Breck Dumas


Impeached forever? The GOP says not so fast.

House Republicans say they plan to remove the impeachment of President Donald Trump from the “books” if they regain power of the lower chamber in 2021, a move they began plotting even before the president was acquitted in the Senate on Wednesday.

While Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared that President Trump’s “impeachment will last forever,” members of the GOP say expunging the impeachment of the president is a very real possibility — even if it is largely symbolic.

What are the details?

The New York Post spoke with several members of the House GOP in an article published ahead of Wednesday’s Senate acquittal. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told the outlet, “This is the fastest, weakest, most political impeachment in history. I don’t think it should stay on the books.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) concurred, telling The Post, “The president should have never been impeached in the first place,” calling expungement “a good idea.”

Over the weekend, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) declared on Twitter, “The House of Representatives should EXPUNGE this shame impeachment in January 2021! This was absolutely disgusting what Pelosi and [House impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)] just dragged our country through. The end is near not only for impeachment, but hopefully also for their abusive grip on their gavels.”

Legal scholar Jonathan Turley — who was called by Republicans to testify during House impeachment proceedings — told The Post that even if the House were to vote on expunging the impeachment of the president, the move “would be more cathartic than constitutional.”

Turley reasoned, “Trump is impeached…Even if the Senate were to cancel the trial or dismiss the charges, impeachment is a historical and unavoidable fact.”

George Washington University professor Sarah Binder agrees. She told the Washington Examiner, “If a future Republican House were to vote to expunge the House-passed impeachment resolution, it would be a purely symbolic, even cosmetic move.”

Binder added, “This current House agreed to H.Res. 755. And while a future House could adopt a resolution that says it is striking the adoption from the Record, that doesn’t undo the fact that the current House agreed to those two articles of impeachment.”

Anything else?

Whether the record of the House impeachment is expunged or not, Minority Leader McCarthy declared after the Senate found the president “not guilty” that President Trump is now “acquitted for life.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Republicans plan to expunge impeachment of President Trump if they take back the House

The Senate majority leader also told Republicans he expects Nancy Pelosi to send over the articles soon

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has signed on as a co-sponsor of a resolution allowing Senate rules to be changed in order to allow impeachment articles to be dismissed as the upper chamber continues to wait for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to end her hold on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

What are the details?

The resolution was introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Monday, and would change Senate rules so that if the House of Representatives fails to submit articles of impeachment to the Senate within 25 calendar days of their adoption, any senator may “offer a motion to dismiss such articles with prejudice for failure by the House of Representatives to prosecute such articles.”

Axios noted that if Speaker Pelosi continues stalling the transfer of the articles of impeachment, the 25-day mark for her hold falls this Sunday, Jan. 12.

In announcing his intention for filing the resolution, Hawley likened Pelosi’s refusal to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate to a prosecutor refusing to proceed with a case, saying that “in the real world” a case would be dismissed in such an instance.

The original co-sponsors of the resolution were GOP Sens. Rick Scott (Fla.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), David Perdue (Ga.), and Jim Inhofe (Okla.).

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) jumped on board Tuesday, and Sen. McConnell signed on as the 13th co-sponsor on Thursday.

Anything else?

According to Politico, Sen. McConnell also told GOP senators on Thursday that he expects Pelosi could send the articles of impeachment to the Senate soon — possibly as early as Friday. The outlet reported that “most Republicans are now gearing up for the relentless pace of the impeachment trial to start on Monday or Tuesday.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Mitch McConnell signs on to resolution allowing dismissal of impeachment without articles

The congressman from New York says the gun control legislation is ‘timely now’

Republican Rep. Peter King (N.Y.) on Monday signed on to the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, becoming the first GOP House member to co-sponsor the legislation backed by 200 Democrats.

What are the details?

The bill, H.R. 1296, “makes it a crime to knowingly import, sell, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapons (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD).

Congressman King told the New York Daily News that such firearms “are weapons of mass slaughter,” and he “doesn’t see any need for them in everyday society.”

While the New York Republican had already been considering signing on to the legislation — which was proposed by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) back in February — King said , “I think the assault weapons ban is timely now, especially in view of the shooting in El Paso and Dayton.”

King also said that he hoped his move would encourage more of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join him in backing the ban, adding, “It might give cover to some other Republicans, it might give some incentive to Democrats.”

