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Boston Jail to Stop Housing Federal Immigration Detainees

Boston’s sheriff is ending his office’s longtime relationship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying his jails will stop housing hundreds of federal detainees in order to house more female inmates.Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins maintained the move, which he announced late Tuesday, is not a political statement but an effort to improve the lives of incarcerated women, which he said is the fastest-growing incarcerated population in the country.ICE has had a contract with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office since 2003, but the Suffolk County House of Correction, which is sometimes referred to as South Bay jail, has become a focal point of local protests against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies in recent years.“We take pride in the services that we have been able to provide to ICE detainees,” Tompkins said in a statement. “But we are elated about this new opportunity to expand our services across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reach more women with our dedicated programming so that we can begin to work on their recovery, address some the issues that first led them into the system, and return them to society better able to care for themselves and their families.”The jail’s decision will have a “huge impact” on ICE’s day-to-day operations as the facility is close to federal immigration court and Logan International Airport in Boston, said Todd Michael Lyons, the agency’s New England deputy director.Most federal detainees at the Boston jail are “high-level category offenders,” including people convicted of violent felonies and gang members, he said.The agency said detainees will now have to be placed in other Massachusetts jails or elsewhere in the country, potentially impacting the ability of families or lawyers to visit in person.The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts applauded the sheriff’s decision but said it would be a “disservice” to Massachusetts families if the decision led to the creation of new detention space or resulted in detainees losing access to their families and legal representation.Tompkins said federal authorities are expected to complete the transfer of about 200 federal detainees by mid-December.He said the jail will begin receiving female inmates from Essex, Norfolk, and Plymouth counties this week as part of a new effort to regionalize services. He said the women will be enrolled in the jail’s specialized programs, which work to address issues such as domestic violence, sexual exploitation and substance use in order to better prepare them for release.The South Bay jail currently houses about 1,200 inmates, of which about 200 are ICE detainees and nearly 100 are female inmates. 

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NBA Postpones Nets-Lakers Media Sessions in Shanghai

The NBA called off scheduled media sessions Wednesday for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled.The teams were practicing in Shanghai, where at least two other NBA events in advance of the start of the China games were canceled as part of the ongoing rift that started after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet last week that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.“Given the fluidity of the situation, today’s media availability has been postponed,” the league said. By nightfall Wednesday in China, which is 12 hours ahead of Eastern time in the U.S., the availabilities had not been rescheduled — though having them on Thursday remains possible.An NBA Cares event in Shanghai that was to benefit Special Olympics was called off, as was a “fan night” celebration that was to be highlighted by the league announcing plans to refurbish some outdoor courts in that city. And workers in multiple spots around Shanghai were tearing down large outdoor promotional advertisements for Thursday’s Lakers-Nets game.The teams are also supposed to play Saturday in Shenzhen. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver met with players from both the Nets and Lakers on Wednesday in Shanghai, telling them that the league’s intention remains to play the games as scheduled.Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has joined the list of companies that have suspended — for now, at least — ties with the NBA, and that only adds to the uncertainty over whether the China games will be played. Vivo was a presenting sponsor of the Lakers-Nets games, and on Wednesday there was no reference to the game in Shanghai on the list of upcoming events scheduled at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Other firms such as apparel company Li-Ning announced similar moves earlier this week, as the rift was just beginning.Silver said Tuesday in Tokyo that he supports Morey’s right to free speech. Several Chinese companies have suspended their partnership with the NBA in recent days, and Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said it will not broadcast the Lakers-Nets games.“I’m sympathetic to our interests here and to our partners who are upset,” Silver said. “I don’t think it’s inconsistent on one hand to be sympathetic to them and at the same time stand by our principles.”All around China, stores that sell NBA merchandise were removing Rockets-related apparel from shelves and many murals featuring the Rockets — even ones with Yao Ming, the Chinese great who played for Houston during his NBA career — were being painted over.San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich spoke out Tuesday in Miami in support of how Silver is handling the situation.“And it wasn’t easy for him to say,” Popovich said. “He said that in an environment fraught with possible economic peril. But he sided with the principles that we all hold dearly, or most of us did until the last three years. So I’m thrilled with what he said.”Other NBA coaches have not been so willing to discuss the situation. Philadelphia’s Brett Brown said he did not wish to get into specifics of the China-NBA rift, though he said he has been to that country many times and is always blown away by how popular the game is there.“Just massive amounts of basketball courts and you’re looking out and there’s no available court,” Brown said. “It’s just people playing on a court. I took a (lower-level) Australian team to China and the story comes there was 400 million viewers watching not the true national team. You’re just reminded of the popularity of the sport.”Brown’s 76ers played a Chinese team — the Guangzhou Loong Lions — on Tuesday night, and two fans said they were removed by arena security for holding signs and chanting in support of Hong Kong. The signs read “Free Hong Kong” and “Free HK.”The sentiment was not different from Morey’s since-deleted tweet last week of an image that read, “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.”The NBA is not the first major corporation to deal with criticism from China over political differences. Mercedes-Benz, Delta Air Lines, hotel operator Marriott, fashion brand Zara and others also have found themselves in conflicts with China in recent years.After Morey’s tweet was deleted, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said Morey does not speak for the organization. Joe Tsai, who recently completed his purchase of the Nets and is a co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has said the damage to the NBA’s relationship with China “will take a long time to repair.”

