On Saturday, House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) clashed with MSNBC’s Joy Reid over how to move forward with impeachment proceedings for President Donald Trump’s potential obstruction of justice.
“We are involved in a team sport, not an individual sport,” said Raskin. “What we are focused on now is should we have an impeachment inquiry into whether there were high crimes and misdemeanors, not low crimes like Bill Clinton committed. Like obstruction of justice, contempt of power which were the counts in the Nixon articles. Were such crimes committed. If so, what should we do about it? More and more Democrats are coming around to a place that this is an inescapable situation this is something that has been taken for granted by both parties.”
“This is a sharply divided country,” Reid said. “Republicans don’t really seem to care about bringing anybody along … The attorney general is fully bought in. He is of no use as attorney general. What are you going to do about it?”
“Joy, I can tell you are frustrated and angry,” said Raskin. “We are not going to descend to political and racial and tribal places like they have … We believe in the rule of law. I think we are moving towards inquiry.”
Raskin added that special counsel Robert Mueller had detailed 11 potential cases of obstruction of justice. “What special counsel Mueller said, we are going to turn it over to Congress. The impeachment is just an indictment where we would bring them forward. People have to understand that’s what an impeachment is. When people say, well, impeach the president. That’s only halfway. They are talking about removing the president. We are only halfway there. That is an appropriate course of action.”
“Everybody across the board should be able to get behind this because of the high crimes and misdemeanors in the report that attorney general Barr has done everything in his power to suppress and mislead the public about,” Raskin explained.
How climate change reduced the flow of the Colorado River
The massive Colorado River, which provides water for seven US states, has seen its flow reduced by 20 percent over the course of a century -- and more than half of that loss is due to climate change, according to new research published Thursday.
Two scientists at the US Geological Survey developed a mathematical model of the water movements -- snowfall, rainfall, run-off, evaporation -- in the upper Colorado River basin for the period from 1913 to 2017.
To do so, they used historical temperature and precipitation data, along with satellite readings of radiation, in order to understand how climate change had affected those water movements.
‘Possibly the craziest and scariest thing he has done’: Conservative blasts Trump for DNI Richard Grenell
Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot blasted President Donald Trump's new appointee Richard Grenell to take over as acting director of national intelligence.
Previously, Trump was furious at his acting DNI when he learned that Democrats were given an intelligence briefing. The source speaking to the Post said that Trump gave Maguire a “dressing down” that left the former acting DNI “despondent.”
FBI investigating Erik Prince for arms trafficking after attempt to modify crop dusters into attack aircraft: report
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly investigating prominent Donald Trump supporter Erik Prince for violating arms trafficking laws.
"Prince, an heir to a billion-dollar fortune who is widely viewed as a shadow adviser to the president, is under federal investigation for his 2015 attempt to modify two American-made crop-dusting planes into attack aircraft — a violation of arms trafficking regulations," The Intercept reported Thursday, citing "two people familiar with the investigation."