Impeachment

What If The Senate Impeachment Vote Were Secret?

An interesting hypothesis from a GOP strategist: A secret impeachment ballot might sound crazy, but it’s actually quite possible. In fact, it would take only three senators to allow for that possibility. According to current Senate procedure, McConnell will need a simple majority — 51 of the 53 Senate Republicans — to support any resolution outlining rules governing the trial. …

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GOP Issues 18-Page Memo On Impeachment Strategy

Axios reports: Confronted with a mountain of damaging facts heading into tomorrow’s opening of the public phase of impeachment, House Republicans plan to argue that “the President’s state of mind” was exculpatory. “To appropriately understand the events in question — and most importantly, assess the President’s state of mind during his interaction with [Ukrainian] President Zelensky — context is necessary,” …

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CBS To Preempt Regular Programming For Airing Of Impeachment Hearings, Others Likely To Do The Same

Deadline reports: CBS is the first U.S. broadcast network to announce its plans to pre-empt regular daytime programming for coverage of next week’s first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. All of the broadcast networks are expected to join cable news channels and news streaming services to cover the hearings, which will start Wednesday with the testimony of Bill Taylor, …

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House Dems Plan To Impeach Trump By Christmas

CNN reports: House Democrats are signaling they are now on a fast-track in their impeachment proceedings, avoiding court battles that could delay their inquiry and limiting the number of witnesses at public hearings — all signs that President Donald Trump could be impeached as soon as next month. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not shared her thinking on the final …

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GOP Transfers Gym Jordan To Intel Committee So He Can Disrupt Impeachment Hearings With Histrionics

Axios reports: Republicans formally made Rep. Jim Jordan a member of the House Intelligence Committee on Friday, a move that will allow him lead the party’s defense of President Trump during public impeachment hearings next week. Privately, GOP members have said they think Jordan — one of Trump’s fiercest allies — is a stronger defender of the party and the …

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Trump Hires Pam Bondi For Impeachment Defense Team

The Daily Beast reports: President Trump is reportedly hiring former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and an ex-Treasury Department spokesman as temporary aides to help on impeachment-related matters, The Wall Street Journal reports. Bondi and former spokesman Tony Sayegh were reportedly offered jobs this week to join the West Wing and assist on communications, strategy, and other special projects. Details …

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First Public Impeachment Hearing Will Be Next Week

The New York Times reports: House Democrats will begin convening public impeachment hearings next week, they announced on Wednesday, initially calling three marquee witnesses to begin making a case for President Trump’s impeachment in public. The hearings will kick off on Wednesday, with testimony from William B. Taylor Jr., the top American envoy in Ukraine, and George Kent, a top …

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Impeachment Support Dips Slightly In New Poll

The Morning Consult reports: As House Democrats begin to release transcripts of closed-door testimony and prepare for public hearings as part of their impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, public support for impeaching the president has fallen. The latest Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 47 percent of voters favor the House voting to impeach Trump, down 4 percentage points from the …

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GOP May Assign Gym Jordan To Intel Committee So He Can Derail Impeachment Hearings With His Histrionics

CBS News reports: As the impeachment inquiry enters its public phase, top Republicans in the House are weighing whether to temporarily assign Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the panel that will conduct the initial public hearings. Discussions about adding Jordan to the committee are “active and serious,” a senior Republican involved in …

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Rick Perry Asked To Testify Before Impeachment Panels

The Associated Press reports: Energy Secretary Rick Perry is being called to testify in the House impeachment inquiry. Perry, the first member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet who has asked to appear before House investigators, is scheduled for Wednesday, according an official working on the impeachment inquiry but unauthorized to discuss it publicly. The person was granted anonymity. It’s unclear …

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Pelosi: Public Impeachment Hearings Start This Month

Bloomberg reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she expects the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump to begin public hearings this month but insisted there’s no deadline to finish the investigation. “I would assume there would be public hearings in November,” Pelosi said in a roundtable with Bloomberg reporters and editors. Any case that is made to impeach …

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Cultist Threatens “Pussy” Dem Rep With Civil War

Reuters reports: Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline has shared a threatening voicemail allegedly from a Donald Trump supporter warning of a “civil war” and that “we’re already planning it”. It came as similar language was used by allies of the US President warning of a possible “civil war” after a sharply divided House of Representatives voted to advance the impeachment …

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RNC Claims Impeachment Probe Spurred Donations

The Washington Examiner reports: The Democratic push for impeachment of President Trump is boosting the GOP base, padding already record-breaking donations, and even luring in some Democrats dissatisfied with their party’s actions, according to top officials. “The longer this goes, we are seeing more and more voters shift to supporting the president and recognizing that this is a totally partisan …

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Fox’s Napolitano To GOP: Stop Smearing The Process

“Their arguments are to smear the witnesses being interrogated in secret and to smear the process. A group of Republicans were unhappy with hearings being held behind closed doors, even though those hearings are perfectly consistent with House rules that were written by Republicans when they controlled the House. “The proofs have been admitted to by the president.He had the …

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House Votes 232-196 To Begin Impeachment Inquiry

The Associated Press reports: The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved eight pages of procedures to take the impeachment inquiry against President Trump to nationally broadcast public hearings. The resolution defining the scope of the next phase of the inquiry was approved mainly along party lines, 231-196. The House will move ahead with impeachment proceedings against Trump after a …

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What Today’s Impeachment Vote By The House Will Do

The New York Times has an explainer: The vote is on a resolution that would set rules for the public phase of an impeachment inquiry that has so far been conducted exclusively behind closed doors. It would authorize the House Intelligence Committee — the panel that has been leading the investigation and conducting private depositions — to convene public hearings …

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Former GOP Rep Pushed For Ukraine Ambassador To Be Fired, Told White House She “Associated With Soros”

The New York Times reports: Robert Livingston, the former Republican congressman turned lobbyist, repeatedly told a foreign service officer assigned to the White House that the American ambassador to Ukraine should be fired because of her association with Democrats, the officer plans to tell impeachment investigators on Wednesday. The officer, Catherine M. Croft, will testify that she “documented” multiple calls …

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GOP House Rep Admits He Hasn’t Attended “Secret” Hearings Or Read Testimony Despite Being Authorized

Law & Crimes reports: One of the complaints you’ll hear the most from Republican lawmakers is that the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is behind closed doors and not accessible to all of them (recall the storming of the SCIF). But one of the GOP lawmakers who actually is eligible to be in the room for depositions, as he is a Foreign …

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House Dems Release Text Of Impeachment Resolution

NBC News reports: House Democrats released on Tuesday text of the resolution that will detail their procedures as they move forward with the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The House is expected to vote Thursday on the resolution. The expected vote and release of the resolution language comes as pressure grows on Democrats to make the impeachment inquiry more …

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GOP Rep Flips Out At Impeachment Question [VIDEO]

CNN reports: In contentious interviews with CNN’s Manu Raju, two House Republicans struggled to defend President Trump when pressed about whether it was okay for him to ask a foreign country to investigate the Bidens. Rep. Mark Amodei, who at first publicly supported impeachment before walking the announcement back, repeatedly refused to answer questions about the substance of Trump’s now-infamous …

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