Since the explosion of the scandal surrounding President Donald Trump’s efforts to induce Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, Democrats have mostly taken the lead in drawing attention to the blatant corruption. But that changed Tuesday, when the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee revealed its own investigation into the matter and requested that an intelligence community whistleblower appear in closed session by the end of the week.
Chair Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, wrote a letter to lawyer Andrew Bakaj, the lawyer representing the still-unidentified whistleblower, asking for the testimony “no later than Friday, September 27, 2019, in a mutually agreeable secure location.” Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff first reported on the letter. The committee said the hearing would be conducted to “ascertain an appropriate path forward for your client while protecting your client’s privacy.” Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia signed the letter as well.
Isikoff noted that this effort signals that Congress is “ratcheting up pressure on White House.”
Since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in 2019, most oversight of the president and the administration has occurred in the committees controlled by the opposition party. While those investigations have touched on wide-ranging allegations of abuse and misconduct, the newest controversy has the potential to be the most incendiary yet. For all the furor and partisan bickering surrounding the case, the basic facts don’t seem to be in dispute: Trump, via his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and in his own account of a phone call, has been pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Biden family, in an apparent attempt to smear his potential 2020 rival. At the same time, Trump has been delaying military aid from Ukraine that Congress had already approved. It is pretty much as clear an abuse of power as one can imagine.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff first drew attention to the whistleblower complaint supposedly tied to this issue, and he has been at the forefront thus far of pressing for more information from the administration. Now, however, it seems at least one powerful Republican — Burr — is interested in having questions answered about the series of events, a signal that there may be more danger here for the president than he might have thought.
Conservative news site lays waste to Republican talking points they say are ‘fatal’ to impeachment
Republicans released a memo Tuesday with talking points to defend themselves and President Donald Trump against the impeachment inquiry. Axios posted the memo, outlining four major points by the GOP that they consider to be "fatal arguments" against impeachment. But even the conservative Washington Examiner can't back them up.
"The July 25 call summary — the best evidence of the conversation — shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure,"
‘The math simply doesn’t work’: Former GOP Rep. says Republicans are ‘losing the suburbs’ thanks to Trump
In an op-ed published at CNN this Tuesday, former GOP Rep. Charlie Dent (PA) argued that "the suburbs are nearly completely gone for the Republican Party," thanks to recent pivotal state elections.
According to Dent, Republicans performed "very well in the suburbs and dominated rural areas" in Pennsylvania when he was elected almost 20 years ago. But since the 2016 election, "we have witnessed an acceleration and the culmination of the Democratic dominance, takeover and sweep of the populous suburban collar counties of Philadelphia," he writes.
Dent goes on to contend that GOP losses in the Philadelphia suburbs on Tuesday "were every bit as devastating as the Republican losses in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, and Richmond, or the Kentucky suburbs of Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati."
Jim Jordan rants about Adam Schiff when asked if he ignored wrestlers who said they were molested at OSU
Rep. Jim Jordan reacted angrily this week after being asked about new allegations that he ignored reports of sexual impropriety by a team doctor during his tenure as a wrestling coach at Ohio State University.
Jordan’s role in the coverup of a sexual abuse scandal at Ohio State University in the 1990s returned to the spotlight this week when a wrestling referee claimed that he informed Jordan and other coaches of sexual misconduct by team doctor Richard Strauss, who was later found to have sexually abused at least 177 athletes during his tenure at OSU. The referee is now the second person who says they informed Jordan directly of allegations of misconduct against Strauss, who worked at OSU from 1979 to 1996.