The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told Rachel Maddow that the United States intelligence committee had not briefed him about a bombshell new report that Russian operatives have hacked Burisma, the Ukranian gas company where Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, worked.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) appeared Monday on “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
“We’re going to start by finding out what our intel agencies know about this. I have to say, Rachel, I’m a bit distressed to see this for the first time in a newspaper report,” Schiff said.
“If the intel committee community is aware of this, that should have been brought to our attention by now. But I don’t find it surprising, I do find it deeply disturbing and I would hope that maybe both parties can get out ahead of this — even if the president won’t — and condemn any Russian effort to influence the next election,” he explained.
“It is disturbing to hear you say that you heard about this first in The New York Times and that the intelligence community has come to you and your committee with this,” Maddow said.
White House adviser warned colleagues Nancy Pelosi would eventually bring Trump down: ‘She’s an assassin’
In an excerpt from the Washington Post's Phil Rucker and Carol Leonnig new book "A Very Stable Genius," Axios reports that former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon predicted that now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would eventually attempt to bring the president down one way or the other.
According to the book, " The night of January 23 , the first Monday of his presidency, Trump came face?to?face with House and Senate leaders from both parties at a White House reception ... At a long table in the State Dining Room, Steve Bannon ... could not stop looking at Nancy Pelosi..."
"Pelosi assumed Trump would open the conversation on a unifying note, such as by quoting the Founding Fathers or the Bible. Instead, the new president began with a lie: 'You know, I won the popular vote.' He claimed that there had been widespread fraud, with three to five million illegal votes for Clinton. Pelosi interjected. 'Well, Mr. President, that’s not true,' she said. 'There’s no evidence to support what you just said, and if we’re going to work together, we have to stipulate to a certain set of facts.'"
These 6 GOP senators have negative approval ratings — threatening Republican control in 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may not be in control of the body following the 2020 elections. In fact, he might not even be a senator.
On Thursday, Morning Consult released a new poll on all 100 senators, based on 494,899 interviews with voters. The survey had some major red flags for Republicans hoping to hold control of the chamber in 2020.
President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is putting enormous pressure on vulnerable Republicans, Morning Consult's Eli Yokley explained.
It’s 2020 and Florida’s Supreme Court just ruled in favor of a poll tax
"Florida cannot violate the U.S. Constitution's protections. The right to vote cannot be contingent on the ability to pay."
Florida's state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of denying convicted felons the right to vote if they do not pay fines and fees associated with their incarceration, a decision that was immediately assailed by rights activists as an unconstitutional and immoral poll tax.
In a statement condemning the ruling (pdf), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ACLU of Florida, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund said the ruling "does not—indeed, cannot—alter what the U.S. Constitution requires."