A new study found a partisan pattern in rulings that could make it easier or harder to vote, fueling a debate among Democrats over court packing.
Charlie SavageA new study shows GOP-appointed judges have been far more likely to interpret the law in ways that make it harder for Americans to vote, fueling the ongoing intra-liberal debate over whether to expand the Supreme Court & pack it w/ extra liberal justices.
President Obama met with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, hinting at retirement, but the art of nudging justices off the court is politically delicate and psychologically complicated.
Charlie SavageNEW: How President Obama secretly tried, ever so delicately, to nudge Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg into retiring when Democrats still controlled the White House and the Senate but that window of opportunity was about to close. w/ @susandominus
A career official said political appointees “commandeered” the prepublication review process.
Charlie SavageBREAKING: Career official who reviewed John Bolton's book & determined it no longer had classified info alleges extraordinary irregularities & political interference as White House/DOJ sought to block publication & opened criminal investigation.w/ @nytmike
Charlie SavageBUILT OUT THE STORY: The account by a former National Security Council official also implied that the Justice Department may have told a court that the book contains classified information and opened a criminal investigation based on false pretenses.
A new book by one of the special counsel’s top deputies, Andrew Weissmann, is the first inside account of the investigation.
Charlie SavageThe 7 p.m. embargo lifted so my real news story on Andrew Weissmann's book, not just aggregating tidbits from the Atlantic essay, has pubbed. If you clicked that link before, I urge you read it again now to get my real take of what is interesting. /1
Draft rules for potential airstrikes, drawn up after a Shabab attack at a base in January, are said to be limited and would require Kenyan assent.
Charlie SavageEXCLUSIVE: DOD is seeking authority to expand the counterterrorism drone war to a region of Kenya, as further fallout from the Manda Bay attack. (Officials do not expect it will carry out many or any airstrikes there in practice). w/ @EricSchmittNYT
The judge said the attorney general lacked credibility on the matter and said he would review the report to decide whether to make its redacted portions public.
Charlie SavageAnd of course there was his description to the public of the then-still secret Mueller investigation report, which a federal judge said was so “distorted” and “misleading” that the judiciary could not trust his DOJ to be candid on that topic. /6
The attorney general misstated key facts in explaining the dismissed official’s handling of the whistle-blower complaint that prompted impeachment.
Charlie SavageLike that time in April when he told Fox News that an inspector general Trump had fired, Michael Atkinson, tried to send the Ukraine whistleblower complaint to Congress without exec branch review and ignored DOJ, which was false. /4
A lower-court judge can continue to scrutinize the Justice Department’s highly unusual request to drop the charge against President Trump’s former national security adviser, the court ruled.
Charlie SavageUpdated DC Circuit Flynn ruling story to also include McGahn subpoena ruling. Both cases came from the Trump-Russia inquiry, raise separation of powers issues, & highlight a partisan-tinged divide that keeps leading to en banc reversals of panel rulings.
Nine years after the C.I.A. blacked out parts of Ali Soufan’s book, the agency has finally allowed a more complete version of his story to be published.
Charlie SavageIn 2011, the CIA classified significant parts of FBI counterterrorism agent's @Ali_H_Soufan's memoir on interrogating high-level Al Qaeda detainees w/ and w/out torture, "The Black Banners." A de-censored version republishes next month. w/ @carolrosenberg
The law is aimed at preventing public officials from using their power for partisan political activity.
Charlie Savage“With regard to high-level officials, certainly with regard to Senate-confirmed officials, [Hatch Act] enforcement would depend on officials being shameable. Do they have the capacity to be shamed for misconduct?”