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President Donald Trump’s Republican allies are working to stop Rep. Justin Amash, R- Mich., from becoming the first of many in the GOP to publicly accuse Trump of having “engaged in impeachable conduct,” CNN reports.

Amash tweeted on Saturday that Trump has committed “impeachable conduct,” and that Attorney General William Barr had intentionally misled the public, the first Republican member of Congress to do so.

“My own view is that Justin Amash has reached a different conclusion than I have. I respect him, I think it’s a courageous statement,” Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“The American people just aren’t there,” he added. “The Senate is certainly not there, either.”

Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel wrote on Twitter that Amash was “parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia,” according to CNN, and said that “the only people still fixated on the Russia collusion hoax are political foes of President Trump hoping to defeat him in 2020 by any desperate means possible.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy whether Amash is “even in our Republican conference,” claiming that “he votes more with [Democratic House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi than he ever votes with me,” even though the American Conservative Union has Amash voting with their group’s positions 88 percent of the time.

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Justin Amash speaks at the LPAC conference in Chantilly, Virginia
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) speaks at the Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) in Chantilly, Virginia September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

May 19, 2019

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump lashed out on Sunday at the first Republican congressman to call the U.S. president’s behavior impeachable, while Democrats warned Trump’s stonewalling of congressional probes is strengthening the case for an impeachment inquiry.

Trump called Republican Representative Justin Amash “a total lightweight” and “a loser” on Twitter, a day after the Michigan conservative said the Mueller report showed that the Republican president “engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.”

Amash’s criticism made calls in the U.S. Congress for Trump’s impeachment bipartisan, though just barely, with most Republicans still standing by the president at a time of economic growth, turbulent markets and global trade tensions.

Saying most lawmakers have not read it, Amash cited Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report on Russian meddling in Trump’s favor in the 2016 U.S. election. On Twitter on Saturday, Amash said the report showed Trump had obstructed justice and added, “President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.”

A frequent Trump critic, Amash is a part of the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative faction. He has also signaled he would consider running as a libertarian against Trump in 2020.

Counter-punching in his usual style, Trump tweeted: “Never a fan of @justinamash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy … Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!”

Trump will have a chance to make his case to supporters on Monday at a rally planned for Montoursville, Pa.

Amash’s comments echoed the conclusions of many Democrats. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that Trump was moving closer to impeachment with his stonewalling of numerous congressional investigations of him and his presidency.

Still, Democrats are divided about impeachment. With 2020 election campaigns heating up, Pelosi said impeachment proceedings would be “divisive” for the country.

IMPEACHMENT PROCESS

No U.S. president has ever been removed from office as a direct result of the U.S. Constitution’s impeachment process. The House of Representatives has impeached two presidents. Both were acquitted by the Senate.

The Mueller report, now at the center of an escalating oversight battle between Trump and House Democrats, detailed extensive contacts between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia, but did not find that there was a conspiracy with Moscow. The report also described actions Trump took to try to impede Mueller’s investigation, but made no formal finding on the question of obstruction, leaving the matter to Congress.

Amash also said on Twitter that Attorney General William Barr, a Trump appointee, “deliberately misrepresented” Mueller’s report when he oversaw the roll-out of a redacted version.

There were no signs on Sunday of other Republicans following Amash’s lead. Another Trump critic, Republican Senator Mitt Romney, said on Sunday that Amash made “a courageous statement,” yet also told CNN’s “State of the Union” program that he did not believe Mueller’s findings supported impeachment.

But Pramila Jayapal, a Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over impeachment, called Amash’s statement “a watershed moment.”

“Justin Amash coming on board means there is now bipartisan support for really understanding the seriousness of what is in the Mueller report,” she said.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, one of six committee chairs leading probes of Trump, said the case for impeachment is being strengthened by White House stonewalling.

“If the only way that we can do our oversight is through an impeachment proceeding, then maybe we have to go down that road,” Schiff told CBS’ “Face the Nation” program.

“But I think it’ll be important to show the American people, this was a decision made reluctantly, this was a decision forced upon us, rather than something we were eager to embrace” Schiff said.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Bill Berkrot)

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Republicans are rebuking Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., for calling President Donald Trump’s conduct as “impeachable,” with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeting he is doing the work of resistant Democrats.

“It’s sad to see Congressman Amash parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia,” she tweeted. “The only people still fixated on the Russia collusion hoax are political foes of @realDonaldTrump hoping to defeat him in 2020 by any desperate means possible.”

She continued:

“Voters in Amash’s district strongly support this president, and would rather their Congressman work to support the President’s policies that have brought jobs, increased wages and made life better for Americans.”

