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Employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are quitting at a rapid clip as Secretary Sonny Perdue prepares to move forward with plans to relocate two offices far outside the Washington, D.C., Beltway.

Federal employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – two small but important agencies within the USDA – are unhappy with Perdue’s plan, announced last August, to move the majority of their staff from current offices in the capital to an area closer the country’s agricultural centers.

“This move does not serve a public purpose,” Peter Winch, a representative for the American Federation of Government Employees, a union that represents ERS workers, told Fox News. “Employees don’t want to move, and it doesn’t make sense for them to move.”

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Winch added that since ERS employees joined AFGE earlier this month, six employees have already quit their jobs with the government agency in response to the planned move. He said overall staffing is down to 209 from 300 during the Obama administration.

A Washington Post report cited an estimate that the ERS used to see roughly one “non-retirement” departure per month – but that pace has doubled since October. NIFA reportedly has also seen people leave.

Federal employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – two small but important agencies within the USDA – are unhappy with Perdue’s plan to move the majority of their staff from their current offices within the capital to an area closer the country’s agricultural centers. (iStock)

Federal employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – two small but important agencies within the USDA – are unhappy with Perdue’s plan to move the majority of their staff from their current offices within the capital to an area closer the country’s agricultural centers. (iStock)

Perdue said in a statement to Fox News that the move was meant “to improve performance and the services these agencies provide.” The secretary of agriculture added that the planned move would bring the department’s scientists closer to “stakeholders” and “customers” such as Midwest farmers.

“It’s been our goal to make USDA the most effective, efficient, and customer-focused department in the entire federal government,” Perdue said. “We don’t undertake these relocations lightly, and we are doing it to improve performance and the services these agencies provide.”

Perdue added: “We will be placing important USDA resources closer to many stakeholders, most of whom live and work far from Washington, D.C. We will be saving money for the taxpayers and improving our ability to retain more employees in the long run.”

The goal of the ERS, however, is to provide statistical information to lawmakers in Washington, while NIFA works to fund hundreds of millions of dollar annually in research in the agricultural sector.

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Congressional Democrats are scrambling to try and block the move.

“This parochial idea of, like, ‘Washington messes everything up. Let’s move it out of town’ overlooks the important role that this agency plays,” Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, told The Washington Post. “There’s just a heightened level of concern about this administration, generally, about data collection and science.”

Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue said in a statement sent to Fox News that the move is meant “to improve performance and the services these agencies provide.” The secretary of agriculture added that the planned move would bring the department’s scientists closer to “stakeholders” and “customers” such as Midwest farmers. (iStock)

Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue said in a statement sent to Fox News that the move is meant “to improve performance and the services these agencies provide.” The secretary of agriculture added that the planned move would bring the department’s scientists closer to “stakeholders” and “customers” such as Midwest farmers. (iStock)

Critics, including former USDA officials, say the move would weaken the agencies, reduce their influence with lawmakers and provide little benefit to the farming community.

Winch argued that weakening the agencies’ influence in Washington is at least part of the point. The NIFA funds grants that go into researching the effects the agriculture sector has on climate change – which the Trump administration has tried to downplay – and Perdue was allegedly upset by NIFA’s policy to support LGBT members of the 4-H youth farming organization.

The president’s 2020 budget has also proposed slashing funding to ERS research from $87 million to $61 million and cutting 160 jobs, while Perdue has suggested moving the agency from under the USDA’s science arm to being supervised by the USDA’s chief economist, a political wing of the department.

“There is some sort of punitive motivation,” Winch said. “Someone has made a negative judgment about these agencies.”

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Perdue and his staff have narrowed the list of places where the two agencies could go down to three from an original 130 — with Kansas City, the state of Indiana and North Carolina’s research triangle in the Raleigh-Durham area on the shortlist. St. Louis, Mo., and Madison, Wis., are two alternate locations.

Perdue is expected to make the announcement of where the agencies will move as soon as Friday, but it remains unclear whether the two agencies will actually leave Washington.

