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Schumer: Mayorkas impeachment ‘illegitimate and profane abuse of constitution’

It’s looking increasingly likely that Senate Democrats will move to kill the impeachment trial of homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in the coming few hours.

“This is an illegitimate and profane abuse of the US constitution,” Democratic Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer just told colleagues, according to reporting from the Guardian’s Lauren Gambino.

He said he would move to dismiss the two articles of impeachment after a “period of debate time”.

We reported earlier that Schumer was primed to call for a dismissal vote soon after senators were sworn in as jurors at lunchtime. It would deny Republican House impeachment managers an opportunity to present their case that Mayorkas is guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” for defying US law in pursuing immigration policies.

Some Republicans are already accusing Schumer of a “whitewash” and “cover-up” even before the trial has begun. Democrats, meanwhile, say the impeachment is “an embarrassing political stunt”.

Speaker Mike Johnson has announced the House will vote on Saturday evening on a foreign aid package, including money for Ukraine and Israel.

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It looks like Congress members will vote on three separate bills, CNN’s chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju reports, even though their text has not yet been released.

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“After significant member feedback and discussion, the House rules committee will be posting soon today the text of three bills that will fund America’s national security interests and allies in Israel, the Indo-Pacific, and Ukraine, including a loan structure for aid, and enhanced strategy and accountability,” a message from Johnson to colleagues states.

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Senate Democrats, and Joe Biden, have said they will not accept standalone bills, although Republican sources have said Johnson could wrap up whatever passes the House into a single package.

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We await reaction from Republican rightwingers, who have indicated disapproval of any measure that includes money for Ukraine, and have threatened to remove Johnson as speaker over it.

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It’s looking increasingly likely that Senate Democrats will move to kill the impeachment trial of homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in the coming few hours.

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“This is an illegitimate and profane abuse of the US constitution,” Democratic Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer just told colleagues, according to reporting from the Guardian’s Lauren Gambino.

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He said he would move to dismiss the two articles of impeachment after a “period of debate time”.

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We reported earlier that Schumer was primed to call for a dismissal vote soon after senators were sworn in as jurors at lunchtime. It would deny Republican House impeachment managers an opportunity to present their case that Mayorkas is guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” for defying US law in pursuing immigration policies.

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Some Republicans are already accusing Schumer of a “whitewash” and “cover-up” even before the trial has begun. Democrats, meanwhile, say the impeachment is “an embarrassing political stunt”.

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The Senate impeachment trial of homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas could be over before it even begins on Wednesday, as Democrats advance a plan to smother it.

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According to the Associated Press, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer is expected to call votes to dismiss two articles of impeachment against Mayorkas after senators are sworn in as jurors at lunchtime.

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Such a move could scuttle the trial, and frustrate Republicans who presented the articles and announced impeachment managers on Tuesday in expectation of being able to make their case that Mayorkas repeatedly ignored the law in pursuing immigration policy.

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Republicans needed a second House vote in February to narrowly impeach Mayorkas after the first one ended in humiliation, and Democrats seized on it as “an embarrassing political stunt”.

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Some Senate Republicans are also skeptical. Utah’s Mitt Romney is open to voting with Democrats to dismiss the impeachment, Axios reports. Romney was among six moderate Republican senators who did not sign a letter from colleagues to Schumer demanding a trial, according to Newsweek.

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Mayorkas, meanwhile, says he’s focused on running the homeland security department.

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“As they work on impeachment, I work on advancing the mission of the department. That’s what I’ve done throughout this process,” he told CBS Mornings.

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The Republican infighting that has both stalled and overshadowed efforts to pass funding packages for Israel and Ukraine is still raging today, as speaker Mike Johnson clings to his job in the face of a growing rightwing rebellion.

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So far, there’s no sign of a formal plan for the urgently needed aid as Johnson mulls his best approach. Kentucky extremist Thomas Massie on Tuesday gave his support to a threat by Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene to invoke a “motion to vacate” if Johnson follows through with a plan to tie tens of billions of dollars in funding for Ukraine to money for Israel and Taiwan.

