Tag: Impeachment

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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Prepare to Meet Donald Trump, Defender of Democracy

Addressing his cheering supporters in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders declared, “This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump.” But wait, wasn’t the House vote to impeach him the beginning of the end for Donald Trump? The United States had never before impeached a president running for re-election, and now we are […]

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As a Post-Impeachment Trump Pushes the Limits, Republicans Say Little

WASHINGTON — On a day when President Trump congratulated the attorney general for overruling career prosecutors in favor of the lighter prison sentence he sought for a longtime friend, Senate Republicans agreed on one thing: Reining in a president emboldened by the impeachment acquittal they orchestrated is not on their to-do list. “Kind of immaterial,” […]

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Marie Yovanovitch, Ex-Envoy, Offers Sober Appraisal of U.S. Diplomacy

WASHINGTON — Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who became a central witness in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, delivered a candid and at times stark assessment Wednesday of the declining health of American diplomacy. In her first public remarks since her testimony in November in the impeachment proceedings, Ms. Yovanovitch appeared […]

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With Trump’s Trial Over, Lawmakers Ponder How to Conduct the Next One

WASHINGTON — The bruising fight over President Trump’s impeachment may be over, but in the Senate, the fight over how to conduct the next one — of him or a future president — is just beginning. Republicans want to make it more difficult to impeach and try a president for high crimes and misdemeanors, while […]

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Trump Lashes Out at Manchin, and He Pushes Back

WASHINGTON — Senator Joe Manchin III votes with President Trump more than any other Democrat in the Senate. But his vote last week to convict Mr. Trump of impeachable offenses has eclipsed all of that, earning him the rage of a president who coveted a bipartisan acquittal. In the days since Mr. Manchin, a West […]

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Chief Justice’s Impeachment Handbook: Determined Minimalism

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has returned to his day job, and he must be relieved. His grim demeanor during President Trump’s impeachment trial made plain that he did not enjoy his role in it. As the trial ended, the chief justice said he had “attempted to carry out ill-defined responsibilities in an unfamiliar […]

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Who’s Really Shredding Standards on Capitol Hill?

Last week, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said a lot without speaking a word. At the close of President Trump’s State of the Union address, she calmly, deliberately and now famously tore her copy in two and tossed it down with a shrug, declaring her disdain for its contents with aplomb. This simple gesture sent […]

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Justice Dept. Reviewing Information From Giuliani on the Bidens, Graham Says

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has begun receiving information obtained by Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, from Ukraine about former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son, Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday. Mr. Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is the chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a vocal Trump […]

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Republican Senators Tried to Stop Trump From Firing Impeachment Witness

WASHINGTON — A handful of Republican senators tried to stop President Trump from firing Gordon D. Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who testified in the House impeachment hearings, but the president relieved the diplomat of his post anyway, according to people briefed on the discussions. The senators were concerned that it would look […]

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Trump Defends Firing Alexander Vindman

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Saturday defended his decision to fire Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the national security aide who was marched out of the White House on Friday by security officers, calling the decorated Army officer who testified at a House impeachment hearing “very insubordinate.” Mr. Trump denigrated Colonel Vindman, a veteran of […]

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