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Can sitting US Senators violate the Logan Act?

The Logan Act (18 USC 953) is pretty stark in its language: Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or ...
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Does impeachment conviction necessarily imply removal from office?

The relevant bits of Article 1 Section 3 state that: Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of ...
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Are US Senate impeachment convictions reviewable by the Supreme Court

Alan Dershowwitz argues that a conviction of any President by the US Senate would be unconstitutional under certain circumstances. Please see his book and his television interviews for those certain ...
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Why isn't stalling an impeachment considered an obstruction of justice?

First and foremost, is it correct to consider the process of impeachment and removal, in the US Constitution, a process of justice, but one administered in a political context? (That is, the opposite ...
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Does the concept of fairness and due process apply only to the defendant or to the prosecution as well?

"Fairness" isn't mentioned in the constitution but due process is and I would think typically applies to a defendant - someone who has been accused of a crime. But is there a concept where the ...
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Would there be any legal repercussions to the senate's actions during the impeachment trial?

In an interview with CNN at the Doha Forum in Qatar, Lindsay Graham said "I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I'm not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here". In an ...
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Senate Impeachment rule change?

Although a 2/3 majority is required for the Senate to convict an impeached US President, some of the rules governing the Senate trial can be amended by a simple majority of the Senators. Could a ...
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Senate nuclear option

I'm reading about the Senate nuclear option and am a little confused as to how the procedure works. According to Wikipedia: "The option is invoked when the majority leader raises a point of order ...
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Can a sitting U.S. Senator run against the other sitting U.S. Senator in a state?

I'm wondering, could a sitting U.S. Senator run against the other sitting U.S. Senator in that state?
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Are Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers in legal jeopardy?

On September 27, 2018, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee about her memory of an alleged sexual misconduct, which occurred in 1982, by someone she remembered ...
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can lawyers/senate public commitee meetings ask questions which might be covered by NDA's

I'm just taking the recent Mark Zuckerberg Senate hearings which were held in the open in the United States. Is there some sort of fine line that the Senate has to follow? Can they ask any questions ...
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Is Mark Zuckerberg subject to questioning by every U.S. senator, or only select ones?

I have been watching the live questioning for the last 2-3 hours and wonder about the Senate's hearing process: Do all of the senators get to question Mark, or just a limited number of them? And if ...
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How basic were Senator Kennedy's questions to Matthew Spencer Petersen?

The recent hearing of the candidates for district court judge sparked some media attention as President Trump's candidate, Matthew Spencer Petersen, could not answer (video here) some law-specific ...
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Can congressional leaders “expel” elected members of Congress?

According to a Washington Post article about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, in the spotlight for an apparent history of sexual relations with teenagers, congressmen are trying to... pressure ...
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Who are the “inferior officers” of the federal government?

A part of Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the Constitution of the United States says this: He [the President] ... shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall ...
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How long can the Senate hold up nominations?

Article II, Section 2, of the US Constitution states: [The President] shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and ...
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Is there a law establishing the procedure by which a U.S. senator resigns?

This question on politics.stackexchange.com isn't getting any answers, so I'll try a similar question here. Is there some statute or provision of the Constitution of the United States or case law ...
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In the US, can a senator get a prisoner out?

In the latest TV series Scandal episode, "Get Out of Jail, Free", Olivia asks Mellie, a senator from Virginia, to release a prisoner imprisoned in Virginia, assuring that this is within her powers. I ...
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Are US Senate/House rules legally enforcible?

Suppose, for example, that the Senate is considering the passage of a law. A Senator has decided to open a filibuster. After a half hour, the majority leader tires of hearing this Senator speak. He ...
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How common is it for bills to be introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate?

Five bills are mentioned in this report. Two of them, H.R. 2422 and S. 829, are very similar and appear to be applicable to the same situations (though I can not find the full text of the latter), ...
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Does SB-1341 prohibit educational research entirely?

The text of SB-1341 bill (just introduce to the US Senate) is available here. Summary As far as I understand it, if this bill were to pass, researchers would be unable to connect student-level data ...