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  • Judicial Watch Response to Court Ruling In Favor of “Absolute” Secrecy for Rep. Schiff’s Phone Subpoenas Targeting President Trump

    07/27/2020 2:23:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 27, 2020 | JW Staff
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton reacted today to a federal court decision , which Judicial Watch may appeal, upholding the secrecy of controversial subpoenas for phone records issued by Adam Schiff, Chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence relating to the impeachment of President Trump. “Adam Schiff secretly subpoenaed, without court authorization, the phone records of Rudy Giuliani and then published the phone records of innocent Americans, including President Trump’s lawyers, a member of Congress, and a journalist. And now a federal court ruled today that Schiff, or any member of Congress can’t be...
  • DOJ will appeal ruling over sealed Mueller materials to Supreme Court

    04/24/2020 2:52:16 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04 24 2020 | Harper Neidig
    The Department of Justice will appeal to the Supreme Court after it was ordered to hand over sealed documents from former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation to Congress. The department on Friday asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to stay its ruling while it petitions the high court. "Whether and under what circumstances Congress may resort to the courts to seek grand jury materials generated in a criminal investigation in aid of an impeachment inquiry is plainly a question of great significance to all three branches of government, as well as to the functioning of the grand jury...
  • Federal Judge Cites Coronavirus In Decision Blocking Trump Admin Cut To Food Stamps

    03/14/2020 10:30:51 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 13, 2020 | Brooke Seipel
    A Trump administration rule that would have tightened work requirements for food stamps was blocked by a federal judge on Friday, who cited the rapidly spreading coronavirus in her decision. D.C. District Court Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell granted a preliminary injunction blocking the new rule, which government estimates predicted would kick as many as 700,000 Americans off of food stamps. “Especially now, as a global pandemic poses widespread health risks, guaranteeing that government officials at both the federal and state levels have flexibility to address the nutritional needs of residents and ensure their well-being through programs like SNAP, is...
  • Appeals court upholds ruling allowing House Dems to obtain secret Mueller probe grand jury materials

    03/10/2020 11:55:26 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03-10-2020
    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a ruling that allows House Democrats to view secret grand jury information from Robert Mueller’s Russia probe that had been redacted from his report. The court’s 2-1 decision agreed with a lower court that the House Judiciary Committee can obtain the information for impeachment investigations of President Trump under an exception for “judicial proceedings,” per the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. ~snip~ The DOJ, opposing the House Democrats, argued that because Trump had already been impeached and acquitted by the time the court was to rule, there was no longer a...
  • Appeals Court Rules Congress Can Have Access to Mueller Grand-Jury Materials

    03/10/2020 11:54:51 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 29 replies
    WASHINGTON—A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Congress can have access to grand-jury materials from Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 ruling, sided with the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee, which sought access to material that was redacted from the 448-page special counsel report. as well as some of the exhibits and transcripts referenced in the report. ... TO READ THE FULL STORY
  • Judge Beryl Howell Is the Judge Tasked with the Mueller Investigation

    02/14/2020 1:06:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | 8/10/17 | Jim E
    Judge Beryl Howell could be the one person who ultimately decides the fate of President Trump. Have you ever heard of her? She’s the judge who reportedly approved of Special Investigator Robert Mueller’s request for a grand jury to question Trump officials. Howell was made a federal judge in 2010 by President Obama. She has extensive knowledge when it comes to cyber-security, so she understands some of the intricacies involved in tech-heavy cases. Her experience comes from working in the office of Senator Patrick Leahy and in the Senate Judiciary Committee. **SNIP** One former federal prosecutor is recommending that the...
  • Federal judge pushes back against Trump criticism of handling of Roger Stone case

    02/13/2020 4:40:07 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02 13 2020 | J. Edward Moreno
    A U.S. District Court Judge in Washington, D.C., issued a statement Thursday obtained by The Hill rejecting the notion that outside pressure will influence the court’s ruling on Roger Stone’s case. Judge Beryl A. Howell responded to President Trump’s attacks on Stone’s sentencing judge, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, assuring “public criticism or pressure is not a factor” in the court’s decision. Howell and Berman Jackson are both Obama appointees. SNIP Howell further underscored that judges do not take sentencing lightly and said that his colleagues take all aspects of the case into consideration when they make a decision....
  • Impeachment in The Courts – HJC vs DOJ Appellate Arguments Scheduled for November 12th…

