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Texas Dem: Trump’s immigration order is possible grounds for impeachment

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX) said that if Pres. Donald Trump tries to force government agencies to ignore a judge’s stay on his controversial — and chaotically implemented — immigration order from last week, then Congress must begin the process of impeachment.

BuzzFeed.com said Wednesday that Castro joined other Democrats like Sen. Dick Durban (D-IL) in calling for an investigation into whether Trump “intentionally exceeded his constitutional authority” with the order, which plunged the U.S. immigration system into chaos and drove protesters into the streets by the thousands.

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Congress must take steps to censure Pres. Trump, Castro said, or begin impeachment lest the nation’s government devolve into a “military junta” with “no more checks and balances” on executive power.

If the White House has ordered Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers to ignore the stay handed down by a federal judge last Sunday, Democrats say, then the administration has crossed a red line.

CBP spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told BuzzFeed that her agency is operating within the law, saying, “CBP officers are not detaining anyone. Green card holders who arrive in the U.S. have to go through secondary screening but that process is working smoothly and relatively quickly. Furthermore, visa holders who would be affected by the executive order are being denied boarding at their point of departure so they are not even making it into the U.S.”

Christensen said that CBP is complying with Sunday’s court order and indicated that the agency is following the lead laid out by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief John Kelly, who issued a statement on Monday saying that his agency is in compliance with the ruling laid out by Judge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Sunday.

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“(S)ince the court orders related to the executive order were issued over the weekend, CBP immediately began taking immediately began taking steps to be in compliance. We are and will remain in compliance with judicial orders,” said Kelly in a statement.

As BuzzFeed’s John Stanton noted, however, questions remain.

“Throughout the weekend immigration attorneys accused CBP agents at airports of attempting to deport people, refusing them access to clients, or generally ignoring all or portions of the various court orders halting the executive order,” wrote Stanton.

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Castro and other Democrats remain skeptical of the new administration, saying that if the president has ordered CBP employees to ignore the court order, “there should be a resolution of censure. And if he does it again, there should be articles of impeachment.”

Hat-tip to TheHill.com


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US military had to bomb our own base in Syria because of Trump’s mistakes — and one Republican is furious

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President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw in Syria in less than 24 hours put American troops at risk as they were being fired on by Turkey. However, according to the Wall Street Journal , the military was also forced to bomb our own military base.

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who has been critical of Trump's decisions in the past months, pointed out the factoid in a tweet Wednesday evening, asking, "Is this the America you grew up believing in?"

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"On Wednesday, the U.S. military said two F-15E jet fighters carried out an airstrike to destroy an ammunition-storage facility, latrines, tents and other parts of the Syria headquarters of the American campaign to destroy Islamic State after pulling its forces from the base," reported The Journal.

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Maddow outlines how Giuliani and his arrested pals seem to be leading back to a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow detailed the way that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and his two recently-arrested business associates are now linked to an oligarch in Ukraine.

In an NBC News report earlier Wednesday, it was revealed that Giuliani's associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were doing work with oligarch Dmytro Firtash.

The report revealed that Firtash was involved in getting partners for an oil and gas company while also helping with the effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Trump accused of working to ‘obstruct his own impeachment’ by congressional attorneys: report

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On Wednesday, Politico reported that lawyers working for the House of Representatives issued a blistering court filing accusing President Donald Trump, among other things, of trying to use the power of his office to "obstruct his own impeachment."

The filing, part of the House Judiciary Committee's attempt to seek testimony from ex-White House Counsel Don McGahn, cites the White House's repeated efforts to block current and former Trump administration officials from testifying — and even some allies of Trump who have never held any position in his government.

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