Republicans had enough headaches to deal with this week. Then Hurricane Rudy blew into town. As the GOP scrambles to contain the fallout from President Donald Trump’s Ukraine controversy, Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has inserted himself directly into the center of a crisis that has engulfed the White House and brought impeachment closer to Trump’s doorstep. And Republicans want him to stop. Story Continued Below "I have great respect for Mr. Giuliani, but I said this yesterday and take it for what it's worth: He's wild as a March hare,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.). “He's like a lot of senators, he's kind of a free range chicken, he kind of gets out there. What he says is his business, I don't speak for him." Others put it more bluntly. “I think it would be a good thing if he would go take a vacation,” a senior GOP lawmaker told POLITICO, one of several who declined to go on the record so they could speak critically of Giuliani. … [Read more...] about ‘I wish he would shut the heck up’: Republicans sour on Giuliani
Senate Republicans are questioning the credibility of the whistleblower who filed a complaint that triggered an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, parroting the rhetoric of the White House and Trump's allies in the media. Their questions about the whistleblower's credibility are the latest line of defense against the bombshell report, which detailed concerns over Trump asking the Ukrainian president to investigate Vice President Joe Biden and his family during a phone call. The president himself attacked the whistleblower in a closed-door meeting Thursday, calling him “close to a spy” and suggesting he committed treason, according to the Washington Post.Story Continued Below The whistleblower wrote in the complaint that his concerns were based on conversations with more than half a dozen U.S. officials. The whistleblower further alleged that senior White House officials tried to “lock down” records of the call to keep quiet the nature of the … [Read more...] about Republican senators accuse whistleblower of ‘hearsay’
Isakowitz's own lobbying background includes representing Google nemesis Oracle and fellow tech giants Apple and Cisco. "Mark is known widely as one of the best strategists in D.C.," said Stewart Verdery, a Republican lobbyist and CEO of Monument Advocacy, adding that Isakowitz also brings bipartisan appeal to the job. "I could rank a long list of Republicans on a partisanship scale before I’d get to his name.” But Oracle executive vice president Ken Glueck, whose company has waged numerous legal battles against Google, expressed doubts that this latest shuffling of the decks will make much difference — despite acknowledging that "Mark is the best." "He’s brilliant. He’s a very, very smart guy. He’s extremely affable. He’s a friendly guy. Everybody likes Mark. He’s a great hire,” Glueck said. “That’s the problem, right? Enron hired a lot of great people." So what does this mean for Google? Google will have a new … [Read more...] about GOP staffer tasked with saving Google from trouble in D.C.
House Democrats are moving swiftly in their impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, with the Foreign Affairs Committee subpoenaing Secretary of State Mike Pomepo on Friday and members of the Intelligence Committee planning to return to Washington next week despite a scheduled congressional recess. The Intelligence Committee is also eyeing a hearing next Friday, according to multiple lawmakers and aides, a sign that House Democrats are accelerating their impeachment inquiry that was formalized earlier this week with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s blessing.Story Continued Below That lawmakers will be working over the two-week recess reflects a growing sense of urgency among House Democrats to more aggressively confront and investigate Trump’s interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which were documented in a whistleblower complaint that the Trump administration initially withheld from Congress. Three members of the intelligence panel told POLITICO that they … [Read more...] about House Democrats accelerate impeachment inquiry
The Democratic National Committee intends to hold its fourth presidential primary debate on one night in October, packing the stage with as many as 12 qualified candidates. "To address several inquiries we have received we are writing to let you know that, pending a final decision after the certification deadline, it is the intention of the DNC and our media partners to hold the October debate over one night on Tuesday October 15th," the DNC wrote in an email to campaigns on Friday.Story Continued Below A DNC spokesperson told POLITICO that all candidates will participate in one debate that evening. The news was first reported by CNN, which is co-hosting the debate in Ohio along with The New York Times. Twelve candidates have qualified for the October debate so far: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang. Gabbard and Steyer missed out on the … [Read more...] about October Democratic debate will be on one night