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FEATURING JESSICA MASON PIEKLO – President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Washington Post this week that the President was willing to fight a potential subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, all the way to the Supreme Court. Giuliani’s threat centers on the Mueller team’s need to interview the President and the strict conditions under which the President’s lawyers will allow such an interview.

The legal threat is especially significant given that Republicans are moving swiftly to try to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by October. With Kavanaugh in place a conservative majority would support Trump in any case that reached the court. That, along with many other critical issues including women’s reproductive rights, immigrant rights, LGBT rights, voting rights, and more, are at stake.

The Republican Party, which stymied President Obama’s right to nominate a justice, are now racing at an unprecedented pace to confirm Kavanagh to the court by October, ahead of the midterms. Party leaders have refused to release reams of documentation to Senate Democrats from Kavanaugh’s tenure during the George W. Bush era. Now, Democrats are remarkably resorting to FOIA requests to get access. The question is, what are Republicans hiding about Kavanaugh?

Read Pieklo’s article with Imani Gandy HERE.

Jessica Mason Pieklo is Vice President of Law and the Courts at Rewire.News. She is a writer and adjunct law professor in Boulder, Colorado. She is the former assistant director of the Health Law Clinic at Hamline Law School in St. Paul, Minnesota and former litigator.

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