“Revelation by former WH officials proves what we've known all along: Trump is #PutinsPuppet,” Waters tweeted. “Trump repeated Putin's talking point that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the ‘16 election. Mark my words. If the Senate doesn't remove him, Trump will invite Putin to the WH next yr.”
Waters, a frequent Trump critic, was apparently referring to a Washington Post article that cited multiple former White House officials who claimed on condition of anonymity that Trump seized on the theory that Ukraine, not Russia interfered in the 2016 election because Putin suggested it to him.
One aide told The Post Trump said he believed Ukraine interfered because “Putin told me.”
Waters was one of the more than 200 Democrats and one Independent who voted to impeach the president on Wednesday on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not yet sent the impeachment articles to the Senate where a trial would take place and is considering withholding them until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agrees to bring in witnesses the Democrats want to hear from.
"Yes," Alberta replied, amid what seemed like an awkward silence at Loyola Marymount University. Alberta then continued with his question.
“How do you respond to what the former president had to say?”
Alberta had asked Sanders to respond to comments Obama made in Singapore earlier in the week.
“Former President Obama said this week when asked who should be running countries that if women were in charge you’d see a significant improvement on just about everything,” Alberta pointed out. “He also said, ‘If you look at the world and look at the problems, it’s usually old people, usually old men not getting out of the way.'”
Sanders responded: “I got a lot of respect for Barack Obama. I think I disagree with him on this one," prompting some audible laughter from the audience. “Maybe a little self-serving, but I do disagree.”
He then said the U.S. was becoming an "oligarchy" with an economy that serves only the "one percent."
“Here is the issue. The issue is where power resides in America. And it’s not white or black or male or female. We are living in a nation increasingly becoming an oligarchy. We have a handful of billionaires who spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying elections and politicians.
“You have more income and wealth inequality today than at any time since the 1920s. We are the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care for all people, which is why we need Medicare-for-all. We are facing an existential crisis of climate change…
“The issue is not old or young or male or female,” Sanders continued. “The issue is working people standing up. Taking on the billionaire class. And creating a government and an economy that works for all. Not just the one percent.”
But some critics on social media fired back at Sanders, saying his age, gender and race were all factors that helped him become wealthy.
“But @BernieSanders would like us to believe that being a White male doesn't give him and his ilk any systemic advantages,” one Twitter user wrote.
Others accused Sanders of being a hypocrite — given he criticizes the rich but reportedly owns three homes.
Several pointed to what they described as “awkward silence” and “crickets” in the crowd after Sanders’ “I’m white as well,” quip failed to resonate. But mostly people online seemed unsure what the comment meant. Some asked Sanders to explain what he was trying to say while others had their own interpretations.
“Does this count as "White Supremacy" ???” one user wrote, tagging Sanders and Obama.
Another user asked: “Can you elaborate as to that response?”
“Oof! "And I'm White As Well" is not the bumper sticker Bernie Sanders needs,” a third chimed in.
One user seemed to defend Sanders, saying that being a white man was now considered "political baggage."
"Of course white men have privilege. But in today's environment, it's political baggage as well. It was a question about diversity and on that page, all that goes against Sanders. It was a self deprecating moment," she wrote.
One person applauded the remark, saying Sanders was acknowledging his own “white privilege.”
“Bernie Sanders, so far, is the only white candidate to say this tonight and recognize white privilege. I think that's worth something,” Charlotte Clymer wrote.
Another user said Sanders' remark was "his middle finger to the gender and racial purity test of the left. Basically saying, stop getting (fake) distracted on what gender or race I am and listen to what I have to say."
The debate came a day after a highly contentious vote to impeach President Donald Trump, which showed in dramatic relief how polarized the nation is over his presidency. With the Republican-controlled Senate likely to acquit him, the stakes are high for Democrats to select a challenger who can defeat Trump in November.
The forum highlighted the choice Democrats will have to make between progressive and moderate, older and younger, men and women and the issues that will sway the small but critical segment of voters who will determine the election. The candidates sharply disagreed about the role of money in politics, the value and meaning of experience and the direction of the American health care system
White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley weighs in on what's next for impeachment and the backlash over the president's comments on late Michigan Rep. John Dingell on 'Outnumbered Overtime.'
Within minutes of the vote to impeach President Trump Wednesday night, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals demanded that House Democrats explain whether the development undercut their legal demands for testimony from White House Counsel Don McGahn and for documents related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.
The case could have broad implications for Democrats' efforts to obtain access to Trump administration officials and their files, as the impeachment proceedings afforded Congress greater legal authority to go to court and demand access.
In a pair of orders directed at both House Judiciary Committee Democrats and the Department of Justice, the appellate court sought arguments by Monday as to "whether the articles of impeachment render this case moot and whether expedited consideration remains necessary."
As they barrelled towards an impeachment vote, Democrats had argued that the case needed to be heard in January. Earlier this month, House Democrats had argued to the D.C. Circuit that the materials were needed primarily for impeachment purposes.
"The Department of Justice (DOJ) takes extraordinary positions in this case,” the House Judiciary Committee said in a filing. “It does so to avoid disclosing grand-jury material needed for the House’s impeachment of President Trump and the Senate’s trial to remove him from office.”
