The top cyber-security official with the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg has resigned over philosophical differences with the campaign over information security. The campaign has confirmed the resignation of Mick Baccio, who previously served as a White House cyber-security professional.
Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to Trump, has asked the court to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming Russiagate prosecutors forced him to lie and make statements. Flynn pleaded guilty in late 2017 to lying to the FBI about interactions with Russia’s ambassador to the US in the weeks before Trump took charge, but has since argued that prosecutors duped him into a plea agreement.
Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has called for an investigation into ’what happened’ after newly released evidence suggested that her movements were being monitored. ’We trust that the appropriate authorities will conduct an investigation to determine what happened’, a lawyer said on behalf of Yovanovitch.
Joe Biden released a new ad Tuesday that features numerous clips of President Trump referencing Biden by name. The 30-second ad, following the clips, sees a narrator saying, ’Donald Trump has made it clear he’s got Joe Biden on his mind because Trump knows Biden will beat him in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin’.
As per a Morning Consult survey released earlier this week, about a third (32%) of Democratic primary voters trust Joe Biden as the best candidate to handle foreign relations. 20% of respondents have the most confidence in Sen. Bernie Sanders. 11% put their faith most in Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to lift a lower court order that blocks the government’s efforts to restrict immigrants who rely on public assistance to obtain legal status. The request comes after the broadening of the definition of ’public charge’ to include immigrants who received one or more designated welfare benefits for more than 12 months within a 36-month period.
Sens. Warren and Chris Hollen are calling for an investigation into whether any illegal trading in defense company stocks or commodities took place ahead of the US airstrike in Iraq. This comes in light of a report that President Trump gave guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida ’advance knowledge’ of potential military action. The senators have written to the SEC and CFTC.
House Democrats released new documents from indicted businessman Lev Parnas. The documents include previously undisclosed handwritten notes and a letter Rudy Giuliani addressed to the Ukrainian president-elect requesting a meeting shortly before his inauguration. One handwritten note reads: ’get Zalensky to announce that the Biden case will be investigated’.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday that, if elected to the White House, she would on the first day of her presidency cancel federal student loan debt by using the Department of Education’s pre-existing authority. Warren said that by doing so she would not need to wait for Congress. Warren previously called for the cancellation of up to $50,000 in student loan debt for each of the borrowers.
The Senate impeachment trial is expected to begin early next week. Top Republicans say they expect the first phase — opening arguments and questions from senators — will last approximately two weeks. If so, it will be ongoing when President Trump gives his State of the Union speech on Feb. 4. After the first phase, a vote is expected on whether to call witnesses and, if so, whom.
Six Democratic presidential contenders face-off on Tuesday as voters in Iowa are set to kick off the 2020 nominating contest soon. The contest includes Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and billionaire investor Tom Steyer.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders sparred over President Trump’s USMCA trade deal. ’We can do much better than a Trump-led trade deal’, Sanders argued, claiming that deal will exacerbate job loss. Sanders also pointed to the lack of support for the deal from environmental organizations. Warren said the USMCA ’will give some relief’ to US farmers and workers.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader said that the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump could begin as soon as next Tuesday. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives also revealed that she would be sending the two articles of impeachment to the Senate on Wednesday.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has said that the new trade deal, the USMCA could pass the Senate this week. The deal was passed by Democrats in the house of representatives, but has faced roadblocks as Democrats and Republicans were at a impasse over final details. Democrats wanted better environmental protection and LGBTQ protections while the Republicans disagreed with the language.
Democratic candidates clashed in Tuesday’s debate on whether to leave US troops in the Middle East. Joe Biden defended the need to keep special forces in places such as Iraq. His views were countered by Sen. Warren who said, ’We should stop asking our military to solve problems that cannot be solved militarily’. Sen. Sanders argued that Americans are ’sick and tired of endless wars’.