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Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said Thursday that he would not show up at a House Judiciary hearing at which he had previously voluntarily agreed to testify unless the committee assured him that it will not subpoena him at the hearing or before it. The committee has laid the groundwork to issue Whitaker a subpoena at the hearing if did not answer certain questions, including about his communications with the White House regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

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The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize a subpoena of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, who is expected to appear voluntarily in front of the committee Friday but who may decline to answer certain questions regarding the independence of the Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller.

The vote was 23-13.

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In an extraordinary rebuke to his predecessor, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) formally announced on Wednesday that his committee would be re-opening its Russia investigation to pick up on lines of inquiry that were left “uncompleted” by the committee investigation of the previous Congress, when Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was the chair.

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The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday voted to release interview transcripts from its Russia investigation to special counsel Robert Mueller and to the Justice Department.

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I wrote earlier that Trump’s State of the Union was definitely wall-heavy, and filled with his usual anti-immigrant rhetoric. But it lacked any indication that he was going to shut down the government again if Congress refuses to fund the wall, nor did it contain specifics on the type of immigration agreement — a topic currently being hashed out by a bipartisan, bicameral congressional conference committee — he would sign.

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In his State of the Union Tuesday, President Trump vowed he would build a wall that is “a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier.” However, he gave no indication that he would shut down the government again if Congress refused to fund it, nor did his speech go into specifics of what a deal with Democrats on immigration would look like.

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Texas state officials’ claims that nearly 100,000 noncitizens may have been registered to vote in the state are falling apart, and concerns raised about the state’s methodology have turned out to be valid. After the secretary of state advised county election officials to vet a list of 95,000 alleged noncitizen voters, county after county has found hundreds of duplicates and thousands of people on the list who are actually citizens. One was a naturalized El Paso County elections staffer. While the state is quietly trying to walk back its initial assertions, which suggested mass fraud, state officials have publicly shown no remorse. Texas is now facing multiple lawsuits over the matter, as voting rights advocates are concerned that eligible voters will be purged or otherwise discouraged from participating in future elections.

Texas is also the site of a major U.S. Justice Department reversal in longstanding litigation over discriminatory voting policies. Over the past few years, multiple courts found that the state engaged in voting practices that are discriminatory towards minority voters. Until last week, the DOJ supported plaintiffs in a Texas gerrymandering lawsuit, Abbott v. Perez, who said the state should be put back under preclearance — the requirement, under the Voting Rights Act, that it get federal approval of changes to its election rules. The DOJ formally switched its position last week; it is now backing the state’s position that it should not be put back under preclearance. But, as Justin Levitt, a former voting rights attorney in the Obama DOJ, noted, career officials did not sign the filing — an indication they may be uncomfortable with it.

Redistricting reform is gaining momentum in Virginia. The legislature’s Republican leaders have decided to put their full support behind the endeavor. A constitutional amendment proposal to create a 16 member commission — made of eight members of the legislature, and eight citizens chosen by a panel of judges — passed the Senate on Thursday.

In Michigan, a federal court rejected a proposed settlement between newly elected-Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and plaintiffs challenging the GOP-drawn congressional and state legislative maps. The case is set to go to trial this week. Republicans, in a request urging the court to reject the settlement proposal, said Benson was trying to reach and agreement that would be “immune” to what the Supreme Court does on partisan gerrymandering in cases before it later this year.

Kansas will not continue to fight a contempt-of-court ruling against its former secretary of state Kris Kobach, who lost the governor’s race last year. Kansas dropped the contempt appeal, which stemmed from Kobach’s conduct in the legal challenge to his proof-of-citizenship voter registration requirement, even as it is still appealing the broader ruling striking down the requirement. In dropping the contempt appeal, the state reached a settlement with the ACLU, which represented some of the challengers in the case, to pay $20,000 of the organization’s legal fees. The state also covered the cost of a legal education class the judge ordered Kobach to take after he struggled with trial procedures.

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