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|Just Security: Why Trumps Lawyer is Dead Wrong on Obstruction of Justice|
President Donald Trumps personal lawyer, John Dowd, now claims that the president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under Article II of the Constitution. Dowds remarks, reported Monday morning by Axios, have little basis in text or history, and they fly in the face of a decades-old bipartisan consensus: the obstruction of justice statutes indeed apply to the president.
As Eric Posner and I note in a forthcoming California Law Review article, obstruction of justice is a crime with roots in the nations founding. The Declaration of Independence charged King George III with obstruct[ing] the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to the laws for establishing judiciary powers. That alone is evidence that the founding generation did not believe that heads of state were immune from obstruction charges. And while Article II instructs the president to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, that does not give him carte blanche to wield his law enforcement powers any way he chooses.
Trump is not the first sitting president to face accusations of obstruction of justice. During the Watergate scandal, the first article of impeachment approved by the House Judiciary Committee charged Richard Nixon with obstructing justice by endeavoring to influence an FBI investigation into the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. That article passed the committee by a 27-11 vote, with six Republicans joining all the committees Democrats in the majority. And after Nixons resignation, the 11 Republicans who voted against the first article of impeachment acknowledged that, in light of subsequent revelations, they believed that Nixon had committed obstruction. Nixon himself conceded at a press conference prior to leaving office that of course, the crime of obstruction of justice is a serious crime and would be an impeachable offense. The idea that the president was immune from obstruction liability was never taken seriously even by Nixons most ardent defenders.
Nixons resignation did not bring an end to obstruction allegations against sitting presidents. During the investigation into the Iran-Contra scandal that engulfed Ronald Reagans administration, independent counsel Lawrence Walsh also considered whether obstruction charges should be filed against President Reagan. Walsh declined to bring charges due to problems of proof, but not because of any doubt that the obstruction statutes applied to the commander-in-chief. And in December 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached for obstruction of justice in relation to a sexual harassment lawsuit and a federal grand jury inquiry.
While the Clinton impeachment was controversial, the claim that the obstruction statutes applied to the president was not. The House Judiciary Committees report said that the first article of impeachment against Nixon had established a clear precedent that a president who used his position of power to obstruct the administration of justice committed an impeachable offense. Clintons defenders quickly conceded that the obstruction statutes applied to the president. A group of more than 400 law professors sent a letter to Congress opposing impeachment but acknowledging that [a] President who corruptly used the Federal Bureau of Investigation to obstruct an investigation would have criminally exercised his presidential powers.
To be sure, the application of the obstruction statutes to the president raises complicated questions regarding the line between enforcement discretion and criminal obstruction. Eric Posner and I have argued thatas a general mattera president commits criminal obstruction only when he abuses his power over law enforcement for personal, pecuniary, or purely partisan ends. But Dowds claim that the obstruction statutes never apply to the President is without merit. Trump is not the first president to face serious allegations of obstruction, and he may not be the last. But so far, he is the only one whose lawyers have argued thatwith respect to obstruction of justicethe president is above the law.
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|Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Documents: Criminal Information and Plea Agreement in NSA Employee Willful Retention Case|
Former NSA Tailored Access Operations (TAO) developer, Nghia Hoang Pho, pleaded guilty on Friday to willful retention of national defense information. Pho faces a maximum of ten years in prison for removing and retaining classified U.S. government documents in his home from 2010 to March 2015. You can read the the criminal information and plea agreement here.
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|Washington Free Beacon: Moulton Again Calls for New Democratic Leadership After Pelosis Response to Sexual Misconduct Allegations|
Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton (Mass.) on Monday accused his party of failing to show “leadership” in response to sexual misconduct allegations made against Democratic lawmakers.
Moulton has been an outspoken critic of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), and said her leadership in recent weeks has not been what the Democratic Party expects from its leaders, BuzzFeedreported.
“I mean, at the end of the day this just wasnt leadership that we saw from our Democratic party leaders, and thats why Im calling for a new generation of leaders in our party,” Moulton said on BuzzFeed‘s Twitter morning show “AM to DM.”
The congressmans comments came in the wake of calls for both Democratic Reps. John Conyers (Mich.) and Ruben Kihuen (Nev.) to step down as they face sexual harassment allegations from former female staffers.
Pelosi has faced a wave of criticism after she initially responded during an appearance on “Meet the Press” to the allegations against Conyers by calling him an “icon” and calling for due process.
