Good morning! This week we’re watching the vote on a resolution to end President Trump’s emergency declaration, the Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam, and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s public testimony before Congress.
Seems like it will a very slow news week. Here are the top four stories to start your day:
1: Michael Cohen Expected To Tell Congress Trump Committed Crimes In Office
President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen is scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee today.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Cohen will testify that he witnessed Trump’s “lies, racism, and cheating,” and will talk in depth about the role the president had in making push money payments to a porn star.
Cohen will also release some of Mr. Trump’s personal financial information and allege that Mr. Trump has exaggerated or manipulated financial information to avoid paying property taxes.
Look for Democrats to call for further investigations and Congressional action, while Republicans will attack Cohen’s credibility.
2: House To Vote On Resolution To End National Emergency
The House of Representatives will vote today on a resolution to end President Trump’s national emergency declaration.
Congressional Democrats have called Mr. Trump’s national emergency declaration unconstitutional and have urged Republicans to join them in supporting the resolution.
It is expected to pass the House where it will then be sent to the Senate. The fate of the resolution in the Senate is uncertain, but some political operatives say it could pass if Senate Republicans support it in a symbolic bid to warn the president against executive overreach.
Mr. Trump has said he will veto any resolution to end his emergency declaration and it is unlikely that enough Congressional Republicans would vote to overturn a presidential veto.
3: India Launches Airstrikes In Pakistan
Indian fighter jets crossed into Pakistan’s territory early Tuesday to carry out airstrikes on a target Indian officials say Jaish-e-Muhammad, a militant group designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, used as a training camp for an attack that left 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers dead on February 14.
The airstrike risks a severe escalation of tensions between the two nations. India has not sent military aircraft into Pakistan since 1971.
In a statement, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan called for a meeting of top security officials and said India’s airstrike was an “uncalled for aggression“:
“India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing.”
4: Trump Heads To Vietnam For Second Summit With Kim Jong Un
President Trump is headed to Vietnam for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to attempt to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Mr. Trump has tamped down expectations that any major deal will be announced ahead of the summit, saying he does not want to rush Kim or sign a deal that does not provide for verifiable evidence of denuclearization.
In a speech, Mr. Trump said, ““I don’t want to rush anybody. I just don’t want testing. As long as there’s no testing, we’re happy.”