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AOC doubts Trump will take on fossil fuel firms: ‘I think he’s in their pocket’

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a few words to say about President Trump on Wednesday evening as she was leaving the Capitol in Washington – mostly about what Trump should be doing about climate change.

“He needs to get his act together,” the New York Democrat and co-author of the Green New Deal said when approached by a reporter from TMZ. “He needs to stand up to the fossil fuel corporations and the fossil fuel industry. He has to stand up to Big Oil, to Big Gas … but I think he’s in their pocket.”

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Trump and other Republicans have argued that many efforts undertaken by climate activists have called for unnecessary or costly regulations. In addition, the president has long voiced support for the nation’s coal industry, and last June the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a plan to roll back emissions rules for the industry that were implemented by the Obama administration.

Earlier in the brief conversation, Ocasio-Cortez spoke about the “horrifying” fires raging across Australia and used that as a jumping-off point for broader comments about climate change in general – even though nearly 200 arson-related arrests in Australia since the start of wildfire season have raised doubts about how many blazes were the result of climate change.

“I’m going to live in a world that’s fundamentally altered by climate change. So is Greta [Thunberg, the teenage climate activist from Sweden], so is every young person,” she told TMZ.

“The younger you are,” she added, “the more of our lives and our futures are going to be impacted by this.”

She argued that many young adults have become anxious about whether to have children, given issues related to climate change.

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

“Just because we want to make sure we’re bringing our kids into a healthy world, and a stable future,” she said.

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Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is a multitrillion-dollar proposal that she claims would reduce carbon emissions while also boosting the economy.

In November, she and Sen. Bernie Sanders, whom Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed for president, unveiled what they called the Green New Deal for Public Housing, covering topics such as solar panels and community gardens.

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Tom Del Beccaro: On Iran, understanding these 9 things is crucial

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President Trump took the extraordinary step of killing an Iranian general. The deadly missile strike followed escalating Iranian provocations. Predictably, the American left says Trump did the wrong thing.

However, on this serious matter, these nine points should never be forgotten.

Iran’s goal. For decades now, Iran has wanted to be THE military power in the Middle East. Yes, it wants its brand of Islam to be paramount but it really wants to be the preeminent military power in the region and for other countries to bow before it.

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Iran’s old plan. Iran’s plan USED to be: First and foremost, get a nuclear weapon and the region would bow, and second, fund terror in the region to weaken foes and scare off others.

Iran’s new plan. At the end of Bush 43’s second term, a fragile coalition held Iraq together. It required delicate negotiations to keep a U.S. presence so that Iraq did not descend into chaos.

Instead, the Obama administration effectively abandoned Iraq prematurely. Iraq weakened significantly and Iran saw the power vacuum and rushed to fill it. Iran’s Middle East hegemony plan changed to emphasizing making conventional war gains in the region and seeking to rule by proxy – including gaining control over Iraq.

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That is why the Obama/Iran deal was so bad. It gave cash to Iran (up front and over time by lifting sanctions) to pay for conventional war gains.

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American policy had to change to stop Iran. It was right to change policy and rip up the Iran deal because it was allowing Iran to achieve its objectives and endanger the world.

Soleimani had to be stopped. Soleimani was rightfully declared a terrorist for his decades of killing in the region. He was reportedly involved with attacks that included the killing of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, the bombing of the U.S. barracks in Beirut, and the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. He is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and countless others in the Middle East.

Soleimani also masterminded Iran’s Middle East military rise. Trump was right to stop him and thereby stop Iran from making further gains in Iraq and therefore the entire region.

Democratic politicians who blame Trump first are useful idiots. During the height of the Cold War, many on the left blamed America first for every wrong act taken by Russia. The left’s logic went that Russia acted badly because America provoked it. It was a total fallacy.

In time, those who espoused that came to be called useful idiots for the Russians because they helped the Soviet cause.

