Several pregnant women who are seeking asylum in the U.S. and were sent back to wait in Mexico by the Trump administration are struggling to access food, water and basic medical care while facing threats of violence and kidnapping, according to a government filing from immigrant rights advocates.
A formal complaint filed against the Department of Homeland Security by the ACLU in Texas last week details multiple accounts from unidentified migrant women subjected to the Trump administration policy known as “Remain in Mexico.”
One of the women, a 22-year-old from Honduras, is nearly eight months pregnant and has a 5-year-old daughter. Her lawyers say she and her daughter were kidnapped while traveling to the U.S., managed to escape and apply for asylum, but were sent back to Mexico over a month ago.
The “Remain in Mexico” policy, formally referred to as the Migrant Protection Protocols, applies to migrants traveling to the border. About 50,000 asylum seekers from Central American countries have been turned back under the policy, according to a DHS spokesperson.
The ACLU letter to the office tasked with oversight of DHS describes the impact of the U.S. government repeatedly returning migrants to Mexican border towns. An 18-year-old expecting mother from Ecuador was returned to Mexico multiple times, the ACLU said. In between her return trips to a Mexican border town she was kidnapped and her family was extorted for her release.
Another woman was ordered to return to Mexico with her 2-year-old daughter. A medical aid worker in Mexico examined the toddler and diagnosed the girl with dengue fever, according to the ACLU lawyers. But the woman and child don’t have access to medication in their make-shift encampment and have been sleeping under a tree in Matamoros, Mexico, according to the complaint.
Multiple women, who remain anonymous in the letter, said they were held in overcrowded Border Patrol stations longer than the mandated 72-hour limit before being returned to Mexico.
“Pregnant women should never have to worry about their safety or their health during pregnancy, and yet this is the situation CBP is forcing upon these expecting mothers,” said Astrid Dominguez, director of the ACLU Border Rights Center.
DHS did not return ABC News’ repeated requests for comment.
The legal team representing the whistleblower whose claims sparked the impeachment inquiry and President Donald Trump’s ire is expressing “serious concerns” for their client’s personal safety, according to a letter sent to acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.
Andrew Bakaj, an attorney for the whistleblower, writes that “the events of the past week have heightened our concerns that our client’s identity will be disclosed publicly and that, as a result, our client will be put in harm’s way.” Bakaj also claimed that “certain individuals have issued a $50,000 “bounty” for “any information” relating to our client’s identity.”
The legal team declined comment on the specific security issues raised.
“The current environment is one that requires sensitivity and intelligence about security and there are ongoing discussions about how to best to prepare for worst-case scenarios,” a source close to the case told ABC News.
In the letter to Maguire, Bakaj cited President Trump’s comments about the whistleblower’s sources as cause for concern. In a closed door meeting last Thursday, a video recording shows Trump saying telling an audience “I want to know who’s the person that gave the whistleblower, who’s the person that gave the whistleblower the information, because that’s close to a spy. You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? With spies and treason, right? We used to handle them a little differently than we do now.”
Although the president’s comments were directed at the person or persons who shared information with the whistleblower, Bakaj said it “does nothing to assuage our concerns for our client’s safety.”
The whistleblower’s legal team also forwarded their letter to Maguire to the leadership of the House and Senate intelligence committees, calling on both parties to call out for whistleblower protection and “reiterate that this is a protected system where retaliation is not permitted, whether direct or implied.”
In Bakaj’s letter to Maguire, he states “we expect this situation to worsen, and to become even more dangerous for our client and any other whistleblowers, as Congress seeks to investigate this matter.”
Over the weekend, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told ABC Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday that an agreement had been reached with Maguire to allow the whistleblower to appear before his committee. “We’ll get the unfiltered testimony of that whistleblower,” Schiff said, adding that the committee is “taking all the precautions” possible to protect the whistleblower’s identity.
The president, who has denied any wrongdoing alleged in the whistleblower’s complaint focusing on a July phone call between Trump and the president of the Ukraine, tweeted Sunday “I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called “Whistleblower,” represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way.” Trump also doubled down on his threats directed at the whistleblower’s sources, saying they would face “big consequences.”
