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Trump impeachment 'wishful strain of thinking' by Democrats, Steve Kornacki says

Trump impeachment 'wishful strain of thinking' by Democrats, Steve Kornacki saysDemocrats who think impeachment is a political winner are overinterpreting the lessons of the Clinton impeachment in the late '90s, said a journalist who wrote a book on the era.



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House Dems Join Republicans to Kill Impeachment Resolution

House Dems Join Republicans to Kill Impeachment ResolutionA substantial majority of House Democrats crossed the aisle Wednesday to join Republicans in opposing an impeachment resolution introduced in response to President Trump's attacks on four progressive freshman congresswoman.The resolution, introduced by Representative Al Green (D., Texas), was defeated 332-95, with 137 Democrats voting with Republicans against the measure. Green pressed forward with the impeachment effort despite opposition from Democratic leadership, who counseled their caucus to table the resolution, temporarily killing it.“It’s time for us to deal with his bigotry. This president has demonstrated that he’s willing to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater, and we have seen what can happen to people when bigotry is allowed to have a free rein,” Green told reporters Wednesday. “We all ought to go on record. We all ought to let the world know where we stand when we have a bigot in the White House.”President Trump celebrated the vote as he arrived in Greenville, N.C. Wednesday evening for a campaign rally.“We’ve just received an overwhelming vote against impeachment and that’s the end of it,” the president told reporters. He followed up those comments with a tweet in which he called the impeachment effort “the most ridiculous and time consuming project” and said, “This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!”Pelosi cast the episode as a distraction that would benefit the president politically in comments to reporters Wednesday.“You have to give him credit: He’s a great distractor,” she said.Curiously, Green's impeachment resolution made no mention of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and instead focused solely on the recent attacks Trump has launched against Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.In her comments to reporters on Wednesday, Pelosi emphasized that her caucus will continue to investigate Trump for possible obstruction of justice and corruption, despite those charges not appearing in the resolution.“We have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the president may have engaged in,” she said. “That is the serious path that we are on.”



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Democratic-controlled House kills articles of impeachment against Trump

Democratic-controlled House kills articles of impeachment against TrumpThe House voted to kill a measure seeking to impeach President Donald Trump – the first vote on such a measure since Democrats took the majority and since the release of former special counsel Robert Mueller's report.



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Trump fires up base as impeachment bid blocked in Congress

Trump fires up base as impeachment bid blocked in CongressA fired-up Donald Trump took aim once more at Democratic lawmakers who “hate” America as he hit the campaign trail Wednesday, hours after an opposition bid to impeach the US president over “racist” attacks was shot down in Congress. Egging on a sea of supporters in Greenville, North Carolina, Trump reeled off the names of the ethnic minority congresswomen whom he has urged to “go back” to their countries of origin in a series of incendiary tweets. “These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force of evil,” charged Trump — whose tweets were condemned as “racist” a day earlier by the House of Representatives, although a subsequent attempt to launch impeachment proceedings failed in the chamber.



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House blocks maverick Democrat's Trump impeachment effort

House blocks maverick Democrat's Trump impeachment effortThe House easily killed a maverick Democrat’s effort Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for his recent racial insults against lawmakers of color , a vote that provided an early snapshot of just how divided Democrats are over ousting him as the 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns rev up. Until now, just over 80 Democrats had publicly said they were open to starting an inquiry over removing Trump.



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'The Squad' — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib — hit back at Trump and call for his impeachment

'The Squad' — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib — hit back at Trump and call for his impeachmentThe freshmen Democrats targeted by President Trump hold a news conference of their own.



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Ex-GOPer Amash doubles down on call for Trump impeachment

Ex-GOPer Amash doubles down on call for Trump impeachmentDays after declaring his independence from his Republican Party, Rep. Justin Amash reaffirmed his belief that “there’s a strong case” to bring up articles of impeachment against President Trump. The newly independent Michigan lawmaker, who was the only GOP member to call for impeachment proceedings after Robert Mueller’s report was released, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was making a mistake in not moving forward. From a strategic position, she’s making a mistake,” Amash said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday.



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'She Is Making a Mistake': Rep. Justin Amash Says Nancy Pelosi Should Move Forward on Impeachment

'She Is Making a Mistake': Rep. Justin Amash Says Nancy Pelosi Should Move Forward on ImpeachmentThe statements come days after Amash announced he was leaving the Republican Party



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Amash says Pelosi wrong on impeachment – and does not rule out White House run

