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Jared and Ivanka would be fined $1000 a day under bill by Intel Democrat: ‘Our national security is at risk’

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Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) explained how a new bill would fine Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump $1,000 a day for circumventing federal laws against nepotism.

Speier is the author of the “Restoring Integrity, Governance, Honesty, and Transparency Act of 2019″ which is also known as the “RIGHT Act of 2019.”

She was interviewed Tuesday by MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews.

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“For the past two years I’ve warned about the dangers of unelected family members living in the white house and claiming to be serving there,” Matthews noted. “I warned that mixing family and business removes a vital guardrail.”

“Congresswoman, I don’t know what to say here, anybody who’s seen the “Godfather” has seen Fredo here being manipulated by the guy out west. So what do you make of this?” Matthews asked. “He looks manipulatable.”

“Mo Green, I was thinking of,” he added.

“This is yet just another episode in the tabloids that we see on the grocery store racks,” Speier answered.

“I mean, this is a president who abuses power. He says, ‘they don’t know how to play the game.’ Yeah, he thinks this is a game, but we have rules and they were put in places after Bobby Kennedy was the attorney general and that law basically said no more nepotism,” she explained.

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“So what does this president do? He decides he’s going to make his daughter and son-in-law volunteers so they won’t be subject to the nepotism law,” Speier continued. “And he wants to give the two volunteers top security clearances.”

“Our country’s status is at risk. Our national security is at risk,” the intelligence committee member concluded.

“They shouldn’t be in the White House as volunteers and my bill — HR 1028 — is one that would require that, if you’re a volunteer in the White House, you’re going to be paying $1,000 a day fine for trying to manipulate the laws in this country as it relates to nepotism,” Speier explained.

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“This is wrong, it shouldn’t have happened in the first place,” she added.

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Donald Trump sounds like a complete lunatic because he’s isolated himself in a far-right media bubble

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

If you have an older relative who spends way too much time stewing in the conservative media, you may have experienced a moment when you not only disagreed with him, but you realized that you had no earthly clue what he was going on about. Perhaps it was when he started talking about the UN plot to eliminate golf courses and replace paved roads with bicycle paths. Maybe he stopped you in your tracks with a discourse on why flies were attracted to Barack Obama, or complained about the government insisting on referring to Christians as "Easter-worshippers" or expressed outrage over 9/11 hijackers being given leniency by Muslim jurists.

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Trump’s claim impeachment ‘nullifies’ 2016 election blown up in new House Judiciary Committee report

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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.

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READ IT: House Judiciary Committee releases report defining Trump impeachable offenses

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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."

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