Trump accuses Democrats of 'open war on American democracy' in stinging impeachment letter – live

President sends six-page letter to House speaker Nancy Pelosi condemning inquiry as ‘unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power’

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8.59pm GMT

In case there wasn’t enough happening on Capitol Hill this week, the House is on track to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreeement by Thursday, likely making it the last piece of business before lawmakers leave for the holidays.

House Ways & Means Committee just reported out USMCA on a bipartisan voice vote. There were a couple shouted NOs (or maybe it was just Pascrell shouting loudly).

Full House expected to pass it on Thursday – a day after impeaching Trump. Just … wow.

8.56pm GMT

The FISA court has issued a public rebuke of the FBI over its handling of warrant applications on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, ordering the bureau to tell the court how it intends to improve its practices.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court—which operates in near total secret—called a recent watchdog report ‘troubling’ and described the behavior of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as ‘antithetical to the heightened duty of candor’ owed to the court.

The court ordered the government to explain to the court by early next year what steps it was taking to prevent such lapses in the future. The court order comes after a critical watchdog report found serious lapses in the FBI’s handling of the warrant against Mr. Page.

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Source: theguardian