"The Republicans want to participate," @GOPLeader says at his press conference this morning, trying to pre-but the Jan 6 select committee hearing later today. His argument is that the members Pelosi won't seat would ask the "tough questions" to expose why Capitol was unprepared.
@GOPLeader Batting second at this presser, @SteveScalise says the two members Pelosi won't seat (for publicly undermining the committee's efforts) were "canceled."
The line we're going to hear repeated from House Republicans over the next few weeks is that the select committee is all about Dems promoting a narrative, and trying to cover up for Pelosi, whom they accuse of failing to properly secure the Capitol on the 6th.
On the floor now, @mtgreenee says she hasn't gotten the chance to properly introduce herself across the aisle. Says she's a "very regular American."
@mtgreenee Greene is giving the full backstory of how she stumbled upon Q-Anon. Says she got there by Googling things about the Russia investigation in 2018. Says she didn't trust the government then. "A lot of Americans don't trust our government."
Greene says she regrets the Facebook comments and likes she posted about Q-Anon then. "I stopped believing it... any source of information that is a mix of truth and lies, is dangerous."
From the Impeachment Managers' Brief: "It is impossible to imagine the events of January 6 occurring without President Trump creating a powder keg, striking a match, and then seeking personal advantage from the ensuing havoc."
On Constitutionality of trial after POTUS term ends: "The Constitution governs the first day of the President’s term, the last day, and every moment in between. Presidents do not get a free pass to commit high crimes and misdemeanors near the end of their term."
Reading the brief I'm struck by the dozens of footnotes citing Trump's twitter account. The former President's tweets providing evidence of intent the managers use against him.
Has anyone seen or heard from Secretary @stevenmnuchin1 since last week? His negotiation on behalf of the President led to bipartisan bill, passed overwhelmingly, that the president won’t sign. How does he have the credibility to stay in that job? Or at least that role?
It’s a serious question. Who in the Trump admin could walk into Pelosi’s or McConnell’s office right now and say: The President will sign X, and they’d believe it. Jared? Without that person, how does this manufactured crisis end before Jan 20?
Meanwhile, today I interviewed a Pennsylvania grandmother who is losing her unemployment, and who told me "panic mode has now kicked in."
This isn't theoretical. Real people need help, period.
I keep thinking that Democrats have lost a messaging battle in fighting for shorthand "state and local" COVID aid money. If you hammer (and if the legislation reflects) that this is money to keep EMTs, firefighters and cops, etc employed, you're making a more compelling argument.
Original framing of the HEROES act nailed this - supporting our heroes in the pandemic fight, but over time, the "state and local" shorthand for that portion of the bill has gotten a bit radioactive.
And some of this may be our fault in the political press... I certainly can't wash my hands of it. Being more specific always helps.
MCCONNELL says he and @GOPLeader have been in touch with Mnuchin & Meadows at the White House about a COVID relief bill that “the president would, in fact, sign” - so basically working backwards from Trump signature to something that could pass GOP senate.
He doesn’t sound particularly enthusiastic about the bipartisan framework unveiled earlier today.
Sounds like McConnell will take what he knows the president will sign on COVID relief, which his members will support, attach it to the must-pass government funding Bill, and dare House Dems to block the whole thing
Even if the president is re-elected, and if Republicans hold the Senate, AND if they take the House - the new congress isn't seated until January. If this holds, COVID relief/stimulus is now a long, long way off for Americans.
Setting aside the millions & millions of Americans who are desperate for some kind of help from their government right now, this feels like political malpractice. Opposition party is trying to give you TRILLIONS that would prop up economy in last month of election... & you walk?
Sometimes it takes awhile for a Trump story/scandal to penetrate the general public. Take this totally anecdotal observation for what it’s worth, but the first two voters I’ve interviewed at polling place in Warren, MI today brought up the transfer of power comments unprompted.
Here's Valerie, a hospital lab tech, on those comments: "I was shocked. I feel as though what -- how could he not? If you're voted out dude, you just gotta walk out. And I mean you can't just fight it. What's the-- that's a child. You know what I mean? He's acting like a child."
GH: Something to get attention or do you think he means it?
LT: Get attention. he's a spoiled child. So uh *laughs* so he does things to get attention and to uh distract you from other things.
I cannot describe how surreal it is to watch President Trump give his generic rally speech tonight in Minnesota. Meanwhile the entire political earth has shifted under his feet while he’s been on stage, and he has no idea.
Trump is telling a story about the Battle of Gettysburg and someone in the crowd just yelled “Ginsburg just died!” The crowd near the shouter has hushed. The President didn’t appear to hear it.
The President may be the only person, among thousands here, who doesn’t know.
Hello from Winston-Salem, NC where hundreds await @realDonaldTrump at an outdoor rally. Attendees have their temperature checked as they arrive, & signs encourage mask-wearing. I’d say ~10% are wearing masks. No distancing to speak of. Outdoor events in NC are capped at 50 people
NC just moved to phase 2.5 of their reopening last week, which includes the 50 person max for any gathering. I looked to see if there was an exception for political events, but couldn’t find one published by @ncdhhs
Unlike with a similar rally in Pennsylvania last week, North Carolina’s COVID positivity rate remains problematic enough that several other states (including NY & DC) require visitors from NC to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
Hello from @realDonaldTrump’s rally in Latrobe, PA. Temperature checks and masks are required for entry, but vast majority of the several hundred folks waiting have already removed them. Seats set w/ no space between. Venue is an open-sided airplane hangar.
