What We’re Following Today
It’s Monday, March 4.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that a resolution to block President Donald Trump’s national-emergency declaration will pass the Senate after Senator Rand Paul joined the growing number of Republicans who have said they will vote for the resolution, but that he doesn’t believe lawmakers can override a presidential veto.
As I said to my colleague Yasmeen Serhan—who is in London covering the Brexit debate—the U.S. and the U.K. are both mired in political turmoil at the moment. “Two great democracies, two messy situations.”
Jerry Nadler’s Big Move: The House Judiciary Committee asked more than 80 witnesses and entities to hand over documents as part of a massive investigation into possible obstruction of justice, corruption, and abuse of power by Trump and his administration. This probe could be the most revealing one yet, writes Natasha Bertrand. The move marks a shift for the committee’s chairman, Representative Jerry Nadler of New York, who has for a long time spoken cautiously about the president’s alleged crimes—and whose committee would oversee any potential impeachment proceedings.
2020 Developments: Former Attorney General Eric Holder said today that he won’t throw his hat in the ring for the presidency, but former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced that he will. The cooperation-focused businessman joins a field of roughly 30 potential and current Democratic candidates. That field includes New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said he might jump into the race if former Vice President Joe Biden doesn’t end up running.