5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Pelosi instructs House to 'proceed with articles of impeachment' against Trump

  • John Kerry endorses Joe Biden for president

  • Officials: Sailor fatally shoots 2 civilians at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

  • Trump's conduct amounts to impeachable offense, law professors testify

  • Report: Trump considering sending 14,000 more troops to the Middle East

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday that she would be asking House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to "proceed with articles of impeachment" against President Trump. "The president leaves us no choice but to act" after he "engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security, and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections," Pelosi said. Pelosi said America's founders included an impeachment power in the Constitution because they "feared the prospects of a king president corrupted by foreign influence," and said Trump's "actions are in defiance of the vision of our founders." Pelosi's announcement came after weeks of public and closed-door testimonies from impeachment witnesses before the House Intelligence and House Judiciary Committees.

Source: C-SPAN

Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, in a statement describing him as "the president our country desperately needs right now." "I've never before seen the world more in need of someone who on day one can begin the incredibly hard work of putting back together the world Donald Trump has smashed apart," said Kerry, who was the 2004 Democratic nominee for president. Kerry said he likes Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) "enormously," adding he also likes former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), but "I just think Joe is the person for the moment." In terms of advice for Biden, Kerry said, "He needs to do exactly what he's doing now." Kerry will campaign with Biden in Iowa on Friday.

Source: The Washington Post

A U.S. sailor shot and killed two civilian employees at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on Wednesday afternoon before turning the gun on himself, base officials said. A third employee was shot and injured, and is in stable condition. The U.S. Pacific Fleet's ships are repaired and maintained at the base, and Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick told reporters that the suspect opened fire near Shipyard Drydock 2, where work is done on nuclear submarines. Authorities have not released the names of the suspect or victims. The shooting is under investigation, with authorities reportedly interviewing at least 100 witnesses.

Source: CNN, Hawaii News Now

The House Judiciary Committee held its first impeachment hearing on Wednesday, with four legal scholars testifying about whether Trump abused the power of the presidency by pushing Ukraine to announce investigations that might help him politically. Harvard's Noah Feldman, Stanford's Pamela Karlan, and the University of North Carolina's Michael Gerhardt were invited by the Democrats, while George Washington University's Jonathan Turley was called by the Republicans. Gerhardt said that if "what we're talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable. This is precisely the misconduct that the framers created the Constitution, including impeachment, to protect against." Turley argued that Democrats have not proven their case against Trump and he's concerned "about lowering impeachment standards to fit a paucity of evidence and an abundance of anger."

Source: The New York Times

As many as 14,000 additional U.S. troops and dozens of ships could soon be deployed to the Middle East in order to counter Iran, U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal. President Trump has long said he doesn't want the U.S. involved in foreign conflicts, but after listening to Israel and his advisers, he believes Tehran poses a major threat, the officials said. Trump could make an announcement as early as this month, and it's possible he will approve a smaller deployment. Depending on the number of ships in the area and rotation of ground troops, there are anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000 U.S. troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan; since May, 14,000 service members have been sent to the region.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
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