(Washington, DC-AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is threatening to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt. Opening a brief hearing today, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler slammed Barr for refusing to testify about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. Barr cited an ongoing dispute with House Democrats over the format of the scheduled hearing. Dems wanted staff lawyers to question Barr, along with House members. Nadler said the Trump administration will not dictate how the House runs its hearings.
Nadler called Barr’s refusal to testify an act of obstruction. Georgia Republican Doug Collins said the only problem is with Democrats. He accused Dems of running a political circus and also called the dispute with Barr a stunt. Collins noted that Barr fielded hours of questions during a Senate hearing yesterday.
Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, during a capitol briefing, was very specific in calling Barr out for lying to lawmakers about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.
Pelosi said, “He lied to Congress; if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime.”
Pelosi did not elaborate on what she believes Barr lied about. She also argued that the attorney general is more loyal to President Trump than he is to the American people.
(Washington, DC – AP) — Some top House Democrats are demanding full access to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. In a statement today, the chairmen of the Judiciary, Intelligence and Oversight Committees are also calling for public testimony from Attorney General Bill Barr. The statement notes that the Mueller report does not exonerate President Trump on the question of obstruction of justice. The report did find no evidence of collusion or conspiracy between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The Democrats criticize Barr for deciding not to pursue an obstruction case against the President in less than 48 hours. The statement says, “The American people deserve to see the facts and judge the President’s actions for themselves.”
(New York, NY) – Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reportedly pledging 80-million-dollars to rid Congress of Republicans. In a letter published on Bloomberg.com, he says Republicans haven’t done much to reach across the aisle to come up with solutions on issues like gun control, climate change, and immigration.
Bloomberg said he’s supporting Democrats in their efforts to win control of the House in the upcoming election. Bloomberg was a Democrat before running for mayor, was elected as a Republican and won re-election as an independent on the Republican line.
(Oklahoma City, OK) – A shooter who opened fire at an Oklahoma City restaurant yesterday is dead. A spokesman said two people suffered gunshot wounds and a third person fell and broke his arm while trying to escape.
The victims are expected to survive. The suspect apparently just walked into the Louie’s Grill and Bar in the northwest part of the city and started firing. The suspect was killed by an armed citizen at the scene. Police say there’s no reason to believe this was an act of terrorism, but they don’t know the motive behind the shooting.
(Noblesville, IN) – A school shooting in Indiana is leaving two people in critical condition. Police say that the situation is contained at Noblesville West Middle School, located just northeast of Indianapolis, and a male student is in custody.
The victims reportedly are a 13-year-old girl and an adult. The school is on lockdown. The students are being bused to nearby Noblesville High School. The shooting comes a week after 10 people were killed at a school in Santa Fe, Texas.
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) — The brother of the accused Parkland, Florida high school shooter is due back in court today. Zachary Cruz was arrested on March 19th for trespassing after Broward County Sheriff’s deputies found him skateboarding on the same campus where Nikolas Cruz is accused of murdering 17 people.
Zachary’s attorney will be seeking to reduce his bond, which was increased from the original 25-dollars to 500-thousand-dollars. If convicted of trespassing, Cruz faces up to 60 days in jail and a fine of 500-dollars.
Meanwhile Nikolas, reportedly, is getting a lot of fan mail at the Broward County Jail. Some of it includes love letters complete with suggestive pictures. Facebook communities have also popped up for people to talk about how they can help the man accused of gunning down 17 people
(Washington, DC) – President Trump is detailing why he chose not to authorize the release of the Democratic memo on the Russia investigation. On Twitter this morning, Trump said the Democrats submitted “a very political and long response memo which they knew would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency.”
The President added he told them to re-do the memo and send it back in proper form.
The document is a response to a Republican memo released last week that alleged that biased members of the FBI helped secure a surveillance warrant against a former Trump campaign adviser.
The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Friday to send the memo to the White House, with the aim of having it released to the public. Democratic members of the committee claimed the GOP memo gave an incomplete picture of the investigation into alleged Russian influence on the Trump campaign.
(SL) – Stephen King is apologizing for a tweet. The famed horror author weighed in on this week’s train crash involving members of the Republican party on their way to a retreat in West Virginia.
He tweeted “A trainload of Republicans on their way to a pricey retreat hit a garbage truck. My friend Russ calls that karma.” After followers noted that one person had actually died in the collision, King backed off. In follow up tweets he said he was sorry and called his initial tweet rather thoughtless
(Washington, DC) – Vice President Mike Pence is sharing his thoughts on the government shutdown. While on his way to the Middle East, Pence said that Senate Democrats chose to put politics ahead of the national defense and ahead of meeting the obligations of the national government. He called it unacceptable and disappointing to millions of Americans. The Vice President is traveling to Egypt, Jordan and Israel for four days to discuss moving the U.S. Embassy. The government ran out of money at midnight, Eastern time after the Senate failed to advance a spending extension.
The House approved a one-month spending extension Thursday night. The effects of a shutdown will start being felt Monday morning when federal offices normally reopen. The shutdown occurs on the first anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration.
Amid the shutdown, Trump cancelled his trip to Florida this weekend. He woke up early tweeting that the Democrats care more about immigrants than they do the US Army.
A poll shows that Americans are putting the blame on Trump and the GOP’s shoulders. A “Washington Post”/ABC News poll says nearly 50-percent of Americans believe that Republicans in Congress are responsible for the shutdown; blaming them for a lack of compromise on issues like immigration laws, border security and alt-right agendas. Nearly 30-percent of Americans blame the Democrats for the shutdown, while some believe both parties are equally as responsible.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he spoke with President Trump before the vote Friday and agreed to compromise on a U.S.-Mexico border wall in exchange for strong protections for illegal immigrants covered by the DACA program. He said Trump backed off the deal, and is responsible for “the Trump shutdown.” Schumer said Republicans control the legislative process and it’s their job to keep the government open.
(Washington, DC) – House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is criticizing Republican efforts to avert a government shutdown. In a Capitol briefing today, Pelosi called it “amateur hour.” The government runs out of money late tomorrow night. Pelosi said the Republican-led Congress and White House should be able to craft a long term budget that can get passed. She insisted that it can happen if Republicans negotiate in good faith with Democrats. The House is expected to vote later today or tonight on a short-term continuing resolution, or CR, to keep the government open.
Pelosi noted that it would be the fourth CR that Republican leaders have put forth since last fall. Democrats are insisting on long term protections for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.