DEADLINES - Attorney General William Barr is not the only one facing deadlines in Washington. Former White House Counsel Donald McGahn, who emerged as a key witness during the probe conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller, has until today to turn over certain documents to the House Judiciary Committee. Those records include documents and communication regarding former advisor Michael Flynn; the recusal of Jeff Sessions from the Russia investigation; and matters involving the president’s push to fire Mueller. McGahn, now at Jones Day, cooperated with the Mueller investigation, we learned in the report, and was subpoenaed by the committee soon after.
‘NEAR ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY’? - Could the case of a 4-year-old girl strip-searched and photographed by a social worker, without a warrant or parental consent, prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to rethink how qualified immunity applies to government officials? That’s the key question as we approach a May 16 private conference in which the justices are expected to decide whether to take up the case, which comes on a certiorari petition filed on the girl’s behalf, according to Tony Mauro’s report. The law has developed over the decades, but the doctrine has come to have some vociferous critics—including the Cato Institute, which has called qualified immunity the “cornerstone of what we’ve referred to as the near zero accountability policy for law enforcement.”
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