Most pundits made two observations immediately after Kamala Harris dropped out of the Democratic primary this week. One, as the only candidate of color to crack the top tier in 2019 or to qualify for the upcoming December debate, Harris’s departure would transform the visible ranks of what had once been the most diverse presidential primary field into an all-white affair. And two, she could be a really good running mate for whoever winds up winning the nomination.
An emissary for two wealthy Arab princes boasted to unnamed officials of a Middle Eastern government about his direct access to Hillary and Bill Clinton while funneling more than $3.5 million in illegal campaign contributions to the former secretary of state’s 2016 presidential campaign and Democratic fundraising committees, according to a federal indictment announced by the Justice Department this week. Nader, a lobbyist, convicted sex offender and key cooperating witness in the Robert Mueller investigation, was brought to the Clinton fundraiser as the guest of Ahmad Khawaja, the founder and CEO of Allied Wallet, a Los Angeles payments processing company.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said that she is asking her colleagues to pursue articles of impeachment against President Trump for his “failure to faithfully execute the law” in his dealings with Ukraine.
“If you were subpoenaed — and the courts are backing us up on this — you show up. And if you don’t show up there has to be consequences," said Rep. Jim Himes, a lead investigator in the impeachment probe.
The affair was predictably partisan, with Democrats portraying themselves as carrying out a grim constitutional duty. “This is not a proceeding I was looking forward to,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
Democrats said they will hold at least one more impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee after Wednesday’s panel of legal witnesses. But it appeared likely there will be only two more hearings, and then a vote to send articles of impeachment to the full House.
Rep. Al Green, the first member of Congress who called for President Trump to be impeached sent a memo Wednesday to House members urging them to incorporate concerns about Trump’s “racism” into the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
A new document request includes any notes pertaining to a potential Sept. 11 call between Rudy Giuliani and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The date of the purported call is significant because on that same day, the Trump administration released $250 million in aid to Ukraine.
President Trump on Wednesday offered a blunt response to Justin Trudeau after video surfaced of the Canadian prime minister apparently mocking him during a conversation with other world leaders at the NATO summit in London.
The House Judiciary Committee convened its first hearing in the impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill, where three constitutional scholars testified that they believe President Trump committed impeachable offenses in his dealings with Ukraine.