Sep 23, 2019

Chuck Schumer demands Senate investigation of Trump-Ukraine allegations

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday called on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to launch an investigation into allegations that President Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden in exchange for security assistance.

Why it matters: The request is likely to fall on deaf ears. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is the only Republican thus far to condemn the allegations — at least part of which Trump has confirmed himself — as "troubling in the extreme."

Driving the news: Trump confirmed on Sunday that he discussed Biden and his son during a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25.

  • It's not yet clear whether the conversation is related to a controversial whistleblower complaint that the Trump administration has refused to turn over to Congress, which Schumer also called on his Republican colleagues to investigate.
  • "The Republican Senate's 'see no evil, hear no evil' attitude toward such a serious national security concern is unacceptable & must change," Schumer wrote.

Schumer requested that Senate committees take the following actions:

  • Convene hearings with acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, among others.
  • Issue a subpoena for the whistleblower complaint.
  • Request that the White House release transcripts of the conversation between Trump and Zelensky.
  • Identify who in the administration requested the delay of $341 million in security assistance to Ukraine.
  • Insist the Office of Legal Counsel provide a legal opinion or guidance on the administration's obligation to give the whistleblower complaint to Congress.

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Trump threatens to "assume control" of Minneapolis over unrest

Flames from a nearby fire illuminate protesters standing on a barricade in front of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis on Thursday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump threatened via Twitter early Friday to send the national guard to Minneapolis following three days of massive demonstrations and unrest in the city over George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody this week.

Details: "I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," Trump tweeted after a police station was torched by some protesters.

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Twitter: Trump's Minnesota tweet violated rules on violence

Twitter said Friday morning that a tweet from President Trump in which he threatened shooting in response to civil unrest in Minneapolis violated the company's rules. The company said it was leaving the tweet up in the public interest.

Why it matters: The move exacerbates tensions between Twitter and Trump over the company's authority to label or limit his speech and, conversely, the president's authority to dictate rules for a private company.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

Protesters cheer as the Third Police Precinct burns behind them on in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Cheering protesters set a Minneapolis police station on fire Thursday night in the third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city, per AP.

The state of play: Minnesota's governor on Thursday activated the state's national guard following violent outbreaks throughout the week, as the nation waits to see if the officers involved will be charged with murder.