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DC – GUN POLITICS – Trump Is Using Impeachment as an Excuse to Not Pass Gun Safety Laws

Not even two weeks ago, Attorney General Bill Barr was on Capitol Hill, talking to Senate Republicans about expanding background checks for gun sales. Over the course of two days, as Congress waited for a sign of how the Trump administration might act on gun reform, Barr briefed Republicans on a draft proposal to require background checks for all commercial gun sales. And though the White House insisted that the document wasn’t Trump-approved, Barr was joined on the Hill by the White House’s point man on guns, legislative affairs director Eric Ueland. A month and a half after El Paso, it was a sign, however faint, that some kind of meaningful gun reform may be on the horizon. Then came Ukraine. Two days after Barr’s meetings, news broke that President Trump had asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for a “favor”: to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over the latter’s work at a Ukrainian energy company. In the days that followed, Politico reported, the senators working on bipartisan gun reform began to get radio silence from the White House about their plans. Then, on Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump. Now, the president is openly using impeachment as an excuse to bat away expectations that the White House will support gun-control legislation. [full article]

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