Luis Gutierrez for Impeachment: Trump-Putin Meeting ‘Nothing Short of Treasonous’

Luis Gutierrez for Impeachment: Trump-Putin Meeting ‘Nothing Short of Treasonous’

House Republicans and Democrats clashed over increased money for election security in the leadup to the midterm elections, as the chamber passed an appropriations bill Thursday without Democrats' proposal of additional funding for an agency aimed at improving and protecting USA elections.

The American people should be very anxious about the commitment of this president and his Republican allies in Congress to securing our elections.

The scathing opinion piece, published by The Texas Tribune, comes at the heels of Trump's Helsinki summit, where Trump accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of meddling in the 2016 election - jilting American intelligence that led to the indictment of 12 Russian nationals for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Convention.

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, termed such arguments from Democrats a "shrewd political shenanigan that has no merit to it". This is a party that has worked with this administration to undermine and minimize the investigation surrounding Russian interference in our presidential election. $380 million worth of funds were given to the grant in the 2018 budget year.

Trump, grappling with a torrent of criticism over his performance at a Helsinki summit with Putin, said he misspoke at their joint news conference and meant to say he saw no reason why it was not Russian Federation that interfered in the 2016 USA election.

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Told his time was expired, Hoyer encouraged a "yes" vote on the amendment, and Democrats chanted, "USA!" One by one, Republicans denied their requests.

"History is going to look back on the inaction of this Congress with great shame", Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., fumed amid the theatrics. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) said, "There is no crisis".

The legislation under debate was a spending bill for government operations including the Treasury Department, the judiciary and related agencies, which is scheduled for a floor vote Thursday, packaged with a bill for spending on environment and interior programs.

Gutierrez, who signed on to the Articles of Impeachment that House Democrats introduced in November, also said he believes Trump is "a threat to American Democracy" and has already begun consulting with his colleagues "about whether those Articles of Impeachment can be expanded and updated to include the betrayal witnessed by the American people and the world this week".

"I haven't seen any evidence that the attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure was to favor a particular political party", Nielsen said Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, adding that Russian Federation is attempting to "cause chaos on both sides".

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