Tea Party Patriots Action Weekly Report from Washington for 4/29/19

CALENDAR:

The House and Senate will both return from their Easter Recess on Monday, and both will stay in session through Thursday.

 

LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:

The House has been in recess, so there was no activity on the House floor last week.

 

THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:

The House will return Monday, with the first vote set for 6:30 PM. At that time, the House is scheduled to take up three bills under Suspension of the Rules.

On Tuesday, the House is scheduled to consider six bills under Suspension of the Rules.

On Wednesday, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which is as bad as it sounds – it directs the President to develop a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement, among other things.

 

LAST WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR:

The Senate has been in recess, so there was no activity on the Senate floor last week.

 

THIS WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR:

The Senate will return Monday, with the first vote set for 5:30 PM. That will be a vote to invoke cloture on the nomination of William Cooper to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy.

Based on the cloture filings, I’d say the Senate will then move to the following nominations: Clarke Cooper to be Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs; Gordon Hartogensis, to be Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation; J. Campbell Barker to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas; Andrew Lynn Brasher, to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama; Rodolfo Armando Ruiz II to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; Raul M. Arias-Marxuach, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico; Joshua Wolson to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

In addition, the Senate is likely to try to override the President’s veto of the measure calling for a withdrawal of U.S. armed forces from hostilities in Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.

 

BORDER SECURITY:

From the “I Just Don’t Believe It” file … on Thursday, April 25, MSNBC highlighted the surge of alien families overwhelming communities near our southern border, speaking with a San Diego shelter that has seen its resources overstretched by the recent influx. “American communities are struggling to deal with the surging numbers of families who are crossing into the United States,” reported the cable network’s Craig Melvin. “ICE tells us that the their transportation is completely overwhelmed, CBP used the word ‘strained.’ That is the situation of many of these cities,” added reporter Mariana Atencio. “When you look at the numbers, it doesn’t see like it’s going to stop any time soon.”

 

RUSSIA HOAX:

On Thursday, April 18, Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of the report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller regarding Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The 448-page report was divided into two volumes – Volume I contains the report of his investigation into Russian interference, and Volume II contains the report of his investigation into potential obstruction of justice by the President.

Volume I reads, “[T]he Special Counsel’s investigation established that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election principally through two operations. First, a Russian entity carried out a social media campaign that favored presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Second, a Russian intelligence service conducted computer-intrusion operations against entities, employees, and volunteers working on the Clinton Campaign and then released stolen documents. The investigation also identified numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump Campaign. Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in election interference activities.”

In other words … no collusion.

The trouble for the President is found in Volume II, which reads, in part, “[I]f we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment. The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

The White House celebrated the release of the report, focusing on the fact that Mueller had determined that no conspiracy had been established. Congressional Democrats, on the other hand, focused on the second volume of the report, and retrained their fire on the White House, arguing that Mueller had made it clear that he believed the President had committed a crime, but it was up to Congress to handle it.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said he believed, based on what he read in the Mueller report, that what the President had done met the threshold for impeachment.

While many Democrats (including several of their presidential candidates) are pushing for impeachment proceedings to begin, others (including Speaker Pelosi) are still not committing to supporting impeachment, but instead are focusing on gathering more information. They’re content for now to demand congressional testimony from Attorney General Barr and Special Counsel Mueller.

Attorney General Barr is scheduled to testify twice this week before Congress – on Wednesday, he’ll be in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and on Thursday, he’ll appear before the House Judiciary Committee, assuming he and Chairman Nadler come to agreement over the format of the hearing.

 

STAFFING:

Herman Cain has asked President Trump not to nominate him the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. And Stephen Moore is still hoping President Trump will nominate him to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

 

TRUMP TAX RETURNS:

To the surprise of absolutely no one, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig failed to send to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal the last six years’ worth of President Trump’s tax returns by Tuesday, April 23, the deadline Neal set when he originally demanded Trump’s returns on April 3. Neal set a new deadline of May 6, and used very threatening language in the letter he sent Rettig to complain about Rettig’s failure to hand over the documents.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin responded to Neal in a ten-page letter of his own that questioned Neal’s motives for wanting the tax returns, and left little doubt that Treasury and the IRS would miss the May 6 deadline, too.

