Jan 26, 2020

GOP senator: Trump "was taken to the carpet" by impeachment

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Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said Sunday on "Meet the Press" that President Trump was "taken to the carpet" by impeachment and that he believes the president will be "instructed by what has occurred."

Why it matters: Though he believes impeachment has taught Trump a lesson, Braun said he heard "nothing new" in the House impeachment manager's opening statements and believes the president's actions did not amount to an impeachable offense.

What he's saying: "This ought to be instructive for anyone here, that if you’re pushing the envelope or doing things that may not feel right, let alone be right, you better be careful, because we're in that kind of atmosphere right now," Braun said.

Host Chuck Todd pressed Braun, asking him why he does not support hearing from witnesses if he didn't hear anything new.

  • "When it comes to witnesses, each Senator will have to ask, with the political exigencies within their own area and the fairness factor, do we need them?"
  • "I'll give [the House managers] credit. They've put together a broad, comprehensive case. But it was circumstantial in nature. And then you say, 'Well, you're splitting hairs.' But this is a political process," Braun said.

Go deeper: Adam Schiff: GOP "deathly afraid" of impeachment trial witnesses

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Virginia governor announces removal of Richmond's Robert E. Lee statue

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Thursday that the state will remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's historic Monument Avenue.

Why it matters: It's a watershed moment for Virginia, which has been at the center of a years-long national debate about whether Confederate monuments should be displayed publicly. That discussion reached a boiling point when protests about a statue of Lee in Charlottesville turned violent in 2017.

RNC expands convention search across the Sun Belt

Donald Trump, Mike Pence and their families on the last night of the Republican National Convention in Ohio in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images.

The Republican National Committee is planning site visits over the next 10 days to more than a half-dozen cities — across the South and into Texas and Arizona — as it scrambles for a new convention host, people familiar with the internal discussions tell Axios.

Driving the news: The RNC's executive committee voted Wednesday night to allow most of the convention to move — with only a smaller, official portion remaining in Charlotte — after North Carolina's governor said the coronavirus pandemic would mean a scaled-back event with social distancing and face coverings.

Oil faces tough road back from coronavirus

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Oil companies in the battered shale patch are starting to bring back some production as prices climb, but a new report underscores how the pandemic is taking a heavy financial toll despite signs of revival.

Driving the news: Fourteen North American producers have filed for bankruptcy thus far during the second quarter, per a tally from the law firm Haynes and Boone, which closely tracks the sector's finances.