The intelligence community’s inspector general found that the whistleblower’s complaint was “credible” and of “urgent concern.” That complaint was released to the public last Thursday, ahead of acting Maguire’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on his handling of the complaint.
Trump’s allies have attempted to discredit the whistleblower’s credibility. Mark Levin, a radio host and Trump supporter, appeared on “Fox and Friends” on Saturday to demand more information on the whistleblower, saying “I want to know everything about him! I want to know what kind of dogs they have, how many marriages they’ve had, if they have a DUI, if they’re a partisan, I want to know everything!”
Although the House and Senate are on a two-week break, members of the House involved in the impeachment inquiry are working through the recess, with depositions related to the probe scheduled to begin this week.
The whistleblower’s legal team said in a statement that they were continuing to work “with both parties in the House and Senate and we understand and agree that protecting the whistleblower’s identity is paramount.”
A time or date has yet to be set for the hearing, which will likely occur behind closed doors to protect the whistleblower’s anonymity. When asked about projected timing for the testimony, Schiff said he expected to hear from the whistleblower “very soon.”
President Donald Trump welcomed his new top military adviser during a rainy ceremony in Virginia on Monday, but the event may be most remembered for a touching moment the president and his national security team shared with a disabled Army captain.
At the conclusion of the ceremony at Fort Myer, Capt. Luis Avila performed a moving rendition of “God Bless America” for Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the incoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.
The president and his team then joined the captain in his performance before embracing and shaking hands with him and his caregiver.
Avila was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. Now almost completely paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, Avila has included music therapy as part of his healing and recovery process — the success of which was the focus of a recent study published in the “Disability and Rehabilitation” journal.
The study concluded that “in collaboration with other treatment disciplines, music therapy contributed to improvements in range of motion, functional use of bilateral upper extremities, strength endurance, breath support, articulation, task-attention, compensatory strategies, social integration, quality of life, and overall motivation in [Avila’s] recovery process.”
The Army captain has performed at several military events in recent years, including the 2019 Warrior Games.
Avila gifted the president, vice president, defense secretary and chairman what appeared to be his own “challenge coin” — small medallions normally awarded by military commanders.
Earlier during Monday’s ceremony, Milley was sworn in as the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, taking over for Gen. Joseph Dunford, who served a four-year term as the top military adviser to President Barack Obama and President Trump. Dunford will retire after more than four decades in the Marine Corps.
Iran’s main resistance group claimed Monday to have intelligence detailing how Tehran was behind the recent attacks on a Saudi oil facility — just days after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani challenged the international community to provide such evidence of its involvement.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said it has received information from within the government that detailed the missile and drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities on Sept. 14.
It announced its claims in a report, along with an accompanying press conference in Washington, D.C. The report says that the attack was ordered on July 31 by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, with both Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif present.
The group says the information is based on MEK (Mujahedin-e Khalq) sources from within the regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). MEK is part of the NCRI.
“The regime is counting on inaction of the international community in its aggression,” the report says. “As long as this regime exists, it will not cease its aggression.”
The U.K., France and Germany joined the U.S. last week in blaming Iran for the attacks, a win for President Trump as he seeks to rally other nations to endorse its “maximum pressure” campaign and demonstrate that Iran is a rogue regime.
“All nations have a duty to act, no responsible government should subsidize Iran’s bloodlust,” he said in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly last week.
Trump’s administration, which has imposed waves of sanctions after pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal last year, announced in the wake of the Saudi attack that it would sanction Iran’s national bank in response to the attack.
“This will mean no more funds going to the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] or to fund terror, and this is on top of our oil sanctions and our financial institution sanctions,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, calling the move “very big.”
But Rouhani has pointed the finger instead at Yemen rebels, telling reporters at the U.N. on Thursday that forces on the ground have longer-range missiles and have previously attacked parts of Saudi Arabia. He also urged the countries to provide proof for the allegations that Tehran is responsible.
“Those who make the allegations must provide the needed proof to back up such allegations,” he said.