Over a week after reports came out of the allegations against Conyers, Pelosi reversed course and saidthe longest-serving current member of the House should resign. Pelosi was more quick to call for Kihuens resignation, making her stance clear the day after BuzzFeed reported allegations against him.
When Moulton was asked directly if Conyers and Kihuen should resign, he said “they probably should,” but would not discuss any specifics or give a more pointed answer.
“Im not going to get into the details of these individual cases because it distracts from the larger issue, which is that we have a rampant problem, not just in Congress, but across the United States,” he said.
Moulton also said Congress Office of Compliance, reported to have settled harassment claims with taxpayer funds, has been operating under a “crazy system.”
“The United States Congress should be setting the tone, setting the example for the country, instead were like a century behind with this crazy system where we just pay off, apparently, you know, victims,” Moulton said.
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|Stars and Stripes: High military rate of sexually transmitted disease defies treatment and education efforts|
Sexually transmitted disease cases are rising in the military in line with a record number of reported cases across the civilian population in the U.S.
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|Washington Free Beacon: Netanyahu Calls Out Iran for Anti-Israel Ideology After Iranian Wrestler Told to Throw Match to Avoid Israeli|
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday denounced the Iranian government’s hostility to Israel, warning that a regime that crushes “the creative and competitive spirits of its people” and threatens to destroy the Jewish state is “doomed.”
In a video statement posted to Twitter, Netanyahu recalled the story of an Iranian wrestler named Alireza Karimi-Machiani, 23, whose coach told him last week to throw his match in the U23 World Senior Wrestling Championship to avoid facing an Israeli opponent in the next round. Karimi-Machiani, who was easily defeating his Russian opponent, at first continued to compete for the win until his coach shouted again for him to “lose,” at which point he intentionally lost.
Iranian athletes are forbidden from facing Israelis in any sports competition, and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, often refers to Israel, which the Islamic Republic does not recognize as a state, as a “cancerous tumor.”
“I never imagined I’d say this, but I think Iran’s hostility to Israel can be summed up by the experience of a single Iranian wrestler named Alireza,” Netanyahu said, noting that Karimi-Machiani indicated he did not want to lose and had dreams of winning a gold medal.
“It’s the people of Iran who pay the price” for the regime’s anti-Israel ideology, Netanyahu added.
“Just imagine, a government forbidding its athletes from competing against blacks, gays, or Arabs,” Netanyahu said. “The Iranian regime would rather see its athletes lose than compete against Israelis.”
Netanyahu then issued a challenge to those viewing the video, saying it will “honor and inspire future Alirezas.”
“I want you to film yourself playing a sport against someone of a different nationality, a different faith, or a different color. I want you to compete like hellwe’re all for competition,” Netanyahu said. “Then I want you to shake hands, go out for a drink together, and then upload this to social media. I want you to show Iran’s regime that hating others will never make you a champion. It only makes you a pathetic and insecure loser.”
Netanyahu then issued a message to Karimi-Machiani directly.
“Alireza, I want you to know that the tyrants who made you take a fallwill fall themselves,” Netanyahu said. “A regime that crushes the creative and competitive spirits of its peoplethat regime is doomed.”
“So are those who threaten to destroy the Jewish state,” Netanyahu added. “They’ll go down for the count.”
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|Stars and Stripes: Marine general asks federal court to overturn his Guantanamo contempt conviction|
Lawyers for a Marine general who was found guilty of contempt of the war court and confined to his trailer park quarters are asking a federal judge to cancel the conviction.
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|Washington Free Beacon: House to Vote on National Gun-Carry Reciprocity, Background Check Fix Bill this Week|
The House of Representatives will vote on national gun-carry reciprocity and gun background check fix bills this week.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and the Fix NICS Act will be combined and likely voted on Wednesday, a GOP aide told the Washington Free Beacon Monday.
“It is my understanding they may be combined,” the aide said. “Rules is meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. They have both. Floor vote should be Wednesday.”
The House Committee on Rules website shows the texts of the two bills combined as well as an amendment filed by Rep. Dina Titus (D., Nev.) that would strip the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act from the bill. The Republican-controlled committee is likely to defeat the amendment and move the combined bill to the House floor where it is currently scheduled for a vote on or after Wednesday. The bill, which currently has 213 cosponsors, is likely to pass the House vote.
It will then move to the Senate where it will face an uphill battle to garner the 60 votes necessary for passage.
Rep. Richard Hudson (R., N.C.), who introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, expressed optimism about the growing momentum behind the bill since it passed the Judiciary Committee last week.
