Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has withdrawn her sponsorship of a bill that critics say would criminalize free speech and peaceful protest. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act would make it a felony for U.S. citizens to support boycotts of Israel and Israeli settlements, punishable by at least a $250,000 fine, with a maximum penalty of a fine of $1 million and 20 years in prison. Gillibrand’s reversal came as groups including the ACLU, Jewish Voice for Peace and Palestine Legal mount a campaign challenging anti-BDS bills as unconstitutional. Nearly half of the Senate and 234 congressmembers continue as co-sponsors of the bill.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., as he expands a probe into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. The move, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, gives Mueller’s investigation the power of subpoena and opens the door to …
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