Dem Rep. Yarmuth: 'We're Essentially in the Beginning of an Impeachment Process'

Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day,” Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) predicted that despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) comments that impeachment of President Donald Trump “wasn’t worth it,” various House committees are already exploring the impeachment option given their hearing and investigations. Yarmuth, who also chairs the House Budget Committee, quipped Trump also committed an impeachable offense with the budget he submitted. “Well, first of all, I think he probably ought to be impeached because of the budget document he sent up to the Hill yesterday,” Yarmuth said. “But that’s another story.” He went on to add that despite Pelosi’s objections to impeachment, he did see offenses committed by Trump that rose to the level of impeachment. “You know, I think we have a situation — I fully understand where Speaker Pelosi is coming from,” he said. “She makes valid points. But in my opinion, if impeachment is to mean anything and it is in the Constitution for a reason, it is because when we see evidence of impeachable offenses, we need to start the process to remove the president from office.” “I think we are essentially in the beginning of an impeachment process,” Yarmuth added. “The impeachment process begins with

GOP Sen. Hoeven: 'We're Close' to Shutdown Resolution

On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Evening Edit,” Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) said he believes that “we’re close” to negotiating a solution to end the government shutdown. Hoeven said, “I think we’re getting closer. … Now, we need to stay at this until we get it done. We’ve got negotiations going on. Let’s keep negotiating and keep voting and get something done. I believe we can do it. I believe we’re close. It should include, not only funding the remaining 25% of government, but also, securing the border. But we’re close. Let’s get it done.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Tucker Carlson: Racism Charges 'Won't Work with This Show' — 'We're Not Intimidated'

[Editor’s note: Article updated to include statement from Fox News. See below.] Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson reacted to critics crying foul over his remarks last week claiming some types of immigration made the country “poorer and dirtier and more divided.” Carlson’s comments pertained to how immigration can impact the labor market, environment and culture. In his follow-up remarks on Monday, Carlson vowed not to be intimidated. Partial transcript as follows: CARLSON: We’ve talked a lot on this show about the threat to free speech. It turns out, it’s very real. Here’s one example. Last week, we interviewed a man named Genaro Lopez. Lopez is an elected official in Tijuana, Mexico. He’s exactly the kind of person you’d think a lot of American journalists would want to talk to. For months, the media have demanded that the migrant Caravan from Honduras must be admitted into the United States. Once it gets here, they’ve told us, our country will be greatly improved by its presence. That’s how immigration works. OK. It turns out we can test that hypothesis. That very same Caravan, the one they’ve been telling you about, is now encamped in Tijuana. It’s been there for weeks. Simple

Dem Rep Himes: 'We're Heading Into a Messy Early January' with Pelosi Fight

On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) said Democrats are “heading into a messy early January” due to the battle over whether House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will be the speaker. Himes said, “Well, you know, we’re heading into a messy early January. Because it would appear from that letter, that this group has enough members to prevent Nancy Pelosi, who will get the majority of the caucus vote to be the speaker, from actually becoming the speaker on the floor.” He continued, “[T]here’s a whole conversation to be had about whether the Democratic leadership is changing fast enough. … That’s a very fair conversation to have, but I’ve been encouraging people I know on that letter to ask themselves, you know, what — then what’s the plan? You know, no one has emerged to challenge Nancy Pelosi, which would be the right way to actually set up a leadership race. And do they imagine that if they prevent her, as maybe they can, from becoming speaker, whoever is behind Nancy Pelosi in that instance comes in to a unified caucus?” Himes further stated, “So, anyway, I — we’ll see how this all plays out. There’s a lot

Swalwell: 'We're Going to Do All We Can' to Get Whitaker to Recuse Himself

On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) vowed that Democrats will do everything they can to get Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself due to the fact that Whitaker has “pre-judged” Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.