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Top Trump Allies May Have Gone Through White House to Get Tested for Coronavirus Despite Not Meeting Any CDC Criteria

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Despite a nationwide shortage of tests and despite having no symptoms and not being in any at-risk category two of President Donald Trump’s top allies in Congress were tested for coronavirus, and at least one if not both apparently went through the White House in order to receive the highly-coveted testing. Their requests were approved despite going against CDC guidelines.

U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) both reportedly had been exposed to someone who tested positive for coronavirus. After self-quarantining, both released statements saying they had tested negative.

The Washington Post reports both Gaetz and Meadows “said they were exhibiting no symptoms of respiratory illness, raising questions of why they were tested at all.”

“Gaetz told the Pensacola News-Journal on Tuesday that he was awaiting the results of his test from the White House physician’s office,” the Post adds.

One GOP lawmaker from Washington state, where the U.S. outbreak was first discovered, blasted CDC chief Robert Redfield on Tuesday.

“I find it interesting that when my colleagues were in contact with someone who later tested positive (they) were able to get tested almost immediately and quickly receive their results while folks in my district and across Washington state are unable to get their testing results back,” Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) told Redfield at a House Appropriations Committee hearing.

The CDC’s insistence it produce its own coronavirus tests, then bungling those tests put the U.S. response back at least weeks. The New York Times also reports CDC and FDA banned a Washington state clinical lab from doing its own testing early on, despite having identified coronavirus in its subjects samples early on.

On social media some are sharing stories of being refused testing despite meeting all CDC guidelines.

 

 

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Mark Your Calendar: Schumer Releases Trump Impeachment Schedule

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has just released the schedule for the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

The Article of Impeachment will be transmitted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday. That week will focus on the administrative elements of the trial.

The following week, starting February 8, the actual impeachment trial will begin.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had requested a two-week delay, but Schumer and Pelosi did not grant his wish.

CNN’s Jeremy Herb posted the document:

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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‘Seditious Conspiracy’: Ethics Complaint Filed Against Rep. Madison Cawthorn, Other GOPers Over Capitol Coup

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An ethics complaint has been filed against three Republican members of Congress over their participation in events that led to the violent and deadly January 6 attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol.

Reps. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, and Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona are accused of “a seditious conspiracy to use force to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional and statutory duties to count the votes of the Electoral College,” by the Campaign for Accountability, a government ethics watchdog founded by two former members of CREW.

If the House Ethics Office finds any or all of the three Republicans violated federal law, the group is asking for them to be expelled.

Cawthorn spoke at President Trump’s January 6 rally (photo), barely hours before the armed insurrection.

“This crowd has some fight in it,” Cawthorn told Trump’s MAGA supporters. “The Democrats, with all the fraud they have done in this election, the Republicans hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice. Make no mistake about it, they do not want you to be heard.”

North Carolina’s WLOS reports that “despite his tweets urging ‘millions of patriotic Americans stand for their country,’ Cawthorn said he felt no culpability in what unfolded” the day of the attempted coup.

“I don’t feel I had any responsibility for them attacking the Capitol,” Cawthorn said.

Two days before the domestic terror attack he posted this:

Gosar and Biggs also bear significant responsibility, according to the lead organizer.

“Far-right activist Ali Alexander, who helped rally Trump’s supporters ahead of Congress’ electoral count, has claimed he planned a rally that preceded the riot with the support of Gosar and Biggs,” The Hill reports, citing an article in The Washington Post.

 

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Pelosi to Transmit Impeachment Article to Senate Monday – Triggering Trial of Trump to Start Next Week

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi will transmit the House’s Article of Impeachment against Donald Trump for the incitement of the January 6 insurrection to the Senate on Monday. Once the Senate has received the Article it is constitutionally bound to take it up immediately.

On Thursday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said his conference would be comfortable with waiting two weeks before beginning the trial of the former president, Donald J. Trump. Speaker Pelosi’s answer to McConnell, in action if not words, was no.

Axios adds that the “Senate is required to begin the impeachment trial at 1 p.m. the day after the article is transmitted.”

Those “ceremonial aspects” of the trial would begin Tuesday, CNN’s Manu Raju reports. “The train is in motion,” he says.

 

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