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Trump’s Ex-Im Bank Nominee Rejected After 2 Republicans Bail

Trump's Ex-Im Bank Nominee voted down

The Senate Banking Committee rejected former Rep. Scott Garrett's nomination to chair the U.S. Export-Import Bank by a 10-13 vote Tuesday morning after two Republicans voted against him, dooming his nomination.

In a blow to President Trump, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., both voted against Garrett, a former congressman from New Jersey who has a history of opposing the government-backed bank, which provides financing to foreign entities so they can buy U.S. goods and services. They joined the committee's 11 Democrats in opposing the nomination.


Democratic senators to Al Franken: Resign

Dem Senators ask Franken to resignEleven Democratic senators -- eight female and three male -- called on Sen. Al Franken to resign Wednesday, marking the first time any senator has called on the Minnesota Democrat to leave office as allegations of sexual harassment against him continue to mount.

In a statement on Facebook, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote: "While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve."

US Rep. Conyers in hospital as ex-aide describes harassment

Jphn Conyers hospitalized amid charges of sexual harassmentMichigan Rep. John Conyers was hospitalized in Detroit on Thursday as a former aide publicly accused him of sexual harassment, telling NBC's "Today" show that she was fired for rejecting advances from the longest-serving member of the U.S. House.

Marion Brown, 61, said the Democratic congressman propositioned her for sex multiple times over more than a decade. She said she stayed on the job because she needed to support her family and found the work rewarding.

"It was sexual harassment ... violating my body," she said. "Propositioning me. Inviting me to hotels with the guise of discussing business and then propositioning me ... for sex."


U.S. Senate candidate Moore's spokesman resigns as allegations roil campaign

Roy Moore: Communications director leaves campaignThe communications director for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has resigned amid the Alabama Republican’s efforts to combat allegations of sexual misconduct that have roiled his campaign.

News of the departure of John Rogers came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump defended Moore from accusations by multiple women that Moore pursued them as teenagers when he was in his 30s, including one who has said he initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14.


Top Twitter lawyer to testify in congressional Russia probes

Twitter lawyer to testifyTwitter will send its acting general counsel to testify before the House and Senate Intelligence committees in hearings regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a company spokesperson.

Twitter's Sean Edgett will join Facebook’s general counsel, Colin Stretch, who is also set to testify at both hearings on Nov. 1, the social media giant said on Thursday.

Google, which was also invited to the hearing, has not yet commented on if it will send a representative to testify. Lawmakers, however, have said that they expect all three companies to attend.


Russia election probe in Congress turns to Twitter

russia probe turns to Twitter Executives from Twitter are set to appear before the House and Senate intelligence committees on Thursday to answer questions about Russian election meddling.

The Senate's intelligence committee is expected to ask whether disinformation spread by Russian Twitter accounts -- meant to disparage Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign -- entered legitimate Twitter news stories.


Congress should protect evidence gathered by Mueller in Russia probe, experts warn

Bob Graham, D-FlWith the continuing possibility that President Trump could fire special counsel Robert Mueller to thwart the Russia investigation, there is danger once again that key documents could be destroyed, veterans of special investigations warn. They are urging Congress to act quickly to help save crucial evidence before Mueller's team of prosecutors finds itself in the same predicament Akerman faced in 1973.

"Before that worst-case scenario occurs, this is the best time for the congressional committees to make sure that all of Mueller's documents, transcripts and other material goes to them if he is fired," said former senator Bob Graham, D-Fla., past chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and co-chairman of a joint Senate-House investigation into intelligence community activities before and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

TVNL Comment:  Don't you think that mounds of evidence has already been destroyed?  We'll see....


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