But the NCRI says its intelligence indicates that the attack involved the highest levels of the Iranian regime. It goes on to name the type of missiles used and claims that it was produced by the military facility in Parchin, Tehran.
“The simultaneous missile and drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities on September 14, 2019, emanated from inside Iran and was a blatant act of war that Khamenei, Rouhani, Zarif, and other regime heads were responsible for in deciding, approving, and implementing,” the report concludes.
Much of the report is spent outlining the specifics about how exactly the missiles were produced, and how the attack was carried out — including when top IRGC commanders were deployed.
Specifically, it claims that IRGC commanders coordinated the attack from Omidiyeh base near Ahvaz and that the presence of regular army forces concealed the IRGC’s presence there.
Ominously, it also claims that a new IRGC force entered Omidiyeh on Sept. 22, nearly a week after the attack on the oil facilities, but that “there is no information on their orders yet.”
The NCRI has long been a thorn in the side of the regime, and its members have been targeted by the regime in attempted terror attacks in Europe. The NCRI has responded by calling for Europe to shut down Tehran’s embassies on the continent.
FILE PHOTO: Democratic Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders addresses attendees during the AFL-CIO Workers Presidential Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Mark Makela/File Photo
(Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Monday laid out a plan to hike taxes on big companies with wide pay gaps between executives and rank-and-file workers.
Sanders’ plan would raise tax rates on companies where the chief executive officer or highest-paid employee earns more than 50 times the median worker salary. The independent U.S. Senator from Vermont is competing for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election.
The proposal comes amid increased scrutiny of income inequality and top executives’ pay as a contributing factor. A Securities and Exchange Commission rule adopted in 2015 now requires companies disclose CEO pay ratios.
“The American people are sick and tired of corporate CEOs who now make 300 times more than their average employees, while they give themselves huge bonuses and cut back on the healthcare and pension benefits of their employees,” Sanders said in a statement.
If Sanders’ plan had been in place last year, JPMorganChase (JPM.N) would have paid up to $991.6 million more in taxes, Sanders’ campaign said in the statement. Walmart Inc (WMT.N) would have paid up to $793.8 million more and McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) would have paid up to $110.9 million more.
The proposal would apply to corporations with annual revenues above $100 million and would hike taxes on companies in increments based on the company’s compensation ratio. A ratio above 50 but not more than 100 would increase a company’s corporate taxes by 0.5 percentage points. A company with a ratio above 500 would see its tax rate rise by 5 percentage points.
The campaign estimated the plan would raise $150 billion over the next decade, and said the funds would be used to write off medical debt owed by Americans.
Sanders is one of 19 candidates running for the Democratic nomination. Most polls rank him among the strongest contenders, along with former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Reporting by Chris Prentice in New York; Editing by Daniel Wallis
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President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser John Bolton never directly mentioned his old boss Monday in his first public remarks since departing the White House, but the fierce Republican firebrand made clear he does not believe in the president’s North Korea strategy.
In a detailed repudiation of Trump’s North Korea policy, Bolton warned of a “grave and growing threat” from North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, condemned the administration for not condemning North Korea’s recent spate of ballistic missile tests, and argued that, in his “unvarnished” view, Kim Jong Un and his regime will never give up their nuclear weapons voluntarily.
Instead of Trump’s belief that he can personally negotiate with Kim to surrender his nuclear weapons, Bolton said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington that the U.S. should be considering regime change in Pyongyang, working with China to reunify North and South Korea, or using military force.
“These are questions that need to focus our attention, not, ‘Can we get another summit with Kim Jong Un or what the state of staff-level negotiations are to achieve a commitment from North Korea it will never honor,” Bolton said.
In fact, he argued, Kim was operating on the strategic decision to “do whatever he can to keep a deliverable nuclear weapons capability and to develop and enhance it further. He may try to get relief from international sanctions, he may make some concessions, but under current circumstances, he will never give up his nuclear weapons voluntarily.”
