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Any interference in Russia probe is something public has ‘right to know about’: GOP lawmaker

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The American people “have every right to know” if political interference took place at the Justice Department regarding the Russia investigation, Greg Steube said.

Representative Steube, R-Fla., claimed Friday on “Outnumbered Overtime” that anyone involved in potential interference “has every right for justice to be served.”

Steube’s remarks come in the wake of President Trump giving Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

TRUMP GIVES AG BARR AUTHORITY TO DECLASSIFY DOCUMENTS RELATED TO 2016 CAMPAIGN SURVEILLANCE

“Today, at the request and recommendation of the attorney general of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the attorney general’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 presidential election,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

“The attorney general has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information. Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions,” Sanders’ statement continued.

Steube, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, predicted that Barr would empanel a grand jury if indictments are necessary in the future.

He added Americans are likely concerned with the existence of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.

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“I think that every American would initially have some grave concerns of a court that is operating completely in secret,” Steube claimed. “Given all the information and facts, if the information that was represented to the FISA court — if they knew this was campaign fodder or promulgated and still decided to issue a warrant, that would bring a lot of things to questions.”

“Those are questions that I would have,” he said.

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Hans von Spakovsky: Dems support cover-up by opposing Trump disclosure order on campaign surveillance

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Acting in the interests of transparency and justice, President Trump took exactly the right action Thursday night when he gave Attorney General William Barr new authority to disclose information dealing with what Barr has called “spying” on the Trump election campaign in 2016.

The president issued a memorandum authorizing Barr to “declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading” of any information relevant to “intelligence activities” connected to the “2016 Presidential election.”

President Trump’s action is long overdue and should be welcomed by everyone who advocates more government disclosure about its activities – including journalists, who are always seeking such information.

TRUMP GIVES AG BARR AUTHORITY TO DECLASSIFY DOCUMENTS RELATED TO 2016 CAMPAIGN SURVEILLANCE

Unfortunately, many Democrats and journalists immediately attacked the president for his new action favoring disclosure – in the same week they embraced the claim by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Trump is engaged in a “cover-up” to hide information from the public.

President Trump’s new memorandum eliminates the “it’s classified” excuse that has been used to obscure how the counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign originated.

Federal law enforcement officials launched the intelligence-gathering effort against the Trump campaign during Democratic President Barack Obama’s time in office – raising legitimate questions about whether the action against Republican Trump was politically motivated.

President Obama was a strong supporter of his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, in her campaign when she ran against Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

The counterintelligence operation that Barr will investigate included court-sanctioned electronic eavesdropping – what Barr called “spying” – on the presidential campaign of the candidate from the opposing political party of the sitting president.

Such intelligence gathering against the campaign of a political opponent running for president is unprecedented in American history and cries out for further investigation.

According to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, his nearly two-year exhaustive investigation found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to help Trump win the presidential election.

Schiff’s cover-up charge makes no sense. The Trump memo calls for<em> uncovering</em> more information – not covering anything up. A presidential order to declassify and make public all information connected to a particular investigation is the exact opposite of a cover-up.

The false collusion claim was based on political opposition research by former British spy Christopher Steele that was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign – research that relied on hearsay and anonymous sources.

Even former FBI Director James Comey admitted that this “salacious” opposition research – the so-called Steele dossier – was never verified before the FBI used it.

According to Andrew McCabe, the former No. 2 official at the FBI, the FBI would not have applied for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant and opened the counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign if it had never received the Steele dossier.

The memorandum Trump issued Thursday directs the heads of the Department of Homeland Security, the CIA and any other agencies that include “an element of the intelligence community” to “promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request.”

The president’s memo is written in a way designed to prevent any members of the intelligence community who may want to cover up what happened – or who don’t like Trump – from interfering with the declassification effort.

The memo directs Barr to consult “to the extent he deems it practicable” with the heads of the “originating intelligence community element or department” – meaning whichever agency is the source of a particular classified document.

But Section 2 of the Trump memo gives Barr authority to make the final decision about whether any information connected to the 2016 election probe will be declassified.

As a result, no one in “the swamp” – as many refer to the bureaucracy inside the federal government – will be able to block the disclosure of relevant information such as documents, communications and court filings.

The president’s action is enormously important.

We obviously don’t want foreign governments interfering in our elections. But we also don’t want the political party controlling the executive branch to use federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies against candidates of the opposing political party or for other partisan political purposes.

The politicization of law enforcement happens routinely in dictatorships around the world – when critics of the regime in power are hit with false charges, convicted in show trials, and then sent to prison or sometimes even executed.

