Kyle Cheney
Kyle Cheney
Kyle Cheney is a Congress reporter for POLITICO Cheney joined the Congress team after covering the 2016 presidential election on POLITICO's politics team. He covered the Republican primary field with a focus on the national GOP, the Republican National Convention and the internal machinations of the party as it adjusted to the emergence of Donald Trump.Source
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Trump campaign drops remaining lawsuit in Michigan

Trump campaign drops remaining lawsuit in Michigan

The Trump campaign has mounted a string of legal challenges to voting procedures in states that helped propel Biden to victory.President Donald Trump speaks during a rally on Nov. 3, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. | Kamil Krzaczynski/Getty ImagesThe Trump campaign withdrew its last remaining federal lawsuit in Michigan Thursday, falsely claiming that local election officials had declined to certify the Detroit-area’s vote tabulation even though they voted unanimously to do so Tuesday night.At the heart of the Trump campaign’s claim are two affidavits — filed by the GOP election officials...

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‘This is simply not how the Constitution works’: Federal judge eviscerates Trump lawsuit over Pennsylvania results

‘This is simply not how the Constitution works’: Federal judge eviscerates Trump lawsuit over Pennsylvania results

The judge issued a withering opinion in his dismissal of the suit that Rudy Giuliani turned up to argue in a small Pennsylvania city this week.Rudy Giuliani stands next to a map during a press conference about various lawsuits related to the 2020 election on Nov. 19, 2020 in Washington. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesA federal judge in Pennsylvania eviscerated President Donald Trump’s attempt to throw out millions of votes Saturday, dismissing his campaign’s lawsuit with a withering opinion that described a dearth of proof to justify the drastic demand.“This Court has been presented with...

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Trump calls on GOP state legislatures to overturn election results

Trump calls on GOP state legislatures to overturn election results

The president’s comment comes after a series of legal defeats, and with his options dwindling.President Donald Trump. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoPresident Donald Trump made explicit Saturday the strategy his legal team has been hinting at for days: He wants Republican-led legislatures to overturn election results in states that Joe Biden won."Why is Joe Biden so quickly forming a Cabinet when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes, enough to “flip” at least four States, which in turn is more than enough to win the Election?" Trump , despite refusing to produce any...

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Democrats demand briefing from GSA chief on delay in ascertaining Biden’s win

Democrats demand briefing from GSA chief on delay in ascertaining Biden’s win

Administrator Emily Murphy has delayed the relatively routine step as President Donald Trump contests the election results.Democrats say General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy's refusal to act is having “grave effects." | Susan Walsh/AP PhotoFour senior House Democrats are demanding that GSA Administrator Emily Murphy brief them Monday on the reason she has yet to ascertain Joe Biden’s win in the presidential election, warning that her answers will determine whether they intend to haul her to Capitol Hill for a public hearing, along with other senior General Services...

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How 'Obamagate' and Hunter’s 'laptop from hell' fizzled

How 'Obamagate' and Hunter’s 'laptop from hell' fizzled

The Logan Act. Burisma. Tony Bobulinski. John Brennan. Unmasking. The Durham probe. They were all on Trump’s last-ditch Bingo card, flummoxing voters.In the end, “” and “” turned out to be neither.President Donald Trump’s eleventh-hour efforts to impart a stain of criminality onto President-elect Joe Biden through a series of vague, circuitous and often false allegations, did little but inflame his committed supporters. And the months-long investigations by his Republican allies in the Senate failed to gain traction outside of the Trumpworld echo chamber as Trump hurtled toward an Election...

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DOJ faces new questions about accuracy of Flynn filings

DOJ faces new questions about accuracy of Flynn filings

Lawyers for Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok disputed the department's claim to have vouched for the accuracy of certain documents related to the case.Michael Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying about his contacts with Russia's U.S. ambassador in the weeks leading up to Trump's inauguration. | AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, FileThe Justice Department is already facing sharp questions from a judge about altering sensitive documents in the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Now, two lawyers connected to the case say DOJ has made new mischaracterizations in its attempt...

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Federal judge rebuffs Justice Department's bid to aid Trump in defamation case

Federal judge rebuffs Justice Department's bid to aid Trump in defamation case

The ruling deals a temporary setback to the president's legal efforts.President Donald Trump. | Alex Brandon/AP PhotoA federal judge has dealt a setback to the Justice Department’s attempt to take over President Donald Trump’s defense in a defamation suit brought by a New York writer who accused him of raping her more than two decades ago.U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan to essentially step into Trump’s shoes as the defendant in the suit, brought by E. Jean Carroll. The move, if successful, would almost certainly have scuttled the litigation.The judge said the actions that...

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Judge orders Justice Department to verify its filings in Flynn case

Judge orders Justice Department to verify its filings in Flynn case

The order is a signal of intense distrust between the judge, Emmet Sullivan, and the department, whose filings are typically accepted at face value.President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse | Getty Images | Alex Wroblewski/Getty ImagesThe federal judge presiding over the criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn has ordered the Justice Department to conduct an unusual review of its filings in the case and certify by Monday whether any have been manipulated.The order is a signal of...