 

SUGGESTED READING:

JENNY BETH MARTIN/TEA PARTY PATRIOTS:

Fox News: Jenny Beth Martin: Trump Is Right To Withhold His Tax Returns From Democrats

WT: Jenny Beth Martin: Stop Socialism, Choose Freedom

LaJunta Tribune Democrat: Stop Socialism, Choose Freedom

News-Herald: Stop Socialism, Choose Freedom Rally Planned In Mentor

DC: Conservatives Rally Behind Cuccinelli For DHS

WE: Conservatives Want Cuccinelli For DHS; Will Make America Great Again

DS: 10 Years After First Rallies, What’s The Legacy Of The Tea Party

Breitbart: Tea Party Marks 10 Years With 400 ‘Stop Socialism, Choose Freedom’ Tax Day Rallies

AJC: Atlanta Tea Party Rally Years Later

Daily Bulletin: State Chair Jessica Patterson Visits San Bernadino County To Talk Rebuilding The Party

Grand Island Independent: Tea Party Patriots Plan To Rally For Freedom On Monday

DS: Tea Party Backs Stop Socialism, Choose Freedom Rallies On Tax Day

PJ Media: Tea Party Rallies For Trump Against Socialism On Its Ten Year Anniversary

News Press: Tea Party Marks Anniversary With Demonstration

Hill Country News: Trump’s Warning You The Socialists Are Coming

Politico: Stephen Moore’s Fed Bid Haunted By Past Attacks On GOP Establishment

Fox News: Justin Haskins: I Advertised A Video Criticizing Socialism, Then Facebook Banned My Account

Forsyth News: 10 Years Later, Where The Tea Party Stands In Forsyth County

SUN: Rallying for Trump

Roll Call: Trump’s Warning You: The Socialists Are Coming!

PE: Inland Conservatives Say 2020 Energy Is Building

 

BORDER SECURITY:

Hill: GOP Fears Trump Will Return To Family Separations

Hill: Judge Halts Trump Policy Requiring Asylum Seekers Stay In Mexico

Politico: It’s Trump Vs. Trump As Immigration Divides White House

WaPo: Miller And Kushner On Potential Collision Course As Trump’s Border Crisis Builds

Politico: GOP Senators Try To Undermine Kushner’s Immigration Plan

WaPo: 12 Days Of Chaos: Inside The Trump White Houses Growing Panic To Contain The Border Crisis

CNN: Trump Pressured Nielsen To Release Detained Immigrants Into So-Called Sanctuary Cities

NBC News: Trump’s Support Of Renewed Child Separation Policy Led To Collision With Nielsen

Politico: Stephen Miller Pressuring Trump Officials Amid Immigration Shakeup

Hill: Trump Says He Has Legal Right To Send Undocumented Immigrants To Sanctuary Cities

CNN: Trump Told CBP Head He’d Pardon Him If He Were Sent To Jail For Violating Immigration Law

Reuters: Court Settlement Paves Way To Reunite Central American Children  With Parents In US

WaPo: Trump’s Plan To Send Migrant Detainees To Sanctuary Cities Draws Concerns About Cost, Legality

Hill: White House Proposal To Release Asylum Seekers In Sanctuary Cities Infuriates Democrats

RedState: Why Are Democrats Upset By Sending Illegals To Sanctuary Cities?

NBC News: Trump Advisers Discussed Whether Military Could Build And Run Migrant Detention Camps

WaPo: White House Proposed Releasing Immigrant Detainees In Sanctuary Cities, Targeting Political Foes

NYT: In New Effort To Deter Migrants, Barr Withholds Bail To Asylum Seekers

Politico: Trump Plunges Back Into Immigration Battle With Sanctuary Cities Plan

NYT: Trump Is Wasting Our Immigration Crisis

Politico: House Democrats Investigate Miller’s Role In DHS Dismissals

 

BUDGET:

Politico: House Dems Cancel Vote On Budget Plan Amid Internal Revolt

Politico: McConnell Says He And Pelosi Will Launch Talks On 2-Year Budget Caps Deal

Hill: Left-Center Divide Forces Dems To Scrap Budget Vote

NYT: NYT Tax Cuts For Every One

WaPo: Trump Administration Pushes For Quick Action To Raise Debt Limit

 

ENTITLEMENT REFORM:

Roll Call: Social Security Could Go Broke By 2035, But Lawmakers Have New Ideas To Fix It

