Journalists were kept away from a secret federal appeals court hearing on Friday in Washington, D.C., as officials sealed off an entire floor for arguments in a mysterious grand jury case which some believe could be related to the Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. The case – known officially as “In re: Grand Jury Subpoena” – has been sealed in its entirety when it comes to public records, as it moved from the district court to the appeals court level in recent months. Reporters at the courthouse – which is just down the hill from the U.S. Capitol – at first tried to gather outside the courtroom where the secret arguments were going to take place, but then security officials sealed off the entire fifth floor of the building, making it nearly impossible to find out who was involved in the matter. “We have spread out across the building,” tweeted Darren Samuelsohn, a reporter for Politico. … [Read more...] about Entire floor at D.C. federal courthouse sealed off for mystery case
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Legal A Washington bar has come up dry in its David vs. Goliath legal challenge to what it claims is unfair competition from President Donald Trump and his luxury hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon on Monday dismissed the suit brought last year by Cork Wine Bar, alleging that Trump was using his official position to increase business for the Trump International Hotel, including from foreign officials and embassies eager to cozy up to the administration.Story Continued Below However, Leon ruled that actions like using the White House to promote a family business are part of the rough-and-tumble of the free market and don’t constitute a violation of the District of Columbia’s common-law ban on unfair competition, even if they ultimately hurt competing firms like Cork. “Unfortunately for Cork, ‘competition is not a tort ... ’ Nor should it be,” Leon wrote. “To hold actionable Cork’s allegations in this … [Read more...] about D.C. bar loses case against Trump and his hotel
The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. This week in Washington, the President hit the campaign trail hard, and found a little time to help Saudi Arabia clean up the mess it made over a disappeared journalist. In Minnesota and elsewhere, midterms are in full swing, and Democrats finally have more money than Republicans, which they will definitely not waste on bad ideas. This week in Washington Good afternoon from Washington, where nothing is happening, really — it’s Midterm Season! And with 19 days until those elections, it’s all hands on deck at the MinnPost MINN-DECISION 2K18 Desk™️, and we’ll head there first to recap what was a big, consequential week on the campaign trail. First off: candidates for U.S. House and Senate released their fundraising reports for 2018’s third quarter this week, … [Read more...] about D.C. Memo: Everything old is Newt again
You can get the D.C. Memo delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Sign up here. This week in Washington, members of Congress returned to town to handle a Supreme Court confirmation and interrogate Silicon Valley. At the White House, President Trump dealt with the fallout of an explosive anonymous op-ed and a new Bob Woodward book that confirmed what few of us knew: sometimes he calls people bad names. This week in Washington Greetings from D.C., where it feels more like July than September outside, but the Swamp went back to school, anyway — and the place is crazier than ever. Both houses of Congress returned from the August recess, and the Senate hit the ground running with three days of hearings on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, a judge on the prestigious D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that has often been the farm team for the high court, is President Donald Trump’s second nominee to the Supreme Court in as many years. Unlike the … [Read more...] about D.C. Memo: Et who, Brute?
As President Donald Trump on Monday night selected federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh for a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, Mr. Trump not only tapped a judge considered to have a strong conservative credentials, but also one whose roots run deep in Washington, D.C., in both the political and legal arena. “Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under law,” the President said in the East Room of the White House. A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Kavanaugh attended Mater Dei and Georgetown Prep private schools in the immediate suburbs of Washington, then went on to graduate from Yale University in 1987, and from Yale Law School in 1990. Returning to D.C., Kavanaugh in 1993 clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, later working for Ken Starr during the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton, spending some of that time probing the suicide of Clinton aide Vince Foster, and … [Read more...] about Brett Kavanaugh no stranger to D.C. legal, political circles