Today, the Democratic politicians who are rushing to criticize Trump publicly fulfill a similar role for Iran. It is not enough to say Soleimani was a bad guy while questioning the authority to undertake the killing.

Iran takes any measure of partisan press and uses it to defend itself and foment violence against American interests in the region and around the world. Today, many Democrats are helping the Iranians do that.

Washington Democrats are hypocrites. The Obama administration dropped tens of thousands of bombs to kill terrorists and didn’t consult Congress with each new target. Democrats didn’t complain.

Trump had been patient enough. Iran’s escalation of hostilities warranted a significant escalation in the U.S. response. Trump did not overreact to Iran’s downing of a U.S. drone, nor to Iran’s oil field strikes. Attacking a U.S. embassy, however, is a far different matter.

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Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “It is an eternal truth that acquiescence under insult is not the way to escape war.” In other words, appeasement is not an effective foreign policy. Sending cash to Iran was not an effective foreign policy. Allowing Iran to attack a U.S. embassy by proxy and not responding dramatically would not be effective, either.

It was time to fight back against Iran, not pay the regime off. That will eventually result in a weaker Iran and a safer world.

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North Carolina church members tackle man trying to force his way inside

Baptist church congregants in North Carolina reportedly tackled a man who they say attempted to force his way inside during services last Sunday.

“He was reaching back in his pants and I just felt like he had a gun or ill intent, and at that point, I knew I could not let him back inside,” Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church member Kevin Toler, told WXII-TV.

Toler and another church member brought the suspect, identified as Christopher Bennett, to the ground in the incident caught on surveillance video outside of Vanceboro, N.C.

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Bennett was arrested by Craven County deputies who used a taser him, WITN-TV reported. Officers said he continued to be combative and seemed to be under the influence of drugs.

Authorities said Bennett had assaulted a family member before the incident at the church. The woman told officers Bennett was on crystal meth at the time, WXII reported.

He was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and other charges, WITN reported.

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The incident came just a week after a White Settlement, Texas, church member shot and killed a gunman who entered the building and murdered two people.

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AOC in PETA doghouse after adopting purebred French bulldog — instead of setting example with rescue pup

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was slammed by the animal rights organization PETA on Thursday for not being a good role model.

The New York Democrat could have influenced her millions of social media followers by adopting a rescue mutt from a shelter, PETA argued, but instead the congresswoman took home a purebred French bulldog.

“AOC had a chance to set a compassionate, responsible example in the face of the homeless-animal crisis, but instead, she apparently inadvertently contributed to the problem,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a letter. “PETA is urging her supporters not to follow her lead in this case and to stick up for the underdog by choosing to give a lovable mutt a new lease on life.”

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The freshman “Squad” member had introduced her yet-to-be named Frenchie in an Instagram story earlier in the week. She never confirmed the breed or if she purchased her pet from a breeder.

“He doesn’t have a name yet!” Ocasio-Cortez said in one Instagram story post, asking for suggestions. “We are thinking something Star Trek related or Bronx/Queens/NYC/social good related.”

But compared to followers who fawned over the animal’s cuteness and tweeted Ocasio-Cortez images of their own dog, Newkirk was less than amused.

“French bulldogs are inbred in order to produce “breed-specific traits,” which cause health problems that many people who will be influenced by your purchase won’t be able to afford to address,” her letter continued.

“With the millions of homeless dogs out there, you apparently chose to buy a purebred puppy instead of adopting one from an animal shelter. Right this minute, on Petfinder alone, there are more than 110,000 dogs—including French bulldogs—who need homes. Animal shelters are bursting at the seams with hundreds of thousands more, many of whom will be “put to sleep” for lack of a home.

The letter urges the freshman congresswoman to visit any NYC Animal Care & Control center and adopt a shelter dog to give her new French Bull Dog a companion while she’s away traveling the country or bust working on Capitol Hill. PETA said it was also sending Ocasio-Cortez a copy of the book “Dogs Hate Crates” to explain “why crate training is not humane or effective.”

