Tuesday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of twenty-three. Sunrise is 7:18 AM and sunset 4:53 PM, for 9h 35m 15s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 11.8% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1997, the U.S. House of Representatives votes 395–28 to reprimand Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, making him the first Speaker of the House to be so disciplined.
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The Wisconsin Department of Justice will review a series of sexual assault investigations from the Wisconsin National Guard after a federal report released last month found that many were conducted improperly.
At least two Guard victims whose cases were initially investigated by the Guard were notified by the National Guard Bureau last week that Wisconsin’s DOJ would review some cases, according to an email from the NGB obtained by the Cap Times. The National Guard Bureau is the federal administrative agency that oversees Guard units nationwide and authored the report on the Wisconsin Guard.
One victim told the Cap Times she wants her case reviewed by the DOJ and the other is still considering it. The reviews could lead to some cases being fully reinvestigated and prosecuted.
Both victims were contacted by their special victim advocates, who are Guard-appointed advisers to help victims navigate the investigative process and access other resources. Victims can choose to opt out of the case review, according to the email. No case information or names will be publicly released.
Robert Costa and Rachael Bade report Trump’s lawyers, Senate GOP allies work privately to ensure Bolton does not testify publicly:
President Trump’s legal defense team and Senate GOP allies are quietly gaming out contingency plans should Democrats win enough votes to force witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial, including an effort to keep former national security adviser John Bolton from the spotlight, according to multiple officials familiar with the discussions.
While Republicans continue to express confidence that Democrats will fail to persuade four GOP lawmakers to break ranks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has opposed calling any witnesses in the trial, they are readying a Plan B just in case — underscoring how uncertain they are about prevailing in a showdown over witnesses and Bolton’s possible testimony.
One option being discussed, according to a senior administration official, would be to move Bolton’s testimony to a classified setting because of national security concerns, ensuring that it is not public.
To receive the testimony in a classified session, Trump’s attorneys would have to request such a step, according to one official, adding that it would probably need the approval of 51 senators.