As another key career diplomat witness appeared on Tuesday in the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, Trump called himself the victim of a "lynching," a comment that dredged up a painful chapter in race relations and was swiftly condemned by numerous lawmakers.
As testimony continued in the impeachment investigation on Capitol Hill, U.S. President Donald Trump again waded into America's fraught racial history by labeling the impeachment inquiry against him a "lynching"….tweeting quote - "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching But we will WIN!" The tweet immediately drew sharp criticism from democratic lawmakers and civil rights activists.
Senator Kamala Harris tweeting in response - quote: "Lynching is a reprehensible stain on this nation's history, as is this President.
We'll never erase the pain and trauma of lynching, and to invoke that torture to whitewash your own corruption is disgraceful." South Carolina democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn said he resents the accusation.
SOUNDBITE (English) U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JIM CLYBURN (D) SOUTH CAROLINA, SAYING: "To compare the constitutional process to something like lynching is far beneath the office of the President of the United States." Some Republicans, like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, questioned the word choice.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) HOUSE MINORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY, SAYING: "That's not the language I would use." While other Republicans like Senator Lindsey Graham defended the president.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM, SAYING: "It shows a lot of things about our national media.
When it's about Trump, who cares about the process as long as you get him.
So yeah, this is a lynching in every sense." -- and White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Trump was just expressing his feelings.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY HOGAN GIDLEY, SAYING: "What he's explaining clearly is how he's been treated by the media since he announced for president." Asked if he understood why African Americans might be upset by the reference, Gidley had this to say: (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY HOGAN GIDLEY, SAYING: "What the president has done for the African American community is something no other president has been able to accomplish in my lifetime." Lynching refers to the murder of thousands of Americans, most of them black, between the 1880s and 1960s, as African-Americans struggled for their rights as U.S. citizens in the aftermath of the Civil War.
The public should expect a "flurry" of pardons before President Donald Trump leaves office. A source close to the White House suggested this, according to reports at CNN. The reality is that pardons happen at the end of almost all previous administrations. This source said Trump's advisers say it would perfectly fine for Trump to pardon his family members. He may also pardon other associates preemptively, even if they haven't been charged with any crimes.
U.S. President Donald Trump released a lengthy speech recorded at the White House on Wednesday, in which he repeated his unsubstantiated claims of widespread election fraud, a day after Attorney General William Barr said there was no evidence of widespread fraud that could change the outcome. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has been a staunch ally of President Donald Trump over the years. He's also inserted himself into the Georgia state election process, in an effort to investigate possible voter fraud. Nevertheless, Graham said on Wednesday said that President-elect Joe Biden should begin receiving intelligence briefings. To date, Biden has not received any briefings, as Trump refuses to concede and the GSA has refused to issue the necessary letter of ascertainment.
Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham on Friday defended the Trump campaign's claim of voting irregularities and said, "Democracy depends upon fair elections. President Trump's team is going to have a chance to make a case regarding voting irregularities. They deserve a chance to make that case."
[NFA] Republicans appeared poised to retain control of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, after Senator Susan Collins defied political odds to win re-election in Maine and other Republican incumbents led Democrats in a handful of undecided races. Colette Luke has the latest.
At his weekly news conference, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday was asked if it was appropriate for President Donald Trump to be calling election officials, as the AP reported he did in Michigan, in the hopes that they would revoke their certification of votes. McCarthy responded, "I don't know who the president called, but the president is an American citizen, he can find out any facts that are going on..."
US President-elect Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris extended wishes on Guru Nanak Jayanti. Biden and Harris released a joint statement to send wishes on Nanak's 551st birth anniversary. The duo thanked Sikhs for opening Gurudwaras, serving meals to those in need amid pandemic. Earlier, Harris took to Twitter to wish 'Sikh friends' across the US and around the world on the occasion. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau also issued a statement on Nanak's birth anniversary. Trudeau said Guru Nanak Dev's birth anniversary was an important day for Sikh Canadians. Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with fervour throughout nation and around the world. Also known as Gurpurab, Nanak Jayanti celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru. Nanak Jayanti is observed on the full moon day of Kartik month as per the Hindu calendar.
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