Federal workers say they’ve been gagged from speaking out on Trump’s impeachment


For more than a year, a federal ethics agency has instructed federal employees to steer clear of taking a stand at work for or against the impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying that doing so could run afoul of the Hatch Act that bars them from participating in certain political activities.

With Trump now impeached and the subject of a Senate trial, a union representing federal employees says that the controversial legal guidance from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) tramples on workers’ First Amendment rights.

Source: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/federal-workers-say-theyve-been-gagged-from-speaking-out-on-trumps-impeachment_n_5e2f593dc5b6ce51a4ea57b5

Trump tells evangelical rally he will put prayer in schools

Associated Press:

“Very soon I’ll be taking action to safeguard students and teachers’ First Amendment rights to pray in our schools,” Trump said. “They want to take that right along with many other ones.”

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-religion/trump-tells-evangelical-rally-he-will-put-prayer-in-schools-idUSKBN1Z22AN

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok claims government violated his privacy, free speech rights

ABC News

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok is claiming the government violated his First Amendment rights by releasing his private text messages that contained his political opinion about President Donald Trump.

In a new court filing Monday, Strzok and his attorneys argue that the Justice Department violated his protected free speech by releasing the text messages he exchanged with then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

Source: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi-agent-peter-strzok-claims-government-violated-privacy/story?id=68001195

Trump signs order targeting college anti-semitism

NBC Connecticut

The executive order states that federal agencies in following the directive shall not infringe upon the First Amendment and its protection of free speech.

The American Civil Liberties Union said it would be monitoring the administration’s action to ensure that’s the case. “If the administration attempts to undermine that freedom using this order, we will see it in court,” said David Cole, the ACLU’s national legal director.

Source: https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/national-international/trump-signs-order-college-anti-semitism/2193477/

Homeland Security Department sued for allegedly tracking and interrogating journalists


The Department of Homeland Security violated the First Amendment when it allegedly tracked and interrogated five journalists between 2018 and 2019, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The lawsuit includes accounts by five freelance photojournalists, all of whom are US citizens and were stopped by Customs and Border Protection, an agency within DHS, while traveling to and from Mexico between November 2018 and January 2019.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/20/politics/homeland-security-journalists-aclu-lawsuit/index.html