3 Things To Know Today

1 Trump Calls On Whistleblower To Step Forward

President Trump is adamant: he wants to know the identity of the infamous whistleblower – he also wants the whistleblower to come forward. Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn, Trump repeated his previous claim that the unidentified person gave a "very inaccurate report" about his call with the Ukrainian president. Trump also accused Democrats of staging a scam and challenged the media to expose the whistleblower's identity. Echoing that sentiment? House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who says Democrats are simply trying to undo the 2016 election. Appearing on CBS' “Face the Nation” yesterday, McCarthy maintained that the whistleblower was not on the Ukraine call and said it's “unacceptable that they will not publicly answer questions.” Well, one problem is solved. The whistleblower in the Trump-Ukraine controversy is willing to answer written questions from Republican lawmakers. The anonymous whistleblower's lawyer Mark Zaid says that they've given Republican members of Congress the opportunity to submit written questions that the whistleblower would answer under oath and penalty of perjury.

2 Report: GOP Senators Admit Quid Pro Quo, Say Legal

If you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em? That depends on your political perspective, but while Republicans have joined President Trump in denying there was any quid pro quo in this summer’s infamous call with Ukraine’s president, a number of them are now changing their tune. It seems some Republican senators are now admitting there was indeed a quid pro quo in the Ukraine scandal...but that it was totally legal. According to “The Hill,” a number of GOP senators are ready to go on record saying President Trump leveraged military aid with Ukraine's president – and that there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s reported that they’ll also say Trump’s actions do not add up to impeachment. This comes as House investigators are set to question a handful of witnesses next week and possibly begin public hearings the week after. That’s in stark contrast to the spin of a couple weeks ago. As you might recall, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted the President engaged in a ‘quid pro quo’ scenario – and said “get over it.” Just 24 hours later, he denied ever saying such a thing. For the record, The Emoluments Clause is in Article 1, Section 9, paragraph 8 of the Constitution – and decrees that federal officeholders are prohibited from receiving any gift, payment, or other thing of value from a foreign state or its rulers, officers, or representatives.

3 More Americans Support Impeachment As Some High Profile Dems Still Cool

Nearly half of Americans are in favor of impeaching President Trump and removing him from office. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows 49-percent of folks are now in favor of impeachment and removal from office. That's up six points from a month ago. Similarly, 49-percent of those polled in a Fox News poll and 52-percent of those asked in an MSN poll also want Mr. Trump out. On the flip side, 46-percent of people in the NBC/WSJ poll are not in favor of impeachment. A majority of Americans also says they approve of the impeachment inquiry looking at Trump's actions with Ukraine. How do Democrats feel? To ask Democratic candidates Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard, this isn’t the best course of action for Dems. Yang tells CNN's “State of the Union” that he believes the inquiry could make it more difficult for the Democratic nominee to win the election. Gabbard tells MSN that says she's worried the impeachment process will become even more divisive. The Hawaii congresswoman warns that could happen if the process moves forward in a hyper-partisan way.

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