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    WASHINGTON -- The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the Senate version of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, a timeline that could see the sweeping legislation signed into law early this week.On Monday evening, the House will vote on the terms for the bill's consideration, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a statement, and the chamber will vote to approve the changes made in the Senate the following day.That vote is expected to succeed on a party line, as it did in the Senate, with a narrow Democratic majority. If the House does pass the bill, Biden is expected to sign it soon thereafter, days before benefits from the December stimulus are set to expire. The nearly $2 trillion package includes up to $1,400 stimulus checks to many Americans, and billions of dollars for states and municipalities, schools, small businesses and vaccine distribution.The final legislative...
    CHICAGO (CBS Chicago/CBS News) — The U.S. Senate on Saturday approved President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. As CBS 2’s Marissa Parra reported, this newest step comes as 11.4 million Americans are at risk of losing their unemployment benefits in the coming weeks. READ MORE: Man Found Dead With Gunshot To Back At Scene Of Englewood Fire The final vote was 50-49, with all Democrats voting in favor of the bill and all Republicans voting against it. The passage of the bill was met with cheers and applause from Democrats, celebrating the passage of one of Mr. Biden’s key priorities. Vice President Kamala Harris did not need to visit the Capitol to break any ties, as GOP Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) left due to a family emergency on Friday. Democrats took a victory lap after the passage of the bill, with Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)...
    By Paul LeBlanc | CNN Republican Sen. Josh Hawley has voted to confirm Cecilia Rouse as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers on Tuesday, breaking a streak of opposition to Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees. Hawley’s support came after he defended on Monday his prior record of not voting to advance any Biden Cabinet secretary nominees, insisting that he evaluates each pick individually. “I take them one at a time, if there is someone I think will be good to Missouri, that I can defend to my voters, somebody who I think is going to be good for the job, I’ll vote for them,” Hawley told CNN’s Manu Raju on Monday, pointing to his support of a deputy defense nominee who was confirmed by the chamber through a voice vote. So far, 13 of Biden’s 23 Cabinet-level nominees requiring Senate approval have been confirmed — with Hawley having opposed each...
    The CEO of Goya Foods declared former President Donald Trump the "legitimate" commander in chief during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference this weekend. In his speech to CPAC on Sunday, Robert Unanue, 67, called Trump “the real, the legitimate, and still the actual president of the United States," adding, “We still have faith that the majority of the people in the United States voted for the president,” even though the former president lost the popular vote by more than seven million votes. Unanue's claims of election fraud extended to the Georgia Senate runoffs, which he argued were “not legitimate.” “As a citizen of the United States, I think I’m allowed to vote once, once — not twice, or three times, or 10 times,” he said. GOYA FOODS NAMES AOC 'EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH' AFTER HER BOYCOTT BOOSTS SALES BY 1,000% Goya Foods did not immediately respond...
    (CNN) — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Monday to advance President Joe Biden’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for attorney general, setting up his confirmation before the full Senate. The vote was 15 to 7 with all Democratic senators and four Republicans in favor of the nominee. READ MORE: University Of Illinois COVID Saliva Test Approved By FDA Garland, the former chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, has been praised by members of both parties for his intellect and integrity. He pledged in his nomination hearing last month to “fend off any effort by anyone” to politically influence the Justice Department’s investigations, and that his first priority would be to fully prosecute the “heinous” crimes committed in the attack on the US Capitol on January 6. “He’s a man of extraordinary qualifications,” said Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, the Judiciary Committee’s chairman, on Monday. “His...
    U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks prior to signing an executive order, aimed at addressing a global semiconductor chip shortage, in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, February 24, 2021.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Without naming Amazon specifically, President Joe Biden on Sunday expressed support for a closely watched union vote at one of the retail giant's Alabama warehouses, calling it "vitally important." "Today and over the next few days and weeks, workers in Alabama and all across America are voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace," Biden said in a video shared to his Twitter page. "This is vitally important — a vitally important choice, as America grapples with the deadly pandemic, the economic crisis and the reckoning on race — what it reveals is the deep disparities that still exist in our country." Representatives from Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request...
    (CNN)The Nebraska Republican Party rebuked Sen. Ben Sasse on Saturday for his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, the latest Republican in Congress to face backlash from a state party. The Nebraska GOP's state central committee formally expressed its disappointment but stopped short of a formal censure, though the resolution said Sasse "stands rebuked" by the Nebraska GOP. The senator, who was reelected last fall with 63% of the vote, dismissed the decision in a statement on Saturday, saying, "Most Nebraskans don't think politics should be about the weird worship of one dude."A Nebraska GOP official confirmed the action to CNN on Saturday. The meeting was delayed earlier this month because of a winter storm. "Senator Sasse's condemnation of President Trump and his support for President Trump's impeachment have been liberally used multiple times by Democrats as justification for a truncated impeachment process that denied the President due process,"...
    Utah Sen. Mitt Romney might be the only Republican to vote to convict former President Donald Trump in both of his impeachment trials, but he still said the former commander in chief could win another presidential primary. Romney, the junior U.S. senator from Utah, said on Tuesday he's "pretty sure" Trump would win the 2024 GOP presidential primary if he ran for a third time. TRUMP 'WON'T SAY YET' WHETHER HE'LL RUN IN 2024 “Will President Trump continue to play a role in my party? I’m sure he will, he has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party," the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said. "I don’t know about his family members, whether they intend to do that. But I expect he will continue playing a role. I don’t know if he’ll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he will...
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Final results from a Feb. 7 presidential election in Ecuador confirmed that former banker Guillermo Lasso came second behind leading candidate Andrés Arauz, meaning the two will contest a runoff vote in April, election officials said Sunday. Lasso, who had lost the last two presidential contests, won 19.74% of votes in the election while Indigenous candidate Yaku Pérez came third with 19.38% after all votes were counted, the National Electoral Council said. Just 32,600 votes separated the two candidates. Arauz led with 32.72%, a frontrunner status that became clear in partial results and only left open the question of who he would face in the April 11 runoff after the tight race for second place. Arauz, who is backed by ex-President Rafael Correa, has proposed making the wealthy pay more taxes, strengthening consumer protections, public banking and local credit and savings organizations. He also says he...
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Final results from a Feb. 7 presidential election in Ecuador confirmed that former banker Guillermo Lasso came second behind leading candidate Andrés Arauz, meaning the two will contest a runoff vote in April, election officials said Sunday. Lasso, who had lost the last two presidential contests, won 19.74% of votes in the election while Indigenous candidate Yaku Pérez came third with 19.38% after all votes were counted, the National Electoral Council said. Just 32,600 votes separated the two candidates. Arauz led with 32.72%, a frontrunner status that became clear in partial results and only left open the question of who he would face in the April 11 runoff after the tight race for second place. Arauz, who is backed by ex-President Rafael Correa, has proposed making the wealthy pay more taxes, strengthening consumer protections, public banking and local credit and savings organizations. He...
    By DALATOU MAMANE, Associated Press NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Polls opened Sunday morning in Niger for the second round of voting in the country’s presidential elections, after none of the 28 candidates won an absolute majority in December’s vote. Former foreign affairs minister Mohamed Bazoum, who received about 39% of the vote in the first round, is running against former president Mahamane Ousmane, who won nearly 17% of the vote, according to the National Independent Electoral Commission. The winner of Sunday's vote will succeed President Mahamadou Issoufou who is stepping down after serving two terms, in accordance with Niger's constitution. Issoufou's decision to respect the constitution has been widely hailed and paves the way for Niger's first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since its independence from France in 1960. The West African nation has seen four coups. Issoufou's chosen successor is Bazoum, 71, a longtime Cabinet minister who is from...
