance Claims

NY regulators subpoena Trump Organization's insurance broker

(Newser) - Add one more to the list of investigations linked to President Trump: A week after Michael Cohen told the House Oversight Committee that his former client had inflated the value of assets to insurance companies comes news that the New York State Department of Financial Services is investigating the Trump... More »

White House: Dems Can't See Kushner Clearance Documents

Lawyer calls request 'radically intrusive'

(Newser) - The White House says it isn't going to comply with a "radically intrusive" request from Democrats to see documents related to the controversial top-secret security clearance of Jared Kushner. In a letter to the House Oversight Committee, White House counsel Pat Cippolone argued that the committee did not... More »

Trump Inaugural Committee Hit With Sweeping Subpoena

Prosecutors looking into potential money laundering, other violations

(Newser) - President Trump has yet another legal headache: Federal prosecutors have stepped up their investigation of his inaugural committee and issued a sweeping subpoena for documents related to its donors and finances. Sources tell the New York Times that the subpoena seeks documents related to the committee's vendors, guests, contractors,... More »

Michael Cohen Gets a Subpoena

Attorney says Cohen will appear before Senate Intelligence Committee

(Newser) - A Senate committee has subpoenaed President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, a day after Cohen postponed his public testimony to a House committee. Word of the subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee comes from one of Cohen's lawyers, Lanny Davis, per the AP . He says Cohen will... More »

Details Emerge in DC's Mystery 'Sealed v Sealed' Case

Ruling is an apparent win for Mueller's team

(Newser) - The "Sealed v Sealed" case working its way through courts in Washington is shrouded in so much secrecy that reporters were cleared from an entire floor of a DC courthouse before a hearing Friday—but a Tuesday night ruling provided some clues. CNN —whose reporters spotted attorneys from... More »

Comey: 'Happy Thanksgiving. Got a Subpoena'

Loretta Lynch is in the same boat

(Newser) - Reports that House Republicans probing alleged bias against President Trump at the FBI and Justice Department were preparing to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch proved to be true. "Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans," Comey tweeted Thursday, noting he'... More »

Lawyer: Mueller Warned of Presidential Subpoena

Dowd says he responded: 'This isn't some game'

(Newser) - A former member of President Trump's legal team has confirmed that Robert Mueller raised a possibility last month that could lead to a long legal battle: a presidential subpoena. John Dowd, who led the Trump team's response to the Mueller investigation until his resignation in March , tells Reuters... More »

Angry House Committee Slaps Bannon With Subpoena

'Only Steve Bannon could unite this committee'

(Newser) - Steve Bannon appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday—and was slapped with a subpoena after refusing to answer questions about his time on President Trump's transition team or his stint in the West Wing. Sources tell Politico that the former White House strategist was subpoenaed on the... More »

Senate Committee Issues Rare Subpoena in Russia Case

Michael Flynn declined to hand over documents voluntarily

(Newser) - The Senate Intelligence Committee stepped up its investigation of alleged Russian meddling in last year's election Wednesday and subpoenaed former national security adviser Michael Flynn. A Senate historian tells NBC News that this is the first time the Intelligence Committee has used its subpoena power since the congressional investigation... More »

Usually Chatty Martin Shkreli Takes the 5th

Pharma bad boy's tight lips 'could hinder' Senate committee's investigation

(Newser) - Martin Shkreli "loves to talk," notes the New York Times , but the ex-Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO has taken the Fifth as a Senate committee looks into drug-pricing practices—and his refusal to hand over subpoenaed documents could impede the probe, NBC News reports. "Absent a valid justification... More »

Feds Subpoena Chipotle in Norovirus Outbreak

Looks like that food poisoning in California is leading to all sorts of problems

(Newser) - Sickened customers and employees, bad publicity, and tumbling stock prices were apparently just the beginning of Chipotle's woes. Now the restaurant chain has been slapped with a federal subpoena as part of a criminal investigation into a food poisoning outbreak in August, the AP reports. The subpoena received in... More »

Houston Subpoenas Pastors' Sermons

City says sermons fair game in equal-rights fight

(Newser) - Conservative pastors in Houston complain that the city is trampling on religious freedoms in the battle over a controversial equal-rights ordinance introduced earlier this year. The city's lawyers have subpoenaed several high-profile pastors opposed to the law, seeking, among other things, "all speeches, presentations, or sermons" related to... More »

Fired Christie Aide Refuses Subpoena, Pleads Fifth

Bridget Kelly is also invoking the 4th Amendment

(Newser) - A former Chris Christie aide at the center of the Fort Lee traffic scandal has refused to surrender subpoenaed documents ; Bridget Anne Kelly is invoking the Fifth Amendment, protecting her from self-incrimination. Kelly, who penned the infamous email calling for "traffic problems in Fort Lee," is also pointing... More »

Christie Staffers Hit With Subpoenas

As preliminary investigation finds 'zero evidence' of traffic study

(Newser) - Three organizations and 17 members of Chris Christie's current and former staff—including former deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly, ex-campaign manager Bill Stepien, and press secretary Michael Drewniak—were last night slapped with subpoenas demanding they hand over any Bridgegate documents to a legislative panel looking into the... More »

Now 16 Banks Subpoenaed in Libor Mess

Bank of America, Credit Suisse drawn into probe

(Newser) - Add nine more top banks to the list of subpoenas in the Libor scandal: Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Canada, Rabobank, Societe Generale, Norinchukin Bank, and West LB were all handed subpoenas in August and September, the Wall Street Journal... More »

JPMorgan, Other Banks Pulled Into Libor Probe

Seven banks subpoenaed

(Newser) - The Libor scandal continues to grow. The New York and Connecticut attorneys general have now subpoenaed seven large banks, with a round of subpoenas recently issued to JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, and HSBC, in addition to Barclays, a source told the AP yesterday. Citigroup and UBS... More »

White House Counsel Refuses Solyndra Subpoena

Says it's too broad, smacks of 'partisan politics'

(Newser) - The White House is fighting back over a House panel's subpoena of all Solyndra documents , refusing to comply and accusing the subpoena of being "driven more by partisan politics than a legitimate effort to conduct a responsible investigation," reports CNN . The "extremely broad request" is "... More »

House Panel Subpoenas White House Solyndra Docs

Last-ditch efforts to avoid the move prove fruitless

(Newser) - Despite last-minute efforts by the White House, the House Energy and Commerce Committee panel today authorized subpoenas for internal White House documents related to the Solyndra mess. The Washington Post calls the move “apparently unprecedented.” President Obama’s top lawyer had sought a deal and White House officials... More »

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