Here are the stories making headlines in conservative politics for today: House Dems hold first Trump impeachment inquiry; Omar says Trump can’t be trusted on Iran; Arizona Supreme Court rules in favor of Christian business; California adds Iowa to travel ban;
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee held their first hearing today which they are calling an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump. Representative and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-California) has previously said during an interview on the Brian Lehrer Show, “Personally, I think the president ought to be impeached.”
The White House instructed to former aides to President Donald Trump, Rick Dearborn, and Rob Porter not to appear, saying the pair are “absolutely immune” from testifying, as constitutional immunity protects senior advisers to the president from compelled congressional testimony, and in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of President.
Representative Ilhan Omar slammed Donald Trump over the tensions escalating with Iran, bringing up a recent controversy over a hurricane weather map as an example of a reason that the president can’t be trusted on issues concerning Tehran.
“Congress has the constitutional right to declare war. The President doesn’t have it. The secretary of state doesn’t it have and Saudi Arabia certainly doesn’t have it,” Omar, told CNN. “I think we need to make sure that the American people understand that this administration – that lies about weather maps or crowd sizes – cannot be trusted to give us the full information we need to be able to make a decision whether we should be going to war or not with Iran.”
A dispute between the owners of the Phoenix calligraphy business who refused to create wedding invitations for same-sex couples, saying it was against their Christian beliefs, went all the way to the Arizona Supreme Court. In a vote of 4-3, the court cited with the business owners on the grounds of free speech, arguing that it could not be compelled to create custom invitations for a same-sex wedding that went against their religious beliefs.
The court found that the business did not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, as they happily serve LGBT customers, but merely that the business refused to create art that advances ideas they find objectionable – in this case – same-sex marriage.
In 2016, California, under then-Governor, Jerry Brown, approved a law that bars state-funded travel of any public employee or student at a state-run University to other states that undermine LGBT rights. California created a blacklist of states which includes: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Yesterday, the California Attorney General added Iowa to the list. The prohibition against Iowa comes because the state prohibits funding gender-transition surgeries under Medicaid.
Editor’s Note: A correction has been made to correctly identify Iowa as the target for California’s ban, not Idaho.