Posted at 11:3511:35Government ‘will comply’ with law blocking no-dealFormer Conservative MP Nick Boles, who quit the party over Brexit, asks Mr Cox whether the government will comply with the law and implement the Benn Act.That’s the law MPs passed requiring the government to request an extension if a Brexit deal has not been agreed by 19 October.Mr Cox says it will, as BBC political correspondent Iain Watson notes.Posted at 11:3411:34SNP wants confidence vote to remove ‘zombie’ PMGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesMr Johnson returned to Downing Street on Wednesday morning after cutting short his trip to the UN in New YorkImage caption: Mr Johnson returned to Downing Street on Wednesday morning after cutting short his trip to the UN in New YorkThe party calls on other opposition leaders to unite around a no confidence motion that would remove Boris Johnson from office.SNP wants confidence vote to remove ‘zombie’ PMThe party calls on other opposition leaders to unite around a no confidence motion that would remove Boris Johnson from office.Read morenextPosted at 11:3111:31Barrister’s bluster a disgrace says Labour MPParliamentCopyright: ParliamentThe temperature is rising in the Commons.Veteran Labour MP Barry Sheerman says he came to the Parliament feeling sorry for the attorney general but the government’s top lawyer has shown “no shame” about the government’s cynical manipulation of Parliament.Visibly shaking with anger, he says. “To come here with his barrister’s bluster, to obsfucate the truth, and for a man like him for a party like this and for a leader like this to talk about morals and morality, is a disgrace”.In response, Mr Cox says he struggles to find a question amid the “marshmallow rhetoric” and says the public should make a decision in a general election.Posted at 11:2911:29We would vote for a deal if it is tied to new referendum – Lib Dem MPBBC Politics LiveBBC2’s lunchtime political programmeThe Lib Dems would vote for a Brexit deal brought to
Parliament by Boris Johnson if it is tied to a fresh referendum, MP Layla Moran
told the BBCâ€™s Politics Live programme.She said: â€œIf that deal was tied to a ratification
referendum with the option to remain then we would support it. If he wants to
bring that to us now, weâ€™re there.â€Posted at 11:2711:27Must the attorney general disclose his legal advice?Dominic CascianiHome Affairs CorrespondentGeoffrey Cox QC says he will consider disclosing some of his legal advice to the prime minister on the five-week prorogation. He’s the government’s top law officer – which means ministers seek his advice on issues that could land them in court. The advice is currently private because of the principle that ministers must be able to receive “frank and full” advice in confidence – the political equivalent of the rule that guarantees each of us can speak confidentially to a lawyer on sensitive matters. So it doesn’t matter if someone is accused of a criminal or constitutional smash-and-grab – everyone has the same right to confidential advice before a scrap in court. In political terms, the convention is baked into the rules of Parliament and Whitehall. But it can be bent if the “public interest” in publishing is paramount. The most important example of that was the release of the legal advice given to Tony Blair before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. There’s a full guide to the topic on Parliament’s website. Posted at 11:2511:25Stewart ‘horrified’ by attorney generalFormer Tory leadership candidate tweets…Posted at 11:2411:24Labour MP criticises Cox’s ‘anti-democratic rant’Shadow minister tweets…Posted at 11:2211:22Watch: Attorney general attacks ‘dead Parliament’Posted at 11:2111:21This ‘Parliament is a disgrace’House of CommonsParliamentThe session has been relatively restrained so far but there is uproar after Geoffrey Cox suggests this Parliament is “dead” and has “no moral right” to sit. He says the government has no majority, MPs have blocked a Brexit deal three times, but the opposition has voted twice to block a general election. “This Parliament is a disgrace,” he says. He says opposition MPs, who he describes as a “spineless gang”, “don’t like to hear the truth” but they won’t be able to resist facing the electorate for ever. “There is a time coming when even these turkeys won’t be able to prevent Christmas.”Posted at 11:1911:19Is Queen’s Speech still planned?Some explanation from Downing Street on why the prime minister’s statement was not the first one listed.He has “literally just landed back” from New York after travelling through the night and “he’ll obviously want to work on his statement”, a Number 10 spokeswoman said. Downing Street did not confirm whether the Queen’s Speech was still planned for 14 October. “The prime minister will, in his