Murkowski to revive bill meant to help Native American women
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she plans to reintroduce a bill intended to help solve crimes against Native Americans. The bill received unanimous Senate approval after being introduced by North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp but was blocked by the outgoing chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Bill to help solve crimes against Native Americans stalls
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A bill meant to help authorities solve cases in which Native American women go missing or are killed on tribal land looks like it will expire before getting a vote in the U.S. House.
Comey resists closed-door Congress interview on FBI actions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI chief James Comey said Thursday he will resist a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee Dec. 3 unless that happens publicly because House Republicans will distort anything he says behind closed doors.
"I'm still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions," he tweeted.
Lawmakers postpone interview with Deputy AG Rosenstein
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House committees are postponing a closed-door interview with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that was expected to delve into reports that he discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump.
Rosenstein was scheduled on Wednesday to meet with the top lawmakers on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform panels. The meeting had been scheduled after weeks of negotiations and after speculation last month that Rosenstein would be fired or would resign.
Rosenstein agrees to private meeting with House lawmakers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed to speak privately with lawmakers following reports that he had discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump.
A person familiar with the situation said Rosenstein agreed to the meeting during a call Thursday evening with the House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte. The Virginia Republican said Friday he was working out details with the Justice Department for a closed-door session.
The Latest: GPS Fusion co-founder won’t talk to House panel
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a House committee's investigation of the Justice Department (all times local):
The co-founder of an opposition research firm that hired a former British spy to investigate President Donald Trump's potential Russia ties is declining to speak with a Republican-led congressional investigation.
Congressman’s son rips him for ‘ruining’ FBI agent’s career
The son of a powerful Republican congressman lambasted his father on Twitter on Monday for "ruining" the career of a recently fired FBI agent who had sent anti-Trump text messages during the Russia investigation.
The son of U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte also began soliciting campaign donations on Sunday for the Democrat who is running to replace his father, who is retiring. The Democratic campaign said more than $25,000 had flowed in from across the country in less than 24 hours.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times EDT):
The largest U.S. doctors' group, the American Medical Association, is urging the Trump administration to end promptly the practice of separating children from their migrating families at the southern border.
The AMA's chief executive officer, Dr. James Madara, writes in a letter that families seeking refuge in the U.S. "already endure emotional and physical stress" and that separation only makes it worse.
FBI agent removed from Russia probe is willing to testify
WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team after sending anti-Trump text messages says he is willing to testify before Congress.
A lawyer for Peter Strzok (STRUCK) told House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte in a letter Sunday that his client is willing to testify before his panel or any other committee that invites him.
PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally says the House GOP leadership has committed to hearing her hardline immigration bill in early June.
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Ben Cline, a state delegate and former staffer for retiring Rep. Bob Goodlatte, was selected Saturday as the Republican nominee for Virginia's 6th Congressional District.
Cline won the nomination at a convention Saturday that drew more than 2,000 delegates to James Madison University.
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A former federal prosecutor will be formally sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.
Thomas T. Cullen will be installed Friday during a ceremony at the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke. The event will include remarks by Cullen and U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Justice Department agrees to hand over 2016 election-related documents to Congress
Nearly one month after two congressional committees issued subpoenas, the Department of Justice has agreed to hand over documents related to investigative decisions it made surrounding the 2016 election, the chairmen of those committees said late Monday.
Justice Department to turn over Clinton email, Trump probe documents to Congress
Nearly one month after two congressional committees issued subpoenas, the Department of Justice has agreed to hand over documents related to investigative decisions it made surrounding the 2016 election, the chairs of those committees said late Monday.
The 1.2 million documents detailing the FBI's decision whether to charge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for use of a private email server and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant for Trump campaign aide Cater Page.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House Republican committee chairmen say the Justice Department has agreed to provide them with documents on the Hillary Clinton investigation that they've been requesting for months.
The deal was struck after leaders of the Judiciary and Oversight committees met this month with the U.S. attorney, John Lausch, who has been selected to respond to Republican demands for documents.
Justice Department to provide James Comey memos to GOP lawmakers: report
The memos that then-FBI Director James Comey wrote about his interactions with President Trump will be seen by several House Republicans late Thursday, a Justice Department official confirmed.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte were preparing to subpoena the Justice Department for the memos, but it is not known if one was ever issued.
Bob Goodlatte to subpoena James Comey memos
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is preparing to issue a subpoena to force the Justice Department to turn over former FBI Director James Comey's memos that he wrote and then had leaked detailing his interactions with President Trump.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said Mr. Goodlatte notified him of the plans Wednesday.
The subpoena would be issued to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
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Dems demand hearings on Libby pardon, fear Trump sending signals in Russia probe
Congressional Democrats fired off a letter Tuesday demanding the House hold hearings on President Trump's decision last week to pardon former Bush White House figure I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, saying Mr. Trump is abusing his powers.
All of the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee called on Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican, to convene hearings.
