Grind for December 3rd
“I’m not sure history has ended.”
– John Bolton
Are Democrats losing interest in impeachment?
With impeachment hearings completed and no smoking gun to be found, some Democrats are starting to shy away from the impeachment idea.
Speaking Sunday on a Michigan radio program, Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) called on fellow lawmakers to abandon the impeachment process:
“I will tell you, sitting here knowing how divided this country is, I don’t see the value of taking him out of office. But I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable,” said Lawrence.
“I want him censured. I want it on the record that the House of Representatives did their job and they told this president and any president coming behind him that this is unacceptable behavior.”
A few days later, Lawrence clarified she still supports impeachment but considers censure a more feasible option given the expected response from the GOP-controlled Senate.
House Democrats need 217 votes to move forward with impeachment. There are 233 Democrats in the chamber, meaning the Party could lose no more than 16 votes.
And a successful impeachment vote would trigger a Senate hearing that could end up boosting support for Trump’s 2020 campaign.
“Democrats still don’t have the strong case they’re seeking to justify removing President Donald Trump from office,” wrote The Detroit News in an editorial last week. “Censure amounts to a public shaming…but it also recognizes the offense does not merit removal from office. That, too, seems appropriate, given the inconclusive testimony so far.”
This opinion seems to reflect a growing sentiment among voters that impeachment is a waste of time – especially so close to the next election. Recent polls show a 3% drop in support for impeachment among Independent voters.
Of course none of this has stopped Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) – who has been trying to remove Trump from office since day one – from pushing forward with impeachment.
Schiff, who described the evidence against Trump as “overwhelming, unchallenged, and damning” on Monday said the House would have its report on the impeachment hearings to the Judiciary Committee as soon as Congress returns from its Thanksgiving break.
US labels Mexican drug cartels “terrorists”
The Trump Administration has decided to designate all Mexican drug cartels as “terrorists” following a surprise attack on a group of Mormons in northern Mexico on November 4th.
The ambush killed three women and six children with dual US-Mexican nationality.
Friends of the victims petitioned the Trump Administration to list the drug cartels as terrorist groups. “They are terrorists and it’s time to acknowledge it,” they wrote in a letter to the White House.
The new designation gives the US expanded power to act against drug cartels in the US and Mexico, but the Mexican Government sees it as a ‘violation of national sovereignty.’
Speaking with former TV host Bill O’Reilly, President Trump said he had been working on the designation for the past three months. “You know, designation is not that easy, you have to go through a process, and we are well into that process.”
Trump added that Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) had rejected his offer to ‘go in and clear out’ the cartels.
“Our problems will be solved by Mexicans,” said AMLO on Monday. “We don’t want any interference from any foreign country.”
When a group is labeled “terrorist” in the United States, its members are banned from entering the country and US citizens are banned from knowingly supporting them. Any members currently in the US will face deportation.
Any financial institutions with links to the designated group must immediately block funding and notify the US Treasury Department.
The new designation is expected interrupt the supply of weapons traveling from the US to Mexico, but critics worry it could complicate possible negotiations between the cartels and the Mexican Government.
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