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Donald Trump 'richly deserves' to be impeached, says top Democrat on House committee

Donald Trump 'richly deserves' to be impeached, says top Democrat on House committeeDonald Trump "richly deserves" to be impeached, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee which can unilaterally launch proceedings to remove the president from office has said. Rep. Jerrold Nadler has previously said that Mr Trump was guilty of committing "high crimes and misdemeanors" – the benchmark for impeachment – but these were his strongest comments yet. "My personal opinion is that [Trump] richly deserves impeachment," Rep. Nadler told CNN's 'State of the Union'. "He has done many impeachable offences, he's violated the law six ways from Sunday." Rep. Nadler stopped short of joining a growing number of House Democrats calling for a full impeachment inquiry when pressed on his comments, but was steadfast on his general position. "The question is, can we develop enough evidence to put before the American people? We have broken the logjam. The president and the attorney general were lying to the American people constantly." Rep. Nadler has signalled privately he believes impeachment hearings should begin  Credit: Reuters In comments to aides and other members of the Judiciary committee, Rep. Nadler has signalled he has gradually become convinced the panel should proceed with impeachment hearings. He has nonetheless not staked that opinion publicly, in part because of opposition from top Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the lack of support from the Senate. "Too much has been made of the phrase 'an impeachment inquiry'," Rep. Nadler said on Friday. "We are using our full Article I powers to investigate the conduct of the president." The duelling positions illustrates the growing tension within the Democratic Party that will be a struggle to reconcile, particularly in the wake of former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony. Mr Mueller appeared before two House committees last week in nationally televised hearings and said the president wanted him fired because of his investigation – an impeachable offence. The testimony convinced more than half a dozen Democratic lawmakers to throw their support behind impeachment proceedings, pushing the overall number in favour in the House to 101. But a majority of the Democratic caucus remained skeptical of what would be a polarising move, leading Ms Pelosi to urge caution. "We will proceed when we have what we need," she said. The Democratic-led Judiciary Committee, which Rep. Nadler oversees, has been flirting with the idea of impeachment for some time, and has subpoenaed dozens of witnesses and documents. In a major escalation on Friday that drew fury from Mr Trump, the panel asked a federal judge to unseal grand jury testimony that formed the backbone of Mr Mueller's two-year probe. “My personal view is that [Trump] richly deserves impeachment,” House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler says. Nadler calls the Mueller hearing an “inflection point,” saying that “we now have to get further evidence…as we consider articles of impeachment.” CNNSOTUpic.twitter.com/g5BiQ9Lacc— CNN (@CNN) July 28, 2019 The Mueller report concluded there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the results of the 2016 election but did not clear the president of obstruction. Mr Mueller decided not to pursue an obstruction charge against Mr Trump in part because of the Department of Justice guidelines that prevent the indictment of a sitting president.  The result of the legal action to gain access to secret grand jury evidence rests on Judge Beryl Howell applying a precedent that dates back to the impeachment of president Nixon. Release of Watergate evidence was deemed lawful in 1974 because it fell under an exception authorising disclosure of grand jury material “in connection with a judicial proceeding”. On Sunday, Rep. Nadler rejected the suggestion House Democrats were running out of time to launch formal impeachment proceedings because of the forthcoming 2020 presidential election. "We have to defend the Constitution against these kinds of unconstitutional and illegal deeds," he said. "We have to do this, whatever time frame there is." Rep. Nadler did not address whether Mr Trump should be prosecuted for possible obstruction of justice or other alleged crimes after leaving office, but suggested he might be in favour. "Anyone else who had done what he did would have been indicted on a charge of at least five different major crimes," Rep. Nadler said. "And a president who is immune from prosecution by virtue of the Justice Department's saying… should be prosecuted after he leaves office. Or at least impeach him, if you can prove those crimes."



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Senate Appropriations Committee approves $4.6B for border

Senate Appropriations Committee approves $  4.6B for borderThe measure passed with a 30-1 vote, with only Sen. Jeff Merkley opposed.



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House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Ex-WH Counsel McGahn

House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Ex-WH Counsel McGahnHouse Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler subpoenaed former White House counsel Donald McGahn on Monday, days after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report drew attention to McGahn's assertion that President Trump directed him to have the Justice Department fire Mueller.Nadler said he considers McGahn, who left the White House in October, a "critical witness" in his committee's probe of the president and his associates, which is focused in part on the question of whether Trump obstructed justice during the Russia investigation. Mueller declined to reach a conclusion on that question in his final report, which was released with redactions on Thursday."Mr. McGahn is a critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Mueller report. His testimony will help shed further light on the President's attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions by lying to the American people and requesting others do the same," Nadler said in a statement.The New York Democrat requested that McGahn submit the documents the Committee has requested by May 7 and testify by May 21.Trump has railed against the report since its release, making particular reference to notes McGahn claimed to have taken during his time in the White House and subsequently provided to Mueller's team."Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue," he wrote on Twitter on Friday. "Watch out for people that take so-called 'notes,' when the notes never existed until needed."



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GOP lawmaker's 'PENCIL' resolution calls for Rep. Adam Schiff to be tossed from Intel Committee

GOP lawmaker's 'PENCIL' resolution calls for Rep. Adam Schiff to be tossed from Intel CommitteeRepublican Rep. Matt Gaetz has introduced a resolution calling for Rep. Adam Schiff to be ousted from heading the House Intelligence Committee.



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U.S. House Judiciary Committee poised to subpoena full Mueller report

U.S. House Judiciary Committee poised to subpoena full Mueller reportLawmakers will also consider subpoenas for underlying evidence from Mueller’s investigation and from five former aides to President Donald Trump, including White House counsel Donald McGahn and political adviser Steve Bannon. The committee said on Monday that they may have documents related to the Mueller probe. Democrats have become increasingly frustrated over U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s plan to share only a redacted copy of the nearly 400-page investigative report with Congress.



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UPDATE 2-U.S. House judiciary committee poised to subpoena full Mueller report

UPDATE 2-U.S. House judiciary committee poised to subpoena full Mueller reportThe Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee said it will vote on Wednesday on whether to authorize subpoenas to obtain Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full report investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Lawmakers will also consider subpoenas for underlying evidence from Mueller’s investigation and from five former aides to President Donald Trump, including White House counsel Donald McGahn and political adviser Steve Bannon. Democrats have become increasingly frustrated over U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s plan to share only a redacted copy of the nearly 400-page investigative report with Congress.



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Republicans call for Rep. Adam Schiff to resign, step down from intelligence committee

Republicans call for Rep. Adam Schiff to resign, step down from intelligence committeeRepublicans including Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Kellyanne Conway and Donald Trump Jr. are calling for Rep. Adam Schiff's resignation.



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Trump's sons and scores of others receive document requests from House committee

Trump's sons and scores of others receive document requests from House committeeDonald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Jared Kushner all received a request for documents from the House Judiciary Committee on Monday.



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Rep. Ilhan Omar responds to House committee chair's charge of 'vile, anti-Semitic slur'

Rep. Ilhan Omar responds to House committee chair's charge of 'vile, anti-Semitic slur'Rep. Ilhan Omar is facing criticism and charges of anti-Semitism from her own party's leadership for comments about the political influence of Israel.



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'Have Fun in Prison!' The Republican National Committee Just Taunted Michael Cohen in a Video

'Have Fun in Prison!' The Republican National Committee Just Taunted Michael Cohen in a VideoHe previously served as deputy national chairman of the RNC



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