Tag: Impeachment

Pondering Impeachment, House Sues Don McGahn, Ex-White House Counsel, for Testimony

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee sued on Wednesday to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, asking a federal judge to strike down the Trump administration’s claim that top presidential aides are “absolutely immune” from its subpoenas. In a filing in Federal District Court, the Judiciary Committee […]

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Monica Lewinsky and Ryan Murphy Are Bringing the Clinton Scandal to TV

After finding success with his miniseries on the OJ Simpson trial and the murder of Gianni Versace, Ryan Murphy is continuing to dig up the events that shook America in the 90s, reigniting the moments that had the world in shock and adding new perspective and nuance that hindsight and greater social consciousness can allow. […]

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Pondering Impeachment, House Sues Former Trump Counsel for Testimony

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee sued on Wednesday to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, asking a federal judge to strike down the Trump administration’s claim that top presidential aides are “absolutely immune” from its subpoenas. In a filing in Federal District Court, the Judiciary Committee […]

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Support for Impeachment Inquiry Grows in the House

WASHINGTON — On Monday, it was a soft-spoken senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri. On Tuesday, the careful chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot L. Engel of New York, threw in his support. So did Jennifer Wexton, a freshman Democrat who flipped a Virginia district long held […]

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Is Impeachment Finally Happening?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Did Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress bring Democrats any closer to impeaching President Trump? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate the fallout from the former special counsel’s testimony. House Democrats’ coy approach […]

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An Impeachment Inquiry Is Coming. It Might Have Already Begun.

Last Wednesday, after Robert Mueller’s terse and sometimes halting congressional testimony, conventional wisdom quickly congealed: Mueller’s performance had made Donald Trump’s impeachment far less likely. “Robert S. Mueller III’s disastrous testimony has taken the wind out of the sails of the Democratic impeachment drive,” wrote Marc Thiessen in The Washington Post. CNN’s Chris Cillizza declared […]

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Why the 2020 Democrats Still Aren’t Talking About Impeachment

BOW, N.H. — As Senator Elizabeth Warren neared the conclusion of her remarks on Saturday to a few hundred activists at a house party in this small town just south of the state capital, she made a solemn vow to “protect our democracy.” It was Ms. Warren’s first trip to New Hampshire since Robert S. […]

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Trump ‘Richly Deserves’ Impeachment, Chairman of House Judiciary Panel Says

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Jerrold Nadler, said on Sunday that he believed President Trump “richly deserves” to be impeached, the most forceful public comments yet from the leader of the panel that would open the proceedings to remove the president from office. “He has done many impeachable offenses,” Mr. […]

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Spare Me the Purity Racket

WASHINGTON — After I interviewed Nancy Pelosi a few weeks ago, The HuffPost huffed that we were Dreaded Elites because we were eating chocolates and — horror of horrors — the speaker had on some good pumps. Then this week, lefty Twitter erected a digital guillotine because I had a book party for my friend […]

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Mueller’s Skepticism of Trump’s Truthfulness Heightens Impeachment Debate

WASHINGTON — In late summer 2016, after WikiLeaks had published its first tranche of stolen Democratic emails, Donald J. Trump received a phone call while riding to La Guardia Airport and then told an aide that more damaging releases were coming. But Mr. Trump denied to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, that he […]

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Mueller Testimony Deepens Democratic Divide on Impeachment

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III’s long-awaited testimony has inflamed divisions among Democrats over impeachment, with some senior lawmakers pushing on Thursday to begin formal impeachment hearings soon, and vulnerable moderates pleading that the party needed to rest its case against President Trump. Liberal House members who have been agitating for impeachment were buoyed by […]

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Stop Trying to Make Mueller Happen

One day, browsing Tinder, imagine that you come upon the profile of an obese, orange-haired real estate magnate and proud, raging racist. The first line of his bio: “Mexicans are rapists.” Formative business experience: Not renting to blacks. One of his profile pictures is a hand drawing of the continent of Africa across which he […]

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Lack of Electricity in Mueller Testimony Short-Circuits Impeachment

WASHINGTON — President Trump was probably never going to be impeached by the House of Representatives before the 2020 election. The testimony by Robert S. Mueller III, the former special counsel, makes that a near certainty. The absence of an electrifying Washington moment in Wednesday’s two-stage testimony by Mr. Mueller not only deprived Democrats of […]

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Robert Mueller’s Testimony

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The former special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, testified before Congress on Wednesday. He declared that his two-year investigation did not exonerate President Trump and that Russia would meddle again in American elections. [For an exclusive […]

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Mueller Testified. Now What?

Well folks, there you have it. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has completed his testimony. There are no more shoes to drop. He has confirmed, publicly, the major details of his voluminous report. Our 2016 election came under massive attack by the Russians, and those efforts continue. The goal was to help Trump’s electoral prospects. People […]

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What We Learned From Mueller’s 7 Hours on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — After months of anticipation, Robert S. Mueller III, the former special counsel, delivered nearly seven hours of dry, sometimes halting testimony before Congress on Wednesday. Republicans and Democrats sparred over his conclusions, but in back-to-back hearings, Mr. Mueller mostly reiterated the findings of his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election […]

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The Media Missed Mueller’s Clear Case for Impeaching Trump

Even before Robert Mueller’s appearance before Congress on Wednesday reached the halfway point, some in Washington concluded that it was a major setback for impeaching President Donald Trump. “So far, this hearing is not revealing new ground, perhaps making it less memorable than it might otherwise be,” The New York Times’ Adam Goldman wrote on […]

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Mueller Rejects Trump’s ‘Witch Hunt’ Accusations and Warns Russia Will Meddle Again

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III on Wednesday publicly rejected President Trump’s criticism that the special counsel’s investigation was a “witch hunt” and defended his conclusions about the sweeping Russian interference campaign in 2016, warning that Moscow will again try to sabotage American democracy. The partisan war over his inquiry reached a heated climax during […]

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How to Handle Mueller

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Congressional Democrats haven’t done an especially good job of investigating President Trump’s misdeeds over the past few months. They have held no hearings of significance since Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, appeared in February, and they’ve had […]

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It’s Time to Move On From Robert Mueller

Six months after House Judiciary Democrats started investigating President Trump, they’re making closing arguments in their case for impeachment. Actually, they’re hoping the special counsel, Robert Mueller, makes the case for them. With no foundation for impeachment, Chairman Jerry Nadler and his colleagues have their fingers crossed that Mr. Mueller didn’t really mean it when […]

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