Now that the impeachment proceedings have concluded in the House, the Democrats should explain whether they still seek to compel McGahn's testimony and, if so, whether it would be "in furtherance" of an impeachment inquiry or as a matter of "legislative oversight," the first D.C. Circuit order stated. It was signed by George H.W. Bush appointee Karen Henderson, George W. Bush appointee Thomas Griffith, and Clinton appointee Judith Rogers.
The White House has asserted longstanding executive privileges to bar McGahn from supplying documents and testimony to House investigators, saying internal White House deliberations must remain protected. McGahn’s interview with special counsel investigators factored prominently into the section probing whether the president obstructed justice, including a claim that McGahn disobeyed Trump’s call to have him seek Mueller’s removal.
White House counsel Don McGahn has been blocked by the White House from providing documents. The White House has cited privilege. (Associated Press)
“On June 17, 2017, the president called [White House Counsel Don] McGahn at home and directed him to call the Acting Attorney General and say that the Special Counsel had conflicts of interest and must be removed. McGahn did not carry out the direction, however, deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre,” the report stated, referencing the Watergate scandal.
The report also revealed that when the media reported on the president’s request for McGahn to have Mueller removed, the president directed White House officials “to tell McGahn to dispute the story and create a record stating he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed.”
Concerning the Mueller grand jury materials, House Democrats similarly would need to explain whether they were needed as part of an impeachment probe, the appellate court said. That order was signed by Trump appointee Neomi Rao, as well as Rogers and Griffith.
Justice Department lawyers have argued that House Democrats already had sufficient evidence from Mueller's investigation, including copies of summaries of FBI witness interviews. A small amount of information was redacted from the report available to Congress in order to protect ongoing grand jury proceedings, as required by law.
In response, Democrats could argue that they intend to launch a new impeachment inquiry — risking significant political backlash — or they could attempt to justify their subpoenas based on more limited existing legislative authority.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, has suggested that she might hold the articles of impeachment in the House, without sending them to the GOP-controlled Senate.
That arrangement might be unconstitutional and wind up in its own court battle, former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz argued in a column Thursday.
"It is difficult to imagine anything more unconstitutional, more violative of the intention of the Framers, more of a denial of basic due process and civil liberties, more unfair to the president and more likely to increase the current divisiveness among the American people," Dershowitz wrote. "Put bluntly, it is hard to imagine a worse idea put forward by good people."
Fox News' Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
After Trump's attack, some accused Melania Trump of hypocrisy given that she had just defended her son Barron against a Stanford University law professor who mentioned him during a House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing.
"A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it," the first lady said in response to a quip by Pamela Karlan.
The first lady frequently receives criticism over the apparent irony in her fronting the "Be Best" anti-cyber-bullying campaign given her husband's habit of mocking political opponents and others on Twitter.
“It is no secret that the president and first lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do,” Grisham said.
Former first lady Michelle Obama encouraged Thunberg while traveling in Vietnam this week, saying, “don’t let anyone dim your light,”
In an exclusive interview with Fox News at the Israeli American Council (IAC) summit in Hollywood, Florida, U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism Elan Carr outlined what the Trump administration is doing to curb the problem. Fox News' Talia Kaplan reports.
EXCLUSIVE — U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr told Fox News in an interview that the U.S. needs to fight the scourge of anti-Semitism not only inside its borders, but around the world.
Speaking last Friday at the Israeli American Council (IAC) summit in Hollywood, Fla., Carr said, “Anti-Semitism truly is history’s greatest barometer of suffering and it starts with the Jews, but it leaves a trail of human wreckage, so in fighting this fight we are really fighting for a better world for our children and grandchildren.”
The next night, standing with President Trump as he addressed 4,000 Israeli Americans at the summit, Carr added, “At the president’s direction, we are simultaneously confronting far-right ethnic supremacy, radical left Israel hatred and militant Islam.”
He said all three groups were contributing to a global rise in anti-Semitism.
Carr told Fox News the Trump administration, with the help of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has been confronting anti-Semitism in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and beyond.
“I’m hopeful that with the leadership of President Trump and Secretary Pompeo, we’re going to see a rollback of this rise in anti-Semitism both here at home and abroad,” he told Fox News in an exclusive interview.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News at the Israeli American Council summit in Hollywood, Florida, U.S. Special envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism Elan Carr outlined what the Trump administration is doing to curb the problem.
When asked if he was already seeing a “rollback” with the measures the president has implemented, Carr answered, “I’m very excited by the things the president has already done and I think we’re going to see tangible effects from this, and I am very encouraged that we are on the right track.”
The U.N. Human Rights Council's special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, released the September report on anti-Semitism. (Bahtiyar Abdukerimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images, File)
The report noted, “anti-Semitic hate speech is particularly prevalent online.”
It also made mention of several exceptionally violent incidents that “have had an outsized impact on Jewish individuals’ sense of security in recent years.”
Specifically, the report mentioned the 2018 attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a gunman opened fire and killed 11 congregants “in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.” The report noted that the gunman’s “comments during the attack and social media activity on the days preceding it revealed a belief in a host of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories rooted in a far-right, white supremacist ideology.”
