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Texas representative Al Green will force a vote in the House on articles of impeachment for Donald Trump later this afternoon. White House officials and congressional leaders are drawing closer to a two-year budget agreement that would raise the debt ceiling, although both sides caution that some serious obstacles remain to a deal, Politico reports.
Green’s move does not enjoy the support of party leadership or very many members-even those who support impeachment- and will necessarily fail. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer emerged from a 45-minute meeting on Wednesday sharing optimism that they might reach an agreement this week. If Congress does nothing, the government will run out of money sometime in early September, potentially prompting another shutdown.
Green is bringing the vote using a procedural mechanism Tuesday known as a privileged resolution which allows any member of the House to try and force an impeachment vote. From Politico:
Green has attempted this twice before, unsuccessfully. Republicans controlled the House both times and tabled the measures. Pelosi and Schumer spoke on the phone with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during the session. Mnuchin, who is leading the budget talks for the White House, is attending a G7 finance ministerial meeting in France.
It just seemed to me that we should bring these articles before the House of Representatives, so that we could not only condemn him, but impeach him, so that he will understand that there are some boundaries because, as we speak now, there don’t appear to be boundaries, or at least it appears that the president doesn’t perceive any boundaries,” -Rep Al Green “If we’re going to act by next Thursday, which is what we’d like to do to honor regular order, we have to get something soon so we can post with enough time,” Pelosi told reporters. The House is scheduled to adjourn next week for the August recess.
NEWS: Al Green says a vote on his articles of impeachment is expected between 4:30-5pm today. President Trump has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe revealed old footage Wednesday morning of Donald Trump partying with accused human trafficker Jeffrey Epstein that’s sure to dial up the cringe factor on your day. President Trump orders U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. pic.twitter.com/HpMNgjqGjC
Morning Joe dug up footage of Trump partying with Jeffrey Epstein at Mar-a-Lago in 1992 pic.twitter.com/3T4l2enrqc In the aftermath of Trump urging four Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to the “crime-infested places from which they came,” the mayor of the German town where Trump’s grandfather was born has a message for the president.
While their discussion is mostly inaudible, at one point Trump is seen pointing toward the women and appears to say in Epstein’s ear: “Look at her, back there. She’s hot.” Epstein appears to agree, then Trump says something else that makes Epstein double up with laughter. “Seeing the not-so-imposing homes of his ancestors might bring him back to earth,” said Thomas Jaworek, the conservative mayor of Kallstadt, where Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump, was born and then left as a teenager.
Wow. Trump can be seen getting handsy with women in this footage of him partying with Epstein at Mar-a-Lago. pic.twitter.com/xhRaaDKLL3 The comments were reported by the Washington Post, who spoke with other local residents. Many had similar remarks to share:
The video is from the same year in which Trump hosted a party with a guest list of himself, Epstein, and “28 girls,” according to reporting from The New York Times. “Everyone has his or her roots somewhere and to demand of others to simply leave the country is paradoxical for him,” said Beatrix Riede, 61, who heads an association for women in the town.
Trump said of his relationship with Epstein last week: “I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him .. I was not a fan.” “I can only wish Americans that they will elect someone who turns on his mind before saying something,” Riede added.
Federal prosecutors indicted Epstein this month, charging him with sex trafficking and accusing him of using his fortune to “create a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit.” Former Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach was asked a simple question on CNN and his non-answer was fairly revealing.
Presidential candidate and California senator Kamala Harris swiped back at Trump for his remarks about the Democratic congresswomen late on CNN Tuesday, saying that the president “needs to go back where he came from and leave that office.” Chris Cuomo: "What would you do if the President said, 'I am a racist'?"Kris Kobach: "Then I would not defend him b/c there's no excuse for racism in America."Cuomo: "Would you still support him as President?"Kobach: "Um, I don't know. That'd be a really tough question." pic.twitter.com/wcZSj2s8iY
Harris said also called the comments “un-American” and “unbecoming of the President of the United States.” Here is the full text of the impeachment articles against Donald Trump for “high misdemeanors” expected to receive a vote later Wednesday:
”I think it defiles the office of the United States,” Harris said. “It is irresponsible. It is hateful. It is hurtful. And he has taken the presidency to a new low.” -Kamala Harris Mr. GREEN of Texas: Madam Speaker, pursuant to clause 2(a)(1) of rule IX, I rise to give notice of my intention to raise a question of the privileges of the House.
Harris is one of the few 2020 challengers to break through at all, according to an analysis from Axios which found that online interest in the candidate field plunged over the past week as attention turned to Jeffrey Epstein, women’s soccer and Trump’s racist tweets. The form of the resolution is as follows: Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, of high misdemeanors. Resolved, that Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is unfit to be President, unfit to represent the American values of decency and morality, respectability and civility, honesty and propriety, reputability and integrity, is unfit to defend the ideals that have made America great, unfit to defend liberty and justice for all as extolled in the Pledge of Allegiance, is unfit to defend the American ideal of all persons being created equal as exalted in the Declaration of Independence, is unfit to ensure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare and to ensure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity as lauded in the preamble to the United States Constitution, is unfit to protect the government of the people, by the people, for the people as elucidated in the Gettysburg Address, and is impeached for high misdemeanors that the following Article of Impeachment be exhibited to the Senate:
According to Axios: “In the week ending Sunday, when Trump began his tweet rant, articles about the Democratic candidates generated just 6.5 million combined social media interactions (shares, likes, comments) the fewest since mid-January.” Article of Impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States, in the name of itself, of the people of the United States, against Donald John Trump, President of the United States, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high misdemeanors committed as President constituting harm to American society to the manifest injury of the people of the United States:
Good Morning and welcome to the politics live blog for 17 July. We’ll kick off this morning with the ongoing skirmish between Donald Trump and four progressive Democratic congresswomen, which has consumed the political news cycle for the better part of the week now, with no signs of dying down soon. Article I.
