Joe Biden for the first time said President Trump should be impeached, The Hill reports.
Said Biden: “Donald Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation and committed impeachable acts. He should be impeached.”
He added: “We all laughed when he said he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and get away with it. It’s no joke. He’s shooting holes in the Constitution, and we cannot let him get away with it.”
Biden had previously avoided specifically saying how he would vote on impeachment.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has risen in the Democratic presidential primary on her pledge to forgo traditional big-money fund-raisers, said that if she became the nominee she would continue to skip such events, a reversal of what her position has been throughout 2019,” the New York Times reports.
Said Warren: “No, I will not be forced to make changes in how I raise money. Look, for me this is pretty straightforward. Either you think democracy works and electing a president is all about going behind closed doors with bazillionaires and corporate executives and lobbyists and scooping up as much money as possible. Or you think it’s about a grass-roots, let’s build this from the ground up.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a week after suffering a heart attack, said that he planned to slow down his pace on the campaign trail and acknowledged that voters would likely consider his health when deciding whether to vote for him, the New York Times reports.
Said Sanders: “We were doing, you know, in some cases five or six meetings a day, three or four rallies and town meetings and meeting with groups of people. I don’t think I’m going to do that.”
He added: “I think we’re going to change the nature of the campaign a bit. Make sure that I have the strength to do what I have to do.”
“Montgomery, a city where more than half the population is black and known as the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected an African American to the highest position in municipal government for the first time in its 200-year history,” the Montgomery Advertiser reports.
“Facebook denied a request from Joe Biden’s campaign to take down a video ad by President Trump’s reelection campaign that falsely accuses the former vice president of corruption for his role in Ukraine policy during the Obama administration,” CNN reports.
Axios: “Trump’s campaign has poured millions of ad dollars into issues that resonate with his base. Immigration was the driver. Now, it’s impeachment.”
“It’s not just Trump — this is a party-wide effort to cash in. The House and Senate Republican committees are also putting the majority of their digital ad dollars behind impeachment.”
A new Politico/Morning Consult poll shows that 50% of registered voters surveyed would support the Senate’s removing President Trump from office, while 43% oppose the president’s removal. Seven percent of voters were undecided.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds 55% of Americans say that President Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine are a serious matter and merit an impeachment inquiry by Congress, while 39% don’t think so.
Meanwhile, 43% said lawmakers should push Trump from office, while 49% said they shouldn’t do so, based on what the public knows now.
“Donald Trump has raised record amounts of money as a presidential candidate. But he’s still left a slew of unpaid bills in his wake,” Politico reports.
“In city after city, across the nation, Trump has failed to pay local officials who provide thousands of dollars’ worth of security assistance to the president’s campaign during his Make America Great Again rallies.”
“China has rejected President Trump’s call to investigate his Democrat rival Joe Biden and Biden’s son, saying Beijing had no intention of intervening in U.S. domestic affairs,” the South China Morning Postreports.
Said a foreign ministry spokesman: “China has long pursued the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries. We have no intention of intervening in the domestic affairs of the United States. Our position is consistent and clear.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will endorse Joe Biden over a Democratic presidential field that includes her California colleague, Sen. Kamala Harris, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Gerald Seib: “They are the four Senate Republicans up for re-election next year in swing states, where support for Mr. Trump isn’t as strong as it is in the deep-red states many of their colleagues represent. They are Sens. Martha McSally of Arizona; Cory Gardner of Colorado; Susan Collins of Maine; and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Comments critical of the president from sometimes-renegade Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska are noteworthy, but these four will be far more important leading indicators of GOP sentiments.”
“These four face the toughest re-election races of any Republicans next year. The authoritative Cook Political Report rates the Arizona, Colorado and Maine races as tossups, and the North Carolina race as one that leans Republican. They come from states where opinions of Mr. Trump are deeply divided.”
“Thus, when it comes to rendering judgment on the president, each of these four can be sure they will anger a significant chunk of their constituency no matter what they do.”
A new Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina finds President Trump’s approval rate underwater at 46% to 51%. In general election match ups, Joe Biden leads Trump 51% to 46%, Elizabeth Warren beats him 49% to 46% and Bernie Sanders is up 50% to 47%. It’s notable that regardless of the Democrat he’s tested against, Trump always polls at 46-47%.
Esquire: “If you thought the Access Hollywood tape was the opening salvo in the story of Donald Trump’s transgressions against women, think again. In All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator, journalists Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy draw on over 100 interviews, many of them exclusive, to craft a detailed history of Trump’s relationships with women, stretching back to his childhood and education as well as his rise through real estate, entertainment, and politics. What emerges from the authors’ reporting is a portrait of a predator who hides behind wealth and institutional power to frequently harass and abuse women.”
“While the president has publicly faced allegations from two dozen women, this book reveals another 43 allegations of alleged inappropriate behavior, including 26 instances of unwanted sexual contact.”