    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Polls opened Sunday morning in Niger for the second round of voting in the country’s presidential elections, after none of the 28 candidates won an absolute majority in December’s vote. Former foreign affairs minister Mohamed Bazoum, who received about 39% of the vote in the first round, is running against former president Mahamane Ousmane, who won nearly 17% of the vote, according to the National Independent Electoral Commission. The winner of Sunday’s vote will succeed President Mahamadou Issoufou who is stepping down after serving two terms, in accordance with Niger’s constitution. Issoufou’s decision to respect the constitution has been widely hailed and paves the way for Niger’s first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since its independence from France in 1960. The West African nation has seen four coups. Issoufou’s chosen successor is Bazoum, 71, a longtime Cabinet minister who is from Niger’s small ethnic...
    The Utah Republican Party said Monday that it doesn’t have any plans to censure Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) for his vote to convict former President Donald Trump over last month’s deadly U.S. Capitol riot. “As a party, we are focused on supporting our elected officials and unifying around those principles that got them elected,” Utah GOP party chairman Derek Brown said in an interview with FOX 13. “At this point, we believe it is crucial to focus on unifying our party, working together to retain those new voters who joined the Republican Party this last year, while bringing back any who may have left.” Brown’s comments come as hundreds of Utah Republicans have signed an online petition slamming Romney’s impeachment vote, while calling for the senator to be censured. “Senator Willard Mitt Romney has failed, and continues to fail, to represent the average conservative Utah Republican voter,” reads the petition,...
    TREVOR Noah likened Donald Trump to OJ Simpson after the impeachment acquittal, but joked the former president is "responsible for more deaths." The Daily Show host slammed the former president and Senate Republicans on Monday after the Senate voted to acquit Trump for a second time. 5Trevor Noah likened Trump to OJ Simpson for his acquittal recordCredit: AP:Associated Press 5OJ Simpson was acquitted in the murder of his wife and her friend in 1995Credit: Getty - Pool The Senate voted 57-43 to find Trump not guilty of inciting the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on Saturday, falling 10 votes short of the supermajority needed to convict. The results were expected, since a two-thirds vote was needed to convict Trump and the Senate is split 50-50 down the party line, but was still met with much backlash. "This dude just love losing the popular vote," Noah cracked, before...
    Savannah Rychcik February 16, 2021 0 Comments Dave Ball, the Washington County, Pennsylvania, Republican Party chair, is blasting Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) for his vote to convict former President Donald Trump. “We did not send him there to vote his conscience. We did not send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he was doing. We sent him there to represent us,” Ball said during an appearance on Pittsburgh-area CBS affiliate KDKA-TV. He suggested Toomey was not “straightforward” with party leaders on impeachment. Watch his interview below: Toomey said in a statement on Saturday, “I was one of the 74 million Americans who voted for President Trump, in part because of the many accomplishments of his administration. Unfortunately, his behavior after the election betrayed the confidence millions of us placed in him.” He continued, “His betrayal of the Constitution and his oath of office required conviction.”...
    Rep. Adam Kinzinger has released a letter he alleges was sent to him by nearly a dozen family members shunning him over his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for the second time. Kinzinger (R-Ill.) provided the letter to the New York Times, which published it on Monday. It was dated Friday, Jan. 8 and penned by Karen Otto, a cousin of the Illinois lawmaker. “Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God! We were once so proud of your accomplishments! Instead, you go against your Christian principals [sic] and join the ‘devil’s army,’” Otto wrote at the start of the correspondence, which was signed by 10 other relatives. “We thought you were ‘smart’ enough to see how the left is brainwashing so many ‘so called good people’ including yourself and many other GOP members. You have even fallen for their socialism [sic] ideals,” she...
    More On: donald trump Lincoln Project’s disgrace and other commentary Trump greeted by hundreds of cheering fans on Presidents Day McConnell says Trump could play ‘constructive’ role for GOP ‘Starting from scratch’: Harris contradicts Fauci on White House COVID vaccine plan Rep. Adam Kinzinger has released a letter he alleges was sent to him by nearly a dozen family members shunning him over his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for the second time. Kinzinger (R-Ill.) provided the letter to the New York Times, which published it on Monday. It was dated Friday, Jan. 8 and penned by Karen Otto, a cousin of the Illinois lawmaker. “Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God! We were once so proud of your accomplishments! Instead, you go against your Christian principals [sic] and join the ‘devil’s army,'” Otto wrote at the start of the correspondence, which...
    The North Carolina Republican Party is expected to censure Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) on Monday for voting to convict former President Trump over last month’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, North Carolina news outlet WBT reports. Burr, who is retiring from the U.S. Senate in 2022, voted that Trump’s second impeachment trial was unconstitutional, but ultimately voted to convict the former president. “North Carolina Republicans sent Senator Burr to the United States Senate to uphold the Constitution and his vote today to convict in a trial that he declared unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing,” North Carolina Republican Party chairman Michael Whatley said in a statement Saturday. Whatley wasn’t the only state GOP official to condemn Burr’s vote. “I absolutely support a censure of Senator Richard Burr, NC for his vote on the impeachment of President Trump,” North Carolina GOP committee member Kyshia Lineberger said Saturday. “Senator Burr did NOT vote...
    Former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCongress must step up to restore accountability to national security policy Iowa, New Hampshire Republicans grapple with setting post-Trump tone South Carolina GOP votes to censure Rep. Rice over impeachment vote MORE (R-Ariz.) condemned the Senate's acquittal of former President TrumpDonald TrumpSix people who guarded Roger Stone entered Capitol during attack: NYT Cassidy pens column explaining vote to convict Trump Puerto Rico governor: Congress 'morally obligated' to act on statehood vote MORE in an op-ed published Monday, calling the vote the final "normalization" of a president who should never be considered normal. In the op-ed published on CNN.com, the Arizona Republican wrote that his own party should have voted to convict Trump and bar him from running for federal office, writing: "We didn't convict him. We should have, but we didn't." "Let's not compound the grievous injury to the country and our party by...
    Richard Burr will face Monday a censure vote from North Carolina's Republican Party after he joined six other Republicans on Saturday in voting in favor of convicting Donald Trump for 'inciting an insurrection.' The move by Burr's home state GOP is the latest in fallout for the seven Republican senators dubbed 'Republicans in name only' or 'RINOs'. The vote to formally express disapproval of Burr is expected to pass swiftly with overwhelming support for censoring him. 'I am voting yes because he failed his state and his constituents by voting to convict FORMER President Trump in what was an unconstitutional trial. A trial that even he said was unconstitutional,' North Carolina's RNC committeewoman Kyshia Lineberger told CNN. 'At the end of the day, America is a Republic where we the people elect representatives. Senator Burr did not represent the will of the people and that is a shame.' North Carolina's...
    Savannah Rychcik February 15, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) could be censured over his vote to convict former President Donald Trump. According to the Associated Press, the North Carolina Republican Party is planning to vote on whether to censure Burr on Monday. Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party Michael Whatley released a statement on Saturday condemning Burr’s vote. “North Carolina Republicans sent Senator Burr to the United States Senate to uphold the Constitution and his vote today to convict in a trial that he declared unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing,” Whatley said. Burr released a statement of his own on Saturday defending his vote. “I have listened to the arguments presented by both sides and considered the facts. The facts are clear. The President promoted unfounded conspiracy theories to cast doubt on the integrity of a free and fair election because he did not like...
