BREAKING: House Republicans Enacting So-Called ‘Martial Law’ Rule to Allow Same-Day Passage of Senate ObamaCare Repeal
ALERT: ObamaCare Repeal Could Be Law by Saturday
House Republican leaders are enacting a so-called “Martial Law” rule to allow them to discard regular parliamentary proceduresÂ and pass any ObamaCare repeal bill immediately after the Senate passes its version.
BREAKING: The House has invoked martial law. If the Senate passes skinny repeal, the House can vote on it without notice.
â€” Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) July 27, 2017
Martial law has been invoked in the past, for instance in 2015 to avoid a government shutdown. In other words, like the name suggests, it is a procedure of last measure, to be used only during situations requiring immediate action that without it dire circumstances would occur.Â
But in this case, House Republicans are seeking to strip tens of millions of Americans of their health care coverage.
A Senate GOP aide said that we are “operating under the assumption the House will pass the skinny as is tomorrow.”https://t.co/KIV7EczBWH
â€” Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) July 27, 2017
If the Senate passes an ObamaCare repeal bill Thursday or Friday, likely the “skinny” version that would kick 16 million Americans off their coverage, the House could immediately introduce the bill, “debate” it, and pass it by Saturday, according to Center for American Progress Action’sÂ Deputy Director Igor Volsky.
Under martial law:
– bill can be voted on without even 1 day notice
– if Senate passes #SkinnyRepeal it could become law by Sat 4/4
â€” igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) July 27, 2017
Washington Post healthcare reporterÂ Paige W. Cunningham notes the ObamaCare repeal vote could come before dawn Friday morning:
Hearing that vote on skinny repeal could happen around 4 or 5 a.m.
â€” Paige W. Cunningham (@pw_cunningham) July 27, 2017
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham has just announced a press conference for Thursday at 5:15 PM EDT:
Holding press conference with Ron Johnson and others at 5:15 pm RE: Skinny Repeal.
Senate Radio-TV Gallery
â€” Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 27, 2017
“Under the martial law procedure, long-standing House rules that require at least one day between the unveiling of significant legislation and the House floor vote on that legislation â€” so that Members can learn what they are being asked to vote on â€” are swept away,” Republican Rep. Michael Burgess wrote in 2008, when under Democratic leadership the House was preparing to enact the procedure. “Instead, under ‘martial law,’ the Leadership can file legislation with tens or hundreds of pages of fine print and move immediately to debate and votes on it, before Members of Congress, the media, or the public have an opportunity to understand fully what provisions have been altered or inserted into the legislation behind closed doors. This is the procedure that the Leadership intends to use to muscle through important bills in the next two days.”
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Trump Lawyer’s ‘Critical Evidence’ Will Help DOJ Make Decision to Charge ‘Without Significant Delay’: Former Prosecutor
Donald Trump‘s attorney Evan Corcoran, who allegedly directed another Trump attorney to draft the false statement claiming all classified and sensitive documents had been returned, has been ordered to testify before a grand jury and hand over documents and records to Special Counsel Jack Smith in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents criminal investigation.
Trump appealed U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell’s decision ordering Corcoran to testify and hand over documents, including handwritten notes. The Appeals Court in light speed mode, rejected Trump’s appeal.
Corcoran will be testifying before the grand jury on Friday, CNN reports.
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One former top DOJ official, Brandon Van Grack, says the “Special Counsel is about to get access to the most critical evidence in the case. Should allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”
He did not define what “without significant delay” means in terms of days, weeks, or months.
Van Grack served at Main Justice for eleven years, including as a lead prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and later, as the Chief of the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.
“The announcement from a panel of three judges in the appeals court – less than a day after Trump sought to put Corcoran’s testimony on hold – adds momentum to the special counsel investigation as it seeks to secure evidence that could make or break a federal criminal case against Trump,” CNN explains. “The Justice Department has successfully argued in court that prosecutors have enough evidence that Trump’s interactions with the lawyer were part of a possible crime that they can pierce the confidentiality of the conversations between the two.”
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U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith had successfully made the case Donald Trump may have committed a crime, via his attorneys, in his classified documents case. That finding allowed her to invoke the crime-fraud exception, and order Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to testify before the grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents.
Former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann, who also worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and headed the DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Section, Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC said it’s possible Judge Howell’s expedited decisions were related to national security.
Tuesday night Judge Howell ordered DOJ to provide information by 6:00 AM Wednesday.
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Trump appealed Howell’s ruling, and Wednesday afternoon the Appeals Court denied his appeal related to the documents, Politico reports.
“I’ve never seen anything that quick. It’s very hard to know why. I have to say, to me, when I think about what can be a plausible reason– and this is pure speculation – is that there must be something in the papers that gave the judges concern about national security implications, because it’s such a short timeframe.”
“The reason this is a bombshell is you could end up with Evan Corcoran as a key, fundamental witness against Donald Trump in an obstruction of justice case and a false statements case,” Weissmann adds.
According to Politico, Wednesday’s appeals court ruling “effectively permits the Justice Department to circumvent Trump’s attorney-client privilege after a lower-court judge found that the documents likely contain evidence of a crime.”
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Donald Trump’s attorneys have appealed a ruling that requires one of his lawyers to testify before a grand jury investigating his unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return classified documents from the White House.
Attorneys for the Special Counsel “said there is evidence of a deliberate effort not to turn over all the material covered by the subpoena,” The Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell had reportedly agreed with Special Counsel Smith that there is sufficient evidence proving Donald Trump may have committed a crime via his attorneys, and ruled his attorney must testify before a grand jury. The ruling, which was not made public, was handed down Friday night, NBC News reported Wednesday afternoon.
Judge Howell “ruled in favor of applying the ‘crime fraud’ exception to Trump’s attorney-client privilege and ordered Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify before the federal grand jury.”
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Trump’s attorneys have already appealed the ruling.
“People familiar with the matter said an appeals panel has already begun reviewing the decision, after Trump’s lawyers appealed,” The Washington Post adds. “The extraordinarily quick timeline suggests that the judges — all nominated by Democratic presidents — intend to rule swiftly.”
Trump could take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but The Post says it’s “not clear he would have a much better chance of success there.”
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