Impeachment

13 Million Watched First Day Of Impeachment Hearings

Deadline Hollywood reports: A grand total of 13,098,000 Americans tuning in to watch the televised opening of the House Select Committee on Intelligence questioning on Wednesday, Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Secretary of State George Kent topped the 12.9 million who saw the former FBI Director’s circumspect stint in the hot seat on July 25. Fox News won the viewership …

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Pelosi: Trump Makes Nixon’s Crimes Look Almost Small

Reuters reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that Republican President Donald Trump has admitted to actions that amount to bribery in the Ukraine scandal at the heart of a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. “The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections. That’s bribery,” Pelosi said …

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McConnell: The Senate Will Definitely Have A Trial

Politico reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) brushed aside a question on Wednesday about trying to quickly dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump, noting the chamber would have to have a trial. “I don’t think there’s any question that we have to take up the matter. The rules of impeachment are very clear, we’ll have to have …

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Fox Anchor: Testimony Is “Very Damaging” To Trump

“William Taylor was a very impressive witness and was very damaging to the president. First of all, as you pointed out, he took very copious notes at almost every conversation, I think very nonpolitical. He went out of his way to talk about what he knew, what he was specifically testament to. The only thing he talked about was a …

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Kremlin Mocks “Far-Fetched” Impeachment Hearings

The Associated Press reports: The Kremlin has drawn a parallel between the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump and accusations of Russia’s interference in his election. Asked about the hearings opening Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded that “there are a lot of things far-fetched.” Peskov compared the proceedings to the U.S. claims of Russian interference in …

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LIVE VIDEO: Impeachment Hearing Day One, Part 2

USA Today reports: The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump moved into public view Wednesday as the House Intelligence Committee heard from two witnesses, Ambassador William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department. William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, read his Sept. 1 text message out loud, asking …

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Trump Prepped For Hearing With Fox News Binge

Vox reports: In the hours leading up to an especially pivotal day in his presidency — the House begins public impeachment hearings Wednesday morning — President Donald Trump indulged in an epic Fox News binge. Trump started watching Lou Dobbs on Fox Business sometime around 7:30 pm last night. He later flipped the channel over to Fox News to catch …

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MSNBC Brings On George Conway For Hearing Analysis

Law & Crime reports: Kellyanne Conway’s attorney husband George Conway, daily Trump nemesis and critic, made an appearance Wednesday morning on MSNBC ahead of the first public impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives. “The problem with Donald Trump is, he always sees himself first,” he said. “Trump is all about Trump. And that’s why it was inevitable he’d get …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Impeachment Hearing Day One

The Associated Press reports: The closed doors of the Trump impeachment investigation are swinging wide open. When the gavel strikes at the start of the House hearing on Wednesday morning, America and the rest of the world will have the chance to see and hear for themselves for the first time about President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine and consider …

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BUS TRACKS: GOP To Distance Trump From Giuliani

Axios reports: Top House Republican sources tell Axios that one impeachment survival strategy will be to try to distance President Trump from any Ukraine quid pro quo, with Rudy Giuliani potentially going under the bus. What they’re saying: A Republican member of one of the impeachment committees told Axios: “[T]his is not an impeachment of Rudy Giuliani, it’s not an …

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GOP Senators: We Won’t Watch Impeachment Hearings

You know he won’t be able to resist: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he will be paying attention to the Senate’s business Wednesday instead of the first day of the House’s public impeachment hearings. McConnell is one of several Republican senators who said Tuesday that they don’t plan to watch. “Tomorrow, I’m going to be paying attention to …

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POLL: Majority Of Voters Unmovable On Impeachment

The Morning Consult reports: Most voters say there is little to no chance they will change their minds about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s conduct, even as public hearings are set to kick off on Wednesday, according to a new Morning Consult poll. A majority of voters, 62 percent, say there is no chance they could change their …

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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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