    After a “heartbreaking” verdict, House prosecutors who argued that Donald Trump should be found guilty of inciting the assault on Capitol Hill said Sunday that they proved their claim, and lashed out at the Republican Senate leader and a majority of his colleagues “for assuming contradictory positions” when acquitting the former president. Miami World / apnews A day after Trump won his second Senate impeachment in two years, support appears to be growing for forming an independent commission, similar to the panel created after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to make sure that do not repeat such a horrendous insurrection. The end of the expedited trial hardly put an end to the debate over Trump’s guilt in the Jan.6 assault as the political, legal and emotional fallout continues. Additional investigations into the revolt are already planned, and the Senate scheduled hearings for the end of this month before...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is turning his focus to retaking the majority in 2022, saying he would back Republican primary candidates based on their electability, even if it meant opposing Trump-backed rivals, he revealed in a new interview. “My goal is, in every way possible, to have nominees representing the Republican Party who can win in November. Some of them may be people the former president likes. Some of them may not be. The only thing I care about is electability,” the highest-ranking Republican official told Politico in a telephone interview over the weekend. The Kentucky senator went on to warn, however, that this did not mean he planned to naturally oppose any Trump-endorsed candidates. “I’m not predicting the president would support people who couldn’t win. But I do think electability — not who supports who — is the critical point,” he argued. The Senate is split 50-50...
    More On: mitch mcconnell Republicans divided on Trump impeachment acquittal, impact on future Mitch McConnell tells fellow GOP senators he will vote to acquit Trump Senate votes Congressional Gold Medal for Capitol cop Eugene Goodman GOP senators untouched by Democrats’ Trump trial prosecution Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is turning his focus to retaking the majority in 2022, saying he would back Republican primary candidates based on their electability, even if it meant opposing Trump-backed rivals, he revealed in a new interview. “My goal is, in every way possible, to have nominees representing the Republican Party who can win in November. Some of them may be people the former president likes. Some of them may not be. The only thing I care about is electability,” the highest-ranking Republican official told Politico in a telephone interview over the weekend. The Kentucky senator went on to warn, however, that this...
    Former President Donald Trump on Saturday, after the Senate acquitted him of the impeachment charge against him, teased a return to the political arena in his post-presidency -- but he may still face efforts to punish him for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by his supporters.  The Senate failed to reach the 67-vote threshold to convict Trump on inciting an insurrection as charged in the House's article of impeachment. There were 57 votes to convict and 43 "not guilty" votes.  "Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun," Trump said in a statement following the vote. "In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people." But in the coming weeks and months, Trump could also be facing continued efforts to hold him...
    Washington (CNN)The North Carolina Republican Party will meet Monday to vote on whether to censure Sen. Richard Burr for his vote to convict former President Donald Trump during his second impeachment trial -- a move that would make him the latest GOP senator to be reprimanded by his state party for siding with Democrats in the trial. It's likely that the vote -- which will be held by the party's central committee, according to party spokesman Tim Wigginton -- will pass given the swift Republican anger toward the senator on Saturday after he cast his guilty vote. Among Burr's critics is state party chairman Michael Whatley, who called the senator's decision "shocking and disappointing." Though Burr has already announced he will not seek reelection in 2022 and therefore will not face voters again, the vote underscores his party's dissatisfaction with his decision and makes Burr, who was one of seven...
              Republican lawmakers, who voted to impeach or convict President Donald J. Trump, earned rebukes from their home states – a new trend of holding GOP legislators accountable for their actions in Washington. “Wrong vote, Sen. Burr,” Tweeted former congressman Mark Warner. “I am running to replace Richard Burr because North Carolina needs a true conservative champion as their next senator.” Wrong vote, Sen. Burr. I am running to replace Richard Burr because North Carolina needs a true conservative champion as their next senator. Join me → https://t.co/R4vNpN0Njx pic.twitter.com/rw3nMSleIY — Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) February 13, 2021 Walker announced Dec. 1 he was running to replace retiring Sen. Richard M. Burr, who voted with six other Republicans to convict Trump of inciting insurrection in relation to the mob that overran the Capitol Jan. 6, while the president was addressing a rally in front of...
    Savannah Rychcik February 14, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is suggesting former President Donald Trump was acquitted because of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “As lead manager, Jamie Raskin recognized right after the trial they could have had 500 more witnesses. It wasn’t going to change the outcome,” Coons said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” He continued, “Once Mitch McConnell made it clear he intended to acquit, even despite the compelling evidence, what the House managers needed wasn’t more witnesses or more evidence. What we all needed was more Republican courage.” Coons expressed his gratitude for the seven Republicans who did vote to convict Trump. “I, frankly, at that time, did not think that spending months fighting over additional witnesses would have changed the outcome of this trial one bit,” he explained. Watch his interview below: Host George Stephanopoulos asked Coons if the...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s Republican Party on Saturday censured GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy for voting to convict former President Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial. Cassidy joined six other Republicans and all 50 Democrats in voting to convict Trump on Saturday for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump was acquitted, since 67 Senate votes were needed to secure a conviction. Cassidy said Trump, who was charged with “incitement of insurrection,” was guilty. “Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person,” Cassidy said in a video he posted on social media. “I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty.” Shortly after the Senate's vote, the Republican Party of Louisiana said in a statement that its executive committee unanimously voted for Cassidy to be censured, a largely symbolic expression of disapproval. “We condemn, in the strongest possible...
    Mitch McConnell tore into Donald Trump Saturday after voting with 42 other Republicans to acquit him of ‘incitement of insurrection’ – but then immediately argued the former president is solely to blame for Capitol storming.  'President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office,' McConnell said in Senate floor remarks. On the fifth and final day of the impeachment trial, the Republican Senate leader argued in a speech following the 57-43 vote that Congress does not hold the jurisdiction to criminally or civilly prosecute the former president. McConnell did, however, suggest that Trump should still somehow be held accountable for his words and actions. 'He didn't get away with anything, yet,' McConnell said. 'We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation and former presidents are not immune from being accountable by either one.' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was livid as...
    By David Morgan and Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called Donald Trump "practically and morally responsible" for his supporters' deadly attack on the Capitol, only moments after voting to acquit the Republican former president on an impeachment charge of inciting the melee. The top Senate Republican explained the unexpected turnabout at the end of a five-day impeachment trial, by declaring it unconstitutional to convict Trump of misconduct now that the former president has left office and become a private citizen. The Senate earlier in the week found that the trial was constitutional in a 56-44 vote. "There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day," said McConnell, who along with the rest of the Congress and former Vice President Mike Pence fled the mob that descended on the Capitol on Jan. 6. "The people...
    Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrDemocratic group targets GOP senators with ads ahead of impeachment vote Senate panel advances Biden's education and labor secretary picks GOP senators criticized for appearing to pay half-hearted attention to trial MORE (R-N.C.), who twice voted that the impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police issues no confidence vote in leaders Graham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Trump told McCarthy that rioters 'more upset about the election than you are': report MORE was not constitutional, was a surprise vote to convict in Saturday's 57-43 vote. Burr in a statement condemned Trump for his actions, arguing he failed his duty and incited the mob attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6. "The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that the charge rises to the level of high Crimes and Misdemeanors,"...
