Jun 4, 2019

Democratic Whip Clyburn reverses: Trump impeachment not inevitable

Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C) told reporters Monday President Trump's impeachment is not inevitable, despite saying a day earlier such proceedings will happen "at some point."

What he's saying: "I’m probably farther away from impeachment than anybody in our caucus," the third-highest ranking House Democrat told reporters, according to Politico. "We will not get out in front of our committees. We’ll see what the committees come up with. I’ve said that forever."

The big picture: CNN's Jake Tapper said to the third-highest ranking House Democrat Sunday, "It sounds like you think that the president will be impeached or at least proceedings will begin in the House at some point, but just not right now." Clyburn replied, "That's exactly what I feel." But when Politico asked Clyburn if he thought impeachment proceedings were inevitable, he said, "No."

  • "I don’t know why y’all pick up one line," Clyburn said, according to Roll Call. "I also said we must not get out in front of our committees, all in the same sentence."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 6,289,259 — Total deaths: 375,987 — Total recoveries — 2,706,820Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 1,811,277 — Total deaths: 105,147 — Total recoveries: 458,231 — Total tested: 17,340,682Map.
  3. Public health: Nearly 26,000 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes have been reported to federal health officials —Coronavirus looms over George Floyd protests across the country.
  4. Federal government: Trump lashes out at governors, calls for National Guard to "dominate" streets.
  5. World: Former FDA commissioner says "this is not the time" to cut ties with WHO.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: The virus didn't go away.

What it was like when police used tear gas to clear a path for Trump

President Trump walking back to the White House. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Moments before President Trump began his Rose Garden address, a mass of law enforcement suddenly marched forward in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.

Why it matters: It was a jarring scene as police in the nation's capital forcefully cleared young men and women gathered legally in a public park on a sunny evening, all of it on live television.

Trump goes full law-and-order

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President Trump's final decision to speak in the Rose Garden last evening as protests raged outside the gate was made only hours before, reflecting chaos on both sides of the fence.

Why it matters: Trump’s ultimate remarks fell where his instincts always were: blunt, brutal law and order, with extreme demonstrations of militarized “strength” and blustery threats.