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Trump impeachment calls increase in private Dem House Judiciary Committee meetings: report

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While Democratic leadership is hesitant to go forward with filing articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, Politico reports that younger Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are lobbying in private to start them now.

According to the report Committee chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (R-NY) wants to move slow, going through all the motions and legal remedies available to the committee before taking the big step.

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“A growing number of Democratic committee members are pushing Nadler to take more aggressive steps to force President Donald Trump and top administration officials to comply with a host of congressional subpoenas,” the report states. “Some lawmakers even want Congress to dust off its little-used authority to fine or even jail witnesses, something that the House hasn’t done in more than 80 years and is ill prepared to execute.”

“[Trump] certainly is the best argument for impeachment there is. This is the most impeachable president in the history of the United States of America. But that still leaves us a whole bunch of questions about what to do and when to do it,” explained Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) , who sits on both the Judiciary and Oversight panels.

According to the report, Raskin’s view of impeachment is being pressed by newer members of the Judiciary Committee who are impatient to get proceedings started.

There is a “growing push for a more aggressive posture is being driven by the committee’s younger members, many of whom are new to the skirmishes and polarizing fights that have long divided the Judiciary panel,” Politico reports.”The Judiciary Committee has long been one of the most partisan in Congress because leadership tends to steer vulnerable — and typically more moderate — members away from the committee. That leaves the panel stacked with members less willing to compromise or shy away from a battle with the president of either party.”

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“Nothing is off the table. It can’t be off the table. We have to look at all of the options to do our job and protect the Constitution and to make sure the government is functioning the way it should be,” said Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA).

For the moment, the more cautious Democratic members are holding sway, but that could change.

“We’re restraining ourselves from doing ‘Donald Trump Justice.’ ‘Donald Trump justice’ is you just reach a conclusion and then let the facts catch up. We’re trying to show a contrast to that which is orderly process, which is frustrating in that it doesn’t happen as fast as you want,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) explained. “We’ve got one shot to get it right, you’ve got one record to create for the courts. You want to show you gave them every chance to comply. It’s frustrating, but that’s law and order.”

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‘Trump literally just confessed to the crime’: Pennsylvania Democrat

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Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) believes President Donald Trump confessed to bribing or extorting Ukraine in an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

The president told reporters Monday morning at the United Nations that he had withheld foreign aid from Ukraine as he discussed alleged corruption involving Biden, the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

"It's very important to talk about corruption," Trump. "If you don't talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?...It's very important that on occasion you speak to somebody about corruption."

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Trump’s jumbled response to Ukraine scandal is a strong signal of what’s to come: columnist

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On Monday, President Donald Trump denied allegations that he extorted the president of Ukraine for information about Joe Biden. “It’s a ridiculous story,” Trump said during an appearance at the United Nations.

The controversy emerged after an anonymous whistleblower in the intelligence community logged a complaint with their agency about improper behavior by the president on a phone call with a foreign leader. “It’s a partisan whistleblower,” the president added.

Previously, the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani had traveled to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. Critics worry that during a conversation with the president of Ukraine about rooting out corruption in his country, Trump suggested he offer information about Biden in exchange for funding.

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FBI arrests far-right extremist who talked about ‘bombing a major U.S. news network’: report

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The FBI has arrested a member of the United States Army who allegedly talked about plans to carry out acts of violence in the U.S.

According to ABC News' Mike Levine, the arrested man "allegedly discussed plans to bomb a major U.S. news network, discussed traveling to Ukraine to fight with violent far-right group, and allegedly distributed info online on how to build bombs."

Levine also reports that the arrested man also made mention of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who made headlines during a recent primary debate by saying he wanted to confiscate AR-15s and AK-47s. It is not known at this time if the man made a direct threat to O'Rourke, however.

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