Categories for Congress

30,796. 11/19/2019

CONGRESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepLaMalfa: Following this week, there are only 2 remaining weeks Congress is scheduled to be in session this year. While @SpeakerPelo…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 19, 2019 1:46 pm

30,704. 11/17/2019

BORDER/CONGRESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: Ever since President @realDonaldTrump took action in the face of Congress’ neglect, border apprehensions have plummeted by…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 17, 2019 8:23 am

30,481. 11/11/2019

CONGRESS/LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “A Trump-appointed federal judge decided Monday [11-11-19] that President Donald Trump can’t sue New York state officials in a Washington, DC, court at this time to stop the release of his tax returns to Congress. The case is one of many where the President or his administration have asked federal judges to intervene before House Democrats obtain Trump’s financial records. Effectively, the ruling is a loss for Trump but a less significant one then the blows other courts have dealt him in cases involving Democrats’ pursuits of his financial records. Courts have sided with the House multiple times in cases where its committees have subpoenaed Trump’s financial records. Trump is still appealing those rulings, keeping the House subpoenas on hold. If Trump wants to continue to challenge a New York state law that says Congress can request his state tax returns, he’ll either need to wait for Congress to make the request or start over with a new lawsuit in a New York court, the judge, Carl Nichols of the federal district court in DC, said Monday.”

Katelyn Polantz, “Trump can’t sue New York state in DC federal court to stop release of tax returns, judge says,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, November 11, 2019 12:17 am

30,368. 11/8/2019

CONGRESS/ELECTION/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. spy and law enforcement agencies on Friday [11-8-19] said they had strengthened procedures for informing Congress, state and local governments, private business and the public about foreign interference in U.S. elections. The FBI has already given some American election candidates ‘defensive’ briefings on evidence U.S. agencies collected of possible election interference, an FBI official told a briefing for journalists. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to give further details regarding who might have been warned about the interference or where and how such interference might have originated. An official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said that U.S. agencies believe that Russia, China and Iran all present continuing potential threats to the U.S. electoral system. However, officials stressed that U.S. agencies had not seen direct threats to American election systems recently.”

Mark Hosenball, “Spy, law enforcement agencies step up U.S. election security measures,” Reuters, November 8, 2019 11:27 am

30,363. 11/7/2019

CONGRESS/ETHICS/FOREIGN AID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Congress’ nonpartisan watchdog said Thursday [11-7-19] it is reviewing the Trump administration’s decision this summer to hold up hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid for Ukraine to determine whether officials violated appropriations law by not notifying Congress of the hold. POLITICO first reported in August about the freeze placed on $250 million in funds meant to help Ukraine deter Russian aggression, despite the money already having been appropriated by Congress. The hold, which numerous administration officials have suggested in testimony was conditioned on Ukraine agreeing to launch investigations into Trump’s political rivals, is at the heart of the ongoing impeachment probe in the House…A spokesman for the Government Accountability Office confirmed that the agency is reviewing whether the administration violated appropriations law by failing to notify Congress of the development after Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) requested the review during a Senate Budget Committee hearing last week.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “GAO reviewing Trump administration freeze on Ukraine military aid,” Politico, November 7, 2019 4:35 pm

30,187. 11/2/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: When you look at what Democrats in Congress have accomplished compared to President @realDonaldTrump in just the past 2 wee…”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 2, 2019 4:11 pm

30,186. 11/2/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: There is serious work to get done on behalf of this country—and Congressional Democrats are blatantly ignoring it. https://…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 2, 2019 4:11 pm

30,165. 11/1/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepMarkMeadows: Speaker Pelosi said earlier this Congress that any impeachment effort would need to be done on a bipartisan basis. We…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 1, 2019 9:27 pm

30,061. 10/30/2019

CALIFORNIA/CONGRESS/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign adviser who pleaded guilty two years ago to lying to the F.B.I. about his Russian contacts during the 2016 presidential election, has filed paperwork signaling that he will run for Congress in California as a Republican to replace Representative Katie Hill. Mr. Papadopoulos, 32, filed his statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday [10-29-19], listing a home address in Los Angeles and specifying that he would run to represent California’s 25th District, which includes Lancaster, Palmdale and other large swaths of the Antelope Valley and northern Los Angeles County…Mr. Papadopoulos filed his papers just two days after Ms. Hill, a freshman Democrat, said she would resign in the face of a House ethics investigation into allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a member of her congressional staff.”

