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Dark spirits were at play in Congress this week: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of July 15, 2019

A thunderstorm passes over the U.S. Capitol building on Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“This has been a difficult and contentious week, in which darker spirits seem to have been at play,” said House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy during a long and stressful week on the Hill, which saw controversial tweets, members fearing Facebook and a House member straight up ditching his post on the House floor.

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Democrats Disgusted, Enraged by Trump’s Omarosa Comments
President called former White House aide a ‘dog’ in tweet

President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched another round of derisive comments against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats in Congress condemned President Donald Trump’s latest batch of derisive comments toward Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former White House aide.

After a Tuesday morning tweet in which Trump called Manigault a “crazed, crying lowlife” and a “dog,” several House Democrats took consternation from insults they said were tinged with racial and misogynistic connotations.

Trump’s Business Tangles Rankle Democrats, Watchdog Groups
Critic questions whether the Oval Office will become ’another revenue center’

Then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in March gave a tour at the construction site for the Trump International Hotel, at the Old Post Office Pavilion in downtown Washington. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The potential ethics pitfalls stemming from Donald Trump’s private enterprises will test congressional Democrats and government watchdog groups, as they try to pressure the incoming president to fully separate himself from his global business deals.

It is likely to be a long fight, spanning well into Trump’s presidency.

Republicans Press to Keep Clinton Investigation Going
Clinton camp says efforts "will only backfire"

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, left, and South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy,  (standing) before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, are looking at ways to further investigate Hillary Clinton. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 7/1/ 7:30 p.m. The Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her handling of classified information while secretary of state ended one investigation. But Republicans are pressing for more scrutiny — beginning this week.  

House and Senate Republicans will pursue Clinton on two fronts over the email scandal that has amplified their criticism of her as untrustworthy just as she prepares to accept her party’s nomination for president the week after next in Philadelphia.