This should not happen in the United States. North Korea, Cuba, China and Russia should not be our role models for dealing with political opponents.

Imagine the Democratic and media outcry if we learned that the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies had recently obtained surveillance warrants against any of the 23 Democrats seeking to run against Trump in 2020 and were now investigating them.

Anyone who thinks such a hypothetical investigation of Democratic candidates would be wrong should feel the same way about the investigation of the campaign of Republican candidate Trump in 2016.

It is vital that Barr investigate the origins of the counterintelligence operation and law enforcement investigation that was mounted against Trump and his campaign.

Barr must determine if there was real, verified, credible evidence that justified opening the investigation. The FBI also must explain why – if it actually had such evidence – it didn’t immediately brief candidate Trump that the Russian government was targeting his campaign.

In a statement released by the White House, press secretary Sarah Sanders said the memo issued by President Trump “will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions.”

Sanders is absolutely right. The only way for the American public to know whether federal law enforcement and intelligence officials acted in a completely ethical, professional manner or for partisan purposes is with complete disclosure and full transparency.

This is why it was so bizarre when Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., accused Trump and the attorney general in a tweet of conspiring to “weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies. The cover-up has entered a new and dangerous phase.”

Cover-up? Does Schiff understand the meaning of the term?

Schiff’s cover-up charge makes no sense. The Trump memo calls for uncovering more information – not covering anything up. A presidential order to declassify and make public all information connected to a particular investigation is the exact opposite of a cover-up.

And it’s ironic that some of the same Democrats demanding the release of the full unredacted Mueller report – including legally protected information presented to grand juries and classified national security information – are now attacking the president for wanting to release more information about the origins of the Mueller problem.

If anyone can be accused of a cover-up it is Schiff and other critics of the president’s memo that calls for more public disclosure. Opposing the president’s call to uncover more information is by definition a cover-up.

It’s ironic that some of the same Democrats demanding the release of the full unredacted Mueller report – including legally protected information presented to grand juries and classified national security information – are now attacking the president for wanting to release more information about the origins of the Mueller problem. 

And what are we to make of the claim that the new Trump memo will “weaponize” the formerly classified information against Trump’s “political enemies?”

It’s hard to understand that claim by Schiff as anything other than a fear that the disclosure will show that the president’s political enemies convinced the FBI and Justice Department to use hearsay, false claims, innuendo and political opposition research to launch an unjustified counterintelligence and law enforcement operation and investigation against the Trump campaign.

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It’s time we found out exactly what really happened.

As the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandies once said, “sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

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Mueller wants to testify for Congress ‘in private,’ Jerry Nadler says

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Thursday that Robert Mueller plans to testify in front of Congress “in private.”

Democrats have been vying for Mueller to clarify his report’s findings on Russian interference in the 2016 election since the investigation finished at the end of March.

MUELLER MUST TESTIFY IN CONGRESS BEFORE ANY TRUMP IMPEACHMENT PROCESS BEGINS: DEMOCRATIC REP. GARAMENDI

Nadler, who was on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” said his committee feels it’s important for the American people to hear what Mueller has to say.

“We would see a transcript” of the interview, he said.

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The congressman said Mueller sees himself as apolitical and “he doesn’t want to participate in anything that he might regard as a political spectacle, especially if the Republicans on the committee start asking him about the beginning of the investigation. I’m speculating really,” he told Maddow.

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Trump said he would leave the decision up to Attorney General William Barr who stated last week he would not stop Mueller from testifying.

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Trump impeachment debate ‘torturing’ Democrats, Matt Gaetz tells Sean Hannity

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Democrats are “tortured” by the issue of whether to impeach President Trump, one Republican congressman said Thursday in reaction to news that Trump has given Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify documents regarding the origins of the Russia investigation.

“It’s really strange to hear the speaker of the House question the president’s mental state. What I see is the question of impeachment is torturing the Democratic Party,” U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida said on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

DEMS RAGE AGAINST BARR FOR BACKING CLAIMS OF TRUMP CAMPAIGN ‘SPYING’ BY FBI 

“If the president needs an intervention I think Nancy Pelosi and the rest of her caucus need to go on ‘Dr. Phil’ and talk about their feelings and figure out how to deal with this question.”

“If the president needs an intervention I think Nancy Pelosi and the rest of her caucus need to go on ‘Dr. Phil’ and talk about their feelings and figure out how to deal with this question.”

— U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.

