House speaker Nancy Pelosi has urged her fellow Democrats not to accept the verdict of attorney-general William Barr on the Mueller report as Donald Trump continues to gloat over his “vindication” on collusion with Russia.
“We cannot make a judgment on the basis of an interpretation by a man who was hired for his job because he believes the president is above the law and he wrote a 19-page memo to demonstrate that,” Pelosi reportedly told party members behind closed doors on Tuesday, calling for calm and a return to policy battles.
With renewed impeachment talk in the air, the House Judiciary Committee has meanwhile voted unanimously in favour of a resolution calling on the Justice Department to release all FBI files relating to obstruction of justice, kick-starting the Democratic fightback in earnest.
Meanwhile on the 2020 watch:
Stacey Abrams, who delivered a powerful to Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, has hinted at a possible run for the White House in the upcoming elections.
“I think you don’t run for second place,” the Georgia Democrat said, putting to bed rumours she was planning to join former vice President Joe Biden on a joint-ticket in 2020.
“If I’m going to enter a primary,” she said, “then I’m going to enter a primary.”
Hope Hicks has been accused of lying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by a former spokesperson for Donald Trump’s legal team:
Donald Trump has just tweeted the following clip from Fox News featuring Sean Hannity:
The House Oversight Committee is now seeking a reported 10 years of Donald Trump’s financial records, Chairman Elijah Cummings has revealed:
Barbara Bush says Donald Trump caused her “angst” during the 2016 election and led her to question whether she was still a Republican in the months before she died.
The late former first lady’s thoughts about Trump were revealed in excerpts published Wednesday in USA Today of an upcoming biography, “The Matriarch.”
In a February 2018 interview, Bush was asked if she still considered herself a Republican. She replied, “I’d probably say ‘no’ today.”
She died in April at age 92.
A government watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint after alleging at least seven officials from Donald Trump’s White House failed to disclose “arrangements for future employment” while announcing their terminations from the administration:
Here’s more on Donald Trump charging folks $150,000 (£113,556) to speak with him at an upcoming campaign event in California:
Axios has a new scoop alleging Republican Kevin McCarthy has warned Donald Trump about his reignited efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
The House minority leader told the president over the phone his plans “made no sense,” according to the news outlet.
Donald Trump is embarking on a trip to California next week as part of his re-election campaign efforts — and plans to charge a pretty penny to meet the US president.
An invitation to the upcoming event obtained by the local City News Service in Los Angeles, California showed tickets starting at $15,000 (£11,351) — and that price tag only includes dinner.
For those hoping to get a photograph with Mr Trump, the event will charge $50,000 (£37,845) per ticket.
And anyone who would like the chance to speak with Mr Trump as part of a roundtable discussion at the California event will have to pay $150,000 (£113,556).
Donald Trump has warned Russia to stop interfering in Venezuela as the US continues backing opposition leader Juan Guaido, who announced he was taking over the presidency from Nicolas Maduro earlier this year.
“Russia has to get out” of Venezuela, the president reportedly said on Wednesday.
House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has declined to hold a vote on whether the Mueller report should be made public, creating a tense exchange on the Senate floor between him and his minority Democratic counterpart, Chuck Schumer:
There has not been any immediate bump in Donald Trump’s approval ratings following the release of Attorney General William Barr’s summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
He holds nearly 41.9 per cent of support according to an average of national polls conducted by Five Thirty Eight.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló has demanded Donald Trump stop “with the insults and demeaning mischaracterizations” after the president reportedly suggested cutting federal aid to the island.
“I want to be very clear: Not a single federal dollar has been used to make debt payments,” he said in a statement. “Mr. President: Enough with the insults and demeaning mischaracterizations. We are not your political adversaries; we are your citizens.”
He also suggested the president may have declined a meeting with him, per the Washington Post.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has taken to the Senate floor to rail against Donald Trump and his administration’s reignited attacks on the Affordable Care Act. Watch the New York Democrat’s speech below:
Nancy Pelosi just revealed the Democratic Party will introduce legislation that effectively keeps America’s placement in the Paris Climate Accord, after Donald Trump previously announced a withdrawal from the agreement.
“Democrats are introducing legislation to keep America in the Paris Agreement & force the Trump Admin to take real action to curb carbon emissions,” the House speaker wrote in a tweet.
Chairwoman Maxine Waters confirmed the bank was now providing it’s records of the president’s finances, after previously rebutting Democrats throughout 2017 and 2018.
The bank previously declined to cooperate with Democrats on the committee before they assumed majority power after sweeping the House in the 2018 midterm elections.
This scene from the Senate floor yesterday was beyond ludicrous.
As Anderson Cooper says: “That actually happened in our government… on Capitol Hill…”
Some timely campaigning from Trevor Noah and The Daily Show after the Trump administration called on TV news producers to drop guests who had speculated on collusion with Russian, attacking their credibility.
Here’s a reminder of that story from yesterday.
Republicans have enjoyed taunting House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff over the last few days. Don Jr was particularly relentless on Twitter and Kellyanne Conway has called for his sacking.
Here’s the president’s new nickname. Bear in mind the first lady’s primary agenda is ending bullying in schools.
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