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Invasion of Northeast Syria Carries Gain And Risk For Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long threatened to send troops into northeastern Syria to clear the border region of Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Turkey considers a serious security threat.A Turkish invasion looks more likely after President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement that U.S. troops, who had fought alongside the Kurds against Islamic State group, would withdraw from the area.
Here is a look at what Turkey wants to achieve in the area, and the risks and challenges it faces by getting even more deeply involved in the Syrian crisis.What does Turkey want?Turkey wants to create what it calls a “safe zone” in a stretch of territory along its southern border with Syria that is currently controlled by Syrian Kurdish fighters, known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG.Turkey considers the YPG as terrorists affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged a 35-year-long battle against the Turkish state. Ankara also views the YPG-controlled zone as an “existential threat.”Erdogan has demanded a “safe zone” that is 30 kilometers (20 miles) deep and stretches more than 480 kilometers (300 miles) toward the Iraqi border. He initially had hoped to do it in collaboration with the United States but grew frustrated with what he considered to be delaying tactics by the U.S.Once secured, Turkey wants to resettle the area with 2 million Syrian refugees who fled to Turkey due to the conflict in their home country.  How such a massive resettlement would be carried out is unclear. Human rights groups have warned that any escalation of fighting in the area could displace hundreds of thousands more people.Erdogan has spoken of plans to build towns, villages, hospitals and schools but also says Turkey, which has already spent some $40 billion on the refugees, cannot afford to do it alone. He has said he will convene a donors conference to help meet the cost and has called on European nations to share the burden, warning that Turkey could be forced to open the “gates” for an influx of migrants to Western nations.Kurds vow to fight back Turkey has carried out two previous incursions into northern Syria in recent years with the help of Syrian rebels. In the first offensive in 2016, Turkey pushed back Islamic State group militants west of the Euphrates River. In the second operation last year, Turkey captured the Syrian-Kurdish controlled enclave of Afrin. Those regions are currently administered by Turkish-backed opposition groups who run them as virtual Turkish-administered towns.Analysts say this operation would likely be more complicated. Unwilling to let go of an area they wrested from the Islamic State group, the battle-hardened Kurdish fighters, trained and equipped by the U.S., have vowed to fight the Turks until the end.
“It’s a huge area for the Turkish military to go into and clearly there will be resistance on the part of the (Syrian Kurdish forces),” said Bulent Aliriza, of the director of the Turkey Project at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.Aliriza suggested the operation may be a limited one that does not stretch all the way to the Iraqi border. “That’s what we are going to look at first. How deep and how broad is it, whether it’s all the way across from the Iraqi border to the Euphrates, or just limited to two or three penetration points.”Critics of Trump’s decision fear a Turkish operation could have destabilizing consequences for the region, while both Democrats and Republicans have warned that a Turkish attack could lead to a large number of fatalities among the Kurds, who are holding thousands of captured IS fighters and their families.What about the fight against the Islamic State group? One of the big question marks surrounding Turkey’s plans is whether fighting the Syrian Kurdish forces would allow IS to make a comeback.Turkey insists that the global battle against the militants won’t suffer, and points to its 2016 incursion, which drove away IS from another border region.But Kurdish officials have warned that they would have to divert their forces away from guarding IS prisoners in case of a Turkish assault. Kurdish authorities run more than two dozen detention facilities, scattered around northeastern Syria, holding about 10,000 IS fighters.
The White House has said Turkey will take over responsibility for the imprisoned fighters, but it is unclear how that would happen, if it all.Erdogan says Turkey and the United States are working separately on plans to repatriate foreign fighters held in Kurdish prisons.