Matt Stevens, “Convicted Ex-Trump Adviser May Run for Katie Hill’s House Seat,” The New York Times online, October 30, 2019

30,059. 10/30/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….the United States Military. Congress needs to do its work. We need to fund our Armed Forces.’ @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell. The Dems are a lost cause. In 2020, we need a big, beautiful WIN (all three)! #MAGA”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 30, 2019 9:51 am

30,058. 10/30/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘Our Country cannot afford for the Democrats in Congress to take a one year vacation from any productive legislation just because they would rather obsess over Impeachment. ISIS & other radical terrorists are not going to hit the pause button because Democrats won’t fund……” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 30, 2019 9:51 am

30,051. 10/30/2019

CONGRESS/IMPEACHMENT/NANCY PELOSI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘It does appear it has to do with Nancy Pelosi retaining her Speakership in the next Congress. She would like that so she’s going to put it to a vote because that’s what her political left really wants.’ @SteveDoocy @foxandfriends A disgraceful use of Impeachment. Will backfire!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 30, 2019 7:17 am

29,972. 10/28/2019

CONGRESS/IMPEACHMENT/LEGISLATION/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When virtually all legislative activity ground to a halt during the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999, senators had already resolved the most pressing item on their agenda: fully funding the government. But now, as the Senate reckons with the growing possibility of an impeachment trial of President Trump, lawmakers have yet to address 12 must-pass spending bills. None have reached the Senate floor, let alone the president’s desk. And the uncertainty of impeachment could further complicate the already fraught process of preventing another government shutdown, less than a year after the start of the last one, which devolved into the government’s longest lapse in funding…With just a handful of legislative days before the current short-term spending bill expires, lawmakers have begun to discuss extending that funding into early 2020 to avoid running out of money later this year if senators are mired in an impeachment trial with little time for legislative work.”

Emily Cochrane, “Possible Impeachment Trial Could Complicate Congress’s Spending Debate,” The New York Times online, October 28, 2019

29,879. 10/25/2019

CONGRESS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “House impeachment investigators issued a subpoena to President Donald Trump’s acting budget director Russ Vought, part of a round of subpoenas sent by the House Intelligence Committee. Also subpoenaed were Michael Duffey, a senior official in the Office of Management and Budget, and T. Ulrich Brechbuhl, counsel at the State Department. All three men declined recent requests by investigators to testify voluntarily. Vought and Duffey are expected to face questions about their knowledge of a White House decision to block military aid to Ukraine despite approval from Congress and the Pentagon. Vought on Twitter has laced into Democrats leading the impeachment probe. On Monday, he called any suggestion of cooperation with the impeachment investigation ‘fake news’ and appended the hashtag ‘#shamprocess’…Democrats have demanded Duffey appear on Nov. 5 and Vought to appear on Nov. 6, the same day as Brechbuhl.”

-Kyle Cheney, “Impeachment investigators issue subpoenas to 3 top Trump officials,” Politico, October 25, 2019 1:33 pm

29,874. 10/25/2019

CONGRESS/IMPEACHMENT/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “At the time, the disclosure was offered almost as a footnote to the explosive contents of a phone call in which President Donald Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate political rival Joe Biden. As a summary of the call was released by the White House last month, senior Justice Department officials, who spoke on the condition that they not be identified, said prosecutors had reviewed whether the president’s solicitation of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was a potential crime. The review, done at the request of the inspector general of the intelligence community, was narrow. It was based entirely on the written summary of the call, which even the White House indicated was imperfect. Authorities conducted no interviews to learn why a whistleblower took the extraordinary step of taking his concern to the inspector general for the nation’s intelligence agencies.”

Kevin Johnson, “As Trump impeachment probe heats up, some say Congress is doing inquiry the Justice Department should’ve done,” USA Today, October 25, 2019 12:45 pm

29,843. 10/24/2019

CONGRESS/GOP/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Republicans in Congress struggled for a second consecutive day Thursday [10-24-19] to defend President Trump against Democrats’ impeachment inquiry amid a steady stream of damaging revelations about his conduct, leveling another symbolic objection to a process they said was fundamentally unfair. One day after House lawmakers tried to block an impeachment witness by sowing chaos with a protest in the Capitol’s secure meeting rooms, Senate Republicans joined the fray by offering a resolution condemning the House investigation and demanding that Democrats hold a formal vote authorizing the inquiry. But the move left the president’s allies in the same awkward place they have been for more than two weeks: unable or unwilling to mount a vigorous defense on the substance of the allegations and focused instead on trying to shake the public’s faith in the House’s impeachment process.” 

