Most Democrats back impeachment hearings, a move that's unpopular overall

Most Democrats back impeachment hearings, a move that's unpopular overall

"There was an extensive and troubling pattern of calculated efforts by President Trump to interfere with and obstruct the Special Counsel's investigation, and subsequent repeated attempts to cover it up through lies", a memo detailing the anti-Trump campaign states - in a section titled, "What is Trump Hiding?" The White House has also instructed certain officials and staffers to not testify before Congress, and the Treasury Department has missed several deadlines to hand over the President's tax returns.

Of the polled, 40 percent say Trump's handling of health care makes them more likely to oppose him for re-election, while 23 percent say it makes them more likely to support him.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Attorney General William Barr's testimony on the Mueller report, Lee said Democrats and other anti-Trump political operatives exploited the Mueller report to undermine Trump's administration.


"Well, the administration feels that this is a great negotiating tool and they feel that it's a separate issue, but I don't think it is, " said Republican Senator Joni Ernst, also of Iowa.

Mueller, throughout his almost two-year investigation into foreign election interference in the 2016 presidential election, found 10 cases of potential obstruction by the president but declined to reach a clear decision on whether Trump had obstructed justice. While Congress has a "legitimate and important" oversight role, he said, "it's also hard to see the Democrats are exercising that function in good faith when their only objective is trying to destroy the president".

"Therefore, Members of Congress should be the ones doing the questioning". Last September, he had already ruled that Democratic lawmakers had enough legal substance to proceed with a lawsuit of this nature and found that the foreign emoluments clause requires "the President to ask Congress before accepting a prohibited emolument", according to the Post. But those ideas might not be politically popular.


It's also created unusual bedfellows - aligning members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, born from the Tea Party movement, and progressives such as Sen. "Even so, the mere threat of arrest and detention by the sergeant-at-arms can be used to encourage compliance with congressional demands". Called "inherent contempt", this process was often used in the country's early years but hasn't been employed in nearly a century. "He's got the youth, the energy and the experience", he said.

"If you let them get away with this, then what do you have?" said House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings on Monday.

Mueller's report detailed extensive contacts between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation and described the campaign's expectation of benefiting from Moscow's actions, but did not conclude there was a criminal conspiracy.


Eric Trump, executive vice president of The Trump Organization, called Democrats "deranged" and the subpoenas a form of "presidential harassment". Prince told Mueller's investigators that he had briefed Bannon about it, but Bannon told them they never discussed it. That's in part because US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has worked closely with Democrats and union leaders throughout the negotiations to keep them updated on developments and seek their input.

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