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Judiciary Committee could subpoena Mueller to testify in public impeachment hearings: ‘We have the authority’



The House Judiciary Committee is considering issuing a subpoena to special counsel Robert Mueller to compel public testimony that is broadcast to the American people, a member of the body said on Friday.

Twenty-four hours after the chair of the committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), told MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” that Mueller was seeking private testimony, another member returned to the show with an update on the options being considered.

MSNBC host Joy Reid interviewed Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who was a law professor specializing in Constitutional law at American University.

“Let me ask you, as a logistical matter, if Robert Mueller is still refusing to testify publicly — because it does seem that there is a much greater value for the public to actually hear him speak than to read transcripts of what he’s saying — would an impeachment inquiry enable the Congress to compel his testimony in public?” Reid asked.

“Well, we have the authority to subpoena witnesses,” Raskin replied.

“And so we can ask him to come in and we can subpoena his testimony,” he noted.


Subpoenas aren’t the only thing “on the table” for the committee.

“Impeachment inquiry as a concept is on the table, along with a lot of other things,” Raskin noted. “Today the 25th Amendment has come resurging back into focus, Joy, because of the extraordinary events that took place in the White House.”


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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race



Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)



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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits



President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’



Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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