Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy confirmed Tuesday that he met Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the Munich Security Conference; saying it’s “dangerous not to talk to adversaries.”
“Attached is my usual account of my latest trip abroad, this one to Ukraine and Munich. I met w the Iranian Foriegn Minister in Munich. It’s dangerous not to talk to adversaries, esp amidst a cycle of escalation,” said Murphy on social media.
2/ First, I urged him to control any Iranian proxies in Iraq who might attack U.S. forces and allies there.
Second, I pressed him to release American citizens being unlawfully detained in Iran.
Third, I pushed him to end the Houthi blockage of humanitarian aid in Yemen.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 18, 2020
4/ I wish President Trump would see that value too. Because our current policy of blind, non-strategic escalation is just making Iran more powerful and menacing, and making America weaker and less secure.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 18, 2020
“I wish President Trump would see that value too. Because our current policy of blind, non-strategic escalation is just making Iran more powerful and menacing, and making America weaker and less secure,” he added.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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ANOTHER EXCUSE: Cory Booker Says Senate Impeachment Trial Could Cost Him Iowa Caucus
Failing presidential candidate Cory Booker weighed-in this week on a potential Impeachment trial in the US Senate; saying the proceedings could potentially cost him the Iowa Caucus and other contests.
“If this trial lasts two weeks, that is literally dozens of events we won’t be able to do,” Booker said.
“It’s going to be a challenging four weeks in the caucus for us,” Booker said during a recent podcast. “If we can’t raise more money in this final stretch, we won’t be able to do the things that other campaigns with more money can do to show presence.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is under growing pressure from Congressional lawmakers to finally transmit her Articles of Impeachment to the US Senate.
“I understand what the speaker is trying to do, basically trying to use the leverage of that to work with Democratic and Republican senators to try to get a reasonable trial, a trial that would actually show evidence, bring out witnesses,” Rep. Adam Smith told CNN. “But at the end of the day, just like we control it in the House, Mitch McConnell controls it in the Senate.”
“I think it was perfectly advisable for the speaker to try to leverage that to get a better deal,” he continued. “At this point, it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. And yes, I think it is time to send the impeachment to the Senate and let Mitch McConnell be responsible for the fairness of the trial. He ultimately is.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein urged Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to end her political stunt regarding the Articles of Impeachment Wednesday; telling the top Democrat to send the documents to the US Senate if it’s truly “serious and urgent.”
“Time plays an unknown role in all of this, and the longer it goes on, the less the urgency becomes. So if it’s serious and urgent, it should come over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over,” said Feinstein.
“I’m not a big fan of impeachment but I think there’s enough to take a good look, and we should,” she said.
Dianne Feinstein says it’s time for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send the impeachment articles to the Senate.
“If we’re going to do it, she should send them over,” the California Democrat said. “I don’t see what good delay does.”
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) January 8, 2020
“I think it needs to start. I really do,” said Sen. Joe Manchin. “Let us do what we have to do over here.”
“I think the time has passed. She should send the articles over,” added Sen. Chris Murphy.
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BLUE STATE BLUES: Liberal Governors to SUE TRUMP ADMIN Over GOP Tax Cuts
New York’s Andrew Cuomo announced his plans Friday to form a coalition of ‘Blue State’ Governors and sue the federal government over the recently passed GOP tax legislation; saying the bill unfairly punishes east coast residents with drastically higher property taxes.
Just three states -New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut- have signed onto Cuomo’s initiative, but the group hopes to expand to California, Illinois, and other left-leaning local governments as the Republican tax cuts take effect in the coming months.
According to Fox News, the coalition blasted the legislation’s State and Local Tax Deduction, also known as SALT provision, which eliminates individual’s abilities to deduct state and local taxes from their federal filings; making people in high-tax states likely to pay more on their annual tax bill.
“The elimination of full state and local deductibility is a blatantly partisan and unlawful attack on New York that uses our hardworking families and tax dollars as a piggy bank to pay for tax cuts for corporations and other states,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This coalition will take the federal government to court to protect our residents from this assault.”
“Capping the State and Local Tax deduction had nothing to do with sound policy,” added New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “It is a clear and politically motivated punishment of blue states — like New Jersey and our neighbors —who already pay far more to the federal government than we receive.”
Cuomo’s lawsuit is the latest instance of Democratic leaders struggling to stop the President’s tax overhaul. Earlier this month, California announced its intention to “seize” half the tax cut revenue of all corporations earning over $1 million.