The USDA’s own inspector general is currently looking into whether Perdue has the legal authority to move these agencies, while the House Appropriations Committee’s draft bill of agricultural appropriations, which was released earlier this week, prohibits the USDA from using funds to move agencies outside of the Washington area. Trump’s 2020 budget proposal wants $15.5 million to relocate ERS and $9.5 million to relocate NIFA.

“We continue to believe that the USDA lacks the legal authority to carry out this proposal,” Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said in a statement earlier this spring.  “However, even if it had such authority, USDA has not done the proper analysis of the cost and benefits, and this proposal will harm agriculture research and our constituents.”

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says former Vice President Joe Biden is a “doofus” who will become a “very radical Democrat” by the time of the general election against President Trump.

Gingrich weighed in on the 2020 presidential race and Biden’s chances during a Thursday appearance on “Fox & Friends,” assuring that Trump is set to win re-election.

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“Unless something dramatic happens the president is going to win, period,” Gingrich said, particularly pointing to the strength of the economy, which has defied experts’ expectations.

“If you remember, he is the most underestimated campaigner in modern America. He is practicing every day. And the country will have a choice between very radical Democrats whose positions are all unpopular,” he added.

The former House Speaker went on to say that Biden, who’s viewed as a moderate Democrat by some, is moving further to the left and by the time of the election he’ll no longer be a moderate.

“Joe Biden will be a very radical Democrat by the time he gets there,” Gingrich said, reiterating his claim that Biden is a “doofus.”

“Joe Biden will be a very radical Democrat by the time he gets there.”

— Newt Gingrich

“Of course he is a doofus. This is a guy who had to drop out of his first presidential campaign because he adopted the entire speech from Neil Kinnock about growing up in Wales,” he continued, referring to the plagiarism scandal in which Biden lifted portions of the speech by Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock who then ran against Conservative Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

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During the same appearance, Gingrich said Democrats are only concerned about beating Trump, with House Democrats being forced to be confrontational with Trump to appease their base, leaving House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a box.

“I think Pelosi is in a box because I think she went into her meeting to say, look, guys, this is really stupid and they collectively said to her, ‘we are doing it,’” Gingrich said in relation to the Democrats’ efforts to begin impeachment efforts.

“The Democrats are saying we have to do this. So, her base is so hungry to take on Trump that they would just run over her if she said no. So she is not trying to dance to a point where she can explain why her earlier no has now led to a yes,” he added.

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“Look, I think the Democrats only have one item on their agenda, that’s to beat Trump. I think they are going to run for re-election on the grounds they are not him. And that’s going to be the totality.”

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The Democrats’ fixation on taking down President Trump ahead of the 2020 election is not in the country’s best interest and ultimately overlooks his accomplishments, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Wednesday.

Jordan’s comments came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s earlier remarks that Democrats “believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.”

“When entire your focus is on attacking and stopping the president, you can’t do what’s best for the country,” Jordan said during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“When entire your focus is on attacking and stopping the president, you can’t do what’s best for the country.”

— U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

REPS. ROY, JORDAN, BIGGS: PELOSI, DEMS JUST DON’T CARE ABOUT OUR NATIONAL EMERGENCY

Reacting to a comment by NBC’s Chuck Todd that Republicans’ only accomplishment is protecting Trump, Jordan touted the president’s list of accomplishments:

Despite the Democrats’ persistent efforts to attack Trump until the 2020 election, he said, the president has had an “unbelievable” record of achievement during his two-and-a-half years in office, including reducing regulations, cutting taxes, appointing conservative judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, and getting the U.S. out of the Iran deal, among other achievements.

“I think it’s a pretty good record to run on,” Jordan told host Laura Ingraham. “The only thing the Democrats are going to have to run on is attacking the president, who’s responsible for all those good things.”

Jordan then speculated that the Democrats’ concerted effort on Trump was a ploy to cover up Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe, in which Barr said intelligence officials spied on the Trump campaign.

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“All the evidence is seeming to point to, the FBI was out to get the president,” Jordan said. “That’s the investigation that counts, and that’s the one that scares all these people.”

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The Democrats’ fixation on taking down President Trump ahead of the 2020 election is not in the country’s best interest and ultimately overlooks his accomplishments, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Wednesday.

Jordan’s comments came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s earlier remarks that Democrats “believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.”

