BREAKING: House Dems expected to unveil two articles of impeachment against Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, per multiple leadership sources and members close with the investigation.
Presser tomorrow. Markup likely Thursday.
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) December 10, 2019
This comes as the White House told House Democrats on Sunday that it will not take part in the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing, after being invited by Nadler.
Nadler asked Trump on Friday if he would be sending his lawyers to the impeachment hearing scheduled for Dec. 4. Nadler also asked Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee what witnesses they want to subpoena for the hearings, expressed in letters sent to Trump, the Associated Press reported.
“The president leaves us no choice but to act,” Pelosi said at the press conference Thursday. “Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with Articles of Impeachment.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Despite Pelosi’s early reluctance to push for impeachment, there are currently 228 Democrats who have voiced support for impeachment or an impeachment inquiry. Pelosi has said she believes Trump is “goading” Democrats to impeach him because he thinks it will help him fire up his base. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: We Asked Every GOP Senator About Impeachment. Seven Ruled It Out.)
Democrats have continued to send congressional subpoenas to those close to Trump for documents related to the ongoing scandal regarding the president’s phone call with the president of Ukraine — specifically whether Trump asked him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid. The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees are all investigating Trump, his cabinet members, and closest allies.
Many of Pelosi’s Democratic colleagues previously pushed for impeaching Trump, including Democratic Texas Rep. Al Green, who broke with Pelosi when he vowed to force a vote to impeach Trump in late March. Green, who previously had several bills to impeach Trump overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Representatives, called for a third impeachment vote. Pelosi said impeachment was “just not worth it” in a March interview.(RELATED: Nancy Pelosi Comes Out In Favor Of Impeachment)
Pelosi previously said she would not hold a full vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry, which Trump has continued to call for.
Report: Democrats Drop 'Bribery,' Mueller Report from Articles of Impeachment
This article was sourced from BreitbartDemocrats are apparently going to drop accusations of “bribery” and “obstruction of justice” from their articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, which are expected to be delivered on Tuesday, according to reports.
As Breitbart News’ Joshua Caplan noted Monday evening, the Washington Post broke the story that Democrats “will focus on abuse of power and obstructing Congress.”
The House Judiciary Committee’s recent Democratic staff report on the legal and constitutional basis for impeachment, argued that “abuse of power” was impeachable, even for “legally permissible” actions, if the president also had “illegitimate motives.” The report cited the much-criticized impeachment of President Andrew Johnson in 1868 as a positive precedent in making its case.
Similarly, the House Intelligence Committee’s 300-page report last Tuesday, in which Democrats summarized testimony in both closed-door and public sessions, devoted extensive space to the president’s alleged “obstruction” of the investigation. It even cited his tweets criticizing certain witnesses as evidence of “witness intimidation.” However, the report made almost no mention of “bribery.”
Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) had argued that bribery might be a possible charge, under a broad definition of the term. The three legal “experts” summoned by Democrats to testify at the Judiciary Committee last Wednesday agreed.
But the contrary testimony of the only witness Republicans were allowed to call, liberal George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley, may have been enough to dissuade them.
Democrats will also apparently abandon “obstruction of justice” charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia “collusion.” Though Mueller found no “collusion,” he declined to make a recommendation about obstruction.
Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein then decided the evidence was insufficient. Still, a many Democrats supported impeaching Trump on that basis.
Scholars are divided about “abuse of power” as a standard. Liberal legal scholar Cass Sunstein wrote in 2017 that it is too broad because it could apply to every president.
Opinions are also mixed over “obstruction of Congress.” Sunstein warned it was not a legitimate basis for impeachment if the underlying investigation were illegitimate. Turley said Congress would abuse its power if it charged Trump with obstruction merely for turning to the courts.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He earned an A.B. in Social Studies and Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.
Democrat’s Rush to Impeachment Fully Explained With a Single Cartoon
This article was sourced from TheFederalistpapers
By now most every knows that Democrats are rushing full speed ahead with impeachment in a very unfair and partisan fashion.
But what is REALLY behind the rapid push for impeachment?
Here is the real reason Democrats are rushing full speed ahead with impeachment brutally explained with a single cartoon:
Does that about sum it up?
It’s of course all about the fact Democrats know that without impeachment they stand little to no chance of beating him in 2020.
Here’s exactly why Trump is unbeatable in 2020:
Winning: Data Shows Economy is Booming, Strongest Job Growth in 10 Months
U.S. job growth increased by the most in 10 months in November as the healthcare industry boosted hiring and production workers at General Motors returned to work after a strike, the strongest sign yet the economy is in no danger of stalling.
The unemployment rate ticked back down to its lowest level in nearly half a century and wage gains remained near their strongest in a decade, the Labor Department’s closely watched monthly employment report showed on Friday.
The numbers suggest consumers will keep the longest economic expansion in history, now in its 11th year, chugging along into next year when Americans will decide whether to re-elect President Donald Trump.
