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Pelosi Says She Wont Pressure Moderate Democrats to Back Impeachment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that party leaders wont apply pressure to members of the Democratic caucus to support articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump after some Democrats have suggested they wont vote in favor of the articles. Pelosi said Thursday that the choice is theirs to make. “I have no message to them. We are not whipping this legislation, nor would we ever with something like this,” Pelosi told reporters.”Theyll make their own decisions. I dont say anything to them.” The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday held a hearing to debate on the two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. “Theyve seen the facts as presented in the Intelligence Committee—theyve seen the Constitution, they know it—they take an oath to protect and defend it. But they see the constitutional experts speak about it. Theyll make their own decisions. I dont say anything to them,” Pelosi said. “The facts are irrefutable,” she said. “..

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Rep. Lucy McBath, Vulnerable Democrat, Votes Yea on Impeachment

Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.), whose district voted in favor of President Donald Trump in 2016 and who narrowly won her mid-term election, voted in favor of articles of impeachment in the House Judiciary Committee. On Friday, she voted “yea” on the articles of impeachment, joining 22 other Democrats as opposed to 17 Republicans. Earlier in the week, McBath said she “I believe the president abused the power of the office, putting his own interests above the needs of our nation, above the needs of the people I love and I serve, and for that I must vote my conscience,” reported The Hill. “This is not why I came to Washington; I came to Washington because I love my country. I came to Washington full of hope and empowered by my community to serve them in Congress…but after this vote I will continue to champion the ideals that this country instilled in me,” she said before making a reference to her son, Jordan, who was shot and killed seven years ago. Former Rep. Karen Handel (R-Ga.) has said..

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Undecided Democrat Rep. Susie Lee Says Shell Vote for Impeachment

A previously undecided Democrat, Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.), announced Friday she will support articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Lee is one of a handful of Democrats whose districts Trump won in 2016. The House Judiciary Committee on Friday voted in favor of articles of impeachment along party lines. “This is a grave decision that requires thorough and solemn deliberation,” Lee said in a statement. “After weighing all of the facts, I will be voting in support of impeachment of the President.” She accused Trump of abusing his power in his dealings with Ukraine, which Trump has denied. Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are the two articles of impeachment announced by House Democrats this week. “I took an oath of office to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Lee stated. “This is a solemn decision. I end with this: democracies live and die by the integrity of our elections.” She added: “As I did before I voted to support an i..

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Shadowy FISA Court at Center of IG Report Could See Major Changes, Senators Say

Several lawmakers are calling for reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA court) and its warrant application process following a damning report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who found that the FBI was able to mislead courts to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. “I have serious concerns about whether the FISA court can continue unless there is fundamental reform. After your report, I think we need to rewrite the rules of how you start a counterintelligence investigation and the checks and balances that we need,” stated Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) during the Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. “Mr. Horowitz, for us to do justice to your report, we have to do more than try to shade this report one way or the other. We have to address the underlying problem. The system and the hands in a few bad people can do a lot of damage.” The renewed interest in the court comes after a Judiciary hearing on Wednes..

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Education Secretary Defends Debt Relief Plan, Blames Obama Administration for Leaving Problem Behind

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos endured testy exchanges on Thursday at a House Education and Labor Committee hearing on her plan to overhaul an Obama-era federal student loan forgiveness policy. DeVos appeared on Capitol Hill after facing lawsuits for her departments unwillingness to fully wipe out the federal student loans of borrowers who alleged that several for-profit education chains, including the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, falsely advertised their ties to employers and the transferability of credits. Instead, the Department comes up with a new plan that would provide partial relief to most of the borrowers, based on their present-day income. “In response to a surge in claims, the Obama administration issued a new Borrower Defense rule to streamline the process for providing relief to defrauded students,” said Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), the chairman of the Committee, in his opening statement (pdf). “However, under the present leadership, the Department refused to implement..