Michael D. Shear, Maggie Haberman and Nicholas Fandos, “Republicans Fight Trump’s Impeachment by Attacking the Process,” The New York Times online, October 24, 2019

29,837. 10/24/2019

CONGRESS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The White House has declared that the executive branch will not cooperate with the House’s impeachment inquiry, but some officials have nevertheless provided testimony to Congress about what they know about whether President Trump’s attempts to pressure the Ukrainian government into investigating his political rivals were a quid pro quo in return for aid. One such witness, Laura Cooper, a Pentagon official, received a warning letter that shows how the administration has attempted to persuade officials to keep silent. Ms. Cooper appeared before impeachment investigators on Wednesday during a closed-door session that was delayed by Republican lawmakers who burst into the House Intelligence Committee’s secure suite to protest the inquiry. Below is a copy of the letter Ms. Cooper received, obtained and annotated with context and analysis by The New York Times.

https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/1914-dod-letter-to-laura-cooper/c527b06c2155f68aba22/optimized/full.pdf#page=1

Charlie Savage, “Read the Trump Administration’s Warning Letter to Laura Cooper,” The New York Times online, October 24, 2019

29,819. 10/23/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/GOP/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @SteveScalise: Democrats are trying to deny Republican Members of Congress access to Schiff’s secret impeachment proceedings. What are t…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 23, 2019 12:51 pm

29,818. 10/23/2019

CONGRESS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @CongressmanHice: Stepping out of Schiff’s dungeon for a quick update. Members and the thousands of constituents they represent have a…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 23, 2019 12:50 pm

29,807. 10/23/2019

CONGRESS/GOP/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UKRAINE: “Republican lawmakers on Wednesday [10-23-19] disrupted the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings in Ukraine by entering a secure room where a witness had been testifying, according to two Democrats who had been attending the session. Laura Cooper, the Defense Department official who handles Ukraine matters, was forced to stop testifying after Republicans ‘barged’ into the closed committee room, Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said. Democratic Representative Gerry Connolly told reporters that some Republicans had yelled in the room. Republican Matt Gaetz, an outspoken Trump supporter who led Wednesday’s action, had tried to enter the committee room last week but had been turned away because he was not a member of the three panels authorizing the investigation.”

Richard Cowan, Patricia Zengerle, “U.S. Republicans disrupt Trump impeachment inquiry,” Reuters, October 23, 2019 9:13 am

29,782. 10/22/2019

CONGRESS/MILITARY/SANCTIONS/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “Congress vowed two weeks ago to impose sanctions on Turkey and rebuke President Donald Trump for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria. But the Senate has struggled to make any substantial headway in condemning the Turkish government for its incursion into Syria and to convince the president to reverse course. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a resolution Tuesday [10-22-19] calling on Trump to end the U.S. withdrawal of troops after the House overwhelmingly passed a similar measure last week, and Senate Republicans grilled a State Department official over the move. But so far, senators have not coalesced around a clear legislative solution. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) reiterated Tuesday that he, along Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking Democrat on the panel, is working on their own sanctions bill, and urged committee members to unite around a single solution.”

Marianne Levine, “Senate struggles with response after Trump’s Syria pullout,” Politico, October 22, 2019 7:27 pm

29,711. 10/20/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @IngrahamAngle: Republicans in the Congress should be asked: why have you allowed the State Department to become an arm of the Democrat…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 20, 2019 8:52 pm

29,679. 10/19/2019

2016 ELECTION/CONGRESS/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @VP: While Dems in Congress have been trying to overturn the will of the American people by reversing Election Day 2016, our Admin will…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 19, 2019 2:25 pm

29,678. 10/19/2019

CONGRESS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepDanCrenshaw: Amidst the political noise, it’s important to ask yourself: ‘If Congress wasn’t so focused on impeachment, what else co…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 19, 2019 2:25 pm

29,645. 10/19/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “There has never been a greater fraud on Congress. Shifty Schiff is Corrupt. Go Andy! https://t.co/yw57NhKpG2

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 19, 2019 10:23 am