Attorney General William Barr has announced a plan to launch his anti-gun violence initiative on the same day as the launch of the public impeachment hearing in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, according to The Hill.
“Barr plans to roll out Project Guardian, a strategic plan to decrease gun violence across the country while in Memphis, Tenn.,” The Hill reported.
“A release from the Justice Department said Barr’s announcement would take place starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, while the first public impeachment inquiry is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.”
Politicians have largely ignored the earlier prevalent issue of gun control which was constantly in the news after a spree of shootings left 53 dead in August alone. However, since impeachment has stolen the spotlight, gun control has fallen by the wayside in favor of speculation over who the whistleblower in the impeachment process might be.
According to the first daughter, Ivanka Trump on Friday, the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant, since their intent is much more important.
The DailyMail reported that Trump is echoing her father, President Donald Trump’s opinion that the whistleblower is attempting to help overturn the 2016 presidential election. However, in an interview with The Associated Press, she disagreed with her presidential dad saying that the identity was “not particularly relevant.”
“The Republican president and some of his allies have been pressing the news media to publicize the whistleblower’s name, but Ivanka Trump said the person’s motives were more important. And she declined to speculate on what they may have been,” the DailyMail reported.
“The whistleblower shouldn’t be a substantive part of the conversation,” Ivanka Trump told the AP, saying the person “did not have firsthand information.”
Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, strongly disagrees with the first daughter’s opinion, having worked to block a resolution put forth by Democratic Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Mazie Hirono which would reaffirm the Senate’s support for whistleblower protections.
According to The Hill Paul additionally accused Democrats of “fake outrage,” for their resolution which “acknowledges the contributions of whistleblowers” and throws the chamber’s support behind protecting whistleblowers from retaliation.”
“The threats we have seen over the last few days are so egregious they demand bipartisan outrage from one end of this chamber to the other, whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, independent, liberal, moderate or conservative,” Schumer said on the Senate floor according to The Hill. “What’s happening here is another erosion of the values of this republic for political expediency.”
Schumer added that congressmen in his chamber should “send a message today that the Senate reaffirms our long-standing tradition about defending whistleblowers.”
Paul, however, wasn’t having it and exercised the right of any senator to block the passage of a bill, indicating that he wouldn’t support it but would instead ask for his colleagues to pass whistleblower legislation that he had introduced earlier that day.
“I support whistleblowers, and I do think they have a role to play in keeping government accountable … but what we have seen over the last few years is that we have a system that we should continue to refine,” Paul said, adding that his legislation would “make clear” that President Donald Trump, and any accused, should be able to face his accuser.
“The bill I will introduce today will expand the whistleblower act [and] would be made retroactive so Edward Snowden can come home to live in his own country. All he did was expose that his government was not obeying the Constitution,” Paul said.
So far, the House has fallen far short by failing to follow the same basic procedures that it has followed for every other President in our history.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) October 8, 2019
Written by Savannah Pointer.