Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) is blasting former Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen for his behavior during the select committee hearing. According to MSNBC, the Democratic lawmaker weighed in with his opinion of Rosen's refusal to answer direct questions during the hearing.
Speaking to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace about Rosen's testimony, he criticized Rosen for his involvement in Trump's attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. According to Connolly, Rosen "'hid behind the confidentially of a conservation' to protect himself and the former president."
Connolly's criticism of Rosen comes as details about Trump's call to Rosen are coming to light. On Thursday, July 29, handwritten notes about the call were also revealed. According to USA Today, Trump placed a call to the forming Acting Attorney General back in December. At the time, Trump said, "Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen."
The publication notes: "The disclosures provide more insight into how Trump tried to use the country's top law enforcement agency to back claims that the last election had been stolen from him even though the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread fraud that would've changed the results. The notes, written by Rosen's deputy, were released Friday by the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is investigating efforts by Trump to overturn President Joe Biden's win."
Eric Swalwell: Kevin McCarthy and Jim Jordan are right to worry about the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection committee
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) is still pushing for Republican lawmakers to be held accountable for their blind support of former President Donald Trump's attempted coup on Jan. 6.
While many Republican lawmakers have made an arduous effort to downplay the insurrection, dismiss what occurred, and deny Trump's true intent, Swalwell believes there is reason to believe that some of his colleagues were well aware of Trump's intention reports Political USA.
In fact, he even believes there is hard evidence to support his claim. During a recent appearance on MSNBC, Swalwell discussed the recent reports circulating about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
Just days ago, Jordan found himself at the center of controversy when he was grilled by a reporter after clumsily admitting he'd talked to Trump on Jan. 6. That slip-up came as McCarthy continues to try and blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic lawmakers for the deadly day at the Capitol.
Speaking about the recent developments and the latest evidence of Trump's discussion with former Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, Swalwell weighed in with his opinion as he noted that Jordan and McCarthy should be concerned about the ongoing Jan. 6 investigation.
"Jim Jordan and Kevin McCarthy are not only witnesses to what happened at the Capitol on January 6th, they are witnesses to Donald Trump's intent and, his conduct, the decisions that he made that day," Swalwell said."That's why Jim Jordan shouldn't be anywhere close to the dais that is investigating January 6th, but he may be close to the witness table."
He also concluded with a compelling question.
"One question that I have, Jonathan, as Kevin McCarthy years ago, famously talked about how Benghazi was designed to tear down Hillary Clinton, well, will any of these witnesses have the courage that Hillary Clinton showed that day when she testified for 11 hours?" Swalwell asked. "Will we get 11 seconds of Kevin McCarthy? Will we get 11 seconds of Jim Jordan? Will we get 11 seconds of Donald Trump, who you remember refused to testify when called to the impeachment trial."
While both Republican lawmakers have repeatedly insisted they have nothing to hide, the looming question centers on whether or not they will testify. The latest findings and repeated attempts to deflect and pivot raise questions and concerns about how implicated both lawmakers are.
President Joe Biden officially let the federal government at midnight on Saturday.
Politico reported, "millions of tenants are staring at the prospect of losing their homes as they wait for emergency rental aid that the government has failed to deliver."
The Biden administration announced on Thursday it would let the ban expire.
On Friday, congressional Democrats received harsh criticism of after failing to pass an eviction moratorium and then leaving for a seven-week vacation.
"The eviction wave is expected to hit population centers across the country. Housing advocates point to renters in Ohio, Texas and parts of the Southeast — where tenant protections are generally low, housing costs are high and economic problems from the pandemic linger — as particularly at risk. Even though it has its own ban in place through August, New York is also a concern, because it has been especially slow at distributing rental assistance funds to the hundreds of thousands of tenants in the state who are behind on their rent," Politico reported.
USA Today also cited tenant protections as determining where the impacts will be the worst.
"Parts of the South and other regions with weaker tenant protections will likely see the largest spikes, and communities of color, where vaccination rates are sometimes lower, will be hit hardest," USA Today reported. "The crisis will only get worse in September when the first foreclosure proceedings are expected to begin. An estimated 1.75 million homeowners — roughly 3.5% of all homes — are in some sort of forbearance plan with their banks, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association."
CBS News cited an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).
"The CBPP estimated that about 16% of U.S. households were behind on rent — double the pre-pandemic level. But the rent burden is spread unequally around the country," CBS News reported. "In some states, more than a quarter of renters are behind on payments, according to CPBB calculations. The Southeast is the hardest hit: 29% of renters in Mississippi and 28% in South Carolina were behind in the first week of July, according to the CBPP's calculations. In Georgia, 1 in 4 isn't caught up on rent."
Reuters reported more than 15 million Americans could face eviction.
"More than 15 million people in 6.5 million U.S. households are currently behind on rental payments, according to a study by the Aspen Institute and the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, collectively owing more than $20 billion to landlords," Reuters reported.
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), who has lived unhoused, led progressive Democrats in a midnight rally.
We’re out here to extend the moratorium, so where’s Congress? It’s time we come back and #ExtendTheMoratorium https://t.co/5n2h4NMfEp— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1627790232.0
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