3 Stories You Should Read 5/9/2019: Mueller, Alabama, Don Jr.
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In the category of: Daddy’s boy
Members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle are frustrated that the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., multiple sources tell CNN.
Those close to Trump are exasperated that Republican Sen. Richard Burr, in their minds, just handed Democrats a talking point. Multiple Republicans had coalesced around Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s talking point of “case closed” in recent days, but now Democrats can argue that even members of the President’s own party don’t agree that all Russia inquiries should end immediately.
Trump said Wednesday he was “very surprised” by the subpoena issued to his son, though it was issued more than two weeks ago, according to a source familiar with the matter.
In the category of: Sweet home Alabama
After initially appearing to pass the bill, the state Senate erupted into chaos when some Republicans hastily tried to remove exemptions for rape and incest.
After initially appearing to pass the bill, Alabama state senators on Thursday postponed a vote on what could become the nation’s strictest abortion ban.
The chamber erupted into protest after some Republicans hastily tried to remove exemptions for rape and incest, according to local news reports.
The Human Life Protection Act would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion. The act would be punishable by at least 10 years in prison.
The state House passed the bill last week. The version passed in the House did not include exceptions for rape or incest, only permitting abortions if the pregnant woman’s life would be in danger.
The Senate version of the bill included an amendment with exceptions for rape and incest. Republican legislators attempted to remove those exemptions at the last minute on Thursday, which led to the abrupt postponement of the vote.
In the category of: Executive Privilege
Democrats desperately want to hear from Mueller. They fear Trump will block him from testifying.
An escalating subpoena war between the executive and legislative branches has Democrats fearful that the Trump administration may try to prevent special counsel Robert Mueller from testifying in front of Congress.
Mueller tentatively agreed to a May 15 hearing date at the invitation of the House Judiciary Committee — and for the past few weeks, Attorney General William Barr has said publicly he has no objection. But in recent days, President Donald Trump has gone from saying it’s up to Barr to decide to declaring via tweet that “Bob Mueller should not testify.”
Mueller is still technically a Justice Department employee until the end of the month, which means Barr is still his boss. Now, Democrats are afraid that Trump’s outburst means the president will try to prevent Mueller from appearing in front of Congress.
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