statement, address some of these issues,” the spokeswoman said, adding: “You will have to wait for the PM to set out further details on the next steps later.”Posted at 11:1411:14Cox asked whether cabinet was ‘denied’ legal adviceHouse of CommonsParliamentIndependent MP Anna Soubry raises the question of whether the cabinet saw the legal advice – a controversial issue given that former work and pension secretary Amber Rudd has claimed she asked for it and it was not forthcoming. Mr Cox says he has “never denied any sight” of the legal advice to “anyone” but he cannot speak for anyone else. Posted at 11:1111:11Letwin seeks guarantee over second suspensionHouse of CommonsParliamentSir Oliver Letwin, one of the Tory grandees who lost the whip over Brexit, asks the attorney general for a guarantee there will be no further attempt to suspend Parliament, other than a break for a handful of days to pave the way for a Queen’s Speech.Mr Cox says he can guarantee that there will be no further attempt at prorogation that does not “comply” with the Supreme Court ruling.That’s not the answer Sir Oliver was looking for and it does not please many MPs if the reaction is anything to go by.Posted at 11:0911:09Did attorney general kill off a tougher prorogation plan?Nicholas WattPolitical editor, BBC NewsnightIntriguing from Geoffrey Cox – if Parliament had been prorogued from the beginning of September until 31 October, he tells MPs that “I could not have remained in the cabinet”.It’s intriguing because a cabinet member told me shortly before Boris Johnson became prime minister that his original prorogation plan was for it to take place from mid-October until a Queenâ€™s speech in November. So Parliament would not be sitting during the current Brexit deadline of 31 October to ensure it could not block no-deal.Number 10 has always insisted that prorogation had nothing to do with Brexit. But do Geoffrey Coxâ€™s remarks today indicate he killed off the original prorogation plan that was outlined to me in July?Posted at 11:0611:06Don’t question judges’ ‘motivations’ – CoxHouse of CommonsParliamentIn response to a question from Lib Dem MP Sarah Wollaston, Geoffrey Cox warns people, including MPs, against “impugning” the motivations of the Supreme Court justices or any members of the judiciary.”With the judgements we can be robustly critical, with the motivations we cannot.”Posted at 11:0211:02Rees-Mogg’s comments ‘poetic licence’ – CoxHouse of CommonsParliamentMr Cox is asked whether he believes the Supreme Court ruling was a “constitutional coup” – a phrase Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg is reported to have used on Tuesday.The government’s top lawyer says he does not believe that and does not think that anyone would take that view.If anyone used that kind of language, he suggests it would only be in the “heat of rhetorical and poetical licence”. Posted at 11:0011:00Cox pressed on whether suspension was unconstitutionalHouse of CommonsParliamentDominic Grieve, the former attorney general who lost the Tory whip after rebelling over Brexit last month, says the partial leaking of details of Mr Cox’s legal advice to the media in recent days was regrettable.He raises comments he says Mr Cox made in July, when the issue of prorogation was first mooted, suggesting he thought it would be “unconstitutional”. In reply, Mr Cox says there was talk in the summer of Parliament being suspended throughout September and October – so MPs would not be sitting at all in the run-up to the 31 October Brexit date.If that had been attempted, he says he “could not have stayed in the cabinet”. Posted at 10:5910:59’Welcome back to our place of work’Video contentVideo caption: John Bercow welcomes MPs back to the CommonsJohn Bercow welcomes MPs back to the CommonsThe Commons has resumed with questions to the government on the Attorney General’s legal advice to the government on whether Parliament should have been suspended.Posted at 10:5910:59Cox strikes different tone on Supreme CourtNorman SmithAssistant political editorA very different tone from Attorney General Geoffrey Cox to that of the Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees Mogg on the Supreme Court.”One of the finest judiciaries in the world,” Mr Cox said.Posted at 10:5710:57Supreme Court ‘one of world’s finest judiciaries’Posted at 10:5510:55Attorney General ‘shows no decency’Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn tweets:
Breonna Taylor case grand juror ‘wants to make sure the truth gets out,’ lawyer says
(CNN)A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case has suggested the Kentucky attorney general may have misrepresented to the public the case presented to the panel, a lawyer for the juror said Tuesday. “My client wants to make sure the truth gets out,” Kevin Glogower, the attorney for an anonymous grand juror, told reporters. “This…
