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House Judiciary Committee releases impeachment report; Senate Dems send witness wish list for impeachment trial
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote that President Trump is a threat to the Constitution and should be removed from office, according to the committee’s 658-page report on the articles of impeachment resolution against Trump that was submitted early Monday.
The majority wrote that President Trump abused his office by soliciting the interference of Ukraine in the 2020 election and then obstructed the impeachment inquiry into his conduct. The report was released at 12:30 a.m. ET., and included a dissent from the committee’s minority that called the case for impeachment “not only weak but dangerously lowers the bar for future impeachments.” Trump and the White House repeatedly have denied he did anything wrong.
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., calls on a reporter during a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Sunday sent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a letter outlining the parameters for a weeks-long Senate impeachment trial, including the proposal that former National Security Adviser John Bolton and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney be subpoenaed to testify.
Bolton and Mulvaney were among four new witnesses whose testimonies Democrats were seeking for the impeachment trial over President Trump’s actions toward Ukraine. In addition to Bolton and Mulvaney, Schumer said Democrats also wanted testimony from two other White House officials: Robert Blair, a top Mulvaney aide, and Michael Duffey, a budget official who was tasked with handling the Ukraine issue.
In the letter, Schumer proposed the structure for a “fair and honest” trial, in an attempt to launch negotiations ahead of House voting this week. The full Democrat-controlled House is widely expected to vote for an impeachment trial.
Under Schumer’s proposal, a trial would begin Jan. 7, with the swearing-in of Chief Justice John Roberts to oversee the proceedings and stretching for several weeks as Democrats subpoena witnesses and testimony. McConnell has signaled his preference for a speedy trial but also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity last week that there was “zero chance” Trump would be removed from office.
FILE – Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
Anti-impeachment Democrat Van Drew’s planned jump to GOP panned as reaction to poor poll numbers
Nadler brushed off reports that Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey plans to leave the Democratic Party to become a Republican.
“What he’s reacting to is public polling that shows he can’t get renominated,” Nadler said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “His electorate in his district is 24 percent to renominate him and 60 percent to nominate somebody else.”
Van Drew — who has spent months criticizing fellow Democrats for their push to impeach Trump — met with Trump on Friday to discuss going across party lines. He is one of only two Democrats who voted against opening an impeachment inquiry into Trump and has remained a fervent voice in opposition to impeaching the president.
The news of Van Drew’s possible party flip drew harsh criticism from Democrats, who called it a political move aimed at turning around his lagging approval numbers in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District. Click here for more.
Boeing considers halting or cutting back 737 MAX production: Report
Boeing may cut back or even stop further production of its 737 MAX jets as the airplanes’ future remains uncertain, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
People familiar with the matter told the Journal that Boeing management is increasingly seeing a production pause as the best option, according to the report. But cutting production would increase Boeing’s cost per plane, and could even potentially bring about job cuts and furloughs that would affect the industry beyond Boeing. Click here for more.
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SOME PARTING WORDS
Steve Hilton says Democrats hate the fact that President Trump is delivering concrete results for everyday Americans and are terrified that can’t beat him in a fair fight in next year’s election. That’s why we’re seeing their obsession with impeachment.
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