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Florida Democrats rip Sanders over Venezuela comments

Senator Bernie Sanders.
Senator Bernie Sanders. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Florida Democrats are increasingly frustrated with Bernie Sanders’ unwillingness to recognize Nicolás Maduro as a dictator and accept opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's legitimate president, according to a new Politico report Thursday.

Why it matters: The humanitarian and economic crises in the South American nation have dominated the political conversation in the country’s largest swing state. Republicans are seizing on the issue and President Trump, who is pushing Maduro to step aside, recently visited Miami where he sought to make inroads with Venezuelan-Americans and other Democratic-leaning Latinos who have fled Venezuela's authoritarian regime.

Republicans condemn Cummings' "irresponsible" accusations against Trump lawyers

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., leaves the House Democrats' caucus meeting in the Capitol
Rep. Elijah Cummings on Capitol Hill. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), sent a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Thursday criticizing his claims that President Trump's lawyers made false statements to federal ethics officials as "extremely unfair and unsupported accusations."

Why it matters: The letter highlights the increasingly contentious relationship between Cummings, who is leading House Oversight's onslaught of investigations into Trumpworld, and top Republicans on the committee. It also reveals how Republicans plan to publicly defend the president: by scrutinizing how Democrats seek and obtain information relating to their probes.

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