Pelosi on Thursday urged members of the Trump family, White House staff, and administration officials to stage an “intervention” for President Trump

Trump on Thursday night issued a memo giving Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

Trump also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr.

Gaetz said those involved in the intelligence community who began the Russia collusion narrative will begin to turn on each other.

“I think as we get closer to the target you’re going to see more of a circular firing squad start to start among those people who were so ready to derail the presidency that they took illegal action,” he said.

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Gaetz also noted that Thursday’s news meant that intelligence personnel from the Obama era who were allegedly involved in the Russia probe could soon face consequences.

“I think what’s most important from this executive order is that it shows that Comey, Clapper and Brennan are all in jeopardy,” Gaetz said. “If this was just a question of misconduct at the FBI, the president wouldn’t have given the attorney general sweeping authority to compel the production of evidence from the intelligence community.”

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Judge who upheld Trump subpoena donated to Dems on committee seeking the records

The New York federal judge who ruled on Wednesday that the Trump administration must comply with two subpoenas from House Financial Services and Intelligence Committees has donated in the past to a slew of big name Democrats — including two who currently sit on those committees, according to federal election filings.

After an hour of oral arguments, Barack Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos ruled the subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Capital One have “a legitimate legislative purpose,” and that Trump was unlikely to prevail in a lawsuit to quash the requests. Judges have the option to recuse themselves if there is an appearance of bias.

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U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos.

Federal election records show that, when he was a partner at the law firm Day Pitney LLP and before he was appointed to the bench in 2011, Ramos sent $350 to Connecticut Democrat Rep. Jim Himes from 2007 to 2008, as well as $500 to elect New York Rep. Nydia Velazquez in 2010. Himes sits on both the Intelligence and Financial Services Committees, while Velazquez sits on Financial Services.

Ramos also contributed $1,000 to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Senate campaign in 2009, another $1,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and several thousand dollars over several years to Obama for America.

Trump’s lawyers had asked Ramos to temporarily block Congress from gaining access to the records. They said it was a “safe bet” they would appeal his decision.

Ramos’ ruling came two days after another federal judge in Washington upheld a separate congressional subpoena seeking financial documents dating back to 2011 from Trump accounting firm Mazars USA.

It also came a day after Trump blocked former White House lawyer Don McGhan from appearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

Some congressional Republicans have characterized the subpoenas as an abuse of authority and blasted the Trump-focused investigations.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, called the inquiry into Mazars USA “an unprecedented abuse of the Committee’s subpoena authority to target and expose the private financial information of the President of the United States.”

Fox News’ Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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Republican who called for Trump impeachment doubles down, says some of president’s actions have been ‘corrupt’

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Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., continued criticizing President Trump on Thursday, claiming that he engaged in both “inherently corrupt” actions as well as actions that were corrupt because of his intent.

“Some of the president’s actions were inherently corrupt. Other actions were corrupt — and therefore impeachable — because the president took them to serve his own interests,” Amash tweeted.

His comments expanded on tweets from Saturday in which the Michigan congressman accused Trump of engaging in “impeachable conduct.” Those comments provoked widespread criticism from Republicans like the president, who called him a “total lightweight.”

Amash argued on Thursday that Trump committed a slew of acts that showed him trying to impede the Russia investigation.

Amash also indicated that Trump engaged in criminal activities, including the campaign finance violation committed by his former attorney Michael Cohen.

His comments followed Democratic furor over former White House counsel Don McGahn’s refusal to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Trump’s Justice Department has asserted executive privilege in refusing to comply with Democrats’ subpoenas — sparking outrage from Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., accused the head of that department — Attorney General William Barr — of shirking his responsibilities in the way that he defended Trump.

“I hesitate to call him the attorney general, he’s really more the personal attorney for the president,”  Schiff said during an event on Wednesday. He also claimed that Trump didn’t have an absolute right to fire his personnel.

“The fact that the president has the right to fire an FBI director doesn’t mean that he has the right to fire one for an improper reason any more than an employer who has an at-will employee can fire them because they reject their sexual advances,” he said in response to a controversial memo that Barr issued before his confirmation.

Like Schiff, Amash said on Thursday that Trump’s ability to fire people was limited. “The president has authority to fire federal officials, direct his subordinates, and grant pardons, but he cannot do so for corrupt purposes,” Amash tweeted.

“[O]therwise, he would always be allowed to shut down any investigation into himself or his associates, which would put him above the law.”

In a similar vein, Amash reiterated his suggestion that Trump violated the public’s trust by misusing his authority.