“We’re asking that you please be a part of the solution to ending the cat- and dog-overpopulation crisis and consider setting the right example for your millions of followers by adopting a mutt and encouraging them to do the same,” Newkirk concludes.

Ocasio-Cortez has documented on her Instagram story how she was crate training her dog.

“He’s good about his crate when we are right next to it, but he’s such a velcro pup that at night he whimpers if he’s not right next to us. We’re working on it!” she wrote.

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“We are working really hard to socialize the pup to new environments, different people, travel, etc.,” she said, adding, “He’s doing great so far!”

She also responded to one Twitter user who asked if she would be bringing the puppy to work on Capitol Hill with her.

“The goal is to train him to be a community pup,” Ocasio-Cortez said, sharing a photo of the dog asleep in her lap. “Ideally we want to work to the point where he can enjoy town halls, be an Amtrak pup, come to the office, etc. But first, naps.”

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Adam Sandler says an Oscar nomination would be funny

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Despite moving into more dramatic roles, Adam Sandler still has a good sense of humor.

The “SNL” alum, 53, is receiving Oscar buzz for his performance in the film “Uncut Gems,” which has shocked many fans due to his background in slapstick comedy and frequently being in films that receive poor reviews.

In the flick, Sandler plays a jeweler with a gambling problem that gets in over his head.

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When asked what it would be like if he was nominated for an Academy Award, Sandler told ET: “It would be funny as h–l, man.”

Sandler was widely considered a significant snub when it came to the Golden Globe nominations and on Wednesday night, he took home the award for best actor from the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala.

“It’s not why you make a movie,” he said. “This movie in particular, I knew it was something different and I was excited to do it… I’m psyched I got to be in this movie and that s–t would be good, too.”

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Sandler said that he doesn’t want to get his hopes up because he doesn’t want to feel too disappointed if he doesn’t receive the nomination.

The “Wedding Singer” star recently revealed that he insisted on changing one very specific thing in the script of “Uncut Gems” when he came on board.

In the film, Sandler’s character has a mistress, who was originally called Sadie, but Sandler requested they change her name.

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“That’s my daughter’s name!” Sandler said. “And I said, ‘You can’t have my daughter’s name in this movie.'”

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Mississippi homeowner who shot and killed home invasion suspect will not be charged, report says

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A Mississippi homeowner who reportedly shot and killed a man who broke into his home in broad daylight Tuesday morning will not be charged.

Walter Williams, 31, was named as the suspect shot before noon in Pascagoula, Miss., by the homeowner, according to Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the homeowner — who was identified as a longtime employee of the coroner’s office — is not being released because he hasn’t been charged with a crime at this time.

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Williams allegedly broke into the home that morning. He was suspected in more than one burglary, including one just days before he was shot and killed, authorities told Mississippi’s WLOX.

The homeowner worked at the coroner’s office, where he assisted with transportation at the office for many years.

Jackson County Coroner Bruce Lynd said the neighboring county was immediately notified to take over the investigation so they could avoid a conflict of interest.

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Lynd said the employee is in the process of being appointed as a deputy coroner but has yet to finish the process, according to the outlet.

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Williams’ body was taken to the state crime lab in Jackson for an autopsy. The case is being turned over to the Grand Jury for review, Switzer said.

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Omar sounds off after Minnesota county bans refugee resettlement — aided by Trump executive order

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After an executive order by President Trump made it possible, a northern Minnesota county on Tuesday night opted to ban the resettlement of refugees within its boundaries, becoming the first in the state and the second in the nation to do so.

The vote at a crowded public meeting in Beltrami County, a sparsely inhabited area surrounding Red Lake, drew condemnation from many Minnesota Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar.

The move was viewed by many as a reaction to spiking crime in the state since large numbers of Somali refugees began arriving, according to reports. But supporters say it was simply an exercise of their rights, as facilitated by the president.

