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Donald Trump writes blistering letter accusing House leaders of 'war on democracy'

Donald Trump writes blistering letter accusing House leaders of 'war on democracy'Letter is a thinly veiled attempt to redirect back impeachment inquiry’s findings he abused power and obstructed CongressDonald Trump has accused Democratic leaders in the House of declaring “open war on American democracy”, on the eve of a historic vote that is likely to make him only the third president in US history to be impeached.Trump issued the incendiary accusation in an intemperately-worded letter sent to the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, on Tuesday.Over six pages packed with scathing criticism, the president charges the architects of the impeachment process with violating their oaths of office, breaking their allegiance to the constitution and cheapening what he calls “the very ugly word, impeachment!”The president’s claim that the impeachment process declares “open war” on democracy is a thinly veiled attempt to redirect back at his opponents accusations that he abused his power and obstructed Congress.A consistent Democratic line has been that the president violated his position in pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival, the former vice-president Joe Biden.Trump’s letter rehashes several of his favorite talking points, regurgitated profusely on his Twitter feed.He claims his phone conversations with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, were “perfect” and repeats a debunked conspiracy theory that Biden had forced the ousting of a Ukrainian prosecutor in order to stymie an investigation into corruption at an energy company that employed his son Hunter.Most colorfully, Trump accuses Pelosi of having contracted “Trump Derangement Syndrome” and of viewing “democracy as your enemy!”The letter finishes on a grandiose flourish, saying it was composed “for the purpose of history”.“One hundred years from now, when people look back at this affair, I want them to understand it … so that it can never happen to another president again.”The letter was delivered hours after Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, who will control an impeachment trial should the House vote as expected on Wednesday to bring formal charges against Trump, rebuffed a Democratic request to call new witnesses and dismissed the process as a “sloppy … fishing expedition”.The majority leader took to the floor of the Senate on Tuesday to underline what he has already made clear – his disdain for the impeachment process.> When people look back at this affair, I want them to understand it … so it can never happen to another president again> > Donald TrumpSwatting aside a suggestion from Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, that senior White House officials should be called to testify, he scathingly said: “So now the Senate Democratic leader would apparently like our chamber to do House Democrats’ homework for them. And he wants to volunteer the Senate’s time and energy on a fishing expedition.”He added: “From everything we can tell, House Democrats’ slapdash impeachment inquiry has failed to come anywhere near – anywhere near – the bar for impeaching a duly elected president, let alone removing him for the first time in American history.”McConnell’s pugnacious response came on the eve of a historic vote in the House that is all but certain to pass two articles of impeachment against Trump. According to a count by the Associated Press on Tuesday, Pelosi had enough votes in favor, despite some speculation on how centrist Democrats and those from Republican-leaning districts would vote.The first accuses the president of abusing his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden. The second charges him with obstructing Congress by blocking the appearance of key administration figures at impeachment hearings.> We will have votes on whether these people should testify … and the American people will be watching.> > Chuck SchumerThe vote would make Trump only the third president to be impeached, after Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. The charges would then be sent to the Republican-controlled Senate for trial, setting up a much more challenging constitutional bar: no president has ever been convicted and removed from office, Richard Nixon having resigned in 1974 before a vote on articles of impeachment.Around the country, thousands of protestors attended rallies in support of impeachment. The demonstrations were organized by MoveOn.org and a coalition of progressive groups. Bundled up in winter parkas, protestors marched across New York’s Times Square chanting “No one’s above the law”.McConnell’s outburst came in reply to a letter from Schumer that outlined how he thought a trial should be conducted. Schumer said four new witnesses should be called, including John Bolton, the national security adviser fired by Trump in September, and the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney.Both Bolton and Mulvaney have first-hand knowledge of events relating to Trump’s interaction with the Ukraine government. Neither complied with requests to testify during House intelligence committee hearings that laid out evidence against the president.McConnell’s refusal to entertain the idea of calling extra witnesses falls in step with the Republican strategy of dealing with impeachment by largely shunning it in a hyper-partisan display.Other key Republicans, including the Trump loyalist Lindsey Graham, have said they have made their minds up about the verdict they will deliver even though they are given the role under the constitution of impartial jurors.In his own Senate floor speech criticizing McConnell, Schumer said: “We will have votes on whether these people should testify and whether these documents should be made public … and the American people will be watching.”He added: “Senators who oppose this plan will have to explain why less evidence is better than more evidence.”The Democrat also cited a new poll that showed a significant majority of Americans believe Trump should allow his advisers to testify in a Senate trial.According to the Washington Post/ABC News poll, seven in 10 Americans say Trump should allow his aides to testify and six in 10 expect a fair Senate trial.However, the public remains sharply divided on the question of whether Trump should be removed. The poll found that 49% support removal, compared with 46% who oppose it.On Tuesday, a succession of moderate Democrats representing districts Trump won in 2016 announced that they would vote for impeachment.Trump also faced rebuke by more than 700 leading American historians who signed an open letter which said he should be removed.“It is our considered judgment,” the historians wrote, “that if President Trump’s misconduct does not rise to the level of impeachment, then virtually nothing does.”



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Senate GOP writes letter to the Supreme Court, pledging not to allow Dems to 'pack the Court'

Senate GOP writes letter to the Supreme Court, pledging not to allow Dems to 'pack the Court'Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and every Republican in the Senate have written a letter to the Supreme Court pledging that they wont let Democrats "pack the Court" as several 2020 Democrats have been open to that idea.



