Dec 3, 2019

Trump says he wants Pompeo, Mulvaney to testify in Senate trial

President Trump said in a press conference on Tuesday that he would like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and "many other people" to testify in a Senate trial if the House votes to approve articles of impeachment.

"For the hearings, we don't get a lawyer. We don't get any witnesses. We want Biden. We want his son, Hunter. Where's Hunter? We want the son. We want Schiff. We want to interview these people. Well, they said, 'No, you can't do it.' We can't do it. So, when it's fair, and it will be fair in the Senate, I would love to have Mike Pompeo, I'd love to have Mick, I'd love to have Rick Perry and many other people testify. But I don't want them to testify when this is a total fix."

Why it matters: Pompeo, Mulvaney and Perry all failed to comply with subpoenas issued by the House committees investigating allegations that Trump pressured Ukraine's president to investigate his domestic political opponents.

  • Republicans have criticized the witnesses who testified in the House's hearings for not having "firsthand knowledge" of Trump's decision-making, despite the fact that the White House officials who would have that knowledge were blocked from testifying.

The big picture: Trump criticized tomorrow's House Judiciary Committee hearing, which will examine the constitutional basis of impeachment with four legal scholars. "Nobody needs to know anything about constitutional law," Trump argued, lamenting that three of the scholars were picked by Democrats.

Trump also reiterated that he wants House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to testify in a Senate trial, but did not answer a question about what he wants to learn from his testimony. Instead, he called Schiff a "manic" and a "deranged human being."

  • "I think he's a very sick man," Trump said. "And he lies. Adam Schiff made up my conversation with the president of Ukraine."

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue for 9th day

Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue on June 3. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Largely peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Wednesday, marking nine straight days of demonstrations.

The latest: As several major cities moved to lift curfews, NYPD officers "aggressively" dispersed large crowds in Brooklyn and Manhattan beyond New York City's 8 p.m. curfew, per the New York Times. The National Guard was stationed outside many protests Wednesday night, including in Hollywood and Atlanta.

Trump hits back at Mattis: "I gave him a new life"

President Trump speaks at the White House. Photo: Doug Mills - Pool/Getty Images

President Trump unloaded on his former defense secretary via Twitter on Wednesday, hours after James Mattis condemned him for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in his response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

What he's saying: "Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was 'Chaos', which I didn’t like, & changed it to 'Mad Dog'"

Obama praises young protesters, urges mayors to pursue police reforms

Former President Barack Obama called on all mayors to review their use-of-force policies and commit to policing reform in a virtual town hall Wednesday hosted by the Obama Foundation's My Brothers Keepers Alliance.

Why it matters: Obama has addressed the killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that followed on social media and in a Medium post, but this was his first time speaking about the past week's events on camera. His voice will add weight to the growing pressure on local, state and federal officials to pursue policing reforms.