“An overwhelming majority of Americans support concealed carry reciprocity. Momentum, common sense, and the facts are on our side,” Rep. Hudson said in a statement. “I want to thank Speaker Paul Ryan for his strong support of the Second Amendment, and I urge my colleagues to support this common-sense bill to protect law-abiding citizens.”
Gun-rights activists and gun-control activists have fiercely disagreed over national gun-carry reciprocity. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has made the issue its top priority and announced its intention to get a vote on the issue before the end of the year during its convention earlier this year.
“Our number-one legislative priority remains right-to-carry reciprocity,” Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, told the Washington Free Beacon at the time.
The NRA and other gun rights proponents have pointed to the case of Shaneen Allen, a Philadelphia mother arrested for carrying a gun in New Jersey despite having a valid Pennsylvania gun-carry permit. Allen spent 40 days in prison and lost her job before being pardoned by Gov. Chris Christie (R., N.J.). Allen was punished, activists said, because New Jersey refuses to recognize gun-carry permits of law-abiding citizens from other states.
Cox cheered passage of the bill through committee last week as a defense of the rights of people like Allen.
“Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines without fear of unknowingly breaking the law,” Cox said. “For years, the National Rifle Association’s top legislative priority has been to pass National Concealed Carry Reciprocity, a much-needed solution to the confusing patchwork of state and local gun laws. The NRA and law-abiding gun owners across America are excited to see this important legislation headed for a vote in the House of Representatives.”
Gun-control activists, on the other hand, have decried national gun-carry reciprocity as “dangerous” and are actively opposing its passage.
“With Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs still in shock over their communities’ losses, Congress is actually moving to weaken our public safety,” former congresswoman Gabby Giffords said in a statement. “It’s an extraordinary violation of the public’s trust. Elections have consequences. We will be watchingand acting.”
Giffords’s self-named gun control group is now running TV ads opposing the national gun-carry reciprocity bill in Minnesota and New Jersey swing districts, a radio ad in Southern California, as well as a digital ad campaign.
The Fix NICS Act, which seeks to better hold military, state, and federal agencies accountable for turning over criminal records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), has not faced the same opposition. Gun-rights and gun-control activists have supported its passage in the wake of the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., which left 26 dead. The shooter was able to pass background checks and purchase firearms because the Air Force had not shared his disqualifying criminal records with the system.
Last month, two former special agents for a Defense Department law enforcement agency told theWashington Free Beacon they had warned about issues with record sharing between the military and the FBI but were ignored. A review of decades of reports from the military’s watchdog agency backs up the agents’ claims and shows negligence from all branches continued in spite of repeated warnings and policy changes.
Rep. John Culberson (R., Texas), who introduced the Fix NICS Act, said it will address the problems in the system and save lives.
“Had existing law been enforced, the terrible tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas, would have never occurred,” Culberson said. “There is simply no excuse for the ongoing negligence of criminal history reporting into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). I’m greatly encouraged by this bipartisan effort to ensure federal and state authorities enforce existing law. I urge my colleagues in Congress to support this lifesaving piece of legislation.”
The NRA, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Giffords, and Everytown for Gun Safety have all expressed support for the Fix NICS Act.
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|Washington Free Beacon: Acosta: When Journalists Are Attacked, Journalists Have to Resist|
CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Monday continued to vocally criticize President Donald Trump and his attacks on the media.
During the inaugural Poynter Journalism Ethics Summit, which is “intended to focus on strengthening political reporting and increasing trust in the media,” Acosta commented on his behavior while reporting, behavior that has been criticized by some of his own CNN colleagues.
Acosta seemed to speak for all reporters, saying they are not part of the “resistance,” but added, “When journalists are attacked, journalists have to resist.”
Trump began calling CNN “fake news” while on the campaign trail, and continued his fight on Twitter and during speaking engagements after taking office. Acosta, meanwhile, has continued to gain attention for repeated outbursts during press conferences. Some colleagues see his behavior as indicative of an effort to obtain his own opinion show, as opposed to being straight reporting.
After Acosta clashed with White House advisor Stephen Miller in August over immigration policy, MSNBC “Morning Joe” host and vocal Trump critic Joe Scarborough sided with Miller, saying Acosta’s Antics were “like something out of Mein Kampf.”
“Where things seemed to really meltdown was when Jim Acosta talked, and we’re certainly not putting this on Jim Acosta You can watch the clip and choose sides,” Scarborough said. “But when Jim Acosta used the language, it seems like your policies are trying to engineer racial and ethnic percentages’ or something, it sure sounded like something that you would read out of Mein Kampf or something at that point, it went off the rails.”
