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Trump declares emergency for border wall, House panel launches probe

Trump declares emergency for border wall, House panel launches probeThe Republican president’s move to circumvent Congress represented an escalation in his efforts to make good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge to build a wall to halt the flow into the country of illegal immigrants, who Trump says bring crime and drugs. Hours after Trump’s announcement, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee said it had launched an investigation into the emergency declaration. In a letter to Trump, committee Democrats asked him to make available for a hearing White House and Justice Department officials involved in the action.



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The Latest: Whitaker now confirmed to attend panel hearing

The Latest: Whitaker now confirmed to attend panel hearingWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (all times local):



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House panel plans action on gun background check bill next week

House panel plans action on gun background check bill next weekThe panel will mark up the bill, known as the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, on Feb. 13 and send it to the House floor for a vote, committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told a news conference. “It’s finally time for action in Congress,” Nadler said. “This bill will close the loopholes that have allowed felons, domestic violence abusers and other prohibited persons to purchase guns through private sales.” The bill would require background checks for all firearm sales and most firearm transfers.



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House panel readies subpoena to compel Whitaker testimony

House panel readies subpoena to compel Whitaker testimony“To be clear, I hope never to use this subpoena,” committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said, adding that Whitaker should arrive at the hearing on Friday prepared to answer questions about his communications with the White House and his refusal to recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “If he appears on time and ready to answer those questions, the subpoena will be entirely unnecessary,” he added. A Justice Department spokeswoman did not have an immediate comment.



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Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen subpoenaed by Senate panel: adviser

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen subpoenaed by Senate panel: adviserWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and self-described “fixer” Michael Cohen has been subpoenaed to testify by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, Cohen’s adviser Lanny Davis said on Thursday. Coming one day after he postponed an appearance before a House of Representatives investigative panel, the subpoena thrust Cohen back into the spotlight, with MSNBC and CNN saying he will appear before the intelligence panel in mid-February. “This morning the Senate Intelligence Committee served Michael Cohen with a subpoena,” Davis said in a statement.



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U.S. Representative Ocasio-Cortez says to serve on financial services panel

U.S. Representative Ocasio-Cortez says to serve on financial services panelU.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, part of a new crop of Democrats swept into office this year on a stronger liberal platform, said she is poised to serve on a key congressional panel overseeing Wall Street, a potential setback for the financial services industry. “I’m looking forward to digging into the student loan crisis, examining for-profit prisons/ICE detention, and exploring the development of public & postal banking,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted late Tuesday. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to sit on this committee as a freshman.” Other incoming progressive Democrats, including Katie Porter, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, are also expected to secure spots on the committee, Politico reported.



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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says to serve on financial services panel

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says to serve on financial services panelU.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she is poised to serve on a key congressional panel overseeing Wall Street.



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Ocasio-Cortez Poised to Join Panel Overseeing Wall Street

Ocasio-Cortez Poised to Join Panel Overseeing Wall StreetThe New York lawmaker, who has become a sensation among progressives, will almost certainly join the House Financial Services Committee after a group of fellow Democrats on the party’s steering committee voted to recommend her for the panel on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the matter. Two other recently elected progressive Democrats, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Katie Porter of California, are also likely to join the panel, said the people said, who requested anonymity because the names of the new members have not yet been announced. Tulsi Gabbard, a lawmaker from Hawaii who says she plans to run for president in 2020, is also poised to join, the people said.



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House panel to give Trump ally Stone's transcript to Russia probe

House panel to give Trump ally Stone's transcript to Russia probeDemocrats who take control of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee next month have signaled they plan to send Special Counsel Robert Mueller the transcripts of testimony given under oath by some of Trump’s closest associates so they can be reviewed for evidence and possible falsehoods. During the 2016 campaign, longtime Republican political operative Stone posted messages on Twitter implying that he had inside knowledge of data in the possession of hackers and WikiLeaks that would embarrass the Democrats. Stone’s lawyer Grant Smith said on Thursday that he sent a letter to the committee’s outgoing Republican chairman requesting that the full transcript of the private Sept. 26, 2017 interview be publicly released.



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Ex-FBI head Comey drops challenge to House panel subpoena

Ex-FBI head Comey drops challenge to House panel subpoenaComey agreed to sit down for a closed-door deposition on Friday. Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee pledged to provide Comey with a full transcript within 24 hours of his testimony, and he will be permitted to “make any or all of that transcript public,” Comey’s lawyer David Kelley told Reuters in a statement. In addition, a representative from the FBI will attend to help advise Comey on what matters related to the bureau he may divulge.



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