    Reuters February 13, 2021 0 Comments U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called Donald Trump “practically and morally responsible” for his supporters’ deadly attack on the Capitol, only moments after voting to acquit the Republican former president on an impeachment charge of inciting the melee. The top Senate Republican explained the unexpected turnabout at the end of a five-day impeachment trial, by declaring it unconstitutional to convict Trump of misconduct now that the former president has left office and become a private citizen. The Senate earlier in the week found that the trial was constitutional in a 56-44 vote. “There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” said McConnell, who along with the rest of the Congress and former Vice President Mike Pence fled the mob that descended on the Capitol on Jan. 6. “The people who stormed...
    Senate Republicans handed former President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police issues no confidence vote in leaders Graham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Trump told McCarthy that rioters 'more upset about the election than you are': report MORE his second impeachment acquittal on Saturday, clearing him of charges that he incited the mob that attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6. Senators voted 57-43 on whether to convict Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors for “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.” Every Democrat voted to find him “guilty,” the question technically before the Senate, and they were joined by 7 GOP senators — falling short of the necessary 67 votes or two-thirds majority needed for conviction. The vote comes roughly five weeks after the Jan. 6 attack, when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in an effort to stop the counting of President BidenJoe BidenGraham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary...
    President Donald Trump was acquitted in his Senate impeachment trial Saturday as the vast majority of Republicans held together against a charge that he incited the Capitol riot of January 6. It was an outcome that was expected but nevertheless disappointed Democrats, who made Trump both the first U.S. president to be impeached twice and the first to be acquitted twice. There were a few surprises from within Republican ranks. Sen. Richard Burr, who is retiring and previously chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee during the Russia probe, voted 'guilty.' So did Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, who had appeared to waver and who voted earlier that the proceeding was constitutional.   Also voting 'guilty' were Republicans Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Ben Sasse.   Democratic House managers who brought the charge could at least claim that the former president suffered a bipartisan rebuke – with a majority voting to convict him on...
    After the arguments on Friday of the lawyers of former president Donald Trump during the impeachment trial against him, the Senate is expected to meet again this Saturday, when it could vote to acquit or “convict” Trump. Miami World –Telemundo 51 Donald Trump’s lawyers for his second impeachment trial on Friday accused Democrats of waging a “hate” campaign against the former president, in a hasty defense of the former president’s actions and words prior to the Jan.6 invasion of the Capitol that precipitates the Senate towards a final vote on this historic process. The case is heading swiftly toward a vote, perhaps even Saturday, and possible exoneration in the Senate, where Democrats and Republicans have the same number of seats and where a two-thirds majority is needed for the ex-president to be found guilty. Trump’s attorneys made a condensed presentation that took less than three of the 16 hours they...
    The Senate on Saturday is expected to conclude former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with a vote to acquit him on the charge that he incited an insurrection that led to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Senators will convene in the chamber for a fifth and likely final day of the trial with up to four hours of deliberation on the case that was presented this week by nine House impeachment managers and rebutted by a team of Trump’s defense lawyers. Unless lawmakers decide to call witnesses, which appears unlikely, they will vote on whether to convict the former president on the one impeachment charge. Conviction would require 67 votes, including at least 17 Republicans, and party lawmakers say it’s unlikely more than a handful will join the Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, told fellow members of his party in a letter that...
    WASHINGTON -- Senators are poised to vote on whether Donald Trump will be held accountable for inciting the horrific attack at the Capitol after a speedy impeachment trial that laid bare the violence and danger to their own lives and the fragility of the nation's tradition of a peaceful transfer of presidential power.Barely a month since the deadly riot on Jan. 6, closing arguments are set for the historic trial in a rare Saturday session, held under the watch of armed National Guard troops still guarding the iconic building.The outcome of the quick, raw and emotional proceedings is expected to reflect a country divided over the former president and the future of his brand of politics.MORE: Trump lawyers argue impeachment based on 'hatred,' not facts EMBED More News Videos The defense team vigorously denied on Friday that Trump had incited the deadly riot and said his encouragement of followers to...
    Senate Democrats may be opening up to the idea of extending former President Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial and calling witnesses as new details emerge of events surrounding the siege of Congress. As it stands now, the Senate is expected to vote on whether to convict the 45th president on Sunday. A two-thirds vote is needed to convict; if that passes, only a simple majority is needed in a vote to bar Trump from seeking federal office again. A report from CNN published Friday evening, offering fresh details about a contentious call between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on the day of the riot, led at least one Senate Democrat to say he and his colleagues would support extending the proceedings if House impeachment managers indicated a desire for it. “If they make a decision to call witnesses, obviously we would welcome that,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen...
    The Republican Party in East Baton Rouge, Louisana, censured Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) After he voted to affirm the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, underscoring the former president’s popularity in the Republican Party. The local Republican group announced Wednesday that it unanimously censured Cassidy. “We condemn the actions of Senator Cassidy in the strongest possible terms. It does not represent the people of this state or the Republican Party. He represents himself and has joined some of the most dishonest and disreputable forces in our country to be a part of this despicable charade, ”the party said in a Facebook post. He added that Cassidy’s vote was « a betrayal of the people of Louisiana and a reprimand to those who supported him and to President Trump. » A Cassidy spokesperson told The Epoch Times to refer to a video tweet posted by Cassidy on February 11, who argued that people...
    The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish censured Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) on Tuesday for voting to continue the U.S. Senate’s second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. “The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish hereby censures Senator Bill Cassidy and holds him out as an object of shame,” the censure resolution reads. “We condemn Senator Cassidy’s actions in the strongest manner. He does not represent the people of this state or the Republican Party. He represents himself and has joined with some of the most dishonest and disreputable forces in our country to be part of this despicable sham.” Cassidy was one of six Republican senators to vote with Democrats on whether a former president could be tried after leaving the White House. In addition to the Louisiana Republican, Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) voted...
    The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, condemned GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy for his vote affirming that the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is constitutional. The party, in a move it said is historic, unanimously voted to censure Cassidy on Wednesday, arguing that his vote was “a betrayal of the people of Louisiana and a rebuke to those who supported President Trump and him.” The “extraordinary” vote “is a tribute to the wisdom and many great accomplishments” of the former commander in chief, the resolution stated. The censure resolution rebuked the impeachment efforts at-large, arguing that the charges against the former president are “completely false, malicious, and without merit,” before calling it a “sham and a cruel hoax on the American people and attempt to perpetuate and legitimate a lie.” The text of the censure accused Democrats of pushing impeachment to bar Trump from running for...
    DONALD Trump has made history after becoming the first US president to be impeached twice. Mr Trump's impeachment trial began in Washington on February 9. Trump has been accused of inciting insurrection by encouraging his supporters to storm the Capitol in Washington DC on January 6. * Read our Donald Trump impeachment live blog for the very latest news and updates on the former president... 8Donald Trump is the first president in America's history to be impeached twiceCredit: Reuters What is impeachment? Put simply, impeachment is when a sitting president is charged with crimes. In the case of Donald Trump, he has been accused of inciting insurrection by encouraging his supporters to storm the Capitol, Washington D.C., on January 6, 2021. The United States' founders feared presidents abusing their powers, so they included in the Constitution a process for removing one from office. The president, under the Constitution, can be removed from office for “Treason, Bribery,...
    Andrew Yang has a double-digit lead over his two closest competitors in the race for the Democratic Party nomination for New York City mayor, according to a new poll. With 28 per cent support, the tech entrepreneur and former presidential candidate leads the pack in a crowded field of hopefuls vying to succeed outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Comptroller Scott Stringer placed in second and third place, respectively, and appear to be the only candidates with a realistic chance of closing the gap, according to Politico. Adams received 17 per cent of the vote while Stringer garnered 13 per cent support, according to the online survey conducted by Core Decision Analytics. The poll surveyed 842 Democratic Party voters online from January 20 through January 25. Andrew Yang is the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic Party nomination for mayor of New...