The CNN correspondent also criticized Trump for hosting a “fake news conference” in July during a trip to Warsaw, Poland where the president once again called CNN “fake news.” Shortly before, Acosta claimed the president’s remarks would lead to a “journalist being hurt,” Mediaitereported.
“We have to stand up to this. We have to confront this and say that its wrong,” he said. “My concern is, and I know its shared by others, is that this kind of rhetoric, this kind of behavior is going to lead to a journalist being hurt. Thats the thing I worry about.”
The press secretary at the time, Sean Spicer, said Acosta’s conduct was “hurting the profession.”
“Hes recognized that if you make a spectacle on the air then youll get more airtime and more clicks,” Spicer told the Washington Post. “If I were a mainstream, veteran reporter, Id be advocating for him to knock it off. Its hurting the profession.”
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|Washington Free Beacon: Congress Stalling Trump Ambassadors, Harming U.S. Effort to Combat N. Korea, Conduct Diplomacy|
Trump administration insiders are becoming increasingly concerned that a congressional holdup of key ambassador posts is beginning to interfere with critical American foreign policy efforts, particularly those to rally the international community against North Korea and its contested nuclear program, according to Trump administration insiders and congressional officials familiar with the situation.
Amid a global showdown over North Korea’s repeated and increasingly dangerous nuclear tests, Republican leaders in the Senate have declined to hold a vote on several of President Donald Trump’s picks for U.S. ambassador, most notably Richard Grenell, the former U.S. spokesman at the United Nations who was tapped in September to serve as the next American ambassador to Germany.
With no indication that Congress will move in the near future to confirm Trump’s picks, congressional and administration insiders are expressing growing concerns that the holdup is interfering with U.S. attempts to rein in North Korea’s nuclear program, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the situation.
The State Department has been working to pressure Germany and other countries to pull their ambassadors from Pyongyang as part of a larger effort to isolate North Korea from the international community.
Germany has yet to comply with U.S. requests, leading some to express frustration over the vacant ambassador post in that country and other key nations that could help forward U.S. diplomatic efforts to combat North Korea.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), who has the power to push these key votes along, told the Free Beacon late last week that there is no timeframe for confirming ambassadors such as Grenell, sparking further frustration among some in Congress and the White House.
“We need a U.S. ambassador in Berlin urgently,” one lawmaker told the Free Beacon, speaking only on background about the sensitive situation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel “is struggling to form a new government after the collapse of the Jamaica Coalition talks. For anyone who cares about our transatlantic relationship with Europe’s number one economy, moving our ambassador to a final vote should be a priority.”
Trump supporters on Capitol Hill have begun to quietly express concerns about the holdup and the interference it is causing in U.S. diplomatic efforts.
“This is becoming a bigger problem by the day,” said a senior Republican congressional official, also speaking on background. “Without proper representation within some of our greatest international partners, the United States is sabotaging its own influence abroad.”
“The administration needs to immediately install an ambassador to Germany, and work to ensure our allies sever diplomatic ties with North Korea,” the source said.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert emphasized multiple times late last week that Germany and other nations must do more to isolate Pyongyang, though there is little indication Germany has gone as far as the Trump administration would like.
The United States has called “upon countries to do a lot more, which could include kicking out an ambassador,” Nauert said on Friday.
Nauert also hinted at frustration in Foggy Bottom over Congress’s failure to forward personnel choices for critical regions.
“Is this all moving fast enough? Absolutely not,” she told reporters. “We would like it to move faster. The secretary has had conversations internally here and I know he has a lot of conversations with people on the Hill, including a flurry of letters that will go back and forth between our building and also members on Capitol Hill, trying to get people through. So we would like it to move faster. Part of that is not having those selections made, but part of that is the responsibility of the Hill as well to get some of those people moved forward.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel at the State Department last week, but officials said the request to pull its ambassador from North Korea was not discussed.
The diplomatic tension has highlighted the need for President Trump to have his ambassadors in place, sources said.
In addition to the North Korea crisis, Germany is part of the U.S. Visa Waiver program, which has come under scrutiny amid renewed security concerns about potential terrorist exploitation of the program.
“Germany is part of the U.S. Visa Waiver program,” said one former senior U.S. national security official who spoke about the situation. “The Germans’ enforcement of their immigration policies directly impact U.S. national security.”
The Trump administration is said to be increasingly concerned over efforts to stall its picks for key posts.
