Summer’s over on Capitol Hill
It was back to business in Washington this week as Congress returned from its six-week summer recess to get back to work. But it wasn’t exactly business as usual.
House Democrats face a new math equation, now that more than half of the caucus supports impeachment — and that split over how to proceed around impeachment played out in a big way. Depending on who you asked this week, Democrats may — or may not — have made a step forward on impeaching President Donald Trump.
House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler on Thursday led his committee to what he called the first vote on impeachment — it’s a largely procedural vote that defined the parameters of an investigation into impeachment.
“Some call this process an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment investigation. There is no legal difference between these terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature,” Nadler said. “But let me clear up any remaining doubt: The conduct under investigation poses a threat to our democracy. We have an obligation to respond to this threat. And we are doing so.”
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t call it that, literally. In a press conference shortly after the vote, Pelosi swiftly rebuffed efforts by reporters to clarify what exactly the Judiciary Committee had just approved, and refused to call it “impeachment.”
“I support what is happening in the Judiciary Committee that enables them to do their process of interrogation and their investigation, and I salute them for that work,” Pelosi said.
Trump’s administration also moved to ban flavored e-cigarettes, with the President promising that the US Food and Drug Administration would be putting out “some very strong recommendations” regarding the use of flavored e-cigarettes in “a couple of weeks.”
At last, the news cycle around Trump and whether Hurricane Dorian would affect Alabama died down. Trump traveled to Baltimore for a GOP retreat and returned to his criticism of a recent favorite: Energy-efficient light bulbs.
The Point: Professional Washington is back — and just as dysfunctional as ever.
- Air Force orders review of all international layover stays following bookings at Trump Scotland resort
- US and Taliban reach agreement ‘in principle’ on Afghanistan, envoy says
- Trump overruled advisers, VP on Taliban Camp David meeting
- Republican reps cite 9/11 anniversary in criticizing Trump decision to invite Taliban to US for peace talks
- Trump fires John Bolton
- NOAA publicly releases internal memo criticizing ‘political’ influence on Hurricane Dorian controversy
- Trump administration moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes
- At least 10 names being discussed to replace John Bolton
- Supreme Court clears the way for new asylum restrictions to take effect
- Trump trails several Democratic candidates by notable margins in new poll
- Trump speaks in Baltimore for the first time since calling it a ‘rodent infested mess’
- House panel approves impeachment inquiry parameters as Democrats try to clarify their strategy
- Beto O’Rourke: ‘Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47’
- US Air Force review finds crews stayed at Trump hotel 6% of the time
- House Foreign Affairs Committee subpoenas US Taliban negotiator
- Freshmen Democrats who flipped GOP seats push back on impeachment push
- Twitter removes Texas State Rep’s tweet threatening Beto O’Rourke with AR
- 2020 Democrats push back at ‘personal’ attack after Castro questions Biden’s memory
And that was the week in 18 headlines.