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Gay state lawmaker confronts GOPer trying to impeach federal judges: You want ‘to take away my marriage’

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An Idaho state House committee this week passed a resolution calling on federal judges to be impeached because they had struck down a same-sex marriage ban in the state.

During a debate on the Idaho House State Affairs Committee on Monday, state Rep. Paul Shepherd (R) offered a resolution calling for Congress to impeach judges if they did not interpret the Constitution “as close to original intent as possible.”

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“The time is right to get back to our Constitution, not just on the marriage issue, but on the commerce clause and privacy and all the things (federal judges) are totally, obviously not correct on,” Shepherd said.

“If you think into it, the state is the highest level of government,” he argued. “The Constitution and Supreme Court, even though they’re called federal, their oath is to uphold the states. The primacy clause … really gives states primacy. We have primacy on marriage, health care, all those issues.”

But the Idaho Legislature’s only openly gay lawmaker, Democratic Rep. John McCrostie, said that he would be voting against the measure because he personally understood the impact it could have on families.

“This proposed piece of legislation would stand ultimately to take away my marriage,” McCrostie explained. “We had four days that we talked about treating people equally. The Supreme Court of our United States on Oct. 15 ended the argument as to whether the constitutional amendment that was passed by the citizens of Idaho — which I did not vote for, I voted against — the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional.”

“You can call it judicial activism if you want,” he continued. “But I would read it more as an interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, which is what the Supreme Court is supposed to do.”

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In the end, the committee voted to introduce the legislation to the full state House. Four Democrats on the committee voted against the measure.

Listen to the audio below from the Idaho House State Affairs Committee, broadcast Feb. 17, 2105.

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Meghan McCain laughs in Matt Gaetz’s face as the Trump-loving congressman flops on The View

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Rep. Matt Gaetz loudly argued with "The View" panelists over President Donald Trump's pardons.

The Florida Republican immediately started an argument with Joy Behar, and conservative Meghan McCain laughed in his face for defending a possible pardon for Trump friend Roger Stone -- who was convicted of lying to Congress and threatening a witness in the Russia probe.

"Oh come on, congressman," McCain said, laughing as Gaetz sputtered. "Come on, he's the swampiest swamp creature."

Gaetz started shouting about former President Bill Clinton's pardons, and claimed the presidential pardon power was a vestige from the British monarchy -- which gave the "sovereign" the authority to extend "unlimited grace."

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig on Thursday heaped praise upon Department of Justice prosecutors who disregarded many of the changes to sentencing guidelines for convicted Trump ally Roger Stone that were made by Attorney General Bill Barr.

When asked by CNN's Kate Bolduan for his reaction to the prosecutors' actions, Honig responded enthusiastically.

"I applaud what this prosecutor is doing," he said. "And as a DOJ alumni on the front lines trying cases, I'm so impressed by this. This is like the scene [in a movie] where the students rise up and push back against the oppressive headmaster."

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‘Traitor!’ Trump ally Roger Stone heckled as he enters courtroom for sentencing

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Roger Stone, the right-wing dirty trickster and staunch ally of President Donald Trump, faced a tough crowd as he headed to court to receive his prison sentence.

As Stone walked to the courthouse on Thursday morning, some hecklers could be heard calling him a "traitor" for his attempts to work with WikiLeaks on releasing Hillary Clinton campaign emails stolen by Russian government hackers during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Stone last year was found guilty on seven different charges that included perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice related to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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