“When the president gets the people he wants, the machine works,” said one Republican foreign policy adviser who is close to the administration. “Look at how the decisions were done on Iran certification and our embassy in Israel. Those went through staff, deputies, principals, then feedback from the president, and then again.”
“But overseas we still don’t have the president’s people implementing his policies and engaged in the policy process,” the source explained. “Good work is getting done, but it’s below the ambassador level, and in diplomacy there are certain things you need an ambassador appointed by the current president to accomplish. It’s well past time for the Senate to clear out the backlog of nominees. ”
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|Stars and Stripes: Living with TBI: Veteran injured in Iraq in ’07 is on to a second career as a teacher|
Marine Corps Capt. Wally Blair suffered a traumatic brain injury about three weeks into his deployment to Iraq in September 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded near a vehicle he was riding in. Eight years passed before Blair was diagnosed with TBI and today he is thriving, even working toward a second career as a social studies teacher.
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|Stars and Stripes: Soldier from Ohio killed in snowboarding crash in Colorado|
A snowboarder killed when he hit a tree at a Colorado ski area was a 23-year-old soldier from Ohio.
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|Washington Free Beacon: Josh Hawley Takes Aim at Al Frankens Fundraiser for Missouri Democrats, McCaskill|
Republican Senate hopeful Josh Hawley is renewing his call for the Missouri Democratic Party and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) to return donations received during a November fundraiser headlined by Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.), who has now been accused by six women of unwanted sexual advances.
Hawley, the sitting attorney general in Missouri, immediately asked McCaskill to join him in calling for Franken’s resignation and to return money received from him. McCaskill returned $30,000 she received from Franken’s Midwest Values PAC and called for an investigation, but is yet to call for his resignation even as women continue to come forward with groping allegations against him.
Hawley’s campaign, bringing up the fact that Franken was introduced and praised by McCaskill at a major fundraiser for the state Democrats just two weeks before the initial allegation, says more needs to be done.
“Just weeks prior to the revelations on Al Franken, Sen. McCaskill stood with him and proudly took his money, and the Missouri Democratic Party did too,” said Scott Paradise, a Hawley spokesman.
Franken keynoted the Missouri Democratic Party’s annual Truman Dinner on November 4. He was introduced by McCaskill, who praised the fundraising boost he provided her campaign.
“Don’t mistake [Franken’s] wit and humor as any substitute for his heart,” McCaskill said in her speech. “He agreed to come to Missouri tonight to help us, but he also agreed to work all day long helping us raise money for our campaign, crisscrossing the state.”
“We had a very successfully day of fundraising for the campaign, because of this man,” McCaskill said.
Hawley’s campaign thinks both McCaskill and the state party should return “every single penny” Franken helped them raise. It added that McCaskill should also return money she received from longtime Minnesota radio host Garrison Keillor, a Democratic donor who defended Franken and was fired last week for “inappropriate behavior.”
“Senator McCaskill should return the money from Garrison Keillor just like she and the Missouri Democrat Party should be returning every single penny raised from their fundraiser with Al Franken,” Paradise said.
Both representatives for McCaskill’s campaign and the Missouri Democrats failed to respond to requests for comment on Hawley’s call.
It is currently unknown how much money was raised on the “very successful day of fundraising” Franken provided McCaskill’s campaign, which won’t have to disclose November fundraising totals until next year.
McCaskill called Franken’s alleged behavior “completely unacceptable” after the first woman, Leeann Tweeden, came forward to say Franken kissed and groped her without consent. “Comedy is no excuse for inappropriate conduct, and I believe there should be an ethics investigation,” the Missouri senator added.
At the fundraising dinner in November, McCaskill praised Franken’s character and referred to him as a friend.
“He knows how to shine the brightest light on wrongdoing and malfeasance,” she said. “He is a truth seeker and no one in the Senate does it better.”
Video of McCaskill’s introduction and Franken’s speech can be viewed below.
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|Global Security News: 1:48 PM 12/4/2017 Israel threatened to attack Syria|
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|Stars and Stripes: Facing a shortage of nurses to care for aging veterans, Milwaukee’s VA hospital rolls out the perks|
It’s nurses like Michelle Post who are on the front lines of a health care system ministering to a rapidly aging population of American veterans whose average age is now 65. There aren’t enough nurses like Post to meet the demand.
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|Stars and Stripes: USS Little Rock arrives in NY in advance of commissioning|
The U.S. Navy’s new combat ship, the USS Little Rock, glided past its permanently docked World War II-era namesake Monday and into the Buffalo harbor, where it will be commissioned later this month.