“When entire your focus is on attacking and stopping the president, you can’t do what’s best for the country,” Jordan said during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“When entire your focus is on attacking and stopping the president, you can’t do what’s best for the country.”

— U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

REPS. ROY, JORDAN, BIGGS: PELOSI, DEMS JUST DON’T CARE ABOUT OUR NATIONAL EMERGENCY

Reacting to a comment by NBC’s Chuck Todd that Republicans’ only accomplishment is protecting Trump, Jordan touted the president’s list of accomplishments:

Despite the Democrats’ persistent efforts to attack Trump until the 2020 election, he said, the president has had an “unbelievable” record of achievement during his two-and-a-half years in office, including reducing regulations, cutting taxes, appointing conservative judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, and getting the U.S. out of the Iran deal, among other achievements.

“I think it’s a pretty good record to run on,” Jordan told host Laura Ingraham. “The only thing the Democrats are going to have to run on is attacking the president, who’s responsible for all those good things.”

Jordan then speculated that the Democrats’ concerted effort on Trump was a ploy to cover up Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe, in which Barr said intelligence officials spied on the Trump campaign.

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“All the evidence is seeming to point to, the FBI was out to get the president,” Jordan said. “That’s the investigation that counts, and that’s the one that scares all these people.”

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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., offered up some colorful advice for top House Democrats on Wednesday.

During a speech on the Senate floor expressing his frustration at what he believed to be a fixation by the Democrats on potentially impeaching President Trump, Kennedy tweaked a widely-known expression to make it a bit more suitable to his surroundings.

“I say this gently, and I say this hopefully constructively, to my friends in the House leadership: The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot,” the Louisiana Republican said.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.,. said during a Senate speech Wednesday, "The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot," in regards to impeachment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.,. said during a Senate speech Wednesday, “The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot,” in regards to impeachment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

“The leadership needs to indict the president of the United States, impeach him and let us hold a trial. He won’t be convicted.

PELOSI RATCHETS UP RHETORIC, SAYS TRUMP MAY HAVE COMMITTED ‘IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE’ IN ‘PLAIN SIGHT’

“Or, they need to go ahead and hold in contempt every single member of the Trump administration so we can move those issues into the court system and go back to doing the people’s business.”

Kennedy wrapped up his remarks, according to the New Orleans Advocate, by saying: “What I hope happens is that my friends in House leadership and the administration sit down and talk – not talk like eight-year-olds in the back of a minivan fighting – but talk constructively about how their behavior could impact important institutions in this country and work it out.”

The fiery speech came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a left-leaning audience on Wednesday that President Trump may have committed “an impeachable offense,” ratcheting up her warnings to the White House even as she and her deputies have tried to tamp down calls from the rank-and-file to press forward on impeachment immediately.

Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking at the Center for American Progress 2019 Ideas Conference in Washington, D.C., outlined a potential path to impeachment — moments after a contentious meeting at the White House ended with Trump departing for the Rose Garden to accuse Democrats of a presidential “takedown.”

PELOSI SCRAMBLES TO TAMP DOWN TRUMP IMPEACHMENT FRENZY IN CAUCUS

“The fact is, in plain sight, in the public domain, this president is obstructing justice and he’s engaged in a cover-up. And that could be an impeachable offense,” Pelosi told the audience, which broke out in applause.

“Ignoring the subpoenas of Congress was Article 3 of the Nixon impeachment. So, it’s not just the substance that we are after, that we want to have to get the truth to the American people, but in striving to get that the intervention, the obstruction that the administration is engaged in is, as they say, the cover-up is frequently worse than the crime.”

ANGRY DEM SAYS TRUMP ‘RAPING THE COUNTRY,’ AS IMPEACHMENT PUSH NEARS CRITICAL MASS

Yet, at the same time, Pelosi has tried to ease the pressure from members of her caucus to move on impeachment imminently. She held a closed-door meeting with Democrats earlier Wednesday morning to discuss their battles with the administration that have threatened to escalate into a politically risky drive to remove Trump from office.

Pelosi has maintained her position that Democrats should not launch immediate impeachment proceedings against Trump, but has faced pressure from members inside her caucus to reverse course — especially after former White House Counsel Don McGahn was told to defy a subpoena earlier this week.

