House judiciary subpoena escalates investigation

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena Friday for special counsel’s Robert Mueller’s report as Congress escalates its investigation of President Donald Trump. (April 19)

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Dean to Barr: ‘Do your job for the American people’

Democratic lawmaker Madeleine Dean says AG Barr needs to do his “job for the American people.” Barr presented his interpretation of the Mueller report’s findings at a news conference before providing redacted copies to Congress and the public. (April 18)

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William Barr’s Been Accused Of Presidential Cover-Up Before (HBO)

Weeks before former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger’s criminal trial over his role in the 1980’s Iran-Contra scandal, then-Attorney General William Barr dropped a bomb on the prosecution.

“People in the Iran-Contra affair have been treated very unfairly,” Barr told USA Today in December 1992, blasting the charges as illegitimate. “People in this Iran-Contra matter have been prosecuted for the kind of conduct that would not have been considered criminal or prosecutable by the Justice Department.”

Weinberger faced charges of lying to Congress, brought by a special prosecutor, then known as an “independent counsel,” who accused him of withholding 1,700 pages of notes about high-level meetings that allegedly held “evidence of a conspiracy.”

Barr’s broadside alarmed the lead prosecutor handling the case against Weinberger, James J. Brosnahan, who warned the judge that Barr may have just unduly biased his jury pool. Later that month, when the White House pardoned six top Iran-Contra defendants on Christmas Eve 1992 at Barr’s urging, Brosnahan believed he’d just witnessed the completion of a successful cover-up.

Three decades on, Brosnahan fears Barr has returned to his old job to run the same scheme again.

“If you want a presidential cover-up, Barr is your guy,” Brosnahan, now 85, told VICE News. “And I think we’ve already seen that.”

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Here’s the latest for Saturday, April 12th: A top House Dem says Congress has a right to Trump tax returns; Kim Jong Un is open to a third summit; Pompeo called Venezuelan’s president Maduro a tyrant; President of Seychelles visits science expedition.

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At border, VP Pence calls for end to ‘loopholes’

Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that besides making sure border agents have the resources they need, Congress must “close loopholes” that drive Central American families to seek asylum here. (April 11)

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Shanahan makes a renewed pitch for Space Force

The acting defense secretary is making a renewed pitch to Congress for authority to create a Space Force as a separate branch of the military. (April 11)

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CEOs say big banks more stable since crisis

Seven CEOs of the largest banks in the U.S. appeared in front of Congress Wednesday, telling lawmakers they have raised capital, are more diverse, and are more resilient than they were before the financial crisis. (April 10)

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CONMEBOL president pays tribute to Pele

President Alejandro Dominguez pays tribute to legendary football player Pele at the 70th Congress of the CONMEBOL, in Rio de Janeiro. SOUNDBITE