Sen. Romney, while calling Rep. Amash’s position “courageous,” reminded CNN’s “State of the Union,” it is the Senate and not Rep. Amash’s House that is the “jury” on impeachment.

“My own view is that Justin Amash has reached a different conclusion than I have,” Romney told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “But I believe that to make a case for obstruction of justice, you just don’t have the elements that are evidenced in this document.

“And I also believe that an impeachment call is something that not just relates to the law but considers practicality and politics. I think those considering impeachment have to look at the jury, which is the Senate.

“The Senate is certainly not there either.”

RNC’s McDaniel repeated President Trump’s position in scathing tweets on Rep. Amash doing the work of resistant Democrats.

Trump started:

“Never a fan of @justinamash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy. If he actually read the biased Mueller Report, ‘composed’ by 18 Angry Dems who hated Trump,….”

Then concluded:

“….he would see that it was nevertheless strong on NO COLLUSION and, ultimately, NO OBSTRUCTION…Anyway, how do you Obstruct when there is no crime and, in fact, the crimes were committed by the other side? Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!”

Rep. Amash had tweeted Saturday about his “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, listing at No. 2 “President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.”

The GOP rejection of Amash’s position extended to Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox.

“While President @realDonaldTrump’s leadership has led to the strongest economy in a generation, Justin Amash has opposed his ‘America First’ agenda every step of the way,” she tweeted, and added in an ensuing tweet:

“Now, in a desperate attempt to grab headlines and advance his own presidential ambitions, Amash is peddling a narrative that has repeatedly been proven false. Shameful.”

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Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Sunday called a GOP lawmaker’s decision “courageous,” when he said that the Mueller report found “impeachable conduct” by President Donald Trump.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the 2012 GOP presidential nominee said, however, impeachment was a move that must consider both “practicality and politics.”

My own view is that [Rep.] Justin Amash [R-Mich.] has reached a different conclusion than I have. I respect him. I think it’s a courageous statement,” he said. “But I believe to make a case for obstruction of justice, you just don’t have the elements that are evidenced in this document. 

“And I also believe that an impeachment call is something that not just relates to the law but considers practicality and politics. I think those considering impeachment have to look at the jury, which is the Senate. 

“The Senate is certainly not there either.”

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The threat from Iran is “real,” but a war between the United States and Tehran is “not going to happen,” Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Sunday.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the 2012 GOP presidential nominee said escalating tensions are cause for concern.

“This is straightforward, particularly after the experience of Benghazi,” Romney said, referring to the U.S. response to the 2012 Islamic militant group attack on American facilities in Libya. “If you see a threat, you don’t just brush it aside and say, ‘well, most likely nothing will happen.’ You take it seriously and act appropriately.”

But he said he doesn’t believe war in the Middle East is on the table.

“I don’t believe for a minute that either the president or [national security advisor] John Bolton or, frankly, anyone else in a senior position of leadership in the White House has any interest in going to the Middle East and going to war. That’s just not going to happen.”

Barring some kind of attack from Iran or something of that nature, which I don’t think anyone anticipates, going to war with Iran, not going to happen,” he continued, calling Iran “a more difficult enemy” than Iraq.

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Biden joins Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti in Los Angeles
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden joins Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on a campaign stop in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot

May 8, 2019

By Tim Reid

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden on Wednesday held the first of two high-dollar fundraisers in Los Angeles, which he opened to the press in a bid to counter criticism he is relying too heavily on the often closed-door events.

The former vice president’s first Los Angeles event was held at the home of Cynthia Telles, a UCLA School of Medicine faculty member and a board member of Kaiser Permanente, which runs the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. A later fundraiser was due to be attended by Hollywood power broker and film executive Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Responding to potential concerns by voters in Democratic nominating primaries about big-money donations to his campaign, and who exactly is donating, Biden will provide limited media access to all of his fundraising events.

“It’s reflective of Joe Biden’s long-standing commitment to transparency,” a Biden campaign representative said in an email.

The strategy was also aimed at tackling criticism from some Democrats that Biden is relying too heavily on corporate and wealthy donors, something many in the party’s crowded presidential field have pledged to avoid as they seek to build their campaigns on a network of small-dollar, grassroots supporters.

Two rivals, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, have criticized Biden for attending a fundraiser at the home of Comcast executive and lobbyist David Cohen shortly after announcing his presidential bid last month.

“It’s a smart move,” Karen Finney, a longtime Democratic strategist, said of Biden’s move to open such events to the press. “It’s saying: ‘I’m doing these types of fundraisers, but people can see what I say and who the people attending are.’”

