Senate Republicans aggressively confronted ex-FBI Director James Comey during a hearing Wednesday over his corrupt actions related to the FBI’s illegal surveillance of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee wasted no time grilling the disgraced former FBI director over damning new revelations pertaining to the FBI’s handling of the “Crossfire Hurricane” counterintelligence operation into President Trump.
“Based upon what we know about how you and your agency ran the FBI’s anti-Trump investigation, you are either criminally corrupt or completely incompetent,” Sen Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told Comey.
The House of Representatives passed legislation Saturday to prevent any further changes at the United States Postal Service and to provide $25 billion in funding ahead of an expected surge in mail-in ballots in the November election.
The bill faces an uncertain future in the Republican-led Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the Louisville Courier-Journal Tuesday he was doubtful a bill only addressing the Postal Service could pass the Senate.
President Donald Trump, in a Saturday tweet, called the controversy over the Postal Service a “hoax” and told Republican lawmakers to vote against it, but over two dozen House Republicans joined all Democrats in voting for the bill. It passed by a 257-150 vote.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson eviscerated the weak Republican Party establishment for not working hard enough for the American people, especially during this unique time of crisis in America when party leadership is necessary.
In his Tuesday monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson all but declared war on the RINOs and spineless Republicans lacking fortitude to take on the far-left cancel culture mob, and insisted that voters must vote for Republicans who actually protect them.
“The fact is, the Republican Party is the only institution still open to the rest of us — to Americans who want to live as they did just fifteen years ago: quietly, productively, without being harassed and harangued by self-righteous lunatics who mean them harm,” Carlson said. “If you want to be left alone to do your job and raise your family in America, you are going to need a protector. For that, we’ll need a very different kind of Republican Party.”
Texas and Florida ordered bars to stop serving alcohol on site Friday amid a record-breaking surge in COVID-19 cases in both states, as the White House coronavirus task force was set to hold its first public briefing in almost two months.
The two populous southern states, home to some 50 million people, were spared the worst of the outbreak in spring but are now being struck hard.
The United States, already the hardest-hit country in the world with close to 125,000 deaths, never fully emerged from its first wave. Following a weeks-long plateau, new cases are once again back to where they were in April.
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A group of House Republicans led by Michael McCaul and Adam Kinzinger has drafted a letter calling on US President Donald Trump to discard the idea of reducing the presence of American troops in Germany from 34,500 to 25,000, CNN reported, citing an obtained copy of the letter.
The plans emerged soon after German lawmakers from the Social Democratic Party too raised the issue of reducing the US military presence in the country down to zero.
In the letter, lawmakers argue that such a move could severely impede Washington’s ability to “deter” Russia’s alleged malign activities in Europe and will erode the North Atlantic Treaty alliance.
According to the most recente survey by Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is currently leading over President Donald Trump in the run-up to the November election. However, there are still more than four months ahead of the national vote.
A number of Republicans who previously served as US national security officials under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush are currently forming a coalition to publicly back Joe Biden in the upcoming election, anonymous sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
The group will reportedly include “at least two dozen officials” who will publicly oppose Donald Trump’s re-election bid, suggesting that it would “endanger” US national security.
According to the report, the initiative is co-authored by two former staffers in the George W. Bush administration: John Bellinger III, former legal adviser to the National Security Council and State Department, and Ken Wainstein, the 43rd president’s homeland security adviser.
President Donald Trump took to social media to respond after Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted the Republican Party and its leaders for allowing civil unrest to continue so long without consequence on his Friday night broadcast.
After Carlson’s Friday night monologue and several interviews were deeply critical of the Republican Party’s response to the civil unrest, President Trump took to Twitter to assuage Carlson’s concerns.
Carlson explained that, in his view, the current state of civil unrest, started as a response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, happened because Republican leaders allowed a vacuum of power to be formed when they did not respond.
House Republicans filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to block a system of proxy voting put in place during the coronavirus pandemic on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.
Proxy voting would allow House members to vote on another person’s behalf if they are not able to be physically present at the Capitol, an unprecedented exception for an unparalleled health crisis.
At least 59 Democrats have submitted letters to the House Clerk’s office to authorize their vote to be cast by proxy. Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers have said they will be in the Capitol to cast their votes.
Not a single Republican supported the measure as it passed earlier this month, arguing that the Constitution requires a quorum, or a majority, of lawmakers to be physically present in order to vote on measures, thus concluding that the proxy system is unconstitutional. Republicans also worry that the system concentrates too much power in the hands of only a few members.
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A group of House Republicans has called on federal agencies to shed light on drones used by police across the country to surveil and enforce Covid-19 lockdowns, arguing that Chinese devices could compromise “sensitive US data.”
The 14 GOP representatives, all on the House Judiciary Committee, penned two letters to the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday sounding alarms over the drones, produced by Chinese tech firm Da Jiang Innovations, or DJI.
“Although federal law enforcement agencies have warned of potential information security concerns with DJI drones, it is not clear whether state and local law enforcement agencies are fully aware of these issues,” the lawmakers wrote in the letters, portions of which are identical.
Senate Republicans will investigate the Obama administration’s decision to target national security adviser Michael Flynn following the 2016 presidential election, but they do not intend to subpoena former President Barack Obama or require him to testify in front of a panel, Politico reports.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told media Tuesday that his committee is prepared to investigate former Obama administration officials, particularly officials affiliated with the Department of Justice, and the FBI over their targeting of Flynn in light of Attorney General William Barr’s decision to drop perjury charges against the former national security advisor. Barack Obama will likely be left off the list of those asked to testify.
“I’m not anticipating calling President Obama,” Graham said, adding that it was likely the panel will question FBI Director James Comey and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.