James Comey’s full Trump memos remain sealed for now
House GOP leaders have extended a deadline for the Department of Justice to make public full copies of the infamous memos fired FBI Director James Comey composed about his conversations with President Trump, then used in his new tell-all bombshell book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership."
Christopher Wray: FBI to cooperate on Clinton email subpeona
FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau will cooperate with a House Judiciary Committee subpoena for documents on how it handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
But Mr. Wray said in a statement issued late Tuesday the bureau will need more time to produce the "thousands" of documents. To speed up the process, Mr. Wray has doubled the number of workers reviewing the records to 54 from 27 and has authorized two shifts per day from 8:00 am to 12:00 am.
Hillary Clinton email probe subject of House Judiciary Committee subpoena: report
The House Judiciary Committee will reportedly subpoena the Justice Department for documents on how the FBI handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation, perhaps doing so as early as Wednesday.
The Hill reported Tuesday, citing "multiple sources" that the Judiciary panel under Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, expects to issue the summons Wednesday or Thursday, although one source told the publication the timeline was still uncertain.
Trey Gowdy, Bob Goodlatte call for special counsel in Carter Page case
The FBI's abuse of snooping laws during the 2016 presidential campaign was so egregious that it merits a special counsel to conduct a full accounting, two top House Republicans said in an official request Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Oversight Committee, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, was involved in some of the decisions and so it cannot investigate itself.
White House puts muscle behind House immigration bill
The White House strategy to fix DACA and crack down on illegal immigration has shifted to the House and building support for get-tough legislation that could see a vote by mid-March, a senior administration official said Monday.
The effort is focused on an enforcement-heavy bill by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte that the White House views as its best bet to clear the House and put pressure on reluctant Senate Democrats to strike a deal.
Todd Rokita: Congress didn’t make ‘hard choices’ in spending bill
Rep. Todd Rokita said Thursday that even though he did not support the Republican spending plan, he doesn't blame President Trump for signing it.
"What Congress didn't do, what politicians don't do, is make the hard choices," Mr. Rokita, Indiana Republican, said on Fox News.
"The president had to sign what we gave him, and we gave him a real pile on that bill," he said.
Bob Goodlatte: House immigration plan has positive whip count, not ready for the floor
Rep. Bob Goodlatte said the House Republican bill on immigration had a positive whip count check, but wasn't quite ready to be brought to the floor.
"We took a whip check. The whip check was positive, and we're now working on the people who whipped back that they were undecided to make sure that they have the necessary support. We're prepared to makes some more tweaks to the bill if necessary," Mr. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, said on Fox News.
House GOP puts muscle behind enforcement approach to immigration debate
House Republican leaders said Wednesday they will finally put their muscle behind a strict immigration plan that would grant a legal status to "Dreamers" while also taking the largest steps in 20 years toward stiffer enforcement.
The move amounts to a major ante in the ongoing immigration debate, and serves as a counter across the Capitol, where senators were working on more generous amnesties for Dreamers, coupled with far less border security and enforcement.
John Garamendi doesn’t see House Republican’s immigration bill moving forward
Rep. John Garamendi said Wednesday that he doesn't see the current immigration bill moving very far in the House.
"We'll see on the House side if Ryan is whipping the Goodlatte bill," the California Democrat said on Fox News. "The chances are the answer is no from Democrats, and probably from a lot of Republicans."
Democrats demand ‘immediate hearings’ amid election hacking fears
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday requested "immediate hearings" from Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, in light of ongoing concerns involving the nation's election infrastructure and its susceptibility to cyberattacks.
Judiciary chairman seeks answers on Trump aide surveillance
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte has launched a probe into the top-secret surveillance of a former campaign aide to Donald Trump, according to letters provided to The Associated Press.
Marijuana policy change prompts House Democrats to request Judiciary hearing: Report
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have demanded a hearing over the Trump administration's recent decision to end an Obama-era marijuana policy that advised federal authorities against intervening in states with medical and recreational weed laws in place.
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, has represented the 21st Congressional District since 1986. He will not seek re-election this year. Smith previously chaired the House Judiciary Committee, where he engaged in numerous immigration debates. The Catalyst, a publication of the George W. Bush Institute in which this first appeared, asked Smith for his views on the next steps for immigration policy.
Jerry Nadler requests emergency meeting for House Judiciary Committee over memo
Rep. Jerrold Nadler said Friday that he's requested an emergency meeting of the House Judiciary Committee with FBI Director Christopher Wray regarding the Republican memo on possible abuses of power in the justice system.
Bob Goodlatte: Memo will be embarrassing to ‘people near the top of the FBI’
Rep. Bob Goodlatte said Thursday the release of the Republican memo examining the behavior of the upper echelons of the FBI will be upsetting to people at the top levels bureau.
"It will be embarrassing to several people near the top of the FBI, but that's all I can say at this point,"Mr. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, said on Fox News.
Donald Trump says he’s open to more time on DACA if needed
President Trump said the DACA problem will be solved even if they need a little more time, according to a CNBC interview that aired Friday.
