Democratic Leader Condemns President's Intervention in Roger Stone Case, Pledges Oversight
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer condemns President Trump's decision to intervene on Twitter in the sentencing of former associate Roger Stone, calling it a disgrace and pledging to do congressional oversight on the matter. "Roger Stone should get the full amount of time the prosecutors recommended," Senator Schumer says. Prosecutors in the case recommended seven to nine years, but after President Trump called that a "miscarriage of justice" on Twitter overnight, the Justice Department announced it was reviewing the sentencing recommendation and would clarify its position. Aaron Zelinsky, a prosecutor in the case, resigned immediately following the Justice Department's announcement that it was considering a lighter sentence.
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Federal Reserve Chair Defends Decision to Leave Interest Rates Unchanged
During his opening statement before the House Financial Services Committee, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell defends the Central Bank's decision in December 2019 to leave interest rates unchanged and points to a number of positive indicators, including continued job growth, low inflation, consumer spending, housing investment, and wages, saying, "As long as information about the economy remains broadly consistent with this outlook, the current stance on monetary policy will likely remain appropriate," Powell says.
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House GOP Leader Calls Removal of Lt. Col. Vindman "Appropriate"
During his weekly leaderhship news conference, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is asked about President Trump's dismissal of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. "Is it appropriate for the news to say he was fired when he was not, he was reassigned? I think that is appropriate," McCarthy says in response.
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President Trump Tells Utah Governor to Keep Mitt Romney
During a question-and-answer session with the nation's governors, President Trump asks Utah Governor Gary Herbert about Senator Mitt Romney, before saying: We don't want him. You keep him."
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DOJ Has Set Up Process to Receive Giuliani Information From Ukraine, AG Barr Says
Attorney General William Barr confirms that the Justice Department has established a process for receiving information gathered in Ukraine on the Bidens by Rudy Giuliani. The attorney general says the department has an obligation to be open to such information, but also cautions against accepting the veracity of information coming out of Ukraine before being properly scrutinized. "There are a lot of agendas in the Ukraine, a lot of cross currents. And we can't take anything we receive from Ukraine at face value," Mr. Barr says.
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President Trump Says Speaker Broke the Law By Tearing Up Speech
Before departing for North Carolina, President Trump is asked about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripping up the State of the Union speech. "I thought it was a terrible thing...First of all it’s an official document…It's illegal what she did. She broke the law," the president says.
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House Tables Resolution Rebuking Speaker for Tearing Up State of the Union Speech
The Houe votes 224-193 to table (kill) a privileged resolution offered by Texas Republican Representative Kay Granger (TX) rebuking Speaker Nancy Pelosi for tearing up a copy of President Trump's State of the Union speech following his remarks in the House chamber Tuesday night.
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Bernie Sanders Claims Iowa Caucuses Victory Amid DNC Call for Recanvass
During a news conference in Manchester, New Hampshire, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) claims victory in the Iowa Causes with a lead in the popular vote over Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Senator Sanders says it's likely he and Mayor Buttigieg will end up with the same number of national delegates from the first-in-the-nation caucuses. Senator Sanders is currently ahead in the "final alignment" caucus count in Iowa (which measures the raw number of caucusgoers who selected him), but Mr. Buttigieg is ahead in the State Delegate Equivalent (SDE) count, which determines which camp will chair the state's convention this summer.
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After Senate Acquittal, President Trump Insists He Did Nothing Wrong
Following his acquittal by the Senate, President Trump says again that he did nothing wrong in his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, quipping that he has "done things wrong" as he holds up the front page of the Washington Post with the headline: "Trump acquitted".
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Speaker Pelosi Accuses President of Shredding Truth with State of the Union Speech
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defends her decision to tear up President Trump's speech after he finished his remarks in the House chamber Tuesday night, saying that the American people needed to know that what the president said was not the truth. "He shredded the truth in his speech, he's shredding the Constitution in his conduct, I shredded his state of his mind address." She also calls out the president for using the House as a backdrop for his own reality show, including giving the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Talk Radio Host Rush Limbaugh. Speaker Pelosi says she feels "very liberated" but that she still extends a hand of friendship to the president and hopes that they can work together.
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