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November 13, 2021

BREAKING: Steve Bannon indicted for refusal to comply with Jan. 6 subpoena

A federal grand jury indicted Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to then-President Donald Trump, for failing to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

According to the Justice Department, Bannon was indicted on two counts of contempt of Congress. One count for refusing to appear for a deposition and the other for refusing to provide documents in response to the committee’s subpoena.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the indictment reflected the Justice Department’s commitment to ensuring that it “adheres to the rule of law.”

“Since my first day in office, I have promised Justice Department employees that together we would show the American people by word and deed that the department adheres to the rule of law, follows the facts and the law and pursues equal justice under the law,” Garland said.

CNN reported that a judge had already signed an arrest warrant for Bannon.

Each count carries a minimum of 30 days of jail, with a maximum sentence of one year.

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Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon indicted by federal grand jury for contempt of Congress

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November 8, 2021

Biden administration sues Texas over new voting law

The Biden administration sued Texas over its new voting law, claiming that its new restrictions violate civil rights laws.

According to the suit, the administration takes issue with two of the measure’s provisions in particular. The first restricts what sort of assistance poll volunteers can provide to voters, banning them from explaining how voting works or the complex wording on the ballot.

The Justice Department said this violates the Voting Rights Act, which guarantees assistance to anyone who requires it due to “blindness, disability, or inability to read or write.”

“Prohibiting assistors from answering voters’ questions, responding to requests to clarify ballot translations, and confirming that voters with visual impairments have marked a ballot as intended will curtail fundamental voting rights without advancing any legitimate state interest,” the DOJ wrote in the filing.

The second provision mentioned in the lawsuit requires voters to provide identification information on mail-in ballot applications and ballot return envelopes.

The DOJ said this violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which states that an unrelated error on a paper or record cannot prevent someone from voting.

“Conditioning the right to cast a mail ballot on a voter’s ability to recall and recite the identification number provided on an application for voter registration months or years before will curtail fundamental voting rights without advancing any legitimate state interest,” the complaint reads.

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DoJ sues Texas over new voting law, saying restrictions violate civil rights

October 12, 2021

Sen. Grassley joins GOP demands to AG over parent protests

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) joined the group of all-Republican senators in demanding the Justice Department “not interfere with the rights of parents to come before school boards and speak with educators about their concerns.”

The letter comes after Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Oct. 4 memo. Garland announced that the DOJ would implement measures to address threats made toward school personnel following a recent “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”

The senators responded with a jointly-written letter, arguing that the parents were exercising their First Amendment rights.

“The school board meetings at issue in the National School Boards Association letter largely appear to involve parents being frustrated by COVID-19 mask mandates for children as well as the possibility of school curricula newly incorporating the controversial academic discipline generally known as critical race theory,” the letter read. “Parents who get upset about these topics, and others, are engaging in speech that is clearly protected under the First Amendment.”

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AK), John Kennedy (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) also signed the letter.

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Sen. Grassley joins Republican senators’ demands of AG Garland following threats memo

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