Amash says Pelosi wrong on impeachment – and does not rule out White House run* Michigan congressman has left Republican party * Robert Reich: This is Trump and the oligarchs vs the restRepresentative Justin Amash announced on 4 July that he is quitting the party to become an independent. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/APHouse speaker Nancy Pelosi is making a moral and strategic mistake by refusing to bring formal articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, the only Republican in Congress to back such proceedings said on Sunday.The Michigan representative Justin Amash is in fact now an ex-Republican, having announced on 4 July that he is quitting the party to become an independent and fight the “partisan death spiral” of modern US politics.In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, he did not rule out a rumoured run for the White House.“I believe that I have to use my skills, my public influence, where it serves the country best,” he said. “And I believe I have to defend the constitution in whatever way works best.”Such a campaign from the right could complicate Trump’s hopes of re-election in 2020. On CNN, Amash defended his role as a founder of the hard-right Freedom Caucus, a key support bloc for the president on which many place much of the blame for deadlock in Congress.Amash also said he believed he could win re-election as an independent.He first called for impeachment – and duly earned stringent abuse from the president and attacks from others in the party – in May, while still a Republican. Amash bases his case for an attempt to remove Trump on the report of special counsel Robert Mueller and his own oft-professed dedication to the meaning and spirit of the US constitution.Mueller, a former FBI director, did not find evidence of conspiracy between Trump and Russia during the 2016 election, in which Russia interfered with the aim of electing Trump over the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.But he did lay out extensive contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians and detailed 11 instances of possible obstruction of justice by the president or his aides. Mueller explicitly said he was not exonerating Trump but in a widely criticised move, attorney general William Barr said the president had no case to answer. Trump has repeatedly claimed vindication.Democrats and many constitutional scholars contend that in his report, and in subsequent remarks to the press, Mueller was laying out a “road map” to impeachment. His testimony before the House judiciary and intelligence committees on 17 July is eagerly awaited.Pelosi has declined to move on growing calls to move impeachment forward. To some, this seems sound political judgment. Impeachment would be unlikely to succeed in the Senate and could galvanise Trump’s base ahead of the 2020 election. To others, it seems a dereliction of constitutional duty.On Sunday, Amash said he thought that “from a principled, moral position, [Pelosi] is making a mistake. From a strategic position, she’s making a mistake. “If she believes, as I do, that there’s impeachable conduct in there, then she should say so. She should tell the American people, ‘We’re going to move forward with impeachment hearings and potentially articles of impeachment.’”He continued: “When she says things like, ‘Oh, I think that we need to have the strongest case before we go forward,’ what she’s telling the American people is, she doesn’t think there’s a strong case. If she doesn’t think that, then she shouldn’t open her mouth in the first place and say she thinks there’s impeachable conduct.“I do believe there’s a strong case. I believe she believes there’s a strong case. And, if so, she should move forward and make sure that the American people understand what’s going on, because people at home aren’t reading the Mueller report.“Most people don’t have time to read a 448-page report. They expect their members of Congress to do the work for them. They want speaker Pelosi to do the work. They want other members to do the work. And if she doesn’t want to go forward, then we’re going to have a big problem.”Amash was also asked how many Republicans he thought had read the Mueller report, which was published with redactions.“I think it’s probably less than 15%,” he said. “And I would say that’s probably the case on both sides of the aisle.”If members of Congress did read it, he said, he thought “a large number of them would reach the same conclusion.“When you look at the conduct in there, when you look at the evidence that’s presented, I think basically anyone would be indicted for that conduct, anyone who is not the president of the United States.”



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Justin Amash Quits Republican Party After Backing Trump Impeachment

Justin Amash Quits Republican Party After Backing Trump ImpeachmentReuters / Kevin LamarqueJustin Amash—the only Republican who has said publicly that he wants President Trump to face impeachment—is celebrating the Fourth of July in style after announcing that he's quit the GOP.Writing in the Washington Post, Amash made a thinly-veiled attack on Trump in an emotional plea to Americans to reject “the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us.” He went on to say that American politics is trapped in a “partisan death spiral,” and warned : “If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.”Amash's decision to quit the party comes after he joined Democratic calls for an impeachment inquiry after the publication of the Mueller Report in April. Since then, he's had to deal with the scorn of his colleagues and has been publicly singled out as a “lightweight” by the president, who said Amash was “a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!”Trump welcomed the news of Amash's exit Thursday, calling him “one of the dumbest and most disloyal men in Congress.” He added: “[Amash] knew he couldn't get the nomination to run again in the Great State of Michigan. Already being challenged for his seat. A total loser!”In his article, Amash quoted extensively from George Washington's farewell address which warned against the dangers of partisanship. Amash wrote that Washington's fears are coming true and that Americans allowed elected officials to toss the constitution aside for the sake of party unity, and that he's become “frightened” by the two-party system in recent years.“Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party,” wrote Amash, summing up his announcement. “No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system—and to work toward it.”Amash's departure will fuel speculation that he's hoping to become the nation's leading anti-Trump conservative and seek the Libertarian Party nomination for the 2020 presidential election. He's been evasive on the question before, telling CNN earlier this year that he can't rule out the move because he feels that “someone” has to shake up two-party politics.The move will also throw open the GOP primaries in Michigan's 3rd District, where several Republican candidates have already announced their intention to challenge Amash for his congressional seat.Providing he does try to keep a hold of his seat—which he didn't mention in the article—he’ll now face reelection as an independent.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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