Newly released documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton reveal his resistance to issuing an indictment of a sitting president. The memo, tucked toward the end of nearly 10,000 pages released Friday, provides greater insight into Kavanaugh's views on executive power that are expected to feature prominently in his Senate confirmation hearings. Democrats have warned that Kavanaugh may be unwilling to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia. The documents show that on Christmas Eve 1998, Kavanaugh drafted an "Overall Plan" to colleagues providing his thoughts on bringing the independent counsel office's work to a close and suggesting they inform the attorney general that the findings against Clinton be left to the next president. "We believe an indictment should not be pursued while the President is in Office," Kavanaugh … [Read more...] about Memo shows Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh resisted indicting a sitting president
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WASHINGTON – The first documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time in George W. Bush’s White House were released Thursday as the Senate begins to review the judge’s unusually lengthy public record for confirmation hearings this fall. The 5,700 pages from Kavanaugh’s time in the White House counsel’s office, a slim fraction of those available, were posted on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s website after being compiled by a lawyer representing the former president as part of the GOP’s expedited review process. But Democrats and others scrutinizing President Donald Trump’s nominee quickly cried foul, saying Republicans are “cherry-picking” from the initial cache of 125,000 Bush documents and skirting traditional procedures. Kavanaugh’s five years working for Bush, as a White House counsel and the staff secretary, are the subject of a fierce dispute between Senate Republicans and Democrats about the … [Read more...] about Kavanaugh’s Bush White House role emerges in new documents
U.S. President Donald Trump made a snap decision about the Adidas AG soccer ball that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave him in Helsinki this week.“That will go to my son, Barron. We have no question,” Trump said before he tossed the ball to his wife. “In fact, Melania, here you go.”Seven years ago, another world leader gave then-President Barack Obama’s children Adidas soccer balls. But the first daughters didn’t get to keep them, records of the State Department’s protocol office show.That’s because U.S. law prohibits the president and his immediate family from keeping presents from foreign governments of more than a minimal value -- and the Obamas’ gifts exceeded that threshold, which today is set at $390.The Obama-era gifting occurred in June 2011 when German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Washington with Adidas swag for Obama’s daughters, then aged 9 and 12: for each girl, a mini soccer ball, T-shirt, jacket, … [Read more...] about Can Trump Give Barron the Soccer Ball He Got From Putin? It’s Complicated
The Obama presidential center, a museum and library to be built in Chicago and dedicated to Barack Obama's presidency, will include a replica Oval Office and augmented reality elements. The museum, which is to chronicle Obama's eight years in the White House and his history-making path as the first ever African-American president, will also include a replica of the Resolute Desk used by multiple presidents. The details reported by the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper were the first to emerge about the presidential center's museum since Obama unveiled the initial designs a year ago. A nationwide network of 15 presidential libraries maintain the archives of various US administrations in partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration. Several of those institutions also include Oval Office replicas, including the libraries of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The Obama Center is expected to take at least two more years to complete. It will be located in Chicago's South … [Read more...] about Obama center in Chicago to include replica Oval Office
WHITEHALL officials have taken a sensitive file on “subversive activities” relating to the Lockerbie disaster from the National Records of Scotland and failed to return the documents, it can be revealed. The Scotland Office took the secret “security” file nearly a decade ago, when the department was under Labour control, but it still remains in its possession. Officials used a temporary loan system operated by the NRS to request the file weeks after Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Libyan national convicted of the atrocity, was released from prison. Loading article content Another file taken by the Scotland Office and not returned relates to handguns in the wake of the Dunblane massacre. The NRS is a non-ministerial government department responsible for the census, family history, as well as the national archives and historical records. Old files are catalogued and their status - whether open or closed - can be determined through a search on the … [Read more...] about Mystery: why did Whitehall take secret files on Lockerbie and Dunblane from Scottish archives?