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2 People Fatally Shot in City of Halle, Germany

Federal prosecutors in Germany have assumed control of an investigation into the shooting deaths of two people in the city of Halle.The country’s federal prosecutors handle cases involving possible terrorism and national security.The shootings occurred Wednesday near a synagogue and a Turkish kabob restaurant, but police said the exact target of the attack was not clear.The shooting took place as Jews around the world observed Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar.Authorities said one of the two suspected assailants was arrested after fleeing in a car.  Authorities have not disclosed information about the detained suspect.The railway station in Halle, an eastern German city of 240,000, was closed as a precaution.Gunfire was also reported in the nearby town of Landsberg, but it was not clear if it was connected to the shootings in Halle.

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Обвинуваченому в участі в «самообороні Криму» загрожує до 8 років ув’язнення – прокуратура АРК

Прокуратура Автономної Республіки Крим направила до суду обвинувальний акт щодо учасника незаконного збройного формування «самооборона Криму». Як повідомляє прес-служба відомства, обвинуваченому інкримінують частину 2 статті 260 Кримінального кодексу України. Кримінальна відповідальність за даний злочин передбачена у вигляді позбавлення волі від трьох до восьми років.

За інформацією прокуратури, підозрюваного затримали 11 червня 2019 року, на контрольно-пропускному пункті «Каланчак», при спробі перетину адмінкордону Криму з Херсонською областю.

У відомстві не називають імені та прізвища обвинуваченого.

За даними джерел проєкту Радіо Свобода Крим.Реалії, мова йде про Степана Резуника, якого 2 жовтня суд в Херсоні випустив з СІЗО під заставу у 240 840 гривень.

Читайте також: Кримчанин, затриманий за підозрою у участі в «самообороні» Криму, їздив на материк за візами – дружина​

На пункті пропуску «Каланчак» на адміністративному кордоні між окупованим Кримом і Херсонщиною 11 червня співробітники Нацполіції АРК і Держприкордонслужби України затримали розшукуваного раніше учасника збройного формування «самооборона Криму».

Національна поліція АРК і Севастополя з початку 2019 року оголосила в розшук 28 членів «самооборони» Криму.

На початку 2018 року прокурора АРК Гюндуз Мамедов повідомляв, що Прокуратура Автономної Республіки Крим встановила дані понад п’ятсот членів кримської «самооборони». Пізніше генеральний прокурор України Юрій Луценко повідомив, що українські правоохоронці встановили особи 900 членів «самооборони» Криму.

Формування «Самооборона Криму» з’явилося напередодні анексії півострова і допомагало російської анексії. 11 червня 2014 року підконтрольний Кремлю парламент півострова узаконив цю організацію, ухваливши відповідний закон.

Правозахисники не раз заявляли про причетність цього збройного формування до низки злочинів, більшість з яких досі в Криму не розкрита.

