The Department of Justice Inspector General’s Office announced that they would be investigating whether any current or former DOJ employees attempted to alter the results of the 2020 presidential election. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said this jurisdiction covers the conduct of past and present DOJ employees but ’does not extend to allegations against other government officials.’
A growing number of GOP senators say they oppose holding an impeachment trial for Donald Trump. ’I think the trial is stupid, I think it’s counterproductive. The first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I’ll do it,’ said Sen. Marco Rubio. Arguments in the Senate trial will begin the week of Feb. 8. Democrats need the support of 17 Republicans to convict Trump.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week that President Biden will soon reverse the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. Psaki said this would be among the ’additional executive actions’ that will be taken ’in the coming days and weeks.’ The policy was first announced by Donald Trump in July 2017. CBS News expects the repeal to come Monday.
Sen. Rob Portman said he would not be seeking re-election to a third term in 2022. Portman cited political partisanship as a factor in his decision. He said that the US is increasingly becoming a ’polarized’ country where ’members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left.’ This has resulted in too few people ’actively looking to find common ground,’ he said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to send the Senate a single article of impeachment on Monday accusing Donald Trump of inciting the Jan 6 Capitol riot. This formally triggers the first-ever impeachment trial of a former president. The article of impeachment will be delivered and read out to the Senate on Monday at 7pm. The earliest the trial could start is Feb 9.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who served as a White House press secretary under former President Donald Trump, will formally announce her candidacy for governor of Arkansas on Monday. The daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), Sanders, 38, left the White House in 2019 to return to her home state. Sanders will announce her candidacy with a video published at 8 a.m.
Former NJ Gov Chris Christie (R) on Sunday blasted his party colleagues who are still claiming the election was stolen, arguing that all of the facts point in the direction that the election was not stolen. ’Folks...who were doing that.. are just trying to make political points with those people who the president and others lied to about this over the course of the ten weeks after the election...’
Senator Mitt Romney weighed in on the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, and said that such a trial is constitutional, and that Trump’s alleged involvement in the U.S. Capitol riot is an impeachable offense. During an interview, the GOP Senator said ’I believe that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offense. If not, what is?’
A growing number of GOP senators are voicing their opposition to Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, scheduled for next month. Senator Marco Rubio (R) said the move will prove ’counterproductive’ considering how divided the country is right now. ’...it’s like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top’. Other Republicans, meanwhile, are questioning the validity of impeaching an ex-president.
President Biden signed an executive order Friday instructing the Office of Personnel Management to lay the groundwork to increase the minimum wage for federal employees and contractors to $15 per hour. Under the order, contractors would also have to provide emergency paid leave to their employees. Biden also signed another order to expand food assistance to low-income Americans.
Sen. Dick Durbin criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s demand for absolute protection of the filibuster in the deal to run a 50-50 Senate. Commenting on the same, the Illinois Democrat said ’If we gave him that, then the filibuster would be on everything, every day.’ McConnell has urged to keep the 60-vote threshold as negotiations are underway on how to organize the Senate.
The Arizona Republican Party approved resolutions Saturday censuring Gov. Ducey, former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain. The move, largely symbolic, came after both McCain and Flake endorsed President Biden in the 2020 election. The party cited Ducey’s COVID-19 restrictions as the reason behind his censure.