House Intel Chair Schiff: “Facebook’s removal of a network of inauthentic accounts and pages linked to Roger Stone is a reminder that foreign adversaries aren’t the only bad actors willing to hide behind fake profiles..."
Schiff: "...in order to manipulate our online political discourse or advance a self-serving agenda to affect the course of a U.S. election.“
Intel Chair Schiff: “Mr. Stone lied before our Committee and was justly convicted for that crime, and yesterday’s revelations about this nefarious online activity reinforce that when it comes to Mr. Stone and his associates, dishonesty and deception are to be expected.”
Senate confirmed Army Gen. Gustave Perna by unanimous consent to lead Project Warp Speed in its development of a coronavirus vaccine, before heading out for their 2-week recess over the July 4th holiday.
Gen. Gustave’s Senate confirmation as Project Warp Speed COO was not blocked by combat vet Sen Duckworth (D-IL), unlike 1,123 sr military promotions she’s blocking to secure written confirmation from Def Sec Esper of impeachment witness Lt Col Vindman’s expected promotion to Col.
Duckworth: “It is simply unprecedented and wrong for any Commander in Chief to meddle in routine military matters at all, whether or not he has a personal vendetta against a Soldier who did his patriotic duty & told the truth...”
5-4: SCOTUS Chief Justice Roberts joins Breyer, Ginsburg,Sotomayor & Kagan in striking down Louisiana abortion law:"Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the TX law,for the same reasons..La’s law cannot stand under our precedents."
Alito dissented along w/Gorsuch, Thomas & Kavanaugh: "Today’s decision claims new victims.The divided majority cannot agree on what the abortion right requires,but it nevertheless strikes down La law that the legislature enacted for asserted purpose of protecting women’s health."
Kavanaugh dissenting: "In short, I agree with Justice Alito that the Court should remand the case for a new trial and additional factfinding under the appropriate legal standards."
House members will vote by proxy for the 1st time in chamber's 231-yr history beginning Wed. House clerk posted letters from mbrs who will not be physically present on House floor for votes due to COVID-19 pandemic & have given their proxies to other mbrs. clerkpreview.house.gov/ProxyLetter#Ac…
3rd term #VA08 Democratic @RepDonBeyer, who represents one of the closest House districts to Capitol Hill, will vote by proxy for 7th term Democratic #TN09@RepCohen, chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
House Intel Chair Schiff on the public release today of 57 transcripts as well as additional material from the cmte's investigation in 2017 and 2018 into Russia’s interference campaign targeting the 2016 US election.
Schiff: "These transcripts should have been released long before now, but the White House held up their release to the public by refusing to allow the Intelligence Community to make redactions on the basis of classified information, rather than White House political interests."
Schiff: "Only now, and during a deadly pandemic, has the President released his hold on this damning information and evidence."
NY Gov. Cuomo on 1,000 ventilators coming from China: "New York has been shopping in China. We're not really China experts here. International relations is not what we do on a daily basis. I've been to China before." c-span.org/video/?470972-…@cspan
Cuomo: "I asked the White House to help us navigate China. I spoke to the Ambassador and we got really good news today that the Chinese government is going to facilitate a donation of 1,000 ventilators that will come into JFK today."
Cuomo: "The state of Oregon contacted us and is going to send 140 ventilators which is just astonishing and unexpected. And I want to thank Governor Brown. I want to thank all of the people in the state of Oregon for their thoughtfulness."
410-4: House passes Emmett Till Antilynching Act, legislation designating lynching as a federal hate crime.
4 House members voting No on Emmett Till Antilynching Act:
The antilynching bill was first unanimously passed by Senate as Justice for Victims of Lynching Act last February. House amended and passed the bill as Emmett Till Antilynching Act today 410-4. Revised bill now heads back to Senate for a final vote before sending it onto the WH.
House Judiciary Committee 658-page report on their articles of impeachment against President Donald John Trump resolution was filed in the House. rules.house.gov/sites/democrat…
"The House Committee on the Judiciary has completed the consideration of two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump."
"The first article charges that the President used the powers of his office to solicit and pressure a foreign government, Ukraine, to investigate his domestic political rival and interfere in the upcoming United States Presidential elections."
Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and PROTECT Hong Kong Act, legislation supporting the Hong Kong protestors, were both signed into law by President Trump today per the White House.
Pres Trump:"I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China & the people of Hong Kong. They are being enacted in the hope Leaders & Representatives of China & Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace & prosperity for all."
Placing Restrictions on Teargas Exports and Crowd Control Technology (PROTECT) to Hong Kong Act banning the commercial export of certain crowd-control munitions like tear gas to Hong Kong Police Force unanimously passed Senate by voice vote and then House 417-0 both last week.
U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruling that Donald McGahn, former White House Counsel for President Trump, must testify before House Judiciary Cmte was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by Senate in 2013 by voice vote. assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6560…
Jackson:"When a duly authorized cmte of Congress issues a valid subpoena to a current or fmr Exec branch official & thereafter, a federal court determines the subpoenaed official does,as a matter of law,have a duty to respond notwithstanding any contrary order of the President."
House Judiciary Chair Nadler on "Victorious McGahn Ruling: "I am pleased the court has recognized that the Trump Administration has no grounds to withhold critical witness testimony from the House during its impeachment inquiry."
House Judiciary Top Republican Collins: “I applaud Chief Judge Howell’s decision today. As the Chief Judge found, Chairman Nadler’s pending cases involve distinct issues of law and fact and should not be combined.”
Collins: “Democrats have not begun impeachment inquiry against the President. Until the full House votes to authorize such an inquiry,that status will not indeed, cannot change..these 2 lawsuits are separate & distinct from each other, as Chief Judge Howell’s ruling makes clear."
Warren from Senate floor since 11:40am has been reading aloud portions of unredacted Mueller report and the letter by former federal prosecutors that Donald Trump would have been indicted if he were not President.
.@SenWarren: "The information that has been given to us in the Mueller report clearly constitutes adequate information to begin an impeachment proceeding in the House of Representatives."
@SenWarren Warren: "No matter how many times Mitch McConnell or the rest of the Republicans want to wish that away, it's there in black and white in the report."
President Trump: “I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 7, a joint resolution that purports to direct the President to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen, with certain exceptions.”
”This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future.”
247-175: House passed joint war powers resolution ending US military support to Saudi-led coalition in Yemen civil war unauthorized by Congress. 16 Republicans voted Yes & 1 Present. Passed Senate 54-46 & now heads to Pres Trump who said he will veto it.