Separation of powers

June 20, 2019 - 10:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Congress didn't do anything improper when it gave the attorney general the ability to decide how to apply a sex offender registry law to more than 500,000 people convicted before the law was enacted. The court says Congress didn't violate separation of...
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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks arrives for closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 20, 2019 - 3:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top White House adviser Hope Hicks refused to answer questions related to her time in the White House in a daylong interview with the House Judiciary Committee, dimming Democrats' chances of obtaining new or substantive information about President Donald Trump in their...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2018 photo, then-White House Communications Director Hope Hicks arrives to meet behind closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee, at the Capitol in Washington. The House Judiciary Committee will interview Hicks behind closed doors on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, the first time lawmakers will hear from a person linked to the president’s inner circle since House Democrats launched investigations to review special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
June 18, 2019 - 9:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee will interview former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks behind closed doors Wednesday, the first time lawmakers will hear from a person linked to the president's inner circle since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report...
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Supporters attend a rally Tuesday, June 4, 2019 for a group of young people who filed a lawsuit saying U.S. energy policies are causing climate change and hurting their future. The group faces a major hurdle Tuesday as lawyers for the Trump administration argue to stop the case from moving forward. in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)
June 04, 2019 - 8:45 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In a courtroom packed with environmental activists, federal judges wrestled Tuesday with whether climate change violates the constitutional rights of young people who have sued the U.S. government over the use of fossil fuels. A Justice Department attorney warned three judges...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle sits near the wall as President Donald Trump visits a new section of the border wall with Mexico in El Centro, Calif. A federal judge has denied a request by the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent President Donald Trump from tapping Defense Department money for a border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
June 03, 2019 - 10:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday denied a House request to prevent President Donald Trump from tapping Defense Department money for his proposed border wall with Mexico, saying Congress lacked authority to sue. Trump's victory is muted by a federal ruling in California last month that...
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May 22, 2019 - 4:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's efforts to block congressional subpoenas seeking records from his banks (all times local): 4 p.m. A federal judge in New York is refusing to block congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks that did business with President...
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The witness chair in the House Judiciary Committee is expected to be without former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who was a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. President Donald Trump directed McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena to testify but the committee's chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has threatened to hold McGahn in contempt of Congress if he doesn't appear. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 21, 2019 - 8:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are facing yet another attempt by President Donald Trump to stonewall their investigations , this time with former White House counsel Donald McGahn defying a subpoena for his testimony on orders from the White House. A lawyer for McGahn said he would follow the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2018 file photo, White House counsel Don McGahn, listens as he attends a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 20, 2019 - 9:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed his former White House Counsel Donald McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena Monday, citing a Justice Department legal opinion that maintains McGahn would have immunity from testifying about his work as a close Trump adviser. A lawyer for McGahn...
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In this May 16, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. For all Trump’s talk of winning, his lawyers are using a legal argument that many scholars say is a pretty sure loser to try to defy congressional attempts to investigate him. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
May 18, 2019 - 5:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of President Donald Trump's talk of winning, his lawyers are using a legal argument that many scholars say is a pretty sure loser as his team tries to defy congressional attempts to investigate him. Yet they may end up delaying the investigations with their argument, and...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Honduran migrants, one carrying a child, who plan to turn themselves over to U.S. border patrol agents, walk up the embankment after climbing over the U.S. border wall from Playas de Tijuana, Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico. The group crossed to apply for asylum. A federal judge on Friday, May 17, 2019, in California will consider a challenge to President Donald Trump's plan to tap billions of dollars from the Defense and Treasury departments to build his prized border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)
May 17, 2019 - 6:23 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving fast to build a wall on the Mexico border with billions of dollars secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but he first must get past the courts. On Friday, a federal judge in Oakland heard arguments in two lawsuits seeking to...
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