Two summits between Trump and Kim have yielded a vague joint declaration that committed their countries to the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and a change in their relations. But the two sides still don’t have a shared definition of that vague term, and the leaders’ second meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February ended when North Korea offered only to dismantle its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon, but not its existing nuclear weapons stockpile or its other secret sites, in exchange for economic sanctions being lifted.
Bolton warned there is a “world out there that’s ready to fall sucker to that kind of argument” of a partial or interim deal — something Trump may be now considering to get talks back on track. After he and Kim met at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea in June — a meeting which Bolton did not attend — the two sides said they agreed to working-level talks resuming in July. Three months later, those talks still haven’t taken place, and there is no meeting scheduled.
When asked by the CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha whether Trump’s “bromance diplomacy” is the best way forward, Bolton offered a no comment. As the audience laughed, Bolton added, “Nice try.”
Trump has already hit Bolton, who said he quit while Trump said he was asked to resign, for playing a spoiler role in North Korea talks, in particular after Bolton mentioned the “Libya model” for how to dismantle Kim’s nuclear weapons program. Bolton meant that as offering incentives only after a country dismantles its nuclear weapons program, like Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi did, but North Korea points to the deposing of Gadhafi and his torture and death years later as a sign giving up nuclear weapons increases the risk to a strongman leader.
“I don’t blame Kim Jong Un for what he said after that, and he wanted nothing to do with John Bolton. And that’s not a question of being tough. That’s a question of being not smart to say something like that,” Trump said in the Oval Office the day after Bolton was ousted.
In a shot at Trump, Bolton said Monday the “Libya model” is not “properly understood.” But Bolton also relishes his role as North Korea foil: “I am delighted to be here today. I’m also sure the leadership of North Korea is delighted that I’m here today in a private capacity,” Bolton said to laughs. “Perhaps they’ll be less delighted now that I can speak in unvarnished terms about the grave and growing threat that the North Korean nuclear weapons program poses to international peace and security.”
While Trump has downplayed the nearly dozen ballistic missile tests that Kim has conducted since the Hanoi summit, Bolton argued that it undermines U.S. security and sanctions enforcement against Pyongyang: “When you ask for consistent behavior from others, you have to demonstrate it yourself, and when we fail to do that we open ourselves and our policy to fail.”
The tests have also allowed North Korea to enhance their missile capability, Bolton said.
Mississippi Police Shot a Bullet Into the Back of His Head. A City Attorney Is Arguing It Doesn’t Matter Since He’s Not a Citizen
Mississippi police should have never been at Ismael Lopez’s door. But in executing a warrant for a man wanted for domestic assault in July 2017, police went to the wrong address, arriving at Lopez’s home instead of the suspect’s.
Lopez would not survive the encounter with police, who never announced themselves at the door. He died from a single bullet to the back of his head.
Now, the city is arguing they have no liability over what happened to Lopez because he was not a U.S. citizen, CNN reports.
An attorney for Southaven, Miss., filed a motion to have a wrongful death lawsuit dismissed on Sept. 4, arguing that Lopez does not qualify for constitutional protections because he was an “illegal alien” when he was fatally shot by the state.
“If he ever had Fourth Amendment or Fourteenth Amendment civil rights, they were lost by his own conduct and misconduct. Ismael Lopez may have been a person on American soil but he was not one of the ‘We, the People of the United States’ entitled to the civil rights invoked in this lawsuit,” a city attorney wrote in her motion.
In the conclusion, the city lawyer says, “Federal civil rights are not civil rewards for violating the laws of the United States.”
Southaven is also arguing that because Lopez himself had a criminal record (“for a crime of violence,” the motion reads) that he does not have the same rights as legal immigrants or visa holders.
Let’s clear up one thing out the gate: the U.S. Constitution applies to every person residing in the U.S., regardless of what papers they do or don’t have (and, in fact, if one actually cared to read the U.S. Constitution, as this city attorney appears to have not, the document frequently refers to “people” or “person” rather than “citizen”).
Put another way: In the same way being a non-citizen doesn’t exempt you from following the laws of the place you live in, so too, should a non-citizen expect to be protected under those laws.
