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Rep. Hunter pretends to cross the Mexico border and gets called out for violating ‘parole’
California Republican recorded video as part of a ride-along with Customs and Border Patrol

California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter and his Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar traded Twitter barbs Thursday over a video Hunter posted in which he appeared to suggest he was crossing the southern border into Mexico.

Campa-Najjar sent an email to the Times of San Diego, with the subject line: “Hunter breaks the law violates parol,” meaning parole.

House Democrats press on with investigations after Mueller report release
They’re dissatisfied with how much information was redacted from special counsel’s report

President Donald Trump might be claiming vindication with the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia report, but House Democrats are moving forward with their investigations of him and people in his orbit.

Democrats quickly expressed their dissatisfaction with how much information Attorney General William Barr redacted from the report released Thursday.

Trump-Russia collusion: What the Mueller report says — and doesn’t say
Mueller found ‘evidence of numerous links’ between campaign and Russians but not enough to support conspiracy

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III uncovered “evidence of numerous links” between Donald Trump campaign officials and individuals with or claiming ties to the Russian government, according to a redacted version of his final report released by the Justice Department on Thursday.

But Mueller declined to charge any of those campaign officials under conspiracy, coordination, or campaign finance laws for their contacts with Russians, because the evidence didn’t reach a prosecutable threshold.

‘Anti-semitic rhetoric’ at Duke-UNC event prompts Rep. Holding to ask for federal probe
Holding argued in his letter to the DOE that the event program contained a list of speakers with a clear “anti-Israel bias.”

Rep. George Holding has asked the Department of Education to investigate whether a joint conference on Middle East studies by Duke University and the University of North Carolina that allegedly contained “anti-semitic rhetoric” should be the basis for pulling federal funding from a consortium of university foreign language and studies programs.

In a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Holding criticized the “Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities” conference in March in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he says he saw “reports of severe anti-Israeli bias and anti-Semitic rhetoric at a taxpayer-funded conference.”

Sen. Blumenthal joins chorus offering robocall remedy with ROBOCOP Act
Americans received roughly 47.8 billion robocalls last year, nearly half of them were from scammers

Sen. Richard Blumenthal was the latest in a chorus of lawmakers from both parties to decry robocalls, an irritant that afflicts nearly anyone in the U.S. who owns a mobile phone.

The Connecticut Democrat on Monday reintroduced the so-called ROBOCOP Act that would require mobile phone companies to provide free robocall-blocking technology to their customers.

Stephen Miller must testify about placing immigrants in ‘sanctuary cities,’ Nadler says
Trump immigration adviser is at center of controversial proposal to release ‘thousands’ of undocumented immigrants into ‘sanctuary cities’

Three top House Democrats are demanding answers from the Trump administration on a White House proposal to release undocumented immigrants in so-called sanctuary cities to retaliate against President Donald Trump's political rivals.

The chairmen of the House Committees on Oversight and Reform, the Judiciary, and Homeland Security set a May 3 deadline for Trump's White House and DHS to deliver documents and communications about the proposal, which was reportedly devised and pushed by Trump immigration adviser Stephen Miller.

Can across-the-aisle friendships survive the Trump era?
Aides see partisan tensions encroaching on typically neutral ground

For decades, at the end of a long day, it wasn’t unusual for Republican and Democratic congressional staffers to leave their differences at the negotiating table and head to the bar to hang out.

But as the pre-2016 crowd moves into more senior positions — or says “See ya” to the Hill for gigs on K Street — many veteran staffers fret that the 20-somethings taking their places are not making as many strong friendships across the aisle.

Ocasio-Cortez still popular in district despite being unfavorable nationally
New York Dem’s favorability ratings in own district track with party leaders Schumer, Pelosi

Most people in this country either don’t like her or just don’t know enough about her, but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez remains popular among her home constituency in New York’s 14th District.

Fifty-two percent of the freshman congresswoman’s registered constituents in The Bronx and the north-central portion of Queens view her favorably, compared to 33 percent who view her unfavorably, according to a new poll from the Sienna College Research Institute released Wednesday.

Democrats blast Trump at Judiciary hearing for ‘emboldening’ white nationalists
‘Some hateful ideological rhetoric that originates in the United States is now used to inspire terror worldwide,’ Nadler says

House Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee criticized President Donald Trump on Tuesday of using rhetoric that has encouraged the spread of white nationalism and hate crimes.

“As the New Zealand attack showed, some hateful ideological rhetoric that originates in the United States is now used to inspire terror worldwide,” Chairman Jerrold Nadler said at a hearing on the rise of hate crimes and white nationalism in the U.S. in recent years.

Dems unlikely to help Cohen get reduced sentence for more information
Senior Oversight Democrat says panel is willing to see more material from ex-Trump lawyer, but ‘without any strings attached’

Update April 6, 2019, 11:55 a.m. | Adds response from Michael Cohen attorney Lanny J. Davis.

House Democrats would gladly collect and listen to new information from President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who told lawmakers in a memo Thursday that he can provide new evidence to support his claims that the president has committed multiple crimes while in office.

Mistrial for man who allegedly threatened Rep. Brian Mast’s kids over immigration policy
Miami jury hung in case of 68-year-old Laurence Key

A mistrial was declared Thursday in the case of a man from Stuart, Florida, who was charged last year for threatening to kill Rep. Brian Mast’s children over the Trump administration’s family separation immigration policy.