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Генеральна прокуратура передала в СБУ розслідування справ про напади на активіста Стерненка

Передано «у зв’язку з необхідністю перевірки інформації щодо можливої причетності до нападів представників місцевої влади та поліції»

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Philippine Officials Consider Extending Martial Law in Mindanao

The Philippine government imposed martial law on its giant southern island of Mindanao in early 2017 to help fight a war against Muslim rebels who had seized the center of the lakeside university town Marawi. Two years after the war ended, martial law remains and officials are talking about an extension into 2020.Martial law is not new to the Philippines. Former President Ferdinand Marco ruled as dictator under martial law from 1972 until 1981.But this time some people in Mindanao are pushing back. Martial law, they argue, keeps the island safer. But it may also keep business away.Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said in July he would consider extending martial law into 2020 if local officials want it, domestic media outlet Philstar.com reported. He said the island and outlying seas were still at risk.“Ideally, it is obviously good to see Mindanao freed from security challenges by the end of 2019 and therefore martial law may not be expected to be implemented anymore,” said Henelito Sevilla, assistant international relations professor at University of the Philippines.“However, Mindanao is Mindanao, and the region should not be compared to other parts of the Philippines where security challenges are less diverse in terms of nature, area and extent as compared to Mindanao islands,” Sevilla said. “The islands of Mindanao are very diverse in terms of tribal affinity, political cleavages and even armed groupings.”National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. had said in mid-2019 via Philippine media that he would propose another year of martial law.Violent elements remainTroops declared victory against the Muslim rebels in Marawi in October 2017 after fighting killed more than 1,100. In early 2019, Marawi and surrounding areas formally became the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. It was to be administered at least in part by a rebel group that had signed a peace deal with the government in 2014.However, an armed splinter of that group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, occasionally stages deadly ambushes including an August attack that killed three military informants. Abu Sayyaf, a separate rebel group known for kidnapping and slaying foreign tourists, remains intact on islands off Mindanao’s west coast. The armed communist New People’s Army has its own camps in Mindanao.Muslim rebels believe the Philippine Catholic majority controls an unfair share of resources in Mindanao despite five centuries of Muslim settlement. Violence there has killed about 120,000 people in Mindanao and adjacent Sulu Sea since the 1960s.Light impactMartial law lets troops and police work together without normal legal checks and balances. Authorities can also enforce curfews and randomly search vehicles.But in much of Mindanao, martial law is hardly noticeable. Around the port city Cagayan de Oro, for example, cars stop only between the domestic airport and downtown for routine checks. Police do not enforce curfews in the downtown mega-malls, upscale restaurants and major high-rise hotel.Road checkpoints turn up more often on highways around the Bangsamoro region, home to some 3.8 million mostly Muslim Filipinos.In Davao, the Philippine archipelago’s second largest city after Manila, people broadly support the extension of martial law, said a scholar who just visited. Davao is on Mindanao’s east coast, removed from most rebel attacks.“I asked people, they like the army because they feel considerably safe, and it’s actually not hindering the daily life of the people,” said the visitor Enrico Cau, Southeast Asia-specialized associate researcher at the Taiwan Strategy Research Association.“Just the idea that martial law hinders investment, deters people from going, stops tourists — even not so much,” he said. “Because when I got to Davao on August 17 and when I left in September, for example, hotels didn’t have one single room.”Is Mindanao safe enough already?Davao’s mayor and city council expressed formal opposition to continued martial law after ambassadors visited the city in mid-2019 and said the law raises costs of doing business, domestic media say. Much of Mindanao’s 25 million population lives in poverty, largely for lack of investment.Protest from the mayor may roll back martial law next year to cover only parts of Mindanao where rebels are likely to strike, Cau said. The mayor is also Duterte’s daughter.Renato Reyes, secretary general of the Manila-based Bagong Alyansang Makabaya alliance of leftist causes, saidPhilippine officials should drop martial law to focus instead on a peace process that address poverty and inequality in Mindanao.The government should use martial law to “expedite the development of new growth centers” in Mindanao to meet economic needs, said Aaron Rabena, a research fellow at Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, a Manila research organization.“We cannot live in a world where martial law is the norm,” Reyes said. “It should always be the last resort for government. When all civilian agencies or institutions are unable to discharge their functions, that’s when the military will come in.” 

