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Trump Latest Judicial Confirmation Flips 11th Circuit Court to GOP-Appointed Majority

The confirmation of President Donald Trumps judicial nominee Barbara Lagoa on Nov. 20 flipped another court to a GOP-appointed majority as Republicans continue what some hail as the presidents most impactful push continues. With Republicans holding the majority in the Senate throughout Trumps term, a raft of the presidents judicial nominees have been approved. The 11th Circuit Court is the third that has flipped during Trumps term, following the 2nd and 3rd Circuits. Trump nominees hold five of the 12 seats on the 11th Circuit, with two additional Republican-appointed judges on the court. Robert Luck, another Trump appointee, was confirmed to the court on Tuesday in a 64-31 vote. The Senate confirmed Lagoa 80-15 on Wednesday. Both Lagoa and Luck were justices on the Florida Supreme Court. There are now seven appeals courts with a majority of Republican-nominated judges out of 13 such circuit courts in the nation. “This is a major achievement for his presidency,” said Carrie Severi..

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Witnesses Confirm Reports by Journalist Frequently Cited in Impeachment Probe

In his opening statement at the Nov. 19 impeachment hearing, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) recommended that the American public read an article by investigative reporter John Solomon titled “Debunking Some of the Ukraine Scandal Myths About Biden and Election Interference.” The recommendation by Nunes is the latest mention of Solomon during the impeachment hearings. Solomons name or work has been cited in all but two of the 10 impeachment deposition transcripts released to date. Solomons reporting is inseparable from the impeachment proceedings because President Donald Trumps requests to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a July 25 phone call can all be traced back to articles that Solomon wrote for The Hill, an online newspaper. In several columns over the course of two years, Solomon exposed an appearance of a conflict of interest on the part of former Vice President Joe Biden, detailed actions taken by Ukrainian officials to interfer..

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2020 Support for Trump Jumps in Wisconsin as Majority Opposes Impeachment

President Donald Trump would beat whichever Democratic presidential contender becomes the ultimate nominee in Wisconsin, according to a new poll. The state is one of several that Trump flipped in 2016, leading to his surprise win. Trump won hypothetical matchups with the top four Democratic contenders, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe Biden, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The Marquette University Law School poll showed Trump up three percent over Biden, three percent over Sanders, five percent over Warren, and eight percent over Buttigieg. Four to six percent of respondents said “neither” and at least two percent said they didnt know in each of the matchups presented. The strong support for Trump was a change from last month, when the law schools survey showed Trump losing Wisconsin to Biden, Sanders, and Warren. Similar to nationwide results, Independents signaled they dont think Trump should be impeached and r..

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Every Impeachment Witness Has Said Yes to Possible Hunter Biden Conflict of Interest: Stefanik

Gordon Sondland became the latest impeachment witness to affirm Republican concerns about a possible conflict of interest by Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Bidens son. Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma from 2014 to 2019. His father was in office from 2008 to 2016. In 2016, Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion from Ukraine unless the country ousted prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was probing Burisma. The case was closed by Shokins replacement, Yuriy Lutsenko. “Do you believe that Hunter Biden having a position on the board of Burisma has the potential appearance of a conflict of interest?” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) asked Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, on Wednesday in an open impeachment hearing. “I dont want to characterize Hunter Bidens service on the board one way or another, I just dont know enough,” Sondland said. “So you disagree with every other witness who has testified yes, there is a potential appearance of conflict of intere..

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Rep. Devin Nunes Wants to Subpoena Whistleblower and Hunter Biden

House Intelligence Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on Wednesday that House Republicans on the committee have requested subpoenas of potential witnesses in the impeachment inquiry. Those witnesses include the person who filed a complaint against President Donald Trump—known as the whistleblower—and Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Bidens son. Nunes said the GOP sent a letter outlining the subpoenas for documents and closed-door depositions from witnesses on Wednesday morning. Republicans seek documents from the Democratic National Committee, Bidens firm Rosemont Seneca, and the whistleblower. “In the interest of some basic level of fairness, we expect you to concur with these subpoenas,” Nunes told House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) in his opening statement, before testimony from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. “We take this step because you have failed to ensure fairness and objectivity in this inquiry.” Because Democrats co..

