Pelosi: House Will Draft Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Thursday that the House already has enough material to begin the drafting of the final report on the impeachment process of US President Donald Trump. “The president’s actions are a profound violation of the public trust,” said Pelosi. “His wrongdoing strikes at the very heart of our Constitution,” she added, and concluded that “today, I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment.”

House of Representatives Votes to Formalize Impeachment

The United States House of Representatives has voted to formally open the impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump, which will reveal to the public whether Trump abused his powers for his own political gain. The impeachment procedure is, therefore, entering a new phase. “Today, we are further down the path of our inquiry,” said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

White House Will Not Comply with House Democrats’ Requests

The White House has refused to cooperate with the House Democrats’ investigative inquiry into a controversial July 25 phone call that U.S. President Donald Trump made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The U.S. president is alleged to have compelled the Ukrainian government to investigate corruption allegations against Joe Biden and his son by withholding aid.

Trump Refuses to Cooperate with Impeachment Inquiry, Raises Stakes with Democrats

US President Donald Trump confirmed on Tuesday that he does not plan to cooperate in investigations into his possible impeachment, in a process opened by Congress. White House lawyer Pat Cipollone sent a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), on behalf of President Trump, explaining the stance the president will take in the process of ascertaining whether there was pressure on Ukraine to investigate the former Vice President, Joe Biden.

Pelosi Launches Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump

The Democratic Party, which controls the US House of Representatives, is set to start the first phase of an impeachment procedure against President Donald Trump. Democrats accuse Trump of improper dealings with Ukraine. Trump announced Monday he would make public the contested phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to Trump, it was a “friendly and totally appropriate conversation.”

Pelosi Formally Launches Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump

The Democratic Party, which holds a majority in the US House of Representatives, has begun official impeachment investigations into President Trump, suggesting that he has asked Ukraine for political help. Speaking Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “this week the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically. The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable fact [sic.] of the president’s betrayal of his Oath of Office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our national elections.”

Supreme Court Okays Trump’s Border Wall Project; Opponents Vow to Fight it Legally

The United States Supreme Court has okayed President Donald Trump’s usage of $ 2.5 billion (£ 2 billion) of Pentagon funds for a section of the wall on the southern border with Mexico. The court ruled by five votes against four to block a ruling by a federal judge in California that prohibited the president from spending money on the wall. The wall, which would divide the United States and Mexico, was Trump’s main campaign promise during the 2016 elections.

Supreme Court Sides with Trump, Delivering Big Victory on the Wall

In a surprise decision late Friday, the Supreme Court struck down a lower court ruling, 5-4, against President Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the border with Mexico.  The ruling clears the way for Trump to redirect $2.5 billion from the Pentagon to build his long-promised border wall.  The ultimate issue is still to be decided by the courts, but Friday’s decision allows the money to be spent now.  It follows a scathing report this week, from the Washington Examiner, that despite the central promise of his campaign, Trump had not built a single mile of new border fence since assuming office.

House Democrats Pass Trump-supported Budget Agreement, Freedom Caucus Objects

In its last act before the summer recess, and with the President’s help, the Democrat-controlled House passed a budget deal Thursday that increases spending, allows for more borrowing, and lifts the nation’s debt ceiling until 2021.  Most Republicans— 132 of them— defied the presidential whip and voted against it.  The Senate will take up the bill next week, and President Trump is expected to sign it.  In once again lifting the debt ceiling, Congress has provided the solution, as only it can, to a problem it created.

As Debt Ceiling Approaches, Both Sides Scramble for July Deal

Just before the weekend, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dropped a bombshell to those paying attention to Friday news: the federal government may run out of cash by early September.  “Based on updated projections, there is a scenario in which we run out of cash in early September, before Congress reconvenes,” the secretary wrote in a letter to Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.  “As such, I request that Congress increase the debt ceiling before Congress leaves for summer recess.”  Since then, Mnuchin and Pelosi have become besties, negotiating directly, and almost continuously, by phone.  Both sides want a deal before July 26, yet both sides remain far apart.

Trump Calls Off ICE Raids Again, Gives Congress Two Weeks to Fix Immigration

If you don’t like what President Trump does, wait about five minutes.  What started as a joke is quickly becoming a theme.  On Friday afternoon, it was reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was planning raids in more than a dozen major cities, targeting up to 2,000 families for deportation.  By Saturday, Trump tweeted the raids would be delayed another two weeks, ostensibly so that Congress could “work out a solution.”  It’s the third such instance this week— and second on immigration— where Trump has threatened major action, only to pull back at the last minute.

Progressives Battle Pelosi on Impeachment— But Who’s Winning?

You might have to go back to 1811 to find a freshman Member of Congress who has attracted as much national attention as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).  That was when Kentucky’s Henry Clay became Speaker of the House his first day on the job.  Since her shocking primary upset of Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley nearly a year ago, the ex-Bronx bartender has attracted a Twitter following nearly rivaling that of her arch-nemesis from Queens.  AOC made her first appearance on a Sunday show since her election, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and hinted at real “animus” between her fellow progressive backbenchers in Congress and the Democratic leadership, particularly on the issue of impeachment.

Constitutional Conflict: House Votes in Contempt, DOJ Threatens Executive Privilege

The ongoing struggle between the irresistible Democratic House and the immovable Republican presidency escalated again Tuesday. Along party lines, the House voted to hold Attorney General William Barr, and former White House Counsel Don McGahn, in civil contempt of Congress. In response, the Justice Department threatened to invoke Executive Privilege to block House access to documents pertaining to the U.S. Census. It’s the latest skirmish in a conflict that has consumed the capitol and paralyzed policymaking.

Democratic Hopefuls Address California’s Convention

A gaggle of presidential hopefuls gathered in suddenly-relevant California this weekend for their first big audition. The better-than-bakers’ dozen served as headliners in San Francisco for the California Democratic Party’s state convention. A crowd of 5,000 delegates heard the pitches and policies, and may be the best look yet at what the national party’s base of activists and partisan primary voters are looking for from their presidential standard-bearer next year.

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