Categories for House of Reps

31,902. 12/17/2019

GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House is actively exploring a way to give President Donald Trump’s staunchest House allies a public role in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, according to five sources familiar with the matter, as the president looks to mount an aggressive defense in the upper chamber. One idea under consideration is to allow a collection of House Republicans — who would be fresh off defending Trump in the House — to present a minority report on the Ukraine affair and make their case on the Senate floor, similar to the role Democratic impeachment managers are expected to play in the trial. The idea has been under discussion for several weeks, according to one GOP member familiar with the talks. Some of the names in the mix include Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, two of Trump‘s closest allies, as well as Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas, a former prosecutor who sits on both the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.”

Melanie Zanona, Anita Kumar and Darren Samuelsohn, “White House working to feature Trump’s House allies in impeachment trial,” Politico, December 17, 2019 9:20 pm

31,894. 12/16/2019

DEMS/ELECTION/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Reps. Ben McAdams and Joe Cunningham, two of the most endangered House Democrats, said Monday [12-16-19] they will vote to impeach President Donald Trump, in a boon for party leaders just days ahead of the vote. Fifteen Democrats in districts won by Trump have now said publicly they will back articles of impeachment charging the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress’ Ukraine inquiry. McAdams of Utah and Cunningham of South Carolina had been among the few question marks for Democratic leaders ahead of the Wednesday floor vote; Both are centrists with an independent streak who have bucked the party on key votes on immigration and spending. McAdams was also among a small group of Democrats meeting privately to float the idea of censuring Trump in an attempt to attract bipartisan support for rebuking the president without impeaching him.”

Sarah Ferris, “Vulnerable Democrats to vote to impeach Trump,” Politico, December 16, 2019 5:34 pm

31,853. 12/16/2019

ELECTION/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump committed criminal bribery and wire fraud, the House Judiciary Committee alleges in a report that will accompany articles of impeachment this week. The report, a 169-page assessment of the case for Trump’s removal from office, contends that Trump committed ‘multiple federal crimes’ — ones that Democrats addressed under the broad umbrella of ‘abuse of power,’ the first article of impeachment against the president…The staff report, which was filed to the House Rules Committee just after midnight Monday [12-16-19], argues that Trump directed a months-long scheme to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election, the allegation that forms the core of the two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — approved by the Judiciary Committee last week. Democrats emphasized that proving a criminal violation is not required to justify impeachment.”

Kyle Cheney and Andrew Desiderio, “Judiciary Committee impeachment report alleges Trump committed ‘multiple federal crimes’,” Politico, December 16, 2019 6:17 am

31,765. 12/13/2019

GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Republicans House members were fantastic yesterday. It always helps to have a much better case, in fact the Dems have no case at all, but the unity & sheer brilliance of these Republican warriors, all of them, was a beautiful sight to see. Dems had no answers and wanted out!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 13, 2019 6:51 am

31,758. 12/13/2019

GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A fiercely divided House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Friday [12-13-19], setting up a historic vote before the full House that would make him only the third president to be impeached. The impeachment articles, passed over sharp Republican protests, accused the president of abusing the power of his office and obstructing Congress. The votes and a fractious two-day debate preceding them reflected the realities of the hyperpartisan divisions in American politics that have grown wider during Mr. Trump’s three years in office. With back-to-back votes shortly after 10 a.m., the Democratic-controlled committee recommended that the House ratify the articles of impeachment against the 45th president, over howls of Republican protest. Each passed, 23 to 17, along strictly partisan lines.”

Nicholas Fandos, “Panel Approves Impeachment Articles and Sends Charges for a House Vote,” The New York Times online, December 13, 2019

31,603. 12/11/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday [12-11-19] will begin formal consideration of two articles of impeachment against President Trump, convening an evening ‘markup’ session for lawmakers to start what is expected to be a two-day debate about Democrats’ charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The process is an arcane and technical one, bound by strict rules and long-held traditions that are at the core of how the House of Representatives legislates. The sessions give each lawmaker an opportunity to weigh in on the articles of impeachment — down to the individual words and phrases that will be included — and to vote on whether to send them to the full House. Here’s what the process looks like.”

Michael D. Shear, “How Lawmakers Will Debate Articles of Impeachment,” The New York Times online, December 11, 2019

31,525. 12/10/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/NANCY PELOSI/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/USMCA: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s landmark trade deal with President Donald Trump gives vulnerable House Democrats a crucial legislative victory amid GOP accusations that they’re obsessed with impeachment. Yet some Democrats are fretting the agreement comes at an unacceptable cost: Boosting Trump’s reelection, potentially in a major way. The president is already boasting about negotiating the most sweeping agreement in a quarter-century on his defining issue. His press secretary called Tuesday [12-10-19] ‘the biggest and best trade agreement in the history of the world,’ an early hint at the crowing Trump will do over the next 11 months. Notably, no top tier Democrats running for president have endorsed the pact known as USMCA. And Republicans are jubilant that the deal helps not only Trump’s reelection but their own hopes of keeping the Senate.”