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“We had a very productive meeting,” Pelosi told reporters after the session. “It was a respectful sharing of ideas.”

“We do believe it is important to follow the facts,” Pelosi said. “We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States. And, we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up—a cover-up, and that was the nature of the meeting.”

When asked about her success in persuading members, Pelosi said: “It’s not a question of persuasion. We were just exchanging information and points of view.”

But, tensions between top Democrats and Trump continued to build. Shortly after that meeting, Trump walked out of a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meant to discuss an infrastructure plan. He complained about Pelosi’s “cover-up” charge and demanded Democrats end their “phony investigations.”

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“What they’ve done is abuse,” Trump said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., offered up some colorful advice for top House Democrats on Wednesday.

During a speech on the Senate floor expressing his frustration at what he believed to be a fixation by the Democrats on potentially impeaching President Trump, Kennedy tweaked a widely-known expression to make it a bit more suitable to his surroundings.

“I say this gently, and I say this hopefully constructively, to my friends in the House leadership: The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot,” the Louisiana Republican said.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.,. said during a Senate speech Wednesday, "The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot," in regards to impeachment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.,. said during a Senate speech Wednesday, “The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot,” in regards to impeachment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

“The leadership needs to indict the president of the United States, impeach him and let us hold a trial. He won’t be convicted.

PELOSI RATCHETS UP RHETORIC, SAYS TRUMP MAY HAVE COMMITTED ‘IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE’ IN ‘PLAIN SIGHT’

“Or, they need to go ahead and hold in contempt every single member of the Trump administration so we can move those issues into the court system and go back to doing the people’s business.”

Kennedy wrapped up his remarks, according to the New Orleans Advocate, by saying: “What I hope happens is that my friends in House leadership and the administration sit down and talk – not talk like eight-year-olds in the back of a minivan fighting – but talk constructively about how their behavior could impact important institutions in this country and work it out.”

The fiery speech came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a left-leaning audience on Wednesday that President Trump may have committed “an impeachable offense,” ratcheting up her warnings to the White House even as she and her deputies have tried to tamp down calls from the rank-and-file to press forward on impeachment immediately.

Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking at the Center for American Progress 2019 Ideas Conference in Washington, D.C., outlined a potential path to impeachment — moments after a contentious meeting at the White House ended with Trump departing for the Rose Garden to accuse Democrats of a presidential “takedown.”

PELOSI SCRAMBLES TO TAMP DOWN TRUMP IMPEACHMENT FRENZY IN CAUCUS

“The fact is, in plain sight, in the public domain, this president is obstructing justice and he’s engaged in a cover-up. And that could be an impeachable offense,” Pelosi told the audience, which broke out in applause.

“Ignoring the subpoenas of Congress was Article 3 of the Nixon impeachment. So, it’s not just the substance that we are after, that we want to have to get the truth to the American people, but in striving to get that the intervention, the obstruction that the administration is engaged in is, as they say, the cover-up is frequently worse than the crime.”

ANGRY DEM SAYS TRUMP ‘RAPING THE COUNTRY,’ AS IMPEACHMENT PUSH NEARS CRITICAL MASS

Yet, at the same time, Pelosi has tried to ease the pressure from members of her caucus to move on impeachment imminently. She held a closed-door meeting with Democrats earlier Wednesday morning to discuss their battles with the administration that have threatened to escalate into a politically risky drive to remove Trump from office.

Pelosi has maintained her position that Democrats should not launch immediate impeachment proceedings against Trump, but has faced pressure from members inside her caucus to reverse course — especially after former White House Counsel Don McGahn was told to defy a subpoena earlier this week.

HOUSE JUDICIARY CHAIRMAN NADLER: TRUMP IS MAKING IT ‘MORE DIFFICULT’ NOT TO CONSIDER IMPEACHMENT

“We had a very productive meeting,” Pelosi told reporters after the session. “It was a respectful sharing of ideas.”

“We do believe it is important to follow the facts,” Pelosi said. “We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States. And, we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up—a cover-up, and that was the nature of the meeting.”

When asked about her success in persuading members, Pelosi said: “It’s not a question of persuasion. We were just exchanging information and points of view.”

