House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is backing down on calls for a Trump impeachment if he nominates a justice before the election after the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) threatens a move for her removal.
Plus, more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
Pelosi backs down on threat of a second Trump impeachment
Last Sunday, during an interview with ABC, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she would not rule out a second impeachment to prevent president Donald Trump from filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Ginsburg before the November election, Fox reported.
CA GOP Rep. threatens call to remove Pelosi
On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said he would move to have Pelosi removed as House Speaker if she attempted to bring new impeachment charges against the president.
“I will make you this one promise,” McCarthy told reporters, the NY Post reported, “if she tries to move for an impeachment based upon the president following the Constitution, I think there will be a move on the floor to no longer, or the question of her being Speaker.”
Pelosi backs down on impeachment threat
On the one year anniversary of Pelosi announcing the first impeachment inquiry, she is now backing down on calls to impeach President Trump if he attempts to nominate a Supreme Court justice before the election.
“I don’t think he’s worth the trouble at this point,” Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, the Fox reported.
“When we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy, it requires us to use every arrow in our quiver,” Pelosi had said during the interview in which she threatened to consider impeachment as part of “every arrow.”
McCarthy responded to her comment saying: “She may think she has a quiver — we do too.”
DOJ Steele dossier sub-source was suspected of spying for Russia
According to details authorized for release by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is investigating the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe, the primary sub-source that former British spy Christopher Steele used to compile his anti-Trump dossier in 2016 was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation that occurred a decade ago, Attorney General William Barr disclosed in a letter released on Thursday, Politico and The Hill reported.
A footnote that has been declassified stated the “primary sub-source was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation from 2009 to 2011 that assessed his/her documented contacts with suspected Russian counterintelligence officers.”
According to a two-page document compiled by the FBI and Barr, the footnote added that the investigation was opened “based on information by the FBI indicating that the Primary Sub-source may be a threat to national security.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is doing his own investigation into the FBI’s probe into Russia’s 2016 election meddling and the Trump campaign, said: “To me, failure of the FBI to inform the court that the Primary Sub-source was suspected of being a Russian agent is a breach of every duty owed by law enforcement to the judicial system.”
The investigation into the sub-source was closed in 2011 and not reopened.