Senate Judiciary Committee

Leahy tears up committee rulebook after Graham pushes immigration vote
‘Tear them up,’ the Vermont Democrat says

Sen. Patrick Leahy tears up a copy of the Senate Judiciary Committee's rules of procedure as ranking member Dianne Feinstein and Chairman Lindsey Graham look on during a markup of the Secure and Protect Act of 2019 on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham pushed forward a committee vote Thursday on an immigration bill, despite protests from the panel’s Democrats that he was breaking the rules.

Behind the scenes of covering headline committee hearings
Undercover Capitol: taking you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

Photojournalists’ cameras lie on the floor in front of the witness table shortly before a House Oversight committee hearing (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call).

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will testify before two House committees on Wednesday, an event that will no doubt get wall-to-wall coverage from the news media, despite the fact the Mueller is unlikely to actually say anything new.

Capitol Ink | Snitty Words

Lawmakers grill Barr about past testimonies on Mueller report

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., looks over papers before the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, May 1. Attorney General William P. Barr testified during the hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Barr and Mueller are friends? Hearing unlikely to derail attorney general confirmation
 

Attorney general nominee William Barr (who previously served in the position under President George H.W. Bush) faced questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The nominee's position on the investigation is a top priority for several senators. Despite Barr's past criticism of the investigation, the former attorney general called Mueller a good friend who would not engage in a “witch hunt.” 

Roll Call’s senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski takes a look at how Barr’s performance at the hearing suggests his nomination will likely proceed unimpeded.

Capitol Ink | Character Witness

Spartacus, Apprenticeships and a Cat Watching C-SPAN: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of October 22, 2018

Several lawmakers were in Washington for another recess-week Judiciary Committee hearing, as well as to join President Donald Trump in the Oval Office for the signing of the opioid bill. Find out why presidents used to sign bills one letter at a time, what gladiator Sen. Ted Cruz assures you he is not and why Sen. Michael D. Crapo was asking about a cat watching C-SPAN. All that and more in another special edition of recess Hits & Misses.

Grassley Refers Avenatti, Kavanaugh Accuser Client for Criminal Investigation
Judiciary chairman asks DOJ to look at three potential violations: conspiracy, false statements and obstruction of Congress

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has referred attorney Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department for criminal investigation related to accusations they made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is referring attorney Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department for criminal investigation related to their accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process.

Swetnick was among the women who came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Specifically, she said she observed Kavanaugh and his friends drinking to excess at parties in high school and lining up outside bedrooms to gang rape females.