    11/07/2019 8:54:34 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 13 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | November 7, 2019 | Sundance
    There is an important granular aspect to the validity of the House impeachment process that few are paying attention to. If the HJC loses this case in the DC Appellate Court, it means there is no constitutional foundation recognized to the “impeachment inquiry.” Without the constitutional recognition of the judicial branch then: (a) Pelosi/Lawfare have to restart the process with a genuine House vote; or (b) the ongoing impeachment process will have no recognized constitutional standing; and (c) the Senate could ignore any House impeachment vote, cast without recognized constitutional standing. On October 25th DC Judge Beryl Howell granted the...
  • Memorandum Opinion Granting Nadler Application for Grand Jury Material

    10/26/2019 4:14:09 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 21 replies
    US District Court for the District of Columbia ^ | October 25, 2019 | Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell
    Relatedly, Representative Collins asserts that HJC's investigation cannot be "preliminarily to" an impeachment trial until the full House passes a resolution authorizing a "formal impeachment proceeding." Collins Mem. at 1. DOJ equivocates on this proposed bright line test to meet the "preliminarily to" requirement, Hr'g Tr. at 69:10-11, but seems to indicate that the House must go at least that far, see DOJ Resp. at 28. Like all bright-line rules, this "House resolution" test is appealing in terms of being easy to apply. Yet, the reasoning supporting this proposed test is fatally flawed. The precedential support cited for the "House...
  • Judge orders DOJ to release grand jury material from Mueller report to Congress

    10/25/2019 2:05:55 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/25/19 | Harper Neidig
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) must hand over to Congress certain redacted information from Robert Mueller's special counsel report, a federal judge ruled Friday in a major win for House Democrats investigating President Trump. The opinion from D.C. District Court Judge Beryl Howell, an Obama appointee, ruled that House Democrats on the Judiciary Committee had proven that they have a justifiable reason for obtaining the records related to Mueller's grand jury now that they are pursuing an impeachment inquiry into the president. And Howell ruled that the House does not need to authorize the Democrats' impeachment inquiry with a floor...
  • Obama-Appointed Judge Sides With House Dems, Granting Access to Secret Grand Jury Info...

    10/25/2019 12:56:55 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 55 replies ^ | by Cristina Laila October 25, 2019
    Federal Judge Beryl Howell, an Obama appointee on Friday sided with House Democrats granting them access to the secret grand jury information and underlying intelligence materials in Robert Mueller’s report. Robert Mueller’s garbage ‘Trump-Russia’ report was released in the Spring and up until Friday, the grand jury material was redacted. Judge Howell wrote a 75-page memorandum opinion granting the House Democrats access to the secret grand jury material because the “Speaker of the House has announced an official impeachment inquiry.” The corrupt Obama judge also cited White House Counsel Pat Cipollone’s letter in her decision to grant the House access...
  • Mystery Mueller mayhem at a Washington court

    12/14/2018 12:24:07 PM PST · by Magnatron · 59 replies
    CNN Fake News ^ | 14 December 2018 | Katelyn Polantz, Laura Robinson, Em Steck and Sam Fossum
    Fridays at the DC federal courthouse are typically days of high alert for the press corps trying to discern what special counsel Robert Mueller's next legal action will be. But this Friday, court officials went to extreme measures to ensure it was as difficult as possible to figure out what Mueller's team was doing as the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held a secret and mysterious argument about a grand jury subpoena challenge. An entire floor of the courthouse was closed to the public and press for more than an hour. During that time, attorneys...
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy: Judge Kavanaugh would 'diminish' Supreme Court

    10/01/2018 9:23:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    WPTZ-TV ^ | October 1, 2018 | The Associated Press
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont says he believes that if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is seated, it would diminish the confidence Americans should have in the court. Leahy, a member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, made the comments Monday in his Burlington office before flying back to Washington. He said questions that arose during the confirmation process about an alleged sexual assault in high school and bad behavior in college demonstrate what happens when "you try to rush through a judicial nominee." Leahy said he believes the allegations against Kavanaugh are "completely...
  • Judge holds Roger Stone associate in contempt for refusing to testify in Russia investigation

