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Appearing AG Matthew Whitaker testifies; the Supreme Court docket halts a Louisiana abortion regulation.

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  • Appearing Lawyer Common Matthew Whitaker testified to Congress beneath oath on Friday that he has not taken motion to intervene with particular counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election. [Vox / Jen Kirby]
  • In tense questioning led by Home Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Whitaker additionally denied ever talking with President Trump or anybody within the White Home in regards to the Mueller probe. [NYT / Katie Benner, Nicholas Fandos, and Charlie Savage]
  • In a complicated assertion final month, Whitaker mentioned the Mueller investigation was “near be[ing] accomplished.” This contradicted different accounts that Mueller wanted extra time to complete the probe. [Politico / Andrew Desiderio and Darren Samuelsohn]
  • Democrats on the panel requested a couple of vary of subjects, together with whether or not Trump had lashed out towards Whitaker over federal expenses towards Michael Cohen, how Whitaker even grew to become appearing AG, and whether or not he believes the Mueller probe is a “witch hunt.” [The Hill]
  • “Deliver your popcorn,” mentioned Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the top GOP within the committee, calling the trial mere “political theater.” Collins even known as to adjourn the listening to, however Democrats outvoted the transfer. [CNN / Jeremy Herb and Alex Rogers]
  • A snapshot of the contentious listening to: “Mr. Chairman, I see that your time is up,” Whitaker mentioned to Nadler when requested if he ever authorised actions taken by the particular counsel. The Democratic panel responded with laughter at Whitaker’s avoidance of the query. The remark was additionally a breach of protocol — as chair, Nadler is the one who units the speaking time, not Whitaker. [Vox / Aaron Rupar]
  • There was even doubt that Whitaker would present as much as testify; he refused on Wednesday to return to questioning until Democrats promised they wouldn’t subpoena him, which Nadler ultimately agreed to. The set of exchanges symbolizes the tense relationship between the Trump administration and the Democratic Home. [Washington Post / Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky]

Are we one step nearer to revisiting Roe v. Wade?

  • The Supreme Court docket blocked Louisiana on Thursday evening from imposing a regulation that may have closed a minimum of two of the state’s three remaining abortion clinics. It’s a short lived determination whereas the Court docket decides whether or not to listen to the case. In the event that they do, Roe v. Wade might in the end be overturned. [Vox / Anna North]
  • The regulation requires abortion suppliers in Louisiana to have hospital admitting privileges, which are sometimes troublesome for them to get. In 2016, the Supreme Court docket dominated {that a} related regulation in Texas was unconstitutional. [NPR / Nina Totenberg, Domenico Montanaro, Richard Gonzales, and Barbara Campbell]
  • Chief Justice John Roberts, who is usually conservative however is now the Court docket’s possible swing vote, voted with the 5-Four majority — though he could have sided with liberals simply to stall till the case is heard in court docket once more. [NYT / Adam Liptak]
  • Though solely Justice Brett Kavanaugh issued a dissent on the keep, this ruling could set a tone that the conservative Roberts Court docket shouldn’t be but able to overturn Roe v. Wade. [Rolling Stone / Tessa Stuart]

Miscellaneous

  • Jeff Bezos wrote a submit on Medium accusing the Nationwide Enquirer of “extortion and blackmail” as a result of the publication threatened to launch embarrassing photographs of him. The Amazon founder, who additionally owns the Washington Publish, got here out wanting just like the defender of reality. And Trump could also be concerned. [Atlantic / Alana Semuels]
  • Democrats mentioned sexual assault allegations towards Brett Kavanaugh ought to’ve eliminated him from consideration for the Supreme Court docket final fall. Now that Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia faces sexual assault allegations, members of his social gathering have been slower to remark. [Vice News / Matt Laslo]
  • A just lately transcripted dialog reveals that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman mentioned in 2017 he would “use a bullet” if journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi didn’t cease reporting articles criticizing the Saudi authorities. [NYT / Mark Mazzetti]
  • We’re demanding extra oil concurrently we would like extra solutions to local weather change. Power giants like ExxonMobil plan to extend investments regardless of well-liked sentiments to handle prices to the planet. [Economist]
  • You will get on FaceTime once more. Apple fastened a bug that allowed customers to entry receivers’ audio even when they didn’t choose up. [Wired / Lily Hay Newman]

Verbatim

“John fought to go Medicare — and he received. He fought to go Medicaid — and he received. He fought for civil rights — and he received. He fought for the Endangered Species Act and the Clear Air Act — and he received.” [Fomer Sen. Carl Levin in a 2005 assertion about former Rep. John Dingell Jr. (D-MI), the longest-serving member of Congress, who died Thursday, by way of the New York Occasions]


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