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State Department Says Story Claiming Pompeo Will Resign Soon Completely False

A Time magazine story claiming that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will soon resign isnt true, said the State Department in a report. Axios reporter Johnathan Swan said he spoke to officials in the Department of State, who told him that its false. “I just spoke to the secretary and he said this story is completely false,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told Swan. “We just landed in Brussels for meetings with NATO— [Pompeo] is 100% focused on being President Trumps Secretary of State.“ Pompeo is in Brussels on Wednesday to attend a NATO foreign ministers meeting, reported The Associated Press. “On November 20, Secretary Pompeo will lead the U.S. delegation to the NATO Foreign Ministerial. There, he will meet with NATO Allies and the Secretary General ahead of the December NATO Leaders Meeting in London to discuss important deliverables, including burden sharing and collective defense. The delegation will also discuss continued cooperation among NATO members to face eme..

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Democratic State Senator, Weary of Purist Politicians, to Become Independent

A state senator in Pennsylvania said hes leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent, asserting the partys so-called tent “is shrinking every day.” State Sen. John Yudichak made the announcement on Nov. 19. “As an Independent, I will continue to put people above politics. I will continue to support Democratic ideas as well as Republican ideas when it is clear that they serve the greater good and help government work for people rather than the narrow interests of partisan purists,” he said in a press release. Referencing the division during the Civil War, Yudichak said the country is, “again, in the throes of a fierce public debate where politics has become more about choosing sides than it is about working together toward a more perfect union.” The lawmaker said hes already been working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle: “Working outside the confines of an extremist political ideology is the foundation of my political career in Harrisburg, and it has helped me se..

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Trump Suggests Pelosi Is Putting USMCA Trade Deal at Risk

President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is putting a trade deal between the United States, Mexico, and Canada at risk. “Nancy Pelosi will go down as the least productive Speaker of the House in history,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “She is dominated by AOC Plus 3 and the Radical Left. Mexico and Canada, after waiting for 6 months to be approved, are ready to flee—and who can blame them? Too bad!” he wrote, referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Pelosi said in a statement Tuesday that Democrats in the House are waiting for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to have stronger worker protections. But Trump, in a cabinet meeting, said she is allowing the impeachment inquiry to consume the agenda of lawmakers in the House. Nancy Pelosi will go down as the least productive Speaker of the House in history. She is dominated by AOC Plus 3 and the Radical Left. Mexico and Canada, after waiting for 6 months to be approved, are ..

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Trump Wants to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry But Probably Wont: Bondi

President Donald Trump will probably not testify in the impeachment inquiry against him, newly-hired White House special advisor Pam Bondi said. Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, said that the president wants to testify. “I know why he wants to testify. Of course, he wants to testify because he did nothing wrong. But do I think its likely hes going to testify? Probably not. Because no one would advise him to testify because this is a sham court,” Bondi said in an interview with “CBS This Morning” on Nov. 20. “What theyre telling him, come in and prove your innocence, is that the system in which we live now? I believe things will be equal and fair if it goes to the Senate, when it goes to the Senate. But no, the president should not testify. I know exactly why he wants to, though, but no human being should have to come in and prove their innocence, ever.” Bondi said the open impeachment hearings have fallen flat. “What have we seen so far? Absolutely nothing. The witnesses ..

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Watch: Ambassador Sondland Testifies in Impeachment Hearing

Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland will testify on Wednesday in front of the House impeachment inquiry after earlier witnesses contradicted his earlier deposition in closed-door meetings, which he later amended. “State Department was fully supportive of our engagement in Ukraine affairs, and was aware that a commitment to investigations was among the issues we were pursuing,” Sondland will testify, according to his opening remarks. He claimed that President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and John Bolton knew about the campaign to pressure for investigations in Ukraine. Trump, Ukrainian officials, and other White House officials have denied any bribery or quid pro quo investigations. Sondland is a notable witness because he amended his closed-door testimony (pdf) to the House. In the revised testimony, Sondland said the White House clearly engaged in quid pro quo in Ukraine. In the revision, Sondland claimed he recalled a Sept. 1 meeting with Andriy Yermak, a t..

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