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Jim Mattis writes rebuke of Trump's leadership

Jim Mattis writes rebuke of Trump's leadershipFormer Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has written what appears to be a not-so-subtle rebuke of President Trump's leadership, not just at home but also on the world stage.



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Top Navy SEAL commander writes scathing letter saying the force has a problem in the wake of SEAL scandals

Top Navy SEAL commander writes scathing letter saying the force has a problem in the wake of SEAL scandalsRear Adm. Collin Green wrote a scathing letter to his forces, saying special operators need to shape up in the wake of SEAL scandals.



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Woman who 'died' for 27 minutes writes chilling note after she's resuscitated

Woman who 'died' for 27 minutes writes chilling note after she's resuscitatedAn Arizona woman who "died" for a total of 27 minutes asked for a notepadafter she was resuscitated to share an urgent message about the afterlife, herfamily claims



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Jayme Closs kidnapping: Jake Patterson writes letter explaining ‘complicated’ reasons for abducting 13-year-old

Jayme Closs kidnapping: Jake Patterson writes letter explaining ‘complicated’ reasons for abducting 13-year-oldJake Patterson, the 21-year-old man accused of kidnapping Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months, has apologised to his former prisoner and claimed he had “complicated reasons” for the abduction. Mr Patterson said in the letter to a local NBC News affiliate that he would plead guilty to the charges he faces after the abduction, and the alleged earlier killing of the teen’s parents. “I knew when I was caught (which I thought would happen a lot sooner) I wouldn’t fight anything,” Mr Patterson wrote in the letter.



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During a school lockdown, 7-year-old writes note on her arm in case she dies

During a school lockdown, 7-year-old writes note on her arm in case she diesA second-grader wrote a chilling note to her parents on her arm during school lockdown.



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Former S.F. Mayor Willie Brown writes about dating Kamala Harris, appointing her to posts

Former S.F. Mayor Willie Brown writes about dating Kamala Harris, appointing her to postsIn her 2003 run for San Francisco district attorney, Kamala Harris called Willie Brown an "albatross hanging around my neck."



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'I'm cancelling your trip': Donald Trump writes letter to Nancy Pelosi as shutdown continues

'I'm cancelling your trip': Donald Trump writes letter to Nancy Pelosi as shutdown continuesDonald Trump has denied a military aircraft for the most senior Democrat in the House of Representatives shortly before she was due to embark on a series of overseas trips. The US president hit back at Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, a day after she told him to delay his State of the Union address until after the government shutdown was over.  Mrs Pelosi sent a letter to the president on Wednesday demanding that he either push back the January 29 speech or simply submit a written version of what he wanted to say to Congress. "Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed," Mr Trump wrote in a retaliatory letter on Thursday. President @realDonaldTrump’s letter to @SpeakerPelosi concerning her upcoming travel pic.twitter.com/TtBCvwp080— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 17, 2019 "In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I'm sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate." "We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over." Mrs Pelosi, a 78-year-old congresswoman from California, has been at loggerheads with Mr Trump, 72, throughout the shutdown, trading barbs and attempting to pin the blame on each other’s party.  Mrs Pelosi cited security concerns over her calls for Mr Trump to delay his speech, saying that the Secret Service and Homeland Security – which both help keep the event safe – had been partly “hamstrung” by the lack of funding.  Nancy Pelosi is the most senior figure in the House of Representatives Credit: Reuters The State of the Union address is one of the most prominent Washington events of the calendar, seeing a president speak to almost every member of the capital’s political elite.  Every congressmen and senator is invited to the speech, delivered in the House, as well as Supreme Court judges, members of the president’s cabinet and foreign ambassadors.  Security is extremely tight, with the roads around the US Capitol closed off in the hours before the speech. Air Force bus meant to transport Speaker of the Pelosi and other members of Congress to flight to Afghanistan sits in front of House of Representatives in Washington Credit: Reuters Mrs Pelosi wrote in her letter: “Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government reopens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has reopened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to Congress on January 29.” The move was an apparent attempt to force focus of the shutdown, the longest in US history, back onto Mr Trump while also denying the president a prominent stage from which to chastise Democrats over the impasse. The president's letter to Mrs Pelosi Some 800,000 federal government workers are affected, with around half working for free and the other half sent home without pay.  A quarter of the government is impacted.  The US president has insisted he will sign no spending bill that would reopen government unless it includes $ 5.7 billion for construction of his Mexico border wall – a key campaign pledge.    The Democrats, who hold the majority in the House, have refused to give Mr Trump his $ 5.7 billion and insist they will not talk about immigration reform until the government is back open.  One sophomoric response does not deserve another. Speaker Pelosi’s threat to cancel the State of the Union is very irresponsible and blatantly political.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 17, 2019 But while the nation's two most powerful leaders appeared to be engaged in a game of Constitutional one-upmanship, some lawmakers were unimpressed. Republican senator Lindsey Graham tweeted: "One sophomoric response does not deserve another."



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Me Too Founder Tarana Burke Writes Love Letter To Christine Blasey Ford

Me Too Founder Tarana Burke Writes Love Letter To Christine Blasey FordFounder of the Me Too movement Tarana Burke, along with other advocates, wrote



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