Categories for Senate

31,210. 12/5/2019

DEMS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…..trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to ‘Clean the Swamp,’ and that’s what I am doing!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 5, 2019 8:01 am

31,088. 11/30/2019

IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “’Sen. Tim Scott Says Trump ‘Innocent,’ ‘No Way’ Senate Convicts’ https://t.co/P6ONkI8n0P

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 30, 2019 8:24 pm

30,619. 11/14/2019

GOP/SENATE/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “At one point during his extraordinary joint press conference with President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan turned his attention to the U.S. Senate. The chamber, he contended, would stop the ‘vicious cycle’ started by the House, which had passed biting sanctions on his country. But senators have a clear response to Erdogan that’s at odds with Trump’s friendly rhetoric toward the strongman leader: Don’t count on it. From Trump critics to stalwart allies of the president, many Republicans said Thursday that Erdogan’s visit to Washington had not changed any hearts or minds about Turkey, even after Trump lavished Erdogan with praise and he met privately with five Senate critics. At that meeting, Erdogan showed senators an anti-Kurd propaganda video, which seemed to backfire with the attendees. Republicans remain deeply frustrated with Trump’s withdrawal from Northern Syria and the Turkish incursion that followed.”

Burgess Everett and Marianne Levine, “Republicans eye rebellion against Trump with Turkey sanctions,” Politico, November 14, 2019 6:15 pm

30,617. 11/14/2019

GOP/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “President Donald Trump hosted a group of Republican senators Thursday [11-14-19] afternoon for lunch and showed them an account of his first call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to three sources familiar with the matter. The Republican senators who attended the lunch included Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Ted Cruz of Texas, Steve Daines of Montana, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Jerry Moran of Kansas. Trump tweeted Monday that he would release a transcript of the April 21 call this week but the White House has yet to publicly share the document. The administration previously released a summary of Trump’s July 25 call with Zelensky, which showed he requested the Ukrainian president investigate the Biden family.”

Marianne Levine, Anita Kumar and Burgess Everett, “Trump shows GOP senators summary of his first call with Ukraine president,” Politico, November 14, 2019 5:51 pm

30,616. 11/14/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Senate on Thursday [11-14-19] confirmed President Donald Trump’s judicial nominee to the powerful 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals despite bipartisan frustration over his refusal to answer questions during his confirmation hearing. In a 51-41 vote, the Senate confirmed Steven Menashi, with moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joining Democrats in voting against him. Menashi, an associate counsel to the president, faced criticism from Democrats and Republicans for declining to answer questions about his work for the White House or about his tenure as a lawyer at the Department of Education, under Secretary Betsy DeVos…In addition to his confirmation hearing performance, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee criticized Menashi last week for a New York Times story reporting that he wrote a plan for the Department of Education to deny debt relief to students cheated by for-profit colleges.”

Marianne Levine, “Senate confirms controversial Trump judicial nominee,” Politico, November 14, 2019 2:32 pm

30,362. 11/7/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday [11-7-19] voted to advance President Donald Trump’s court pick to the powerful 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — setting up a contentious vote when he reaches the full chamber. Steven Menashi, an associate counsel to the president, faced backlash from Democrats and Republicans during his September confirmation hearing for declining to answer questions about his work for the White House or for the Department of Education, where he was a lawyer. And Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said in October she’d oppose Menashi, saying in a statement it was ‘inappropriate’ for the nominee to refuse to answer senators’ questions and that his ‘past writings, particularly about women, LGBTQ advocates, and diversity, raise questions about whether he has the appropriate judicial temperament.’”