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But standalone bills, which Johnson is also said to be considering, won’t cut it in the Democratic-controlled Senate, or with Joe Biden, who has indicated he won’t sign anything other than an all-in-one package.

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And a number of Republican congress members insist they cannot support anything that would help Ukraine unless legislation includes money for strengthening the border.

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It’s a delicate dance, with no predictable outcome. Johnson, who can only afford to lose two Republican votes in any push to remove him, says he won’t resign, calling moves to oust him “absurd”.

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Meanwhile, some Democrats are ready to step in to try to save him. Florida congressman Jared Moskowitz is among those who says he’s ready to keep Johnson in place in any House vote in order to secure the advancement of US aid for overseas allies.

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According to Politico Playbook, Johnson is “second guessing” his approach, resulting in a delay to publication of his plan, and growing unease among Republican leadership at the increasing dysfunction and chaos.

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We’ll keep an eye on developments and bring you news of any proposals as they’re published.

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Read more:

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Good morning and happy hump day to US politics readers. Wednesday could finally see the publication of speaker Mike Johnson’s long-awaited plan to save his job, quell Republican infighting and advance urgent foreign aid for Israel and Ukraine.

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There’s been plenty of talk, and little action so far, on how the Republican leader plans to present solutions for the funding impasse that has further highlighted fractures in his divided caucus.

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Any misstep could trigger a “motion to vacate” by rebel-rousers Marjorie Taylor Greene and Thomas Massie, and potentially see Johnson’s departure from the speaker’s chair, unless Democrats step in to save him.

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We’ll bring you news of any firm proposals as we get them.

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Elsewhere today, the Senate’s Democratic majority is plotting to sink the impeachment of homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, following Tuesday’s presentation of two articles by the Republican House majority.

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Majority leader Chuck Schumer has a plan to bring votes to dismiss the charges, after senators are sworn in as jurors on Wednesday, but before arguments can begin, according to the Associated Press.

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And Joe Biden is on the campaign trail with steelworkers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this afternoon. The president is pitching a plan to increase taxes on high earners, and is expected to continue bashing Donald Trump, whose hush-money trial in New York has an off-day today.

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Here’s what else we’re following:

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  • Democrats in Arizona are preparing to try to repeal the controversial 1864 abortion bill that has prompted huge blowback and poses a threat to Republican candidates in November’s elections.

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  • Attorney general Merrick Garland and energy secretary Jennifer Granholm are testifying before the Senate’s appropriations subcommittee this morning.

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House to vote Saturday on foreign aid packages

Speaker Mike Johnson has announced the House will vote on Saturday evening on a foreign aid package, including money for Ukraine and Israel.

It looks like Congress members will vote on three separate bills, CNN’s chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju reports, even though their text has not yet been released.

Saturday evening vote on foreign aid package, Johnson tells members in message pic.twitter.com/Wuwx6mOb56

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 17, 2024

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“After significant member feedback and discussion, the House rules committee will be posting soon today the text of three bills that will fund America’s national security interests and allies in Israel, the Indo-Pacific, and Ukraine, including a loan structure for aid, and enhanced strategy and accountability,” a message from Johnson to colleagues states.

Senate Democrats, and Joe Biden, have said they will not accept standalone bills, although Republican sources have said Johnson could wrap up whatever passes the House into a single package.

We await reaction from Republican rightwingers, who have indicated disapproval of any measure that includes money for Ukraine, and have threatened to remove Johnson as speaker over it.

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Schumer: Mayorkas impeachment ‘illegitimate and profane abuse of constitution’

It’s looking increasingly likely that Senate Democrats will move to kill the impeachment trial of homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in the coming few hours.

“This is an illegitimate and profane abuse of the US constitution,” Democratic Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer just told colleagues, according to reporting from the Guardian’s Lauren Gambino.

He said he would move to dismiss the two articles of impeachment after a “period of debate time”.

