Report: Record number of Republicans file to run for House, Senate seats

File – Voters line up in voting booths to cast their ballots at Robious Elementary School in Chesterfield, Va. on Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016. (Shelby Lum/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

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UPDATED 9:14 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020

Another surge of candidates are running for Congress in the 2020 elections, but this time it appears to be conservatives. According to reports, a record number of Republicans have filed to run for the House and Senate this election cycle.

The surge mirrors that of the 2018 midterms, where more Democrats were running for office compared to previous elections. The current surge in Republican candidates is an apparent response to the election of more radical progressive and socialist-leaning candidates whom Democrats pushed to victory last election.

“I’m a conservative wife, mother, and businesswoman who 100% stands with President Trump and against the left-wing socialists who want to wreck our country.”

— Marjorie Greene (R), congressional candidate – Ga.’s 14th District

Meanwhile, New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced she will be endorsing over a dozen female progressive congressional candidates through her political action committee.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., left, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listen as U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testifies during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

On her Twitter Friday, Ocasio-Cortez confirmed the move is part of her greater push to elect a “progressive majority” to Congress. The congresswoman said the idea behind the move is to “open the door” for political newcomers and “reward political courage” in Congress.

Among her endorsements, AOC is backing several long-shot candidates who are running against Democrats endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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Report: White House ‘concerned’ by U.K. decision to work with Huawei

FILE – In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, attendees walk past a display for 5G services from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

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UPDATED 7:37 PM PT — Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The White House is reportedly concerned by the U.K.’s recent decision to work with Chinese telecom giant Huawei. On Wednesday, Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said the administration is disappointed in British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his decision.

Gidley added while Huawei is a security risk, the U.S. will try to cooperate with Britain to keep the countries’ relationship strong.

“It’s going to make it more difficult for us to share information at the highest levels if Huawei is involved (because) we are concerned with the security risks involved,” he said. “But as we also said, that because we have such a good relationship, we’ll make it work some way.”

Recent reports said the U.S. is considering new restrictions on China, which would make it harder for Huawei to import U.S. technology.

FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves at the media as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

This came after mainland China claimed the British prime minister supported its international trade scheme known as the Belt and Road Initiative. According to Chinese state media, Johnson praised Beijing and committed to joining the initiative during a phone call with President Xi Jinping on Wednesday.

However, 10 Downing Street has released a readout of the call that makes no mention of the controversial program. Critics have said China is using Belt and Road to gain economic and political influence in smaller countries by driving them deeper into debt.

China’s ambassador to the U.K. said Johnson and President Jinping only had a vague discussion of mutual trade.

“We know that once the U.K. leaves the EU, you will have a new free trade agreement with China, and we’re open to that,” stated Liu Xiaoming.

RELATED: U.S. Accuses Huawei Of Stealing Trade Secrets, Assisting Iran

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Top White House official: Bloomberg abused “stop-and-frisk”

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters during his visit in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Khadejeh Nikouyeh/News & Record via AP)

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A top White House official said Michael Bloomberg abused the “stop-and-frisk” policy during his years as New York City’s mayor. Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short said in an interview Sunday, “stop-and-frisk” was enforced fairly under Bloomberg’s predecessor Rudy Giuliani.

However, Short said under Mayor Bloomberg, the number of arrests of African-Americans significantly increased. This came after President Trump criticized Bloomberg for his version of “stop and frisk,” despite supporting the policy in general.

Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian associate of Rudy Giuliani who is awaiting trial on charges that he made illegal campaign contribution, walks out of federal court, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mariela Lombard)

Short claimed Bloomberg took the policy to the extreme.

“The president has said under Rudy Giuliani he thought ‘stop and frisk’ was applied legitimately.” stated Short.

Bloomberg has repeatedly apologized for alleged racial profiling as part of “stop and frisk,” but he insists the policy helped bring down crime rates in New York.

