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Trump, Congress and Impeachment

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Untitled. If you strain your memory very hard, you might recall a man named Robert Mueller.

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Only a short year ago, the special counsel was the man of the hour. Now, in the middle of a pandemic, a protest movement over police violence, and a presidential campaign, the urgency of Mueller’s findings has—understandably—faded. Nevertheless, both Congress and news organizations are still pushing to squeeze more information out of the Mueller report. The Supreme Court will hear a dispute over whether the House of Representatives may access grand jury material redacted from the report, while litigation by various news organizations has resulted in the release of search warrants and affidavits related to the Roger Stone investigation and tranche after tranche of summaries of FBI interviews conducted by Mueller’s team. So what fresh material is available in the new, improved, less-redacted Mueller report?

In one sense, not very much. Flynn, Comey, and Mueller: What Trump Knew and When He Knew It. Trump is facing a big moment of truth. And no amount of spin and lies can change it. Democrats are eviscerating Trump on Russia. Where is the GOP? How Trump fought the intelligence on Russia and left an election threat unchecked The Washington Post examines how, nearly a year into his presidency, Trump continues to reject evidence that Russia supported his run for the White House as part of an unprecedented assault on a pillar of American democracy.

Democrats are eviscerating Trump on Russia. Where is the GOP?

(Dalton Bennett,Thomas LeGro,John Parks,Jesse Mesner-Hage/The Washington Post) Sen. Ben Cardin, ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released this week an impressive report on the Russian threat and the Trump administration’s failure to defend American democracy and security. With Republicans declining to participate (and therefore making the case that the GOP has gone soft on Russia), Democrats displayed their inner hawks: Nearly 20 years ago, Vladimir Putin gained and solidified power by exploiting blackmail, fears of terrorism, and war. It’s remarkable that any Republican would find that objectionable. Democrats are preparing for impeachment. Good. They should be doing this — now. Opinion | Impeachment and the 25th Amendment: Is it time yet?

Democrats are preparing for impeachment. Good. They should be doing this — now.

Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin explains the probability of impeachment or enacting the 25th amendment in the Trump era. (Adriana Usero,Kate Woodsome,Danielle Kunitz/The Washington Post) The Post’s Paul Kane reports this morning that despite their rhetoric downplaying this possibility, House Democrats are privately preparing for a possible effort to impeach President Trump, should they regain the majority. That’s excellent news. This is exactly what Democrats should be doing — right now. Forget what they say — House Democrats are readying for impeachment. Rep.

Forget what they say — House Democrats are readying for impeachment

Nadler attacks Trump for trying to 'discredit' the Justice Department House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said on Dec. 13 that President Trump is trying to "discredit the free press and the Department of Justice. " (House Judiciary Committee) To fill their top spot on the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats had a choice between experts in two critical policy arenas: a constitutional law ace with firsthand experience battling President Trump, and an architect of sweeping immigration legislation. The 5-Minute Fix from The Washington Post. Republicans’ horrible week (and not-great year) was entirely predictable. How Trump Is Empowering the Democrats. Knowing where Donald Trump stands on an issue is notoriously difficult.

How Trump Is Empowering the Democrats

He’s been on multiple sides of most of the major issues of his lifetime. There are threads of consistency—such as on trade and race—that stretch back decades, and he is reliably opposed to anything Barack Obama supported. But on major domestic policy issues, Trump is often mercurial. Generally, the more complicated the issue, the more haphazard his views are on it. Consider his public utterances on a bipartisan health-care deal that was announced on Tuesday by two senators, Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, and Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington.

Before Trump was against the deal, he bragged that he had engineered it. Trump called Alexander last week, and again over the weekend, pressing him to strike a deal. The Daily 202: Bob Corker tirade encapsulates five reasons why Trump has failed at governing. Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’ - The New York Times. What it took for Republicans finally to feel betrayed by Trump. Republican Rep.

What it took for Republicans finally to feel betrayed by Trump

Duncan Hunter, an early and loyal Trump enthusiast, gave an uncommonly candid assessment of the president to a group of young Republicans at home in California recently. “He’s an a--hole,” Duncan said, “but he’s our a--hole.” So reported his hometown San Diego Union-Tribune. That’s close to a perfect summary of Republicans’ relationship of convenience with President Trump. opinions Orlando Shooting Updates News and analysis on the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. post_newsletter348 follow-orlando true. The Republicans aren’t just losing. Big government is winning. Federal officials evacuate residents of Port Arthur, Tex., from Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 30.

The Republicans aren’t just losing. Big government is winning.

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Republicans are seething about the fact that President Trump just agreed with Democrats to pair a Hurricane Harvey relief package with a three-month extension of the debt ceiling and a bill to fund the government for the same amount of time, instead of the 18-month extension of the debt ceiling the GOP wanted. So how goes the great conservative ideological crusade? Think about it for a moment. Republicans are mad because their preferred option — a huge government aid package coupled with taking off the table a tool they used to try to compel spending cuts when Barack Obama was president — has been pushed aside in favor of a huge government aid package coupled with keeping that tool around.

In other words, both of the options for this deal validated big government. Opinions plum-line Orlando Shooting Updates.