We reported earlier that Schumer was primed to call for a dismissal vote soon after senators were sworn in as jurors at lunchtime. It would deny Republican House impeachment managers an opportunity to present their case that Mayorkas is guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” for defying US law in pursuing immigration policies.

Some Republicans are already accusing Schumer of a “whitewash” and “cover-up” even before the trial has begun. Democrats, meanwhile, say the impeachment is “an embarrassing political stunt”.

Developments in Arizona over abortion, and the state’s supreme court paving the way for an 1864 act outlawing the procedure to take effect, have prompted a significant change in prospects for Republicans’ fortunes in November elections.

According to Sabato’s Crystal Ball, the website of the University of Virginia’s respected pollster Larry Sabato, Arizona’s open Senate race between Republican Kari Lake (if she wins her primary race, as expected) and challenger Ruben Gallego has shifted from “toss-up” to “leans Democratic”.

Crystal Ball rating changes this morning in ARIZONA —

AZ-SEN Toss-up to Leans D
Juan Ciscomani (R, AZ-6) Leans R to Toss-up

Explained here: https://t.co/7v9T3h4Ivs

— Kyle Kondik (@kkondik) April 17, 2024

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Crystal Ball rating changes this morning in ARIZONA —

AZ-SEN Toss-up to Leans D
Juan Ciscomani (R, AZ-6) Leans R to Toss-up

Explained here: https://t.co/7v9T3h4Ivs

— Kyle Kondik (@kkondik) April 17, 2024

Similarly, the congressional race in AZ district six, currently held by Republican Juan Ciscomani, has moved from “leans Republican” to “toss-up”.

Arizona Republicans have faced a huge backlash over the abortion issue, and particularly after they blocked Democrats’ early efforts to repeal the 1864 law.

Terry Greene Sterling writes for the Guardian today about how Democrats in Arizona expect abortion to fuel a “blue wave” in November:

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It’s a day off in Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial in New York, but the Republican presumptive presidential nominee is keeping busy.

He’s meeting Poland’s president Andrzej Duda, who once proposed naming a military base in his country Fort Trump, according to the Associated Press.

The pair will meet over dinner, the AP says, citing “a person familiar with the matter”. The agency states European leaders are preparing for the possibility of Trump’s return to the White House, with Nato leaders especially concerned given his support of Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin.

Some in Poland fear the get-together could hurt the country’s relationship with the Biden administration, the AP says, while others welcome the prospect of Duda leveraging ties with Trump to make the case for backing Ukraine.

Trump’s trial for covering up a payment to an adult film star resumes on Thursday, with seven jurors already seated, and five more, plus six alternates, still needed. Judge Juan Merchan has said opening arguments could begin as early as Monday.

Have a read of the Guardian’s latest Trump on Trial newsletter here:

Bob Graham, a veteran Democratic politician who served two terms as Florida governor, three terms in the US Senate, and ran for president in 2004, has died at the age of 87.

Known for his dislike of partisan politics, Graham enjoyed a career that spanned five decades. He was massively popular with Florida’s voters, and founded the concept of “workdays”, where he would join citizens in their daily life and talk to them about the issues that concerned them.

The Bob Graham Center community is deeply saddened by the death of our beloved founder, former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham. We honor his historic legacy and life of service: https://t.co/522qmA9Aoc pic.twitter.com/YwMEo9e3ko

— Bob Graham Center (@GrahamCenter) April 17, 2024

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During 408 such days, Graham enjoyed stints as a housewife, boxing ring announcer, flight attendant and arson investigator.

He gained national prominence as chairman of the Senate intelligence committee in the aftermath of the September 2001 terrorist attacks, and as an early critic of the Iraq war that followed. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination in 2004.

“We are deeply saddened to report the passing of a visionary leader, dedicated public servant, and even more importantly, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather,” Graham’s family said in a statement.

Republicans Ron DeSantis, the current Florida governor, and Jeb Bush, governor from 1999 to 2007, were among those paying tribute on Wednesday.

Florida mourns the loss of former Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham today.

He was a devoted public servant who, among other important work, made enormous achievements in conserving Florida's natural resources.

