Tag: Impeachment

The Market Partied Like It Was 1932

Simply enumerating the crises afflicting the United States this year is an exhausting job. Consider that the country has already experienced a presidential impeachment trial, the onset of a tenacious coronavirus pandemic and a grave recession. Add to all of that the heartbreaking video recordings of police officers killing people of color, which vastly amplified […]

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Defense Secretary Faces White House Pressure on Aides and a Military Promotion

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is facing a hemorrhage of talent as senior officials resign amid continued efforts by the White House to purge those perceived as political foes, including the Army lieutenant colonel who testified in the House impeachment hearings. The Army this week forwarded to Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper a list of hundreds […]

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Trump Poses ‘Danger for the Republic’ if Re-elected, John Bolton Charges

President Trump poses a “danger for the republic” and would be an even greater threat if he wins a second term this fall because he would be unconstrained by future electoral considerations, John R. Bolton, his former national security adviser, said in an interview aired on Sunday night. In one of the most scathing public […]

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Don’t Buy John Bolton’s Book. But Don’t Ignore Its Revelations.

The American news cycle has become so manic and surreal that there hasn’t been much time to reflect on the revelation, in the new book by the former national security adviser John Bolton, that Donald Trump encouraged President Xi Jinping of China in the building of concentration camps for its Muslim Uighur minority. Bolton’s “The […]

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Bolton Unites Republicans and Democrats in Scorn Over Tell-All Book

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in Congress may be deeply divided over law enforcement reform, what to do about the coronavirus pandemic and even whether to purge vestiges of the Confederacy from the Capitol. But on Thursday, they found consensus on one thing. Everyone, it seemed, was mad at John R. Bolton. Democrats were angry […]

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Promotion in Jeopardy for Army Officer Who Challenged Trump on Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The promotion of an Army officer who was a prominent witness in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump last year is imperiled in what Pentagon and congressional officials say could be another flash point between the president and the military. Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a decorated Iraq war veteran who served on […]

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John Bolton: American Coward

Suppress any gratitude you might feel towards Bolton for bringing these misdeeds to light. Any of this would have been nice to know last fall when it could have actually affected the impeachment proceedings—a choice that Bolton consciously refused to make. “Bolton’s staff were asked to testify before the House to Trump’s abuses, and did. […]

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Five Takeaways From John Bolton’s Memoir

John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, plans to publish a damning book next week depicting President Trump as a corrupt, poorly informed, reckless leader who used the power of his office to advance his own personal and political needs even ahead of the nation’s interests. The book, “The Room Where It Happened,” describes […]

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Bolton Says Trump Impeachment Inquiry Missed Other Troubling Actions

John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, says in his new book that the House in its impeachment inquiry should have investigated President Trump not just for pressuring Ukraine to incriminate his domestic foes but for a variety of instances when he sought to intervene in law enforcement matters for political reasons. Mr. Bolton […]

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In Days of Discord, President Trump Fans the Flames

WASHINGTON — With a nation on edge, ravaged by disease, hammered by economic collapse, divided over lockdowns and even face masks and now convulsed once again by race, President Trump’s first instinct is to look for someone to fight. Over the last week, America reeled from 100,000 pandemic deaths, 40 million people out of work […]

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Trump’s Purge of the Watchdogs

It used to be rare for a president to fire an inspector general, a position created within government agencies after Watergate and assigned to fight waste and corruption. Today, we look at what President Trump’s pattern of replacing inspectors general reveals about the nature of the independent office — and about presidential power. On today’s […]

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Nancy Pelosi’s Brilliant Career

PELOSIBy Molly Ball House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been right about a lot. She was right in the early 1990s, when, as a fierce critic of China’s human rights record, she rejected the bipartisan faith that economic liberalization in China would inevitably lead to greater democratization. She was right again in 2003 when, as the […]

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‘A Perfect Storm’ in Brazil as Troubles Multiply for Bolsonaro

RIO DE JANEIRO — President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil was struggling to govern effectively long before the explosive resignation speech of his star cabinet minister, who basically called his soon-to-be former boss a criminal. Mr. Bolsonaro became a president without a political party in November, after falling out with leaders of the Social Liberal Party, […]

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Linda Tripp, Key Figure in Clinton Impeachment, Dies

Linda Tripp, the former White House and Pentagon employee whose secret audiotapes of Monica Lewinsky led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998, died on Wednesday. She was 70. Joseph Murtha, a former lawyer for Ms. Tripp, confirmed the death. No other details were given. When Ms. Lewinsky completed her testimony about the […]

