Rep. Jerrold Nadler presides over the House Judiciary Committee. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
US Judiciary Committee Debates President Trump Impeachment articles ahead of vote
The House Judiciary Committee is meeting to consider amendments to the two articles of impeachment against President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, the last step before full House votes on each article.////CRIMSON TAZVINZWA//
Nancy Pelosi told reporters that the House would act next week to wrap up its impeachment inquiry, after the articles of impeachment are voted on by House Judiciary Committee this week.
“Next week we’ll take up something,” Pelosi told reporters as she discussed the timetable for the impeachment inquiry launched by Democrats.
Kellyanne Conway’s exact responsibilities in the White House have never been altogether clear to me, though she’s generally referred to as the White House “counselor” – as in, someone who counsels the president on matters of importance//BY LUKE DARBY, GQ
But the White House ‘Counselor’ has had an eventful week. For starters, she defied a subpoena to appear before Congress, refusing to give testimony to the House Oversight and Reform Committee about her potential violation of federal law. The committee’s chairman, Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland, has threatened to hold her in contempt if she doesn’t appear by July 25.
Conway did have time to appear on Fox News twice in less than 24 hours, first on Monday night to laugh with Sean Hannity about skipping out on her own hearing, and again on Tuesday morning to spin Donald Trump’s attacks on four minority congresswomen—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Trump said they should leave the U.S. if they don’t like how he runs the country. On Fox News, Conway said the four women “represent a dark underbelly of this country.”
Her husband, the lawyer and frequent Trump antagonist George Conway, also had some thoughts on the president’s comments, and he published them in an op-ed for The Washington Post titled “Trump is a racist president.” He writes, “Trump could have used vile slurs, including the vilest of them all, and the intent and effect would have been no less clear. Telling four non-white members of Congress—American citizens all, three natural-born—to ‘go back’ to the ‘countries’ they ‘originally came from’? That’s racist to the core.”
With this in mind, Conway’s job yesterday was to help present a defense after Trump used racist language against four congresswomen of color, which for some reason, led her to ask a reporter about his ethnic heritage at a White House Q&A.
Andrew Feinberg, a White House reporter for Breakfast Media, a website about politics and technology, asked Conway, “If the president was not telling these four congresswomen to return to their supposed countries of origin, to which countries was he referring?”
Conway paused and then asked him, “What’s your ethnicity?”
“Why is that relevant?” Feinberg replied.
Tuesday afternoon, Kellyanne gave a press conference during which Andrew Feinberg, a reporter with BeltwayBreakfast.com, asked her exactly what countries Trump meant the congresswomen should “go back” to. Instead of answering him, she asked, “What’s your ethnicity?”
“Uh, why is that relevant?” Feinberg asked, as Conway replied quickly, “Because I’m asking you a question. My ancestors are from Ireland and Italy.”
“My ethnicity is not relevant to the question I’m asking you,” Feinberg said. Conway still refused to answer the question. From there, her tone changed abruptly, as she launched into a long-winded and, at times, angry defense of Customs and Border Protection.
[Donald Trump]’s tired. A lot of us are sick and tired of this country—of America coming last. To people who swore an oath of office. Sick and tired of our military being denigrated. Sick and tired of Customs and Border Protection people I was with, who are overwhelmingly Hispanic by the way in McAllen, Texas, sick and tired of them—no, you don’t understand, because you didn’t go—being criticized. Being doxxed. By a bunch of Hollywood D-listers who have nothing better to do than to sit on their asses on Twitter all day and try to dox brave men and women who are diving into the Rio Grand [sic] to save people who are drowning. Who are taking other people’s babies into custody. And diapering them and feeding them. And looking the other way while people are running across with drugs. That’s going on!
It’s not clear what instances Conway is referring to, or how often Customs and Border Protection agents are deliberately letting smugglers go free in order to care for children. But if she’s so distressed by all of this, she can always relocate to Ireland or Italy.
Under fire from U.S. President Trump and ahead of a newly-announced trip to Israel and the West Bank, Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has introduced a resolution championing the right to participate in…
Omar, and America wrestle the scourge of a racist President
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar proposed a resolution this week supporting the right to boycott Israel, likening the boycott of the Jewish state to boycotts of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union
Omar, and America wrestle the scourge of a racist President
Omar’s resolution seeks to push back against U.S. laws banning the boycott of Israel and affirms the right of Americans to organize boycotts of foreign countries if they so wish.
While the resolution doesn’t explicitly name Israel or the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, she told media outlets that the resolution concerns the Jewish state.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to refuse calls for impeachment proceedings to begin, despite the speaker stating she believes that Donald Trump has been involved in a criminal cover-up. Joy Reid and her panel discuss how the Democratic base appears to be increasingly alienated by House Democrats refusing to impeach the president, and what their logic might be.
After a panel discussion on the Democrats’ health policy agenda in Monterey Park on Monday, Pelosi deflected questions about impeachment from reporters and said the news media were placing “a great deal of attention” on the topic.“What we’re doing is legislating. We’ve sent bills to the Senate that talk about our Dreamers, we’ve sent bills to the Senate that talk about gun violence prevention,” Pelosi said, adding that she believes those issues are “unifying, they’re not dividing for our country.”
Minutes after the event concluded, Orange County freshman Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) announced in a video that she supports opening an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
The conflicting messages provide a preview of the ongoing struggle House leaders face as they try to contain talk of impeachment this summer. More than a quarter of Democrats in the House have publicly supported opening an impeachment inquiry, 14 of them from California.