Political strategists say the presence of media will also help keep Biden on message and not lead him to make potentially damaging off-the-cuff remarks in a private setting.

In past presidential races, former Democratic President Barack Obama, 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney all made comments at closed-door events that were leaked and came back to haunt their campaigns.

‘OLD JOE’

At the first event on Wednesday, Biden told a crowd of about 200 on the front lawn of Telles’ home, after food that included shrimp and tuna ceviche, that his campaign would be about restoring dignity to America’s workers and bringing the country together.

Biden said he got criticized for being “old Joe” and for talking about the way things used to be, but added: “Folks, we’ve got to bring the country together. There’s no way this country can function without consensus.” Guests paid up to the personal campaign contribution limit of $2,800 to attend the event.

“Thank you for your donations,” Biden told them. “I promise you, I promise you, I promise you, I will try and not let you down.”

Biden was scheduled to speak at an evening fundraiser at the Brentwood home of former Obama administration Ambassador to Spain James Costos and his husband, the designer Michael Smith. Tickets to that event cost $2,800, and were also available to those who could guarantee to raise at least $10,000 for Biden’s campaign.

Between fundraisers, Biden visited a taco shop with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, where he pledged to voters never to speak ill of a fellow Democratic presidential candidate.

Referring to the party’s current roster of 22 White House contenders, he added: “This field’s going to be winnowed out pretty quickly. This is going to work its way through, and that goes for all of us.”

(Reporting by Tim Reid; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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If Democrats want a true scapegoat for Russia’s 2016 presidential election meddling, they need to look right at the top, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who said former President Barack Obama “emboldened” Russia’s efforts.

“Maybe stronger leadership would have left the Kremlin less emboldened,” Sen. McConnell told the Senate during a speech Tuesday. “Maybe tampering with our democracy wouldn’t have seemed so very tempting. Instead, the previous administration sent the Kremlin the signal they could get away with almost anything. Almost anything.

“So, is it surprising that we got the brazen interference detailed in special counsel Mueller’s report?”

McConnell ripped ex-President Obama for mocking then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney, saying during the 2012 campaign: “the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”

“I think many of us now see that President Obama’s approach to Russia could have used some more of the 1980s, more Ronald Reagan and less Jimmy Carter,” McConnell said.

McConnell pointed to myriad ways the Trump administration curbed election interference in the 2018 midterm elections, steps the Obama administration failed to take.

“Thanks to efforts across the federal government in 2018, we were ready,” McConnell said, concluding his speech, which was panned by Trump-resistant Democratic leaders. “That clearly is progress. The Mueller report will help us. So will the upcoming report on the Selection Committee on Intelligence. These threats and challenges are real.

“Our responsibility to strengthen America is serious, and it requires serious work.”

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Almost as soon as President Trump announced on Thursday that Steven Moore had requested his withdrawl from nomination to the Federal Reserve Board, sources were pointing fingers at Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, as the main figure behind the exodus of the controversial nominee.

So barely two weeks after Romney became the first GOP Senator to oppose Herman Cain’s nomination to the Federal Reserve, the 2012 Republican nominee is credited — or blamed —for forcing both Cain and now Moore to pull out of running for the Fed.

“I’m concerned with regard to child support and tax payments,” Romney told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday, referring to controversies related to Moore’s divorce from his first wife. “But the greater issue relating to all these is their economics relative to their partisan credentials.”

Romney has insisted that the Federal Reserve Board requires professional economists as its governors and neither Cain nor Moore has that credential.

As was the case with the Cain nomination, enough of Romney’s Republican colleagues in the Senate came out against Moore to doom his nomination. Sen. Joni Ernst, R.-Iowa, for example, said she was “inclined” to vote against confirming the former Club for Growth head because of writings that were interpreted as critical of women.  (Moore had apologized for his writings, many of which he insisted were in jest).

“Steve Moore…a truly fine person, had decided to withdraw from the Fed process,” Trump tweeted. “Steve won the battle of ideas including Tax Cuts…and deregulation which have produce non-inflationary  prosperity for all Americans.  I’ve asked Steve to work with me toward future economic growth in our country.”

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Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview that Federal Reserve Board candidate Stephen Moore has no plans to withdraw his name despite outside pressure.

Kudlow sat down with Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy at the White House Thursday and said Moore, whose past comments about women have been recently unearthed, continues to be vetted.

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“Steve’s gonna hang in there. He’s gonna hang in there,” Kudlow said.

“Steve is staying on as a candidate. He is being vetted through our process with the FBI and so forth. Then he’ll go through his Senate Banking Committee hearings.”

