“Everybody knows someone in their life that is already an amazing public servant,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a nine-minute video released Wednesday by Justice Democrats.
“Nominate that amazing public servant to take their service to the halls of Congress. Give them that nudge,” she said, adding that “my brother did it for me.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated Crowley in the Democratic primary last June, talked about how she became disenchanted with politics but then became energized after President Trump’s election.
Last month, Judge Royce Lamberth said the case of Clinton’s email server involved “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”
Judge Royce Lamberth ruled Tuesday that Obama administration officials, including national security adviser Susan Rice and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, must answer written questions as part of a conservative judicial advocacy group’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department over Clinton’s emails.
The lawsuit by Judicial Watch – now with the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit – was first filed in 2014 in an effort to obtain records related to Clinton and her staff’s response to the Benghazi attack. Specifically, the group sought documents about Rice’s explanation immediately after the attack on the U.S. compound that characterized it as a protest turned violent instead of a deliberate terrorist assault. At the time of the attack, Rice was serving as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
“But the case has since expanded to question the motives behind Clinton’s private email use while Secretary and behind the government’s conduct in this litigation,” Lamberth wrote in his Tuesday order.
Judicial Watch claims that Clinton intentionally used her private email server in an attempt to shield her communications from FOIA requests and that the State Department acted deceptively and did not really try to complete the request.
Pelosi lobbied for other members to join the panel over Rice, leaving the third-term New York Democrat off a list of her preferred members for the committee during a tense closed-door meeting Tuesday night, according to multiple sources. The effort came despite a full-court push from the New York delegation to secure a spot for Rice, a former prosecutor, on the panel that oversees everything from impeachment to guns to immigration.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the extraordinary step Wednesday of urging President Trump to delay his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, or submit the address in writing.
The president has been slated to deliver his televised annual address to a Joint Session of Congress on Jan. 29. But with no compromise in sight to resolve the standoff over government funding — a stalemate that extended into its 26th day, with the impact deepening for furloughed federal workers and others — Pelosi, D-Calif., suggested Trump put those plans on hold.
Mueller just got a bit older and wasted a lot of government money. “Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report may not be as shocking as it has been built up to be” – at least according to ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl.
Karl’s comments come two days after the New York Times reported that the FBI opened an investigation into whether Trump was working on behalf of Russia in 2017 following the president’s dismissal of former FBI director James Comey.
The president was slated to spend the day speaking by phone to staff and lawmakers, and he took to Twitter to demand Democrats come back to Washington.
“No one knows what he will do, and the president has not decided yet, so it keeps everyone guessing,” said one Republican close to the White House. “This could go on another week and he could declare an emergency, or this will go on until February.”
The president did not have any public events listed on his schedule for Saturday and Sunday. With weather forecasters predicting several inches of snow in Washington, golf — one of Trump’s favorite past times — seemed out of the question.
Central Paris was in lockdown against another feared eruption of violence by radical elements in the “gilets jaunes” (yellow vest) movement, with bridges across the Seine river closed and official buildings such as parliament and the Elysee presidential palace protected by police barriers.
Groups of protesters also gathered on and around Paris’s famous Champs Elysees boulevard, the scene of disturbances in recent weeks, many of them calling loudly for Macron to resign.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he described as “absolutely critical to border security” in his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday. But Department of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report by DHS.
A photo exclusively obtained by NBC News shows the results of the test after military and Border Patrol personnel were instructed to attempt to destroy the barriers with common tools.
The day after hundreds of gun rights supporters demonstrated in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s governor is adding his voice to the debate over the city’s proposed assault weapons ban.
Ahead of Monday’s open carry protest outside the City-County Building, public officials say they are ready for anything, but do not currently expect major disruptions in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Justin Dillon, 31, of Erie, Pa.,organized the protest in response to Pittsburgh City Council legislation introduced last month to ban assault-style weapons and types of ammunition, following the Oct. 27 mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill.
Mr. Dillon, who in 2014 won a court battle against the City of Erie over an ordinance banning guns in city parks, said the proposed legislation violates state law, which bans counties and municipalities from enacting gun regulations beyond those the state enacts.
Mr. Dillon initially applied for a permit for “fewer than 200” to protest but said he now expects many more — possibly in excess of 600 people — to attend the demonstration.