    08/10/2018 10:29:57 AM PDT · by EVO X · 56 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10 Aug 18 | Spencer S. Hsu and Devlin Barrett
    A federal judge has found a witness in contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury hearing evidence in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell made the ruling Friday after a sealed hearing to discuss Andrew Miller’s refusal to appear before the grand jury. Miller is a former aide to longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone. Miller’s lawyer Paul Kamenar said after the hearing that Miller was “held in contempt, which we asked him to be in order for us to appeal the judge’s decision...

    08/11/2017 5:15:06 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 46 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 10,2017 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    Beryl Howell is the judge who signed off on Robert Mueller’s request to convene a Washington, D.C. grand jury, and who apparently will continue to “umpire” disputes over the grand jury’s work (which, in reality, is Mueller’s work). As I discussed earlier today, Howell served for ten years as a staffer for Sen. Patrick Leahy, the hyper-partisan leftist. Item: Judge Howell presided over a trial in which left-wing talk show host Ed Schultz was sued by a sound engineer for breach of an alleged partnership agreement. According to the Daily Caller, Howell showed blatant favoritism for Schultz and contempt for...
  • Ex-Leahy staffer provides judicial oversight for Russia investigation

    08/10/2017 10:54:35 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 10,2017 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Daily Beast reports that Judge Beryl Howell is the jurist who signed off on Robert Mueller’s request to convene a Washington, D.C. grand jury for the Russia investigation. It also says that, going forward, Howell “will be the umpire-in-chief: deciding whether or not Trump allies’ lawyers can quash subpoenas, and whether or not people like Jared Kushner can invoke what’s known as executive privilege to get out of testifying under oath before Mueller’s grand jury.” Howell won’t have the final say. Her rulings will be subject to appeal and, to the extent they deal with matters like executive privilege,...
  • Arpaio kicks off legal campaign against Obama immigration order, in court hearing

    12/22/2014 2:58:30 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 22, 2014 | Fox News
    A longtime thorn in the side of the Obama administration's immigration policy got the first chance to stick it to the president Monday, arguing in court that his sweeping immigration order -- designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation -- is unconstitutional. Arizona county Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his attorney Larry Klayman argued before U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C., in the first courtroom hearing for a case against the immigration actions. "We have serious issues of constitutionality involved," attorney Larry Klayman told reporters, after the hearing. Howell, during the hearing, seemed skeptical of the lawsuit...
  • U.S. judge throws out Arizona sheriff's immigration suit against Obama

    12/23/2014 7:17:07 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-23-2014
    A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit brought against Barack Obama by an Arizona police chief who called the U.S. president's sweeping immigration reforms unconstitutional, saying the plaintiff lacked legal standing in the case. Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the demand by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for a preliminary injunction to halt the policies. Arpaio, who calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff," filed the case last month, saying Obama had overstepped his powers by bypassing Congress and ordering the changes himself. Arpaio's lawsuit said the reforms, which eased the...
  • Judge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan

    12/22/2014 9:14:43 AM PST · by Hostage · 57 replies
    Fox Atlanta ^ | December 22, 2014 | SAM HANANEL
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge seems skeptical of a lawsuit that seeks to halt President Barack Obama's immigration plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell heard arguments Monday in a case brought by an Arizona sheriff who claims the program will let more illegal immigrants enter the country and commit crimes, burdening law enforcement.</p>
  • Court order puts Great Lakes wolves back on endangered species list

    12/22/2014 6:38:57 PM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Duluth News ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | John Myers
    Wolves across the Great Lakes region are back under full protection of the federal Endangered Species Act as a result of a ruling by a federal judge Friday in Washington. Judge Beryl A. Howell sided with animal rights groups in a 111-page decision stating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service went too far in removing federal protections for wolves in nine Great Lakes states in 2012. The judge ruled that wolves in the Great Lakes states be immediately placed under the protections of the government’s 1978 ruling to protect the animals, which had been hunted, trapped and harassed to near...