Here are some of the top stories making headlines in conservative politics today:
GOP Rep. introduces resolution to expel Pelosi; White House says it will not cooperate with the house impeachment inquiry; Planned Parenthood investing $45 million to oust Republicans and Trump in 2020; FBI conducted massive number of illegal searches on Americans, judge rules; Former House Oversight and Reform Committee chair joins Trump’s legal team.
GOP Rep. Abraham Introduces Resolution to Expel Pelosi
Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA.) introduced a resolution calling for the expulsion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from the House on the grounds that she has abused the office of the Speaker for instigating the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Abraham wrote on Twitter: “Today I introduced a resolution to expel Nancy Pelosi from the House of Representatives. This witch hunt has to end.”
“Nancy Pelosi’s vicious crusade against our lawfully elected president is nothing more than a politically motivated witch hunt, and it must be stopped,” Abraham said in a statement.
“She has disgraced the people’s House and weaponized the speaker’s gavel for her party’s political gain. House Democrats spent nearly three years obsessed with election meddling only to dwarf any such efforts with their own deceitful plan to nullify the 2016 election and prevent President Trump from winning in 2020. I have introduced a resolution calling for her to be expelled from the House and for the Speaker’s Office to be vacated.”
White House Says it Will Not Cooperate with the House Impeachment Inquiry
The White House is rejecting demands for documents and testimony in the impeachment inquiry brought against President Donald Trump by House Democrats.
“You have designed and implemented your inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process,” an eight-page letter from White House counsel Pat Cipollone addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and committee chairmen said.
The White House refusal will likely set up a legal showdown between the executive and legislative branches of the US government.
Planned Parenthood Investing $45 Million to Oust Trump and Flip the Senate to Democrats
Frustrated by Republicans across the nation who are trying to fight abortion laws, the super PAC of Planned Parenthood announced its $45 million electoral campaign that is aimed at defeating Republicans in key Senate races and ousting President Donald Trump in 2020.
The abortion behemoth will use the investment to fund a “large-scale” grassroots organization that will canvas media across digital media, television, radio and standard mail advertising.
Kelley Robinson, the executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, said, “To all the politicians working to take away our rights and undermine access to health care — you’ve been warned. Already, we’ve seen Trump and his buddies in Congress and state legislatures do everything they can to strip us of our rights and access to health care.”
“We have steadily been building our power over the last decade and we are ready to set the table on our terms. We are fired up, we are engaged, and we are going to win.”
FBI Conducted Massive Illegal Warrantless Searches of Americans, Judge Rules
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a massive number of warrantless searches through the a trove of communications data collected by the National Security Agency (NSA) which violated the Constitution and federal law, according to the ruling of Judge James Boasberg of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court, a secret surveillance court.
The ruling has been kept secret for a year but has now been partially declassified following the release of a redacted document.
The judge ruled that the actions of the FBI were “inconsistent with statutory minimization requirements and the requirements of the Fourth Amendment,” which protects Americans against unreasonable searches.
The judge also said there were “fundamental misunderstandings” by some FBI personnel about the legal standards necessary and required for conducting such overly broad searches.
The judge said the searches were enacted on “a large number of individuals, including US persons.” On one day alone, on December 2017, the court found that the FBI conducted 6,800 illegal queries using Social Security numbers.
Former House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Joins Trump’s Legal Team
Former House Oversight and Reform Committee and former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy has joined the legal team of President Donald Trump as an outside counsel amid the expanding impeachment inquiry.
Gowdy decided not to seek reelection last year, joining law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
He has also appeared as a contributor to Fox.