    House impeachment managers on Wednesday will show never-before-seen Capitol security footage of the January 6th riot as they start their case for impeaching Donald Trump. The footage will demonstrate the extent of the violence that occurred and the threat the rioters posed to everyone in the Capitol, senior aides on the House impeachment team told CNN.  They did not say what the new footage was, or whether it came from Capitol Police or Washington DC's Metropolitan Police.  The video will show 'extreme violence' and make clear what additional safety risks were posed by the insurrection, a House aide told The Washington Post, including 'just how close Trump's mob came to senators, members of Congress and staff.' 'It will show the extent of what Donald Trump unleashed on our Capitol,' said the aide. The Democratic impeachment managers will begin their prosecution on Wednesday.   They will argue the riot, which left five dead...
    Republicans are not pleased with Donald Trump's impeachment defense, decrying the former president's attorney Bruce Castor for spending an hour 'rambling' on the Senate floor in a speech void of any coherent argument against the constitutionality of the trial. 'I thought the President's lawyer – the first lawyer just rambled on and on and on and didn't really address the constitutional argument,' Texas Senator John Cornyn told reporters outside the chamber following the vote Tuesday evening. 'Finally, the second lawyer got around to it and, I thought, did an effective job,' he continued, referencing David Schoen. 'But I've seen a lot of lawyers and a lot of arguments and that was not one of the finest I've seen.' Castor is known for his decision while serving as Montgomery County, Pennsylvania's district attorney in choosing not to prosecute Bill Cosby on rape charges. Trump tapped the private practice attorney last month...
    This Tuesday, the second ‘impeachment’ or impeachment of the former president Donald trump, a historic process because it is the first time that a second impeachment has been applied to a US president, and also because it is the first time that it is a president out of office. The assault on the Capitol on January 6 in which supporters of the former president took Congress on the day that the electoral victory for Democrat Joe Biden was confirmed, has marked a before and after in Trump’s departure from the White House. That day, the tycoon incited his followers to fight “with all their might” or else they would be left without their country. What is charged The resolution imputes to the president a crime of “incitement to insurrection” that cost the lives of five people and plunged the country into an unprecedented crisis just 10 days after the...
    Senate Republicans who might run for president in 2024 face a career-altering vote with the decision to convict or acquit former President Donald Trump on impeachment charges he incited the siege of the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6. At trial in the Senate, the second in 12 months to adjudicate articles of impeachment against Trump, a vote to convict risks the wrath of grassroots conservatives. The Republican base is with the 45th president and could retaliate for a conviction vote by dealing a mortal blow to any campaign for the 2024 GOP nomination if their opinion that he is not culpable for the Capitol insurrection goes unchanged during the next few years. Asked if that scenario awaits any Republican contender who, as a senator, votes to convict Trump, a Virginia talk radio host supportive of the former president’s campaigns, John Fredericks, said flatly: “Hell yes.” It does not appear to be...
    The charge against Trump is derived from his actions on January 6, when he urged his followers to march towards the headquarters of Congress | 02/09/2021 | ionicons-v5-c13: 52 | . | Washington.- The second impeachment the former US president Donald trump started this Tuesday in a Senate totally divided, so he will hardly be condemned for his responsibility in the assault on Capitol. The 100 senators will serve as jury of the one known in the United States as « impeachment« , and they will be in charge of assessing the accusation of » incitement to insurrection« against Trump for the irruption of a peat his followers in the Capitol, which left 5 dead. « The Senate meets as court of impeachment« said the Democratic senator Patrick Leahy, who chairs the process, at the beginning of the session at 1:00 p.m. local time (6:00 p.m. GMT). The session began with a vote on...
    Donald Trump's closest confidante in the Senate has accused Democrats on the eve of Trump's second impeachment trial of having 'declared war on the presidency itself', as reports suggested the former president is confident of being acquitted and focused instead on seeking revenge against Republicans who he believes betrayed him. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina senator who is in regular contact with Trump, insisted that Tuesday's trial was damaging to the country. He said that Trump's January 13 conviction in the House was unfair because the 74-year-old was not given time to defend himself. 'What Democrats have done is basically declared war on the presidency itself,' said Graham, speaking on Sean Hannity's Fox News show. Lindsey Graham on Monday told Fox News' Sean Hannity the impeachment trial was 'crap' Graham and Hannity joked that the trial, beginning Tuesday, was farcical and ridiculous Trump, who is currently at...
    New York : Ecuador will elect a new president on April 11, but it is already known that correista Andrés Arauz will participate in the second round after emerging from Sunday’s elections as the most voted of the 16 presidential candidates. What is not clear yet is who will be the contender for the standard-bearer of the “Citizen Revolution” of Rafael Correa, because with 97.56% of the records scrutinized the indigenous leader Yaku perez barely ahead of the banker Guillermo Lasso in the dispute for second place. According to the latest figures from the National Electoral Council (CNE), Arauz leads the vote with 32.20% of the votes, followed by the 19.80% of Pérez and 19.60% of Lasso. Arauz was Correa’s minister, he is 35 years old and is called the “prodigal son” of the “Citizen Revolution.” The ex-president highlighted this weekend his training in topics such as technological development...
    There have been only four presidential impeachments in U.S. history. In the past year, Americans have lived through half of them. The second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump is set to start Tuesday, and it will be unlike anything in the nation's slim history of presidential punishments. Mr. Trump is the first president to face a Senate trial after leaving office, and the first president (or federal officeholder in any position) to be impeached twice.  Before Mr. Trump, only two presidents had been impeached — Andrew Johnson in 1868, and Bill Clinton in 1998. Neither was convicted. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 after articles of impeachment were drafted, but before the House could vote on them. The Constitution says presidents and other federal officials can be impeached for "Treason, Bribery and other High Crimes and Misdemeanors." No president has faced impeachment articles for treason or bribery; all...
    QuitoEcuadoreans choose a new president on Sunday, with many voters weary of painful economic austerity measures and eager for a return to socialism, encouraging left-wing candidate Andres Arauz who hopes to win without needing a runoff vote.The 36-year-old economist, a protege of former president Rafael Correa, leads in polls on promises to make $1 billion in direct cash payments to families and to disavow the conditions of a $6.5 billion IMF financing package.Where South Americas race for coronavirus vaccines standsHis main rival, Guillermo Lasso, has been hurt by his image as a conservative banker, and pollsters say the possibility of low voter turnout due to the pandemic could dent his support. Lawyer and indigenous activist Yaku Perez is third in the polls.An Arauz victory would extend Latin America's return to leftist policies, already evident in Argentina and Bolivia, a challenge for Washington as it duels with China for influence in...
    By Alexandra Valencia and Brian Ellsworth QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuadoreans choose a new president on Sunday, with many voters weary of painful economic austerity measures and eager for a return to socialism, encouraging left-wing candidate Andres Arauz who hopes to win without needing a runoff vote. The 36-year-old economist, a protege of former president Rafael Correa, leads in polls on promises to make $1 billion in direct cash payments to families and to disavow the conditions of a $6.5 billion IMF financing package. His main rival, Guillermo Lasso, has been hurt by his image as a conservative banker, and pollsters say the possibility of low voter turnout due to the pandemic could dent his support.Lawyer and indigenous activist Yaku Perez is third in the polls. An Arauz victory would extend Latin America's return to leftist policies, already evident in Argentina and Bolivia, a challenge for Washington as it duels with...
