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Trump rejects request to testify at Senate impeachment trial; House strips Rep. Greene of her committee assignments

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Former president Donald Trump is rejecting a request for his testimony at the Senate impeachment trial that begins next week.

“The president will not testify in an unconstitutional proceeding,” spokesman Jason Miller said Thursday. The House impeached Trump last month on a charge of “incitement of insurrection” for his role in instigating the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The House impeachment managers had asked for testimony from the former president, but the managers do not have subpoena power.

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During his first major foreign policy speech, President Biden announced an end to U.S. support for offensive operations in Yemen and a freeze on troop redeployments from Germany. The announcements, part of an address at the State Department, signaled a desire to strengthen alliances and reengage with multinational institutions.

Here’s what to know:

  • The House, on a bipartisan vote, stripped Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her two committee assignments over her extremist remarks, including her questioning the veracity of school shootings, encouraging political violence and promoting anti-Semitic falsehoods. Greene had defended herself, saying lawmakers want to “crucify me in the public square for words that I said — and I regret — a few years ago.”
  • A Senate committee held a hearing on the nomination of Marty Walsh as labor secretary. Another committee advanced the nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. And a third committee advanced Marcia Fudge as secretary of housing and urban development and Cecilia Rouse as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.
  • Biden addressed a virtual National Prayer Breakfast in a videotaped message in which he talked about the value of faith in dark times.