Motley Fool: 2019 Social Security Trustees Report: 5 Things You Need To Know

Hill: Trump’s Inherited Entitlement Reform Crisis Needs Tackling

 

RUSSIA HOAX:

WE: Barr Says Mueller Played No Role In Drafting Russia Report Summary

WSJ: Attorney General Barr Says He Can Release Mueller Report Within A Week

Politico: House GOP Calls On Dems To Bring In Mueller To Testify

Hill: Barr Testimony Opens New Partisan Fight Over FBI Spying On Trump

Roll Call: Did You Say ‘Spying?’ Barr Walks Back Testimony After Creating A Stir

DC: Barr: ‘I Think Spying Did Occur’ Against Trump Campaign

WE: Barr:’ Spying Did Occur’ On Trump Campaign

Bloomberg: Barr Said To Form Team To Review FBI’s Actions In Trump Probe

Fox News: Tucker Carlson: The Obama Administration Spied On The Trump Campaign And The Media Refuse To Call It Spying

Axios: Barr Builds Team To Review FBI’s Actions During Trump Investigation

Politico: Newly Released Testimony: Former Top FBI Lawyer Says Agency Concerned Trump Obstructed Justice

Fox News: Comey Memos Contain Far More Sensitive Information Than Previously Known, FBI Filing Reveals

Politico: Poll: Nearly 4 In 10 Voters Believe Trump’s Campaign Was Spied On

Politico: Mueller Looms Over Dems Investigations

Politico: 25 Subplots To Watch In The Mueller Investigation

WE: White House: Mueller Report Contains Claim Russia Taped Bill Clinton Having Phone Sex With Monica Lewinsky

Politico: Pelosi Beats Back Calls For Trump Impeachment

Hill: House Judiciary Chairman Subpoenas Former White House Lawyer McGahn

WaPo: After Mueller Report Democrats Divided Over End Game: Investigate Trump Or Impeach

NYT: Giuliani Attacks McGahn’s Account To Mueller

WaPo: As Russia Investigation Ends Experts See Two Years Of US Political Dysfunction As A Win For Putin

American Greatness: Russian ‘Collusion’s ‘Greatest Hits

WSJ: Trump Says He Never Asked McGahn To Fire Mueller

WaPo: As Russia Investigation Ends, Experts See Two Years Of US Political Dysfunction As Win For Putin

Politico: Nadler Subpoenas Full Mueller Report

Politico: Nadler Subpoenas DOJ For Full Copy Of Mueller Report

Politico: Mueller Whacks Trump With Evidence Of Obstruction

NYT: A Portrait Of The White House And Its Culture Of Dishonesty

Politico: Dems Run From Impeachment Post-Mueller

Politico: Post-Mueller Report Likely To Target Russia Dossier Author Steele

Politico: ‘Game Over’ Republicans Rejoice After Mueller Concludes

Justice: Redacted Mueller Report

Hill: Mueller Is Done And The Dems Should Be Too – Because Trump Is No Nixon

WE: William Barr: Mueller Examined 10 Instances Of Possible Obstruction By Trump

Hill: Pelosi, Schumer Call On Mueller To Testify After Barr’s  ‘Regrettably Partisan Handling’ Of Report

USA Today: Trump Teams Mueller Report Game Plan: Read The Report Quickly And Put Out Responses

NYT: Mueller Report Likely To Renew Scrutiny Of Steele Dossier

Vanity Fair: ‘He Was Actually The Paul Revere’ The Steele Report’s Moment Of Truth

WaPo: ‘I Can Land the Plane’: How Rosenstein Tried To Mollify Trump, Protect Mueller and Save His Job

Hill: Solomon: How the Obama White House Engaged Ukraine To Give Russia Collusion Narrative an Early Boost

WaPo: A Majority of Americans Oppose Impeachment. Most Also Say Trump Lied to the Public.

