White House insists Vindman not ousted for political reasons

Key Republican Lawmaker Pushes For No Retaliation Against Lt. Col. Vindman

President Donald Trump re-election bid tops fundraising records en route to $1 billion goal

"With President Trump's accomplishments, our massive data and ground operations and our strong fundraising numbers", Mr Parscale said, "this campaign is going to be unstoppable in 2020". "And so, when the president said that continued support would be based on 'X, ' that essentially changed".

There are indications that the pattern of Trump silencing dissent will continue.

A handful of Republican senators joined their Democratic colleagues Thursday to pass a resolution calling on President Donald Trump to "terminate the use of U.S. Armed Forces for hostilities against Iran" unless those actions are authorized by Congress.

"It's really a privilege to work in the White House".

Supporters say this new Senate version will force the president to make a statement on their concerns.

The four lawyers who prosecuted longtime Trump ally Roger Stone quit the case this week after the Justice Department overruled them and said it would lower the amount of prison time it would seek for Stone. Jerry Moran of Kansas backed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to require congressional approval for action against Iran. The president of the United States - this president and every president - always needs the ability to defend the United States against imminent attack without asking for anybody's permission. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien is preparing to cull about one third of the National Security Council's approximately 175 staff, a step that would remove dozens of career experts, like Vindman, on assignment at the White House from other agencies, according to a senior administration official.

In an equally naked power grab, the Pentagon announced Thursday afternoon that it will divert $3.8 billion in appropriated funds to build the wall along the USA border with Mexico.

The tally of the War Powers Resolution was 55-45.

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) were the Republicans who voted in favor of the measure, which was introduced by Sen.

Trump denied that Kelly ever issued such a warning, "John Kelly never said that, he never said anything like that".

Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council who testified during the impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill, walks down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington on January 27, 2020.

Trump also offered new insights into his feelings about being impeached, saying it made him think about the "dark" days when Richard Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal before his own likely impeachment. "We're not a banana republic".

Trump was acquitted on both articles of impeachment, abuse of office and obstruction of Congress, last week by the Senate. "We've already addressed that in policy and other means".

Trump's moves to expand the powers of the presidency in the wake of the impeachment debacle make clear that that the Trump administration and its drive toward dictatorship can not be opposed through the Democratic Party. He also noted he's voted with Republicans 56 percent of the time.

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