Nov 9, 2019

House vs. Senate Republicans on impeachment

Trump enters "The Beast" in Alabama on Nov. 9. Photo: Reuters/Tom Brenner

Republicans are divided in their approach to defend President Trump in the impeachment inquiry, AP reports.

What's happening: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has privately advised his colleagues to say as little about impeachment as possible. Last month, he held a meeting on the Senate's trial rules of procedure. Meanwhile, House Republicans have taken a bolder stance.

House Republicans' message on Trump's impeachment has four elements, a senior House GOP aide told AP:

  1. The White House memo of Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian President "shows the president did nothing wrong."
  2. "Several key witnesses" testified to House impeachment committees that "they don’t have firsthand knowledge of what transpired."
  3. Ukraine "didn’t know the military aid was being upheld until it was publicly reported."
  4. "Eventually, the U.S. agreed to send the money to Ukraine."

Reality check: The memo shows that Trump pressed the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden — and House Democrats have accused Trump of withholding military aid to increase that pressure.

  • Ukraine planned to announce investigations into the Biden family and the origins of the Russia probe up until it received military aid from the U.S., the New York Times reports.

Between the lines: Senate Republicans — potential jurors for Trump's impeachment trial — are playing it safer than their counterparts in the House.

Go deeper: Trump's Ukraine transcript gaps worry administration officials

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

Police block protesters at a rally on May 30 outside the state house on the fourth straight day of demonstrations against the death of George Floyd. Photo: Megan Jelinger/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black men spread across the U.S. Saturday, amid tense standoffs with police in several cities.

The big picture: Floyd's fatal run-in with police is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

U.S. cities crack down on protests against police brutality

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Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.