"We want to do what's right, and we're going to do what's right, and we're going to solve the DACA problem. And I don't think the Democrats would want to pull another shutdown. But we'll get it solved," Mr. Trump said on CNBC.
"And if we need a little more time, we'll take a little more time. I want to get the problem solved correctly," he added.
A president with no concern for veracity or consistency has assured us he is not considering the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. This does not make the prospect even marginally less remote. And it has done little to inhibit the attempt by some conservatives to discredit the investigation.
Michael Gerson: The anarchy that sustains Trump damages the institutions around him
WASHINGTON — A president with no concern for veracity or consistency has assured us he is not considering the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. This does not make the prospect even marginally less remote. And it has done little to inhibit the attempt by some conservatives to discredit the investigation.
Va. Republican who leads House Judiciary Committee to retire
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who leads the House Judiciary Committee, announced Thursday he will retire at the end of his 13th term, becoming the latest GOP chairman not to seek re-election even though Republicans control all levers of power in Washington.
Washington — The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced to the full House a bill sponsored by Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, that would increase the maximum federal penalty for female genital mutilation from five years in prison to 15 years.
The legislation comes as federal prosecutors pursue the nation's first case involving two Michigan physicians who allegedly performed the procedure on two 7-year-old girls.
NYC suspect came to U.S. on Diversity Visa Lottery
The suspect in Tuesday's New York City terrorist attack is an immigrant who came to the U.S. through the Diversity Visa Lottery, a controversial program that since 1990 has doled out pathways to citizenship in the U.S. based literally on luck of the draw.
Republican leaders have long tried to ax the diversity lottery, pushing to end it in immigration bills for the past decade. Plans have cleared both chambers of Congress separately, but never at the same time.
House Judiciary Committee members latest from Congress to visit Rio Grande Valley
McALLEN — Two days before House Speaker Paul Ryan visited the Rio Grande Valley for a fundraiser last week, a congressional delegation toured the region.
Members of the House Judiciary Committee, including Reps. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.; Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas; Steve Chabot, R-Ohio and Steve King, R-Iowa, met with various area officials, toured different facilities and got input about the enforcement of immigration law.
Congress adds bankruptcy judges in Eastern District
Washington — Congress late Tuesday sent the president a disaster aid bill with a bipartisan provision authorizing an additional permanent bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, as well as extending a temporary judgeship in the district, among others nationwide.
House committees to probe DOJ’s handling of Hillary Clinton emails
Two House Republican committee chairmen announced a joint investigation Tuesday into the Justice Department's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and former FBI Director James Comey's public statements about the closure of the case.
The announcement enraged Democrats, who called the investigation a "massive diversion" they said was meant to distract from the Trump administration and ongoing national security matters involving Russia.
Mueller meets with House Judiciary chairman, top Democrat
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman and top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee have met with Special Counsel Bob Mueller. That's according to the committee, which says they met Thursday.
Mueller is investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any possible links to President Donald Trump's campaign.
Rep. Gonzalez challenges Valley students to create apps
EDINBURG — U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez is encouraging students in his District 15 congressional district to submit an original app to the 2017 Congressional App Challenge.
“The Congressional App Challenge fosters innovations in our schools and enables students from all levels to showcase their talents,” Gonzalez said. “I encourage every student in the 15th district of Texas to consider participating and explore opportunities in the ever growing and evolving technology sector.”
GOP clogs new push for voting rights bill
A few years back and months following the fateful Shelby County v. Holder decision in the Supreme Court — on the constitutionality of two provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — national NAACP leadership and local NAACP leaders held a series of meetings with House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) on next steps.
With the Supreme Court apparently gutting crucial provisions in the Voting Rights Act, what could Congress do about that?
Congressman fined in Virginia speeding incident
LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia congressman will pay over $300 following an April speeding incident.
Local outlets report that court records show U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte's speeding charge was downgraded to a "defective speedometer" infraction on Wednesday. Goodlatte was originally charged with driving 69 mph (111 kph) in a 35 mph (56 kph) school zone on April 12 in Nelson County.
The Republican congressman representing Virginia's 6th District will pay a $238 fine and $64 in court costs.
Idaho Rep. Labrador’s immigration crackdown bill clears U.S. House committee
Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador’s immigration enforcement crackdown bill cleared the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday on a party-line vote, with 19 Republicans supporting it and 13 Democrats opposing it.
The bill would add 12,500 additional armed federal immigration officers, penalize sanctuary cities, enlist state and local police in federal immigration enforcement, impose new criminal penalties and step up detentions and deportations.
Labrador immigration enforcement bill approved by judiciary committee
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Judiciary Committee approved a robust immigration enforcement bill introduced by Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-ID) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). Their legislation, the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 2431) was approved by a vote of 19-13.
Bipartisan congressional group looks at Houston’s police-community relations
Houston is "far ahead" when it comes to bridging divides between residents and law enforcement, Rep. Bob Goodlatte said Thursday after a Houston roundtable with a bipartisan congressional working group dedicated to exploring community-police relations.