“President Trump empowered counties to have a voice in the decision-making process for the federal refugee resettlement program,” state Rep. Matt Grossell, a Republican, told the Duluth News Tribune. “Tonight, Beltrami County exercised that option.”

“President Trump empowered counties to have a voice in the decision-making process for the federal refugee resettlement program. Tonight, Beltrami County exercised that option.”

— Minnesota state Rep. Matt Grossell, Republican

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In a Twitter message Wednesday, Omar — who immigrated to Minnesota from Somalia as a teenager — saw the vote differently.

“Over 20 years ago, the state of Minnesota welcomed my family with open arms. I never would’ve had the opportunities that led me to Congress had I been rejected,” Omar wrote. “What Beltrami County is doing is denying refugees a chance at a better life.”

Omar fled Somalia with her family near the beginning of the country’s civil war in 1991 and lived in a  Kenyan refugee camp for four years until immigrating to the U.S. in 1995.

The Trump administration announced in November that resettlement agencies must get written consent from state and local officials in any jurisdiction where they want to help resettle refugees beyond June 2020. The order says the agencies were not working closely enough with local officials on resettling refugees and his administration acted to respect communities that believe they do not have the jobs or other resources to be able to take in refugees. Refugees have the right to move anywhere in the United States after their initial resettlement, but at their own expense.

The vote drew applause from many of the crowd of more than 150 people crowding the board chambers in Bemidji, Minn., which is about 140 miles northwest of Duluth. Native Minnesotans blame the influx of Somalis for spikes in crime.

Minnesota statistics released in July 2018 said that incidents of violent crime including murder decreased compared to 2017, but rape and involuntary sex trafficking rose to the highest rate seen in almost a quarter-century, The Duluth News Tribune reported, citing the state Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The report did not give a definitive reason for the spike.

In February, the FBI said Somalis in Minnesota reemained vulnerable to recruitment by terrorists.

FBI numbers showed 45 Somalis in the Minneapolis area left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab or the Iraq- and Syria-based ISIS combined. And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS. Both numbers are far higher than those who allegedly left or attempted to leave the country to join terrorist groups abroad from other areas in the U.S. where Muslim refugees have been resettled.

Meanwhile, others argue Trump’s executive order only empowers Islamophobes who put Somalis and other Muslim refugees at risk of violent attacks.

Three men from Illinois were arrested and charged last March in connection with the August 2017 bombing of a mosque in a Minneapolis suburb. The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., was bombed before morning prayers, causing extensive damage although no one was injured or killed.

The nation’s first county to ban refugee resettlement was Appomattox County, Va., where commissioners voted 4-1 on Dec. 17 to deny consent to resettlement. The Beltrami County vote came a night after commissioners in Burleigh County in neighboring North Dakota voted 3-2 to limit refugee resettlement to 25 people in 2020.

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At least 41 states have publicly agreed to accept refugees, but a governor’s decision doesn’t preclude local officials from refusing to give their consent. For instance, the Democratic mayor of Springfield, Mass., has refused to give written consent for refugees to be resettled in the city.

The Trump administration capped the number of refugee admissions at 18,000 for the current fiscal year.

Fox News’ Hollie McKay and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Today on Fox News: Jan. 10, 2020

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The Ingraham Angle, 10 p.m ET: Laura Ingraham talks to President Trump in a must-see interview!

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The Fox News Rundown podcast: “What’s Behind the Bernie Sanders Surge?” – Up until recently, the 2020 Democratic field has mainly focused on impeachment, health care and other domestic issues. However, the ongoing tensions with Iran have forced the candidates to discuss foreign policy. How will the conflict with Iran shake up the presidential race and could it be a boost to an anti-war candidate like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.? Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt discusses the impact the Iran conflict is having on voters and what is behind the recent surge of Sen. Sanders.