Police tape is viewed around the area on October 28, 2018 outside the Tree of Life Synagogue after a shooting there left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
It also pointed out that about six months later, "a gunman similarly motivated by white supremacist ideology killed one congregant and wounded three others at a synagogue in the Poway California community."
Meanwhile, the U.N. Human Rights Council's Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed said he “received numerous accounts concerning vandalism and desecration of Jewish synagogues and cemeteries, as well as other recognizably Jewish sites.”
Responding to the U.N. report, Carr told Fox News, “It’s a model on the condition on the state of anti-Semitism in the world today, and here’s an example of the U.N., not known to be a friendly neighborhood necessarily on this issue and for Israel, and yet this was a thorough, comprehensive report. We’ve got to give credit where credit is due.”
On Saturday's summit, Trump said his administration was committed to fighting what he called a “vile poison.” He continued, “My administration is committed to aggressively challenging and confronting anti-Semitic bigotry in every resource and using every single weapon at our disposal.”
Trump also spoke about the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which has called for a boycott of all Israeli products.
“As president I want to be very clear, my administration condemns the BDS campaign against Israel. But, sadly, BDS has made disturbing headway on American college campuses.”
Most of the college students who spoke to Fox News at the summit said they’ve experienced anti-Semitism on their campuses.
Student Micah Bresler, who is Jewish, described an incident at the University of Cincinnati, which he said took place last semester.
“There is a main street on campus that everyone walks down to get to their classroom and to the side of the street, there were multiple students on the ground laying there with other students holding up signs that were derogatory towards Jewish people and towards Israel,” Bresler told Fox News. “Walking by this with one of my friends who is in my fraternity with me, we felt very uneasy and we felt that it wasn’t safe.”
Wayne State University senior Stefanie Mihoc, who is Christian, told Fox News she’s involved with the group Students for Israel on campus.
“Before coming into college I didn’t have any Jewish friends,” Mihoc said. “I didn’t know any Jewish people, but I knew that I liked Israel based on what I knew from the Bible.”
Mihoc said she was inspired to learn more about Jewish people and get involved with groups that support Israel. She also said she witnessed ant-Semitism at her university in Detroit.
“We had this big ‘Israelpalooza’ is what we called it, where we had music and dancing and snacks and ice cream, and we brought in the organization Artists for Israel,” Mihoc told Fox News. “They were spray-painting a canvas of coexistence and peace and then we had a separate canvas for students to spray-paint whatever message they wanted.”
She went on to say, “At one point, a student stopped by and wrote something in Arabic and then left and we didn’t know what it meant, but we actually had a Muslim student who was a part of our group and he translated it for us and it said, ‘death to Israel.’”
Neither Wayne State nor the University of Cincinnati responded to Fox News’ requests for comment.
When asked what the Trump administration has been doing to curb anti-Semitism on college campuses Carr answered, “College campuses is a focus for our administration and in addition to all kinds of exciting initiatives that are being worked on as we speak, a year ago, a little more than a year ago, a groundbreaking decision by the Department of Education was issued that defines the Jewish people as an ethnic group.”
He added, “That’s significant because it triggers Title VI civil rights protections for Jewish communities on campus.”
Carr continued, “Sadly, what’s happening on campuses, not only in the United States, but I was just in France and the U.K. and we’re seeing this around the world… Jews are being forced to make a choice between safety on one hand and connection to Zionism and the state of Israel on the other. And, it’s absolute anti-Semitism to tell a Jewish kid on a campus, ‘You want to be safe here, you have to absolutely divorce yourself from Zionism and from a connection to the state of Israel.’”
On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses. The order broadened the federal government’s definition of anti-Semitism and instructed it to be used in enforcing laws against discrimination on college campuses under Title VI. Under the order, the Department of Education could withhold funding from schools that it finds in violation of Title VI.
Carr also outlined other measures that have been implemented to curtail anti-Semitism across the country.
“The Department of Homeland Security has allocated a budget, a substantial budget, for augmenting security at Jewish facilities because of course security is job one,” Carr told Fox News, adding that multiple states have appropriated their own funds to augment security for Jewish facilities.
He said education has been key and needed to focus on highlighting the contributions of the Jewish people throughout history as a way “to get at the heart of this problem and cut anti-Semitism off at its evil source.”
Carr told Fox News targeting the Internet also was critical.
“We’ve got to work with Internet platforms to make sure young kids aren’t necessarily dragged into vile anti-Semitic chat rooms when they type ‘Holocaust’ into Google,” he said. “These are all things that we are focused on doing and that we desperately need to do.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report. The video for this story was shot and edited by Talia Kaplan. Alexis Baker contributed to the filming of this piece. Fox News’ photo editor Carlos Bedoya provided the photos featured in the video.
”This was a terrorist attack that took the lives of three American service members and injured eight others,” Gabbard said in an interview on Hill.TV's “Rising.” “We need to call it for what it is instead of what President Trump has done with his own remarks, with Secretary Pompeo basically putting out messages as though they are the spokespersons for the Saudi kingdom rather than standing up for our country’s national security and what’s in the best interest of our country.”
“Saudi Arabia is not our ally. As president, I will state that very clearly and they will continue to not be our ally as long as they are both directly and indirectly supporting terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda and others,” Gabbard said.
