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Karoun Demirjian

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Recent articles by Karoun:

Jan. 6 select committee to open investigation amid political chaos and controversy

Democrats are still finalizing their plans for the probe, while GOP leaders are boycotting it altogether — and threatening to retaliate with countermeasures. → Read More

National Guard leaders warn of cuts, furloughs if Congress doesn’t repay Jan. 6 debts soon

The heads of a number of state Guard units warned Friday that training exercises will be canceled and full-time positions furloughed if Washington does not replenish the more than $520 million spent to protect the U.S. Capitol earlier this year. → Read More

House to vote on creating select committee for investigating Capitol riot as partisan lines are redrawn

The panel, which will be heavily weighted toward Democrats, is unlikely to earn the same Republican support for an independent commission. → Read More

Democrats win meager GOP support for post-Trump effort to shield inspectors general

As president, Donald Trump fired four inspectors general in a span of six weeks, sparking a backlash from both Democrats and Republicans, and prompting calls for legislative reform. → Read More

House votes to repeal 2002 authorization for military force with strong bipartisan support and a White House endorsement

The measure is expected to be taken up in the Senate later this year and is the first of several longstanding military authorizations that critics hope to repeal. → Read More

New emails detail Trump’s efforts to have Justice Department take up his false election-fraud claims

The emails, released early Tuesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, come in advance of hearings on the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. → Read More

Capitol Police had intelligence indicating an armed invasion weeks before Jan. 6 riot, Senate probe finds

The findings represent the most detailed — and bipartisan — public account to date of the security failures that led to the riot. It comes as Congress is debating legislation to fund safety improvements at the Capitol. → Read More

Don McGahn meets with House panel about Trump’s bid to undermine Mueller probe

McGahn was the most-cited witness in Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, explaining how the former president tried to have the special counsel fired and then asked aides to lie about it. → Read More

Congress wins battle for Trump aide’s testimony, but a broader war over subpoena power goes on

Former White House counsel Donald McGahn will appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday as part of a deal that averts a Supreme Court showdown over congressional subpoenas, leaving unanswered questions about what happens in future separation-of-power disputes. → Read More

GOP senators block Jan. 6 Commission, likely ending bid for independent probe of Capitol riot

The Senate failed to muster the 10 Republican votes needed to clear a do-or-die procedural hurdle for the legislation, dashing hopes that a comprehensive investigation of the insurrection can happen outside of Congress’s political fray. → Read More

Jan. 6 commission remains long shot in Senate, even as Collins pitches last-ditch compromise

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), one of the Senate’s most recognizable moderates, offered an amendment to the legislation intended to address complaints from her GOP colleagues. → Read More

House passes $1.9 billion bill to pay for Capitol security upgrades despite Democratic defections

The outcome suggests the bill may sustain changes as the Senate picks up the debate in the weeks ahead. → Read More

House Democrats, in disarray over arms sale to Israel, take complaints to Biden administration

House Foreign Affairs Committee members are expected to meet as soon as Thursday with an administration official, as some Democrats decry a pending arms sale to Israel. → Read More

House members announce bipartisan deal for Jan. 6 commission

The breakthrough comes after months of partisan standoff about the scope of what the commission should investigate, and whether it should exist at all. → Read More

Key Trump officials to face Congress with Capitol riot response under scrutiny

Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing marks the first time former acting defense secretary Christopher Miller and former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen will speak to lawmakers about their preparations for and response to the attack on Congress. → Read More

Capitol Police inspector general to testify about intelligence, staffing failures ahead of Jan. 6 riot

Monday’s hearing marks the third time Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton will appear before the House Administration Committee to detail his interim findings. → Read More

McCarthy formally endorses Stefanik for Cheney’s leadership spot

A vote is expected this week on whether Cheney, who has denounced Trump’s election fraud claims, will remain the No. 3 Republican in the House. → Read More

Capitol Police, taking heat for Jan. 6, challenges Congress to pay for fixes

The rare statement from the Capitol Police comes as lawmakers attempt to hammer out the details of a supplemental budget to pay for recommended security improvements. → Read More

Biden’s Pentagon policy nominee confirmed along party lines, after heated partisan battle

The confirmation process for Colin Kahl heralds more acrimonious fights to come as the Biden administration resumes negotiations over reentering the Iran deal. → Read More

Trump’s grip on GOP looms as support falters for independent probe of Capitol riot

Bipartisan backing for a 9/11-style commission is threatened as Democrats and Republicans haven’t found common ground. → Read More