Also on the Rundown: The wildfires in Australia have been burning since September destroying more than 32,000 square miles. At least 25 people have died and it’s estimated that hundreds of millions of animals have been killed. Entrepreneur and former star of “The Real Housewives of New York,” Bethenny Frankel, joins the Rundown to explain how her #BStrong initiative will be mobilized to help the victims and first responders.

Don’t miss the good news with Tonya J. Powers. Plus, commentary by  “Fox News Sunday” host, Chris Wallace.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Eugene Scalia, U.S. Secretary of Labor; U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and more.

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WH press secretary turns tables on Stephen King, Don Winslow after authors’ $200G ‘strings attached’ charity offer

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was ready with a reply Thursday after authors Stephen King and Don Winslow offered to donate a total of $200,000 to a children’s charity if Grisham agreed to hold a press briefing, ending a drought of nearly 10 months.

“If you have $200,000 to play with,” Grisham answered, via an interview with CNN, “why not just help children because it’s a good thing to do?

“Donations to charity should never come with strings attached,” she added.

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Winslow and King tweeted Thursday they would each kick in $100,000 to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, in Grisham’s name, if she would hold a one-hour meeting in the White House briefing room.

“And all you have to do is YOUR DAMN JOB!” King scolded.

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Stephen King, left, and fellow author Don Winslow tried to persuade White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham to hold a traditional press briefing at the White House.

Winslow was quick to react after Grisham gave her answer.

“First, we both regularly donate to charity,” he tweeted. “Second, why do all Trump officials refuse to answer the most basic questions they are asked? Stop evading, Stephanie. Let’s try again: Why have you not held any White House press briefings for over 300 days? What are you afraid of?”

Grisham took over as White House press secretary when Sarah Sanders departed in June — but unlike Sanders, Grisham has not held any formal media briefings.

The administration has set a record for the longest period without a White House press briefing, which last occurred March 11 while Sanders was still in the position.

President Trump often holds informal press pools with reporters on the White House lawn. He also takes questions during other White House events.

In September, Grisham told Fox News the briefings had become “a lot of theater,” claiming that some reporters were trying to use them to “get famous.”

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She added that President Trump is “his own best spokesperson.”

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Jason Nichols: As a Democrat and impeachment supporter, I want Pelosi to let Trump’s Senate trial begin

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democrats who led the successful drive to impeach President Trump have done a masterful job building a case to remove a president who often brings ignominy upon his office and is a national security threat because of his dishonesty, ignorance, noncompliance with government protocol, and brazen defiance of congressional oversight.

Now it’s time for Pelosi to send the two articles of impeachment adopted by the House to the Republican-controlled Senate for a trial.

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Trump has made clear he thinks he can ignore Article 1 of the Constitution, and can do anything to advance his reelection chances. And he’s done just that.

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The President brags about improper actions that other presidents would try to hide, such as his “perfect” call pressuring the president of Ukraine to produce dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, a possible Democratic nominee for president. The president even told reporters on the White House lawn that China should also investigate Biden and the former vice president’s son.

Barring an unforeseen political miracle, there’s no chance that Trump will be convicted in the Senate and removed from office. Even if all 47 Democrats and allied independents in the 100-member body vote to remove Trump, they would need to pick up the support of 20 Republican senators to convict him.

So far no Republicans in the Senate have come out favor of Trump’s removal as they stand united behind him, putting party loyalty over their duty to support and defend the Constitution.

At most – and this an extremely unlikely scenario – a handful of GOP senators could conceivably vote for Trump’s conviction. But 20 is mathematically impossible.

Thus far, Pelosi has refused to send the two articles of impeachment adopted by the House over to the Senate in order for Trump’s impeachment trial to begin.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has stated openly that he has no intention of honoring his oath to judge Trump impartially in an impeachment trial. So has Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Both Republicans have said they will do everything needed to make sure Trump is acquitted, and want to prevent the introduction of new evidence or testimony of witnesses at the impeachment trial.

By delaying transmittal of the articles of impeachment to the Senate, Pelosi has succeeded in calling attention to the Republican bias in favor of Trump and McConnell’s refusal to allow fact witnesses at the impeachment trial.

