Al Green

Can Presidents Obstruct Justice? Republicans and Democrats Say Yes
Durbin: ‘Desperate statement’ suggests ‘they expect to lose on the merits’

Vermont Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, left, and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham confer before a hearing in 2015. Both senior Judiciary Committee members say there is ample precedent showing a president can obstruct justice, despite a claim to the contrary by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican and Democratic lawmakers say an assertion by Donald Trump’s personal lawyer that a sitting president cannot obstruct justice is dubious, warning the White House there is ample precedent to the contrary.

The members were reacting to Trump lawyer John Dowd’s legal argument in a recent interview with Axios that “the president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [Article II of the Constitution] and has every right to express his view of any case.”

Reading Clerk Steals Spotlight in Impeachment Show
To say the word or spell it out? Susan Cole chose to spell one choice word out

Texas Rep. Al Green was the star of the impeachment show Wednesday, but Reading Clerk Susan Cole stole the spotlight. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The latest testament to how unusual this year in Congress has been came Wednesday, when the reading clerk of the House of Representatives spelled out the word “bitch” on the chamber floor. 

It was just part of the theatrics of the day, as the House voted overwhelmingly to kill articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. 

Word on the Hill: Labor Day
Himes for children in Harvey, local artists and save the date for bottomless rosé

(National Symphony Orchestra)

Happy Labor Day weekend and last day of August recess.

The Capitol is holding the annual Labor Day Concert on Sunday, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra. The gates open at 3 p.m., dress rehearsal is at 3:30 p.m., and the concert is at 8 p.m.. All events are free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

Jackie Speier, Gwen Moore Join Calls for Trump’s Impeachment
Moore asks Republicans to help with effort

California Rep. Jackie Speier invoked Voltaire in calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two Democratic lawmakers called for President Donald Trump to be removed from office after his remarks Tuesday defending some protesters at a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

Trump said there was “blame on both sides” at a news conference on Tuesday and there were some “very fine people” protesting on the same side as the white supremacists.

Democratic Rep. Sherman Drafts Article of Impeachment Against Trump
Article argues Trump obstructed justice in trying to hinder or terminate Flynn investigation

Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., attends a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing about Russian interference in the 2016 election featuring testimony by former FBI Director James Comey on June 8, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Brad Sherman has drafted an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump that he plans to soon file and eventually raise for consideration on the House floor. 

The California Democrat’s article argues that Trump obstructed justice by using his authority as president to hinder or terminate a criminal investigation into his former national security advisor Michael Flynn. It cites Trump requesting then FBI director James Comey to curtail the bureau’s investigation into Flynn and then later terminating Comey and admitting that his main reason for doing so was related to the Russia investigation.

Rep. Al Green Releases Death Threats After Impeachment Stance
Included caller saying Texas Democrat should be lynched

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, released threatening messages he received after calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Rep. Al Green released numerous messages that included threats of death and lynching after he called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

In the beginning of a video on Green’s Facebook page, He plays audio of racially derogatory remarks that called for him to be hanged, the Texas Tribune reported.

Black Caucus Chairman on Dallas Shooter: 'Terrorist by Any Definition'
Caucus leaders emphasize nonviolent nature of Black Lives Matter movement

North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield said those responsible for the Dallas shootings were terrorists "by any definition." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congressional Black Caucus leaders on Friday emphasized that the Black Lives Matter movement that sparked protests after two recent police killings of black men is nonviolent and not associated with the shootings in Dallas that left five police officers dead.  

"If someone goes in a building and assassinates five police officers, they are a terrorist by any definition," CBC Chairman G.K. Butterfield said at a news conference Friday.  

Another Gun Protest on the House Floor
Democrats use brief session to call for 'no fly, no buy' bill

Steve Israel, D-N.Y., talks with reporters in the Capitol Visitor Center after a meeting with House Democrats last week. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A handful of Democrats attempted to use a brief housekeeping session of the House on Tuesday to draw more attention to the need for Congress to vote on gun control legislation.  

“Mr. Speaker,” the six Democrats shouted, trying to get recognition for Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., who was serving as the speaker pro tempore during the pro forma session. Typically no business is conducted during such sessions.