RELATED: President Trump: Bloomberg Is A Mass Of Dead Energy

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White House officials do not trust China’s reporting on coronavirus infection

A worker wearing a protective suit gestures to a driver outside a tumor hospital newly designated to treat COVID-19 patients in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Chinatopix via AP)

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White House officials appeared to have suspicions about the accuracy of China’s reporting of coronavirus cases. According to a report Saturday, the U.S. did not have high confidence in the information coming from China regarding the number of those affected by the disease.

This came as a number of officials have expressed doubt that China is being fully transparent, including White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a tv news interview at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Last week, Kudlow addressed ongoing concerns following a change in China’s measuring criteria, which added 15,000 cases in a single day.

“We thought there was better transparency coming out of China, but it doesn’t appear to be,” stated the economic advisor. “It’s the great unknown and I wish we did know more because, you know, this should not be about politics or for that matter, trade.”

Chinese officials said the number of new cases are dropping overall.

RELATED:China Reports Over 2K New Cases Of Coronavirus, 143 Deaths

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Kudlow: White House is disappointed with China’s response to coronavirus outbreak

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a TV news interview at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 1:30 PM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020

White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow is criticizing China over its response to the coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, Kudlow said Beijing has not been telling the whole truth about the scale and likely economic effects of the virus.

“Is the Politburo really being honest with us?” he asked. “We thought there was going to be more transparency, but we’re a bit disappointed.”

The adviser went on to say China’s behavior is adding uncertainty to its trade relations with the U.S.

“We will feel some of the problems over in China, but it’s still quite minimal,” he said. “A couple of tenths of one percent, that’s our estimate.”

Kudlow said although the virus has been “contained” in the U.S., China must explain what’s going on within its own borders to minimize both the economic and health risks going forward.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers produce face masks in the workshop of a textile company in Jimo District of Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (Liang Xiaopeng/Xinhua via AP)

Meanwhile, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar confirmed two new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday. During his testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, Azar said the people identified as the 14th and 15th cases of the virus both traveled from Wuhan, China, and are currently under quarantine.

The secretary also said the CDC will be working with local health officials to test for the disease, which scientists have named ‘COVID-19.’

“The CDC has begun working with health departments in five cities…to begin testing individuals with flu-like symptoms for the China coronavirus,” he said. “Many questions about the virus remain, and this effort will help see whether there is broader spread than we have been able to detect so far.”

Secretary Azar also defended the president’s proposed 2021 budget. He said it prioritizes funding for the CDC’s infectious diseases programs, which will aid in preparedness for other potential viral outbreaks.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar prepares to testify about President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2021, as he appears before the Senate Finance Committee to discuss health care issues, including the coronavirus, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Kudlow: White House is disappointed with China’s response to coronavirus outbreak

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a TV news interview at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 1:30 PM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020

White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow is criticizing China over its response to the coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, Kudlow said Beijing has not been telling the whole truth about the scale and likely economic effects of the virus.

“Is the Politburo really being honest with us?” he asked. “We thought there was going to be more transparency, but we’re a bit disappointed.”

The adviser went on to say China’s behavior is adding uncertainty to its trade relations with the U.S.

“We will feel some of the problems over in China, but it’s still quite minimal,” he said. “A couple of tenths of one percent, that’s our estimate.”

Kudlow said although the virus has been “contained” in the U.S., China must explain what’s going on within its own borders to minimize both the economic and health risks going forward.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers produce face masks in the workshop of a textile company in Jimo District of Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (Liang Xiaopeng/Xinhua via AP)

Meanwhile, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar confirmed two new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday. During his testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, Azar said the people identified as the 14th and 15th cases of the virus both traveled from Wuhan, China, and are currently under quarantine.

The secretary also said the CDC will be working with local health officials to test for the disease, which scientists have named ‘COVID-19.’

“The CDC has begun working with health departments in five cities…to begin testing individuals with flu-like symptoms for the China coronavirus,” he said. “Many questions about the virus remain, and this effort will help see whether there is broader spread than we have been able to detect so far.”