Democrats quite reasonably want to call former National Security Adviser John Bolton (who has said he would testify if subpoenaed), Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, White House staffer Robert Blair, and Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffy to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial. These men have direct knowledge of Trump’s improper pressure campaign against Ukraine.

But McConnell is refusing to allow witnesses at this time, claiming it is too early to consider this issue. In reality he never wants witnesses to testify, for fear they will hurt the president with their testimony – as Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland did in the House impeachment inquiry.

This refusal exposes Republican hypocrisy. During House impeachment hearings, GOP defenders of Trump complained that all witnesses offered only secondhand hearsay evidence about wrongdoing by Trump. But Trump refused to allow firsthand witnesses with direct knowledge of his actions to testify, saying he needs to uphold the right of future presidents to communicate confidentially with their subordinates.

Now most Senate Republicans are supporting Trump in this refusal. Talk about situational ethics. 

This duplicitousness from congressional Republicans makes now the perfect time for Pelosi to transmit the two articles of impeachment to the Senate.

Republicans have complained that Pelosi’s holding of the articles of impeachment was somehow unprecedented and have argued for following the same format as the Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. There charge against Pelosi is simply not true.

Clinton was impeached by the House on December 19, 1998. The articles of impeachment were sent to the Senate on January 7, 1999 – nearly three weeks later.

And back in 1999, Lindsey Graham – then a member of the House – argued for “meaningful witnesses” during Clinton’s trial, claiming that excluding them would “change impeachment.” This is exactly the opposite position Graham holds today. It would be great to see a “debate” featuring old videotapes of Rep. Graham arguing for witnesses, against current Sen. Graham arguing against calling them.

Pelosi’s holding of the articles of impeachment has had some other serendipitous outcomes as well. The president’s recent questionable foreign policy decisions and lack of transparency with members of the Senate have caused a few Republicans to break ranks, feeling disrespected by the White House.

While there are not 20 Republican votes in the Senate to convict Trump, only a simple majority vote of 51 senators would be needed to overrule McConnell and call witnesses – meaning only four Republicans would need to break ranks. This is a possibility, and Pelosi’s delay in transmitting the impeachment articles has increased pressure on a handful of Republicans to support hearing from witnesses.

And even if Senate Republicans deny witness testimony, nothing should stop Democrats from issuing subpoenas and having witnesses testify before the House.

No matter how much spinning they do, Senate Republicans are having a hard time justifying their refusal to hear from witnesses at a Trump impeachment trial. A Morning Consult poll in December found that 54 percent of voters believe the Senate should call witnesses to testify in such a trial.

A trial without witnesses is like a restaurant without food or a car without an engine– it’s missing the most important element.

Even McConnell is facing the pressure to conduct a trial the way any person with basic legal knowledge knows trials should be conducted: with witnesses. McConnell is facing potentially the most difficult election challenge of his long career in November from retired Marine Amy McGrath.

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If Bolton is allowed to reveal important information, he will expose McConnell’s efforts to suppress witness testimony as the cover-up that it obviously is. McConnell is already the most unpopular senator. If his blind loyalty and servile obedience to Trump leads to his defeat for reelection it will be a cause to celebrate for Democrats.

By transmitting the articles of impeachment now, Pelosi will appear to have adhered to the Clinton precedent. She has won at every stage of this process by showing restraint when necessary. Now it’s time to take the next step.

Trump’s stonewalling, his utter disrespect for members of Congress and his obstruction of their oversight duties has now become so extreme and unprecedented it is even disturbing some in the GOP.

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While an impeachment trial won’t end with Trump’s removal from office, it will expose his improper conduct in greater detail to the American people, hopefully convincing voters to cast ballots for the Democratic candidate for president in November.

The message of the American people to Trump at that point would be clear and reminiscent of a TV show he is quite familiar with: “You’re fired!”

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