Marianne Levine, “Senate Judiciary Committee advances controversial Trump pick,” Politico, November 7, 2019 12:39 pm

30,224. 11/3/2019

GOP/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “False stories are being reported that a few Republican Senators are saying that President Trump may have done a quid pro quo, but it doesn’t matter, there is nothing wrong with that, it is not an impeachable event. Perhaps so, but read the transcript, there is no quid pro quo!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 3, 2019 7:59 pm

30,114. 10/31/2019

GOP/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [10-31-19] continued courting the Republicans who will determine whether or not he is removed from office, telling a group of nine GOP senators that he was glad he had released the summary of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Over chicken lunch in the Roosevelt Room, the president repeatedly referenced the summary of his call as exculpatory and touted the opposition of two House Democrats to the House’s impeachment resolution on Thursday, according to attendees. House impeachment inquiry witnesses have asserted that Trump had used aid to Ukraine as a condition for investigating his political rival Joe Biden, but Trump still sees the White House readout of the July 25 call as his best defense…The president and senators did not discuss Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s assertion that some of the transcript of the call was omitted from the summary released from the White House.”

Burgess Everett, “Trump touts Ukraine call during meeting with Republican senators,” Politico, October 31, 2019 5:02 pm

30,079. 10/31/2019

GOP/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump is rewarding senators who have his back on impeachment — and sending a message to those who don’t to get on board. Trump is tapping his vast fundraising network for a handful of loyal senators facing tough reelection bids in 2020. Each of them has signed onto a Republican-backed resolution condemning the inquiry as ‘unprecedented and undemocratic.’ Conspicuously absent from the group is Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a politically vulnerable Republican who’s refused to support the resolution and avoided taking a stance on impeachment. With his new push, Trump is exerting leverage over a group he badly needs in his corner with an impeachment trial likely coming soon to the Senate — but that also needs him. Republican senators on the ballot next year are lagging in fundraising, stoking uncertainty about the GOP’s hold on the chamber, and could use the fundraising might of the president.”

Alex Isenstadt, “Trump lures GOP senators on impeachment with cold cash,” Politico, October 31, 2019 5:00 am

30,060. 10/30/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump is nearing a milestone in his push to overhaul the federal judiciary with conservative judges. If the Senate confirms a batch of nominees now working their way through the approval process, a quarter of the nation’s 179 appeals court judges — those sitting just below the Supreme Court — will be appointees of Mr. Trump. That number is far higher than the number of appointees to the appeals court that either George W. Bush or Barack Obama had made at this point in their presidencies. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday [10-31-19] on advancing a group of nominees, including several to the appeals court. But in a break from most other nominees over the past two and a half years, two of them do not have uniform support among Republicans. Votes on Steven J. Menashi, a White House lawyer being considered for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals based in New York, and Halil Suleyman Ozerden, a federal judge in Mississippi nominated for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals based in New Orleans, had been delayed.”

Rebecca R. Ruiz, “Two Disputed Judicial Nominees Could Help Trump Reach Milestone,” The New York Times online, October 30, 2019

30,054. 10/30/2019

DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘Precisely the same program that the Democrats are trying to Impeach President Trump for supposedly slow walking, tomorrow, right here in the Senate, they (the Dems) say they’re going to filibuster for the exact same program.’ @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell. Do Nothing Democrats!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 30, 2019 9:32 am

29,913. 10/25/2019

GOP/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @realDonaldTrump: I appreciate the support of Senator @LindseyGraham, @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell, and their Great Senate Republican c…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 25, 2019 10:18 pm

29,839. 10/24/2019

GOP/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senate Republicans facing steep re-election races next year know the impeachment inquiry coursing steadily ahead on the other side of the Capitol will determine President Trump’s political fate. Their growing fear is that it will also determine their own. In a matter of weeks, those few senators have watched helplessly as the investigation by House Democrats has lobbed a grenade into the middle of their campaigns, putting them on the defensive amid a torrent of damaging revelations about the president’s conduct with no clear end in sight. It has tightened the squeeze they were already feeling between a political base that demands unquestioning loyalty to Mr. Trump, and the moderate swing voters who may very well decide their elections. And it is one reason that support for the president in the Republican-led Senate appears to be subtly softening, a phenomenon that some of his own advisers fear that Mr. Trump does not fully appreciate.”

