Jan. 6 investigation subpoenas McCarthy, Jordan, 3 other House Republicans

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    Jan. 6 investigation subpoenas McCarthy, Jordan, 3 other House Republicans

    The select panel's moves target some of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies, demanding testimony within days.

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy holds a weekly press conference at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24, 2020.

    The Jan. 6 select committee on Thursday subpoenaed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with four other Republican congressmen. | Liz Lynch/Getty Images

    By KYLE CHENEY and NICHOLAS WU

    05/12/2022 01:18 PM EDT

    Updated: 05/12/2022 03:37 PM EDT

    The Jan. 6 select committee on Thursday subpoenaed five House Republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

    The subpoenas target some of Donald Trump’s closest allies in the House, several of whom were engaged in numerous meetings and planning sessions amid the former president’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election results. The move represents a sharp escalation in the select committee’s tactics after months of weighing how aggressively to pursue testimony from their own colleagues.

    In addition to McCarthy and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a founding member of the pro-Trump House Freedom Caucus who’s close to the GOP leader, the panel sent summons to Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Mo Brooks (R-Ala.). All five lawmakers have rejected investigators’ previous requests that they voluntarily testify.

    The Republican leader indicated he might not comply with the subpoena.

    “My view on the committee has not changed,” said McCarthy, who added he had not yet seen the subpoena. “They’re not conducting a legitimate investigation. It seems as though they just want to go after their political opponents.”

    The select committee demanded testimony from the five lawmakers in the final week of May.

    Members of the select panel have wrestled for months with the question of how to handle their GOP colleagues. The Capitol riot committee’s chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), had previously doubted the wisdom of that subpoenaing lawmakers, as that would likely trigger a lengthy court fight unlikely to be resolved before in the current Congress.

    But the select panel’s thinking appears to have changed, as every avenue of the probe led investigators toward fellow House members.

    Some of the subpoena targets — and several other GOP lawmakers — were regularly in contact with Trump and the White House in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6. They helped amplify false claims about the integrity of the 2020 election and were among the earliest to call on colleagues to challenge the results.

    But members were mindful that demanding testimony from lawmakers would potentially set a precedent. While House and Senate ethics committees have subpoenaed members and staff before, there’s little precedent for an investigative committee — particularly one mainly guided by the majority party — turning its subpoena powers on fellow members of the House.

    Some senior Democrats were unfazed by the potential new precedent.

    “I have no problem being subpoenaed, personally,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). “I’ll tell the truth. If I have information they need, that’s fine.“

    The lawmakers receiving subpoenas are expected to cite the protections of the Constitution’s “speech or debate” clause, which prohibits members of Congress from being sued for their official government business. Doing that could trigger a complex and prolonged legal battle, and it’s unclear whether the select committee would pursue expedited consideration from the courts, which could still take months.

    The committee is preparing to hold a series of public hearings to lay out its findings next month, and the panel will almost certainly be disbanded next year if Republicans take the House majority.

    The panel is particularly interested in McCarthy’s account of a phone call with Trump as rioters descended on the Capitol on Jan. 6. McCarthy, according to accounts provided by another GOP lawmaker, grew heated as Trump attempted to pin blame for the violence on antifa. When McCarthy said the riot was made up of Trump supporters, Trump purportedly replied, “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.”

    The subpoena also comes after leaked audio, obtained by The New York Times, showed McCarthy was sharply critical of Trump in the days immediately following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, even suggesting to colleagues he wanted Trump to resign. But McCarthy abruptly changed course in the following weeks, meeting with Trump in Mar-a-Lago and embracing Trump’s continued hold over the GOP.

    Jordan, a close Trump ally, had drawn the attention of investigators over his calls and communications with Trump on and before Jan. 6. Cassidy Hutchinson, a close aide to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, told the select committee that Jordan was regularly in contact with the White House amid strategizing efforts centered on keeping Trump in office. He was present in meetings, Hutchinson said, when the White House counsel pushed back on certain proposed tactics. Jordan declined to comment on the subpoena Thursday afternoon.

    Perry, who is now the chair of the pro-Trump House Freedom Caucus, had played a role in attempting to install Trump ally Jeffrey Clark as the acting Attorney General. Investigators obtained texts between Meadows and Perry about Clark, who declined to provide substantive testimony to the panel. Clark had pushed for DOJ to cast a cloud over the election results and encourage state legislatures to reconvene and throw out election results that supported Biden — an important element of Trump’s last-ditch attempt to prevent the transfer of power. Perry told reporters the subpoena was a “charade” but declined to say whether he would comply.

    Trump recently turned on Brooks, who was one of his earliest and closest allies in the effort to prevent Joe Biden from taking office. Trump dropped his endorsement of Brooks in Alabama’s contested Senate GOP primary after Brooks began flagging in polls. Shortly after their falling out, Brooks alleged that Trump had pressured him — in recent months — to attempt to “rescind” the 2020 election and reinstate Trump as president.

