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Pelosi: Trump running again for office ‘one of the motivations’ for impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed to CBS’s Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes Monday that “one of the motivations” for pushing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump days before he’s set to leave office is to prevent him from running again for office.

Many Congressional Democrats pushing for impeachment now argue that President Trump incited Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol in a speech he gave moments before it occurred.

During his speech just before Congress was to certify the electoral college results, Trump told supporters, ” We’re gonna walk down…to the Capitol and we’re gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women and we’re probably not gonna be cheering so much for some of them because they’ll never take back the country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-MN, who is joining Pelosi’s calls and is set to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump Monday, says, “we cannot afford to really see this man in office any longer.”

However, attorney Jonathan Turley argues “that this impeachment will not only create precedent for an expedited pathway of ‘snap impeachments’ but allow future Congresses to impeach presidents for actions of their supporters.”

Trump was previously impeached by the U.S. House in December 2020 for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress over his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Senate later acquitted Trump on both charges.

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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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