We are grateful for his service to our state and nation. May he…

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 17, 2024

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Florida mourns the loss of former Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham today.

He was a devoted public servant who, among other important work, made enormous achievements in conserving Florida’s natural resources.

We are grateful for his service to our state and nation. May he…

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 17, 2024

Florida and our country has lost a great public servant. Bob Graham served Floridians with a servants heart, with integrity and with civility. Columba and I are praying for the Graham family. https://t.co/vbvWd58Mn0

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) April 17, 2024

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Florida and our country has lost a great public servant. Bob Graham served Floridians with a servants heart, with integrity and with civility. Columba and I are praying for the Graham family. https://t.co/vbvWd58Mn0

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) April 17, 2024

There’s news from Michigan, where the Guardian’s Alice Herman reports on Democrats seizing control of the state’s lower house following special elections there:

Special elections for two vacant seats in the Michigan house of representatives flipped control back to Democrats, who organizers say could use their restored trifecta in the state to pass legislation protecting voting rights and election administration.

A push to codify voter protections stalled after two Democratic lawmakers resigned and the party lost their majority in the house of representatives last November. With the election on Tuesday of Mai Xiong and Peter Herzberg, who represent sections of Detroit and its suburbs, legislators could use their newfound majorities to renew those efforts.

Michigan state house
🟦 56
🟥 54

Michigan state senate
🟦 20
🟥 18

— umichvoter 🏳️‍🌈 (@umichvoter) April 17, 2024

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Michigan state house
🟦 56
🟥 54

Michigan state senate
🟦 20
🟥 18

— umichvoter 🏳️‍🌈 (@umichvoter) April 17, 2024

In November 2022, Michigan voters passed a constitutional amendment enacting sweeping election reforms, including establishing early voting, expanding absentee voting and pre-empting the creation of stringent voter ID laws. The following year, the Democratic-controlled state legislature passed legislation to enact the amendment, setting aside more than $40m in the state budget to fund a measure to expand early and absentee voting, which was adopted by election clerks across the state.

Despite some hiccups along the way, election offices across the state have succeeded in enacting the newly guaranteed nine days of early voting. Ahead of the 27 February presidential primary, more than 1 million voters cast their ballots early and absentee – a record, according to the state. The secretary of state’s office attributed the high turnout to the expanded early voting measure.

In their last legislative session, Michigan lawmakers introduced other measures to protect voting rights – including establishing, through a package of bills, a state-level Voting Rights Act and a ban on prison gerrymandering. The Michigan Voting Rights Act forms part of a slew of measures states have taken to fill in the gaps left by weakened federal voting rights protections: New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Oregon, Washington and California have already passed such legislation.

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Democrats plot to squash Mayorkas impeachment trial

The Senate impeachment trial of homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas could be over before it even begins on Wednesday, as Democrats advance a plan to smother it.

According to the Associated Press, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer is expected to call votes to dismiss two articles of impeachment against Mayorkas after senators are sworn in as jurors at lunchtime.

Such a move could scuttle the trial, and frustrate Republicans who presented the articles and announced impeachment managers on Tuesday in expectation of being able to make their case that Mayorkas repeatedly ignored the law in pursuing immigration policy.

Republicans needed a second House vote in February to narrowly impeach Mayorkas after the first one ended in humiliation, and Democrats seized on it as “an embarrassing political stunt”.

No one should take the extreme MAGA Republican impeachment effort against the Homeland Security Secretary seriously.

It’s an embarrassing political stunt led by Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Good riddance.

— Hakeem Jeffries (@hakeemjeffries) April 16, 2024

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No one should take the extreme MAGA Republican impeachment effort against the Homeland Security Secretary seriously.

It’s an embarrassing political stunt led by Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Good riddance.

— Hakeem Jeffries (@hakeemjeffries) April 16, 2024

Some Senate Republicans are also skeptical. Utah’s Mitt Romney is open to voting with Democrats to dismiss the impeachment, Axios reports. Romney was among six moderate Republican senators who did not sign a letter from colleagues to Schumer demanding a trial, according to Newsweek.

