The surprising history of impeachment and what it means for Trump

Washington (CNN)As Democrats try to square growing calls for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump with hesitation from party leadership — and the political reality of a Republican-controlled Senate — it’s worth understanding what’s behind the concept of impeachment and why it should or shouldn’t apply to Trump. CNN: I found it really interesting the way you tied the idea of impeachment back to the Magna Carta and how lords used it almost as a form of protection against the king. Is there anything left from that original meaning in the way it is applied today? BOWMAN: For centuries, the kings and queens of England were the dictators of their age, with the added advantage that they could claim a …

Mike Pence’s unbelievable answer on whether climate change is a threat

(CNN)Sometimes you have to read something to believe it. Vice President Mike Pence’s pretzel-twisting when asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper whether climate change is a threat to the United States is one of those times. TAPPER: But I want to ask you a question about climate change.

A bipartisan Senate bill would tell you how much Facebook and Google make from your data

(CNN)Two US senators said they are introducing a bill on Monday that could force big tech companies to disclose how much money consumers’ personal information is worth to their businesses. The bill also contains more familiar ideas, such as requiring companies to tell users what information they collect and to give consumers the ability to delete all or parts of their data from a service. Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The bill was first reported by Axios. By providing more visibility into the tech companies’ businesses, the bill could help antitrust regulators determine whether the platforms may be harming competition, Warner said in a release — an early copy of which was …

Trump and supporters downplay significance of Mueller’s statement

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and his team on Wednesday sought to downplay the significance of special counsel Robert Mueller’s first public comments about his investigation and the reason he did not draw a conclusion on whether Trump committed a crime. Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow emphasized that Attorney General Bill Barr “determined that there was no obstruction by the President,” and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders hammered home those same conclusions, while urging “everyone” to move on with their lives. “After two years, the special counsel is moving on with his life, and everyone else should do the same,” Sanders said. The responses from the President and his team ignored Mueller’s most damning comments from a lectern at the …

DOJ agrees to make Mueller court activity public, with some redactions

Washington (CNN)The Justice Department said Tuesday it agrees that a federal court in Washington can make public lists describing potentially hundreds of miscellaneous court actions, like search warrants, used in the Mueller investigation. Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the DC District Court has shown the government three lists of unknown length that give limited information about these matters. It is possible that the lists will reveal how often Mueller approached technology and communications companies for access to information — with the targets of many of the warrants not named in these lists. “The government has reviewed the sealed lists of docket information filed on this docket by the Court, and expects to have no objection to the public release of …

How long can Nancy Pelosi hold off impeachment?

(CNN)Nancy Pelosi has made clear — over and over again — that she opposes the Democratic-controlled House trying to impeach President Donald Trump right now. And, Pelosi has, for the most part, been able to enforce that position among her House Democratic colleagues over the intervening few months — even as special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released and showed multiple occasions in which Trump seemed to commit obstructive behavior in regard to the special counsel probe looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Until now. Here’s CNN’s latest reporting on the rising tensions among House Democrats:

Theresa May prepares ‘bold’ last-ditch offer to MPs on Brexit bill

Prime minister will ask her cabinet to sign off on concessions this week Theresa May will ask her cabinet to sign off a package of Brexit concessions this week, as she gears up for one last bid to win over MPs and salvage something concrete from her troubled premiership. With the Conservatives on course for a drubbing in Thursdays European elections, the prime minister hopes the results will focus the minds of her own MPs and persuade them to support the long-awaited withdrawal agreement bill (WAB). Despite the collapse of cross-party talks with Labour, ministers hope some of the measures discussed can still be bolted on to the bill, as part of what May has called a new, bold offer …

Abrams still mulling 2020 bid: ‘I’ll probably jump in myself’ if voter suppression isn’t a top priority for others

(CNN)Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is still weighing a 2020 run for president, she said in an interview Thursday, once again teasing a run for a major office in the coming election. “For me, the most important and urgent conversation of the day is the fight for free and fair elections, because I believe that that is an existential crisis facing our democracy,” she said, later adding, “we can not win elections in America for the people if we do not have candidates who are fighting against voter suppression.” Abrams said the ability to maximize turnout and reframe Democrats’ motivation in the 2020 election are key factors for a winning candidate. “We also have to have candidates who are …

Appeals court allows Trump’s policy of returning some asylum seekers to Mexico to continue for now

(CNN)A federal appeals court is allowing the Trump administration to continue returning some asylum seekers to Mexico for the duration of their immigration hearings, for now. During oral arguments in late April, the three-judge panel — made up of two judges appointed by Democratic presidents and one appointed by a Republican — grappled with whether the policy should be allowed to continue, diving into technical matters and raising concerns about the process itself without providing much indication about where they stood on the policy overall. Judge Paul J. Watford, who had expressed skepticism about the process, relayed those concerns again in his concurring opinion. “In my view, DHS has adopted procedures so ill-suited to achieving that stated goal as to …

Democratic congressman says he is ‘ready’ to throw Barr in jail

Washington (CNN)A Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee said Tuesday he does not want to throw Attorney General William Barr in jail but is “ready to do so.” Doggett is one of the more liberal members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Democratic leadership of that committee has requested the IRS turn over the last six years of Trump’s tax returns. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rejected that request on Monday on advice from the Department of Justice, which is headed up by Barr. Doggett said the tactics being used by Trump to block House Democrats’ investigations makes it seem like he’s “almost begging for impeachment.” “I don’t think it’s time to go there at this …