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While Most Republicans Back Trump on Impeachment, a Small Number Are Voicing Concern

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is one of the few Republicans lawmakers to openly rebuke President Donald Trump for asking the new Ukrainian president in late July to investigate one of Trump’s major Democratic rivals, former vice president Joe Biden.“The President should not have raised the Biden issue on that call, period,” Portman told The Columbus Dispatch on Monday. “It is not appropriate for a president to engage a foreign government in an investigation of a political opponent.”Portman’s views are a relative rarity among the 252 Republican members of Congress. For the president to be impeached and removed from office, 20 out of 53 Republican senators would need to join with the Democrats and vote to remove him.  For Portman, that’s a step too far for now.Congressman Rob Portman said despite his differences with Trump, who recently urged both Ukraine and China to investigate Biden, he did not view Trump’s conduct as an impeachable offense.Portman said despite his differences with Trump, who recently urged both Ukraine and China to investigate Biden, he did not view Trump’s conduct as an impeachable offense. Trump so far has commanded overwhelming Republican backing as he battles against the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry that was sparked by the phone call between the U.S. and Ukrainian presidents.However, a small but growing number of Republicans are favoring an investigation as more details of the scandal emerge, according to a VOA review.Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served in Republican President George W. Bush’s administration, recently criticized the state of U.S. foreign policy and blamed Republicans for being “terrified” of criticizing Trump.Powell said during a televised lecture moderated by CNN columnist Fareed Zakaria that “Republican leaders and members of the Congress . . . are holding back because they’re terrified of what will happen [to] any one of them if they speak out.” What they fear, he said, was losing their primary elections if Trump forces came after them. The four-star general suggested that losing a primary would not be “such a disaster.”In all, about 16 prominent Republicans including Portman and Powell have publicly raised concern about Trump’s conduct or defended the House Democrats’ right to seek answers to questions about Trump’s efforts to enlist foreign countries to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter — who did business in Ukraine and China during his father’s tenure as vice president. Here is a summary of the 14 other Republicans who have spoken out.Congressman Mark Amodei: “Let’s put it through the process and see what happens.”The Nevada House member initially suggested that the impeachment inquiry is justified, but later pulled back.  In a call with the Nevada Independent, Amodei stated he was “a big fan of oversight, so let’s let the committees get to work and see where it goes.” Later Amodei emphasized that “In no way, shape, or form, did I indicate support for impeachment.” He said that he would base his vote on whether he found “credible evidence” that Trump “broke a specific law.”From left, Congressman Mark Amodei of Nevada and Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska.Senator Ben Sasse: “Americans don’t look to Chinese commies for the truth.”The Nebraska senator wrote to the Omaha World-Herald after Trump suggested China investigate Joe Biden for corruption. “If the Biden kid broke laws by selling his name to Beijing, that’s a matter for American courts, not communist tyrants running torture camps,” Sasse wrote. The senator called the House Democrats’  impeachment inquiry a “partisan clown show.” In contrast, he said the Senate inquiry is “working to follow the facts one step at a time.” Sasse previously said the whistleblower complaint against Trump that triggered the impeachment probe contained “real troubling things” and that Republicans “ought not just circle the wagons.”     However, he has not made a judgment on whether Trump should be impeached.Senator Susan Collins: “The president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent.”The Maine senator took issue with Trump’s comments on the White House lawn that China should investigate Biden for corruption.  Collins said she had no comment on the current evidence for the impeachment inquiry. She said she hopes the impeachment inquiry will “be done with the seriousness that any impeachment proceeding deserves.” Collins said she was preparing for the likelihood that the House would send articles of impeachment to the Senate. Collins told the Bangor Daily News that she plans to act as a juror as she did in the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1998.From left, Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania.Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick: Law Enforcement should look into the case and report to CongressThe Pennsylvania House member does not support the House’s impeachment inquiry. Instead he suggests allowing law enforcement to evaluate the case. “Whether or not law enforcement matters and investigations should be initiated or closed are decisions that should be made by law enforcement and law enforcement alone, not by politicians,” Fitzpatrick said in a statement. Fitzpatrick was an FBI agent assigned to anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine in 2015 at the time Joe Biden was vice president and his son was working in Ukraine.Senator Mitt Romney: “The President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling.”The Utah senator and former presidential candidate issued a statement on Twitter after President Trump suggested China could investigate Joe Biden for corruption.  