Secretary Azar also defended the president’s proposed 2021 budget. He said it prioritizes funding for the CDC’s infectious diseases programs, which will aid in preparedness for other potential viral outbreaks.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar prepares to testify about President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2021, as he appears before the Senate Finance Committee to discuss health care issues, including the coronavirus, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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White House insists Vindman not ousted for political reasons

FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman walks down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Vindman was escorted out of the White House complex on Friday, Feb. 7, according to his lawyer. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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Republicans are divided on whether Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman should be punished for testifying against the president during the impeachment inquiry.

On Wednesday, congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said it would not be appropriate for the military to take disciplinary action against Vindman for his testimony. This comes after Vindman and his twin brother were escorted out of the White House and ousted from the National Security Council last week.

“I obviously wasn’t happy with the job he did,” said President Trump. “First of all, he reported a false call that wasn’t what was said on the call…what was said on the call was totally appropriate and I call it a perfect call.”

Vindman’s layer has claimed his client is being punished for speaking out against the president. However, several Trump administration officials have insisted Vindman was only reassigned and have dismissed claims of political motives.

Congressman Thornberry noted that it’s the president’s choice to pick his own cabinet members, but admitted the timing could stir controversy.

File – Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, attends a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Vindman, who is an activity duty service member, has since returned to the Department of the Army. President Trump said he will leave the decision of Vindman’s career up to the military.

“We sent him on his way to a much different location and the military can handle him any way they want,” he stated. “Gen. (Mark) Milley has him now, I congratulate Gen. Milley.”

Meanwhile, Vindman is expected to take part in the Army War College‘s summer class later this year.

RELATED: O’Brien says Vindmans Were Rotated Out Of Positions As National Security Council Faces Budget Cuts

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White House denies President Trump spoke to Attorney General Barr about Stone sentencing

Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley speaks with members of the press at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 1:34 PM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020

White House officials are speaking out on the president’s comments and praising Attorney General Barr for intervening in Roger Stone’s sentencing. On Wednesday, Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley spoke to reporters about the case. This came after all four prosecutors resigned in protest on Tuesday following the DOJ’s decision to change their sentencing recommendations.

Gidley denied that the president spoke to Barr about the case, but added he has the right to do so if he wanted to. The secretary also said he did not know if the president asked the attorney general to investigate anyone at any time. He then dismissed questions regarding the resignation of Stone’s prosecutors.

“Whatever grievance they have, whatever they’re upset about, that’s something you’d have to ask them – I obviously can’t speak for them,” said Gidley. “I can just tell you over here, the president made his thoughts very well known about not just the Mueller investigation, but the sentencing of Roger Stone.”

When asked about a potential pardon for Stone, Gidley said he has not spoken to the president about it.

FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone arrives at Federal Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) agreed with the DOJ’s decision to reduce its recommended prison sentence for Roger Stone. While speaking to reporters, Graham said a seven to nine year sentence proposal for Stone was not appropriate.

He cited a letter from the victim in the case, in which the person explained they didn’t feel threatened by the former political consultant. Graham suggested the existence of the letter should be enough to reduce Stone’s sentence to three or four years.

The senator added he does not think his committee will investigate the DOJ’s decision. He also said he would not call Attorney General William Barr to testify on this matter.

RELATED: President Trump Congratulates Attorney General Barr For ‘Taking Charge’ Of Stone Case

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White House unveils budget proposal for 2021

Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought speaks during a television interview at the White House, Monday, Feb.10, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 1:40 PM PT — Monday, February 10, 2020

The White House has unveiled a $4.8 trillion budget proposal for 2021. The proposal includes $590 billion in non-defense spending and $740.5 billion in defense spending. It also lays out a plan to eliminate the federal budget deficit over the next 15 years.

The White House wants to cut funding next year at the Commerce Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health & Human Services, the Education Department, the USDA, the State Department and the Labor Department.