Cicilline praised King for signing on to the legislation, telling the Daily News, “These weapons belong on the battlefield, not in our homes, schools, houses of worship or workplaces. I’m pleased that Congressman King has joined this effort. I sincerely hope that more of my Republican colleagues will put their service to our country and the safety of their constituents ahead of their need to raise campaign money from the gun lobby.”

The Hill reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised to block such legislation in the Republican-led upper chamber, and President Donald Trump has “expressed opposition to the bill.”

Anything else?

Rep. King has sponsored a number of gun control proposals in the past, as noted by Newsday, and the GOP congressman has an “F” rating from the National Rifle Association.

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: GOP Rep. Peter King joins House Dems in backing ‘assault weapons’ ban

The Democratic leadership in the House has a decision to make

A Democratic congressman filed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump late Tuesday night, forcing the House of Representatives to schedule a vote on the move.

All eyes are now on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — who opposes immediate impeachment proceedings — to see how leadership will handle the matter.

What are the details?

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) filed the articles of impeachment in reaction to recent comments President Trump made on Twitter regarding four progressive congresswomen. Trump suggested Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) “go back” to the countries they “originally came from.”

All of the women are American citizens, and three of them were born in the U.S. The president’s tweets drew widespread condemnation, but he denied having any racist intentions behind his comments.

While the Democrat-led House passed a resolution (amid chaos) condemning the president’s comments on Tuesday, Pelosi has long maintained that she is opposed to pursuing impeachment proceedings against the president until ongoing congressional investigations involving his administration have concluded.

She confirmed to Politico on Wednesday that she does not support Green’s move, which is being forced because it is a privileged motion and can be introduced by any member.

House leadership now has a decision to make. An impeachment-related vote is expected to occur as early as 4 p.m. Wednesday, and they may opt to proceed with the resolution, table it, or send it off to committee.

In the instance that the resolution is directed to committee or tabled, Pelosi risks angering an already rebellious progressive wing of her divided caucus, which has been emboldened by the furor over President Trump’s tweets.

But if Pelosi brings it to the floor for a vote, she faces risks whether it passes or fails, because either scenario could result in the resolution’s ultimate demise. Knowing this, Republicans might even vote against tabling the motion or sending the resolution to committee in order to force an up-or-down vote.

If impeachment passes in the House, any attempts to remove the president from office is likely destined for failure given the likelihood that the GOP-led Senate would not vote to convict.

If it fails in the House, many would see it as a rebuke of far-left Democrats who are focused on removing Trump from the White House and as a major political victory for a president who is in the throes of a reelection bid.

Anything else?

Rep. Green has been chomping at the bit to see President Trump ousted from office. The Texas congressman twice presented articles of impeachment against the president, according to Politico, but his previous attempts stopped by the then-Republican majority in the House.

Green believes now is the time to make his move after the House condemnation of the president, despite pushback from his party’s leadership. He told CNN Wednesday, “As a result of what we did yesterday, the president suffers no harm, he doesn’t have to pay any fine, he’s not going to lose his job. But today, we have the opportunity to punish.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Dem. Rep. Al Green defies Pelosi, files articles of impeachment against President Trump. Move will force Democrats to cast divisive vote.

The network’s viewership numbers dwarfed those of its competition during the July 4 event

It appears Fox News’ decision to offer a two-hour special covering President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” celebration on July 4 has apparently paid off, as evidenced by viewership breaking two network records and dominating the ratings.

What are the details?

Fox reported that during the president’s speech from 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET, the outlet averaged 4.6 million viewers — its largest ever July 4 prime-time audience — more than double the viewers of CNN and MSNBC’s coverage combined, at 1.5 million and a “dismal” 374,000, respectively.

The telecast was also the most-watched show of 2019 for Fox News’ “Special Report.”

Ahead of the Independence Day fanfare, major networks ABC, CBS, and NBC all announced they would not provide live television coverage of President Trump’s speech, opting instead to stick with regularly scheduled shows like “Jeopardy!” and “Inside Edition.”

According to The Hill, NBC did air live coverage of New York City’s prime-time fireworks show, but drew only 3.8 million viewers.

In more good news for Fox News, President Trump announced Monday that he plans to throw a similar Fourth of July party in 2020.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, the president said, “It was a wonderful day for all Americans and based on its tremendous success, we’re just making the decision and I think we can say we’ve made the decision to do it again next year. And maybe we can say for the foreseeable future.”

Anything else?

