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Duncan Hunter: 'I Will Resign From Congress'

California Republican says he'll step down 'shortly after the holidays' amid campaign finance scandal

(Newser) - He'd hinted earlier in the week he might step down from his congressional post, and on Friday, Rep. Duncan Hunter made it official. "Shortly after the holidays, I will resign from Congress," the Republican said in a statement, per the Hill . "It has been an honor... More »

Democrats Can't Convince One of Their Own on Impeachment

Jeff Van Drew says he's still open to new evidence

(Newser) - "I'll look at new information that's presented," Rep. Jeff Van Drew said. "I'll always have an open mind. But where I am now is where I was before." Where he is now and was before is against impeachment, the Hill reports. Fellow Democrats... More »

House Democrat, 'Weary' Over Impeachment Hearings, Is Done

Rep. Denny Heck not seeking re-election

(Newser) - Can you really blame him? Democratic Rep. Denny Heck says he's not seeking re-election next year, declaring himself "weary" after the impeachment hearings. Heck, who was first elected to serve his Washington state district in 2012, sits on the House Intelligence Committee and participated in last month's... More »

In Lawmaker's Impeachment Tweets, a 'Morbid Acrostic'

GOP Rep. Paul Gosar spelled out 'EPSTEIN DIDN'T KILL HIMSELF'

(Newser) - Politicians and lawmakers use social media for all kinds of reasons: to inform their constituents, educate the general public, air grievances , and ... post "morbid acrostics"? That's what Politico says GOP Rep. Paul Gosar's Twitter account did Wednesday as it live-tweeted the first public Trump impeachment hearing... More »

Elijah Cummings' Widow on Her Next Move: 'His Spirit Is With Me'

Md. Democratic Party Chair Maya Rockeymoore Cummings running for Cummings' seat

(Newser) - Elijah Cummings' death last month is still reverberating through DC, but there is no shortage of candidates looking to fill his congressional seat in Maryland's 7th District—including one close to the late congressman's heart. With a Nov. 20 deadline looming to file for a run in... More »

'Powerful' GOP Rep. Peter King Won't Run in 2020

He's retiring after 28 years in the House

(Newser) - The number of Republican congressmen who have decided not to seek re-election now stands at 22, and the newest name on the list is drawing some surprise. New York Rep. Peter King on Monday announced he won't be vying for a 15th term in 2020. Fox News reports the... More »

First Vote Related to Impeachment in the Books

House approves ground rules for process

(Newser) - The first formal vote in the House related to the impeachment investigation of President Trump is in the books. In a largely party-line vote, 232-196, the House on Thursday approved the ground rules for the public phase of the investigation. This vote doesn't address whether Trump did or did... More »

House Takes Off Kid Gloves, Votes on 1915 Slaughter

Passes resolution recognizing Armenian genocide 405-11

(Newser) - House lawmakers on Tuesday removed the kid gloves and voted to formally recognize the Armenian genocide. It's the first time a chamber of Congress has branded the 1915 slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks as such. Lawmakers had been loath to do so because... More »

Katie Hill Resigns Amid Allegations, 'Revenge Porn'

Democrat says she's stepping down 'with a broken heart'

(Newser) - Rep. Katie Hill announced her resignation from Congress on Sunday—"with a broken heart." "This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do," the freshman Democrat said in a letter to her constituents in California. The resignation came after allegations that she had an... More »

Impeachment Probe Now Includes Bizarre Lawsuit

That's thanks to Charles Kupperman, who is testifying this week

(Newser) - For only the fourth time in US history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine if President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his family, and to investigate the country'... More »

Tulsi Gabbard: I'm Not Running for Congress Again

Some say this boosts rumor that Hawaii congresswoman will launch 3rd-party bid

(Newser) - Tulsi Gabbard is one of the lowest-polling Democratic candidates for president, but that's not stopping her from nixing her current career for a possible ascension to the Oval Office. Per the New York Times , the Hawaii congresswoman announced Friday she won't be seeking a fifth term in the... More »

Katie Hill Threatens Lawsuit Over Nude Photos

Cease-and-desist letter sent to Daily Mail

(Newser) - British tabloids have started taking an interest in Rep. Katie Hill's complicated private life—and the Democrat is threatening to sue one of them over nude photos. Her lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Daily Mail Thursday after it published intimate photos online that were allegedly of Hill... More »

House Democrat Says She Had 'Inappropriate Relationship'

Katie Hill blames 'abusive husband' for release of intimate photos

(Newser) - A Democratic lawmaker admits that she had an inappropriate relationship with a campaign staffer—but she denies having a relationship with a congressional staffer. In a letter to her constituents in California, Rep. Katie Hill apologized for having the relationship with a female staffer during her 2018 campaign, CNN reports.... More »

House Blocks GOP Attempt to Censure Adam Schiff

Vote to shelve resolution was along party lines

(Newser) - A House GOP bid to censure one of President Trump's least favorite lawmakers was blocked Monday night, as widely expected. The measure to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat, was shelved after lawmakers voted 218-185 along party lines to block it, reports Reuters . In their resolution... More »

Trump Responds to Death of Elijah Cummings

Meanwhile, widow says congressman 'worked until his last breath'

(Newser) - Condolences are pouring in after the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died early Thursday at the age of 68, and his widow was among the first to speak. CBS News reports on the statement from Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, herself chair of the Maryland Democratic Party. In it, she... More »

Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies

Democrat chaired powerful House committee

(Newser) - Rep. Elijah Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office says. He was 68. A sharecropper's son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a House committee that investigated President Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for... More »

Appeals Court: Turn Trump's Finance Records Over to House

The president could appeal to the Supreme Court

(Newser) - A federal appeals court ruled Friday that President Trump's financial records must be turned over to the House of Representatives, per the AP . The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed from Mazars USA. The firm has... More »

Amid Affair Rumors, a Divorce Filing by Ilhan Omar

Minnesota congresswoman splits from husband Ahmed Hirsi, has denied affair allegations

(Newser) - She recently denied both an affair and the end of her marriage, but now the latter is getting some confirmation. Rep. Ilhan Omar filed for divorce on Friday from Ahmed Hirsi in Minnesota, reports the New York Post , which was also the first to report on an alleged affair between... More »

Rep. Chris Collins Resigns Ahead of Expected Guilty Plea

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will set a special election to fill the seat, which leans Republican

(Newser) - Rep. Chris Collins, a Republican congressman from western New York, is resigning from his seat ahead of an expected guilty plea in an insider trading case in which he was accused of leaking confidential information during an urgent phone call made from a White House picnic on June 22, 2017.... More »

Another Republican Announces Plans to Leave the House

California's Paul Cook won't run for re-election

(Newser) - A Republican congressman in California said Tuesday he won't run for re-election next year, making him the 18th GOP incumbent to bow out of the US House of Representatives now that the party is in the minority, the AP reports. US Rep. Paul Cook announced he will instead run... More »

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