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Jordan Requests Testimony from Manhattan’s Senior DA in Trump Investigation




House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan is expanding his investigation into the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, seeking voluntary cooperation from the office’s senior counsel, Matthew Colangelo.

The move is the latest sign that Jordan continues to escalate the investigation into the office as key allies of former President Donald Trump attempt to frame his recent indictment as politically motivated.

The letter to Colangelo, asking for documents and testimony, portrays him as key to boosting the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation into Trump and cites Colangelo’s previous experience in the Justice Department and New York Attorney General’s office to suggest he has a history of fighting with Trump and his businesses.

CNN previously reported that Colangelo worked as an attorney for the Trump Foundation’s investigation at the New York Attorney General’s Office.

“Given your history in law enforcement that is prosecuting President Trump and the public announcement of your decision to serve in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, we ask that you cooperate with our oversight in your personal capacity,” the letter reads. . The letter sets a deadline of April 21.

CNN has reached out to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for comment.

Colangelo’s letter came a day after Jordan subpoenaed former New York County Special Assistant District Attorney Mark Pomeranz for his role in the investigation into Trump and his business empire. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg continues to engage with House Republicans about their investigations. But the Manhattan District Attorney’s office has criticized Republicans in the House of Representatives for their attempts to interfere with the office.


Wisconsin DNR releases 3,500 public comments on wolf management plan



Wisconsin wildlife officials on Friday posted thousands of public comments on the new wolf management plan, some calling for the restoration of the statewide population limit and others calling for a total ban on hunting.

The Department of Natural Resources released the draft of its first new wolf management plan in nearly 25 years in November. This would override the current population goal of 350 animals and instead recommend that the DNR work with local advisory committees on whether to reduce local wolf populations, keep them stable or allow them to grow.

The comment window for the draft plan ended on 28 February. The DPR posted about 3,500 edited comments on its website on Friday afternoon.


The comments broadly reflected all sides of the longstanding debate about how best to deal with the growing number of wolves in Wisconsin. DNR estimates released in September put the state’s population at about 1,000 animals.

Northern Wisconsin farmers have long complained about wolves preying on livestock. Hunters have cited the 350 animals as justification for setting generous quotas for the state’s fall wolf season. Animal advocates counter that the population is still not strong enough to support hunting.

Several government agencies in rural Wisconsin, including the councils of Douglas, Marathon, and Jackson counties, submitted formulaic resolutions to the DNR calling for the agency to reinstate the 350-animal goal, arguing that nothing had changed to warrant its cancellation.

Hunting groups, including the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and the International Safari Club, have also called on the agency to restore the 350 wolf target.

This photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Administration is of a gray wolf on April 18, 2008. Wisconsin Natural Resources Administration officials released about 3,500 comments on a recently proposed wolf management plan. (Gary Kramer/US Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, file)

“Without setting clear guidelines on which discretionary management decisions are based, any effort to stabilize or even reduce the wolf population will be questioned and likely challenged,” Safari Club International President Sven Lindqvist said in a letter to the DNR. “Setting a population target will give the DNR a specific target to point to when making decisions such as setting annual catch quotas and harvesting practices.”

Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill that would force the DNR to set a new population target in the final version of the plan, but did not say at what level. The proposal has not yet received a hearing.

Meanwhile, conservation groups have welcomed the lack of a numerical target in the draft plan.


“Removing an arbitrary wolf population target is important to ensure wolf numbers can be adapted,” Elizabeth Ward, director of the Sierra Club Wisconsin chapter, said in the letter. “As written in the plan, the state’s goal should be to have a self-sustaining, self-regulating and genetically diverse wolf population that maintains a relationship with wolf populations in neighboring states and fulfills their ecological roles.”

The Chippewa tribes, who regard the wolf as a sacred brother, submitted comments saying they could not support wolf hunting and begged the DPR to include them in discussions to revise the plan.

It is not yet clear when DPR officials will present the final draft to the agency’s political board. Agency officials said in a statement that they are looking into the comments and will use them to consider changes. They didn’t offer a date.

DNR spokesperson Cathy Grant did not respond to an Associated Press email.


Wisconsin law mandates wolf season, but last year a federal judge reinstated protection for endangered gray wolves across much of the country, including Wisconsin. The movement prohibits the hunting of animals. If the wolves ever lose this protection, the states will be responsible for managing these creatures and hunting in Wisconsin will resume.

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After the Tennessee House of Representatives ousts two Democrats, will other states follow? : NPR



Democratic Rep. Justin Jones of Nashville speaks before his counterpart voted to remove him from the House of Representatives on Thursday. Constitutional scholars say such measures are very rare and have uncertain consequences.

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It is rare for any legislature in the US to expel a member—in most states reportedly never did so. Even in this context, circumstances in Tennessee, where the Republican-led House of Representatives expelled two black lawmakers, stood out.

“Most of the explosions happened criminal behavior or abusive behaviornot the suppression of dissent or the prosecution of political opponents,” state constitutional law expert Miriam Seifter said in an email to NPR.

“Relative Level of Democratic Dysfunction” Warnings

Rep. Justin Jones, D-Nashville and Justin Pearson, D-Memphis, were expelled not for committing crimes, but for violating the rules of decency. They used a bullhorn on the floor of the house, spoke without being recognized, and led protests calling for gun control as Republicans, who have an overwhelming majority in the House, stood by.

