The White House is seeking reauthorization of a law that lets the N.S.A. gain access to logs of Americans’ phone and text records — while acknowledging that the program has been indefinitely halted.
Charlie SavageNew: The next fight in the Stellarwind/Snowden/Freedom Act saga has arrived. In letter obtained by NYT, Trump asks Congress to permanently reauthorize NSA's expiring power to access domestic call records, acknowledging program is dysfunctional & suspended.
Lawmakers say President Trump’s disregard for their authority leaves them no choice but to use the courts with greater frequency, but that could have constitutional consequences.
Charlie SavageIt was once rare for Congress to go to court. But the number of cases House Democrats are now litigating is historically unprecedented -- a Trump-era aberration that is accelerating a larger shift in governance whose seeds predate Trump. w/ @npfandos
The Judiciary Committee hopes a federal judge will strike down the White House’s “absolute immunity” claims, clearing the way for testimony from key witnesses to the special counsel.
Charlie SavageAgain asserting that it is considering impeachment, the House Judiciary Committee just sued Don McGahn, Trump's former White House counsel & a key obstruction witness in the Mueller report, seeking to force him to testify. Assisting my colleague @npfandos
A law says that Sue Gordon, the deputy intelligence director who has both experience and bipartisan respect, should be acting director. Mr. Trump is said to have other ideas.
Charlie SavageNew: A law says Sue Gordon, the deputy DNI & a veteran intel pro, should be acting spy chief after Coats departs and as Senate weighs Ratcliffe nom. But Trump intends to block her, raising possibility she will resign to avoid being fired. w/ @julianbarnes
In a petition to the court that oversaw the special counsel’s grand jury investigation, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee say they need the information to weigh potential impeachment articles.
On Friday, I emailed numerous presidential primary campaigns an invitation to participate in a New York Times survey project on executive power. Our intent is to publish the full answers of each participating candidate, alongside notations...
Charlie SavageHere are the questions I've asked the candidates: what is their understanding of the scope & limits of the presidential powers they would wield if elected, and what post-Trump reforms would they be willing to sign into law
Charlie SavageIf you would like to know what the candidates think about something different than the same 2-3 issues they always get asked about, this NYT presidential power survey project is coming. The participation rate is shaping up to be fantastic this cycle.