GOP Senator Slams DOJ Legal Opinion As ‘Nonsense’ That ‘Floods The Swamp’

WASHINGTON ― Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a scathing letter this week to President Donald Trump, arguing that the Office of Legal Counsel is  “flooding the swamp.”

“You are being ill-served and ill-advised,” the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman wrote, adding that the Department of Justice office had “utterly failed to live up to its own standards.”

Grassley’s letter was prompted by a May 1 memo from the OLC to other federal agencies, instructing them to effectively ignore any requests from Congress that do not come from chairs of committees or subcommittees. Requests from other individual members of Congress “do not trigger any obligation to accommodate congressional needs and are not legally enforceable,” the memo stated. (Since both houses of Congress are currently controlled by the GOP, that means don’t answer any questions from Democrats as well as most Republicans.)

The memo, signed by acting Assistant Attorney General Curtis Gannon, claimed that it was a “longstanding policy” for government agencies to accommodate “congressional requests for information only when those requests come from a committee, subcommittee, or chairman authorized to conduct oversight.”

“This is nonsense,” Grassley wrote. “For OLC to so fundamentally misunderstand and misstate such a simple fact exposes its shocking lack of professionalism and objectivity,” he told the president.

Grassley urged the White House to “rescind this OLC opinion and any policy of ignoring oversight request from non-Chairmen.”

The June 7 letter is among the latest examples of a growing sense of frustration among top Republicans in Congress with how the Trump White House operates and how little regard the administration appears to have for certain democratic processes.

This frustration was on display in another forum Wednesday after four top administration officials refused to answer a series of questions during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe all repeatedly said they did not feel comfortable answering senators’ direct queries about interactions they had with Trump, even though they were under oath and the president had not invoked executive privilege to prevent them from talking.  

Before he adjourned the hearing, Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) chastised the officials and the Trump White House.

“I would ask each of you to take a message back to the administration,” he said. “You’re in positions whereby you’re required to keep this committee fully and currently informed of intelligence activities. At no time should you be in a position where you come to Congress without an answer.”

Sometimes referred to as the president’s law firm, the OLC dispenses legal advice to the White House and executive branch agencies. It can take on a quasi-judicial role in settling legal questions that arise within an administration.

For example, the OLC is the office that signed off on President Barack Obama’s use of drones against U.S. citizens and approved “enhanced interrogation techniques” under President George W. Bush. (The Trump administration has nominated Steven G. Bradbury, who helped write those “torture memos,” to a spot in the Transportation Department.) Other OLC reports are much less attention-grabbing, with titles like “Authority to Permit Part-Time Employees to Work Regularly Scheduled Workweeks of 33 to 39 Hours.”

Trump recently nominated Stephen Engel, who previously served as deputy assistant attorney general in the OLC during the Bush administration, to head the office on a permanent basis.

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Real-Life Vampire Couple Says Sucking Blood Is Better Than Sex

They’re bloody perfect for each other.

Two self-proclaimed vampires in Austin, Texas, say they’ve found true love thanks to a passionate relationship built on sucking each other’s blood.

Countess Lea and Count Tim Van Doorn (who we suspect aren’t really royal) met two years ago at a vampire festival and felt what Tim described to Barcroft TV as an instant “connection of darkness.”

That quickly turned into a romance that alternately really bites and really sucks ― in a good way, according to Lea, a 20-year-old fetish model.

“We are kind of like sharks once we get going. I feel this rush of life, their essence, and their energy is coming into me,” she told Barcroft TV. “It is a sexual experience and we often draw blood in the bedroom. Vampires are highly sexualized creatures and having sex literally gets the blood pumping.” 

Although the couple each has matching acrylic fangs strong enough to draw blood, they prefer to use razor blades or syringes.

Tim, a 31-year-old tarot card reader, says the experience is as satisfying as sex.

“When I feed via blood it is it just as good as sex because as I feel this rush of life, their essence, their energy is coming into myself and I am taking it in and I feel empowered,” he told Barcroft TV. “I feel the person I’m feeding from on a whole different level and in a totally different way than I could with words.”

Lea added, “I actually prefer drinking blood to having sex. You are taking the essence of a person and that to me is ecstasy. There is no better feeling.”

These partners-in-plasma plan to get married in November 2018, and are raising Tim’s 3-year-old son from a previous marriage.

They say they will both be happy if he follows in their path, but don’t want to force it on him.

“We feel that it is something that the vampire has to discover for themselves,” Tim told Barcroft TV.

As extreme as the practice may seem, consuming small quantities of blood are likely harmless according to Live Science, as long as the “donor” is free of blood-borne diseases.

A 2015 study by D.J. Williams, director of social work at Idaho State University, suggests the global vampire population numbers in the thousands.

Though the “Twilight” movies and the “True Blood” series have helped make vampires trendy, Williams told Reuters that the majority of self-proclaimed vampires “believe they were born that way; they don’t choose this.”

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Amanda Bynes Gives First Interview After Mental Health Battle

Amanda Bynes has given her first interview in four years after taking a break from the spotlight to focus on her health.

Stating that she is three years sober, Bynes addressed some of her past erratic behavior, explaining what she was thinking the time she tweeted, “I want [Drake] to murder my vagina.”

“I actually wasn’t being insincere,” Bynes told gossip site Hollyscoop’s Diana Madison in a clumsy and at times tasteless seven-minute interview previewed on “Good Morning America.”

“I was serious, but I was also on drugs. That was my way of saying, like, ‘Let’s do it, man,’ but I was on drugs and trying to be hilarious.”

After her hiatus from acting, the former Nickelodeon star revealed that she would like to return to the industry ― maybe going back to her roots in television.

“I do miss acting,” she said. “I actually have something surprising to tell you: I’m going to start acting again.”

“I want to do TV. Maybe a few guest spots on some shows that I’m a fan of, and maybe another TV show where I’m the star of it,” she added. 

Bynes previously faced public concern over her health as she ran into legal trouble, including two arrests for DUI, two hit-and-run charges and a suspended drivers’ license within a span of three years. Her lawyer, Tamar Arminak, addressed the actress’ mental health in 2014 only to state that Bynes does not have schizophrenia, and wished to keep her actual diagnosis private.

Asked how she’s doing, Bynes responded definitively: “I’m doing great, thank you.” Bynes’ lawyer told ABC News that she has complied with all the conditions of her probation.

Since dipping out of the public eye around 2013, Bynes has been attending the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, a move the formerly prolific Twitter user revealed to fans through a series of tweets in August.

Hi everybody! I haven’t tweeted in a long time and I want to say hi! I’ve been really busy at FIDM, and I just finished my midterms.

— amanda bynes (@amandabynes) August 24, 2016

“I am really loving school and I feel that I am learning a lot,” she wrote at the time, adding, “I’ve been in school learning about the fashion business so I don’t have time to tweet.”

Bynes aims to design her own fashion line, she told the Hollyscoop host, who later challenged her guest to rate a series of her own past red carpet outfits. Other than pursuing her interest in fashion, Bynes says she’s been spending her time exercising and doing charity work.

“I hike, I go spinning, take spinning classes and I feed the homeless, and that’s been really interesting and fun,” she said.

Bynes, who starred in Nickelodeon’s “All That” and “The Amanda Show,” earned her last acting credit in 2010, appearing alongside Emma Stone in “Easy A.” 

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