Lopez is exemplary of this precisely because he hasn’t had a particularly commendable record. As CNN reports:
Lopez had previously been deported twice and re-entered the country without permission, according to a Mississippi Bureau of Investigation report obtained by the Commercial Appeal in Memphis. He had been arrested on domestic violence and DUI charges in Washington State in the 1990s, according to the report.
But that’s the thing about the Constitution, especially its most basic protections: They don’t just apply to “good” people, or people you like.
Lopez’s family attorney, Murray Wells, held a news conference last Thursday addressing the city of Southaven’s “chilling” position.
Once again, from CNN:
“In an address to a federal judge in an open pleading in court, the city of Southaven has announced that it is their policy that if you are an undocumented resident of that city, you have no constitutional protections,” Wells said.
“Meaning, that storm troopers can come into your house and kill you without regard to any constitutional results or repercussions whatsoever.”
“It’s in direct conflict with the Constitution of the United States, which clearly says under the 14th Amendment line one (that) all persons on United States territories have constitutional rights,” Wells said. “We’re shocked; we do not believe that those arguments are in good faith. We don’t believe they’re founded on any real law whatsoever.”
A grand jury failed to indict the two police officers for homicide or manslaughter in Lopez’s killing in 2018. One has since left the department. As for the police chief overseeing the officers who killed Lopez (and who were caught last year on video “hog-tying” a suspect who later died)?
He’s enjoying his retirement.
President Donald Trump ramped up his attacks on the Ukraine call whistleblower Monday saying that the person “knew almost nothing.”
“The Fake Whistleblower complaint is not holding up,” Trump tweeted. “It is mostly about the call to the Ukrainian President which, in the name of transparency, I immediately released to Congress & the public. The Whistleblower knew almost nothing, its 2ND HAND description of the call is a fraud!”
Trump’s latest attack comes a day after he claimed on Twitter that in his or her complaint, the whistleblower had represented his conversation with the Ukranian president in “a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way.”
“Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called “Whistleblower,” represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way,” Trump tweeted Sunday.
Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called “Whistleblower,” represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way. Then Schiff made up what I actually said by lying to Congress……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 29, 2019
“I want to know who’s the person that gave the whistleblower, who’s the person that gave the whistleblower the information, because that’s close to a spy,” Trump said during a private event in New York. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? With spies and treason, right? We used to handle them a little differently than we do now.”
Trump also got backlash from GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger for tweeting out a paraphrase of Pastor Robert Jeffress on “Fox and Friends” Sunday he feared that if the president is successfully removed from office that it will result in a “Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.”
“I have visited nations ravaged by civil war,” Kinzinger tweeted. “@realDonaldTrump I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant.”
I have visited nations ravaged by civil war. @realDonaldTrump I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant. https://t.co/a5Bae7bP7g
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) September 30, 2019
The president on Twitter said that he not only wants to meet his “accuser” –the whistleblower — but the person who provided the whistleblower with the information in his complaint.
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Donald Trump is shook.
You can tell the “president” is shook because every time he is, he starts flailing on Twitter, tweeting out whatever nonsense he can think of to put up a brave front—but his words usually belie that enormous front and reveal that deep down inside, he is afraid of whatever may be coming next for him.
In this particular instance, what comes next may, in fact, be impeachment hearings that could eventually lead to his ouster from office.
Sure, impeachment should have happened a long time ago, because nothing about this man says he should be sitting in the highest office in the land, but that is neither here nor there, at this point. We currently have members of the House actively calling for him to be unseated, and as the days pass it looks like the likelihood of that happening grows, so he is once again afraid and once again tweeting nonsense to try and “scare” the American people into keeping him in place.
And so, as it goes, on Sunday, Trump tweeted a quote from an evangelical Southern Baptist preacher who thinks Trump is the best thing to happen to the United States white bread—Robert Jeffress.
“If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal,” Trump wrote, noting that it was a quote from a Jeffress. Jeffress made the statement during an appearance on Fox & Friends Weekend on Sunday.
