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House GOP blocks resolution calling on Pence to invoke 25th Amendment

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House GOP members have objected to a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office following last week’s U.S. Capitol riots.

House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment on Monday. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-West Virginia, objected to it.

The article of impeachment called for Pence to intervene “within 24 hours” and if the president does not resign, the House will move as early as Wednesday to consider the impeachment resolution on the floor.

More than 210 Democrats have signed for the impeachment, just short of the majority of the House. GOP party leaders are opposed to the impeachment, despite reports that several Republicans are said to be considering voting to impeach.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would bring the bill up for a full vote Tuesday if the resolution was blocked.

The House will move forward with a full vote on the resolution Tuesday, The New York Times has reported.

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FBI punishing employees who attended Jan 6 rally by revoking security clearances

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The official Twitter account of the GOP House Judiciary Committee released an alarming warning: “Whistleblowers alert that the FBI appears to be attempting to terminate the employment of employees who were engaged in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021.”

A letter from ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), to FBI Director Christopher Wray, addresses how several whistleblowers exposed the FBI of stripping employees of security clearances.

The letter cites claims of multiple whistleblowers who say the FBI has been purposely punishing those who attended then-president Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, 2021, by revoking their clearances. Reportedly many of them did not even enter the U.S. Capitol.

“While FBI employees may not participate in partisan political campaigns, [they] do not give up their rights to engage in political speech activity,” wrote Jordan. “We have serious concerns that the FBI appears to be retaliating against employees for engaging in political speech disfavored by FBI leadership,” he added.

The primary whistleblower is described as a 20-year veteran of the FBI and U.S. military. Jordan believes the FBI’s actions could potentially result in the administrative extermination of the individuals’ employment because the FBI requires top-secret security clearances for majority of its employees.

Jordan has required that the FBI brief the committee on the security clearances matter by May 20.

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