The Republican leader in the Senate is virtually guaranteeing that there will be no repeal this year of the military’s controversial policy which forces gay, lesbian and trans-gender members to hide their personal lives or face expulsion from the service.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told NBC’s David Gregory Sunday that he doesn’t see any way that “don’t ask, don’t tell” can be repealed in the lame duck session.
“People are talking like that is the only issue,” McConnell said. “That defense bill also has abortions in military hospitals. Once you get on the defense bill it typically takes two weeks. I don’t see how we can possibly finish the defense authorization bill — a two-week bill wholly aside from these controversial items that are in it, there are a lot of other things in it — before the end of the year.”
“Even as you get into January, in your mind, do you think the support is there to lift the ban in Congress?” Gregory asked.
“My personal view is that Sen. McCain is correct on this. I intend to follow his lead. We’ll find out when we finally get around to debating this bill which I think will not be before the end of the year,” he concluded.
The Pentagon released a study last week that said a majority of service members support ending the ban. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has rejected the study’s methodology.
“[T]his study was directed at how to implement the repeal, not whether the repeal should take place or not,” McCain said in mid-November.
The Arizona senator has blasted President Barack Obama for advocating for repeal.
“The fact is this was a political promise made by an inexperienced president or candidate for presidency of the United States,” he said.
But Retired General and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark said Sunday that with the military focused on war, now was the perfect time to do away with the policy.
“This is the ideal time to do this, because we’re talking about building teamwork around a common purpose,” Clark told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour.
This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Nov. 5, 2010.
Trump’s claim impeachment ‘nullifies’ 2016 election blown up in new House Judiciary Committee report
On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee released their report outlining the offenses committed by President Donald Trump, and the legal framework for impeachment — which clears the way for Congress to write and approve articles of impeachment against him.
One of the key issues examined by the report is the claim, repeatedly made by the president and his supporters, that impeachment would "nullify" the 2016 presidential election and the popular will — which is already a weak claim given that Trump never won the popular vote, and that impeaching Trump would still install Mike Pence as president. But the report more broadly rejects the entire claim that an election result immunizes a president from punishment for official misconduct.
READ IT: House Judiciary Committee releases report defining Trump impeachable offenses
On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee released a report outlining the impeachable acts committed by President Donald Trump.
"Our President holds the ultimate public trust," said the report, titled "Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment," in its introduction. "A President faithful only to himself—who will sell out democracy and national security for his own personal advantage—is a danger to every American. Indeed, he threatens America itself."
The report clarifies the procedures for impeachment, analyzes whether president can be "impeached for abuse of executive powers," and "whether it is preferable to await the next election when a President has sought to corrupt that very same election."
Devin Nunes likely under federal investigation over foreign contacts after Parnas phone call revelation: ex-FBI official
On MSNBC's "AM Joy," former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi speculated that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) may already be under FBI investigation for his secret calls with indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.
"What do you make of the fact that the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, who participated in the Adam Schiff portion of the impeachment hearings, never said anything to anybody about the fact that he was not just the guy who's sitting on the dais, he was involved in some way with one of the players?" asked host Joy Reid.
"Well, it says a lot on two levels," said Figliuzzi. "It says a lot about Devin Nunes as an individual, his ethics, his integrity, and what he's all about. And then on a larger level, it's just a huge, ironic development that we're hearing all of this about — the Republicans are defending allegations that the president lacks integrity and ethics, and they're sitting there overseeing this and they're not recusing themselves, and they're not saying anything about their colleague, Devin Nunes. So, you know, the hypocrisy is loud and clear here. And eventually when the dust clears, Joy, I wouldn't be surprised if ethics investigations and perhaps even criminal investigations really point the finger at Nunes as someone who should have recused himself and is much deeper into this than we know now."