Burgess Everett, Heather Caygle and Christopher Cadelago, “Dems fret trade deal helps Trump reelection,” Politico, December 10, 2019 6:57 pm

31,498. 12/10/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment Tuesday [12-10-19] morning charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, a historic step that will define Trump’s presidency and plunge Washington even deeper into a state of partisan polarization.

Read the full text below or see the full PDF.”

Politico Staff, “Read Democrats’ articles of impeachment against Trump,” Politico, December 10, 2019 11:28 am

31,357. 12/8/2019

CORRUPTION/DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “’Any president has the authority to investigate corruption. The President himself released the transcript of the call. Now the Democrats have no evidence of a crime and no evidence of violating the law. This is a kangaroo court in the House, but it’s going to go to the Senate,…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 8, 2019 12:07 pm

31,315. 12/6/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @GrahamLedger: LEDGER REGISTER: Will the partisan political impeachment inquiry of President Trump by the weaponized House of Representa…”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 6, 2019 10:16 pm

31,306. 12/6/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @CQnow: House Judiciary members @RepDougCollins and @RepMattGaetz huddle before the start of the panel’s hearing on the impeachment inqu…”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 6, 2019 10:02 pm

31,276. 12/6/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @IngrahamAngle: A GREAT DAY for @realdonaldtrump. Terrible day for House of Representatives.”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 6, 2019 7:47 am

31,270. 12/6/2019

EMOLUMENTS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When the House drafts articles of impeachment in the coming days, one of the original accusations of wrongdoing against President Donald Trump — that he is illegally using his office to make money — is unlikely to make the cut. It’s a blow to lawmakers and watchdog groups who have tried for three years to get Americans to share their outrage at what they consider violations of the Constitution’s little-used emoluments clause, which forbids Trump from receiving gifts from foreign governments or money from U.S. taxpayers. But these emoluments crusaders say they’re not giving up. The House will continue to investigate Trump’s vast real estate company after impeachment, said three members of Congress and several staffers involved in the discussions.”

Anita Kumar, “Cut out of impeachment, emoluments crusaders plot plan B,” Politico, December 6, 2019 5:07 am

31,251. 12/5/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/NANCY PELOSI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday [12-5-19] that the House of Representatives would begin drafting impeachment articles against President Trump, pushing ahead with a rapid timetable that could set the stage for a vote before Christmas to charge him with high crimes and misdemeanors. Invoking the words of the Constitution and the nation’s founders, Ms. Pelosi said it had become clear over two months of investigation that Mr. Trump had violated his oath of office by pressing a foreign power for help in the 2020 election. Allowing Mr. Trump to continue in office without remedy, she said, would come at ‘the peril of our republic’…Ms. Pelosi’s announcement came as the House Judiciary Committee laid out the next steps for its formal impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump.”

Nicholas Fandos, “Pelosi Says House Will Draft Impeachment Charges Against Trump,” The New York Times online, December 5, 2019

31,076. 11/29/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee asked President Trump on Friday [11-29-19] whether he intends to mount a defense during the committee’s consideration of impeachment articles, setting a deadline of next Friday [12-6-19] for Mr. Trump and his lawyers to decide if they will present evidence or call witnesses. In a letter to the president, Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the committee chairman, said Mr. Trump has the right to review the evidence against him, ask questions of his accusers during public hearings that begin next week and present evidence and request witness testimony…Mr. Nadler’s panel will begin examining next week whether Mr. Trump abused the power of his office by pressuring Ukraine for politically beneficial investigations of his political rivals, and whether the president obstructed the congressional inquiry by refusing to provide documents and by blocking witnesses from testifying.”

Michael D. Shear, “House Judiciary Panel Asks Trump if He Will Present Impeachment Defense,” The New York Times online, November 29, 2019

30,848. 11/20/2019

CHINA/HOUSE OF REPS/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House on Wednesday [11-20-19] overwhelmingly passed legislation aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong, one day after a unanimous vote in the Senate drew condemnation from Beijing as an unwarranted interference in its domestic affairs. The bill now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk. The White House had no comment on the legislation after the 417-1 House vote. Trump is expected to sign the legislation even though it could further complicate his efforts to reach a preliminary trade deal with China, after the bill garnered veto-proof majorities in both chambers…The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would require the secretary of State to certify, at least once a year, whether Hong Kong continues to have enough control over its own affairs to warrant maintaining its special trade status under U.S. law.”

