Legislature hearings - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Legislature hearings Lawmakers probe US contractor in Iraq sex trafficking case WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional investigative panel is demanding documents and testimony from an embattled U.S. defense contractor accused of failing to promptly disclose human trafficking on a base in Iraq. An investigation by The Associated Press this month found that Sallyport Global fired two of its investigators after they uncovered evidence of the... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-05-23T21:54:00Z Special counsel pick could boost faith in Justice Dept. WASHINGTON (AP) — There could be a side benefit for Rod Rosenstein in appointing a special counsel to head an investigation into possible Russian coordination with the Trump campaign: reviving his own reputation, heavily battered for his role in the firing of James Comey, who had been leading the probe. The Wednesday decision to name former FBI Director R... Fri, 19 May 2017 01:07:00 GMT 2017-05-19T01:07:00Z Wives of Chinese dissidents seek US help at hearing WASHINGTON (AP) — Wives of human rights lawyers persecuted by China urged the Trump administration Thursday to press the communist government to free detainees and end the use of torture. Four of the women made a unique joint appearance at a congressional hearing. Two others spoke in a pre-recorded video message shown to lawmakers. All those who had been able to contact thei... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:16:00 GMT 2017-05-18T22:16:00Z FBI corrects Comey testimony on Clinton aide Huma Abedin WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI on Tuesday corrected the sworn testimony of Director James Comey, who last week told Congress that a top aide to Hillary Clinton had sent "hundreds and thousands" of emails to her husband's laptop, including some with classified information. In fact, the FBI said in a two-page letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, only "a sma... Wed, 10 May 2017 04:47:00 GMT 2017-05-10T04:47:00Z The Latest: FBI corrects Comey testimony on Clinton aide WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on FBI Director James Comey's statements on Clinton email investigation (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The FBI has sent a letter to Congress correcting the record on Director James Comey's testimony on Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton. In a letter Tuesday, the FBI says Comey misspo... Tue, 09 May 2017 21:09:00 GMT 2017-05-09T21:09:00Z Senate confirms Trump's choice for Air Force secretary WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Heather Wilson as Air Force secretary, making her President Donald Trump's first service secretary nominee to be approved by the GOP-led chamber after fits and starts for several others. Senators voted 76-22 Monday to approve Wilson, who represented New Mexico in the House before becoming a defense industry consu... Tue, 09 May 2017 01:04:00 GMT 2017-05-09T01:04:00Z Clarence Thomas: Sen. Danforth is 'the reason why I'm here' ST. LOUIS (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas reunited Friday with his mentor and the man who stood beside him through a difficult confirmation hearing, telling former Missouri Sen. John Danforth he owes him his career. Thomas spoke at a Law Day event sponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. During the speech he turned to Danfo... Fri, 05 May 2017 20:50:00 GMT 2017-05-05T20:50:00Z Senators decry state of air travel after passenger incidents WASHINGTON (AP) — Air travel in the United States has become a combustible mix in which passengers aren't the only ones treated unfairly, senators were told Thursday. Travelers all too frequently take out their frustrations on airline employees, including flight attendants and gate agents, speakers said at a Senate hearing. Senators from both parties said... Thu, 04 May 2017 21:01:00 GMT 2017-05-04T21:01:00Z Trump criticizes former Obama security adviser WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing former President Barack Obama's national security adviser for declining to testify at a Senate hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump tweeted Thursday that it is "not good" that Susan Rice is choosing not to attend. Rice's attorney has written to say Rice will not appear before a... Thu, 04 May 2017 13:01:00 GMT 2017-05-04T13:01:00Z Rumors surround Justice Kennedy exit, but he's not talking WASHINGTON (AP) — As one justice settles into his new job at the Supreme Court, is another about to leave? Eighty-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy is so far refusing to comment on speculation that he may soon retire after 29 years on the court. But that hasn't stopped President Donald Trump and, obliquely, the Republican senator in char... Thu, 04 May 2017 07:49:00 GMT 2017-05-04T07:49:00Z Former Obama security adviser declines invite to testify WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, on Wednesday declined an invitation to testify at an upcoming Senate hearing on Russia's interference in the 2016 election. Rice's lawyer notified the senators chairing the hearing of her decision not to attend in a letter. Two other former Obama administration offici... Thu, 04 May 2017 00:06:00 GMT 2017-05-04T00:06:00Z The Latest: Airline exec apologizes for stroller incident WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a House hearing on customer service at U.S. airlines (all times local): 2 p.m. An American Airlines executive is apologizing for an incident in which a male flight attendant upset a female passenger to the point of tears, then got into a heated confrontation with a male passenger who tried to come to the woman's defense. ... Tue, 02 May 2017 18:04:00 GMT 2017-05-02T18:04:00Z China envoy pick pledges to confront Beijing on tough issues WASHINGTON (AP) — The Midwestern governor President Donald Trump picked to be his ambassador to China pledged on Tuesday to confront Beijing on a range of contentious issues, including human rights and trade, and assured lawmakers he'll push the Chinese to act more aggressively to defuse North Korea's nuclear weapons program. During his confirmation heari... Tue, 02 May 2017 17:39:00 GMT 2017-05-02T17:39:00Z Correction: Immunity-Q&A story WASHINGTON (AP) — In a March 31 story about the process for receiving immunity, The Associated Press in one location erroneously identified Robert Kelner as the attorney for President Donald Trump. He is the lawyer for Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser. A corrected version of the story is below: Questions, answers about the legal immunit... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:50:00 GMT 2017-04-27T21:50:00Z Alabama governor faces impeachment hearings after ruling MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will face impeachment hearings beginning Monday after the state Supreme Court gave lawmakers the greenlight to move ahead with an effort to oust the governor, who is fighting to stay in office amid fallout from an affair with a top aide. The Alabama Supreme Court on Saturday reversed a short-lived victor... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:05:00 GMT 2017-04-09T00:05:00Z The Latest: Alabama lawmakers appeal impeachment ruling MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the scandal involving Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Alabama lawmakers are filing an emergency appeal to the state Supreme Court in an effort to move forward with impeachment hearings against Gov. Robert Bentley. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Jo... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:35:00 GMT 2017-04-08T00:35:00Z Gorsuch confirmation rolls Supreme Court to the right WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of turmoil, the Senate confirmed Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch as the Supreme Court's youngest justice Friday, filling a 14-month vacancy after the death of Antonin Scalia and restoring a rightward tilt that could last for years. Gorsuch will be sworn in Monday and will quickly begin confronting cases of consequence, including o... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:51:00 GMT 2017-04-07T20:51:00Z 8 men confirmed by Senate didn't fill Supreme Court seats WASHINGTON (AP) — After witnessing the grueling confirmation process for Judge Neil Gorsuch, it may be hard to believe people have begged off a seat on the Supreme Court. But it's happened more than once, though well before the age of careful vetting of nominees and Senate hearings. Between 1789 and 1882, eight men were confirmed to a h... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:05:00 GMT 2017-04-07T20:05:00Z Gorsuch may be decisive vote in divisive Supreme Court cases WASHINGTON (AP) — With Neil Gorsuch's confirmation as the 113th Supreme Court justice on Friday, it won't be long before he starts revealing what he really thinks about a range of hot topics he repeatedly sidestepped during his confirmation hearing. In less than two weeks, the justices will take up a Missouri church's claim that the state is stepping on i... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:43:00 GMT 2017-04-07T17:43:00Z The Latest: Trump praises Gorsuch after confirmation WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (all times local): The White House is praising Neil Gorsuch following his confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice. President Donald Trump says in a statement that Gorsuch's "judicial temperament, exceptional intellect, unparalleled integrity... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:39:00 GMT 2017-04-07T17:39:00Z Gorsuch heads for confirmation as Senate tears up own rules WASHINGTON (AP) — In a confrontation that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations, Republicans tore up the Senate's voting rules Thursday to allow Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch to ascend to the high court over furious Democratic objections. Democrats denounced the GOP's use of what both sides dubbed the "nuclear option" to put Gorsuch on the court, c... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:35:00 GMT 2017-04-07T00:35:00Z The Latest: Senate vote on Gorsuch expected midday Friday WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate debate on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will resume debate on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Friday morning, with a vote expected about midday. McConnell's comments late Thursday c... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:22:00 GMT 2017-04-06T23:22:00Z At least 1 top Republican in Congress really likes IRS chief WASHINGTON (AP) — At least one powerful Republican in Congress really likes IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. Utah's Orrin Hatch might be the only one. Hatch gave Koskinen a warm welcome at a Senate hearing Thursday, a day after House Republicans asked President Donald Trump to fire him. "I personally appreciate the work that you have don... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:57:00 GMT 2017-04-06T15:57:00Z Senate panel gives thumbs up to Trump's Air Force nominee WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Armed Services Committee has given its approval to President Donald Trump's nominee for Air Force secretary. The GOP-led panel voted 22-5 Wednesday to favorably report Heather Wilson's nomination to the full Senate for consideration. Wilson, a former member of Congress, faced sharp criticism from several Dem... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:47:00 GMT 2017-04-05T19:47:00Z Dems claim votes to block Gorsuch; GOP will override them WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats claimed the votes they needed Monday to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, but the victory was only fleeting, setting up a historic showdown with Republicans who intend to rewrite Senate rules and muscle Neil Gorsuch onto the high court. The coming fight was assured as the bitterly divided Judiciary Committee... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 05:22:00 GMT 2017-04-04T05:22:00Z Justice Sotomayor talks to law students; no Gorsuch mention ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talked to law students about her family, the collegial relationship among her fellow justices and the roles of passion and empathy in a legal career, but she made no mention of the U.S. Senate confirmation hearings of Neil Gorsuch in an appearance at Albany Law School Monday evening. "We can d... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 01:27:00 GMT 2017-04-04T01:27:00Z The Latest: McConnell stops short of pledging rule change WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats' planned filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is a "new low" but stopped short of saying he will change Senate rules to confirm him. M... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:46:00 GMT 2017-04-03T20:46:00Z Fights over Supreme Court nominees are nothing new WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering when Supreme Court nominations became so politically contentious? Only about 222 years ago — when the Senate voted down George Washington's choice for chief justice. This year's brouhaha sees Senate Democrats and Republicans bracing for a showdown over President Donald Trump's nominee, Neil Gorsuch. It's the latest twist in the political wrangling... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:38:00 GMT 2017-04-03T08:38:00Z The Latest: Tester says he won't support Gorsuch nomination WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate and the Supreme Court (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana says he will oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. Tester says he's basing his decision on the judge's past cases because Gorsuch didn't directly answer questions w... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:43:00 GMT 2017-04-03T00:43:00Z Senate heads for Supreme Court showdown WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is headed for a tense showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee that could have far-reaching consequences for Congress, the high court and the nation. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republicans are determined to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch within the week. But to do so, they will likely have to override Democratic objec... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 03:04:00 GMT 2017-04-02T03:04:00Z