Also Tuesday, the Pentagon suspended all 852 Saudi military students at NAS Pensacola after a gunman opened fire there last week, killing three military members and injuring eight others before being shot dead by police. The FBI later identified the shooter as 21-year-old Saudi Royal Air Force Second Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani. The attack has prompted a broader Defense Department review of all international training on U.S. military bases.
After the attack, President Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.
“King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida….” Trump tweeted Friday. “The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.” In his initial reaction to the shooting, Trump said: “Just received a full briefing on the tragic shooting at NAS Pensacola in Florida, and spoke to @GovRonDeSantis. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. We are continuing to monitor the situation as the investigation is ongoing.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also tweeted last week.
“I just spoke with Foreign Minister Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia who expressed his condolences and sadness at the loss of life in the horrific attack in Pensacola, Florida yesterday. The families and friends of those killed, and those wounded, will be in our thoughts and prayers,” Pompeo wrote.
Trump has faced backlash in the past over his support for the Saudi royal family in the wake of the slaying of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi, who was allegedly killed and dismembered by Saudi operatives inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul last year.
On Monday, Gabbard – a vocal critic of the Saudi kingdom in the past — announced she won’t be attending the Democrats’ next debate “regardless” of whether she qualifies for the Dec. 19 event in Los Angeles. She had met the donor requirement to qualify for the debate but had yet to meet a requirement that she earn 4-percent support in at least four national or early-state polls approved by the Democratic National Committee [DNC] — or hit 6 percent in two approved early-state polls. The cutoff date is Wednesday.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Bradford Betz and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.
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A former chief White House physician and one-time troubled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is running for a congressional seat in Texas.
Retired Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson filed candidate paperwork in Austin to replace outgoing Rep. Mac Thornberry hours before the Monday deadline, The Texas Tribune reported. He will face 13 other candidates for the Republican nomination.
Thornberry's 13th Congressional District in the Texas Panhandle overwhelmingly voted for President Trump in 2016. The Republican Party of Texas did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
In this April 2, 2018, file photo, then-White House physician and nominee for Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. Ronny Jackson arrives at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Jackson is running as a Republican in 2020 for a rural congressional seat in Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Jackson, a Texas native, had worked as a White House physician since 2006 and was Trump's surprise choice last year to head the VA. He retired from the Navy last week.
His nomination ran into trouble when allegations of drinking on the job, creating a hostile work environment and overprescribing medications surfaced. He denied any wrongdoing and eventually withdrew his name from consideration.
Trump re-nominated Jackson earlier this year for a second star amid a Pentagon investigation into his conduct.
Reaction and analysis from Fox News contributor Guy Benson, host of 'The Guy Benson Show,' and Brett Bruen, former director of global engagement in the Obama White House.
The White House said Friday it will not participate in House Judiciary Committee impeachment proceedings, blasting the inquiry as "completely baseless" in a curt response to Democrats ahead of Monday's scheduled hearing.
“House Democrats have wasted enough of America’s time with this charade," White House counsel Pat Cipollone said in a scathing one-page letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., obtained by Fox News. "You should end this inquiry now and not waste even more time with additional hearings."
Friday was the deadline for Trump to respond to Nadler's request for participation in committee proceedings.
But instead of giving House Democrats a direct "no" answer, Cipollone penned a two-paragraph letter derailing the entire process.
"As you know, your impeachment inquiry is completely baseless and has violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness," he wrote. "Nevertheless, the Speaker of the House yesterday ordered House Democrats to proceed with articles of impeachment before your Committee has heard a single shred of evidence.”
A senior administration official, though, made it clear they won't be participating, telling Fox News: "We don’t see any reason to participate because the process is unfair. Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi has already announced the predetermined result. They will not give us the ability to call any witnesses.”
Nadler is set to continue hearings in the committee on Monday.
The decision by the administration likely accelerates the pace of impeachment.
In 1998, the Clinton Administration took 30 hours to present its side of things to the Judiciary Committee. That means there may not be another hearing after Monday’s session.
Trump telegraphed Thursday he wanted to sidestep the House impeachment process and move quickly to the Senate where he believes he'll be acquitted by the GOP-led upper chamber.
“Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate and so that our Country can get back to business,” Trump tweeted. “We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is.”
Cipollone repeated Trump's comments in the letter and said the House Democrats would be making a historically unjust mistake by plowing forward.
"Adopting articles of impeachment would be a reckless abuse of power by House Democrats, and would constitute the most injust, highly partisan and unconstitutional attempt at impeachment in our Nation’s history," he said.
Trump and his allies in Congress have dismissed the impeachment as a “sham” partisan exercise aimed at undoing the results of the 2016 presidential election. Trump says his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “perfect” when he asked the newly elected foreign leader to investigate the Bidens and the Democratic National Committee server.
Pelosi, however, said the facts of Trump’s wrongdoing involving Ukraine are “uncontested” and announced Thursday Democrats are plowing forward with drafting articles of impeachment against Trump.
“The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security,” Pelosi said.
Trump declined to have his lawyers participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing Wednesday when four legal scholars debated whether Trump’s conduct was impeachable.