Although CNN did air the president’s “Salute to America” speech live, the network’s pundits have been criticized for their coverage of the event. Curtis Houck, managing editor of Media Research Center’s Newsbusters, wrote afterward that “CNN’s ‘The Situation Room’ put on one of the most disgraceful displays of liberal media bias, Trump hatred, and slights at America you’ll ever see.”

Houck noted, “A cast of CNN personalities bashed the Trump speech as a ‘rudimentary’ ‘eighth grade history’ report ripping off ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ and Wikipedia to create a work of ‘jingoism and militaristic virtue.'”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: President Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ speech breaks Fox News ratings records

The former Texas congressman called on his fellow Americans to ‘make this right’

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke made a campaign stop in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, over the weekend, where he held a roundtable discussion with asylum-seekers from Central America to hear their concerns over U.S. immigration policies.

What are the details?

The former Texas congressman staged a sit-down with residents of a migrant shelter, who complained of being denied entry into the U.S. until their asylum claims have been processed.

O’Rourke highlighted some of their stories in a Facebook message following the meeting, and said in a livestream video, “We hope, by sharing these stories, that the conscience of our country is awoken right now, and the need to change the policies that we have in place” becomes apparent, The Associated Press reported.

O’Rourke added in his post, “The wealthiest, the most powerful country on the face of the planet is turning these families away from a land comprised of refugees and asylum-seekers the world over. This can’t be us. This can’t be America. But right now, it’s America and it’s on all of us to make this right.

“We must end the Remain in Mexico policy, end metering, end family separation, and end the detention of those who pose absolutely no threat,” the Democrat continued. “But we must go far beyond that and fix the entire system.”

This isn’t O’Rourke’s first meeting with migrants housed in Ciudad Juarez, which is across the border from El Paso, Texas. O’Rourke held a similar sit-down there in December, prior to announcing his candidacy for president, the AP noted. He told a group of Guatemalan migrants during that visit, “We’re here to understand your story and to see how we can help you seek asylum in our country.”

Anything else?

In O’Rourke’s plan for reforming the U.S. immigration system, he accuses the Trump administration of “manufacturing crises” and promises that as president, O’Rourke would “immediately halt work on the border wall — and his first budget, and every budget, will include zero dollars for this unnecessary wall.”

O’Rourke believes U.S. taxpayer dollars would be better spent in Latin American countries, and has proposed “investing $5 billion in the region primarily through non-governmental organizations, community groups (such as Municipal Crime Prevention Committees) and congregations, and public-private partnerships.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Beto O’Rourke campaigns in Mexico to hear concerns from asylum-seekers

Accused of laundering funds to mask payments

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has been hit with a Federal Election Commission complaint, accusing her of funneling thousands from her campaign fund to her boyfriend through a political action committee.

What are the details?

The complaint was filed by The Coolidge-Reagan Foundation, and names Ocasio-Cortez, her congressional campaign, and Brand New Congress as respondents. Brand New Congress — founded by her current chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti — is the firm Ocasio-Cortez hired to run her campaign, and has an affiliated PAC by the same name.

The Coolidge-Reagan Foundation points to two $3,000 payments made by Brand New Congress PAC early in the campaign to Riley Roberts, the boyfriend of Ocasio-Cortez, for “marketing consultant” services. Sandwiched between the payments to Roberts, “Cortez’s campaign committee paid Brand New Congress LLC $6,191.32 for ‘strategic consulting.'”

“Thus,” the complaint reads, “over the span of a little more than a month, Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign committee paid just over $6,000 to Brand New Congress PAC, while its affiliated LLC turned around and paid her boyfriend $6,000.”

Dan Backer, the attorney who filed the complaint on behalf of the foundation clarified to Fox News, “It’s not illegal for [Ocasio-Cortez] to pay her boyfriend, but it appears that they created some sort of scheme to avoid claiming the money [as a campaign expense]. What exactly did he do for that money?”

The complainant “respectfully requests the Federal Election Commission commence enforcement proceedings against” the respondents.

Anything else?

The payments were first discovered by political consultant Luke Thompson who reported them on Medium. Thompson also revealed that Roberts was listed in the House of Representatives’ directory as a staffer to Ocasio-Cortez, which the congresswoman denies.

Ocasio-Cortez hit out at Thompson on Twitter last week, dismissing his claims and saying, “No, I don’t shadily pay my boyfriend.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: Theblaze: Ocasio-Cortez hit with FEC complaint alleging she funneled thousands in campaign money to her boyfriend

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