Hillary Clinton vindicated again from another GOP witch hunt: Saturday morning news break


Happy Saturday morning! Here are some of the stories breaking this morning here at home and around the world.

Hillary Clinton vindicated, again.

Hillary Clinton has once again been exonerated in yet another GOP witch hunt. The Trump State Department “probe” after like 19 other investigations of Hillary Clinton’s - are you ready for this, EMAILS! - was created out of whole cloth to try to placate Trump’s obsession with Clinton’s emails, and it has now concluded. Here is what it found:

A multiyear State Department probe of emails that were sent to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s private computer server concluded there was no systemic or deliberate mishandling of classified information by department employees, according to a report submitted to Congress this month. […]

Overall, investigators said, “there was no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.” The report cited “instances of classified information being inappropriately” transmitted, but noted that the vast majority of those scrutinized “were aware of security policies and did their best to implement them.”

As I said,

A million people march for a People’s Vote on Brexit, Parliament deals another blow to Johnson.

Across the great pond, the British House of Commons is sitting for a Saturday session for the first time in 37 years to debate the latest Brexit deal negotiated by Boris Johnson. About a half hour ago (as of this writing), the Commons approved a bill that halts Brexit at least until all the legislation implementing Johnson’s deal has passed into law. The bill, known as the Letwin amendment, is from a member of parliament who had been cast out of the British Conservative party for the crime of voting against a no-deal Brexit.

A million people have gathered in London demanding a second referendum on Brexit, and they greeted the news with loud cheers.

As a result of the Letwin amendment, 10 Downing is saying they will delay a final vote on the Johnson deal until Tuesday.

Follow the developments live on the BBC.

Trump corruption is causing some waves among Republicans.

In just the course of a week, Donald Trump has surrendered US forced to Turkey, aided in the ethnic cleansing of the Kurdish people from their homeland, and picked his own underperforming Florida resort for next year’s G-7 summit in violation of the Constitution. Oh, and his own “acting” chief of staff admitted quid pro quo to hold up foreign aid on the condition of getting dirt on political opponents.

There do seem to be cracks, small and insignificant as they may be, in the Republican Trump cult. Reports the Washington Post,

In interviews with more than 20 GOP lawmakers and congressional aides in the past 48 hours, many said they were repulsed by Trump’s decision to host an international summit at his own resort and incensed by acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s admission — later withdrawn — that U.S. aid to Ukraine was withheld for political reasons. Others expressed anger over the president’s abandonment of Kurdish allies in Syria.

One Republican, Rep. Francis Rooney (Fla.) — whose district Trump carried by 22 percentage points — did not rule out voting to impeach the president and compared the situation to the Watergate scandal that ended Richard Nixon’s presidency.

Here is the Rooney interview:

That’s all for the morning, folks. This is your open thread. Leave a comment and discuss what’s on your mind and what’s newsworthy.