    (CNN)The Wyoming Republican Party voted Saturday to formally censure Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, for her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump in the latest example of a state GOP punishing lawmakers who have bucked the former President.In the motion to censure Cheney, who easily survived a House Republican Conference vote to remain in her leadership spot earlier this week, the state Republican Party also called for her to "immediately" resign. The party intends to "withhold any future political funding" from her, the motion said. It also called on her to repay donations to her 2020 campaign from the state GOP and any county Republican Parties.Cheney's office did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.Cheney has faced intense backlash from Trump loyalists in her party for her vote last month to impeach Trump for "incitement of insurrection," following the January 6 attack on...
    Reuters February 6, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies in Congress forged ahead with their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Friday as lawmakers approved a budget outline that will allow them to muscle Biden’s plan through in the coming weeks without Republican support. By a party line vote of 219-209, the House of Representatives passed the budget plan, after the Senate approved it in a pre-dawn vote. Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate for the first time. Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted the final COVID-19 relief legislation could pass Congress before March 15, when special unemployment benefits that were added during the pandemic expire. Meeting at the White House, Biden and top Democrats said they wanted to enact the massive aid package as quickly as possible to beat back a pandemic that has killed more than 450,000 Americans and left...
    The Senate early Friday passed a budget resolution, clearing a path for reconciliation that will allow Democrats to move ahead with or without GOP support for President Biden’s COVID-19 relief package. Vote was 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris providing the deciding vote. The vote follows an all-night session.
    The LaSalle County Republican Central Committee censured GOP Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger for voting to impeach then-President Donald Trump. The local GOP chapter passed the censure measure “overwhelmingly,” with 88% of the vote on Tuesday, according to a statement on the party’s Facebook page. Kinzinger, the 42-year-old congressman from Illinois's 16th Congressional District, has become a vocal critic of the former president and his supporters in and out of Congress. He not only joined nine other House Republicans in voting to impeach Trump for his role in the deadly riot that occurred at the Capitol on Jan. 6, but he also announced last week that he's starting a super PAC dedicated to distancing his party from Trump. The county had received "hundreds" of messages from angry constituents about Kinzinger, Chairman Larry Smith said. “The La Salle County Republicans have received hundreds upon hundreds of emails, text messages, and phone...
    To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.   The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Senators brace for marathon vote-a-rama |  Sets up coronavirus relief vote without GOP support |  Marjorie Taylor Greene apologizes |  Gets standing ovation from some colleagues |  McCarthy announces no disciplinary action |  Republicans rally to keep Cheney in power |  Ford creates clear N95 masks |  35M vaccine doses given |  Mask less Fla. grocery store video goes viral |  National Homemade Soup Day   LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE Spotted: senators stretching and warming up for the marathon:     Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Senators are preparing for a chaotic, potentially all-night, session as Democrats race to lay the groundwork for...
    Former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial is set to begin next week as he faces allegations of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol that took place on Jan. 6, the same day Trump spoke at a massive rally and encouraged a protest, claiming there was fraud in the 2020 election. The Senate has never heard an impeachment trial for a president who was no longer in office. Democrats supporting impeachment claim it is necessary in order to bar Trump from ever running again. This raises the question: If Trump is convicted, will he be prohibited from seeking the presidency again? The answer, like with many legal and political questions, is maybe. SENATE REPUBLICANS WILL BE 'VERY UNITED' AGAINST CONVICTING TRUMP AFTER HE LEFT OFFICE: GRAHAM "Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or...
    Embattled Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House, held on to her title as House GOP conference chair on Wednesday after easily surviving a push by Trump loyalists to strip her of her leadership position. In a secret ballot vote by the entire House Republican Conference, only 61 members voted to strip Cheney of her leadership role, with 145 supporting her.FAST FACTS Cheney was later asked off camera if she regrets her vote to impeach Trump. She said no.  It will be the first impeachment trial of a former U.S. president. It will be the first impeachment trial of a former U.S. president. Cheney was under fire over her vote three weeks ago to impeach former President Trump on a charge of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters. Follow below for more updates on...
    House Republicans hosted a heated 'family discussion' over the fate of Number Three leader Rep. Liz Cheney over her vote to impeach President Trump – something she refused to apologize for.  'I won't apologize for the vote,' she told colleagues in a roughly eight minute speech. She won the backing of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who called for continuity even as he himself took heat for flying to Mar-a-Lago to meet with Trump just days after condemning his actions in his own impeachment speech where he ended up siding with the president.  'I want this leadership team to stay together,' said McCarthy, who wants to work with Trump to win back the majority and hopefully become Speaker.  The closed-door meeting quickly devolved into an gripe-fest. Rep. Tom Rice of Pennsylvania criticized McCarthy for his Trump meeting, which comes amid a GOP civil war over Trumpism, Politico reported.   GOP Conference...
    Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images. A group of hundreds of congressional staffers have sent a letter to the Senate calling for the conviction of Donald Trump. Last week CNN reported a group of Democratic House staffers was drafting a letter, and it was released early Wednesday, days before the impeachment trial is set to officially begin. The 370 House and Senate staffers write, “We write this letter to share our own views and experiences, not the views of our employers. But on January 6, 2021, our workplace was attacked by a violent mob trying to stop the electoral college vote count. That mob was incited by former president Donald J. Trump and his political allies, some of whom we pass every day in the hallways at work.” The letter invokes Columbine and how they were “trained to respond to active shooter situations in our classrooms,” and compare that to how...
    So now, after four-plus years of praising Donald Trump’s “exquisite” leadership; four-plus years of waving away lines like the one about finding the Second Amendment solution for Hillary Clinton by saying he was just joking; and lately, after nine weeks of mostly being accomplices to Trump’s insane claims about election fraud; after Trump has torn the country in two and bullied local Republicans trying to do their jobs and instigated a riot that sought to kill his own vice president and did kill a police officer, exactly 10 members of the Republican Party out of 207 voting in the House of Representatives went on record as being willing to impeach Trump. For most of America, the week since the riots has if anything intensified the horror. With each new day, we see shocking videos showing that some of the intruders knew the Capitol floor plan. We learn new details about...
    A group of more than 370 congressional aides, all Democrats, wrote to the Senate this week urging the upper chamber to vote in favor of convicting former President TrumpDonald TrumpGeorgia secretary of state opens investigation into Lin Wood over illegal voting allegations Schiff lobbying Newsom to be appointed California AG: reports Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick lies in honor in Rotunda MORE for inciting the riot that overtook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In a letter obtained by The New York Times, the staffers wrote that "Trump and his political allies, some of whom we pass every day in the hallways at work," were guilty of encouraging the mob that swarmed the building, overtaking security checkpoints, battling with police and killing one officer. "Six people died. A Capitol Police officer — one of our co-workers who guards and greets us every day — was beaten to death. The attack...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Republicans on Saturday issued a formal censure to U.S. Rep. Tom Rice to show disapproval over his vote in support of the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump.Rice was among 10 GOP representatives who joined Democrats on Jan. 13 in voting to impeach Trump for his role in the violence a week earlier at the U.S. Capitol. A Senate trial is expected in February.A day after his vote, Rice - who represents South Carolina's 7th District, an area that voted heavily for Trump - told The Associated Press "it hurts my heart" to have gone against the president, but he decided to back impeachment after seeing what he characterized as Trump's inaction during the Capitol Hill riot.State party-level censures aren't common in South Carolina. The GOP in 2009 issued one to then-Gov. Mark Sanford after he fled the state for five days to visit...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Republicans on Saturday issued a formal censure to U.S. Rep. Tom Rice to show disapproval over his vote in support of the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump. Rice was among 10 GOP representatives who joined Democrats on Jan. 13 in voting to impeach Trump for his role in the violence a week earlier at the U.S. Capitol. A Senate trial is expected in February. A day after his vote, Rice — who represents South Carolina’s 7th District, an area that voted heavily for Trump — told The Associated Press “it hurts my heart” to have gone against the president, but he decided to back impeachment after seeing what he characterized as Trump’s inaction during the Capitol Hill riot. State party-level censures aren’t common in South Carolina. The GOP in 2009 issued one to then-Gov. Mark Sanford after he fled the state...
