Impeachment Moves To Senate – After weeks of refusing to hand the articles of impeachment to the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally relented, transferring the articles to the Senate in an elaborate ceremony. The Senate will begin their trial of President Trump in earnest on Tuesday. President Trump has formed a rockstar defense team that includes famed law professor Alan Dershowitz and former Clinton special counsel Ken Starr, among other high-profile attorneys.
US Troops Injured In Iran Attack – The Pentagon announced that eleven US troops were treated for concussion symptoms after Iran’s retaliatory strike on an Iraqi military base housing them. The Pentagon’s statement apparently contradicts President Trump’s assertion that no US soldiers were injured or otherwise harmed in the attack.
Booker Drops Out – New Jersey Senator Cory Booker dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination after failing to garner enough support among voters to keep his candidacy viable. Booker, who tried creating a campaign centered around love and acceptance, was originally seen as a top contender, but his campaign quickly fizzled due to voters’ perception that he was being inauthentic.
Senate Passes USMCA – The Senate approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a trade deal championed by President Trump that will replace NAFTA, the trade deal that has been in place for 25 years and was often derided by the president. The USMCA was overwhelmingly approved by Senators 89-10, and President Trump is expected to sign it within the next few days.
Democrats Fighting – Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, once seen as allies, are now in a bitter fight over comments allegedly made by Sanders in a private 2018 meeting with Warren. A report claims that Sanders told Warren that a woman cannot win the presidency in 2020. During this week’s debate, Sanders and Warren clashed over the report, with Warren confirming it, and Sanders flatly denying it. After the debate, Warren refused to shake Sanders’ hand and a heated conversation took place between them.
Was US Ambassador Surveilled? – Ukraine announced this week that they are opening an investigation into whether the former US ambassador to the country was surveilled before being ousted by President Trump. Texts between Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, show that Robert Hyde, a Congressional candidate, was providing updates on Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s location and cellphone use.
US Expels Saudis – The United States expelled numerous Saudi military students following a shooting on a military base in Pensacola, Florida that killed 3 US servicemen. The shooter, a Saudi airman, had expressed support for terrorists prior to his attack, in which he was shot dead. After an investigation, the US chose to expel over a dozen other Saudis over concerns about their ideologies.