Explainer: What legal problems does U.S. presidential candidate Trump face?

Nov 15 (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump, who announced on Tuesday that he would run for the White House in 2024, faces a series of investigations and lawsuits. MISSING GOVERNMENT RECORDS The US Department of Justice is conducting a criminal investigation into Trump for keeping government records, some marked as classified, after he left … Read more

Democrats seek vote reform, gay marriage, debt ceiling in ‘lame duck’ Congress

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Congress aim to pass bills protecting same-sex marriage, clarifying lawmakers’ role in certifying presidential elections and raising the national debt ceiling when they return of the election campaign on Monday. President Joe Biden’s party received a boost over the weekend when it learned it would retain … Read more

Election-eve lawsuits target U.S. ballot rules

MARIETTA, Ga., Nov 7 (Reuters) – Hours before U.S. midterm voters head to the polls on Tuesday, courts were hearing a handful of last-minute lawsuits that could govern election rules and ballot counting voting in battleground states. The lawsuits, filed in states with key races, mark the end of a months-long legal push by Democrats … Read more

Explainer: How new U.S. laws could trip up voters in the midterm elections

Nov 1 (Reuters) – U.S. states have enacted more than 30 new voting restrictions since 2020, from voter ID requirements to limits on mail-in voting, stoking tensions between Republicans and Democrats ahead of the November general election. Republicans, who have largely embraced former President Donald Trump’s false allegations of fraud in the 2020 election, say … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Thomas temporarily blocks Graham election case testimony

Oct 24 (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has temporarily blocked a lower court order requiring Senator Lindsey Graham to testify before a grand jury in Georgia to investigate the issue of whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies tried to overturn the results of the state’s 2020 election. Thomas granted the Republican … Read more

Trump ally Clark asks U.S. court to block disciplinary charges against him

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Former Justice Department lawyer Jeffrey Bossert Clark on Monday asked a federal court to intervene in an ongoing judicial disciplinary case against him for his efforts to help the former president Donald Trump to undo his 2020 election defeat. In his lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District … Read more

Explainer: Does Trump have to comply with the Jan. 6 committee subpoena?

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol voted on Thursday to subpoena former President Donald Trump, whom they say incited violence in an attempt to undo his 2020 election defeat. Trump is unlikely to cooperate with the committee’s request to provide documents and sworn … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court backs Republican in Pennsylvania ballots case

WASHINGTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with an unsuccessful Republican candidate for a Pennsylvania judge and overturned a lower court ruling that allowed the count mail-in ballots in the race he had sought to exclude because voters failed to date them. Judges reversed the decision of the Philadelphia-based 3rd … Read more

Factbox: Voters in five U.S. states to decide on legalizing marijuana in November midterms

Oct 7 (Reuters) – Voters in five states will decide whether to legalize adult marijuana use in November’s midterm elections, as did 19 other states and the District of Columbia. Public support for drug legalization has grown in recent years, and President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he is pardoning thousands of people who have … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court wrestles with major Alabama voting rights fight

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday heard heated arguments in a major legal battle that threatens to further undermine a landmark federal voting rights law as the state of Alabama defends an electoral map drawn by Republicans criticized by judges for diluting the influence of black voters. Alabama Solicitor General … Read more