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Appeals Over the Release of Trumps Financial Records

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear President Donald Trumps appeals in cases requesting the top court to block the House and a Manhattan investigation from having access to his financial records. The top court justices met in a private conference on Friday to discuss whether to hear Trumps appeals of lower court decisions that require his accounting firm Mazars USA and two banks to comply with the subpoenas issued by the House and a New York District attorney in a grand jury probe. Three cases relating to Trumps financial records have reached the Supreme Court in recent weeks after appellate judges upheld the subpoenas. Two of the cases stem from subpoenas that were issued earlier in the year by three House committees as part of their investigations into the presidents dealings. Meanwhile, the third case—the one where the private conference was scheduled—deals with a criminal investigation in Manhattan. Trump has asked the Supreme Court to reverse the lower courts decisions in all ..

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Vulnerable Democrat Rep. Max Rose Says Hell Suport Impeachment

Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.), who represents a district Trump carried in the 2016 election, said Friday that he will vote in favor of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. “A President coercing a foreign government into targeting American citizens is not just another example of scorched earth politics, it serves as an invitation to the enemies of the United States to come after any citizen, so long as they disagree with the President. Embarking on an unprecedented effort to obstruct this inquiry doesnt make the facts any less true,” Rose said in a statement after the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment in a party-line vote. “Therefore,” he added, “I will vote in support of the two Articles of Impeachment.” Up until that point, Rose, who is an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, didnt indicate how he would vote on the measure. Rose also didnt partake in the impeachment hearings and wasnt involved in the drafting of the articles as he does no..

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Trump Says He Wouldnt Mind a Long Impeachment Trial

President Donald Trump said that he “wouldnt mind” a lengthy impeachment trial in the Senate, following a vote by a House panel advancing two articles of impeachment to the full House. If the House votes to impeach Trump, a trial will take place in the Senate. Asked if he prefers a long Senate trial or a short one in the Oval Office on Friday, Trump responded, “Ill do whatever I want. Look there is—we did nothing wrong. So Ill do long, or short.” “Ive heard Mitch, Ive heard Lindsey. I think they are very much in agreement on some concept[s]. Ill do whatever they want to do. It doesnt matter. I wouldnt mind the long process, because Id like to see the whistleblower, whos a fraud,” Trump added. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday night that he is “coordinating” with the White House and that, ultimately, it is up to Trumps lawyers to decide whether to call witnesses during the trial. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said this week hed prefer ..

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White House Says Trump Looking Forward to Senate Trial After House Panel Approves Impeachment

President Donald Trump is looking forward to a Senate trial on the articles of impeachment, the White House said on Friday. “This desperate charade of an impeachment inquiry in the House Judiciary Committee has reached its shameful end. The President looks forward to receiving in the Senate the fair treatment and due process which continues to be disgracefully denied to him by the House,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. The House Judiciary voted 23-17 in a party-line vote to advance the two articles of impeachment to the full House of Representatives, which is expected to vote next week. The articles accuse Trump of abusing the office of the presidency and obstructing Congress. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) adjourned the committee after the brief vote Friday morning. The committee debated for about 12 hours on Thursday before Nadler surprised those present when he said the vote would be pushed to the next day. House Judiciary ..

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Congressman Talks About Trump Kidnapping Ukrainian Leaders Daughter, White House Responds

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) evoked unusual imagery during the House Judiciary Committees debate on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump when he attempted to downplay Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskys several claims that he felt no pressure and added there was no quid pro quo in his dealings with Trump. Johnson, as well as other Democrats on the committee, tried to push back after Zelensky and several other top Ukrainian officials disputed Democrats allegations that Trump withheld military aid in exchange for investigations. Trump and Republicans have frequently touted a recent Zelensky interview, where he said there was no quid pro quo and didnt “understand at all” what the Democrats were talking about. During the hearing, Johnson argued that Zelensky was lying under duress and attempted to make an analogy about Trump and Zelenskys 15-year-old daughter. “A big chair for President Trump, little chair for President Zelensky. Big, six-foot-four President Trump, fi..

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