The proposal also includes several ways to reduce the costs of Medicaid and Medicare, including work requirements. The White House left a blank for a prescription drug pricing plan, which signals an openness to work with Congress.

President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2021 arrives at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Trump administration also proposed removing the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate tobacco products as part of the president’s 2021 budget request. It would make the Center for Tobacco Products, which currently oversees regulation, its own independent agency.

The president said the new agency, “would have greater capacity to respond strategically to the growing complexity of new tobacco products.”

Last year, White House Domestic Policy Council head Joe Grogan hinted that the president was looking into the move. He made the following comments on the issue:

“When I was in the Bush administration this conversation started — I said this is a moronic idea. FDA regulates drugs that help people and you balance safety and effectiveness. It regulates devices which help people and you balance whether or not they are safe and effective. This stuff is awful. Tobacco has no redeeming qualities and it shouldn’t be regulated by a health agency like this.

President Trump said the new agency would also oversee the sale and regulation of e-cigarette products.

RELATED: Draft Of 2021 Congressional Budget Shows Trump Admin. Efforts To Cut Wasteful Spending

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White House unveils budget proposal for 2021

Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought speaks during a television interview at the White House, Monday, Feb.10, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 1:40 PM PT — Monday, February 10, 2020

The White House has unveiled a $4.8 trillion budget proposal for 2021. The proposal includes $590 billion in non-defense spending and $740.5 billion in defense spending. It also lays out a plan to eliminate the federal budget deficit over the next 15 years.

The White House wants to cut funding next year at the Commerce Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health & Human Services, the Education Department, the USDA, the State Department and the Labor Department.

The proposal also includes several ways to reduce the costs of Medicaid and Medicare, including work requirements. The White House left a blank for a prescription drug pricing plan, which signals an openness to work with Congress.

President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2021 arrives at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Trump administration also proposed removing the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate tobacco products as part of the president’s 2021 budget request. It would make the Center for Tobacco Products, which currently oversees regulation, its own independent agency.

The president said the new agency, “would have greater capacity to respond strategically to the growing complexity of new tobacco products.”

Last year, White House Domestic Policy Council head Joe Grogan hinted that the president was looking into the move. He made the following comments on the issue:

“When I was in the Bush administration this conversation started — I said this is a moronic idea. FDA regulates drugs that help people and you balance safety and effectiveness. It regulates devices which help people and you balance whether or not they are safe and effective. This stuff is awful. Tobacco has no redeeming qualities and it shouldn’t be regulated by a health agency like this.

President Trump said the new agency would also oversee the sale and regulation of e-cigarette products.

RELATED: Draft Of 2021 Congressional Budget Shows Trump Admin. Efforts To Cut Wasteful Spending

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Pollster: Impeachment will cause Democrats to lose House in 2020

President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper with a headline that reads “Trump acquitted” during an event celebrating his impeachment acquittal, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 8:39 AM PT — Monday, February 10, 2020

According to pollster John McLaughlin, the impeachment process in the House has backfired on Democrats. While speaking in an interview Sunday, he predicted the proceedings will cause Democrats to lose their House majority in 2020.

McLaughlin added, former Vice President Joe Biden was also a big loser in the trial as more evidence surfaced throughout the process of the corruption allegations levied against him.

“He was the front-runner and when they went after President Trump on impeachment, on Ukraine, they really took down Joe Biden, because we knew there was video of him saying he got a prosecutor fired and we knew that there were corruption problems with Hunter Biden and the Biden family,” he explained.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Hudson, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

This comes after a recent Gallup poll showed President Trump’s approval rating has jumped to the highest it has ever been, following his acquittal in the Senate.

RELATED: Hillary Clinton Speaks Out On President Trump’s Acquittal

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Man outside White House threatens to assassinate President Trump

FILE – This Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, file photo shows the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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UPDATED 12:25 PM PT — Sunday, February 9, 2020

A man threatened to assassinate President Trump on Saturday. It all unfolded at the White House, where 25-year-old Roger Hedgpeth reportedly told a Secret Service officer that he intended to kill the president.