(CNN)A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case has suggested the Kentucky attorney general may have misrepresented to the public the case presented to the panel, a lawyer for the juror said Tuesday. “My client wants to make sure the truth gets out,” Kevin Glogower, the attorney for an anonymous grand juror, told reporters. “This is an issue that is about accountability, it is about public trust and it is about transparency,” he added. The grand juror has requested in court that any and all recordings, transcripts, and reports of the grand jury relating to the case be released to the public, a move a former Kentucky prosecutor called “totally surprising and tremendously uncommon.”Glogower said Tuesday his client’s position is, “What was presented [to jurors] is not being publicly disclosed.”Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Monday night said he only recommended charges of wanton endangerment to the grand jury, which did not charge any of the officers with killing Taylor. Cameron, in a statement, said prosecutors presented all evidence, even though the facts showed use of force by two officers not charged was “justified” because they were fired upon. “For that reason, the only charge recommended was wanton endangerment,” Cameron said. In addition to the release of recordings and transcripts, the juror, according to court documents obtained by CNN, also asked the court to “make a binding declaration” that the grand juror has the right to disclose information. It asked for details about the process and details of the proceedings, particularly, the motion stated, to avoid fears that Cameron would attempt to use the court’s powers of contempt in the case of a public disclosure.AG ultimately agreed to release recordingCameron initially refused to release grand jury transcripts related to the Taylor case despite growing public calls to do so by the Louisville mayor, the Kentucky governor, and Taylor’s family’s attorneys.But Cameron on Monday evening announced he would comply with a judge’s ruling ordering a recording of the grand jury presentation be added to the court’s case file.Cameron had previously said releasing the presentation would interfere with other investigations. He reiterated that Monday, saying, “We stand by our belief that such a release could compromise the ongoing federal investigation and could have unintended consequences such as poisoning the jury pool.””The Grand Jury is meant to be a secretive body,” Cameron said in the statement emailed from his office to CNN.”It’s apparent that the public interest in this case isn’t going to allow that to happen. As the special prosecutor, our team has an ethical obligation not to release the recording from the Grand Jury proceedings, and we stand by our belief that such a release could compromise the ongoing federal investigation and could have unintended consequences such as poisoning the jury pool.””Despite these concerns, we will comply with the Judge’s order to release the recording on Wednesday,” Cameron said.Cameron’s statement came after Judge Ann Bailey Smith said the recording and all discovery documents cannot be shared simply between the parties. Smith oversaw the arraignment of former Louisville police Det. Brett Hankison on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment in connection with the incident that led to Taylor’s death.Taylor had five penetrating gunshot wounds and a projectile in her right heel, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday by the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s office.She had gunshot wounds to her torso, forearm, thigh and foot, according to the report, which cited the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds. A blood sample tested negative for alcohol and drug use, the report said. Cameron said last week that the single, fatal shot was not fired by Hankison. Taylor’s family and others have called for the grand jury transcript to be released.No officer who took part in the March 13 raid was charged for Taylor’s actual killing. A grand jury instead leveled three counts of felony wanton endangerment against Hankison, Cameron said last week. The counts pertain to Hankison allegedly firing blindly through a door and window, with bullets entering an adjacent apartment where a pregnant woman, a man and a child were home, according to the state attorney general.Hankison pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday.The FBI announced in May it was investigating the circumstances surrounding Taylor’s death and said last week that work continued “beyond the state charges announced.” The agency has previously said it is taking a “fresh look” at all the evidence and interviewing witnesses as well as examining all the evidence.