Doug Palmer, “House sends bill supporting Hong Kong protesters to Trump,” Politico, November 20, 2019 6:00 pm

30,549. 11/13/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “The House of Representatives opened historic impeachment hearings on Wednesday [11-13-19] and took startling new testimony from a senior American diplomat that further implicated President Trump in a campaign to pressure Ukraine to publicly commit to investigating former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. In a nationally televised hearing from a stately committee room across from the Capitol, William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Ukraine, brought to life Democrats’ allegations that Mr. Trump had abused his office by trying to enlist a foreign power to help him in an election. Mr. Taylor testified to the House Intelligence Committee that he learned only recently of a July telephone call overheard by one of his aides in which the president was preoccupied with Ukraine’s willingness to say it would look into Mr. Biden and work by his son Hunter Biden for a Ukrainian energy firm.”

Nicholas Fandos and Michael D. Shear, “Impeachment Hearings Open With Revelation on Trump’s Ukraine Pressure,” The New York Times online, November 13, 2019

30,465. 11/10/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘There’s nothing there! I’m trying to let the House know that they’re dividing America for no good reason. We’ve got a lot of things we should be doing, like lowering drug costs & getting a trade deal with Mexico and Canada.’ @LindseyGrahamSC The Do Nothing Dems have gone crazy!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 10, 2019 2:06 pm

30,366. 11/8/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. House committees conducting the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Friday [11-8-19] released transcripts from closed-door depositions with former White House adviser Fiona Hill and current White House adviser Alexander Vindman. Hill is the former senior director for European and Russian affairs on Trump’s National Security Council, while Vindman is a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and Ukraine expert on the National Security Council staff.”

Reuters Staff, “U.S. House panels release two more impeachment depositions,” Reuters, November 8, 2019 9:41 am

30,365. 11/8/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump said he was unconcerned about the impeachment inquiry as witnesses’ testimony becomes public but did not want to support the process by letting his top aide testify behind closed doors on Friday [11-8-19]. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump dismissed transcripts of closed-door testimony from other U.S. officials released so far this week as Democrats in the House of Representatives investigate allegations that the Republican president pressured Ukraine to investigate his domestic political rivals. He also criticized House Democrats for moving their inquiry to the public eye with open hearings next week…Trump accused Democrats of looking for people who hated him and said he was not familiar with most of the witnesses, who include a number of top U.S. State Department officials, among others.”

Reuters Staff, “Trump says he’s not worried as public impeachment hearings loom,” Reuters, November 8, 2019 7:14 am

30,237. 11/3/2019

DEMS/ELECTION/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @marklevinshow: The walking dead: the House Democrats who lied to voters in Trump districts in 2018 to get elected. https://t.co/PAZEw5…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 3, 2019 11:00 pm

30,222. 11/3/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….should give their own transcripts of the interviews to contrast with Schiff’s manipulated propaganda. House Republicans must have nothing to do with Shifty’s rendition of those interviews. He is a proven liar, leaker & freak who is really the one who should be impeached!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 3, 2019 7:48 pm

30,115. 10/31/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House on Thursday [10-30-19] took a historic vote to set ground rules for its fast-moving impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump — a move that essentially starts the clock for an eventual decision on whether to oust the president. Thursday’s vote — roughly along party lines — was partly intended to neutralize a frequent GOP attack line that Democrats hadn’t formalized the probe. For Democrats, it was a somber day that carried significant political weight: Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered an impassioned floor speech — standing besides an American flag and reading from the Constitution — before personally presiding over the vote…For Democrats, it was a somber day that carried significant political weight: Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered an impassioned floor speech — standing besides an American flag and reading from the Constitution — before personally presiding over the vote.”

Sarah Ferris and John Bresnahan, “House takes huge impeachment step with vote on Trump probe,” Politico, October 31, 2019 5:20 pm

30,062. 10/30/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “House impeachment investigators on Wednesday [10-30-19] summoned John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, and two top White House lawyers to testify next week in their inquiry into Mr. Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine, closing in on critical witnesses as they prepare to go public with their investigation. Mr. Bolton, a fiery foreign policy veteran, could be a marquee player in the House’s month-old impeachment inquiry. His deputies have testified that Mr. Bolton, who left the White House in September amid disagreements with the president, was angry about the efforts to pressure Ukraine to open investigations into Democrats. Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer who was leading the charge, he warned, was a ‘hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.’ But his appearance is far from assured. His lawyer said that Mr. Bolton was ‘not willing to appear voluntarily,’ declining to specify what his client would do should he be subpoenaed.”  

Nicholas Fandos and Adam Goldman, “John Bolton Is Summoned to Testify in Trump Impeachment Inquiry,” The New York Times online, October 30, 2019

30,038. 10/29/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepLeeZeldin: This impeachment resolution just introduced is fatally flawed. Just another awful misstep by House Dems running a circus,…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 29, 2019 10:08 pm