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There Is Now a Flood of Demands From House Democrats to Start an Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump

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At least 16 House Democrats are demanding to begin some form of action on impeachment.

President Donald Trump’s total refusal to honor any congressional document subpoenas, his total blockade on allowing current and former administration officials to testify – even when facing a congressional subpoena – and his ongoing campaign of retaliatory threats of intimidation are leading more and more House Democratic lawmakers to reach the same conclusion.

They are calling for action, demanding an impeachment inquiry to begin.

The Washington Post notes Trump’s White House “is blocking more than 20 Democratic investigations into Trump, his finances or his policies.”

During Monday night’s closed-door House Democratic leadership meeting, Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly remained firm in her opposition to impeaching the President.

“Reps. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Joe Neguse of Colorado — all members of Democratic leadership — pushed to begin impeachment proceedings,” Politico reports.

“I think if this pattern by the president continues, where he’s going to impede and prevent and undermine our ability to gather evidence to do our job, we’re going to be left with no choice,” Rep. Cicilline said. “It’s a means where we can collect that information … We need to have the ability to gather the evidence.”

Politico adds that “in a Democratic Steering and Policy Committee meeting, Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee stood up and demanded Trump’s impeachment.”

And Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) also added to the calls for action.

“The president’s continuing lawless conduct is making it harder and harder to rule out impeachment or any other enforcement mechanism,” Nadler said. Reports say he is advocating fr an impeachment inquiry behind the scenes.

Also calling for action are House Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Reps. Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO).

Reports are flooding in to Twitter, from lawmakers and reporters. #ImpeachmentInquiryNow is also trending on Twitter.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington:

Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas:

Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York:

CNN’s Manu Raju adds more names to the list:

MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin on Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA):

Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX) wants to go further:

An impeachment investigation is not impeachment, nor a vote for impeachment. But many believe televised hearings, similar to those that captivated the nation during Watergate, would help inform and ultimately convince the American public. A recent Reuters poll found 45% of Americans support impeachment, up five points in the last month. 42% are opposed.

 

 

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Like Pic of His Privates: Charlie Sykes Stuns MSNBC Host With Lewd Description of Thomas Massie’s Gun Photo

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Speaking to MSNBC on Sunday, conservative commentator and Bulwark editor attacked Rep. Tom Massie (R-KY) after he posted a Christmas photo of him with his family in their pajamas with a bunch of guns.

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, generally known as the “prince of peace.”

In describing the photo, Sykes called it nothing more than a “d*ck pic,” photos that men send unsolicited to women of their penis to show off their masculinity. Sykes explained that Massie’s need to show off how big his gun is.

“Frankly, I’m sorry to be offensive, but that’s the equivalent of a dIck pic,” said Sykes. Host Lindsey Reiser noted she wasn’t sure they could say that on television.

“But it’s all about showing off weapons as a fetish!” said Sykes.

Others on the panel agreed with the assessment but noted they weren’t willing to go as far as Sykes in describing it so explicitly.

Reiser came back after the panel discussion and apologized to “families” who may have been watching and heard Sykes refer to Massie’s guns the way he did. The stand-in-host, didn’t make it clear whether she finds the gun photo more objectionable than the use of the word “d*ck pic.”

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GOPer Tate Reeves Blows Off Concerns About Women’s Health After Saying He Would Ban All Abortions

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In an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Jake Tapper, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) dismissed questions about the health of women after stating he would ban all abortions in his state if the conservative Supreme Court opens the door for him with a ruling expected next year.

With a Mississippi law on abortion under scrutiny by the court, Reeves was asked by host Tapper to consider the plight of women and their health after the Republican governor expressed a desire for a complete ban.

Addressing a total ban on abortions, Reeves told the host, “I believe, very strongly that an innocent, unborn child in the mother’s womb is, in fact, a child; the most important word when we talk about unborn children is not unborn but it’s children. Yes, I will do everything I can to protect the lives of those children.”

“The country has been here before, before 1973,” host Tapper lectured. “What happens in reality is, women of means are still able to get abortions. poor women, young women, vulnerable women end up often seeking abortions in ways that can cause them severe harm, mutilation, if not death in some cases. Do you acknowledge that this step will result in some women almost seriously getting seriously hurt, some dying? ”

“I certainly would hope that that would not be the case,” Reeves parried. “What I would tell you, Jake, is that since Roe was enacted in 1973, there have been 62 million American babies that have been killed through this process. I think that those babies in their mother’s womb don’t have the ability to stand up for themselves. That’s why they have to have people like me and others around this nation that for years have tried to stand up for unborn children.”

“I think we have to do everything we can as policymakers to improve the quality of public health in our state,” he continued. “When you look at this pandemic, there are a lot of negatives that have come from the pandemic. But one of the hopefully silver linings that come out of dealing with the pandemic over the last year and a half is that we have seen significant investments in infrastructure, both from the state and federal level in our public health system. I think we need to continue to do that. I think that’s important.”

“You clearly see this move as part of a culture of life as you have said in the past,” Tapper replied. “Mississippi ranks 50th in the country in infant mortality. Mississippi is nearly last when it comes to childhood hunger. According to a recent study of what kids need to thrive, looking at education and health and family, community, Mississippi ranks 50th for child well-being, how do you square those statistics about Mississippi with what you say about a culture of life?”

“Well, first of all, when you look at that unborn baby in the womb and you consider it a human being, it changes your perspective on lots of different things,” Reeves attempted. “With respect to the statistics you quoted, when I ran for office and in my first inaugural address, I made it clear to the people of my state that I believed in my heart I was elected not to try to hide our problems or not to try to hide our challenges but to try to fix them. I perfectly acknowledge that many of those statistics in terms of health outcomes in our state, we are underperforming relative to other states across the nation. It’s incumbent upon all of us to work to pass policies to change that.”

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‘This Is About the Pain of My Son’: Parkland Dad Slams GOP Rep. for Posting Family Christmas Photo With Assault Rifles

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Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie sparked intense backlash on Saturday when he posted a photo that appeared to show seven members of his family, including himself, brandishing assault rifles in front of a Christmas tree.

“Merry Christmas!,” Massie wrote above the photo on Twitter alongside a Christmas tree emjoi.

“ps. (SIC) Santa, please bring ammo,” he added, followed by a gift emoji.

Massie’s photo generated thousands of responses, with many pointing out that it seemed particularly tone deaf in the wake of yet another deadly high-profile school shooting.

Four people were killed Tuesday at Oxford High School in Michigan by a 15-year-old whose parents are now charged with involuntary manslaughter for giving him access to a gun.

Shortly after Massie posted the photo, the father of a Parkland, Florida school shooting victim appeared on CNN to discuss the Oxford tragedy.

Host Jim Acosta asked Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin “Guac” Oliver was one of 17 people murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, about his reaction to Massie’s photo.

“That’s a huge part of the problem,” Oliver responded. “Someone elected leaders like this one that think that — I don’t know if they’re trying to be ironic, funny, or what — but it’s the worst taste ever. … It’s a very nasty post.”

 

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