Laurence Key, 68, is charged with one count of communicating a threat to kidnap or injure a person. But the trial that began Monday in Miami was declared a mistrial after the jury was hung, TCPalm reported, citing court documents and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida.

Democrats pound Trump with subpoenas, capping most aggressive week of oversight yet
Democrats formally demand president’s tax returns, authorize subpoenas for full Mueller report and 9 administration officials

As President Donald Trump tried to move on this week from the special counsel’s Russia investigation, Democratic investigators mashed the gas pedal on their various oversight probes, authorizing subpoenas for the full Mueller report and for nine current and former Trump administration officials.

And on Wednesday afternoon, the House Ways and Means Committee formally kicked off its pursuit of the president’s tax returns, capping what has been the most aggressive week of this Congress’ oversight of the administration to date.

House to probe rise in hate crimes since Trump was elected
Looking into rising hate crimes is a priority for House Judiciary Chairman Nadler

The House Judiciary Committee will look into rising rates of hate crimes and white nationalism in the U.S. at a hearing on Tuesday, April 9.

After the midterm elections last year, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the committee who was then the ranking member, promised to hold hearings in the new Congress on the rise of racially and religiously motivated violence.

House Democrats authorize subpoena for full Mueller report
Chairman Nadler plans to keep subpoenas in back pocket unless AG Barr refuses to cooperate

The House Judiciary Committee authorized Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Wednesday to subpoena the full Mueller report and its underlying evidence, directly confronting Attorney General William Barr, who has indicated he intends to withhold some information from Congress.

The resolution passed by a party-line 24-17 vote in the committee Wednesday also authorized Nadler to subpoena five Trump officials who no longer serve in the White House: former White House Counsel Don McGahn; former chief political strategist Steve Bannon; former White House communications director Hope Hicks; former chief of staff Reince Priebus; and former White House lawyer Ann Donaldson.

Democrats ramp up investigations with subpoenas for Barr, Ross
House Oversight Committee to authorize subpoenas for citizenship question on 2020 census, possible abuse of security clearance policy

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform authorized a series of subpoenas Tuesday targeting Attorney General William Barr, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and two other officials with knowledge of the administration’s proposed U.S. Census citizenship question and alleged abuse of the White House’s security clearance policy.

The committee's subpoena resolution related to the citizenship question also demands Justice Department documents and DOJ’s communications with Ross in 2017 and 2018, when Ross proposed that the citizenship question be added to the 2020 census.

Democrats preparing to unleash subpoenas over Trump security clearances
Oversight Committee is investigating potential abuses of the White House’s security clearance policy

Chairman Elijah Cummings hinted Monday that his House Committee on Oversight and Reform is preparing to unleash a series of subpoenas starting this week for their investigation into the White House’s security clearance policy.

Cummings plans to authorize a subpoena on Tuesday for former White House personnel security director Carl Kline, who now works at the Department of Defense. Kline, who served in the White House for the first two years of Trump’s administration, did not respond to letters from the Oversight Committee in February and March asking him to come in for a voluntary interview.

Democrats balk at Barr’s apparent Mueller report redactions
Attorney general expects to send redacted report to Congress by mid-April, willing to testify in early May

As Attorney General William Barr prepares to hand Congress a scrubbed version of the Mueller report “by mid-April or sooner,” he wrote lawmakers Friday, House Democrats, who want to see the special counsel’s findings in their full and unredacted form, appear to be facing an uphill climb.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler blasted Barr on Friday for “expending valuable time and resources trying to keep certain portions of this report from Congress” instead of acquiescing to Democratic demands not to redact anything from the report except information that would compromise U.S. intelligence sources and methods.

O’Rourke is rising, and a majority say they don’t want a second Trump term, poll shows
Texas Democrat up to 12 percent support in early poll, while 53 percent say ‘no’ to a second Trump term

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke appeared to inch closer to the two Democratic frontrunners for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows.

The Texas Democrat, who lost his bid for Senate to Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterms, received 12 percent support from those surveyed who identified as Democrats or Democratic leaners.

Most Republicans want to see the full Mueller report, new poll finds
The poll found 56 percent of Republicans, and 84 percent of Democrats, believe AG should release Mueller‘s report

Most Republicans think the full Mueller report should be released to the public, a new poll found. It’s a sharp departure from the position GOP lawmakers have established as they call for some parts of the report to be redacted.

Fifty-six percent of the 405 Republicans surveyed for a new Economist/YouGov poll released Wednesday agreed that Attorney General William Barr should release the “full contents” of the Robert S. Mueller III report on 2016 Russian election interference and alleged collusion with Trump campaign officials.

‘Bathroom bill’ sponsor’s ad in NC-09 special election calls Democrats ‘just plain crazy’
Dan Bishop is one of 10 GOP candidates in a special election, called after a ballot harvesting scheme tainted results

State Sen. Dan Bishop, once a sponsor of North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” and now a candidate for the open 9th District House seat, is tying the race’s lone Democrat to “left-wing radicals” and “socialists” in his first campaign video.

Bishop is one of 10 Republicans competing in the GOP primary for the chance to face Democrat Dan McCready in a special election, which was called after a ballot harvesting scheme tainted a November victory for Republican Mark Harris.