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Hunter Biden, Rudy Giuliani and the ‘hard drive from hell’

Hunter Biden, Rudy Giuliani and the ‘hard drive from hell’

President Donald Trump is preparing to level a fusillade of allegations against Joe Biden and his son during Thursday's debate. Here's what we know.Rudy Giuliani has been at the center of the controversy over Hunter Biden’s laptop. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesIt’s 2016 all over again: Donald Trump and his allies are touting a set of purloined documents to accuse his Democratic opponent of corruption, and the specter of foreign interference hangs over the waning days of the race.This time, it’s Joe Biden in Trump’s sights. And it’s the president’s own allies controlling the timing and...

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DOJ: Trump's 'total declassification' of Russiagate docs has no effect

DOJ: Trump's 'total declassification' of Russiagate docs has no effect

DOJ attorneys told a judge that the White House Counsel's Office effectively told DOJ to disregard Trump's tweets on the matter.The Justice Department seal is shown here. The DOJ was told by the White House Counsel's Office to disregard President Donald Trump's tweets regarding Russiagate and Hilary Clinton's email scandal, and to continue to redact and release documents at its discretion. | Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesWhat happened: When Donald Trump tweeted last week that he authorized the "total declassification of any & all documents" related to the long-running Russia investigation and...

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As Trump battles Covid, Pelosi backs bill to assess presidential capacity

As Trump battles Covid, Pelosi backs bill to assess presidential capacity

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has thrown her support behind legislation that would establish a panel of experts and former executive branch officials to determine whether a president lacks the mental or physical capacity to carry out the job. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), would shore up a process established under the 25th Amendment by which the vice president can assume control of the presidency if the president becomes incapacitated or is unable to perform the duties of the office. It’s highly unlikely the measure will become law. Although Democrats are resurfacing the bill...

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‘Where are all of the arrests?’: Trump demands Barr lock up his foes

‘Where are all of the arrests?’: Trump demands Barr lock up his foes

The day-long run of tweets and retweets marked the most frantic stretch of Trump’s public activity since he left Walter Reed.Attorney General William Barr listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting at the White House on Sept. 23, 2020. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoDonald Trump mounted an overnight Twitter blitz demanding to jail his political enemies and call out allies he says are failing to arrest his rivals swiftly enough.Trump twice amplified supporters’ criticisms of Attorney General William Barr, including one featuring a meme calling on him to “arrest somebody!” He wondered...

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Justice Department acknowledges ‘inadvertently’ altering Flynn document with sticky note

Justice Department acknowledges ‘inadvertently’ altering Flynn document with sticky note

The errant note gave President Donald Trump political ammunition against his campaign rival, Joe Biden.Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, leaves federal court in Washington. | Manuel Balce/AP PhotoWhat happened: The Justice Department "inadvertently" altered a document it filed in court in its ongoing effort to dismiss charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, prosecutors said Wednesday, attributing it to a wayward "sticky note" that was scanned onto a key piece of evidence department officials have cited in seeking to abandon the...

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‘Mueller’s pitbull’ has a few regrets

‘Mueller’s pitbull’ has a few regrets

Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann says the recent revelations about Donald Trump’s tax returns vindicate his argument that the probe didn’t go far enough.Weissmann notes that his book chronicles just how desperate the team was to record all their actions in the event that Trump summarily fired them all, as he threatened to do from the outset of the probe. | Pat Sullivan/AP PhotoIf you believe the headlines, Andrew Weissmann was special counsel Robert Mueller’s “pitbull,” his closest aide, the shadow power behind the two-year investigation of President Donald Trump and his campaign’s contacts with...

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Pelosi begins mustering Democrats for possible House decision on presidency

Pelosi begins mustering Democrats for possible House decision on presidency

The speaker sent a letter emphasizing local races, in case a tie in the Electoral College requires state delegations to vote.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Pelosi has been mobilizing Democrats for the possibility that the House might decide who the winner of the 2020 election will be. | AP Photo/Jose Luis MaganaSpeaker Nancy Pelosi has begun mobilizing Democrats for the possibility that neither Joe Biden nor President Donald Trump will win an outright Electoral College victory, a once-in-a-century phenomenon that...

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National Intelligence chief gave little notice for briefing on Russian assessment

National Intelligence chief gave little notice for briefing on Russian assessment

The hastily assembled gathering on Tuesday night, led by John Ratcliffe, caught Senate staffers off-guard and heightened unease about the possible deployment of disinformation.The episode also revived allegations from Democrats that Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe is abusing his position to aid President Donald Trump politically. | Gabriella Demczuk /The New York Times via APThe nation’s top intelligence official raced to arrange a briefing for senators on Tuesday night, according to three congressional sources, after what he acknowledged was an unverified Russian...

