Democrats Reject Trump Son-In-Law Appointment

Democrats Reject Trump Son-In-Law AppointmentDemocrats in the United States have rejected the appointment of President-Elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law as a Senior White House Adviser.

They want the Justice Department and Office of Legal Ethics to review 36-year-old Jared Kushner’s appointment over concerns of nepotism and conflict of interest.

His lawyer however says the post does not breach anti-nepotism laws.

Mr Kushner is married to Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka and he is expected to step down as boss of his family’s real estate business.

He will also step down as publisher of the New York Observer newspaper in order to comply with ethics laws.

In his new role as a Senior White House Adviser, Mr Kushner will initially focus on trade policy and the middle east.

Congress Denies Impeachment Move Against Obama

obama 22Following the allegation of impeachment against the American President, Barack Obama, the  Republicans  have denied the move, insisting they have no plans to begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner declared on Tuesday, putting the blame on Democrats for stirring up pre-midterm election tensions in Washington.

Boehner is, however, hoping this week to pass Republican legislation that would authorize a lawsuit, claiming Obama overstepped his powers in ordering unilateral changes to his landmark healthcare law known as “Obamacare.”

The speaker said any such lawsuit could take years to wind through the court system.

Meanwhile, Obama is weighing whether to take executive action to scale back deportations of some undocumented residents, a move that would further ratchets up tensions with Republicans, who have blocked comprehensive changes to U.S. immigration law, insisting the president take stronger action to stop the flow of illegal migrants.

He further said that “We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans,” Boehner said in response to a reporter’s question.

He however  noted that it was the Democrats themselves who have been raising the notion of a Republican impeachment effort, using it to incite liberal voters and win campaign contributions for Democratic candidates running for re-election to Congress in November.

Last week, White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters that unilateral action by Obama on immigration reform “will certainly up the likelihood that they (Republicans) would consider impeachment.”

Since Obama’s first term, some conservative Republicans have mused about impeachment, which would be the initial step in a two-step process that allows Congress to remove a sitting president.

Under the U.S. Constitution, if the House were to approve articles of impeachment, the Senate would then have to vote on whether to convict the president of any charges brought by the House and thus remove him from office.

The last effort to impeach a president came in 1998 and 1999, when Republicans attempted to remove President Bill Clinton from office on perjury and obstruction of justice charges in connection with his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

The Senate failed to achieve the two-thirds majority needed to remove Clinton, and the episode caused enough negative fallout to allow Democrats to win back five Senate seats in the 2000 election, wiping out a Republican majority.