Bernie Sanders has declared “a great victory” in the New Hampshire primary after edging out Democratic rival Pete Buttigieg. Addressing his supporters, the 78-year-old vowed that the result means it is “the beginning of the end for Donald Trump”. He acknowledged his Democratic Party rivals, saying: “No matter who wins, we’re going to unite together and defeat the most dangerous president in the modern history of our country.”
The Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) still has not reported official vote totals in the critical Iowa Caucuses as of early Tuesday morning, in a largely unexplained and unprecedented delay that has raised questions about the legitimacy of the contest. “This is simply a reporting issue. The app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion.” The IDP said in a statement.
After more than a year of ideological clashes and policy debates, voters in the midwestern state of Iowa are set to have their say on which Democratic presidential candidate they believe is best positioned to defeat Donald Trump in November’s election. Hundreds of thousands of Iowans will gather in high school gymnasiums, local libraries and church basements on Monday night to participate in the Iowa caucuses, the first official nominating contest of the 2020 primary race.
Bernie Sanders has denied telling his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren that a woman could not be elected president. During the latest Democratic debate in Iowa, Mr Sanders rejected Ms Warren’s claims that he made the remark during a private meeting in 2018 – describing it as “incomprehensible”. There are just three weeks to go until Iowa becomes the first state to hold a caucus and choose their preferred candidate.
Ten Democrats have clashed in the first TV debate of the race to oust President Donald Trump from the White House. The eventual Democratic White House nominee will be crowned at the party convention in July next year, before the presidential election in November. Ten other Democrats in the crowded field, including Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, will battle on Thursday night.
The House Intelligence Committee voted, Monday, approving the release of a Democratic memo refuting Republican claims that the FBI and Justice Department abused surveillance during the 2016 election. President Trump has five days to review the memo and determine whether to block its release. Trump supported the initial Republican memo, saying it ‘totally vindicates’ him.
Two weeks after President Trump blocked its full release, a Democrat memo designed to counter a Republican memo claiming the FBI and justice department conspired against Trump while they investigated his ties to Russia, was published with redactions. Trump reacted to the memo’s release, Saturday, calling it ‘a total political and legal BUST.’
Democratic leaders, Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi, canceled a meeting to discuss key issues with President Trump, Tuesday after he attacked them on Twitter. A statement was released saying rather than attend a ‘show meeting that won’t end in an agreement,’ they prefer negotiating with Congressional Republicans. Trump responded by calling the pair ‘weak’ on important issues.
On Wednesday, close to 200 Democrats filed a federal lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the Constitution by profiting from business dealings with foreign governments. This is believed to be the most members of Congress to sue a sitting president. This will be Trump’s third such lawsuit since he became president and could be seen as a coordinated effort from Trump’s critics to force him to reveal his business entanglements.