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House defies norms by violating procedural rule in order to pass CR
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update
Nov. 25, 2019

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, House leadership brought the most recent continuing resolution (CR), H.R. 3055, to the floor for a vote less than 24 hours after the legislative text…

Whistleblowers are essential to America’s health and safety
Aubrey Neal

AIN UPDATE

Nov. 12, 2019

On Nov. 7, the lawyer representing the intelligence community whistleblower—whose complaint regarding President Trump’s actions during a call with the president of…

The dust has settled: The national security consequences of storming the SCIF far outweigh the political gains.
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Nov. 8, 2019

On Oct. 23, over two dozen members of Congress forced their entry into the congressional Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) with the alleged intent to…

The power of the congressional subpoena: Two cases test administration’s claim that presidential advisors are “absolutely immune” to Congress’ call for testimony.
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update
Nov. 8, 2019
Two former Trump administration officials, White House counsel Donald McGahn and Deputy National Security Advisor Charles Kupperman, have turned to the U.S. District…

Why We Aren’t Taking a Position on Impeachment
Eli Lehrer

R Street is concerned with policy, not politics. We don’t take sides in elections, and our tax status bars us from doing so. To my knowledge, all current full-time R Street staffers who have worked…

Administration’s whistleblower process must not fall victim to the president’s impeachment inquiry
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Sept. 25, 2019

Central to the fallout of President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is Congress’ demand for the original whistleblower complaint…

President of the United States enlists personal lawyer to work with foreign leader to gather intel on political opponents
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Sept. 25, 2019

On September 25, an official, declassified memoradum was released of a July conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. It…

President of the United States enlists U.S. attorney general for private campaign work in partnership with foreign leader to gather intel on political opponent
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Sept. 25, 2019

On September 25, an official, declassified memoradum was released of a July conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. It…

Senate Sets Record for Least Number of Amendment Votes Taken Before August Recess
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Senators’ ability to submit amendments is a crucial facet of our legislative process. Rather than simply voting up or down on the priorities of others, this ability allows…

President’s Tweets Count as Official Statements, Twitter Followers Get First Amendment Protections
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Throughout the Trump administration, the White House and Department of Justice have supported the president’s opinion that his tweets count as official White House statements. The…