The president notified lawmakers late on Friday, saying he had lost confidence in the inspector general for the intelligence community.
Charlie SavageLate on a Friday night in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general who insisted on telling lawmakers about the Ukraine scandal whistleblower complaints. w/ @maggieNYT@npfandos
In a signing statement, the president undermined a key safeguard Democrats had insisted upon as a condition of approving $500 billion in corporate relief in the $2 trillion law.
Charlie SavageTrump, whose admin stopped an inspector general from telling Congress about Ukraine whistleblower complaint, says he can override the new law requiring IG for the $500 billion virus corporate relief fund from disclosing if Mnuchin blocks info about the $$$
The decision raised the question of whether the Trump administration will promise not to seek the execution of two ISIS detainees accused of abusing hostages.
Charlie SavageUK Supreme Court has blocked sharing key evidence w/ the US to prosecute the "Beatles" (British ISIS detainees who were part of the cell that tortured and murdered Western hostages) unless the Trump admin promises no death penalty. w/ @adamgoldmanNYT
Lawmakers are said to be skeptical about other Trump administration ideas, including expanding presidential power to curb asylum and suspending deadlines for arraignments.
Charlie SavageIf you want to read the DOJ coronavirus legislation proposal - which contains overly broad things that won't happen, eg ability to suspend presentment deadlines and asylum, & things that will, like pretrial hearings by videoconference - I posted the doc.
President Trump has delegated the authority to invoke extraordinary powers over private industry, but his administration does not seem to be using it yet.
Charlie SavageTrump is being squirrelly about using the Defense Production Act to mobilize private industry to produce more virus tests, respirators, masks, and other crucial materials in short supply. Here's an explainer detailing exactly what it could do.
Top advisers see a need to name a woman or African American as vice president.
Charlie SavageAs the veteran of many Supreme Court vacancies, it is my experience that early stories based on anonymous sources that compile speculation about random names as being "in the mix" get clicks but are otherwise generally not worth writing or reading.
An opinion and ruling by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court also accepts a series of reforms the F.B.I. said it would make following a damning inspector general report.
Charlie SavageNew: FISA Court bans FBI personnel who participated in Carter Page wiretap applications from appearing before the court while they remain under disciplinary review, accepts FBI's reforms to the national-security surveillance process.
Donald Trump must do right by Carter Page and all Americans by telling Congress to reform our surveillance laws to better protect civil liberties.
Charlie SavageHere's a twist on the Trump-era "audience of one" thing: The @ACLU (teaming w/ conservative @FreedomWorks FreedomWorks) is paying for this pro surveillance reform ad on Fox & Friends in the DC market (+ a few states including Mitch McConnell's Kentucky).