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|Washington Free Beacon: Ellison Dodges on Whether Conyers, Franken Should Resign: Im Going to Ask Them Both to Examine Their Conscience|
Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) would not say Monday whether he believes that fellow Democratic lawmakers Rep. John Conyers (Mich.) and Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) should resign over sexual misconduct allegations, instead calling on both men to “examine their conscience.”
“Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman asked Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, whether Conyers and Franken should resign after several woman came forward in recent weeks to accuse both lawmakers of sexual harassment.
“Well, you know, Amy, you know, here’s the thing. I would ask every member of Congress, including those, to look inside their conscience and ask themselves just a few questions,” Ellison responded. “Can you be effective? If you stood up your whole life to stand up for the rights of peopleand both of them haveis it not a moment now where you apply some standards to yourself that you have asked others to live by? These are the questions. Can you be effective? Can you be there for your constituents at this point? These are questions that we all have to answer.”
Ellison added that he hopes for a society in which every person, including women, can go to work and not be afraid of being harassed.
“Ill tell you this. When thisI am hoping for a society where every person, women, can go to work and just do their job without any fear of being harassed, mistreated, treated like second-class-citizenship individuals,” Ellison said. “And the social trends that are driving us, I think, are leading our society to a better place. So, you know, I’ll trust that they will do the right thing for their constituents, for our country.”
Goodman further pressed Ellison on whether Conyers should resign.
Goodman then asked whether Ellison’s response is the same for Franken, noting that both he and Franken are from Minnesota.
“And, of course, Senator Franken is your fellow congressional leader from Minnesota. You are answeringyour response is the same for Senator Franken?” Goodman asked.
“Right,” Ellison said.
Several women have accused Franken of inappropriately touching them and one woman said the senator forcibly kissed her. Former staffers for Conyers have accused the congressman of sexual misconduct, and in one case, he used taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim. Conyers confirmed the settlement but has denied all allegations of misconduct.
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|Stars and Stripes: Coast Guard medevacs crewmember from ship off California|
A crewmember suffering a medical emergency was flown from a cruise ship more than 200 miles off Southern California to a hospital on shore.
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|Washington Free Beacon: Argentine Navy Calls off Rescue Mission, Continues Search for Missing Submarine|
Argentina’s Navy has called off its search for the missing ARA San Juan crew members, acknowledging the diminished chance of finding anyone alive.
The submarine and its 44 crew members had been been missing for weeks, and the point had passed when those aboard would have run out of oxygen without surfacing, the Independent reports.
Argentine Navy official Enrique Balbi said on Friday that the search for the wreckage remained an “active one,” but acknowledged there was “no change of survival,” CNN reported.
“Given … the amount of time that has passed, the extreme and adverse conditions that I have been discussing, we have inferred that there is no chance of survival,” spokesman Enrique Balbi said.
“We are using all means at our disposal, both national and foreign, in the search,” Balbi added. “This will obviously be key in order to conduct our investigation.”
Balbi acknowledged search efforts will now focus on recovering human remains and determining the cause for the loss of vessel.
The submarine first went missing on Nov. 15, according to CNN.
The German-built diesel-electric submarine had reported water leakage that led to a battering short circuiting and the beginnings of fire. More than a week later, a noise, consistent with an explosion, was detected near the last known location of the missing submarine on the day it vanished.
Word of the possible explosion at the time angered relatives, who seek answers and accused the military of refusing to admit the submariners were dead. The Argentine Navy’s first female submarine officer was among those onboard.
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|The National Interest: America is Training F-22, F-35, F-15 and F-16 Pilots to Destroy North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons|
Vigilant Ace 18 is here.
The United States Air Force and the Republic of Korea Air Force are kicking off their massive Vigilant Ace 18 annual wargames just days after the North Korea tested its Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile on November 28.
The massive week-long simulated air warfare exercise will include no less than a total of 230 aircraft including six stealthy top-of-the-line Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air superiority fighters and sixpossibly as many as 18Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. While the exercise comes on the heels of North Koreas missile test, the timing of the wargames is purely coincidence. U.S. and Korean forces have been preparing the for Vigilant Ace for weeks.
“In the event we need to help defend our 51 million Korean allies, I need to be sure the 51st Fighter Wing is synchronized with the Combined-Joint force, Col. William D. Betts, commander of the Osan, Korea-based 51st Fighter Wingwhich flies the venerable Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falconsaid in a statement.
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