CNBC’s Cramer on jobs report: “these are the best numbers of our lives”https://t.co/5ugviWb60cpic.twitter.com/EDnuQIzrIF
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 6, 2019
The report added to other fairly upbeat data on the trade deficit, housing and orders for big-ticket goods. Together, the improving data appear to validate the Federal Reserve’s decision in October to signal no further interest rate cuts are needed for now. The U.S. central bank cut rates three times this year, starting in July when it reduced borrowing costs for the first time since 2008.
U.S. central bank policymakers are expected to highlight the economy’s resilience when they meet on Dec. 10-11, though trade tensions continue to reverberate in the background.
“This was a strong report, with a solid rise in payrolls, another drop in the unemployment rate, and decent growth in hourly earnings,” said Chris Low, chief economist at FHN Financial in New York. “The Fed will see this as clear vindication of their decision to stop cutting rates.”
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 266,000 jobs last month, lifted by the gain of 60,200 healthcare workers, the most since March, and increased hiring at restaurants and bars, the government’s survey of establishments showed. Manufacturing recouped all the 43,000 positions lost in October.
But colder-than-normal temperatures in November curbed hiring at construction sites and helped to sink mining payrolls.
The largest increase in payrolls since January pushed job growth well above its monthly average of 180,000 this year. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls rising by 180,000 jobs in November. The economy created 41,000 more jobs in September and October than previously estimated.
Even discounting the roughly 46,000 GM returnees, employment growth exceeded 200,000 jobs last month. The robust payroll gains suggest the Trump administration’s 17-month trade war with China, which has plunged manufacturing into recession, has not yet spilled over to the broader economy.
Some economists said this could buy the Trump administration more time as it negotiates a “phase one” trade deal with China. Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Friday the Dec. 15 deadline remained in place for a new round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods set to kick in, adding “there’s no arbitrary deadline,” on trade talks.
“The report alleviates pressure on the Trump administration to make a trade deal with China, giving negotiators more leverage to push for a harder line,” said Daniel Zhao, a senior economist at Glassdoor in San Francisco.
The dollar strengthened against a basket of currencies, snapping a five-day losing streak. U.S. Treasury prices fell. Stocks on Wall Street rallied after a roller-coaster week.
STEADY WAGE GAINS
The U.S.-China trade spat has bruised business confidence and undercut capital expenditure, tipping manufacturing into recession. The magnitude of last month’s increase in payrolls is at odds with other labor market data.
Job openings are near a 1-1/2-year low, small business hiring intentions have softened relative to 2018 and the Institute for Supply Management survey’s measure of factory employment has contracted for four straight months.
“While this morning’s reading is a definite improvement, it does little to explain waning momentum over the past ten months,” said Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Stifel in Chicago. “It remains to be seen if such strength signals a turning point to more robust hiring patterns.”
Though the labor market remains resilient despite the business investment downturn, hiring has slowed from last year’s average monthly gain of 223,000 because of ebbing demand and a shortage of workers. The government has said it could cut job growth for the 12 months through March 2019 by at least 500,000 jobs when it publishes its annual revision next February.
Still, job creation is well over the roughly 100,000 jobs per month needed to keep up with growth in the working-age population. The unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.5% percent, matching September’s reading, which was the lowest level since December 1969.
A broader measure of unemployment, which includes people who want to work but have given up searching and those working part-time because they cannot find full-time employment, fell to 6.9% from 7.0% in October. The labor force participation rate, or the proportion of working-age Americans who have a job or are looking for one, dipped to 63.2% in November from more than a six-year high of 63.3% in October.
Average hourly earnings rose seven cents, or 0.2%, after increasing 0.4% in October. In the 12 months through November, wages rose 3.1% after advancing 3.2% in October. Wages were held back by the concentration of hiring in low-paying industries.
Average hourly earnings for production and non-supervisory workers, considered a more reliable wage measure, increased 0.3% and were up 3.7% on a year-on-year basis in November.
“That should keep consumer spending in good shape in the coming months,” said Sarah House, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Manufacturing employment rebounded by 54,000 jobs in November. Construction hiring rose by only 1,000 jobs, while mining shed 7,000 jobs.
The leisure and hospitality industry hired 45,000 workers. It has added 219,000 jobs over the last four months, with about two-thirds of the gains at restaurants and bars.
There were also increases in professional and business services, financial activities, and transportation and warehousing jobs last month. Government employment increased by 12,000 jobs.
Reuters contributed to this report.
Gaetz: If Schiff Believes Trump Should Be Impeached, He Should Take Questions from the House Judiciary Committee
This article was sourced from BreitbartMonday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) called on House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep.
Adam Schiff (D-CA) to appear before the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on impeachment.
Gaetz argued that given Schiff’s heightened role, he had a duty to defend his work. However, the Florida Republican said you had two Democrat donors converse before the committee and offer their “hot takes.”
“[W]here I’m from, you stand behind your work,” Gaetz said. “If Adam Schiff really believes the president should be impeached as a result of this conduct, he ought to show and take our questions based on his bias, his contact with the whistleblower, and anything he was doing outside the bounds of the law. Instead, it was Take-Your-Donor-to-Work Day inside the House Judiciary Committee, where some the left’s big donors were able to come in a literally ask each other questions. It was this dystopian reality where I am watching one Democrat donor ask questions of another Democrat donor about issues we can all read about, but they just want to give their hot takes.”
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