Chaffetz Shocked that Trump is Not More Transparent

Rep. Jason Chaffetz is leaving Congress soon, quite possibly to run for governor of Utah, and he's beginning to say some things he would otherwise not say. Like he says that Trump and Sessions are every bit as bad as Obama and Lynch when it comes to transparency. … [Read more...]

Sessions Must Turn Over Clearance Application

A judge has ordered the Department of Justice to turn over the application for a security clearance that Attorney General Jeff Sessions filled out, forms that were missing at least two, perhaps three or more, meetings with Russian officials. … [Read more...]

Trump DOJ Gets Warrant to Spy on Journalists

In its effort to stop the leaks it also says are not real, the Trump administration has been granted a warrant from the FISA court to track the communications of journalists who have been on the receiving end of those leaks over the last few months, according to the New York Post. … [Read more...]

Flynn Pleading the 5th, Ignoring Subpoena

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is going to ignore a subpoena ordering him to turn over documents to the House Intelligence Committee as part of their Russia investigation. Instead, he will invoke his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. … [Read more...]

Trump Refuses to Turn Over Giuliani Memo on Muslim Ban

A federal judge ordered the White House to turn over a memo and other documents related to Trump asking Rudy Giuliani to help him create a Muslim ban that wouldn't sound like a Muslim ban, but Trump is apparently refusing to show those documents to the court. … [Read more...]

Trump Won’t Release White House Visitor Logs

Reversing a voluntary policy from the Obama administration, the White House announced that they will not make visitor logs available to the public. They made the announcement late Friday afternoon on Easter weekend, of course, which is what you do when you know what you're doing is bad. … [Read more...]

Trump Invokes State Secrets Privilege Too

We've found one point on which the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations all agree. They all agree that no victim of illegal surveillance or torture should ever get a shot at justice in a court of law because they'll use the State Secrets Privilege to get the case dismissed. … [Read more...]

Fed. Judge Orders Senate Torture Report Preserved

There have been concerns that the Senate Intelligence Committee's exhaustive report on torture by the CIA during the Bush administration might be lost to history after Trump takes over and never declassified. But a federal judge has now ordered that it be preserved. … [Read more...]

Appeals Court Blocks Release of Senate Torture Report

Ever since the Senate Intelligence Committee finished its report on the use of torture by the Bush administration but only released a summary of its findings, the ACLU has been trying to get the full report released and the Obama administration has fought against it. A federal appeals court has sided with Obama. … [Read more...]

Judge Allows Torture Case Against Psychologists to Go Forward

I wrote a couple days ago about the Obama administration not using the broad version of the State Secrets Privilege -- for the very first time -- in a case against the two psychologists who made tens of millions of dollars creating the torture program used against detainees in the Bush administration. The judge has now rejected a motion to dismiss the case from the psychologists. … [Read more...]

Obama Finally Withdrawing State Secrets Privilege?

After seven years of flagrantly violating a campaign promise to end the use of the broad version of the State Secrets Privilege, is President Obama finally pulling back from that horrible tactic? In an important torture lawsuit, the DOJ has declined to file a motion on those grounds and will let the case proceed. … [Read more...]

Obama Still Trying to Prevent Release of Senate Torture Report

The Obama administration continues to fight in court to prevent the release of the full report from the Senate Intelligence Committee that details the entire history of the Bush torture regime. A 500-page summary was released but not the full report and Obama, who promised the "most transparent administration in history," wants it buried. … [Read more...]