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The Daily BeastJan 17, 2020
Trump Taps Fox News Legal Panel to Defend Him in Impeachment Trial
AP ImagesPresident Donald Trump has officially assembled his legal defense for the Senate impeachment trial, and much of it looks like a Fox primetime line-up.

This is, at least in part, by design. Two sources close to the president say that he's routinely stressed the importance of how his legal defenders perform on cable news—a common metric for virtually any Trump official with a public facing job.  

On Friday, Team Trump announced Alan Dershowitz, Ken Starr, the independent counsel during President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi as well as  Robert Ray, who succeeded Starr at the Office of the Independent Counsel during the Clinton administration, and Jane Raskin, who helped defend Trump during the Mueller probe, would join White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow in defending the president on the Senate floor. 

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The Daily BeastJan 16, 2020
Justice Department Stonewalls Senate Democrats on Trump's War-Crimes Clemency
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyMore than a month after requesting information from the Department of Justice about the president's decision to give clemency to convicted or accused war criminals, two Senate Democrats continue to be stonewalled by the administration, The Daily Beast has confirmed. 

In November, senior Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats Patrick Leahy (VT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) wrote to acting Justice Department pardon attorney Rosalind Sargent-Burns inquiring about "what advice President Trump received—and from whom—in deciding to exercise his clemency powers" following his decision to pardon Army Lt. Clint Lorance; pardon and preempt the military trial of ex-Green Beret Maj. Matthew Golsteyn; and restore the rank of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher.

Instead of an answer, they have been stonewalled, according to three sources familiar with the communication, only receiving a brief missive Tuesday that the DOJ intends to respond but providing no timeline as to when it will.

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