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Hearing on Modernizing the Library of Congress

Courtesy of C-SPAN. This hearing falls in line with the Library’s digital strategy plan.

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The First Redacted Transcripts of the Closed Door Impeachment Hearings Made Public. More to Follow.

In an effort to provide transparency in a contentious atmosphere, the first transcripts of the closed meetings have been made public. The first released is that of the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch; the second released is that of Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador P. Michael McKinley. Further releases will be available at this site – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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The Bill Authorizing the Impeachment Investigation of President Trump

Here is the full text version of the bill; this Washington Post article offers context for this next step in the impeachment process.

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Robert Mueller’s Testimony Before Congress

For those who are interested, the two separate hearings will be broadcast on C-SPAN where they will be permanently housed as well as an unofficial (but normally quite accurate) transcript of each session will be made available.

Since election security figures so prominently in his report (redacted version here), there are some worthy sites one should look at:

Campaign and Election Security Policy: Brief Introduction; The Designation of Election Systems as Critical Infrastructure; Election Security: Issues in the 2018 Midterm Elections (CRS)

Elections: Observations on Voting Equipment Use and Replacement (GAO)


Election Security | Cybersecurity: What Legislators (and Others) Need to Know (NCSL)

Election Security (EFF)

Election Security (NPR)

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U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Testify before the Senate on Security Threats

All the major security chiefs appeared before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee to give their fact-based evaluations of security threats that the president has downplayed of late. They are of the opinion that these threats have not been eradicated but still present grave threats. The more than two-hour session, along with a searchable transcript, is available here through C-SPAN. A summary of these various testimonies can be found here.

Here is but one of the president’s tweets in response to his chiefs’ opinions. This Washington Post piece examines the president’s views that are far different than what his intelligence chiefs believe.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Supreme Court Nomination Hearings

This Senate Committee on the Judiciary page has complete transcripts of all the hearings back to 1971 with the notable exception of Robert Bork, who, while nominated, was rejected by the committee; his hearings are here. And while official transcripts are not yet available for the Brett Kavanaugh hearings (that could take a couple of years), here are videos of the proceedings.

Numerous blog entries with multitudinous links can be perused for additional information.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: The Nomination Hearings of Clarence Thomas

With the heated controversy over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, it might do well to refresh our collective memories and re-visit an eerily similar process – the hearings on Clarence Thomas; videos of the hearings are also available. Here is an overview of this contentious hearing.

For those unfamiliar with the Supreme Court nomination process, many CRS reports provide ample elucidation.

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Facebook on Capitol Hill

Today starts a two-day cycle of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimonies (here is his published written testimony) to various Congressional committees; the first hearing begins at 2:15 this afternoon, and the subsequent hearing for April 11 starts at 10am. An informative review of this massive data breach is here.

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Upcoming Cases Before the Supreme Court, October 2017 Term

This October 2017 term appears to be one full of important cases that will resonate down the years: cell phone privacy, district re-mapping, civil rights and free speech, etc. This CRS report –  Supreme Court October Term 2017: A Preview of Select Cases, September 19, 2017 – discusses the importance of four major cases and provides copious notes on these highlighted items as well as providing a table listing all the cases already approved. Another site with extensive coverage of this upcoming term is ScotusBlog, a real go-to site for me.

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Recent Congressional Hearings On Security

There have been well over 100 hearings so far this year; transcripts for most of them can be found here.

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Live! – Ex-FBI Director Comey’s Testimony Before Senate Intelligence Committee

His highly anticipated appearance begins at 10am today.

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Former FBI Director Comey’s Prepared Statement Before Senate Intelligence Committee

Although he is testifying tomorrow, the Senate Intelligence Committee has just released his opening statement. It is riveting reading.

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Upcoming Congressional Intelligence Hearings

There are many hearings in Congress on various security-related issues. These two seem most relevant: Senior security officials testify re: FISA before the Senate Intelligence Committee today,  and former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the same committee tomorrow on the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. More than 100 additional hearings before this committee can also be viewed; they all come with searchable transcripts.

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Who’s Who In Russian Investigations

As the allegations of Russian interference in the elections continue, along with the ever-increasing numbers of Trump officials being identified as communicating with Russian figures, it is getting harder and harder to remember all the parties involved. However, thank to CNN. we have a handy guide to the major players.

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Live – First Day of Confirmation Hearings For Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

The ever-reliable C-SPAN will cover these hearings day by day, gavel to gavel. He is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Live – House Hearing on Russian Election Interference

FBI Director James Comey testifies today before the House Select Intelligence Committee on whether or not there is evidence pointing to Russian meddling in the just-concluded presidential election. Also, this hearing will undoubtedly touch on President Trump’s unsupported allegations that he was wiretapped by former President Obama. The hearing begins at 10am EDT; C-SPAN will permanently archive this proceeding, so if you can’t watch it live, you can visit at a later date.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Presidential Impeachment

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 4

“The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United Statesis tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall beconvicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.” U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 3, Clause 6


There have been only two impeachments in this country’s history: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. There would have been a third, but Richard Nixon resigned before that process was implemented.

Here are some primary sources for both:

Andrew Johnson

(A good introduction to this trial can be found here at this Senate Historical Office site.)

Broadsides and other ephemera.

Chronicling America. “The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson.” Hundreds of contemporary newspaper accounts.

Congressional Globe. Contains the debates of Congress between 1833 and 1873. It published a special volume containing the documents on this trial. Also printed as a separate volume: Proceedings in the trial of Andrew Johnson, president of the United States, before the United States Senate, on articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives. : With an appendix (1868)

Expulsion of the president / opinion of Hon. Charles Summer of Massachusetts, in the case of the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, president of the United States (1868)

Harper’s Weekly. “The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson” Over two hundred contemporary articles from this important chronicle of the times.

Impeachment investigation : Testimony taken before the Judiciary committee of the House of Representatives in the investigation of the charges against Andrew Johnson. Second session, Thirty-ninth Congress, and first session, Fortieth Congress (1867)

Letters. Mostly between Johnson and Abraham Lincoln.

The life and public services of Andrew Johnson. including his state papers, speeches and addresses. (1866)

Public Papers.


Bill Clinton

(A brief overview is here.)

C-SPAN Has selected videos on this topic.

Clinton Impeachment. From The New York Times containing documents, speeches, articles, interviews, etc.

Impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton : the evidentiary record pursuant to S. Res. 16. (24 vols., 1999)

Proceedings of the United States Senate in the impeachment trial of President William Jefferson Clinton (4 vols., 2000)

Public Papers.

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Confirmation Hearings for President-elect Trump’s Cabinet

The Senate hearings start today, Tuesday, January 10; here is the schedule as published by the Senate. CNN has additional information on what could be contentious examinations. C-SPAN will carry these hearings as well. This 2015 CRS report is recommended reading – Appointment and Confirmation of Executive Branch Leadership: An Overview.


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Intelligence Chiefs’ Testimonies Before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Russian Election Hacking

For those who missed this session, it is available here courtesy of C-Span. A transcript, a list of speakers, and links to related material are also provided.

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CEO of Mylan, Maker of EpiPen, Testifies Before Congress

The more than three hour testimony is presented courtesy of C-SPAN. Here are five take-aways from the hearing. Additional reporting from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Kaiser Family Foundation, and The Washington Post

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