3 Stories You Should Read 6/10/2019: Nadler, Boris Johnson, Elizabeth Warren
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In the category of: Things just keep on keeping on
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Monday that he has struck a deal with the Justice Department to begin providing Congress with some documents from the Mueller report related to obstruction of justice, putting off a looming court showdown between House Democrats and Justice over the report.
The court fight to enforce a subpoena to Attorney General William Barr is no longer necessary — at least for the time being — as a result of the agreement the committee struck with the Justice Department, Nadler said. Details about which documents would be provided to the committee were not disclosed, but the New York Democrat said the agreement would allow all Judiciary Committee members to see “Robert Mueller’s most important files … providing us with key evidence that the Special Counsel used to assess whether the President and others obstructed justice or were engaged in other misconduct.”
“These documents will allow us to perform our constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the President by the Special Counsel,” Nadler said.
In the category of: The other side of the pond
Johnson, the former London mayor and Brexiteer member of Parliament, is the favorite in the Conservative leadership contest that begins this week.
Boris Johnson’s day has finally come. Maybe.
The 54-year-old Conservative member of Parliament, former foreign minister, and former mayor of London is the presumed frontrunner in the crowded contest to replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, who was forced to step aside after failing to deliver a Brexit deal.
An ardent backer of Brexit, Johnson has a reputation for brashness, bombast, bending the truth, and really bad hair, which has earned him more than a few comparisons to President Donald Trump (who also happens to be a fan of his).
Johnson can be a cringeworthy character (see: that time he got stuck dangling from a zipline), but that’s also somehow part of his charm, and why he’s among the most popular Conservative politicians in a party that isn’t too popular right now. He’s also been a vocal opponent of May’s Brexit deal.
In the category of: The polar opposite of #45
“I just feel like Warren is more of the planner. And Bernie, while I love him for this, he’s definitely more of the idealist.”
But this time around, Roeder has eyes for a different candidate.
“I’m definitely doing Warren,” Roeder said excitedly Sunday. “I just feel like she’s more of the progressive for me.”
Here in Iowa, Sen. Elizabeth Warren appears to have started slowly eating into Sanders’ progressive base. A Des Moines Register poll released Saturday found that Warren, Sanders and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, have fallen into something resembling a three way-tie for second in the Democratic primary among likely Iowa caucus-goers, polling at 16%, 15% and 14%, respectively. The presumed Democratic front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, polled at 24%.
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