Biden and Trump prepare for a debate that could turn personal
(CNN)Inside the map room of the White House, a small group of advisers sat around a table and peppered the President with accusations and criticisms about everything from lying to incompetence. The team, led by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, was getting Donald Trump prepared for the onslaught they expect from Joe Biden on…
(CNN)Inside the map room of the White House, a small group of advisers sat around a table and peppered the President with accusations and criticisms about everything from lying to incompetence. The team, led by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, was getting Donald Trump prepared for the onslaught they expect from Joe Biden on the debate stage Tuesday night.About 100 miles north in Wilmington, Delaware, a similar scene played out with Biden and his team, led by longtime Biden aide and debate expert Ron Klain. Biden’s prep has been more traditional — putting on mock debates with veteran Democratic attorney Bob Bauer playing the role of Trump in at least one session.For two very different men with polar opposite temperaments and divergent governing philosophies, their debate objectives have some fundamental things in common: Put their opponent on the defense and make it as much a referendum on the other as possible. In conversations with multiple sources familiar with both candidates’ prep, each is practicing ways to get under the other’s skin, while also avoiding blowing up and going off script if the debate turns personal.Advisers to both candidates are expecting one of the night’s biggest flash points to be about each man’s children. CNN is told that Trump is preparing to go after Hunter Biden for getting lucrative jobs overseas when his father was vice president that he will say the younger Biden was not qualified for. Trump and his allies have repeatedly made unfounded and false claims to allege that the former vice president and his son acted corruptly in Ukraine. Their hope is that it knocks Biden off his game — either causing him to blow up or say something incorrect. Biden’s team has been working with him to be ready for Trump to go after his son in a way he hasn’t had to deal with as directly before. Trump advisers have also spent time working with the President to stay calm if Biden retaliates by invoking Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, both White House aides with no previous government experience. A source familiar with Biden’s prep, however, says his plan is to pivot away from this issue, not engage.Studying past performancesAdvisers to both are looking at each candidate’s past debate performances to prepare for tonight’s matchup. Watch any of Biden’s debates, it is clear he has some quirks. Since he was told for decades that he talks too much, he often stops mid-sentence when he sees his time is up. Some advisers say that when he is debating someone like Trump, if he’s trying to be polite, it can be perceived as weak — and is something to avoid.”I do think that he will not be polite against somebody who is a terrible bully. I think that he will be strong. I think he will be clear. He should own the stage, right? ‘This character over here, who is a liar and a con man, and has presided over 200,000 deaths, that guy should not be president. I should be, and here is why.’ ” said former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who has prepared Biden for multiple debates. Granholm is a CNN contributor. She, like other Biden allies, warns that spending too much time fact checking the President would be a mistake. “He can start by saying and acknowledging from the outset that Donald Trump is an inveterate liar and he will lie during this debate, but he just can’t be spending all of his time battling Donald Trump’s lies when he’s got to get his message out and talk to the people about what he’s going to do for them. It’s about them, not about Donald Trump,” said Granholm.As for the President, some of his advisers say they hope he reigns in his natural tendency to get too personal.”I would say to avoid becoming overly personal and stick to the issues,” said Trump’s 2016 campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.But, Conway added, “You can question, and I’ve been a loud voice about this, you can question the readiness for the presidency of Joe Biden, his acuity, his agility, his stamina, his just readiness for the job.”Team Trump has been pushing the President to lean into key 2016 promises he kept, like renegotiating NAFTA. They’re also hoping — when the issue of race comes up — he pivots to the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill he signed into law. Conway said the President has been watching videos of Biden’s previous debates and of his own debates against Clinton four years ago.Trump advisers say they believe Biden gets flummoxed when talking about and presented with numbers — so they have been practicing ways for the President to work that into Tuesday night’s debate. A focus on coronavirus The way Biden’s advisers see it, a successful first debate will mean the former vice president will be on the offense on Covid-19, the issue that has upended Americans’ lives and the Trump presidency. “So much revolves around Covid. The economy revolves around Covid. Our standing in the world revolves around Covid. The incompetence of this administration revolves around Covid. I mean, if he just points out that if we had done what Japan had done, 195,000 of those 200,000 people who are dead would now be alive?” previewed Granholm, adding that she hopes Biden adds what she calls his secret sauce — empathy — to his answers on the issue.Inside Trump’s prep, advisers tell CNN, they have been working to give him tools to beat back Biden’s broadsides on the pandemic. Like when Biden compares America’s high case count to other countries, sew doubt in others’ numbers.They are also working with Trump to go beyond his go-to points like restricting travel from China. “I’d love to see the pivot to things that maybe people don’t know as much about, which is the millions and millions of PPE that were provided. The billions of dollars in PPP loans to small businesses,” Conway said.One of the hardest things to do in preparing any candidate for a political debate is getting him or her used to the fact that an attack is coming. Granholm has been in the room with Biden doing just that multiple times, playing the role of then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whom Biden debated in 2008, and pretending to be Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren during this year’s primary battle. “You have to find the hardest things and go after him again and again and again,” Granholm said.”You’re ready for it, and it’s not going to get you emotional. That’s really important,” she added. .Conway said that despite the fact that people not in the room have a hard time imagining Trump taking the incoming needed to be really prepared, he does understand the importance and “appreciates people firing questions at him.””Nobody wants to hear tough questions for the first time on the debate stage in front of hundreds of millions of people. You want to hear them before that among advisers who know you, who understand the issues, who understand politics and policy, and who have witnessed any number of debates over the years,” Conway said.
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