“The Squad” as congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts have come to be known, was on CBS This Morning for an interview with Gayle King early Wednesday. The House of Representatives on July 16, 2019, strongly condemned President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back’’ to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,’’ and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants, or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants, do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America. In all of this, the aforementioned Donald John Trump has, by his statements, brought the high office of the President of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace, and disrepute, has sown seeds of discord among the people of the United States, has demonstrated that he is unfit to be President, and has betrayed his trust as President of the United States to the manifest injury of the people of the United States, and has committed a high misdemeanor in office. Therefore, Donald John Trump by causing such harm to the society of the United States is unfit to be President and warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office. The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under rule IX, a resolution offered from the floor by a Member other than the majority leader or the minority leader as a question of the privileges of the House has immediate precedence only at a time designated by the Chair within 2 legislative days after the resolution is properly noticed.
In the interview, Tlaib called Trump the “the biggest bully [she’s] ever had to deal with”. Ocasio-Cortez joined her colleague in condemning Republicans for not standing up to the president over his social media posts. Pending that designation, the form of the resolution noticed by the gentleman from Texas will appear in the Record at this point. The Chair will not at this point determine whether the resolution constitutes a question of privilege. That determination will be made at the time designated for consideration of the resolution.
America has always been about the triumph of people who fight for everyone versus those who want to preserve rights for just a select few... There is no bottom to the barrel of vitriol that will be used and weaponized to stifle those who want to advance rights for all people in the United States.” Ocasio-Cortez The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging the administration’s new rule that effectively bans asylum protections for most people crossing the southern border. The new rule prohibits anyone from applying for asylum if they have passed through another country and didn’t seek asylum there first.
The interview comes a day after the US House voted to condemn Trump for the remarks that sparked the conflict, in which the president suggested the four non-white US citizens “go back” to where they “came from”. Just four Republicans joined Democrats in approving the resolution. In a statement, the ACLU said: “the Trump administration is trying to unilaterally reverse our country’s legal and moral commitment to protect those fleeing danger.”
The statement continued:
It’s patently unlawful under U.S. law as well as international human rights law – and it’s an unacceptable assault on our country’s values. Our team has been working around the clock to file this suit and stop the new rule in its tracks.
The Trump administration has been tearing apart families and stoking fear and racism across the country for over two years now. Last weekend, the president reminded us of what fuels his anti-immigrant agenda when he told Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – four women of color and new members of Congress – to “go back” to where they came from. This is racism, plain and simple.
Bernie Sanders is weighing in on the Department of Justice decision Tuesday not to bring charges against the officer who killed Eric Garner with an illegal chokehold in 2014.
Eric Garner was killed 5 years ago. The officer who killed him is still on the force. That is unacceptable.
Former Trump officials believe the president would like to strike a nuclear deal with Iran that “essentially mirrors” the one Barack Obama and John Kerry negotiated in 2015, according to a new report from Politico.
“Trump got rid of the Iran nuclear deal because it was Barack Obama’s agreement,” Jarrett Blanc, a former State Department official who helped oversee the 2015 deal’s implementation, told Politico. “If you were to present to Trump the same deal and call it Trump’s deal, he’d be thrilled.”
Trump quit the nuclear deal in May 2018, reimposing sanctions the U.S. had lifted on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
This comes as Rand Paul is apparently offering his services to Trump, as an emissary to the Islamic republic.
Also from Politico:
Over a round of golf this past weekend, Sen. Rand Paul asked President Donald Trump’s blessing for a sensitive diplomatic mission.
Paul proposed sitting down with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to extend a fresh olive branch on the president’s behalf, according to four U.S. officials. The aim: to reduce tensions between the two countries. Trump signed off on the idea.
Donald Trump’s approval rating with Republicans rose in a USA Today/Ipsos poll conducted entirely after his racist tweets on Sunday attacking four Democratic congresswomen of color.
Trump’s net approval with Republicans in the new poll rose 5 percentage points, to 72%, from a similar poll conducted last week.
The Washington Post is reporting that the Trump campaign is planning to roll out a new mobile application in the coming weeks “aimed at engaging its most loyal supporters. Known internally as the ‘Trump app’ and set to be released as early as within the next month, the app is part of an effort by campaign manager Brad Parscale to juice enthusiasm among Trump supporters and capitalize on the energy at Trump’s rallies.”
The Post continues:
Trump loyalists who download the app will be able to use it to get registered to vote, recruit additional supporters and stay up to date on what Trump is doing, said one campaign official familiar with the development who was not authorized to discuss it publicly. It will include incentives for supporters who actively volunteer to help the campaign, and facilitate neighborhood watch parties and other volunteer work, the official said. For instance, supporters waiting in line to attend a rally who get a dozen friends to download the app might earn VIP seats once inside.