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Political Watch 12/07/17

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) appeared on Meet the Press on Dec. 2, and discussed President Donald Trump’s actions following the guilty plea of his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. A tweet from the president’s Twitter account said, “I had to fire Gen. Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” which legal experts characterized as an omission of obstruction of justice. The White House later said that Trump’s lawyer, John Dowd, posted the tweet to his account, and NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Feinstein how the tweet may factor into a case against the president. She instead spoke to the case already being built against the president for obstruction of justice by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, of which Feinstein is the ranking member, before the tweet was made. “I think, what we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice,” Feinstein said. “I think we see this in the four indictments and pleas that have just taken place and some of the comments that are being made. I see it in the hyper frenetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets. I see it, most importantly, in what happened with the firing of [FBI] Director [James] Comey, and it is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to lift the cloud of the Russia investigation.” Todd later asked Feinstein about those who have criticized her for “taking a more cautionary note when asked about the idea of impeachment.” She responded by saying that as the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, she’s “trying to be very careful as to what I say and what I do. We have to put together facts that are solid, that are very close to evidence if not evidence, and also draw some conclusions and possibly do some legislation. So, this is a process that is ongoing.” 

• The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 1491, or the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act, on Nov. 28, moving along the legislation that would reaffirm the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ decision to place the Chumash’s Camp 4 parcel into federal fee-to-trust and become a part of the reservation. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), was passed among legislation considered under “suspension of the rules,” and is awaiting approval from the U.S. Senate. “Camp 4 is about tribal housing on tribal land, it’s about preserving our Chumash culture, and it’s about bringing tribal members home,” Chumash Tribal Chariman Kenneth Kahn said in a statement. “We are pleased that H.R. 1491 continues to move forward, and we look forward to the day that it becomes law.” California’s 24th District Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) voted to move the legislation along. “The locally negotiated agreement concerning Camp 4 between the Chumash Tribe and Santa Barbara County is an important step toward establishing a long-term collaborative relationship between all parties involved,” Carbajal said in a statement. “I am grateful to see the agreement reflected in the amended version of H.R. 1491, which will allow the tribe to provide housing for its members while mitigating the impacts on the surrounding community.” 

• The Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley will host Democratic gubernatorial candidate Delaine Eastin at the club’s upcoming holiday dinner on Dec. 21. Eastin has served as a California State Assemblymember and as the state superintendent of public instruction from 1995 to 2003. She will speak about her platform at the dinner event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the United Domestic Workers of America headquarters, 402 S. Miller St., Santa Maria. There will also be live entertainment. The cost is $40 per person, and reservations are required by Dec. 18. More information is available at (805) 349-2708.

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