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This Week: It Looks More Likely DOJ Will Seek Charges Against McCabe

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September 13, 2019 1:23 p.m.

The chances of a McCabe indictment are increasing: The Justice Department told former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s lawyers this week that it would not overrule prosecutors’ recommendation that he be charged for lacking candor during an inspector general probe into media leaks in 2016. The grand jury that has been charged with investigating the claims against McCabe was brought back to reconvene this week, but it is unclear why. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions used the allegations against McCabe as fodder for firing him just hours before his DOJ retirement benefits were about to kick in. McCabe has since sued the Justice Department over the firing.

House Judiciary lays ground rules for impeachment inquiry: The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines this week to pass a resolution that details how it will move forward with its impeachment inquiry, setting up the arrangements for how it will question witnesses and how it will ask the President to respond to witness testimony. Republicans spent most of the two-hour hearing condemning Democrats for being disingenuous with Americans about what the committee was actually doing.

Cohen gets interviewed from jail: The New York district attorney’s office paid a visit to former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen in jail in recent weeks to interview him as part of its investigation into Trump’s hush money payments. CNN was first to report on the encounter. The district attorney’s office opened its own investigation into the payments Cohen helped orchestrate to a porn star and a Playboy model for Trump last month and has already subpoenaed the Trump Organization and the National Enquirer’s parent company.

Why are Air Force personnel constantly staying at President Trump’s Scotland golf club? That’s what a top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee wants to know. After Politico unearthed this week that Air Force crews not only stayed at the Trump resort multiple times in the past year, but also nearly 40 times in the past five years, the Air Force announced it would review its lodging accommodation practices. But Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) took it one step further, calling on the Pentagon’s Inspector General to review whether the Air Force was following the law with its frequent stays.

Flynn gets a sentencing date: Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s lawyers have been pushing to avoid sentencing while they complain about alleged misconduct by prosecutors. However, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan this week set a sentencing date of Dec. 18, though he acknowledged it might be moved. Flynn’s lawyers believe that the government withheld evidence from Flynn’s team and have argued the former national security adviser would not have pleaded guilty to the charges if they’d had access to the materials his legal team now wants.

Trump wasn’t mad at Don Jr. over Trump Tower meeting: President Trump was so unsurprised that his eldest son helped orchestrate a meeting with members of his campaign and a Russian lawyer during the election, that he wasn’t even mad at him for the screw-up. According to a new report in the Atlantic, Trump reacted as if he was “resigned to his son’s idiocy.”

House panels team up to go after Giuliani’s alleged foreign strong-arming: Three House panels — Oversight, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs — opened an investigation into Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani this week and his efforts to get the Ukrainian government to help him boost Trump’s reelection campaign. Giuliani has been open about his efforts to lobby the Ukrainian government to help him investigate the son of one of President Trump’s Democratic rivals. The committee leaders wrote a letter to the State Department this week, asking it to share any records it had on potential investigations into Hunter Biden.

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