House pushes forward with subpoenas of White House aides; USA Freedom Act...

House pushes forward with subpoenas of White House aides; USA Freedom Act surveillance; evangelical LGTB rift

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Don McGahn is pictured in February 2018 at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

(Audio: Trump “trying to ignore the subpoenas”)

CAPITOL HILL – After President Donald Trump responded how he would handle subpoenas of White House aides, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) releases a statement on the subpoena of former White House Counsel Don McGahn, stating:

“The Committee has served a valid subpoena to Mr. McGahn. We have asked him to supply documents to the Committee by May 7 and to testify here on May 21.”

Nadler concludes that Trump’s actions amount to an “obstruction by an Administration desperate to prevent the public from talking about the President’s behavior. The Committee’s subpoena stands. I look forward to Mr. McGahn’s testimony.”

In other news, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) of Vermont tweets that:

‘Since bulk collection of Americans’ phone records became public in 2013, I questioned its effectiveness & its massive privacy intrusion. @SenMikeLee [Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah] & I secured impr. w/ our USA FREEDOM Act, but broad surveill. authorities of no value should not be on the books.’ @AliVelshi @WSJ

One respondent tweeted that the senators should concentrate on the hundreds of spam phone calls he gets, saying:

‘Senators, in addition please put some heavier teeth into “Do Not Call Lists”. My home-phone and cell phone continue being called by donation seekers from Police Associations, to Breast Cancer, to you name it. AND BOTH NUMBERS ARE ON DO NOT CALL LIST, and are unpublished/unlisted.’

Looking forward, evangelical leader Franklin Graham is asking Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, to repent for his homosexuality. The thousands of responses Graham has received indicate that most Americans disagree, including many Christians.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

 

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