According to the Washington Post, Jeffress has been a staunch supporter of Trump since early 2016 and has considered him “a true friend” to evangelical Christians. He introduced the then-presidential candidate at a campaign rally in January 2016, and then gave a speech endorsing Trump a month later in Fort Worth.
And that’s not all. The Post reports:
Since then, the pastor has been one of Trump’s most outspoken supporters. He uses the Bible to defend the president’s actions and brushes away allegations of immoral conduct, from extramarital affairs to alleged sexual assault, by emphasizing Trump’s record on filling the judiciary with conservative justices and pushing for policies that limit access to abortion.
His speeches regularly appear on Fox News, and Jeffress gave a private sermon to the president-elect and his family before Trump was sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017. He was one of the guests honored by name at a dinner Trump held for evangelical leaders. Trump has shared and replied to Jeffress in the past on Twitter, promoting the pastor’s book releases in 2017 and last January. The pair has appeared together in public on several occasions.
Jeffress has called “Never Trump” Christians “absolutely spineless morons” and compared them to the German Christians in the 1930s who did not try to stop the Nazis. He has called the Mormon Church a “cult,” and personally attacked Republican Mitt Romney over his faith in 2011. He once compared Trump’s border wall to the gates to heaven, because both signify “not everybody’s going to be allowed in.”
Several members of Congress openly condemned Trump’s parroting of Jeffress’ rhetoric, including Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican representing the state of Illinois who is also a decorated Air Force veteran and served the country as a pilot in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Kinzinger quoted Trump’s tweet and wrote on Twitter, “I have visited nations ravaged by civil war. @realDonaldTrump I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant.”
Two Democratic Senators—Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Brian Schatz of Hawaii—also spoke out against the tweet.
“Hey @brianschatz – question,” Murphy tweeted. “The President just said that if Congress impeaches him, his suppporters [sic] will rise up in armed insurrection. ‘Civil War,’ he says. So tomorrow will Senate Republicans a. support impeachment inquiry; or b. condemn him in strong unequivocal terms.”
Schatz responded, “It’s c. do absolutely nothing. Or it could be d. Furrowed brow, deep concern. Or we might see e. Hillary emails George Soros Deep State.”
“Oh, right. Probably a mix of (c) and (e). It’s just so frightening. He is going to keep talking like this and some people are going to listen and do what he asks,” Murphy replied.
As the Post notes, this is not the first time Jeffress has issued a dire warning about what could happen to the country if Trump were to be impeached. He told Fox host Lou Dobbs on Friday, “I really don’t like what’s going to happen to this nation…If he is removed, this country is finished.”
Hyperbole aside, Trump has absolutely ruined the office of the presidency, and the Republicans have stood idly by as he has done it. They continue to back him even though he shows time and time again that he is only serving his own self-interests. So maybe, just maybe, it’s Republicans and Trump—and not the impending impeachment—who are destroying this country.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said as much in a series of tweets early Monday morning.
Quoting Trump’s tweet, Raskin wrote, “Lincoln created the Republican Party and gave his life in order to save the Union. Trump ruined the Republican Party and now threatens to destroy the Union in order to save his job.”
“With charity towards none and malice for all, Trump invokes ‘a Civil War like fracture,’ he continued.
“Lincoln: To save the Union, he would give his life. Trump: To save his job, he would destroy the Union,” Raskin concluded.
10 House Democrats from districts President Trump won in 2016 are doggedly resisting the majority of their caucus in refusing to support an impeachment inquiry.
They’re part of a rapidly-shrinking group following their House peers in holding out. Within 24 hours on Thursday and Friday, Rep. Conor Lamb, who represents a conservative-leaning stretch of Western Pennsylvania, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, came around to backing an impeachment inquiry.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday she was opening impeachment hearings into Trump. The California Democrat said Trump betrayed America’s security by seeking to enlist a foreign power, Ukraine, to tarnish a rival for his own political gain when he leaned on the president of that country to investigate business activities by Hunter Biden, son of former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Some vulnerable House Democrats are portraying the issue as a matter of semantics. They want to back committee investigations into Trump while shunning the word “impeachment.”
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