Today is September 24 and here are the stories I am watching.
1-Flurry of House Dems back Trump impeachment inquiry
Just a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly suggested she was now warming to the idea of impeaching President Trump, a slew of key swing-district Democrats late Monday threw their support en masse behind opening a formal impeachment inquiry. The rapid-fire declarations by the influential Democrats, after seemingly months of teetering on the brink, came as the New York Times, the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reported in the evening that Trump personally ordered acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to freeze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine “in the days before he pressed the new Ukrainian president to investigate the Democrats’ leading presidential candidate,” Joe Biden. Trump’s decision to freeze Ukraine funding reportedly came more than a week before his call with Zelensky.
DML: Trump may have more trouble with this than meets the eye. I shall discuss today on DML LIVE PODCAST exclusively on TeamDML.com at 10:30amET.
2-Whistleblower had no “firsthand knowledge”?
The escalating controversy over President Trump’s phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has ignited a battle on Capitol Hill over Democrats’ demands for a copy of the whistleblower complaint against Trump, as some liberal lawmakers threatened subpoenas while Republicans called for restraint while they gather facts. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, but Democrats have been moving full steam ahead, calling for the whistleblower complaint to be released to lawmakers. Republicans say Democrats are playing politics, seizing on allegations that Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate dealings involving Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, to revive the push for impeachment.
DML: Fox News reports that the whistleblower who sparked a mounting controversy did not have “firsthand knowledge” of the conversation between Trump and the Ukrainian president. Be prepared for the White House to battle this entire ordeal super hard.
3-Trump to call for multinational response to Iranian aggression
As the Ukrainian whistleblower controversy brews, President Trump is preparing to call for a multi-national response to Iran’s escalating aggression when he goes before the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday. While Trump wants allies to join the U.S. in further isolating Iran, he also seems to be holding to his go-it-alone strategy of using economic sanctions to pressure Tehran to give up its nuclear program and stop attacks that are rattling the Middle East. Britain, France and Germany joined the United States on Monday in blaming Iran for the attacks.
DML: Bury them with sanctions that are unlivable. Will also discuss this today at 10:30am during DML LIVE PODCAST.
4-DNC raises qualifying thresholds for November debate
The Democratic National Committee is raising the bar for presidential candidates to qualify for November’s fifth-round primary debate. The DNC announced on Monday that to qualify for the November showdown, candidates must reach at least 3 percent in four approved national or early-voting-state polls. That’s up from the 2 percent needed to reach the stage at the September and October debates and up from the 1 percent needed in three approved surveys for the June and July debates.
DML: This race is quickly becoming a game of dummies played by the dopey Joe Biden, the wacko Bernie Sanders, the race bating Kamala Harris, and the mega liar Elizabeth Warren only. I’ve been banking on a late entry to spark new life into the Democrat’s chances, but now with this new Trump / Ukraine issue I question whether they will need to.
5-Federal prosecutors investigating e-cigarette maker Juul: report
Federal prosecutors in California are conducting a criminal investigation into e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc., the Wall Street Journal reports. The probe by the U.S. attorney’s office of the Northern District of California is in its early stages, sources told the Journal. Juul has been blamed for a rise in vaping among teenagers. The Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and several state attorneys general are investigating its marketing practices.
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