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Inspector General Fired by Trump Urges Whistle-Blowers ‘to Bravely Speak Up’

WASHINGTON — The intelligence community inspector general whom President Trump fired late Friday night has called on whistle-blowers to overcome any fears and come forward with information about waste and illegality in the government despite the administration’s reprisals. “The American people deserve an honest and effective government,” the fired official, Michael K. Atkinson, said in […]

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Trump Proceeds With Post-Impeachment Purge Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON — Remember the impeachment? President Trump does. Even in the middle of a pandemic, he made clear late Friday night that he remained fixated on purging the government of those he believes betrayed him during the inquiry that led to his Senate trial. The president’s under-cover-of-darkness decision to fire Michael K. Atkinson, the intelligence […]

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Trump Just Fired The Man Who Kicked Off His Impeachment Investigation

President Donald Trump is firing the intelligence community’s top government watchdog, who just happens to be the man who kicked off Trump’s impeachment by alerting Congress about his call with the Ukrainian president. Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community’s inspector general, was central to Trump’s impeachment trial: he informed Congress about the whistleblower complaint that kicked […]

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History Won’t Save Us

History will judge Donald Trump harshly. That, at any rate, is what many of his critics predict. No less harsh, in this prediction, will be history’s judgment of those who abetted Trump’s evils, who failed to stand up to him, who didn’t support impeachment and removal, even citizens who didn’t sufficiently resist. According to some believers, […]

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Trump’s Most Devout Disciple

These days, the green rooms at Fox News are full of pundits and politicians desperate to please President Donald Trump. When Sean Hannity spins the results of the latest poll as a conservative victory, or Steve Doocy nudges Trump toward signing a deal to fund the border wall, they are performing for an audience of […]

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Trump Assails Pelosi as He Opts to Skip Bipartisan St. Patrick’s Day Lunch

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump will skip the annual bipartisan St. Patrick’s Day luncheon hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill this week, White House officials said Sunday, the latest in a series of tit-for-tat snubs between the two most powerful leaders in the nation’s capital. In rejecting Ms. Pelosi’s invitation, Mr. Trump […]

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Bill Clinton Explains Monica Lewinsky Affair as ‘Managing My Anxieties’

Former President Bill Clinton, recalling the sex scandal that led to his impeachment in 1998, says in a new documentary series that his extramarital affair with Monica S. Lewinsky was a way of “managing my anxieties.” The four-part documentary series, “Hillary,” which was released on Friday on Hulu, focuses on Hillary Clinton’s life, her marriage […]

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Yes, Impeaching Trump Was Absolutely Worth It

The morning after the Senate trial of President Trump was one of the rare occasions over my yearlong tenure as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee when I was able to join my family for breakfast. My duties for the impeachment and its trial had made me particularly scarce. My teenage daughter wasted no […]

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Trump Accuses Schiff of Leaking Intelligence on Russia’s 2020 Interference

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday accused the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee of leaking information about Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2020 election, dismissed the intelligence as “exaggerated” and refused to acknowledge that Moscow was behind similar efforts in 2016. “I can’t imagine that people are not going to go after them […]

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John Rood, Top Defense Official, Latest to Leave After Impeachment Saga

WASHINGTON — John C. Rood, the Defense Department’s top policy official, is the latest member of President Trump’s national security team involved in the Ukraine matter to leave the government. Mr. Rood, the under secretary of defense for policy, will step down at the end of February, the department’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah, said Wednesday. […]

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Democrats Plan to Highlight Health Care and Jobs Over Investigating Trump

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, recovering from their failed push to remove President Trump from office, are making a sharp pivot to talking about health care and economic issues, turning away from their investigations of the president as they focus on preserving their majority. Top Democrats say that oversight of the president — in particular his […]

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A Presidency Increasingly Guided by Suspicion and Distrust

WASHINGTON — President Trump suggested in recent days that he had, in fact, learned a lesson from his now-famous telephone call with Ukraine’s president that ultimately led to his impeachment: Too many people are listening to his phone calls. “When you call a foreign leader, people listen,” he observed on Geraldo Rivera’s radio show. “I […]

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When America’s Oddest Political Couple Fight, Those Sparks Are Real

WASHINGTON — George T. Conway III has described the work of his wife, Kellyanne Conway, for President Trump in terms usually reserved for hostage situations: brainwashed by a cult, suffering from Stockholm syndrome, an overwhelmed mother protecting a destructive man-child. And if you think it’s all shtick, some wink-and-nod act by a couple who fights […]

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