But, tensions between top Democrats and Trump continued to build. Shortly after that meeting, Trump walked out of a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meant to discuss an infrastructure plan. He complained about Pelosi’s “cover-up” charge and demanded Democrats end their “phony investigations.”

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“What they’ve done is abuse,” Trump said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., offered up some colorful advice for top House Democrats on Wednesday.

During a speech on the Senate floor expressing his frustration at what he believed to be a fixation by the Democrats on potentially impeaching President Trump, Kennedy tweaked a widely-known expression to make it a bit more suitable to his surroundings.

“I say this gently, and I say this hopefully constructively, to my friends in the House leadership: The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot,” the Louisiana Republican said.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.,. said during a Senate speech Wednesday, "The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot," in regards to impeachment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.,. said during a Senate speech Wednesday, “The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot,” in regards to impeachment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

“The leadership needs to indict the president of the United States, impeach him and let us hold a trial. He won’t be convicted.

PELOSI RATCHETS UP RHETORIC, SAYS TRUMP MAY HAVE COMMITTED ‘IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE’ IN ‘PLAIN SIGHT’

“Or, they need to go ahead and hold in contempt every single member of the Trump administration so we can move those issues into the court system and go back to doing the people’s business.”

Kennedy wrapped up his remarks, according to the New Orleans Advocate, by saying: “What I hope happens is that my friends in House leadership and the administration sit down and talk – not talk like eight-year-olds in the back of a minivan fighting – but talk constructively about how their behavior could impact important institutions in this country and work it out.”

The fiery speech came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a left-leaning audience on Wednesday that President Trump may have committed “an impeachable offense,” ratcheting up her warnings to the White House even as she and her deputies have tried to tamp down calls from the rank-and-file to press forward on impeachment immediately.

Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking at the Center for American Progress 2019 Ideas Conference in Washington, D.C., outlined a potential path to impeachment — moments after a contentious meeting at the White House ended with Trump departing for the Rose Garden to accuse Democrats of a presidential “takedown.”

PELOSI SCRAMBLES TO TAMP DOWN TRUMP IMPEACHMENT FRENZY IN CAUCUS

“The fact is, in plain sight, in the public domain, this president is obstructing justice and he’s engaged in a cover-up. And that could be an impeachable offense,” Pelosi told the audience, which broke out in applause.

“Ignoring the subpoenas of Congress was Article 3 of the Nixon impeachment. So, it’s not just the substance that we are after, that we want to have to get the truth to the American people, but in striving to get that the intervention, the obstruction that the administration is engaged in is, as they say, the cover-up is frequently worse than the crime.”

ANGRY DEM SAYS TRUMP ‘RAPING THE COUNTRY,’ AS IMPEACHMENT PUSH NEARS CRITICAL MASS

Yet, at the same time, Pelosi has tried to ease the pressure from members of her caucus to move on impeachment imminently. She held a closed-door meeting with Democrats earlier Wednesday morning to discuss their battles with the administration that have threatened to escalate into a politically risky drive to remove Trump from office.

Pelosi has maintained her position that Democrats should not launch immediate impeachment proceedings against Trump, but has faced pressure from members inside her caucus to reverse course — especially after former White House Counsel Don McGahn was told to defy a subpoena earlier this week.

HOUSE JUDICIARY CHAIRMAN NADLER: TRUMP IS MAKING IT ‘MORE DIFFICULT’ NOT TO CONSIDER IMPEACHMENT

“We had a very productive meeting,” Pelosi told reporters after the session. “It was a respectful sharing of ideas.”

“We do believe it is important to follow the facts,” Pelosi said. “We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States. And, we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up—a cover-up, and that was the nature of the meeting.”

When asked about her success in persuading members, Pelosi said: “It’s not a question of persuasion. We were just exchanging information and points of view.”

But, tensions between top Democrats and Trump continued to build. Shortly after that meeting, Trump walked out of a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meant to discuss an infrastructure plan. He complained about Pelosi’s “cover-up” charge and demanded Democrats end their “phony investigations.”