Mayorkas, meanwhile, says he’s focused on running the homeland security department.

“As they work on impeachment, I work on advancing the mission of the department. That’s what I’ve done throughout this process,” he told CBS Mornings.

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Republican dysfunction overshadows Ukraine funding effort

The Republican infighting that has both stalled and overshadowed efforts to pass funding packages for Israel and Ukraine is still raging today, as speaker Mike Johnson clings to his job in the face of a growing rightwing rebellion.

So far, there’s no sign of a formal plan for the urgently needed aid as Johnson mulls his best approach. Kentucky extremist Thomas Massie on Tuesday gave his support to a threat by Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene to invoke a “motion to vacate” if Johnson follows through with a plan to tie tens of billions of dollars in funding for Ukraine to money for Israel and Taiwan.

Thomas Massie. Photograph: Allison Bailey/NurPhoto/Shutterstock

But standalone bills, which Johnson is also said to be considering, won’t cut it in the Democratic-controlled Senate, or with Joe Biden, who has indicated he won’t sign anything other than an all-in-one package.

And a number of Republican congress members insist they cannot support anything that would help Ukraine unless legislation includes money for strengthening the border.

It’s a delicate dance, with no predictable outcome. Johnson, who can only afford to lose two Republican votes in any push to remove him, says he won’t resign, calling moves to oust him “absurd”.

Meanwhile, some Democrats are ready to step in to try to save him. Florida congressman Jared Moskowitz is among those who says he’s ready to keep Johnson in place in any House vote in order to secure the advancement of US aid for overseas allies.

My position hasn’t changed. Massie wants the world to burn, I won’t stand by and watch. I have a bucket of water. https://t.co/bn61J6N2y3

— Jared Moskowitz (@JaredEMoskowitz) April 16, 2024

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My position hasn’t changed. Massie wants the world to burn, I won’t stand by and watch. I have a bucket of water. https://t.co/bn61J6N2y3

— Jared Moskowitz (@JaredEMoskowitz) April 16, 2024

According to Politico Playbook, Johnson is “second guessing” his approach, resulting in a delay to publication of his plan, and growing unease among Republican leadership at the increasing dysfunction and chaos.

We’ll keep an eye on developments and bring you news of any proposals as they’re published.

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House Republicans spar over foreign aid bill as Senate Democrats plot to crush Mayorkas impeachment

Good morning and happy hump day to US politics readers. Wednesday could finally see the publication of speaker Mike Johnson’s long-awaited plan to save his job, quell Republican infighting and advance urgent foreign aid for Israel and Ukraine.

There’s been plenty of talk, and little action so far, on how the Republican leader plans to present solutions for the funding impasse that has further highlighted fractures in his divided caucus.

Any misstep could trigger a “motion to vacate” by rebel-rousers Marjorie Taylor Greene and Thomas Massie, and potentially see Johnson’s departure from the speaker’s chair, unless Democrats step in to save him.

We’ll bring you news of any firm proposals as we get them.

Elsewhere today, the Senate’s Democratic majority is plotting to sink the impeachment of homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, following Tuesday’s presentation of two articles by the Republican House majority.

Majority leader Chuck Schumer has a plan to bring votes to dismiss the charges, after senators are sworn in as jurors on Wednesday, but before arguments can begin, according to the Associated Press.

And Joe Biden is on the campaign trail with steelworkers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this afternoon. The president is pitching a plan to increase taxes on high earners, and is expected to continue bashing Donald Trump, whose hush-money trial in New York has an off-day today.

Here’s what else we’re following:

  • Democrats in Arizona are preparing to try to repeal the controversial 1864 abortion bill that has prompted huge blowback and poses a threat to Republican candidates in November’s elections.

  • Attorney general Merrick Garland and energy secretary Jennifer Granholm are testifying before the Senate’s appropriations subcommittee this morning.

  • Long-serving Florida governor and US senator Bob Graham, a Democratic political heavyweight who also ran for president in 2004, has died aged 87.

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