    (CNN)Donald Trump is no longer president. He no longer has the megaphone of Twitter. But make no mistake: This is still Trump's Republican Party. You see it in the actions of Republican state and local parties trying to punish those who went against Trump. You see this in a majority of congressional Republicans voting to uphold an objection to Pennsylvania's electoral votes for President Joe Biden. And more than that, you see it in the polling, which indicates that Trump's in a historically strong primary position for an ex-president. Indeed, he's polling tremendously well among Republicans in the context for any future presidential nominee. Republican leaders go against Trump at their potential electoral peril. It's not that other Republicans can't beat Trump. We'll have to wait and see on that. Rather, it's that he could be a very big voice over the next four years. Read MoreAfter the US Capitol...
    Former President George W. Bush plans to lend his support to Rep. Liz Cheney (WY-R) during a Saturday call with her father Dick Cheney, his former vice president.  Freddy Ford, Bush's chief of staff, said that the former president plans to lend his support for the third Republican in the House following her vote to impeach then-President Donald Trump.    'We aren't thinking about the next election cycle yet,' Ford told CNN when asked , adding that they were a few months ahead of such a decision.  'But I do know that President Bush is planning to call VP Cheney tomorrow for two reasons: to wish him a happy 80th birthday, and to thank him for his daughter's service,' he added.  Bush will be calling Dick Cheney for his 80th birthday on Saturday and to lend his support to Liz Cheney 'I do know that President Bush is planning to...
    (CNN)Former President George W. Bush is making it clear that he supports Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 Republican in the House, who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump.Bush's chief of staff, Freddy Ford, told CNN on Friday that Bush plans to praise Liz Cheney during a Saturday call with his former vice president, her father, Dick Cheney."President Bush is planning to call VP Cheney tomorrow for two reasons: to wish him a happy 80th birthday, and to thank him for his daughter's service," Ford said Friday.The show of encouragement comes as the younger Cheney has faced intra-party criticism for joining nine other House Republicans and all House Democrats in voting to impeach Trump earlier this month for "incitement of insurrection" in light of his role in encouraging the January 6 riot at the US Capitol. While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, was opposed to...
    Staten Island Borough President James Oddo sacked his appointee to a city education panel after he defiantly voted against the Gifted and Talented test early Thursday morning. Oddo said that his representative to the Panel for Education Policy, Peter Calandrella, had pledged to vote yes in an 11:23 p.m. text message before the final tally was taken. But Oddo said he picked up his chiming phone out of a deep sleep around 1 a.m. Friday and was shocked to learn that his appointee had reversed course. “We at Borough Hall made it explicitly clear, before the vote was taken, that we wanted to extend the Pearson contract for another year,” Oddo said in a statement. “If Mr. Calandrella had reservations about such a decision he should have made them known at any time before the vote.” The panel voted 8-7 to reject the contract with Pearson testing despite lobbying...
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    Bradley Cortright January 28, 2021 0 Comments As the Senate appears likely to acquit former President Donald Trump on the charge of “incitement of insurrection,” some senators are proposing censuring him — which would not require a trial.  However, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) argues that while he could support the censure resolution, the chamber should still go ahead with the impeachment trial to hold the former president accountable for what Democrats charge is his role in inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol. During an interview on CNN on Thursday, Durbin said, “There are many who argue on the other side, ‘Get over it. Let the president ride off into the sunset. Any disclosure of what happened on January 6 is just going to divide our nation.’ I couldn’t disagree more.” He argued that the trial must occur to provide an “official record” of what happened to dispel conspiracy theories about...
    Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Tuesday that former President Donald Trump’s impeachment will be unsuccessful based on Tuesday’s vote in the Senate. “If today’s Senate vote is any sign, the Democrats’ ridiculous impeachment of former President Trump will fail – again – by a long shot. Dead on arrival,” Meadows tweeted. “Good for @RandPaul and the 45 GOP Senators for standing up,” Meadows tweeted. If today’s Senate vote is any sign, the Democrats’ ridiculous impeachment of former President Trump will fail—again—by a long shot. Dead on arrival. Good for @RandPaul and the 45 GOP Senators for standing up. — Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) January 26, 2021 Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul forced a vote in the Senate on Tuesday over the constitutional basis of Trump’s forthcoming impeachment trial, the senator said in a Tuesday Twitter thread. (RELATED: Durbin Says Senators ‘Have To Follow Their Own...
    Former President Donald Trump appears headed for acquittal in his second impeachment trial after just five Republicans voted with Democrats to block an effort to declare it unconstitutional. GOP Sen. Rand Paul’s bid to question the constitutionality of trying a former president was blocked on a 55-45 vote. Only five Republicans supported going forward with the trial. That serves as rough proxy for the eventual verdict and is well short of the two-thirds majority necessary for conviction. “Forty-five votes means the impeachment trial is dead on arrival,” Paul said to reporters immediately after the Senate acted. Republican Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Susan Collins of Maine all voted with Democrats to block Paul’s effort, though that doesn’t necessarily indicate any or all would vote to convict. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Paul’s motion “ill-founded” and “premature.” He said...
    Alejandro Mayorkas, President Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was one step closer to taking the position on Tuesday after the Senate Homeland Security Committee advanced his nomination. Mayorkas’ nomination was approved 7-4, with Democrats and GOP Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, voting to advance the nomination. It will now advance to the Senate floor, when he is likely to be confirmed. HAWLEY BLOCKS QUICK CONSIDERATION OF BIDEN DHS NOMINEE, CITING 'AMNESTY' PLAN Mayorkas, a former head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and deputy Homeland Security secretary, would be the first immigrant to run the department if confirmed.  He would enter into a department facing both the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riots in Washington D.C. as well as implementing a new wave of immigration policy measures from President Biden, who has promised to undo much of President Donald Trump’s legacy in...
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    Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said on this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” that he would vote to dismiss the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump because a Senate trial would be “bad for the country.” Rubio said, “First of all, I think the trial is stupid. I think it’s counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country. It’s like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on the fire.” He continued, “Second, I look back in the time, for example, Richard Nixon, who had clearly committed crimes and wrongdoing, and in hindsight, I think we would all agree that President Ford’s pardon was important for the country to be able to move forward. History helped Richard Nixon be accountable for what he did.” He added, “I think this is going to be really bad for the country, It’s going to not just as a going to keep us from focusing on important things, but it’s...
