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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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New York City Dems Push Law to Allow 800,000 Non-Citizens to Vote in Municipal Elections

The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections

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New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.

“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.

“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

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Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.

Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”

The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.

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