This Week In Washington…

Posted on August 21, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |


  • Only two lawyers at Williams & Connolly had access to a government-installed safe that contained thumb drives with thousands of Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails, one of the attorneys, David Kendall, said in a letter to a Senate committee that was obtained by The National Law Journal. Questions have been raised, though, about whether or not Kendall and colleague Katherine M. Turner had the necessary security clearances. Looking Ahead: Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is seeking answers, via a letter to Kendall.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged that the math just doesn’t favor congressional opponents of the Iran nuclear deal brokered by the United States and five other countries. This despite New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez coming out against the package. “He can win by getting one-third plus one of either house,” McConnell said. Looking Ahead: A vote is not expected until the Senate ends its August recess.
  • The Office of Personnel Management is facing a seventh class action lawsuit over the hack that compromised the personal data of millions of federal workers. The latest lawsuit, filed by the Labaton Sucharow, claims the OPM failed to comply with the Privacy Act of 1974, which requires federal agencies to establish the appropriate safeguards to protect confidential records. Looking Ahead: It’ll take months, maybe years, before the suits come to trial.
  • Seeking the Republican nomination for president isn’t the only thing on Donald Trump’s plate these days. The Donald is also pursuing legal action against a pair celebrity chefs for allegedly breaking contracts to open restaurants in the new Trump hotel in downtown Washington. Looking Ahead: The Trump International Hotel is expected to open sometime next year.
  • The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to reverse an appeals-court decision that seriously weakened the ability of the government to prosecute insider-trading cases. Looking Ahead: The high court is in recess until October.

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