“I think it’s amazing that the state legislature is even trying to expel them for this behavior, not to mention that they actually managed to get enough votes to expel them,” Anita Krishnakumar, who studies law and interpretation at the Legal School, told NPR. center of Georgetown University. in email.

But the couple are now banished, a few months into their two-year term. Third House Democrat Rep. Gloria Johnson narrowly avoided being expelled.

“What happened this week in Tennessee was a show of power used to send a political message: dissent and refusal to comply are unacceptable,” Carrie Russell of Vanderbilt University, chief senior lecturer in political science, told NPR in an email.

Many state legislatures and the US Congress have equally broad disciplinary powers. But this power was used sparingly. Until this week, the last two eliminations in the Tennessee House of Representatives came as a result of overwhelming bipartisan votes to expel members on criminal or ethical grounds, rather than the imposition of one’s will by a supermajority.

“Using legislative discipline as a weapon is indicative of a serious level of democratic dysfunction,” said Seifter, who is co-director of the State Democracy Research Initiative at the University of Wisconsin School of Law. She added, “This suggests that more attention should be paid to government at the state level.”

“Anti-democratic actions are much easier to carry out if state institutions are subject to limited scrutiny,” Seifter said.

It is especially rare for legislatures to expel members due to actions involving substantive political differences.

Precedents date back to Civil War and Reconstruction

This marks the first time that multiple Tennessee legislators have been ousted in the same legislative session since 1866, when Tennessee struggled to accept citizenship rights for former enslaved people after the Civil War.

“The expulsion of six members from the Tennessee legislature in July 1866 was for ‘contempt of the authority of that house,'” Russell of Vanderbilt University, chief senior lecturer in political science, told NPR.

“Specifically, the removal order was used because Representatives refused to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment (a condition required for Tennessee to be readmitted to the Union),” Russell said. By excluding members, the House could more easily reach the majority threshold.

Protesters listen in the Tennessee House gallery during a protest to demand action on gun reform laws and support three lawmakers who face an expulsion vote – what experts call an extraordinary disciplinary move.

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“So even then it was used to exclude dissenters,” Russell added.

The Reconstruction-era precedent, says Krishnakumar, “highlights the fact that this is an unusual, rare move for a legislature—and that legislatures don’t tend to do it in times of normal politics.”

Noting the strong political polarization and divisions in the post-Civil War years, Krishnakumar said, “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we have to go back to that era to see this behavior of the legislature.”

Will other states see similar efforts?

Of course, the current environment of intense political polarization extends beyond Tennessee. So, can majorities in other state legislatures follow suit and expel politicians they can’t agree with?

“At this point it seems unlikely” to become a general pattern, Seifter said.

“Unlike other ways in which state legislators can consolidate their power or act in a counter-majority fashion (the model I wrote about Here), disciplinary measures tend to be self-limiting,” she added.

One important reason: even if the legislature succeeds in ousting an MP, the state body probably won’t have a say in what happens to the seat. In Tennessee, county or city councils in affected areas can appoint a temporary deputy — and officials. they say they will restore For example, Rep. Justin Jones.

In addition to this, Seifter said, “politically motivated exclusions are likely to be unpopular and mobilize opponents.”

However, Krishnakumar points out that in highly polarized times, elected officials are looking for ways to score points with their supporters and outmaneuver the opposition party.

She added: “This kind of exile, while very problematic from a democratic point of view, provides a good way to score those points.”

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Kamala Harris meets with exiled lawmakers in Tennessee



Vice President Kamala Harris plans to stop in Nashville, Tennessee, to meet with two Democratic state legislators expelled from the Republican-controlled General Assembly after participating in a gun control protest in the convention room.

Friday’s vice president’s trip followed Thursday’s House vote to remove representatives. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson, a move that drew strong condemnation from President Biden and Democrats across the country.

The White House said that in addition to meeting with state lawmakers, Ms. Harris will also meet with young people and human rights activists who are demanding action against gun violence following the Covenant school shooting in which a transgender man killed three nineties. . years and three adults.

“While in Tennessee, the Vice President will clarify what happened in Nashville, continue to urge Congress to renew the assault weapons ban and ensure that the voices of our youth are heard in Tennessee and across the country,” the White House said. officially said.

On Thursday, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to remove two Democratic lawmakers for violating rules, but failed to form a third.

Last week, three lawmakers led a protest in the state House of Representatives, but were not recognized, and used a bullhorn to support demonstrators who filled the Capitol demanding stricter gun control from lawmakers following the Covenant school shooting.

All three deputies, who also refused the Sergeant’s order to disperse, were removed from their committee duties after the demonstration.

The Republicans then attempted to remove lawmakers from office under Article II, Section 12 of the Tennessee Constitution, which allows the House of Representatives to punish members for “disorderly behavior.” The statute also allows for the expulsion of a member if two-thirds of all legislators vote in favor of it.

Republicans control the Tennessee House of Representatives with an overwhelming majority of 75 members compared to 23 Democrats, with one vacancy, and the dropout threshold is 66.

President Biden condemned the ouster on Thursday, calling the vote “shocking, undemocratic and unprecedented.”

The President also reiterated his call to Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as other gun control measures.

“We continue to see Republican officials across America doubling down on dangerous bills that make our schools, places of worship and communities less safe. Our children continue to pay the price for this,” Mr. Biden said, adding that the measures “will save lives.”

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