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“What they’ve done is abuse,” Trump said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke on Tuesday said impeachment proceedings should begin against President Trump because of the administration’s refusal to comply with “any subpoena.”

Speaking at a CNN town hall, the 2020 contender from El Paso, Texas, said while it’s “not something that I take lightly,” he believes there are no other options than to start the impeachment process.

“It’s an incredibly serious, sober decision that we should make as a country. Really the last resort when every other option has failed us,” O’Rourke, a Democrat, said. He added that it’s because Trump won’t respond to subpoenas and overall because he won’t allow witnesses to testify to Congress “so we can find out what happened to this great democracy in 2016.”

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“A president invited the involvement of a foreign power in this democracy in 2016, and then did everything in his power to obstruct the investigation into what has happened,” the former congressman said.

O’Rourke said that fear of what impeachment could mean for the country following the 2020 election shouldn’t matter. Because if that happens, “then we will have set a precedent for this country that, in fact, some people, because of the position of power and public trust that they hold, are above the law.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has pushed back on impeaching Trump. O’Rourke said he understands her viewpoint and “the political implications” of such proceedings, and said the U.S. needs to think about the future of the country.

“The only way that we’re gonna get the documents and the facts and the truth” is through impeachment proceedings,” he said. “It’s the only way we’re gonna get to the facts necessary to have accountability and justice.”

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Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with House lawmakers on Tuesday to discuss his tenure in the Trump administration, according to reports.

The former ExxonMobil chief spent seven hours with legislators and staffers from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Washington Post reported.

DEMOCRATS FUME AS MCGAHN SKIPS HOUSE HEARING: ‘OUR SUBPOENAS ARE NOT OPTIONAL’

A Tillerson spokesperson told the news outlet that the meeting “covered a wide array of topics related to foreign affairs, the operations of the nation’s foreign policymaking apparatus and his tenure as Secretary of State.”

The White House reportedly knew of the meeting, which was requested by Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., but did not attempt to stop it.

Tillerson, 67, a native of Texas, served as President Trump’s first secretary of state from February 2017 until the president ousted him, via Twitter, in March 2018.

Both Tillerson and Trump had a strained relationship. Tillerson said during a fundraiser the two did not share a “common value system” and were “obviously starkly different in our styles.”

“When the president would say, ‘Here’s what I want to do, and here’s how I want to do it,’ and I’d have to say to him, ‘Well, Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law, it violates the treaty, you know. He got really frustrated,” Tillerson said. “I think he grew tired of me being the guy every day who told him he can’t do that and let’s talk about what he can do.”

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Tillerson said he told Trump he would be willing to “fight the fight” to change laws in Congress so the president could press forward with his agenda.

Trump, in return, called Tillerson “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell,” and tweeted that he couldn’t get rid of his secretary of state “fast enough.”

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Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with House lawmakers on Tuesday to discuss his tenure in the Trump administration, according to reports.

The former ExxonMobil chief spent seven hours with legislators and staffers from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Washington Post reported.

DEMOCRATS FUME AS MCGAHN SKIPS HOUSE HEARING: ‘OUR SUBPOENAS ARE NOT OPTIONAL’

A Tillerson spokesperson told the news outlet that the meeting “covered a wide array of topics related to foreign affairs, the operations of the nation’s foreign policymaking apparatus and his tenure as Secretary of State.”

The White House reportedly knew of the meeting, which was requested by Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., but did not attempt to stop it.

Tillerson, 67, a native of Texas, served as President Trump’s first secretary of state from February 2017 until the president ousted him, via Twitter, in March 2018.

Both Tillerson and Trump had a strained relationship. Tillerson said during a fundraiser the two did not share a “common value system” and were “obviously starkly different in our styles.”

“When the president would say, ‘Here’s what I want to do, and here’s how I want to do it,’ and I’d have to say to him, ‘Well, Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law, it violates the treaty, you know. He got really frustrated,” Tillerson said. “I think he grew tired of me being the guy every day who told him he can’t do that and let’s talk about what he can do.”

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Tillerson said he told Trump he would be willing to “fight the fight” to change laws in Congress so the president could press forward with his agenda.

Trump, in return, called Tillerson “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell,” and tweeted that he couldn’t get rid of his secretary of state “fast enough.”

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