“The president has an obligation not to violate the public trust, including using official powers for corrupt purposes,” he tweeted.

In one of his Saturday tweets, Amash argued that violating public trust was within the scope of “high crimes and misdemeanors” — the constitutional language surrounding impeachment.

While Amash pushed impeachment, Democratic leadership seemed to hesitate and struggle with its other members who forcefully pushed for that course of action.

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RNC Chairwoman McDaniel: Enough is enough from Pelosi, Schumer – Dems must put people over politics

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President Trump took to the Rose Garden podium Wednesday with a clear message for the Democrats preoccupied with their bad-faith efforts to undermine his administration: enough is enough.

The president had invited House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and other high-ranking congressional Democrats to the White House to discuss rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure – an issue he noted is ripe for bipartisanship.

President Trump has long encouraged partnership across the aisle to address investment in our ground transportation infrastructure, air travel system, and broadband accessibility.

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But instead of focusing on an issue that touches every community, Pelosi turned her attention to a tired, partisan battle, saying before the meeting that “we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recently concluded investigation proved such outrageous allegations false. Still, Democrats have done nothing but ramp up their empty investigations.

After two years, $35 million in taxpayer money spent, 19 special counsel lawyers, nearly 3,000 subpoenas and over 500 witnesses, President Trump and his campaign were vindicated by Mueller’s conclusion of no collusion and Attorney General William Barr’s conclusion of no obstruction of justice.

The Mueller report of more than 400 pages was released. The White House and the Trump campaign cooperated with the investigation at every step. Senior administration officials testified freely. And while President Trump could have invoked executive privilege over any part of the report, he did not. He has nothing to hide.

The president was right to call off the infrastructure meeting. He – and the American people – recognize that Pelosi and Schumer have no intention of getting anything done.

President Trump’s transparency was not enough for Democrats. Instead of doing their jobs and using their oversight authority on real scandals, like the phony origins of the investigation, they have chosen to keep searching for a crime in probe after wasteful probe.

Now Pelosi has the nerve to accuse President Trump of a “cover-up” despite the lack of any reason or shred of evidence.

Pelosi’s baseless attack on the president came in the same breath as her demand that he sit down and make a deal with Democratic leadership; she even doubled down later with the outright lie that President Trump is “not about consensus.” That’s not how this works.

The president was right to call off the infrastructure meeting. He – and the American people – recognize that Pelosi and Schumer have no intention of getting anything done.

We recognize that it’s impossible to negotiate policy when the focus of an entire party is on phony witch hunts. We recognize there is no use in negotiating with people who will do anything to see the president fail.

This administration will continue to deliver results for the American people, from a strong economy to greater security and opportunity for all. Will Democrats contribute to this record of success or continue to resist, obstruct and call for impeachment?

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It’s time for Democrats to prioritize people over partisanship. It’s time for them to stop investigating crimes that don’t exist and come to the table about issues that impact our country – like rebuilding our infrastructure.

It’s time for Democrats to negotiate with the president in good faith, instead of sabotaging every chance for a deal. As President Trump said in the Rose Garden: “You can go down the investigation track or you can go down the investment track.” The American people demand the latter.

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: To impeach or not to impeach

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“If the president does it, that means it is not illegal.”

–Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994)

The revelation last weekend by Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash that he believes the Mueller report accuses President Donald Trump of impeachable offenses has ignited firestorms in both major political parties on Capitol Hill. Amash’s argument is simple and essentially unassailable, though his fellow congressional Republicans don’t want to hear it and Democrats don’t know what to do with it.

Here is the backstory.

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When Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr, it was a 448-page tome that effectively summarized nearly two years of work and nearly two million pages of documents in an effort to establish whether elements of the Russian government interfered with the 2016 presidential election, and, if so, whether the Russians had any American collaborators in the Trump campaign.

The investigation of Russians and potential American collaborators expanded because of personal behavior of President Trump, which was aimed at delaying or derailing Mueller’s investigation. Thus, when the Mueller Report reached Barr’s desk, it was in two volumes — the first was about the Russians and the second was about the president.

Mueller found 127 communications between Trump campaign officials and Russian agents between June 2015 and November 2016 — Trump publicly said there were none — and as a result of those communications, the campaign came to expect to receive “dirt” on Trump’s principal opponent, Hillary Clinton, from the Russians. The dirt arrived in the form of hacked emails, but Mueller and his team were unable to “establish” the existence of a criminal conspiracy between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

Mueller indicted Russians for interference, and he found evidence of a criminal conspiracy, but not enough evidence to prove the conspiracy case to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.