    Reuters January 23, 2021 0 Comments A U.S. Senate vote on President Joe Biden’s choice for Secretary of State is expected next week, after senators failed to reach an agreement to vote on Thursday or Friday on Antony Blinken’s nomination to be the country’s top diplomat. Senators – Biden’s fellow Democrats as well as Republicans – praised Blinken during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. And members of both parties have expressed support for getting the new president’s national security team into place as quickly as possible. Biden was sworn in as the 46th U.S. president on Wednesday. The foreign relations panel has scheduled a business meeting for the evening of Monday, Jan. 25. The agenda for the meeting has not been announced, but it could include a committee vote on Blinken’s nomination. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Bill Berkrot)
    Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that he would not support an effort from Republican lawmakers to push out Representative Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the House. 'Do you want Liz Cheney to remain as conference chair or no?' a reporter asked McCarthy during his weekly conference on Thursday. The Minority leader simply shot back: 'Yes.' Cheney, who represents Wyoming and serves as GOP conference chairwoman, is facing extraordinary clapback from her own party after she became the highest ranking Republican to vote for impeaching Donald Trump earlier this month. But McCarthy says she should remain in her post. Many of Trump's House allies are circulating a petition demanding a vote to call on Cheney to resign. Cheney is also facing fallout in her home state, where Cheney already has her first primary challenger for the 2022 race. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that he does not...
    (CNN)The House is expected to vote Thursday on a waiver to permit retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as secretary of defense in the Biden administration. Austin, who would be the first African American to run the department, needs to be granted a waiver from a law requiring a defense secretary to wait seven years after active-duty service before taking the job.CNN has previously reported that Austin, who retired in 2016, has been reaching out to top House and Senate lawmakers who will have to agree to pass legislation to grant the waiver, something approved only twice before in history, including for James Mattis to run President Donald Trump's Pentagon in 2017.BIDEN WHITE HOUSE Biden targets Trump's legacy with first-day executive actions Biden's inaugural address, annotated Inside Joe Biden's newly decorated Oval Office President Joe Biden's pick for defense secretary will, in effect, have to win two votes: one...
    The leaders of the so-called 'treason caucus,' Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, both showed up Wednesday to President Joe Biden's inauguration.  Hawley and Cruz joined the House GOP effort to challenge Electoral College votes during the January 6 session that was interrupted by the violent MAGA riot.   They contested votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania, delaying the certification for hours - and giving now ex-President Donald Trump's election fraud claims more weight.  Sen. Josh Hawley, one of the ringleaders of the so-called 'treason caucus,' showed up to President Joe Biden's inauguration despite trying to prevent Biden from collecting all of his Electoral College votes  Sen. Ted Cruz (right) also appeared at President Joe Biden's inauguration, after signing onto challenges of Electoral College votes in Pennsylvania and Arizona  Trump's claims - that he had been robbed a second term due to widespread voter fraud - motivated the violent insurrection,...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump could be an accessory to murder for his role in inciting the MAGA mob that rioted on Capitol Hill and resulted in five deaths, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer.  '[The] President's words are important, they weigh a ton. And if you're Donald Trump talking to these people, they believe it and they used his words to come here. When we talk about 'did any of our colleagues collaborate?' Well, that remains to be seen. We have to get the evidence of that. And if they did, they would be accessory to the crime. And the crime, in some cases, was murder,' she told MSNBC's on Tuesday night.  Pelosi led an impeachment vote against Trump one week after the attack on the Capitol, which resulted in him becoming the only president to be impeached for a second time. The House of Representatives charged...
    Bradley Cortright January 19, 2021 0 Comments Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says President Donald Trump should be disqualified from ever running for office again due to what he sees as the president’s role in inciting the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol. “After what he has done, the consequences of which we were all witness to, Donald Trump should not be eligible to run for office ever again,” Schumer said during a speech on Tuesday. He continued, “All of us want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us. But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability, not sweeping such a severe charge, such awful actions under the rug.” “So let me be clear, there will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. There will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanors. And if the president...
    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-NY, (R) stands with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., (L) as they attend the Electoral College vote certification for President-elect Joe Biden, during a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021.Kevin Dietsch | Pool | AFP | Getty Images Preparing for the first evenly split Senate in 20 years and the only impeachment trial for an ex-president in U.S. history, Senate leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell plan to discuss ground rules for the chamber on Tuesday. Schumer's Democrats will take control of a 50-50 Senate as soon as Wednesday. Kamala Harris will become vice president, then hold a tiebreaking vote once the chamber swears in three new Democratic senators. Harris' successor, Alex Padilla of California, and Senators-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia will "probably" get sworn in Wednesday, Schumer told reporters Tuesday. Schumer, D-N.Y.,...
    The Republican Party Central Committee in Carbon County, Wyoming, censured Rep. Liz Cheney due to her vote to impeach President Trump. “The Carbon County Republican Party has unanimously voted to formally censure U.S. Representative Liz Cheney,” Carbon County GOP Chairman Joey Correnti said, according to a post on the Carbon County Wyoming Republican Party’s Facebook page. “Additionally, we have called for her to appear before the members of the body to explain her recent actions to the body, the State Republican Party membership, and the entirety of the concerned Wyoming electorate,” Correnti added. The resolution also said that the “vocal majority of Wyoming Republicans recognize there were significant irregularities” in the presidential election. Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump last week for “incitement of insurrection” after rioters stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6. Her vote...
    Democratic senators on Sunday outlined how the chamber plans to address President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE’s second impeachment trial, while Republican House members criticized the president in the wake of the deadly Capitol riot. Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinSunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US Democrats looking to speed through Senate impeachment trial Schumer says Democrats will probe extremist groups after Capitol attack MORE (D-Ill.) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he would not whip votes in his caucus during the trial, saying he thought it was too important of an act to apply pressure to members to convict. “When it comes to an issue of this gravity and constitutional...
    Veteran Republican Karl Rove warned that if President Trump chooses his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to defend him in the Senate impeachment trial, it would backfire on him. Rove, who served as deputy chief of staff under President George W. Bush, said he believes Giuliani's claims on voter fraud in the aftermath of the 2020 election hurt his credibility, and his role in an impeachment defense would drive more GOP senators to convict Trump. "With the Rudy Giuliani defense, there is a strong likelihood that more than 17 Republicans will because essentially that argument is, this was justified," Rove said on Fox News Sunday. "The attack on the Capitol and the attempt to end the congressional hearing on certifying the election was justified because all these charges are true. Frankly, they are not." The House impeached Trump last week on a charge of "incitement of insurrection" regarding the riot...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The U.S. Senate will soon be under Democratic control, and by all accounts, there will be a trial of former President Donald Trump at some point. The goal would obviously not be to remove him from office, but some senators seek to keep him from running for president again, which he has indicated he could do in 2024. The conviction requires a 2/3 vote in the Senate, which would require 17 Republican senators voting for conviction. Barring Trump from future office would take only a majority vote of the Senate. Most legal scholars say a vote to keep him from running again could only happen after he had been convicted by that 2/3 Senate majority. Constitutional law professor David Schultz agrees with that. “The idea that you could do that — prevent the president from running again — by a majority vote when the impeachment...
    (CNN)Just 10 Republicans voted not to defend the indefensible.Donald Trump has become the first and only President to be impeached twice, but most of his enabling party refused to make him pay for inciting violent insurrection. The few GOP House members who did vote to impeach braved personal abuse and attacks from colleagues, and they risk losing top party posts and stirring primary campaigns the next time they seek reelection. The House debate before Wednesday's vote was a festival of hypocrisy, false moral equivalence and open lying as Trump's supporters denied reality in his defense. Some who had spent months pretending that Joe Biden hadn't won a free and fair election accused Democrats of fracturing national unity. Others warned that impeachment could spark violence, effectively validating the intimidation tactics of last week's mob.Several Republicans allowed that Trump was at fault but argued the impeachment was too rushed on principle; more...