He said he was planning to use a knife, which he had brought with him.

“I am here to assassinate President Donald Trump,” stated Hedgpeth, according to police reports. “I have a knife to do it with.”

After the man was arrested, police found a 3 1/2 inch knife in his possession. Hedgpeth was charged with making threats to do bodily harm.

He has since been taken to a mental health hospital to be evaluated.

President Donald Trump walks to the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman escorted out of the White House

FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman walks down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Vindman was escorted out of the White House complex on Friday, Feb. 7, according to his lawyer. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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UPDATED 2:45 PM PT — Friday, February 7, 2020

The National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is no longer an official at the White House. On Friday afternoon, Vindman was escorted out by security and reportedly told his services at the NSC were no longer needed.

“Today, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman was escorted out of the White House, where he has dutifully served his country and his president. There is no question in the mind of any American why this man’s job is over. LTC Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth.” – Ambassador David Pressman, counsel to Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman

His twin brother Yevgeny, who also worked as a lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Army, was allegedly escorted out at the same time.

Other reports claimed Vindman told his colleagues he would leave the NSC in the coming weeks to take up a position at the Pentagon.

FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. Vindman was escorted out of the White House complex on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, according to his lawyer. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Vindman testified against the president during the impeachment trial. There’s been speculation the Trump administration was considering taking action against him following his testimony.

“I was concerned by the call. What I heard was inappropriate, and I reported my concerns to Mr. Eisenberg. It is improper for the President of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen and political opponent.”

– Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman

The official’s lawyer said Vindman came into the public eye only when subpoenaed to testify before Congress and did what the law demanded.

“He did what any member of our military is charged with doing every day,” said Pressman. “He followed orders, he obeyed his oath and he served his country, even when doing so was fraught with danger and personal peril.”

The NSC has declined to comment.

Donald Trump Jr. weighed in on Vindman’s exit, suggesting it was a “tough scene for Never Trumpers on the NSC.”

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Rep. Paul Mitchell rips up Democrat resolution on House floor, appears to take jab at Speaker Pelosi

FILE – Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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UPDATED 6:59 AM PT — Friday, February 7, 2020

Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) ripped apart a Democrat resolution regarding Medicaid funding on the House floor. On Thursday, the Michigan lawmaker referenced Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) latest political stunt during the State of the Union address, where the House speaker sparked outrage after ripping President Trump’s speech in half.

Rep. Mitchell said he watched “the debate over expressing one’s opinion and First Amendment rights” after the State of the Union and then proceeded to mimic Pelosi’s actions.

The resolution Rep. Mitchell ripped up essentially disagreed with the Trump administration’s plan to allow states to convert Medicaid spending into block grants.

Republican lawmakers in the House criticized the Democrat resolution by suggesting they are more concerned about opposing President Trump’s policies than their willingness to debate and enact meaningful legislation.

RELATED: House Speaker Pelosi under fire for behavior during the president’s State of the Union address

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President Trump celebrates his acquittal at the White House

President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper with a headline that reads “Trump acquitted” as he speaks in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 1:13 PM PT — Thursday, February 6, 2020

President Trump addressed the nation on the Democrats’ impeachment process the day after he was acquitted by the Senate. On Thursday, the president called his impeachment a “disgrace” that “should never happen to a president ever again.”

He touted his success by holding up a copy of Thursday’s newspaper, which read, “Trump Acquitted’ on the front page.

President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper with a headline that reads “Trump acquitted” as he speaks in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

He went on to thank Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for helping navigate the White House through the “sham” process.

In a series of tweets, Vice President Mike Pence celebrated the president’s acquittal and said the “American people will always be grateful” to those who supported him.

“We gathered at the White House today to congratulate our president and to thank…every member of the House and Senate who stood strong for fairness, due process and the separation of powers in the Constitution. You defended this president and you defended the presidency. This president, this administration and the American people will always be grateful!”

– Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States

President Donald Trump reacts to audience members during a campaign rally at Drake University, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Meanwhile, President Trump’s chances of winning reelection are at an all-time high. Newly released data from betting website Oddschecker.com showed the odds for the president winning a second term in office are close to 60 percent.

This came after the president’s approval rating reached the highest level of his presidency earlier this week.

The latest Gallup survey showed the president’s approval rating at 49 percent, which was six points higher than the company’s previous poll. Half of the registered voters included in the poll said they want President Trump reelected.

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House Speaker Pelosi under fire for behavior during the president’s State of the Union address

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump’s s State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 12:48 PM PT — Wednesday, February 5, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added fuel to the partisan fire during the president’s State of the Union address. Both Senate and House Republicans are criticizing Pelosi for her actions on Tuesday.

At the start of the night, President Trump gave copies of his speech to Vice President Pence and the House speaker. While doing so, the president seemingly overlooked the speaker’s attempt to shake his hand. Many claimed this move was unintentional because he didn’t shake the vice president’s hand either.

However, Pelosi may have taken offense and went on to cut the president’s introduction short. She left out customary language, including the speaker’s tradition of saying he or she has the “high honor and distinct privilege” of presenting the president.

Pelosi has stated she did not intend the omission as a snub. However, as the president finished his remarks, the senator made it a point to tear up her copy of the speech. She later waved the pieces at those left in the chamber. When asked why, she said it was the only courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., holds the copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address she tore up after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. At left is Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The White House later blasted Pelosi and said she will be remembered for disrespecting every single special guest invited by the president.

Her actions during the speech have attracted attention from both sides of the aisle. Some on the right called for her to be censured and stripped of her gavel.

“I can say the dark cloud is hanging over the Democratic Party in the House, who are sitting on their hands when the president’s talking about American exceptionalism,” said Rep. Chip Roy. “I think it was made very clear when you saw the Speaker of the House tearing up the speech at the dais here afterwards.”

Despite Pelosi’s actions, the president is likely to be acquitted by the Senate in the impeachment trial.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., waits before President Donald Trump arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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House Republicans working on bill to plant more than 3B trees in U.S. annually

This April 3, 2019 photo shows the jungle in Peru’s Tambopata province. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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Rep. Bruce Westerman is working on a bill which would commit the U.S. to planting nearly 3.5 billion trees every year for the next 30 years. GOP lawmakers are planning to reveal a finished draft of the Trillion Trees Act next week.

Photo of Rep. Bruce Westerman.

“Plant more trees, use more wood, store more carbon,” he said on Twitter. “It’s a simple solution with a huge environmental impact, both domestically and internationally.”

Westerman also wanted to add provisions to offer aid to other countries, who could contribute by planting trees of their own. The representative said planting trees is the most cost-effective way to limit carbon in the air.

President Trump recently touted the nation’s commitment to a worldwide tree planting initiative at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“Well, we’re doing the one trillion trees, together with lots of other people and lots of other countries,” he said. “What I want is the cleanest water, the cleanest air, and that’s what we’re going to have.”

The legislation is part of a larger package Republicans have drafted in an answer to the sweeping climate plan proposed by Democrats.

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House Speaker Pelosi chastises President Trump’s impeachment defense team

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 10:36 AM PT — Friday, January 31, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested President Trump’s legal team should be disbarred. While speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday, she claimed the president’s defense is trying to undermine the Constitution by saying the president can do anything that benefits his reelection.

The California Democrat also said she doesn’t know how the defense could make such statements and retain their status as an attorney.

Pelosi went on to address the possibility of an acquittal in the impeachment trial. She made the following statement in regards to this possibility:

“Well, he will not be acquitted. You cannot be acquitted if you don’t have a trial, and you don’t have a trial if you don’t have witnesses and documentation and that. I would hope that the senators, if it comes to a tie or if there is a question of hearing testimony or receiving documents, would leave it up to the chief justice of the Supreme Court…”

The House speaker also went on to claim President Trump does not know right from wrong, and said she is praying that senators will have the courage to handle the truth and call for witness testimony.