Catie Edmondson and Emily Cochrane, “Vulnerable Senate Republicans Shrink From Defending Trump,” The New York Times online, October 24, 2019

29,572. 10/17/2019

DEMS/GOP/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is intensely monitoring his standing among Senate Republicans as Democrats’ impeachment inquiry ramps up, according to senators who have been in contact with the president and White House officials. And with the microscope on their every move, some in the Republican Conference are taking a more proactive approach to demonstrate their loyalty. For example, take Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), who called up Trump last Friday to let him know that he and his voters have Trump’s back…Trump is monitoring comments from his GOP colleagues, Braun said, but added that Trump didn’t seem worried about a GOP mutiny over the rapidly unfolding Ukraine scandal: ‘I sense a feeling of confidence.’ Still, as the prospect of an impeachment trial becomes ever-more likely, Trump is turning on anyone who criticizes him — and lavishing his defenders with praise. It’s a strategy Trump has long deployed but is becoming more crucial as he relies on Senate Republicans to keep him in office.”

Burgess Everett, “Trump keeps tabs on GOP senators as impeachment threat looms,” Politico, October 17, 2019 5:07 am

28,960. 10/1/2019

GOP/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHISTLEBLOWER: “As President Donald Trump and his allies attack the whistleblower who kicked off the House’s impeachment inquiry, the unidentified person gained a powerful ally on Tuesday [10-1-19]: Chuck Grassley. The most senior GOP senator has fashioned a career on protecting whistleblowers during presidencies of both parties. And in the middle of one of the most tempestuous political storms in two decades, the seventh-term Iowan is sticking to his position even if it’s at odds with the president himself. In a Tuesday statement, Grassley moved to stave off attacks and the unmasking of the federal whistleblower who first divulged Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president. Trump and many of his allies in Congress and outside have been working to chip away at the whisleblower’s credibility, calling his complaint ‘hearsay’ and playing down its validity. Grassley is having none of it. He said Tuesday that the fact that the individual’s knowledge of Trump’s phone call and the White House restricting records came secondhand should not invalidate his reporting.”

Burgess Everett, “Grassley breaks with Trump over protecting whistleblower,” Politico, October 1, 2019 6:02 pm

28,783. 9/27/2019

GOP/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “‘Beyond the merits,’ as they like to say in Washington, two things stand out most for Congress when it comes to President Trump’s now famous July phone chat with Ukraine’s leader. First, the revelations cut to the bone for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, given her roots in the same House committees most offended by the president’s conduct. Second, the call made patsies of prominent Senate Republicans, left hanging after they had tried to defend Trump’s handling of the Ukraine situation just weeks before. The big question for both parties going forward is whether they’ll begin to reassert Congress’ power through the appropriations process. If not impeachment, are Senate Republicans embarrassed or troubled enough by Trump’s power grabs now to take a page from their Conservative Party kin across the pond in Britain, reasserting Parliament against their own Trump, Prime Minister Boris Johnson?”

David Rogers, “Trump’s Ukraine affair makes Senate Republicans look like patsies,” Politico, September 27, 2019 5:09 am

28,716. 9/26/2019

DEMS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “RT @RealSaavedra: NEW: Democrat Senators reached out to Ukraine in May 2018 and asked for their assistance in investigating Trump ‘In the…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 26, 2019 6:03 am

28,709. 9/25/2019

IMPEACHMENT/MITCH MCCONNELL/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In the face of an earthshaking political storm, Mitch McConnell seems unmoved. The Senate majority leader has kept a sphinxlike pose during all manner of President Donald Trump controversies. But with an impeachment cloud settling over Washington, McConnell is revealing even less than usual. The GOP leader is saying very little to his members about either his mood or his own view of a political threat that could imperil not just Trump but his Senate majority, according to interviews with nearly a dozen senators. But on Wednesday evening McConnell dismissed criticism of the readout of Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president and said it is ‘laughable to think this is anywhere close to an impeachable offense’…Those comments come on the heels of McConnell allowing a nonbinding sense of the Senate resolution to pass on Tuesday that directed the Trump administration to share a whistleblower complaint about Trump’s interactions with foreign leaders with congressional intelligence committees.”