    Brooks said in a lengthy statement that he had not yet seen the subpoena and would weigh in later on whether he planned to comply, adding “if the partisan Witch Hunt Committee wants my observations of events, all it has to do is read or listen to my numerous prior statements.”

    And Biggs has faced scrutiny from the select committee for alleged contacts with organizers of Jan. 6 rallies that preceded the attack on the Capitol. Plus, the panel has said there’s evidence he was involved in discussions about pardons for people connected to Trump’s effort to subvert the election. Biggs, in a series of tweets, also called the panel’s investigation a “witch hunt” but declined to say whether he would comply with the subpoena.

    Nancy Vu and Olivia Beavers contributed to this report.

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    Trevor Bauer’s Dodgers days likely numbered if he wins appeal

    By Jon Heyman

    May 12, 2022 | 4:01pm

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    The Dodgers are seen as likely to cut embattled pitcher Trevor Bauer and take the financial hit – almost exactly $60M is left on his then-record $102M deal – should he win a big enough reduction in his two-year ban that time still remains on his contract.

    While the Dodgers are consistently not commenting on the Bauer situation, they remain PR- and fan-conscious, and key decision-makers are apparently as turned off as MLB by the allegations against Bauer, who drew a record 324-game ban (on top of the 99 games he’d already missed) in his domestic abuse case. That they may not need him – they lead MLB with a 1.78 rotation ERA – is almost beside the point.


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    There is believed to be little support inside the Dodgers clubhouse for Bauer, a Dodger for a half year before he agreed to what became the longest administrative leave in sports history. Even beyond the playing field, with universally respected megastars Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, the Dodgers have two iconic sports stars with impeccable reputations, Magic Johnson and Billie Jean King, in decision-making roles, and understand an organization is more than statistics. The Dodgers, with a $290M payroll, are run by deep-pocketed folks who get the importance of catering to the customer and can afford a financial hit.

    While not all the facts have come out, with three women known to claim abuse, it’s unlikely the ban will be completely overturned as Bauer has suggested it should be. However, Bauer’s criminal case was thrown out, and with the previous record ban for abuse being exactly half Bauer’s suspension, he’s seen as having a chance for a steep reduction. He’d surely prefer a hearing held soon; his pay stopped with the ban, and more importantly, he hasn’t pitched for 10 months.

    MLB teams have been willing to eat large contracts lately, with the Angels absorbing Justin Upton’s $28M salary and the Mets’ swallowing $37M-plus left on Robinson Cano’s deal. In this case, cutting Bauer wouldn’t be about talent but about enhancing workplace atmosphere and fan/public relations. " alt="" role="presentation" aria-hidden="true" class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" i-amphtml-auto-lightbox-visited="">Trevor Bauer #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prepares to pitchTrevor Bauer is appealing his MLB-record two-year suspension — and it may end his Dodgers tenure early.Getty Images

    Harper will be checked out again

    Bryce Harper has been DHing due to an elbow concern and will see a specialist soon. The MRIs haven’t revealed anything too concerning … Philly figures to give Joe Girardi the season to get the Phillies on the right track, but its hard to see him being brought back if they continue their forever .500 (or so) ways … The Angels are about the most fun team in baseball, with perennial MVP candidates Mike Trout (league leading 1.183 OPS) and Shohei Ohtani and many exciting young stars. But one scout wondered where the Angels will get late-season innings with a rotation of kids, an ex-reliever (Michael Lorenzen) and an all-time great and hitter/pitcher (Ohtani), who’s obviously doing two big jobs … Kris Bryant’s back pain is said to be mild, and the hope is he, too, won’t miss much more time … Bryant had the Mariners high on his list with winning bidder Colorado ($182M, 7 years), but the Mariners preferred five years. So instead they traded for Jesse Winker (.204) and Eugenio Suarez (.202). Both are also off to slow starts … Logan Gilbert (2.13 ERA), though, looks like a true ace for Seattle.

    Jack Leiter has impressed enoughthat he’s an outside consideration for a 2022 call-up with Texas (but 2023 is more realistic) … The Rangers bought a half-billion dollar double-play combo last winter, but the plan is to emphasize pitching next year … The Rangers bid about $140M early for Trevor Story (from nearby Irving, Texas) but told him they wanted to go early, before the lockout. Seager was their clear No. 1 choice, though, so Story likely would have been playing 2B. He got the same deal and position in Boston … With Aaron Judge an early MVP candidate (he and Trout look like favorites), even though this year’s performance isn’t supposed to factor in, the Yankees should settle his arbitration case ($17M vs. $21M is the split, to be decided in June 22 hearing) … Isiah Kiner-Falefa heard for years from his grandfather John Kiner that he is related to Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, and after having a DNA test done last year found out he is likely the fourth cousin twice removed from the slugging/broadcasting great… Jhoan Duran, Twins rookie closer, set the club record with a 102 mph pitch … Ryan Helsley of the Cardinals did him one better, hitting 103.5 … The Twins rotation has been way better than expected (3.52 ERA), but Chris Paddack (elbow), after pitching well early for the Twins, will be out awhile … The Mets nearly traded for Paddackplus Eric Hosmer and Emilio Pagan for Dom Smith, and that still may have been worthwhile as Hosmer is hitting .367 and Smith still doesn’t fit the Mets’ roster.

