Update: The CNN lawsuit against Trump has been assigned to Judge Timothy J. Kelly, a Trump appointee who was a former counsel to Chuck Grassley.
FWIW: I don't think it's as clear a sign as you all do that it was assigned to Judge Kelly! Note: He worked for Grassley on Judiciary when Grassley and Graham were the two Republicans to vote for the federal media shield law in committee.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not be on the bench today for the non-argument session, the court’s public information officer says in a statement. “She continues to improve and is working from home this morning,” she adds. #SCOTUS
There are no arguments today, however, and no opinions are expected. On such days, there regularly are multiple justices not in attendance.
Developing ... "I'm going to be indicted," Jerome Corsi — former Infowars DC bureau chief linked to Roger Stone — says on his livestream.
MORE: "I think I'm the next to be indicted," Corsi, who has appeared before the Mueller grand jury, says. "We did try to cooperate, and I did think I was doing a pretty good job of it" until "it all blows apart."
For background on what's been going on with Mueller's investigation during his "quiet time," including Cohen's informal cooperation, check out this piece —> buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg…
To be clear, lawyers from Mueller's office have been spotted ay the special counsel's office, not the court where the grand jury meets. At most significant, I'd think Cohen being in DC today is to prep for an upcoming grand jury appearance, as happened with Jerome Corsi.
DOJ just announced that before he left office yesterday, Sessions signed a final memo outlining new “principles and procedures” for consent decrees with state and local governments. justice.gov/opa/press-rele…
Changing DOJ’s approach to consent decrees had been one of Sessions’ big obsessions as AG — and one the was particularly aimed at reversing Holder/Lynch policies — so it’s not surprising to see him taking one last swipe before he left.
Consent decrees are a method of ending (or avoiding) litigation in a way that includes court approval and the court maintaining oversight to ensure that the parties are meeting their obligation under the agreement.
After Trump says Democrats in the House are likely to start investigations, he says, "We have a thing called the United States Senate," threatening that he'll use the Senate to investigate ... I dunno, Dems or the FBI or something. "I think I'm better at that game than they are."
Responding to a question —> If Dems start investigations in the House, Trump says "then we're going to do the same thing [in the Senate], and government grows to a halt, and I would blame them."
He really doesn't seem to understand what government oversight is and that he controls the executive branch.
ELECTION NIGHT THREAD: This will be my thread for the night, starting with this great story from @katherinemiller, with its hour-by-hour accounting of what is going on tonight and when it's (likely) going to happen. buzzfeednews.com/article/kather…
NOTE: As happens every election, there'll be a couple polling places/counties in several states that stay open later due to issues from earlier in the day. So, check your specific county/polling place if you need to vote! For ex, Monroe County in Indiana: idsnews.com/article/2018/1…
That's outside #SCOTUS on June 26, 2013, after WIndsor and Perry decisions came down. That's @paulkatami and Jeff Zarrillo, two of the plaintiffs in the Perry case, who were speaking to reporters (and kissing there, obvs).
Honestly, a Pokémon and Beetlejuice day of fun and fantasy and friends was exactly what I needed in between this past week and next week. 😊 Thanks, all, who were a part of it! ... Off to bed now here. ... Night, all, and let us try to be good to one another — and ourselves.
Today was a delightful day of some time for myself walking around Georgetown and reading and going to the gym and then a lovely dinner with friends. 😊 A much needed, and rare, whole weekend off. 🙃
Alright, off to bed because it’s almost certain to be a very long week. ... Night, all, and let us try to be good to one another — and ourselves — during this week.
BREAKING: #SCOTUS will not stop the kids' climate change case from going to trial — at least not now.
Here's the full #SCOTUS order, which rejects the government's request to halt the trial because "adequate relief may be available in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit." documentcloud.org/documents/5027…
Thomas and Gorsuch, however, note that they would have granted the stay now.