Cipollone blasted the “baseless and highly partisan inquiry” in a letter Sunday declining to attend. The White House also accused the Judiciary Committee of “purposely” scheduling its first impeachment hearing when Trump would be meeting with NATO leaders in London and couldn’t attend.
At Wednesday’s hearing, the three lawyers the Democrats invited made the case that Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine for personal political purposes and his stonewalling of Congress are impeachable. The lone GOP witness, George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley, said Trump’s call was “anything but perfect” but said Democrats haven’t made the case.
“One can oppose President Trump’s policies or actions but still conclude that the current legal case for impeachment is not just woefully inadequate, but in some respects, dangerous, as the basis for the impeachment of an American president,” Turley said.
Nadler, D-NY, had set a deadline of 5 p.m Friday in a letter he penned to the president a week ago.
“I am writing to determine if your counsel will seek to exercise the specific privileges set forth in the Judiciary Committee’s Impeachment Procedures … and participate in the upcoming impeachment proceedings,” Nadler wrote in the Nov. 29 letter.
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The Trump administration on Wednesday tightened work requirements for food stamp recipients, a move that will potentially affect hundreds of thousands of people who rely on the program.
The new rule is the first of three proposals targeting the Supplemental Nutrition Program, known as SNAP, which feeds more than 36 million people.
The plan will limit states from exempting work-eligible adults from having to maintain steady employment to receive benefits. The Agriculture Department estimates the change would save roughly $5.5 billion over five years and cut benefits for nearly 700,000 SNAP recipients.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue at a House Agriculture Committee hearing. (AP)
Under current rules, work-eligible, able-bodied adults between 18 and 49 and without dependents can receive only three months of SNAP benefits in a three-year period if they don't meet the 20-hour work requirement. States with high unemployment rates or a lack of sufficient jobs can waive those time limits.
Under the new rule, states can only issue waivers if a city or county has an unemployment rate of 6 percent or higher. The waivers will be good for one year and will require the governor to support the request.
The final rule will be published in the federal register Thursday and go into effect in April.
Congressional Democrats were quick to condemn the administration's actions.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., blasted the Trump administration's efforts to reduce public benefits.
"Instead of combating food insecurity for millions, connecting workers to good-paying jobs or addressing income inequality, the administration is inflicting their draconian rule on millions of Americans across the nation who face the highest barriers to employment and economic stability," Pelosi said in a statement.
Brandon Lipps, deputy under secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Nutrition and Consumer Services, did not say when the department will finalize the other two proposed rules.
The White House and the GOP slammed three out of the four witnesses testifying before the House Judiciary Committee as having “known biases” against the president and of having “made up their minds long before today” that Trump should be impeached.
“3 of 4 ‘experts’ in this sham hearing have known biases against [Trump].” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted. “Not only is [the president] given no rights in this process, the Dems' ‘witnesses’ made up their minds long before today. The people of this country are being cheated of a Congress who works for them.”
Testifying on Wednesday are Noah Feldman, a professor at Harvard Law School; Pamela Karlan of Stanford Law School; Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina School of Law; and Jonathan Turley of George Washington University. Turley is the only witness called by Republicans.
Karlan said during her testimony that Trump's encouragement to Ukraine's president that the Ukrainian leader investigate Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden is an “especially serious abuse of power because it undermines democracy itself."
Feldman argued that the Founding Fathers thought it was essential that an American president could be removed from office and not be regarded as above the law. He added that Trump's behavior “embodies the framers’ concern that a sitting president would corruptly abuse the powers.”
Turley, however, dissented from his colleagues, arguing against trying to impeach Trump and saying he thinks the impeachment case would “collapse” and had insufficient evidence and proof.
During the testimony, Republican National Committee spokesperson Elizabeth Harrington tweeted a video of Feldman, Karlan and Gerhardt criticizing Trump and his administration’s policies.
“I was at the University of Pennsylvania Law School yesterday, where I teach a class, and my law class is still in therapy,” Gerhardt said, in a video taken shortly after the 2016 election.
That video also shows Feldman saying, “I’m a registered Democrat and have been my whole life”
The White House continued the assault on the witnesses with a series of talking points aimed at highlighting their anti-Trump biases, including showcasing a quote from Karlan from an American Constitution Society convention where she said she “had to cross the street” to avoid walking by the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Karlan did not take the criticism from the White House – or GOP members of the Judiciary Committee – lightly, telling the ranking Republican on the committee, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, that she was insulted for suggesting that she is a partisan who doesn't care about the "facts."
"Everything I know about our Constitution and its values, and my review of the evidentiary record — and here Mr. Collins, I would like to say to you sir, that I read transcripts of every one of the witnesses who appeared in the live hearing, because I would not speak about these things without reviewing the facts,” she said. “So I'm insulted by the suggestion that as a law professor I don't care about the facts.”
She added: “Everything I read on those occasions tells me that when President Trump invited, indeed demanded, foreign involvement in our upcoming election, he struck at the very heart of what makes this a republic to which we pledge allegiance."
As the Judiciary Committee members ready for the first hearing to begin members of the House Intelligence Committee plan to review draft of impeachment report; Fox News Radio White House Correspondent John Decker shares his insight.
President Trump and his lawyers won't participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing scheduled for Wednesday, the White House said Sunday night.
