Here the top stories making headlines and conservative politics today:
Former Trump exec believes he will resign to avoid impeachment; Court rules against Trump in the battle to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors; a second whistleblower in the Trump-Ukraine scandal emerges; the US pulls troops from Northeast Syria; McConnell vows to stop impeachment; 13 Democrats pushing to impeach Kavanaugh.
Trump May Resign to Avoid Impeachment, Says Former Organization Exec
A former executive of the Trump organization, who claims to understand his thinking, said she believes President Donald Trump will resign to avoid impeachment or “make some kind of deal.”
The former vice president of the Trump organization, Barbara Res, told CNN, “he does a lot of things to save face. It would be very, very, very bad for him to be impeached. I don’t know that he’ll be found guilty, but I don’t know that he wants to be impeached.”
“I think that’s what this panic is all about,” Res added, “my gut tells me he’ll leave office, he’ll resign. Or make some kind of deal, even, depending on what comes out.
Trump Loses First Round of Court Battle to Keep Taxes Away from NY Prosecutors
A federal judge in New York ruled against President Donald Trump’s attempts to stop his accountants Mazars USA LLP, from turning over his taxes and other financial documents subpoenaed by the Manhattan District Attorney.
Trump has already appealed the ruling, but unless he can win a reversal of the ruling or a delay, the district attorney could start receiving the material soon.
“This court cannot endorse such a categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity,” the U.S. District Judge wrote in his ruling. “The expansive notion of constitutional immunity invoked here to shield the president from judicial process would constitute an overreach of executive power.”
A Second Whistleblower Emerges in Trump-Ukraine Scandal
A new whistleblower has come forward who claims to have “first-hand knowledge” of the events, according to the unknown person’s attorney.
While the second whistleblower is not filing a separate formal complaint, they are cooperating with the Inspector General, and as such, are still entitled to legal protections.
Trump Pulls US Troops from Northeast Syria, as Turkey Plans Invasion, Says “time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars”
Following a phone call between US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the White House began a withdrawal of troops from Northeast Syria ahead of a planned Turkish invasion.
Many critics are saying the move by the US is essentially giving Turkey a green light for an invasion of Syria and are calling it a betrayal to the Kurds who were formally backed by American forces. Kurdish forces had borne the brunt in the US fight against ISIS
“Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria,” a White House statement said. “The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area.”
Last month, a US spokesman said roughly 1,000 US troops were operating in Northeast Syria. This latest statement did not specify if the US was withdrawing all of its personnel from the area or country.
In a series of tweets on the matter on Monday, Trump wrote: “it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN. Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to figure the situation out, and what they want to do with the captured ISIS fighters in their “neighborhood.” They all hate ISIS, have been enemies for years. We are 7000 miles away and will crush ISIS again if they come anywhere near us!”
McConnell Vows to Stop Impeachment in His Reelection Ad
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is vowing to stop the Democratic impeachment probe of President Donald Trump in his new reelection ads.
In a short video advertisement shown on Facebook, McConnell says “all of you know your Constitution. The way that impeachment stops us with a Senate majority with me as majority leader.”
McConnell recently reiterated this idea during an interview on CNBC, saying: “It’s a Senate rule related to impeachment, it would take 67 votes to change, so I would have no choice but to take it up. How long you’re on it is a whole different matter.”
13 Democrats Pushing to Impeach Kavanaugh
First Trump, now Kavanaugh…
Thirteen Democrats are pushing to have Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh impeached.
A resolution has been introduced by “squad” member Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), which has been cosponsored by her squad cohorts Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), as well as, Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.), and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).