News Wrap: Appeals court rules DOJ must share Mueller grand jury material

News Wrap: Appeals court rules DOJ must share Mueller grand jury material


JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: Six
more states are having their say in the Democratic presidential race, with 352 delegates at stake
in today’s voting. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont
Senator Bernie Sanders faced off in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota,
and Washington state. We will take a closer look at all this after the news summary. A federal appeals court has ordered the U.S.
Justice Department to hand over grand jury testimony from the special counsel’s Russia
investigation. A three-judge panel rule 2-1 today that House Democrats are entitled to
the material as part of continuing investigations of President Trump. The case could end up before the U.S. Supreme
Court. In Moscow, Russia’s Parliament laid out a
path today for President Vladimir Putin to stay in power. Existing law requires him to
step down when his latest six-year term ends in 2024. But lawmakers approved a constitutional
amendment to change that. Putin welcomed the move. VLADIMIR PUTIN, Russian President (through
translator): Technically, today, we could lift the presidential term limits. Such precedents
exist in other countries, including our neighbors. In principle, this option would be possible,
if the Constitutional Court gives an official ruling that such an amendment wouldn’t contradict
the principles and main provisions of the constitution. JUDY WOODRUFF: Putin is 67 years old. He has
been Russia’s leader for more than 20 years. If voters approve the proposed constitutional
amendment next month, he could stay in power until 2036. The U.S. general who is overseeing the Middle
East warned today that Taliban attacks on Afghan forces have to let up, or U.S. forces
may not withdraw as agreed. Marine General Frank McKenzie said that the militants must
keep their part of a bargain that calls for cutting U.S. troop levels from 13,000 to about
8,600 by summer. He spoke at a U.S. House hearing that was
livestreamed. GEN. FRANK MCKENZIE, Commander, U.S. Central
Command: They are continuing attacks. Those attacks are relatively low in scale. They
are not directed against coalition forces. They are not occurring in city centers. They
are occurring at isolated checkpoints, but those attacks are occurring. And they are
not consistent with a movement toward a negotiated settlement. JUDY WOODRUFF: Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s President
Ashraf Ghani, signed a decree for the release of 1,500 Taliban prisoners. It is to begin
within four days. And retired Army General Jack Keane received
the Presidential Medal of Freedom today. It’s the nation’s highest civilian honor. President
Trump presented the medal in a White House ceremony. Keane had once served as the army’s
vice chief of staff. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: six states
voting, two top contenders — what you need to know on another major primary night; after
Brexit, the United Kingdom prepares for its next crisis: the coronavirus; and much more.

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