The response came in a five-page letter sent to the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. (AP)
The impeachment hearings on Wednesday will feature a panel of constitutional scholars who will weigh in on whether the president’s alleged withholding of military aid to Ukraine until it investigated former Vice President Joe Biden constituted an impeachable offense.
Republicans had urged President Trump not to attend the hearings, arguing that his presence would validate a process they have repeatedly derided as partisan.
"This baseless and highly partisan inquiry violates all past historical precedent," wrote White House Counsel Pat Cipollone in Sunday's letter. "Accordingly, under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing."
Nadler had written the president last week announcing a hearing for Dec. 4 at 10 a.m., and notified him of the committee’s intentions to provide him with “certain privileges” while they consider "whether to recommend articles of impeachment to the full House.”
Nadler also extended an invitation to the president, asking whether “you and your counsel plan to attend the hearing or make a request to question the witness panel.”
“If you would like to participate in the hearing, please provide the Committee with notice as soon as possible, but no later than by 6 p.m. December 1, 2019,” Nadler wrote. “By that time, I ask that you also indicate who will act as your counsel for these proceedings.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says despite some differences between allies they have always been able to rally around their core mission of protecting each other.
President Trump will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in London next week, the White House said Friday.
Trump is also expected to meet with Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during the summit, which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the White House.
The president is not scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is hosting the summit and has said he doesn't want "loving allies' to get involved in U.K. politics.
World leaders, including President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, were in Paris as part of the commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918, armistice, which ended World War I. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)
"So as soon as you have a member who feels they have a right to head off on their own, granted by the United States of America, they do it," Macron had said, referring to Turkey's military offensive into Syria following the troop withdrawal. "And that's what happened."
Merkel and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg quickly rejected Macron's remarks.
Merkel, calling the comments "drastic words," said: "That is not my view of cooperation in NATO and I think that such a sweeping blow is not necessary, even if we do have problems, even if we must pull together."
Fox News' Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Fox News contributor and former deputy chief of staff during President George W. Bush's administration Karl Rove discusses why support for impeachment is weaker in battleground states, which points to the Democrats' inability to prove an impeachable case.
Ex-White House counsel Don McGahn must appear before Congress pursuant to a subpoena issued earlier this year, a federal judge ruled late Monday, in a major setback to President Trump's effort to keep aides from testifying.
McGahn was subpoenaed on April 22 by Democrats probing possible obstruction of justice by the president in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe. But, the ruling had apparent ramifications for Democrats seeking to compel other top White House officials to testify as part of their ongoing impeachment inquiry concerning the president's Ukraine policy.
U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a Barack Obama appointee, ruled that the "venerated constitutional principles that animate the structure of our government and undergird our most vital democratic institutions" were at stake.
“Indeed, when DOJ insists that Presidents can lawfully prevent their senior-level aides from responding to compelled congressional process and that neither the federal courts nor Congress has the power to do anything about it, DOJ promotes a conception of separation-of-powers principles that gets these constitutional commands exactly backwards," Jackson wrote. "In reality, it is a core tenet of this Nation’s founding that the powers of a monarch must be split between the branches of the government to prevent tyranny.
"As far as the duty to appear is concerned, this Court holds that Executive branch officials are not absolutely immune from compulsory congressional process—no matter how many times the Executive branch has asserted as much over the years—even if the President expressly directs such officials’ non-compliance," she continued. "This result is unavoidable as a matter of basic constitutional law, as the Miers court recognized more than a decade ago."
Then-White House counsel Don McGahn looks on as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Washington. (Associated Press)
Jackson concluded: "Today, this Court adds that this conclusion is inescapable precisely because compulsory appearance by dint of a subpoena is a legal construct, not a political one, and per the Constitution, no one is above the law. That is to say, however busy or essential a presidential aide might be, and whatever their proximity to sensitive domestic and national-security projects, the President does not have the power to excuse him or her from taking an action that the law requires."
Instead, "the law requires the aide to appear as directed, and assert executive privilege as appropriate," Jackson wrote. An appeal by the government was likely.
In May, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone penned a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., notifying him that McGahn would not comply with the Democrats' subpoena, which sought certain White House records given to McGahn that are related to Mueller's investigation.
“The White House provided these records to Mr. McGahn in connection with its cooperation with the Special Counsel’s investigation and with the clear understanding that the records remain subject to the control of the White House for all purposes,” Cipollone wrote. “The White House records remain legally protected from disclosure under longstanding constitutional principles, because they implicate significant Executive Branch confidentiality interests and executive privilege.”
He added: “Because Mr. McGahn does not have the legal right to disclose these documents to third parties, I would ask the Committee to direct any request for such records to the White House, the appropriate legal custodian.”
Monday's ruling comes hours after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., signaled he would soon hand over a report — and control over the impeachment probe — to the House Judiciary Committee.
But, Schiff left open the possibility that more hearings before his panel could be possible.
"As required under House Resolution 660, the Committees are now preparing a report summarizing the evidence we have found this far, which will be transmitted to the Judiciary Committee soon after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess," Schiff wrote in a letter to congressional colleagues.
This is a developing story. Check back soon for updates. Fox News' Jake Gibson contributed to this report.
Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace says there is a chance former National Security Advisor John Bolton could testify before House judiciary
The White House wants its lawyers to be able to cross-examine and call witnesses if the House Judiciary Committee takes up articles of impeachment against President Trump, a senior administration official said Friday.
White House lawyers would also like to cross-examine House Intelligence Committee Chairmen Adam Schiff, D-Calif., if Schiff presents the report from his committee’s impeachment inquiry, the official said.
The adviser pointed out that during the 1998 impeachment proceedings against then-President Bill Clinton, Clinton lawyer David Kendall had the opportunity to examine independent counsel Ken Starr.
The White House would also want to call the Republican witness list for the recent Intelligence Committee hearings – which Democrats did not agree to – including the Ukraine call whistleblower, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, opposition researcher Nellie Ohr and others, the official said.
However, despite these wishes, the White House doubts they will be allowed to participate in the Judiciary Committee process because House rules say they can be blocked unless they drop their objections based on executive privilege to allowing investigators access to administration witnesses and documents.
The White House also isn’t sure what the House Democrats will ultimately do, with one official noting it's “not clear the House is going to impeach." White House officials argue it’s not in the political interest of Democrats to impeach the president, citing declining support in the polls, the approaching presidential election year and the lack of bipartisan support.
The official said that even if the House approves articles of impeachment and it goes to the Senate for trial, there are “ample reasons to dismiss” the case, arguing it would be the product of a flawed process in the House. They also argued none of the evidence would be admissible if the Senate adopts federal rules of evidence.
The aide said it would be “100 percent to our advantage" to have a full trial in the Senate both on merits and process. The person also dismissed the idea of censure instead of impeachment. "Absolutely not.”
White House adviser Stephen Miller gets slammed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as 'white nationalist' after a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Dozens of House Democrats called on the White House Thursday to fire senior adviser Stephen Miller, citing a left-wing group's claims that he promoted "white nationalist" content in leaked emails.
"We formally request that you immediately remove White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller from your administration," a letter sent to the White House read. "A documented white nationalist has no place in any presidential administration, and especially not in such an influential position."
Miller, who has been with Trump since his 2016 campaign, has been singled out for his role in pushing Trump's hard-line immigration agenda within the administration.
“Miller’s emails and the sentiments expressed in them are incompatible with public service and render him unfit to shape any policy – immigration or otherwise. We refuse to tolerate white nationalism and xenophobia in the White House or elsewhere in the United States. Mr. Miller must be fired immediately," the Democrats said.
They added that Miller had a "white supremacist" influence on Trump's policies — specifically his position on Dreamers and effort to lower the ceiling for refugee admissions.
Their letter came after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) — a left-wing group known for accusing conservatives of "hate" — published its findings from more than 900 emails it obtained from former Breitbart editor Katie McHugh.
The SPLC report claimed Miller emailed Breitbart, a conservative news platform, more than 900 times between 2015 and 2016. The non-profit claims the emails showed Miller “promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols” following the 2015 Charleston, S.C., church shooting. (The gunman in that attack was a white supremacist and killed nine African-Americans.)
It also claimed that Miller shared white nationalist websites, a “white genocide”-themed novel, xenophobic conspiracy theories and eugenics-era immigration laws that Adolf Hitler lauded in “Mein Kampf.” The report concludes the emails show that Miller used these ideologies to “as an architect” for Trump administration immigration policies, included the travel ban, a zero-tolerance policy which resulted in the separation of children at the border, and undocumented immigrant arrest quotas.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham defended Miller on Tuesday, though, after former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said his presence in the White House was an "emergency."
"Stephen Miller is dedicated to this country and I am proud to work alongside him every single day with the goal of making our nation even greater. He is a friend and colleague, and we are lucky to have him in the White House," she said.
Fox News' Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller sits down with 'Watters' World.'
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, whom progressives have blamed for the president's hard-line immigration agenda should be removed from his position.
"Every day Stephen Miller remains in the White House is an emergency," Clinton tweeted before promoting a letter calling for Miller's removal, signed by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and NAACP.
The letter was produced by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a nonprofit coalition of "more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States," according to its website.
The letter accused Miller of supporting white supremacy and stoking bigotry during his career.
"Supporters of white supremacists and neo-Nazis should not be allowed to serve at any level of government, let alone in the White House," it read. "Stephen Miller has stoked bigotry, hate, and division with his extreme political rhetoric and policies throughout his career. The recent exposure of his deep-seated racism provides further proof that he is unfit to serve and should immediately leave his post."
The SPLC, a liberal nonprofit known for accusing conservatives of "hate," claimed last week that Miller sent emails "promoted white nationalist literature and racist propaganda" to conservative news site Breitbart in 2015 and 2016 when he was working for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
Miller did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
"Every day Hillary Clinton was in office WAS an actual emergency," White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to Fox News. "Lest we forget her policies helped create a massacre in Benghazi, Libya, a humanitarian disaster in Syria, and the rise of ISIS in Iraq. Stephen Miller is dedicated to this country and I am proud to work alongside him every single day with the goal of making our nation even greater. He is a friend and colleague, and we are lucky to have him in the White House."
