Despite paying lip service to increasing school safety, Florida Gov. Rick Scott refused to answer reporters’ questions Wednesday when they asked him whether he’d sign a bill that would allow some teachers to carry weapons in schools in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland on Valentine’s Day.
“You know, the bill is still being debated,” Scott said of the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” a sweeping piece of legislation that would simultaneously ban “bump stocks,” increase the age to buy semi-automatic weapons to 21 and allow for more teachers and school staff to be armed on campuses.
“I’ve been clear, I don’t think we ought to be arming teachers,” the governor said when asked about the “marshal” provision in the bill, which would not arm teachers per se, but would allow other school personnel to be trained and armed. This could include “librarians, counselors and coaches,” the New York Times noted on Tuesday.
Watch Scott’s comments below, via Politico’s Marc Caputo:
Gov. Rick Scott won’t say if he’ll sign the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act” not will he say if the House, debating it right now, should pass it. pic.twitter.com/W4RdlwSjSD
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) March 7, 2018
Noteworthy that Gov. Scott says some of the most-important voices in his decision-making are the MSD victims’ families.
All have urged the Legislature to pass the bill. So it would be a surprise if he vetoed it
Here’s the second half of the presser. Pardon the video overlap. pic.twitter.com/2MzcxNvD6s
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) March 7, 2018
Two impeachment articles expected against President Trump: reports
Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.
The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.
It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.
CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network's sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.
Ambassador McFaul ‘shocked’ Trump invited Sergey Lavrov back to the Oval Office: ‘What are they thinking?’
Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul repeatedly said he was shocked that President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.
McFaul was interviewed Monday evening by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC "The Last Word," where he contrasted how Trump is treating the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"Ambassador McFaul, I want to get your reaction to the Russian foreign minister meeting tomorrow at the White House, in the Oval Office, with President Trump," O'Donnell said. "That's his second time. President Zelinsky still hasn't gotten that meeting and Donald trump apparently, apparently may be voted articles of impeachment in committee this week because of his interactions with President Zelensky."
House Judiciary to vote on Thursday to impeach Donald Trump: report
Democrats are moving ahead with the impeachment of President Donald Trump following another day of testimony on Monday.
"House Democrats plan to unveil at least two articles of impeachment Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple lawmakers and aides. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the articles on Thursday, setting up a vote on the House floor next week to make Trump the third president in history to be impeached," Politico reported Monday evening.
"Democratic leaders plan to formally announce the articles at a press conference Tuesday morning. Judiciary Committee Democrats intend to meet ahead of the announcement and review the articles," Politico reported. "The decision to move forward with specific impeachment charges is the most significant move yet for the year-old Democratic House majority, a legacy-defining moment for Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sets up a Senate trial for Trump in early 2020."