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|Trump Faces Two Impeachment Articles on Abuse of Power and Obstruction ||Score picks, bold predictions and fantasy tips for every Week 3 NFL game |
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats formally announced their articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday morning. Flanked by the committee chairs who led the inquiry, Pelosi said the House would move to impeach Trump on two counts: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.âToday, in service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Committee on the Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment, charging the president of the U.S., Donald J. Trump, with committing high crimes and misdemeanors,âÂ said House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY).Â The introduction of articles effectively concludes the impeachment inquiry that began in September to investigate the extent of Trumpâs pressure campaign to get Ukraine to do him political favors. It sets the parameters for a full vote in the House on impeachment next weekâand a trial in the Senate in January.Last Impeachment Hearing Ends With a MehAfter their press conference on Tuesday morning, the Judiciary panel released the text of the articles of impeachment to the public, which lays out their case over nine pages.Â âPresident Trump used the powers of the presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process,â the articles read. He âthus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.âAfter describing the White Houseâs stonewalling of Democratsâ request for documents and testimony, the articles posit that âthis abuse of office served to cover up the presidentâs own repeated misconduct and to seize and control the power of impeachment.âAbuse of power is the first article of impeachment that appears, and itâs been the most talked about by Democrats. In recent hearings in the Judiciary Committee, they have laid out the case Trump abused the authority of his office by leveraging his power to compel Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce investigations into the Biden family and theories about Ukrainian election interference to help Hillary Clinton. Democrats argue that because Trumpâs conduct involves the election and a foreign power it is a textbook example of what the Founders imagined for impeachment.House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) addressed that argument during his brief remarks Tuesday.Â âNow, some would argue, why donât you just wait? Why donât you just wait until you get these witnesses the White House refuses to produce? Why donât you just wait until you get the documents the White House refuses to turn over,â Schiff said, before noting it took eight months to get a ruling to show White House counsel Don McGahn did not have the âabsolute right to defy Congress.âSchiff said that argument amounted to saying, âWhy donât you just let him cheat in one more election?ââThe presidentâs misconduct goes to the heart of whether we can conduct a free and fair election in 2020,â he said. âIt is bad enough for a candidate to invite foreign interference in our political process, but it is far more corrosive for a president to do so and to abuse his power to make it so.âÂ Â Trump responded in a tweet: âNadler just said that I âpressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election.â Ridiculous, and he knows that is not true. Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times, that there âWAS NO PRESSURE.â Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!âThroughout the process, Democrats had argued Trump was effectively impeaching himself by obstructing Congressâ investigatory process. In the Ukraine matter, the White House ignored Democratsâ subpoenas for documents and testimony, preventing them from filling in key gaps in the investigation.Â Key figures from former Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney were blocked from testifying, while the State Department sat on thousands of pages of documentsâwhich they were once planning to hand overâthat could have fleshed out the events described by the witnesses who did testify.Â The article on obstruction of Congress, then, was hardly a surprise. The most revealing bit of news from the articlesâ rollout was their omission of Special Counsel Robert Muellerâs Russia investigation and its findings that Trump probably obstructed justice.Â The only allusion to Mueller was a statement that Trumpâs actions on Ukraine were âconsistent with President Trumpâs previous invitations of foreign interference in United States elections.âAll week, Democratsâ hints to a âpatternâ of behavior exhibited by the president seemed to indicate that the findings in Muellerâs report had at minimum informed what is ultimately voted on in the House Judiciary Committee later this week. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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|Buttigieg Says McKinsey Clients Included Blue Cross, Best Buy ||Sources: Yanks' German won't pitch again in '19 |
