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Congressional subpoenas are a vital investigative and legal tool compelling witnesses to provide information, allowing Congress to fulfill its constitutional duties of oversight.

Yet under President Donald Trump's administration, subpoenas have been rendered all but decorative. Most recently, the White House instructed staff not to comply with congressional subpoenas seeking information in the impeachment inquiry against the President.

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President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal just keeps getting worse.

As if asking the Ukrainian President to investigate his political rival wasn't enough, we've now learned that Trump did the same with the Australian Prime Minister and possibly others, with Attorney General William Barr's and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's approval. Also concerning Americans are Trump's calls to identify and even arrest the whistleblower whose complaint singlehandedly spurred impeachment proceedings against the President.

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Attorney General William Barr—tagged to head the Department of Justice by President Donald Trump—faced another scandal under his watch Thursday.

The National Association of Immigration Judges, a labor union, said the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) sent employees of the federal government an email newsletter with a link to an antisemitic post by White nationalism website VDare.

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Federal jails fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice which falls under the authority of Attorney General William Barr who was appointed by President Donald Trump. So when a federal prisoner—with potentially damaging information about numerous powerful people—who's supposed to be on 24/7 suicide watch after a prior attempt commits suicide in federal custody, the most logical explanation is that former President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton did it.

Or at least that's the story right wing conspiracy theorists are pushing. As well as the person ultimately responsible for maintaining the safety of federal prisoners, Donald Trump.

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The latest cover of The New Yorker—and others—assert the checks and balances set forth in the Constitution are breaking down under the administration of President Donald Trump. The New Yorker cover shows Senate GOP leadership as well as the head of the Justice Department going beyond being complicit with the President and moved into supplication.

The magazine shared the latest cover on social media where the image immediately drew attention. It was quickly shared by many.

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The position of United States Attorney General was created by the Judiciary Act of 1789 to serve as head of the Department of Justice (DoJ). As with all government positions and agencies created by the Constitution or by law, the role of the DoJ is well defined.

The official mission statement of the DoJ states their role is:

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Attorney General William Barr had a rather awkward moment after he approached House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at a Memorial Day event outside the Capitol, shook her hand, and asked her, "Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?"

Barr's question came as Pelosi prepares to schedule the contempt vote against Barr before the full House. According to a bystander who spoke to NBC News, she smiled and gestured in the direction of the House sergeant-at-arms, who makes arrests should the House deem them necessary.

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