It’s been 199 days since we’ve had a White House press briefing
Tomorrow will mark the 200th day without a White House briefing.
Here’s why this is significant: The occasion is especially notable as questions surround the White House on the whistleblower’s complaint and calls for impeachment.
Press secretary Stephanie Grisham has yet to take to the briefing room podium since she was named to the position on June 26. The lack in briefings was long a problem in the Trump White House before Grisham. Former press secretary Sarah Sanders also allowed the briefings to wane under her tenure.
In both the Grisham and Sanders eras, the length of time between briefings is longer than any of the preceding 13 press secretaries, according to the American Presidency Project.
- In the past 100 days, 0 briefings were held.
- In the past 199 days, 0 briefings were held.
- In the past 300 days, only three briefings were held.
- In the past year, only six briefings were held.
Nancy Pelosi taps House Intelligence Committee to lead narrow impeachment push. Here’s how it will work.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tasked the Intelligence Committee to take the lead on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, telling her colleagues that the probe will be focused on allegations that he asked the leader of Ukraine to initiate an investigation that could have benefited his reelection, according to sources involved in the conversations.
Democrats no longer plan to make the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into potential obstruction of justice central to their impeachment push, which has been under review by the House Judiciary Committee, though Pelosi has told Democrats that the probe into those and other matters will continue.
The focus, however, will be squarely on the whistleblower allegations of wrongdoing by the President, as Democrats push to rapidly move forward on formal articles of impeachment as soon as this fall.
The decision to make the House Intelligence Committee the lead is a shift from how Pelosi characterized the strategy earlier this week when she said the probe would be done by six committees under the “umbrella” of an impeachment inquiry. The initial description led to some confusion among members about how the investigation would take shape.
The process is now expected to play out like this: The House Intelligence Committee will continue with its probe but the House Judiciary Committee will vote on the articles of impeachment before the full House takes up the matter.
Democratic congressman says he is “disturbed” and “shocked” over Ukraine controversy
Rep. Jason Crow, a freshmen Democrat from Colorado, spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper this afternoon about an op-ed he co-signed that calls for impeachment hearings for President Trump.
Crow called the investigation into the whistleblower complaint and Ukraine an “ongoing national security issue.”
“Yesterday when we read the rough notes from the call I was very disturbed and even more shocked today. … To me, and me colleagues that signed on to that op-ed that oath is more than just words. It’s a way of life, a commitment to the country, to our national security and sometimes that entails sacrifice,” Crow said. “So I’m not going to think about the politics of this. We have to divorce politics from this because duty is calling us to protect the country.”