(Bloomberg) -- Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday released the names of clients that he worked for as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., a list that includes Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan, the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of Defense.Buttigieg, who has risen to the top tier of candidates in the Democratic primary, had come under fire from Democratic rivals, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, for not giving voters a full picture of his private sector experience. He made public the names one day after the firm released him from a nondisclosure agreement.In his three years at the firm from 2007 to 2010, Buttigieg also worked for Loblaw Cos., the Canadian grocer, as well as Best Buy Co., the National Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and the Energy Foundation.âNow, voters can see for themselves that my work amounted to mostly research and analysis,â Buttigieg said in a statement. âThey can also see that I value both transparency and keeping my word. Neither of these qualities are something we see coming out of Washington, especially from this White House. Itâs time for that to change.âThe detailed information about his time at McKinsey also comes as Buttigieg has opened up his private fundraisers to the press, a response to Warren and other Democratic candidates who had criticized his practice of keeping the events closed. Warren doesnât hold fundraisers and relies mostly on grassroots contributions.At Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2007, Buttigieg worked for three months on a team focused on overhead expenditures and the project did not involve policies, premiums or benefits, according to the campaign. His work at Loblawâs in Toronto in 2008 centered on the effects of price cuts. At Best Buy in Chicago in 2008, he focused on opportunities to sell more energy-efficient home products in stores.In 2008-2009, he worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council and energy-related government departments and nonprofits to research ways to combat climate change through energy efficiency. The work culminated in a published report, titled, âUnlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy.âIn 2009, he worked at the Energy Foundation in California and researched renewable energy. He then worked at the Department of Defense, focusing on increasing employment and entrepreneurship in Iraq and Afghanistan. As part of that work, he was based in Washington but traveled to both of those countries. His last project was for the Postal Service, based in Washington, where he worked on finding new sources of revenue.In his statement, Buttigieg also took aim at critics of his private-sector work, saying the attacks on him have pulled away focus on issues such as gun violence and health care.âAt the same time, I am also concerned about efforts to demonize and disqualify people who have worked in the private sector for the sake of political purity,â he said. âThe majority of Americans have worked in the private sector at some point in their life. Good public servants - including recent Democratic presidents - have worked in the private sector at some point in their lives.âWarren demanded that he release his McKinsey client list as the consulting firm was criticized, including by Buttigieg himself, for its work on opioids and migrant detention.âAs somebody who left the firm a decade ago, seeing what certain people in that firm have decided to do is extremely frustrating and extremely disappointing,â Buttigieg told reporters last week.Buttigieg has criticized Warren for failing to release her tax returns covering the years she did work as a bankruptcy lawyer.On Sunday, Warren disclosed that she had made $1.9 million as a bankruptcy lawyer. She had previously released the names of the clients and cases she took on during her tenure as a professor at Harvard and other law schools, as well as 11 years of tax returns, back to 2008. The documents released Sunday cover her compensation between 1985 and 2009, but donât include tax returns.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Adds Buttigieg comments on Warren in 13th paragraph, Warren response in 14th.)To contact the reporter on this story: Tyler Pager in Washington at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at firstname.lastname@example.org, John Harney, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comÂŠ2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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|Beshear becomes target of lawsuit claiming abuse of power ||Flame out: NFL field pyrotechnics get brief ban |
For nearly four years as Kentucky attorney general, Andy Beshear filed a series of lawsuits accusing then-Gov. Matt Bevin of abusing his executive powers. Now Beshear is being sued by the people he ousted from the state school board on his first day as governor. The new Democratic governor wielded his executive authority Tuesday to reorganize the Kentucky Board of Education with 11 new members, fulfilling a campaign promise he made to teachers.
| The NFL has placed a temporary ban on all flame effects and pyrotechnics used on its playing fields as it investigates a fire at the Tennessee Titans' Nissan Stadium in Week 2. |
|Suu Kyi in court as genocide case set out against Myanmar ||DC floats Lamar-Mahomes as next Peyton-Brady |
Mass rapes, the burning alive of Muslim Rohingya families in their homes and the killing with knives of dozens of children were described by Gambia's legal team as it set out its genocide case against Myanmar at the U.N.'s highest court on Tuesday. Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate, looked on impassively as the alleged atrocities were detailed on the first of three days of hearings at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The case was instituted by Gambia against Buddhist-majority Myanmar in November.
| Ravens defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale is looking forward to Sunday's showdown between Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes, saying it could be sports' next great rivalry, a la Tom Brady and Peyton Manning or Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. |
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Unfair Questions or Democracy At Work ?
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Capitalism and The Wealth Gap
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Living Wages Are A Global Problem
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Ukraine: Not What It Seems
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Coup Or Civil War In Egypt
The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.