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Judge rejects DOJ attempt to scrap McCabe lawsuit, orders discovery

Judge rejects DOJ attempt to scrap McCabe lawsuit, orders discovery

AdvertisementThe ruling could lead to sworn depositions for key players in the saga.Moss also rejected DOJ’s claim that the attorney general can’t be liable for being influenced by Trump. | Samuel Corum/Getty ImagesWhat happened: A federal judge on Thursday rejected the Justice Department's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe alleging that he was fired in 2018 as an act of political retribution at the behest of President Donald Trump.U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss ruled that McCabe is entitled to discovery in his effort to prove that his...

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Pelosi unveils Watergate-style anti-corruption reforms — tailored for the Trump era

Pelosi unveils Watergate-style anti-corruption reforms — tailored for the Trump era

Many of the featured items are in direct response to issues Democrats have had with the president.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters during her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping anti-corruption package that they're billing as a successor to post-Watergate reforms — updated for a potential post-Trump Washington.The measure, a Democratic wish list that includes curbs on pardons for close associates of the president, a requirement for...

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Career official says Trump administration ‘commandeered’ Bolton book review for political purposes

Career official says Trump administration ‘commandeered’ Bolton book review for political purposes

The claims contained in a scathing 18-page letter could upend the ongoing legal battles over John Bolton’s actions.A copy of "The Room Where It Happened," by former national security adviser John Bolton, is photographed at the White House. | Alex Brandon/AP PhotoA career government official responsible for reviewing former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s book manuscript for classified information accused the White House on Tuesday of hijacking the process in what appeared to be a politically motivated effort to block the book's publication.The claims contained in a from an attorney...

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McConnell vows Senate will hold vote on Ginsburg’s replacement

McConnell vows Senate will hold vote on Ginsburg’s replacement

His decision has outraged Democrats, who have already called for McConnell to delay a confirmation fight until next year.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Friday that President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court will be put to the Senate floor for a vote, setting off a titanic political clash over the future of the high court and plunging the Senate into a crisis less than 45 days before the voters head to the polls to pick the next president.The upcoming confirmation...

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Wray says Russia engaged in 'very active efforts' to interfere in election, damage Biden

Wray says Russia engaged in 'very active efforts' to interfere in election, damage Biden

The FBI director also broke with Trump’s claim that antifa is a terrorist organization.FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee during a hearing about "worldwide threats to the homeland" on Sept. 17. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesFBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday described “very active efforts” by Russia to interfere in the 2020 election, primarily by working to damage former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.Wray said Russians have been using social media, as well as “proxies, state media, online journals" and...

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Postal police union sues USPS, DeJoy over limits to mail theft enforcement authority

Postal police union sues USPS, DeJoy over limits to mail theft enforcement authority

The union argues that this unilateral change by USPS managers violates their collective bargaining agreementPostmaster General Louis Dejoy arrives for an August meeting in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office. | Alex Wong/Getty ImagesThe Postal Service last month abruptly ordered its police officers to stop investigating mail theft that occurs away from post office property, the Postal Police Officers Association alleged Monday, suing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to block a change they say could erode the safety of mail carriers and delivery."The Postal Service’s sudden change is...

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Johnson seeks IG probe of wiped Mueller team phones

Johnson seeks IG probe of wiped Mueller team phones

Records released by the Justice Department this week suggest top Mueller aides erased records from at least 15 phones.“These reports are troubling and raise concerns about record retention and transparency,” Sen. Ron Johnson wrote in a letter to DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz. | Samuel Corum/Getty ImagesSenate Homeland Security Chair Ron Johnson is asking a Justice Department watchdog to probe recently revealed documents that suggest members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team wiped records from their official phones.Recordsthis week in response to a Freedom of Information Act...

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'So much noise': Brawl over 2020 intel leaves voters in the dark

'So much noise': Brawl over 2020 intel leaves voters in the dark

Democrats and intelligence experts say Russia is the most acute threat. Republicans want to focus on China instead.Trump officials like Attorney General William Barr have used media appearances to tout findings on election interference by China. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesFor months, Americans have been served conflicting pronouncements from the Trump administration and lawmakers about foreign efforts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election — complicating matters for voters seeking a reliable understanding of which countries are actively meddling, and on whose behalf.President Donald...

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Judge tosses Trump’s attempt to block subpoena from Manhattan prosecutors for financial docs

Judge tosses Trump’s attempt to block subpoena from Manhattan prosecutors for financial docs

Trump's attorneys filed an emergency stay of the ruling pending an appeal.Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance leaves court in New York. | Richard Drew, File/ AP PhotoA federal judge Thursday has thrown out President Donald Trump's effort to block Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance from subpoenaing his financial records, the latest legal setback for the president that comes weeks after the Supreme Court ruled Trump is not immune from the investigation.In rejecting Trump's effort, Victor Marrero, a New York-based federal judge who had previously ruled against Trump in the same case,...

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