(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — Former VP Joe Biden is condemning President Trump for not stopping supporters from chanting “Send Her Back!”
Speaking today in Los Angeles, the presidential candidate said Trump is playing a game by targeting the four minority congresswomen. Biden added that Trump is “dividing the country and raising the issue of racism.”
Trump disavowed the chants that were directed at Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar during his rally in North Carolina last night. Trump said the chants started up quickly and noted that he moved on with his speech as soon as possible.
(Washington, DC-AP) — Articles of impeachment against President Trump are being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Al Green filed the articles Tuesday despite objections by Democratic leaders.
Still, a number of Democrats have called for beginning impeachment proceedings. One reason is it will give more teeth as they battle the Trump administration in courts over the White House refusals to comply with subpoenas.
Under the Constitution the House starts impeachment proceedings. If a majority vote that the president has committed “treason, bribery, or other high crimes” they can start hearings. Then a majority would have to vote to impeach the president.
In that case, the U.S. Senate would hold a trial. It would take two-thirds vote of the Republican-controlled Senate to remove the President from office. Only two presidents have been impeached in U.S. history. Andrew Johnson was the first in 1868, followed by Bill Clinton in 1998 and ’99. Neither was removed from office. Proceedings against Richard Nixon were underway when he resigned before a vote to impeach.
(Washington, DC) — The House has passed a resolution condemning President Trump’s attacks on four minority Democrats. The Democratic resolution calls Trump’s comments racist. Yesterday’s vote was mostly along party lines, though four Republicans did join Democrats in voting for the resolution.
A controversy grew after a weekend tweet from Trump saying the lawmakers should go back to their countries. The Democratic women are all American citizens, with only one having been born outside the U.S.
Four Republicans voted with Democrats to condemn President Trump. Congresswoman Susan Brooks of Indiana is retiring after this session. The other three who voted with Democrats in calling the tweet “racist” are Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Will Hurd of Texas and Fred Upton of Michigan. All three represent moderate districts and face competitive elections.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The Trump Administration is proposing a new restriction to crack down on migrants from Central America seeking asylum in the U.S.
The restriction would deny anyone who crosses the southern border from seeking asylum in the U.S. if they came through another country and did not seek asylum in that country. Meaning that a migrant from Honduras who did not seek asylum in Guatemala or Mexico would not be eligible for asylum in the United States.
Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said the rule will help reduce a major “pull factor” and lead to fewer individuals “transiting through Mexico on a dangerous journey.” Attorney General William Barr called the rule a “lawful exercise of authority provided by Congress to restrict eligibility for asylum.”
(Washington, DC-AP) — A House panel is authorizing a dozen subpoenas to people with links to President Trump. New York Democrat Jerry Nadler said the subpoenas cover the Trump administration’s actions on immigration and alleged obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation. Nadler chairs the judiciary panel. Georgia Republican Doug Collins called it a “subpoena binge” and “another trek down an empty road.” The subpoena list includes former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.
Kushner is the President’s son-in-law. Others on the subpoena list include former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and former Trump campaign chief Corey Lewandowski.
(Washington, DC-AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ripping mass deportation raids, which are expected to start on Sunday. Talking with reporters at the Capitol today, Pelosi called it “heartless.” She said the ICE raids will terrorize migrant children and tear families apart. At the direction of the White House, ICE agents are targeting around two-thousand immigrants in at least ten major cities. ICE said its focus is on arresting people with criminal histories. Pelosi repeated a call for comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform in Congress.
Pelosi said any legislation must include a “path to citizenship” and argued that more than 10-million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are not going to be deported.
(Tehran-AP) – Iran is accusing the U.S. of “economic terrorism.” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by official state news today saying Iran won’t agree to hold talks with the U.S. Zarif reportedly said, “Negotiations are never possible under duress,” and that “pressure and economic terrorism against Iran must stop and then we can talk.”
Zarif is scheduled to meet with France’s top diplomat today, and said the main problem for European countries in the Iran nuclear deal is how to handle the Trump administration’s exit from the agreement.
(New York, NY-AP) — A federal judge is blocking an attempt by the Department of Justice to change the legal team trying to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
Judge Jesse Furman said the department failed to provide a reason for changing all the attorneys.
The Supreme Court blocked putting the citizenship question on next year’s census after questioning the reason the government provided. President Trump, however, said he is not giving up and wants the DOJ to continue looking for a legal way to proceed.
(Wilmington, DE-AP) — The White House is being accused of using “cruelty to children” as a tool of immigration policy. On CBS’ Face The Nation, Delaware Senator Chris Coons said the Trump administration has intentionally used children to affect policy changes.
He cites reports of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions at detention facilities as examples of cruelty to children. Coons says there’s ways in which the administration has demonstrably failed in its moral responsibility to provide minimally reasonable care for children in their custody.
(AP) – Several Democratic presidential candidates are weighing in on President Trump’s visit on North Korean soil today with leader Kim Jong Un. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted “our President shouldn’t be squandering American influence on photo ops and exchanging love letters with a ruthless dictator.”
In a statement, Joe Biden’s campaign said President Trump is “coddling dictators at the expense of American national security and interests and it’s one of the most dangerous ways he’s diminishing us on the world stage.” On CNN’s State of the Union, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar said she isn’t sure if the meetings are worth it unless there are results, adding that is still yet to be seen.
However on ABC’s This Week, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said he had “no problem” with the meeting. After stepping into North Korea, President Trump spent some time today in a closed-door meeting with Kim Jong Un in South Korea.