Earlier this week, Kudlow insisted the White House is still behind Moore’s candidacy for the Federal Reserve board.

During his interview with Ruddy, Kudlow said he and others have been interviewing other candidates for the Fed, now that Herman Cain has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Cain, Kudlow said, decided to pull out of contention for the fed seat because of “personal, financial reasons.” It had been reported that Cain dropped out of the 2012 race for president over allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity. Cain, a former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza who served as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in the mid-1990s, denied the allegations.

“Herman Cain was qualified as a successful businessman, as the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City,” Kudlow told Ruddy. “Herman had some issues in his presidential campaign, that seems to have been the problem. A bunch of Republican senators said they wouldn’t vote for him now.”

Among the Republicans who said they would not vote Cain onto the fed were Mitt Romney, R-Utah; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; and Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.

“I think if he had stayed in, he could have turned around those senators,” Kudlow said. “But he chose to withdraw because of personal, financial reasons, he didn’t want to give up some radio and TV and so forth. I get that.”

On the larger issue of whether President Donald Trump has the right to criticize the fed, which he has done on multiple occasions because of rate hikes last year, Kudlow said presidents are allowed to have and vocalize an opinion.

“People are all up in arms because the president dares to talk about the fed. And I just think that’s wrong,” Kudlow said. “He’s not trying to end the fed’s independence, he’s not storming the walls, but he has opinions. And he’s the president of the United States, he appoints the members to the fed.

“So my take has been recognizing fed independence, why shouldn’t the president have opinions? By the way, past presidents have too.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

April 24, 2019

By Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday to fight all the way to the Supreme Court against any effort by congressional Democrats to impeach him, even though the U.S. Constitution gives Congress complete authority over the impeachment process.

Trump’s threat, made in a morning tweet, came as the White House launched a fierce legal battle to fight subpoenas from Democrats in the House of Representatives for documents and testimony from his administration.

Democrats remain divided on whether to proceed with Trump’s impeachment after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia inquiry. Trump defiantly proclaimed on Twitter that the investigation “didn’t lay a glove on me.”

“If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court,” the Republican president, who is seeking re-election next year, said without offering details about what legal action he envisioned.

The Constitution gives the sole power of impeachment and removing a president from office to the House and the Senate, not the judiciary, as part of the founding document’s separation of powers among the three branches of the federal government.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have remained cautious over launching impeachment proceedings against Trump ahead of the 2020 election, although they have left the door open to such action. Others in the party’s more liberal wing have demanded impeachment proceedings.

Mueller’s findings, released in a redacted report last week, detailed about a dozen episodes of potential obstruction of justice by Trump in trying to impede the inquiry but stopped short of concluding that he had committed a crime.

The report said Congress could address whether the president violated the law. Mueller separately found insufficient evidence that Trump’s campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia in the 2016 presidential race.

House Democrats have stepped up their oversight of the Trump administration since taking control of the chamber in January, from Trump’s tax returns and White House security clearances to the investigation into Russian interference in U.S. politics.

Trump has ordered officials not to comply with subpoenas, and has filed a lawsuit to prevent material from being turned over to lawmakers.

“We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday.

CONSTITUTION

Under the Constitution, Congress is a co-equal branch of government alongside the executive branch and the judiciary.

The Constitution empowers Congress to remove a president from office for “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” The House is given the power to impeach a president – bring formal charges – and the Senate then convenes a trial, with the senators as jurors, with a two-thirds vote needed to convict a president and remove him from office.

The Constitution gives no role to the Supreme Court in impeachment, though it does assign the chief justice the task of presiding over the Senate trial. Conservative John Roberts currently serves as chief justice.

That would not preclude Trump from proceeding with litigation to tie up the issue in the courts, despite Supreme Court precedent upholding congressional impeachment power. In 1993, the nation’s top court ruled 9-0 in a case involving an impeached U.S. judge that the judiciary has no role in the impeachment process.

Lawrence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard who has been critical of Trump, said the U.S. founding fathers had considered but ultimately scrapped the idea of allowing the Supreme Court to have any role in the impeachment process.

“Not even a SCOTUS filled with Trump appointees would get in the way of the House or Senate,” Tribe said in a series of tweets on Wednesday.

Some congressional Republicans have urged the country to move forward after the Mueller report, while a few, including Senator Mitt Romney, have condemned Trump’s actions. Some conservatives outside of Congress have urged congressional action in the wake of Mueller’s report.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey, Steve Holland, Roberta Rampton and Makini Brice, Writing by John Whitesides, Editing by Andrea Ricci and Alistair Bell)

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