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Democrats will push back on national emergency in Congress and courts
Congress will defend its constitutional authority over spending ‘using every remedy available,’ Democratic leaders vow

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats will push back against the president's national emergency declaration in Congress, the courts and the public. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer promise that Democrats in Congress — hopefully joined by some Republicans — will push back against President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration in multiple arenas. 

“The President’s actions clearly violate the Congress’ exclusive power of the purse, which our founders enshrined in the Constitution,” the duo said in a joint statement Friday. “The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the courts, and in the public, using every remedy available.”

Former staffer sues Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee for firing her after rape allegation
In court filings, the staffer alleges a former intern coordinator raped her in October 2015

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, participates in a press conference with House Judiciary Committee Democrats on Thursday, April 12, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A former staffer for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee claims in a new lawsuit that the Texas Democrat fired her after she planned to pursue legal action over an alleged rape by a former Congressional Black Caucus Foundation employee.

According to the court filings, the staffer alleges that Damien Jones, a former intern coordinator for the CBCF, raped her at his D.C.-area home in October 2015. The staffer, identified as Jane Doe in the lawsuit, was a 19-year-old intern for the CBCF when the alleged assault happened.

Cárdenas, Member of Democratic Leadership, Denies Allegations of Child Sex Abuse
California congressman admits he’s unnamed defendant in lawsuit

Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., has denied allegations of child sex abuse raised in a lawsuit filed last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Rep. Tony Cárdenas, a junior member of Democratic leadership, is denying through a lawyer allegations of child sex abuse raised in a lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles County. 

The lawsuit did not name Cárdenas, describing the defendant, John Doe, as “an elected politician in Los Angeles County.” California law prevents the naming of the defendant in court filings for civil cases involving child sex abuse “until there has been a showing of corroborative fact as to the charging allegations against that defendant.”

Two Families of Americans Killed in Benghazi Sue Clinton
Wrongful death suit claims Clinton's use of private email server led to attack

The families of two Americans killed in the 2012 attacks on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi have filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, claiming that she was responsible because of her use of a private email server while she was head of the State Department, according to media reports. 

The lawsuit filed by Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, the parents of Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods, also claims that Clinton defamed the families in her public statements. 

Imprisoned Hastert Wants Judge to Throw Out Victim's Civil Suit
Lawyers will argue Monday that hush money agreement is unenforcable

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 to a victim's fund for breaking banking laws as he sought to pay a man to keep quiet about past sexual abuse when Hastert was a coach at Yorkville High School . (Joshua Lott/Getty Images file photo)

Imprisoned former House Speaker Dennis Hastert shouldn't have to honor a deal he made to pay one of his victims $3.5 million in hush money because the pact is unenforceable, his lawyers are reportedly scheduled to argue Monday.  

The hearing, at an Illinois county courthouse, will be the first since Hastert's lawyers asked a judge this month to dismiss the breach of contract lawsuit filed by a former student athlete, who wants Hastert to pay the $1.8 million balance, plus interest, of an out-of-court settlement the man said the two made several years ago, according to The Chicago Tribune .

Former Capitol Police Call Attention to Discrimination Lawsuit
Lawsuit tied up in court for 15 years, plaintiffs call for settlement

UNITED STATES - JUNE 15: Sharon Blackmon-Malloy and Jim Griffin, demonstrate in support of the United States Capitol Black Police Association citing discrimination by the department against black officers. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Capitol Police officers held a small demonstration on Capitol Hill Wednesday hoping to bring renewed attention to a 15-year-old discrimination lawsuit.  

[ Capitol Police Face New Grievences From Black Officers ] The lead plaintiff in the case, Sharon Malloy, said while several plaintiffs have died since the case was filed, she and others vowed to press on until the lawsuit was settled.  

Alleged Hastert Abuse Victim Sues for $1.8M
Man says he's owed more from hush-money deal with former House speaker

Dennis Hastert was the longest serving Republican House speaker.

One of Dennis Hastert’s alleged sexual abuse victims filed a lawsuit on Monday against the former House speaker seeking the remaining $1.8 million — plus interest — he says he’s owed as part of a hush-money scheme.  

The lawsuit, filed in Kendall County Circuit Court in Yorkville, Ill., said the individual Hastert was paying kept up his end of the agreement by not publicly disclosing his claims.