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.