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IG Horowitz Doesnt Rule Out Political Bias May Have Played Role in FISA Abuse

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz appeared to admit during Wednesdays Senate Judiciary hearings that political bias could have played a role in the abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process to surveil President Trump campaign staffer Carter Page. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) pressed Horowitz on the role political bias could have played in the FISA warrant on Page. Earlier in the day, and in his report, Horowitz concluded that political bias didnt play a role in the FBIs decision to start an investigation into potential Russian involvement in the Trump campaign. Eventually, Horowitz replied, “I think its fair for people to sit there and look at all of these 17 events and wonder how it could be purely incompetence.” He also said that he “agrees completely” with the assertion that someone at the FBI needs to be fired. The “culture” also needs to be “changed” at the FBI, he added. After being questioned by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), the inspecto..

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Republicans Consider Calling Zero Witnesses in Possible Trump Impeachment Trial

Republican leaders in the Senate are signaling they might call no witnesses in a possible impeachment trial, which would be triggered if the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump. The House, which is controlled by Democrats, needs a simple majority to impeach Trump; a trial on the articles of impeachment would then commence in the Senate. Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate. Without a two-thirds vote on the articles, Trump would remain in office. A number of House Republicans and President Trump have said they want to call witnesses during the trial, including House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the person who filed a complaint against Trump, and former Vice President Joe Bidens son Hunter Biden. House Republicans tried multiple times to call witnesses during the impeachment hearings but were blocked by Democratic colleagues. But a growing number of GOP Senate leaders are suggesting a trial will move quickly, without witnesses. “I think a protrac..

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IG Horowitz Says FISA Surveillance Without Legal Foundation Is Illegal Surveillance

Inspector General Michael Horowitz told a Senate Judiciary hearing that surveillance without a legal foundation is “illegal surveillance.” His comment came after he accused top officials in the FBI of mishandling a flawed effort via a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to get authority to surveil Carter Page, an American foreign policy adviser who worked on President Donald Trumps election effort. Horowitz was asked by Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) about whether there was a point when surveilling Page became unlawful. Horowitz first said that his report was sent to the courts to make a decision on whether charges should be filed against anyone at the FBI. “If you dont have a legal foundation to surveil somebody and you keep doing it, is that bad?” Graham asked Horowitz. “Absolutely,” he replied, adding that “its illegal surveillance.” “Its not court-authorized surveillance,” Horowitz added. The FISA warrant application featured claims from an u..

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Lindsey Graham Excoriates FBI, Media on IG Report: God Help Us All

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) opened a committee hearing on Wednesday on the Department of Justices Inspector Generals report on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) investigation, saying there were widespread problems at the agency when it spied on a campaign aide of President Donald Trump. Inspector General Michael Horowitz was called before the committee and Graham said the report revealed widespread corruption at the nations top law enforcement agency. Horowitz concluded that the errors amounted to a failure that implicated the chain of command at the FBI responsible for handling the FISA applications, including senior officials. What started off as a few irregularities in the FBI morphed into a criminal conspiracy to defraud the FISA court system, illegally monitor a U.S. citizen, and keep an operation open into a sitting president, Graham stated. The report didnt just show “a few irregularities,” he said. “What happened here is the system failed..

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Bill Clinton Comments on Trump Impeachment

Former President Bill Clinton, who was impeached in the late 1990s, weighed in on the articles of impeachment that were laid out by House Democrats against President Donald Trump. The former president demurred when he was asked about the articles of impeachment by a reporter at a Clinton Foundation program in New York City on Tuesday. “Theyre doing their job as they see it and we should wait to see it unfold,” Clinton told Fox News. “And the rest of us should go about our jobs and do them as we see it.” He didnt elaborate on what he meant by Congress is “doing their job,” although Trump and other Republicans have repeatedly said Democrats in the House have done little to help their constituents and are only focusing on impeachment. On Tuesday, House Democrats revealed two articles of impeachment against Trump, accusing him of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power over his interactions with Ukraine. The president has vociferously denied the allegations, and Ukrainian officials, ..

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Impeachment Comes First, Schumer Tells Senators Running for President

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that the senators running for the Democratic presidential nomination have to make impeachment a priority over their bid for the White House. “This has to come first. This is one of the most solemn decisions that anyone has to make. And Ive told all members of my caucus that scheduling concerns are secondary to doing this the right way,” Schumer told reporters at a Dec. 10 press conference. Since Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) recently exited the race, five senators are still running: Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). “It is likely to be a problem, because being on the ground in key states is critically important, as Hillary [Clinton] learned to her—and our—cost,” Defiance Strategies, LLC President Christian Hanley told The Epoch Times. “But I dont see how they could choose to skip an impeachment trial, both as a matter of constitutional dut..

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Trump to Sign Executive Order Targeting Anti-Semitism at Colleges

President Donald Trump plans on Dec. 11 to sign an executive order that would threaten to cut or withhold federal assistance from educational institutions that fail to combat anti-Semitism, according to a senior administration official. Under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the executive order would extend protections against discrimination to people who face anti-Semitism on college campuses, the senior official said on Tuesday. It would effectively interpret Judaism as not just a religion, but as a race or nationality, in an attempt to prompt a federal law penalizing the educational institutions that fail to act against discrimination on campus, The New York Times reported. The order “just explains if an incident is anti-Semitic it could fall into a Title 6 violation,” an official told Reuters, referring to Title 6 of the law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. “Just because ..

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Lawmakers Reach Deal on Defense Bill, Establishing US Space Force

Lawmakers reached an agreement on Dec. 9 for a compromise version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes $738 billion for the Department of Defense to set national defense policy—as well as the authorization of the U.S. Space Force. Leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees said in a summary of the conference report (pdf) released on the same day that the proposed fiscal 2020 NDAA “implements a National Defense Strategy to confront Russia, China, and other threats around the world,” while also reforming and modernizing the systems within the Pentagon. The proposed bill officially establishes the U.S. Space Force as the sixth armed service of the United States. The Space Force was one of the most high-profile requests by President Donald Trump, who directed the Pentagon to begin the process of creating the force in 2018. “The FY20 NDAA recognizes space as a warfighting domain and establishes the U.S. Space Force in Title 10 as the sixth Armed S..

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House Democrats Give Green Light for Trumps USMCA Deal

WASHINGTON—After months of negotiations between the Trump administration and House Democrats, Congress will move forward with ratifying the new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico that will supplant the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced on Dec. 10 that both sides ironed out their differences on the agreement, paving the way for a House vote as soon as next week. “This is a day weve all been working to and working for, on the path to yes,” Pelosi said during a press conference an hour after House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. “Theres no question, of course, that this agreement is much better than NAFTA,” Pelosi said. “But in terms of our work here, its infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration.” Following the announcement by Pelosi, the trade deputies of the three countries signed the modifications to the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement..

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House Will Impeach Trump Again if He Wins 2020 Election: Democratic Congresswoman

The House will impeach President Donald Trump once more if he wins the 2020 election, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said. Trump has not been impeached but House Democrats released articles of impeachment against him on Dec. 10 and are widely expected to hold an impeachment vote soon. Bass was asked if she would support impeaching Trump again if Democrats flipped the majority in the Senate next year. If Democrats also held the House, they could potentially impeach the president and remove him from office. Bass said that the same two articles of impeachment—obstruction of Congress and abuse of office—could be introduced again, with more articles a possibility. “Yes, but I dont think it would be exactly the same … because even though we are impeaching him now there are still a number of court cases, theres a ton of information that could come forward. For example, we could get his bank records and find out that hes owned 100 percent by the Russians,” Bass told TMZ. “So you are absolutel..

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