    " alt="" role="presentation" aria-hidden="true" class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" i-amphtml-auto-lightbox-visited="">Andruw Jones #22 of the National League Team bats during the MLB USA Baseball All-American GameDruw Jones — son of ex-MLb star Andruw jones — is seen as a possible No. 1 draft pick.MLB Photos via Getty Images

    Druw Jones, son of Andruw, is being scouted extensively by the Orioles who have the first pick. He’s said to be one of five under consideration … One has to wonder if its worth it for Atlanta beating star 3B Austin Riley over relative pennies ($3.95M, not $4.2M) in arbitration after he helped win the World Series, especially via an in-season hearing? Or if it’s worth taking more key players to a hearing (Max Fried, Dansby Swanson, Adam Duvall)? The Braves, the one corporately owned US team and a major money maker, are outstanding at negotiation and saving loot. But could having many underpaid players wear on a roster?… No system is perfect. But someone will need to explain how Ian Happ (a very good player but not Riley) gets $4.1M as a first time arbitration eligible player, and Riley 150K less.

    Could the Red Sox become sellers?

    Some see the Red Sox as a potential seller. They could certainly make things interesting with all they could offer – starting with Xander Bogaerts, JD Martinez and Nate Eovaldi. (Assume Rafael Devers would be off limits.).

    New Diamondbacks pitching coach Brent Strom’s influence is already felt. Huge start for the stunning D-Backs rotation (2.43 ERA) … Even bigger surprise: Guardians hitters. They are top-six in most every category … Jesus Luzardo, throwing 99 mph, was a nice pickup by Marlins GM Kim Ng for a rental (Starling Marte) … Former Royals closer Greg Holland is believed to be retiring. If so, very nice career: 220 saves, including hitting 40 in a season three times … MLB lost its resident intellectual when St. Louis shortstop Paul DeJong, opera buff, was demoted … Justin Verlander leads MLB with a 0.70 WHIP. That’s a comeback … Player of the Week: Reid Detmers, LAA SP.


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  • https://nypost.com/2022/05/12/…e-john-durham-emails/amp/




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    Judge orders Steele dossier firm Fusion GPS to turn over 22 emails to John Durham

    By Ben Feuerherd and Bruce Golding

    May 12, 2022 | 4:11pm

    michael-sussmann-2.jpg?quality=75&strip=all&w=1024A federal judge ordered Fusion GPS to turn over emails related to its work with former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

    Special counsel John Durham scored a victory Thursday when a federal judge ordered the research firm behind the infamous “Steele dossier” to turn over nearly two dozen emails regarding its work with Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.

    The 22 emails had not been turned over to the special counsel by research outfit Fusion GPS after the Clinton campaign asked them to assert attorney-client privilege and “work-product” privilege over the communications.


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    The emails, which largely consist of internal communications between Fusion employees, don’t fall under those protections, in part because they show Fusion employees were planning to push their findings to the press — not solely carrying out legal work for the campaign.

    “Because these emails appear not to have been written in anticipation of litigation but rather as part of ordinary media-relations work, they are not entitled to attorney work-product protection,” Judge Christopher Cooper wrote in the opinion Thursday.

    The Clinton campaign had claimed it hired Fusion for legal consulting related to defamation and libel, given candidate Donald Trump’s “well-documented history of litigiousness,” Cooper explained in the opinion. " alt="" role="presentation" aria-hidden="true" class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" i-amphtml-auto-lightbox-visited="">Judge Judge Christopher Cooper ruled that the emails must be turned over to Special counsel John Durham because they are notJudge Christopher Cooper ruled that the emails must be turned over to special counsel John Durham (above) because they are not “entitled to attorney work-product protection.”Department of Justice via AP, File

    Because Fusion employees were working in that legal capacity, the emails should be protected, attorneys for the campaign and research outfit said — an argument Cooper rejected.

    “It is clear that Fusion employees also interacted with the press as part of an affirmative media relations effort by the Clinton Campaign,” he wrote. “That effort included pitching certain stories, providing information on background, and answering reporters’ questions.”

    The research firm will have to turn over the communications on Monday, the same day jury selection in Sussmann’s trial is slated to begin.

    " alt="" role="presentation" aria-hidden="true" class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" i-amphtml-auto-lightbox-visited="">Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to compile a dossier on Donald Trump.Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to compile a dossier on Donald Trump.Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images

    Sussmann is charged with lying to the FBIwhen he allegedly claimed to not be working “for any client” when he passed along since-debunked computer research that purportedly tied Trump’s 2016 campaign to Russia’s Alfa-Bank.

    In reality, the special counsel alleges, he was working on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

    Fusion GPS hired ex-British spy Christopher Steele to compile reports about Trump’s purported ties to Russia, including the since-debunked “Steele dossier” that included salacious claims about the candidate.

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