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House Ethics Committee warns against posting ‘deepfakes’

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UPDATED 11:46 AM PT — Thursday, January 30, 2020

The 2020 election cycle is in full swing and Congress is issuing a warning about doctored videos. In a recent memo, the House Ethics Committee stated that posting deep fakes or other audio-visual distortions intended to mislead the public may be in violation of the code of official conduct. The Committee added, politicians could face “repercussions for tweets and Facebook posts which are misleading

‘Deepfakes’ are synthetic media in which can depict people saying and doing things that never happened. Researchers have said the deceiving technology is equivalent to stealing someone’s identity.

“The most important thing is actually that people know that this is possible, right? If they wouldn’t know, then they could easily be fooled. If they know that there are ways to actually create better manipulations that are extremely believable, then we will have some way of protection, right?”

— Hao Li, Associate Professor of Computer Science – University of Southern California

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) previously drew criticism when he tweeted an image of former President Obama with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, which is an encounter that never happened.

Last year, a manipulated video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appearing to be drunk went viral across social media platforms. Pelosi accused Facebook of acting as an “accomplice for misleading the American people.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Shortly thereafter, the social media giant announced it would ban ‘deepfake’ videos and would continue to fight online manipulation.

“I think deepfakes are clearly one of the emerging threats that we need to get in front of and develop policy around to address, I think that this is a very important area,” stated Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “The ‘deepfake’ challenge to figure out how to identify these things will certainly help inform the policy and this is one of the areas that are important moving forward.”

The Senate Homeland Security Committee approved bipartisan legislation, which would allow the Department of Homeland Security to study videos and the technology behind them.

With the November election approaching and months of campaigning ahead, lawmakers on both sides the aisle are united in the effort to stop ‘deepfakes.’

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White House: Bolton’s book contains ‘significant amounts of classified information’

FILE – In this March 5, 2019 file photo, national security adviser John Bolton adjusts his glasses before an interview at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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UPDATED 3:13 PM PT — Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The White House has issued a formal notice to former National Security Advisor John Bolton regarding the classified information found in the manuscript of his upcoming book. In a letter to Bolton’s attorney last week, a National Security Council official said the manuscript contains significant amounts of classified and top secret information.

The official emphasized that under federal law and nondisclosure agreements Bolton signed, the manuscript may not be published or disclosed until the classified information has been removed. According to the letter, the manuscript is still under review as officials assist the former adviser in identifying classified information.

President Trump ripped into Bolton following reports on the contents of his upcoming book.

In a series of tweets, he took shots at the former adviser’s career. The president claimed Bolton couldn’t get approved for the UN ambassador job and begged him for the NSA position, despite objections from other advisers.

President Trump also called out when he mistakenly said the “Libyan model” on TV while referring to North Korea. He added, “If I listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now.”

The president then blasted his new book, calling the allegations leveled in it “nasty and untrue.”

The book reportedly claimed that last year, President Trump wanted to withhold military aid to Ukraine until their government agreed to investigate Democrats who wronged him in 2016, including the Bidens.

The president denied Bolton’s account and said the former adviser is only trying to “juice book sales.”

A copy of a letter from the National Security Council at The White House that was sent to former national security adviser John Bolton’s attorney objecting to “significant amounts of classified information” in the manuscript, including at the Top Secret level, is photographed Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow)

In response to the letter, Bolton’s attorney issued a response of his own on Wednesday. In the statement, the attorney wrote that none of the information provided “could reasonably be considered classified.”

“If he is called to testify, it seems certain that he will be asked questions that will elicit much of the information contained in the chapter of his manuscript dealing with his involvement in matters relating to Ukraine,” wrote Chuck Cooper. “We do not believe any of that information could reasonably be considered classified, but given that Ambassador Bolton could be called to testify as early as next week, it is imperative that we have the results of your review of that chapter as soon as possible.”

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