The second volume of the report addressed 10 instances in which the president himself attempted to interfere with Mueller’s work. Such attempted interference, when done for a corrupt purpose — such as protecting himself or his friends from the reach of the FBI — constitutes obstruction of justice. Here is where the Mueller report and Barr’s response to it get a bit dicey.

The more serious and clearly criminal of these obstruction events consists in Trump instructing those who worked for him in the White House to put documents containing material falsehoods into government files that were about to be subpoenaed, and instructing the same folks to lie to FBI agents. Mueller did not seek an indictment of the president on these crimes because he knew that Barr, his boss, would not permit one. The reasons Barr has given for not permitting the indictment are legally troublesome; they constitute a very narrow reading of the obstruction of justice statute and a misapplication of Department of Justice policy.

Barr has not permitted Mueller to seek an indictment of Trump because Barr reads the obstruction statute as letting Trump off the hook because he was not charged with conspiracy to collaborate with the Russians — the original crime Mueller was investigating. That view of obstruction — an innocent person cannot legally obstruct an FBI investigation of himself — has been rejected by nearly all law enforcement, including by Barr’s own DOJ prosecutors.

Barr also would not permit an indictment of Trump because of what he says is the general DOJ policy against indicting an incumbent president. But the DOJ policy barring the prosecution of a president allows a sealed and secret indictment of the president and post-presidential prosecution because, contrary to what President Richard Nixon believed, the president is not above the law.

We know that Mueller’s obstruction allegations — which have not been effectively contradicted by the White House — constitute not only crimes but also impeachable offenses. We know that because when Nixon asked John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman, his principal aides, to lie to a grand jury, and when President Bill Clinton asked Betty Currie, his White House personal secretary, to lie to FBI agents, the House of Representatives — either through the House Judiciary Committee by direct vote — approved articles of impeachment against both of them for obstruction of justice.

This is Amash’s argument: The special counsel found evidence of obstruction of justice by the president, and historically presidential obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense. This is a legal narrative, not a political one. But it has heretofore not been articulated publically by any Republican officeholder, until Amash courageously did so last weekend.

The Nixonian argument that the president can do no wrong was soundly rejected by the lessons of Watergate and Nixon’s reluctant resignation, but it has reared its head again. No serious legal thinker — not even an attorney general bent on protecting the president — can make it with intellectual honesty or a straight face.

On the other side of the congressional aisle are bitterly divided House Democrats. Some of them see Trump’s obstruction of justice as criminal and impeachable, and they add to that his refusal to abide lawful congressional subpoenas. Presidential rejection of congressional subpoenas was also an article of impeachment voted against Nixon.

Most Democratic congressional leadership thinks impeaching a popular president would be fruitless, and might even help Trump solidify his base. These folks have argued that impeachment should not be undertaken, no matter how criminal or impeachable his documented behavior, without a broad bipartisan consensus in support of it.

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Has Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses? Even if he has, should the House move toward impeachment? Is the failure to consider impeachment a tacit ratification of Trump’s criminal behavior? Is there a duty to impeach? Is temporary presidential popularity a free pass to avoid the legal consequences of presidential criminal behavior?

Who beside Justin Amash will effectively address these questions?

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Mueller knew no evidence of collusion against Trump from day one, Devin Nunes says

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller knew from the beginning of the Russia investigation that there was no evidence of collusion against the Trump presidential campaign, U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes said Wednesday.

Nunes, a California Republican and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Fox News’ “Hannity” that Mueller knew then-candidate Donald Trump did not collude with the Russians to win the 2016 election.

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“He knew the day he walked in the door, he knew the day he walked in the door that there was no evidence of collusion,” Nunes told host Sean Hannity.

“But the Mueller dossier as we talked about the last few weeks, if people actually read it closely, they are going to find, this is an absolute joke.”

Nunes claimed that some of the information used in the Mueller report involved “circular reporting.”

“After $40 million, what do we have? We have these news stories regurgitated to the American public,” he said.

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Nunes said no American would want to be treated the way some subjects of the Russia investigation were treated.

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Stephen Sandherr: Trump and Dems should fix infrastructure and stop partisan bickering

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Watching the collapse of Wednesday’s planned infrastructure meeting between President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders, it’s easy to understand why so many voters are frustrated with Washington. Once again, we see our national leaders engaging in partisan bickering instead of addressing our nation’s real and pressing problems.

The breakdown of the infrastructure meeting is both bad policy and bad politics. In terms of policy, our aging and overburdened infrastructure is holding our economy back and hurting all Americans. And in terms of politics, voters reward politicians who fix infrastructure and punish those who do not.

