Trump releases updated shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees

President Donald Trump released a new list of potential Supreme Court justices on Friday, adding five new judges to his previous compilation of 20 jurists.

The White House said Trump, who was “elected to restore the rule of law and to Make the Judiciary Great Again,” is “refreshing” his list.

“President Trump will choose a nominee for a future Supreme Court vacancy, should one arise, from this updated list of 25 individuals,” the White House said in a statement. “The president remains deeply committed to identifying and selecting outstanding jurists in the mold of Justice Gorsuch. These additions, like those on the original list released more than a year ago, were selected with input from respected conservative leaders.”

As the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Trump initially released a list of 11 potential nominees in May 2016. He added 10 names during the general election in September, including Neil Gorsuch, Continue reading “Trump releases updated shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees”

Roy Moore’s wife: ‘He will not step down’

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is not leaving the race to fill now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ seat, Moore’s wife, Kayla Moore, told a crowd of supporters Friday.

“Let me set the record straight,” Moore said, capping a Women for Moore rally in Alabama at which a group of women spoke favorably about the beleaguered former judge. “Even after all the attacks against me, against my family, against the foundation and now against my husband, he will not step down. He will not stop fighting for the people of Alabama. In his words, and I quote, ‘I will not stop until they lay me in that box in the ground.’”

Roy Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct decades ago, when he was in his 30s and reportedly pursued relationships with teenagers, including a 14-year-old girl he allegedly had sexual contact with. The former state Supreme Court judge has denied Continue reading “Roy Moore’s wife: ‘He will not step down’”

Six Democrats demand Trump impeachment hearings

A small group of House Democrats welcomed President Donald Trump back to Washington on Wednesday with a call for impeachment hearings.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) told reporters that five other Democrats have signed on to his resolution to introduce five articles of impeachment against the president.

The Democrats charge that Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey; that he has violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause by continuing to frequent and profit from his businesses; and that he has undermined the federal judiciary and freedom of the press.

“We’re calling upon the House to begin impeachment hearings,” Cohen said. “It’s not a call for a vote. It’s a call for hearings.”

Cohen added that he doesn’t expect the House Judiciary Committee, which he accused of operating “like a branch of the administration,” to hold hearings but pledged to hold briefings with experts to highlight what he Continue reading “Six Democrats demand Trump impeachment hearings”

Poll: 40 percent of voters believe Trump is fit to be president, a new low

Only four in 10 registered voters believe President Donald Trump is fit for office, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

The 40 percent mark is a new low for respondents to the Quinnipiac survey, which asked the same question in September and October. Fifty-seven percent of respondents to the latest poll said Trump is not fit for the office he holds.

While 86 percent of self-identified Republicans said Trump is fit to serve, an overwhelming 93 percent of Democrats said the opposite. And nearly 60 percent of independents agreed with Democrats who said Trump is not fit to serve as president.

Ninety-three percent of people who identify as black and 70 percent of people who identify as Hispanic said Trump is not fit to serve. White voters, however, were largely split on the question of Trump’s fitness for office: 49 percent said he is fit; 48 percent said Continue reading “Poll: 40 percent of voters believe Trump is fit to be president, a new low”

Trump calls for tax reform to repeal individual mandate as lawmakers debate

President Donald Trump on Monday challenged congressional Republicans to use tax reform to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate and slash the top tax rate for the wealthiest Americans to 35 percent, potentially throwing up new hurdles for legislation moving in Congress.

Neither the House bill nor the Senate version under consideration repeals the individual mandate or proposes a top rate that is as low as Trump suggested on Monday.

“I am proud of the Rep. House & Senate for working so hard on cutting taxes {& reform.} We’re getting close!” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Now, how about ending the unfair & highly unpopular Indiv Mandate in OCare & reducing taxes even further? Cut top rate to 35% w/all of the rest going to middle income cuts?”

The House plan keeps the top tax rate at 39.6 percent but makes other changes to the tax brackets. The Senate’s Continue reading “Trump calls for tax reform to repeal individual mandate as lawmakers debate”

Flynn’s lawyers decry series of Mueller-related news reports as ‘false’

Lawyers for former national security adviser Michael Flynn broke their silence Friday, dismissing a series of new reports regarding the retired general as “false.”

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday morning that special counsel Robert Mueller was probing a proposal Flynn allegedly discussed in December 2016 to deliver a Muslim cleric living in the U.S. to Turkey, a plot that would have reportedly paid Flynn and his son as much as $15 million.

NBC News later reported that federal investigators were looking into whether Flynn met with senior Turkish officials during the presidential transition to discuss an alleged plan for Flynn to be paid to carry out orders from Ankara while working in the White House.

Flynn lobbied for a Dutch consulting firm with ties to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after last November’s election.

NBC News also reported Friday that Mueller’s investigators were questioning witnesses about an Continue reading “Flynn’s lawyers decry series of Mueller-related news reports as ‘false’”

Romney: ‘Unfit’ Moore ‘should step aside’

Calling Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore “unfit for office,” Mitt Romney on Friday advised the fellow Republican to “step aside” following allegations that he had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 years old.

“Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections,” Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee, tweeted. “I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside.”

The Washington Post on Thursday published allegations from four women who said Moore pursued romantic relationships with them as teenagers when he was in his 30s. Leigh Corfman told the Post she was 14 when the 32-year-old assistant district attorney asked for her phone number. Corfman said Moore later took her to his home, told her she was pretty and kissed her.

She also recalled Moore coming into a room Continue reading “Romney: ‘Unfit’ Moore ‘should step aside’”