Burgess Everett, “‘Ice in his veins’: McConnell steers GOP through Trump’s Ukraine scandal,” Politico, September 25, 2019 7:30 pm

28,682. 9/25/2019

BORDER/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “The Senate voted on Wednesday [9-25-19] for a second time to terminate the national emergency that President Trump declared at the southwestern border, in a bipartisan rejection of Mr. Trump’s bid to build a wall without congressional approval. But the 54-to-41 vote, in which 11 Republicans joined Democrats to break with the president over his signature domestic priority, fell short of the margin that would be needed to overcome a presidential veto, ensuring that Mr. Trump would be able to continue to redirect military funding to build a barrier on the southwestern border. The tally was nearly identical to the result of a vote in March, when Congress first sought to block the national emergency declaration and a dozen Republicans joined all Democrats present for the vote. Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, who voted in March to overturn the emergency declaration, did not vote on Wednesday.”

Emily Cochrane, “Senate Again Rejects Trump’s Border Emergency, but Falls Short of a Veto-Proof Majority,” The New York Times online, September 25, 2019

28,616. 9/23/2019

DEMS/GOP/INVESTIGATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Democrats moved assertively on Monday [9-23-19] to increase political pressure on the White House and congressional Republicans to furnish documentation about explosive allegations that President Trump sought to pressure the Ukrainian president to help produce damaging information on a leading political rival. In the House, where the revelations about a conversation between Mr. Trump and the Ukrainian leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, were fueling new calls for impeachment, the chairmen of three committees investigating the matter threatened to issue subpoenas in the coming days if the administration did not hand over a transcript of the call and a related whistle-blower complaint. Mr. Trump acknowledged on Sunday [9-22-19] that he had leveled allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Mr. Zelensky, but on Monday, he denied that he had pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate and used a package of hundreds of millions of dollars in security aid as leverage.”

Nicholas Fandos, “Democrats Pressure White House and Republican Senate on the Ukraine Inquiry,” The New York Times online, September 23, 2019

27,967. 8/31/2019

SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VETS: “RT @JerryMoran: As the chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, @SenatorIsakson has led significant efforts to transform the VA…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 31, 2019 6:58 am

27,962. 8/31/2019

COURTS/GOP/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @senatemajldr: Senate Republicans are unified against any court packing schemes. We promise this: while we remain members of this body,…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 31, 2019 6:53 am

27,578. 8/18/2019

ELECTION/SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @CLewandowski_: Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, ‘I’m going to win’ | TheHill https://t.co/NSsEvmtNgR

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 18, 2019 1:23 pm

27,497. 8/15/2019

ELECTION/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump on Thursday [8-15-19] all but endorsed his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, for a potential Senate run from New Hampshire, saying he would be ‘hard to beat’ if he ran and a “great senator” if he won. Mr. Trump first made the remarks in an interview with the New Hampshire radio host Jack Heath, amid reports that Mr. Lewandowski is seriously considering a campaign in his home state to become the Republican challenger to the Democratic incumbent, Senator Jeanne Shaheen. At a re-election campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., on Thursday night, Mr. Trump again stopped short of an outright endorsement, though he told the crowd that Mr. Lewandowski would ‘go into Washington and he’s going to have you in mind.’ He said that he had been asked whether he would support Mr. Lewandowski, whom Mr. Trump fired at the urging of his children in June 2016, but with whom he has remained close.”

Maggie Haberman, “Trump Thinks Corey Lewandowski Would Be a ‘Fantastic’ Senator From New Hampshire,” The New York Times online, August 15, 2019

27,437. 8/14/2019

BORDER/DEMS/GUNS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “Two senior Senate Democrats on Wednesday [8-14-19] asked President Donald Trump to withdraw his $5 billion request for border wall funding and use the money on initiatives to combat gun violence in the aftermath of back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. In a letter, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Patrick Leahy informed Trump that he does not have enough support in Congress for his wall funding request to be included in the federal budget for fiscal year 2020, which begins on Oct. 1. ‘Instead, we urge you to support spending funds you have requested for the border wall, on other pressing needs such as proven initiatives that will address the threats of gun violence and white supremacist extremism in America,’ wrote Schumer and Leahy, who is the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee that oversees government outlays. The White House had no immediate comment.”

David Morgan, “Senate Democrats ask Trump to shift wall money to gun measures,” Reuters, August 14, 2019 3:02 pm