Emerging from a meeting with the president at the White House April 30, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced that President Trump had agreed to support $2 trillion in badly needed infrastructure spending.

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In a written statement following the meeting last month, the White House called the meeting “excellent and productive” but didn’t mention an agreement on a dollar figure.

The meeting Wednesday with Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., other top Democrats and the president was supposed to follow up on the April 30 meeting to discuss details of the infrastructure plan, including how to pay for the $2 trillion price tag.

Unfortunately, the follow-up meeting lasted only a few minutes before it blew up. President Trump said he could not work with Democrats until they ended congressional investigations of him and walked out before any discussion of what to do about infrastructure.

“I walked into the room and I told Senator Schumer, and Speaker Pelosi: ‘I want to do infrastructure. I want to do it more than you want to do it. I’d be really good at that, that’s what I do. But you know what? You can’t do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with,’” the president told reporters minutes later.

Traffic congestion has gotten so bad that the average motorist now spends 42 hours stuck in traffic and $1,400 in wasted gasoline each year.

I’m not going to weigh in on the dispute between Democrats and the president on congressional investigations. But their dispute has nothing to do with our nation’s desperate need for greater investment in our infrastructure, and should not prevent our government from addressing what should be a top national priority.

Our infrastructure needs are significant and severe. The World Economic Forum ranked America’s infrastructure No. 1 in the world in 2005. Today we have fallen to No. 9.

Nearly half of our nation’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition and driving on them cost the average driver $599 a year in extra vehicle operating and repair costs.

Traffic congestion has gotten so bad that the average motorist now spends 42 hours stuck in traffic and $1,400 in wasted gasoline each year.

There are nearly 55,000 structurally deficient bridges across the U.S.

It’s not just our transportation network that is in disrepair. It’s also our water systems and our airports.

There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks each year and when it happens in your neighborhood you realize how inconvenient it is to be without a reliable source of clean water.

Our aviation system continues to be reliant on a ground-based radar navigation system dating back to World War II. And our airports are facing nearly $100 billion in capital development needs over the next five years – an increase of 32 percent from just 2015.

It’s no wonder that America’s infrastructure has received a grade of D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers. This is one reason that virtually the entire business community, including the Associated General Contractors of America (where I serve as CEO), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Manufacturers have made securing needed new infrastructure funding one of our top priorities.

Voters also understand that our infrastructure must be improved and they continue to reward elected officials who work to fix it and punish those who do not.

Last November’s midterm elections were yet another reminder that fixing infrastructure is good politics. In communities across America and through dozens of ballot initiatives that sought to increase revenue for infrastructure, voters said “yes” and approved nearly 80 percent of them.

Last November was no anomaly. The success rate for pro-infrastructure ballot initiatives since 2009 has been 78 percent.

Meanwhile, an anti-infrastructure ballot measure in California that would have cut needed investments in the state’s highway systems not only failed badly, but most of the incumbent suburban members of Congress who backed the cuts lost their bids for re-election.

At the state level, policymakers have also received the message and have taken politically courageous votes to increase infrastructure user fees such as gasoline taxes and registration fees to modernize their infrastructure networks.

Since 2013, 30 states have increased their state gasoline tax, including reliably red states like South Carolina and Idaho and blue states like Oregon and Maryland. That’s proof that there are no Republican roads or Democratic bridges.

Policymakers on both sides of the aisle and at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue have an opportunity to win the long-term support of voters. They can do this by making bold policy choices that will speak to the frustrations of Americans and improve the quality of life for all Americans by fixing our ailing infrastructure.

There is still time to make a deal if both sides are willing to get serious and find the revenue necessary for a long-term infrastructure package. But time is of the essence.

Whether by updating decades-old user fees, identifying new sources of fiscally responsible revenue, or leveraging public funds with private investment, a solution is within reach.

Americans are tired of seeing our politicians bickering. And they view our broken infrastructure as a metaphor for our increasingly broken politics in Washington.

If the president and members of Congress can actually set aside their differences and produce an infrastructure bill that delivers results, they will not only rebuild aging and overburdened infrastructure, but begin to rebuild Americans’ confidence in our political system.

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That is why my association and our members across the country will continue to do everything in our power to encourage the president, Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer to return to the negotiating table and get an infrastructure bill done.

Our message is clear: the best way to ensure America’s continued growth and global competitiveness is to make the investments needed to keep our infrastructure effective and efficient.

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