The senator tweeted: “When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated. President Trump struck back at the senator in a series of expletive tweets saying Romney “choked” in the 2012 presidential election and tagging one tweet ‘#IMPEACHMITTROMNEY.’From left, Senator Mitt Romney of Utah and Congressman Will Hurd of Texas.Congressman Will Hurd: “We need to fully investigate all of the allegations addressed in the letter.”The Texas congressman said the House should investigate the allegations in the whistleblower’s  report. On CBS’ 60 Minutes, Hurd emphasized he wanted to understand “the motivations and intentions” of those involved in the phone call. “What I want to do is understand the truth,” said Hurd. He is on the committee leading the investigation into the whistleblowers complaints. Hurd called the impeachment inquiry “wordplay” used by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “placate some of the extreme wings of her party.”Congressman John Curtis: Says he has the “utmost confidence in the investigative tools Congress has at its disposal.”The Utah House member released an official statement saying that he is “closely monitoring” the formal inquiry and that he was pleased that Trump released the transcript of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.From left, Congressman John Curtis of Utah and Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa.Senator Chuck Grassley: “No one should be making judgments or pronouncements without hearing from the whistleblower first.”The Iowa senator issued a statement saying the whistleblower who revealed Trump’s call should be heard out and protected. Grassley did not offer an opinion on whether Trump should be impeached. Instead he said that “uninformed speculation wielded by politicians or media commentators as a partisan weapon is counterproductive and doesn’t serve the country.” The senator said that media reports on the whistleblowers identity “don’t serve the public interest.” Grassley is the chairman and co-founder of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus.Congressman Troy Balderson: “At this moment we don’t have all the facts.”The Ohio House member  told Spectrum News that he believed in “full transparency,” in the impeachment inquiry. Balderson said the allegations against the president are “serious and concerning.” The representative said he looks forward to “reviewing all available information so Congress may address the situation based on the facts presented to us.” Balderson narrowly won his district’s special election thank to an endorsement from Trump and former governor John Kasich, a moderate Republican.From left, Congressman Troy Balderson of Ohio and Congressman Steve Stivers of Ohio.Congressman Steve Stivers: “These are very serious allegations, and I’ll be monitoring the situation closely.”The Ohio House member’s spokeswoman told The Columbus Dispatch that Stivers “has concerns about the president’s call with the Ukrainian president, but has been encouraged by the amount of information that has been disclosed in the past couple of weeks.”Jeff Flake: “35 Republican Senators” would convict Trump if the vote were a secret ballot.The former Arizona senator suggested that many GOP senators want to break away from Trump but are concerned about backlash from voters.  Flake made the comment in response to political consultant Mike Murphy’s statement on MSNBC that he had been told by an anonymous Republican senator that 30 Republican senators would impeach Trump if their vote was secret. “There’s a lot of fear of what it means to go against the president,” said Flake, a critic of the president, “but most Republican senators would not like to be dealing with this for another year or another five years.”Trump’s Republican primary challengers have also weighed in on the inquiry, varying from supporting an investigation into potential wrongdoings to suggesting the president could be convicted of treason.From left, former Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona and former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford.Mark Sanford: “Very troubling charges” against Trump.The former South Carolina Governor and 2020 presidential candidate appeared on CNN’s State of the Union to address the House’s impeachment inquiry. Sanford suggested a congressional censure of Trump might be more appropriate, but did not outright say impeachment proceedings would be wrong. He favors Congress leading an investigation into potential wrong doing.Joe Walsh: “Donald Trump is a traitor.”The former Illinois House member and 2020 presidential candidate appeared alongside Sanford on CNN’s State of the Union to address the House’s impeachment inquiry. “He [Trump] stood on the White House lawn … and told two additional foreign governments to interfere in our election. That alone is impeachable.” said Walsh.    The presidential candidate said if he was still in Congress, where he served one term, he would vote to impeach Trump. Walsh said he did not consider the president’s actions to be treasonous.From left, former Congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.Bill Weld: “It’s treason, pure and simple.”The former Massachusetts governor and 2020 presidential candidate, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and suggested that Trump’s phone call to the Ukraine president could go beyond impeachment. “Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election, it couldn’t be clearer, and that’s not just undermining democratic institutions,” Weld said. “That is treason. It’s treason, pure and simple. And the penalty for treason under the U.S. code is death. “That’s the only penalty.”

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