Warming up the crowd in Latrobe is @RepJohnJoyce, who says Western PA will be the “steel curtain behind President Trump.”
Up next, Rep. @GReschenthaler. He calls Biden a “Trojan Horse,” filled with Nancy Pelosi, Ilhan Omar and “new thought leader AOC.”
It’s Election Day in Massachusetts & @joekennedy is stopping at a polling place in Dorchester - one stop of many today as he tries to unseat @EdMarkey tonight.
Some takeaways from voters in this heavily African American precinct:
- Highly unscientific sample, most voters here breaking for Kennedy.
- “Social justice is in his blood,” one voter told me. Family history matters.
- Kennedy voters don’t dislike Markey, just want change.
One Markey voter told me she just doesn’t see a reason to fire him. “I think the Kennedy name brings some familiarity but I don’t believe in taking a job from someone who is doing it to the best of his ability.”
I’m on the protest beat outside the White House tonight. Will try to keep this threaded. As of 8:40, there are a few hundred people on BLM plaza, representing several different groups and just themselves. It’s a block party vibe.
Unlike the Late May, early June protests here there is no visible federal law enforcement, just @DCPoliceDept keeping cross-streets closed. The focus is President Trump, not police. It is overall a much much calmer scene.
9:40 update: Lots of different groups around the White House so it’s tricky to keep track. On BLM plaza, one group is spray painting “Defund the Police” on the street. They’re trying to block cameras with signs and bodies.
After eight days in Texas and a handful of flights I’m back in DC & going for a COVID test this morning. The woman in line in front of me tells me it’s easy. She took a test June 29 here too... and never got results back. Not inspiring confidence so far.
The woman checking me in says my sample will be sent to LabCorp to run the test, and I should expect results in 5-7 business days. “Maybe sooner.”
That kind of turnaround time makes contact tracing virtually impossible.
In and out in fifteen minutes and the test was totally painless. Process was professional and efficient. Now we wait.
Covering a house committee hearing today in which I feel like I could have been called as a witness: Park Police vs. Protestors in Lafayette Park on June 1st. Follow along here: c-span.org/video/?473458-…
First witness is Kishon McDonald, who works as a mechanic for United Airlines, and served in the Navy. He came to the park to join the peaceful protest. He says he had CS gas training in the Navy. On June 1st he was "attacked with tear gas and flash-bangs."
The second witness, Australian journalist @AmeliaBrace describes a @usparkpolicepio officer going "out of his way" to strike her with a truncheon. (We all saw the video of her camera man getting hit with a riot shield and punched).
Good evening from Lincoln Park, on East Capitol St. in DC. Tonight a group of protestors led by @freedomneighbor are holding a rally calling for the removal of the Emancipation Memorial “by any means necessary.”
The memorial was paid for by freed men and women, but designed by a white artist. It’s depiction of a kneeling Black man beside Lincoln has always been... problematic at best. It’s installation was attended by President Grant, and Frederick Douglass spoke. google.com/amp/s/www.wash…
Organizers are keenly aware of @realDonaldTrump “Law & Order!” response, and the threat of jail time for those targeting statues. They think Trump is actually directing even more attention to their cause. Who outside of DC knew about the issues with this statue before?
Back outside the White House. Today the perimeter has been pushed back another half block. Federal law enforcement of some kind, but they won’t identify themselves, and all insignias and name plates have been removed.
The Twitter hive mind has run pictures of the various insignias and flags and folks seem to think these are probably a Bureau of Prisons SORT (special operations) team, maybe from Texas. special-ops.org/federal-bop-sp…
Whoever those guys were, they’ve now been replaced by DC National Guardsmen (with DC flags on their chests)
For the fourth day in a row, peaceful protestors have gathered outside Lafayette Park to protest the killing of George Floyd and, increasingly, the government’s response to it.
After a solid hour of chanting, rattling the fences and occasionally kneeling, the majority of the Lafayette Park protestors have marched off to the East. Still a few hundred in the street here, milling around.
This crowd is massive today and is spread around a bunch of downtown streets. Lots of people I’ve spoken to say this is their first day protesting, with some saying the overwhelming force used to clear folks last night motivated them to come speak out in person
A little more than an hour until DC’s curfew goes into effect and H St. across from Lafayette Park is full of peaceful protestors. National guard have now joined Park Police & Secret Service in the park.
Attorney General Bill Barr is now out in Lafayette Park. It looks like he’s surveying the police and guard deployed out here. Crowd is booing him heartily, and chanting “George Floyd”
Monday has been the most peaceful day of protest here in DC so far. Haven’t seen a single bottle thrown. Police have not approached the fence line, and protestors haven’t gone over it.
Large group of peaceful protestors have gathered again at Lafayette park. Police are taking a much more relaxed posture. The mood is much less tense today than this time yesterday.
Things change pretty quickly. Protestors have jumped the first barricade and pressed into the park. More park police coming to reinforce the second barricade line.
Today’s DC protest continues to have a much calmer feeling than yesterday. The anger is still there, but the tension is less. I just talked to a mom from Virginia who brought her teenage children up - because it’s important for them to see this