Acting US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen issued his first statement Wednesday about last week’s seizure of the US Capitol Building, promising a swift response to further acts of violence. The three-and-a-half-minute prerecorded video was released overnight and began with Rosen calling “the storming of the capitol … an intolerable, shocking and tragic episode in our [...]

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More than 70 individuals have already been charged in last week’s seizure of the US Capitol, officials from the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a joint briefing Wednesday—the first such briefing since the attack. The briefing began with a statement from FBI Assistant Director in Charge Steven D’Antuono about the FBI’s activities [...]

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More than 750 legal and constitutional scholars and professors have signed on to a letter urging the immediate removal of President Donald Trump from office in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. The letter, hosted on the American Constitution Society’s (ACS) website, begins by calling Trump “a grave risk to our [...]

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Nineteen law firms signed onto a letter to Vice President Mike Pence on Friday, urging him to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office. The letter was composed by Crowell and Moring LLP, a large international law firm with offices in Washington D.C. The letter stated that the firms had “watched [...]

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The United States Senate voted 81 to 13 to override US President Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Friday, marking the first time the president’s veto has been overridden by Congress. The NDAA is the annual bill authorizing funding for national defense and has been passed every year since 1961. [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Tuesday that it would not file federal criminal charges against two Cleveland police officers involved in the 2014 shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice. The lengthy statement began with an overview of the relevant law, which requires the government to “prove beyond a reasonable doubt that [...]

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The Turkish Parliament Friday began debate on a controversial new law that would grant the government more power to regulate non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The title of the proposed law is “Preventing the Financing of the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction,” and it purports to help the government crack down on the financing of terrorist [...]

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Groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have issued calls for an investigation into the death in Toronto last Sunday of a prominent Pakistani activist who had sought asylum in Canada. Karima Baloch was a 37-year-old human rights activist from the Balochistan region of Pakistan. She had applied for asylum in Canada in 2015 [...]

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The State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, approved a law Wednesday that imposes severe penalties for slanderous speech on the internet. The legislation provides for punishment of up to two years in prison for those found guilty of spreading slander through the internet. It defines slander as “the dissemination of knowingly false information discrediting [...]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Tuesday that will grant presidents expanded immunity from prosecution after leaving office. Currently, Article 91 of the Russian Constitution provides immunity to a president only while they are in office. The new law will provide broad immunity after they step down, immunizing them not just from criminal charges but also [...]

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