Breaking the law and accumulating wealth
Send in the clowns? (Crashing a congressional hearing)
You’re now probably familiar with Wednesday’s story of how a group of Republican representatives stormed a restricted-access impeachment committee meeting. Here’s the New York Times account:
House Republicans ground the impeachment inquiry to a halt for hours on . . .
Ah, we already knew that, Joe. Your office says that you don’t own an assault weapon
From producer/off-air reporter Frank Thorp at NBC News:
FYI, per his office, Sen Manchin does NOT own an AR-type weapon, so Beto's buyback program wouldn't affect him. https://t.co/Gqw4uPy7Ah— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 18, 2019
That didn’t keep rightwing media from making this a big deal. Here's the headline from . . .
Manchin/Trump on background checks, the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jerry West, and Trump’s West Virginia approval rating
WV Senator Manchin meets with Trump on background checks
From today’s New York Times:
President Trump assured Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, on Thursday that he was still considering legislation that could include background checks for gun buyers. But White House aides said they had polling data . . .
President Trump on August 9: "On background checks, we have tremendous support for really common-sense, sensible, important background checks."
After the deaths at Sandy Hook in 2013, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin co-sponsored an amendment to expand background checks only to see his efforts fail as only 54 senators (out of the 60 needed) supported his amendment. Two days ago, on Face the Nation, he discussed working with Trump’s staff on passing similar background . . .
To no one's surprise, Representative McKinley blames the Democrats
From WV Metro News
McKinley said Trump has been “under relentless pressure” from Democrats and reporters, which led to “his inarticulate and counterproductive response” on Twitter.
McKinley also suggested:
Both sides . . .
Senator Manchin changes his mind on Acosta
Perhaps sensing that the political winds have shifted, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin appears to have changed his views on the Secretary of Labor. Earlier this week (see last post), Manchin said:
I’m going to basically judge him on what job he’s doing and how he’s doing it. . . .
Capito's and Manchin's predictable responses to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein *
Senator Joe Manchin yesterday in Politco:
“If he made a mistake or a judgment call or something like that, does that affect the way he’s doing his job now? I’m going to basically judge him on what job he’s doing and how he’s doing it,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who voted to confirm Acosta. As far as calls to resign, he . . .