 

SENATE RULES:

Leg Branch: Republicans Go Nuclear An After Action Report

 

STAFFING:

NYT: Trump Purge Set To Force Out More Top Homeland Security Officials

Hill: Stephen Miller’s Influence Rising Amid Changes At DHS

Politico: Trump’s DHS Purge Floors Republicans

WaPo: Grassley Warns White House Not To Oust Any More Top Immigration Officials

NYT: Trump Purge Set To Force Out More Top HS Officials

Politico: White House Eyeing Former Head Of Anti-Immigration Group For DHS Job

Politico: Republicans Press Trump To Drop Herman Cain’s FED Nomination

ABC News: Herman Cain Expected To Withdraw From FED Reserve Board Of Governors Consideration

WFB: Conservatives Rally Around Stephen Moore After 3.2% GDP Growth Report

 

TRUMP TAX RETURNS:

NRO: Democrats Demand To See Trump’s Tax Returns

NYT: Push To Obtain Trump’s NY Tax Returns Wins Cuomo’s Support

Hill: Fight Escalates Over Trump’s Tax Returns

NYT: To Get Trump’s Tax Returns, NY Democrats Try A New Strategy

Politico: Treasury Misses Congressional Deadline For Turning Over Trump’s Tax Returns

Axios: Treasury Dept Rejects Democrats Request For Trump’s Tax Returns

Politico: Mnuchin Says Treasury Lawyers Discussed Demand For Trump’s Tax Returns With White House

Vox: Can Congress Force Trump To Hand Over His Tax Returns? I Asked 11 Legal Experts

WSJ: Trump’s Lawyer Urges IRS To Reject Democrats Demand For President’s Tax Returns

Politico: Neal Gives IRS Commissioner New Deadline For Handing Over Trump’s Tax Returns

Politico: Justice Department Blows Deadline To Hand Over Trump’s Tax Returns

 

2020 DEMOCRATS:

Hill: Swalwell Announces He Is Running For President

NYT: Who’s Running For President In 2020?

NYT: ‘Stop Saunders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum

NYT: Pete Buttigieg And Beto O’Rourke Stake Out Similar Turf In A Crowded Field

Texas Tribune: Officers At Scene Of Beto O’Rourke’s 1998 DWI Crash Say They Believe He Tried To Flee

NYT: Joe Biden Plans To Enter The 2020 Race Thursday. He’s Starting With $0.

Hill: Moulton Enters 2020 White House Race

Politico: Why The Media Dumped Beto For Mayor Pete

Breitbart: Battleground Florida Dems, Progressive Groups Work To Turn Critical Swing State Against Trump

Hill: Solomon: Joe Biden’s 2020 Ukrainian Nightmare: A Closed Probe Is Revived

Hill: Biden Raises $6.3 Million in First 24 Hours After Campaign Launch

 

MISCELLANEOUS:

Politico: Republicans Confront Trump Amid Spreading Controversies

Hill: House Votes To Reinstate Obama Era Net Neutrality Rules

NYT: Mick Mulvaney Tries Letting Trump Be Trump

Politico: Trump Health Care Brain Trust Says No Thanks

Politico: Pelosi: Capitol Police Working To ‘Safeguard’ Omar After Trump’s 9/11 Tweet

Politico: Schumer Won’t Commit To Keeping Filibuster If Dems Win Majority

Politico: When The GOP Tried – And Failed – To Tag Democrats As Socialists

Politico: Trump Vetoes Resolution On Ending US Role In Yemen Civil War

Hill: Fight Over Census Citizenship Question Hits Supreme Court

NYT: How The Supreme Courts Decision On The Census Could Alter American Politics

WaPo: Trump Eyes Action Against Countries With High Visa Overstay Rates

WaPo: House Democrats Grapple With How To Respond To Trump’s Refusal To Cooperate With Investigations

Politico: Trump Could Stiff Arm Democrats Until After 2020 Election

Politico: Mulvaney:’ I do Not Recall’ Telling Staffers Not To Mention Election Security To Trump

NYT: In Push For 2020 Election Security, Top Official Was Warned: Don’t Tell Trump

CNN: Justice Department Won’t Comply With House Subpoena Over Citizenship Question On Census

Axios: How Trump Can Stall House Democrats

Politico: Trump Showdown With House Democrats Ignites Into All-Out War

WaPo: Trump Says He Is Opposed To White House Aides Testifying To Congress Deepening Power Struggle With Hill

Politico: Supreme Court Divided On Citizenship Question For Census

Politico: Mueller Paints Damning Portrait Of Dysfunctional Trump White House

Hill: Democrats Should Be Careful Wielding More Investigations

The Atlantic: Trump’s Chief Of Staff Says He’s Having A Ball

Politico: House Democrats Eye Post-Mueller Agenda

Hill: US Economy Rose 3.2% In First Quarter, Exceeding Expectations

WSJ: Congress Returns with Tensions Running High


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