Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Two Supreme Court decisions issued in the early 1970s definitively answer today’s central question of the Russia investigation: Can special counsel Robert Mueller successfully subpoena President Donald Trump to testify before a federal grand jury? The answer, according to existing precedent, is a resounding “Yes.” The first of these opinions dealt a fatal blow to claims by journalists that they should be exempt from testifying before a grand jury about their sources. In a strongly-worded 5-4 opinion in Branzburg v. Hayes in 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court both extolled the broad scope of a grand jury inquiry and rejected the notion that persons of high rank or importance could avoid becoming grand jury witnesses. Can special counsel Robert Mueller successfully subpoena President Donald Trump to testify before a federal grand jury? The answer, according to existing precedent, is a resounding “Yes.” The case centered … [Read more...] about Would Trump have to obey a Robert Mueller grand jury subpoena? Ask Richard Nixon.
Indictment by grand jury definition
Two narcotics detectives with the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) have been indicted on charges of rape and bribery after admittedly having sex with a teenage girl in the back of an unmarked police van last month.Edward Martins and Richard Hall were accused of raping the 18-year-old after an apparently pretextual drug-related arrest in Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn on September 15.The young woman, who is not being named out of longstanding practice, filed a lawsuit against the two detectives, the City of New York and the NYPD a couple weeks later.According to contemporaneous reports, the two detectives were originally at Brighton Beach on the day in question. There they were said to be conducting a “buy-bust operation,” an anti-narcotics tactic wherein police lawfully purchase drugs from someone and then arrest the drug seller for selling the police the drugs the police requested.For some unexplained reason, Martins and Hall drove off in their … [Read more...] about Grand Jury Indicts Two NYPD Detectives Accused Of Raping Teenage Girl In Unmarked Van
The U.S. Supreme Court has never decided whether a president may be criminally prosecuted while in office, and the U.S. Constitution doesn’t give a direct answer.But the prevailing view is that a president can’t be indicted while in office, the New York Times reports. Presidents can be prosecuted, however, after they leave office or after impeachment, according to conventional wisdom.The issue is being debated anew amid reports that President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Some have questioned whether the alleged request amounted to obstruction of justice.Article 1, Section 3 of the Constitution, doesn’t directly address the issue of prosecution in office. It reads: “Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States: but the … [Read more...] about Can a sitting president be indicted? The Constitution doesn’t give a definitive answer
Wide open to attackRe: "Nielsen says midterm elections not targets — Officials step up security measures for November voting," Sunday news story. I wrote a letter several weeks ago to the board of social media giants Twitter and Facebook expressing to them my grave concern for the ability of nation-states like Russia and bad actors here at home to use their platforms to disrupt our local, state and federal elections and to sow discord in our national conversation. I believe both social media companies, as well as the National Association of Secretaries of State, election officials, voter registrars and the current administration are not taking this threat serious enough. On Yahoo News' new podcast Bots and Ballots, Samuel Woolley, the research director of the DigIntel Lab at the Institute for the Future who studies bots, said that in his estimation it is "too late" to stop the impact that bots will have on the outcome of the midterm elections … [Read more...] about Letters: Security for midterm elections, Russian indictments, Supreme Court, bipartisanship
In this May 4, 2004 file photo, a full moon rises above the golden domes of the Orthodox Monastery of the Caves in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine is lobbying hard for a religious divorce from Russia. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP file)This 2008 photo provided by Cyril Hovorun shows him at the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the Monastery of the Caves, in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2012 Hovorun was an official within the Moscow Patriarchate, but he resigned after hackers published emails showing that he secretly supported independence-leaning Ukrainian clergy. “We've known about this tactic before the hacking of the Democrats,” Hovorun said, referring to the email disclosures that rocked America’s 2016 presidential campaign. “This is a familiar story for us.” (Courtesy Cyril Hovorun via AP)In this Saturday, July 28, 2018 file photo, Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, left, leads a religious service as Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria … [Read more...] about Indicted Russian hackers reportedly targeted Orthodox clergy