Following the publication of the SPLC's report, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., called for Miller's ouster. "Each day we allow a white nationalist to be in charge of US immigration policy is a day where thousands of children & families [sic] lives are in danger," she said. "This year alone, under Miller’s direction, the US has put almost 70,000 children in custody."
After Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a fellow "Squad" member, criticized Miller, Trump quoted someone accusing her of targeting "Jews."
The SPLC report also claimed that Miller shared white nationalist websites, a “white genocide”-themed novel, xenophobic conspiracy theories and eugenics-era immigration laws that Adolf Hitler lauded in “Mein Kampf.” The report concludes the emails show that Miller used these ideologies to “as an architect” for Trump administration immigration policies, included the travel ban, zero-tolerance police, which resulted in the separation of children at the border, and undocumented immigrant arrest quotas.
Fox News' Joseph A. Wulfsohn and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.
The appointment didn't appear on the president's public schedule, as was the case for his physicals last year and this year. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told Fox News' "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Saturday that Trump had decided to "kind of get a headstart with some routine checkups."
"We've got a really busy year ahead, as you can imagine," said Grisham, referring to the 2020 election campaign. "… It was very routine. We had a down day today and so he made the decision to head there."
Grisham added that the president "is as healthy as can be … He's got more energy than anybody in the White House. That man works from 6 a.m. until very, very late at night. He's doing just fine."
In a statement earlier Saturday, Grisham said Trump, 73, had “a quick exam and labs” and assured he remains in good health.
“The President remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week,” she said.
Trump's motorcade waits at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Saturday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
While at the hospital, Trump spent time with the family of a special forces soldier injured in Afghanistan and met with hospital staff "to say hello" and "to share his thanks for all the outstanding care they provide to our Wounded Warriors, and wish them an early happy Thanksgiving," according to Grisham.
Saturday's visit was Trump's ninth trip to Walter Reed since taking office in January of 2017.
Results from Trump's last physical nine months ago revealed that he had gained six pounds since taking office. At 243 pounds and 6 feet, 3 inches tall with a Body Mass Index rating of 30.4, the president passed the official threshold for being considered obese. Obesity, a common weight condition that affects 40 percent of Americans, can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer.
Trump doesn't drink alcohol or smoke but has a hearty appetite for fast food, steaks and desserts. His primary form of exercise is golf.
President Trump hosts Turkey's president at the White House for several hours as lawmakers continue to express concerns about the country's influence in Syria; Mark Meredith reports on the meeting.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham ripped into Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a tense Oval Office meeting Wednesday over the country’s invasion of Syria and attacks on America's Kurdish allies, according to aides and the senator himself.
While in Washington, Erdogan met with President Trump and several Republican senators at the White House. Fox News is told there were “a lot of people with a lot of gripes” during the meeting. At one point, according to aides, Graham “called Erdogan out on his B.S. that Turkey has been fighting ISIS.” While all the senators expressed their issues with Erdogan, Graham was said to be “on the more aggressive side.”
According to sources, Graham told Erdogan, “You have done something no one thought was possible. You have united the US … against [Turkey].”
Having senators in an Oval Office meeting between the president and a foreign leader is highly unusual.
Congressional aides said that the White House wanted Erdogan to hear directly from the senators about their concerns. It was described as a “good cop, bad cop” scenario, where Trump played the part of the “neutral” cop, while senators got into it with Erdogan. One aide said that “Graham was the worst cop of all.”
The details of the Oval Office meeting were first reported by Axios, which said Erdogan pulled out his iPad to show the senators a propaganda video depicting the Kurds as terrorists.
On Thursday, Graham confirmed the video incident and said he asked Erdogan, "Do you want me to get the Kurds to play a video about what your forces have done?"
He said he was especially infuriated by Erdogan's claim to have done the heavy lifting in the battle against ISIS, considering all the casualties sustained by Kurdish forces.
Turkey has come under fire on Capitol Hill for its incursion into Syria last month to attack the Kurdish forces that fought with the U.S. against the Islamic State.
Turkey, meanwhile, is angered at the U.S. for supporting the Kurdish forces it views as a threat and for refusing to extradite a Muslim cleric it accuses of fomenting a 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan.
Erdogan used the meeting as a chance to defend his military offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria, some of whom have links to the separatists who have waged a violent campaign in Turkey for decades.
His words failed to placate members of Congress and others who accuse Turkish-backed forces of killing Kurdish civilians and causing a humanitarian crisis in the incursion, which prompted the U.S. last month to hurriedly evacuate a small number of American troops from near the Syria-Turkey border.
“While our alliance with Turkey is important to maintaining U.S. national security interests, Turkey's assault against our Kurdish allies, who have a long history of standing with America against our enemies, is absolutely unacceptable,” said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, another senator in attendance, in a statement after the meeting.
Erdogan later joined Trump for a press conference at the White House.
Trump and Erdogan concluded the visit without achieving an agreement on Turkey’s decision earlier this year to accept delivery of a Russian air defense system that poses such a threat to NATO security that the U.S. suspended Turkish participation in the multinational F-35 fighter jet program.
The Turkish president told reporters he might be persuaded to use the U.S.-made Patriot system “as well” as the Russian S-400. Trump said they would agree to keep working on the issue.