Several House Democrats have introduced articles of impeachment targeting President Trump on Wednesday, claiming that the Trump has violated the Constitution.
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Manhattan Terror Attack:
The FBI is investigating an “act of terror” after 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov drove a rental truck from Home Depot onto a bike path in lower Manhattan and killed eight people, just blocks away from the World Trade Center memorial.
Saipov was born in Uzbekistan and came to the United States in 2010 and has since became a permanent resident.
After Saipov was named as the suspect, President Trump tweeted that he ordered more “extreme vetting” procedures.
How’s That Tax Reform Going?
After months of pitching tax reform as an easy win, Congressional Republicans have been forced to admit they’re having trouble reaching a consensus on how to overhaul the nation’s tax code.
Republicans now say they will release their tax reform bill on Thursday — a day later than originally expected.
While Republican leadership were very optimistic about tax reform, analysts were quick to say “not so fast,” and pointed out that there are sharp difference between fiscal conservatives and other factions of Congressional Republicans.
Latino Group Pulls Controversial Anti-Gillespie Ad
After the terrorist attack in Manhattan, a Latino group in Virginia announced it had pulled a controversial ad showing an Ed Gillespie bumper sticker, the Republican candidate for the governor of Virginia, on a truck chasing minority a children.
In a statement, Cristobal J. Alex, the president of the Latino Victory Fund the group responsible for the ad, said:
“We knew our ad would ruffle feathers. We held a mirror up to the Republican Party, and they don’t like what they see. We have decided to pull our ad at this time. Given recent events, we will be placing other powerful ads into rotation that highlight the reasons we need to elect progressive leaders in Virginia”
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Paul Manafort, the former Donald Trump campaign chairman, and a close business associate, Rick Gates, are expected to surrender to federal authorities on Monday in connection with the investigation into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, according to multiple reports.
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Arrest Related To Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Investigation Could Happen As Early As Today:Embed from Getty Images
CNN reported Friday night that a grand jury has approved the first indictment in Mueller’s investigation. However, there is very little know about who will be indicted. A lawyer for Paul Manafort, the former chairman of the Donald Trump campaign who’s been a central figure in the probe, said they were not aware of Manafort being indicted.
However, after FBI agents raided Manaforts house in July, reports said that Mueller warned Manafort he could be indicted.
CNN says the arrests could happen as soon as Monday, however because of the secrecy of the investigation and the grand jury process, we won’t know until the individual (or individuals) are arrested.
Conservatives pointed out that news of the indictment came within hours of a different report that said the conservative Washington Free Beacon retained Fusion GPS to compile research on Republican presidential candidates.
And days after The Washington Post reported that the Clinton campaign retained Fusion GPS to conduct anti-Trump research.
Speaking Of Indictments:
President Trump fired of some angry tweets Sunday morning, calling for “something” to be done about the alleged corruption of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
For their part, Democrats were quick to say that Trump was simply trying to distract from the impending indictment related to Mueller’s investigation.
Tax Reform Bill Could Actually Be Coming Soon:
Now that the House of Representatives and the Senate have approved of a budget, the Congress can now begin work on tax reform legislation — and we may see a version of the legislation as soon as the week.
While passing the budget allows the Senate to pass legislation through the budget reconciliation process, requiring only 51 votes, there’s still a long road ahead before it gets to the President’s desk.
And as we saw with the Obamacare repeal and replace bill, the budget reconciliation bill may not may matters any easier.