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Josh Kovensky

Josh Kovensky is a reporter for Talking Points Memo in New York City. He previously worked for the Kyiv Post in Ukraine, covering politics, business, and corruption there. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Articles by Josh

I wrote today about the broad pattern of the Trump administration stonewalling House Democrats’ oversight efforts, and how it suggests a deeper breakdown in the incentives and norms that have traditionally driven congressional oversight.

Trump’s decision to hire personal lawyers to sue businesses in a bid to stop them from complying with congressional subpoenas arguably stands out as the most aggressive example we’ve seen of Trump administration resistance.

But it’s not entirely unprecedented. Something similar has happened before, back in 1976.

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Attorney General Bill Barr didn’t spend Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing defending himself against accusations that he spun special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in Trump’s favor.

Instead, Barr simply pretended that no such thing ever happened.

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