Tag: Impeachment

Behind the Scenes of Impeachment: Crammed Offices, Late Nights, Cold Pizza

WASHINGTON — Far from any television camera and a half world away from Ukraine, a few dozen Democratic staff aides, lawyers and House members are grinding away this weekend in a loose clump of Capitol Hill offices, the beating heart of the impeachment operation against President Trump. In cramped spaces in the Rayburn and Longworth […]

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Judiciary Committee Releases Report Defining Impeachable Offense

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee released a report on Saturday that aims to define what the framers of the Constitution meant by an impeachable offense, issuing the document just days before the Democratic-led committee is expected to approve articles of impeachment against President Trump. Democrats have accused the president of abusing his power by […]

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Amid Rancor in House, It’s Quiet in the Halls of the Senate. Too Quiet.

WASHINGTON — The House is an impeachment hot zone, leaving the Senate to face a cold, hard truth: Things are looking down in the upper chamber. Temporarily relegated to the sidelines by the spectacle of impeachment dominating the House, and lulled into inactivity with legislative action at a near standstill, the Senate has become a […]

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Release of Trump’s Banking Records Delayed by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday put a one-week hold on a lower court’s order for President Trump’s bank records to be turned over to Congress. The stay issued by Justice Ginsburg came just three days after the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York said that Deutsche Bank and […]

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White House Signals Trump Won’t Mount House Impeachment Defense

The White House signaled on Friday that it did not intend to mount a defense of President Trump or otherwise participate in the House impeachment proceedings, in a sharply worded letter to Democrats calling the process “completely baseless” and urging lawmakers to get it over with quickly. “You should end this inquiry now and not […]

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‘Don’t Mess With Me’: Nancy Pelosi Flexes Her Muscles

“Women really are powering the Democratic Party.” — Lisa Lerer, The New York Times politics reporter. It was hard to miss: On Thursday, in front of a row of American flags, and sporting a crisp white suit, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House will draft articles of impeachment against President Trump next week, setting […]

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Pelosi’s Leap on Impeachment: From No Go to No Choice

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi was planning to deliver back-to-back eulogies at funerals here and in South Carolina during a busy weekend of late September travel when she saw an explosive headline in The Wall Street Journal: “Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine to Investigate Biden’s Son.” For months, Ms. Pelosi had resisted calls for impeachment. It […]

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Please, Democrats, Don’t Make the Impeachment Articles Too Narrow

At Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment, the witness called by Republicans, the George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, gave a disingenuous, hackish performance. Turley criticized the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump as overly partisan, a concern that didn’t seem to trouble him in 1998, when he supported Bill Clinton’s impeachment. He argued that […]

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House Democrat says he plans to vote against all articles of impeachment

Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, one of two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry, said he plans to vote against all the articles of impeachment “unless there’s something that I haven’t seen, haven’t heard before.” WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 28: U.S. Rep.-elect Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) speaks to members of the media […]

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Trump Officials Dispute Some Giuliani Call Logs in Bid to Weaken Democrats’ Case

Trump administration officials, seeking to weaken Democrats’ case for impeachment, disputed on Thursday some of the details in the House Intelligence Committee’s report about calls between President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and White House aides. As part of its portrait of Mr. Trump’s campaign of pressure on Ukraine, the committee’s report released this […]

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‘Do You Hate the President?’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced this morning that the House of Representatives would draft articles of impeachment against President Trump. But what our colleague found most striking today happened a few hours later, when a reporter for […]

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The President’s Pardon Power May Be Weaker Than It Seems

Roger Stone, President Trump’s longtime confidant, was recently convicted on seven counts of criminal behavior. Other associates of Mr. Trump’s were previously convicted of crimes. Under the pardon power granted to him by Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution, Mr. Trump could pardon all of them at any point during his term in office. […]

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Our Democracy Is at Stake in 2020 and Young People of Color Are Paying Attention

Congress held public impeachment hearings last week on whether President Trump abused his power to enlist a foreign government in smearing his political opponent. While some may see this process as far removed from their day-to-day lives—a parade of old white men being accused of crimes, defending other old white men who may have committed […]

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Who Will Pick the Next President: Trump, Russia or Us?

The report released on Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee begins with a powerful indictment: “The impeachment inquiry,” the first sentence says, “uncovered a monthslong effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election.” Mentions of the “2020 election” and the president’s […]

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says Trump ‘Leaves Us No Choice But to Act’ on Impeachment

And so it begins. On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she’s asked that articles of impeachment be drafted against President I Did That Shit. Sure impeachment without removal from office is about as damaging as a public indecency charge from 1994; it’s not going to really do anything but it’s embarrassing if it […]

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Speaker Pelosi: ‘No choice’ but to move forward with articles of impeachment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the House was proceeding with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. “Today I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment,” Pelosi said on Capitol Hill. “The President leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt once again the election for […]

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The House Should Go Big in Framing Impeachment Articles Against Trump

For House Democrats, there is a powerful temptation to narrow the grounds for impeachment. By adhering to a simple narrative about President Trump’s criminal actions in relation to Ukraine, they hope it will be easier to mobilize public support than if they levied a more complex set of charges. In the impeachment of Richard Nixon, […]

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Don’t Embrace Originalism to Defend Trump’s Impeachment

In the pending congressional impeachment inquiry, the House Judiciary Committee is charged with (among other things) taking up the question of what the constitutional process of impeachment means. To aid them in this solemn task, committee chair Jerry Nadler and his colleagues on Wednesday summoned an impressive list of constitutional scholars to offer authoritative interpretations […]

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What Is Voters’ Highest Priority? There’s a Way to Find Out

Republicans in Congress have tried to discredit the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry by arguing that it distracts Congress from its real duties. One Republican-aligned group recently released a poll of 1,600 voters in four congressional districts that suggested Americans “prioritize issues over impeachment.” But when we look at data on revealed priorities from people all over […]

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Mocked Abroad and Assailed at Home, Trump Returns to Face Impeachment

WASHINGTON — When times turn tough, presidents can hop on Air Force One to escape the country for a while and stride purposefully across the world stage. But the world stage was not so friendly this week for President Trump, who landed back in Washington on Wednesday night to confront a grim couple of weeks […]

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But Is It Impeachable?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher The House Judiciary Committee opened a new phase of the impeachment inquiry by tackling a fundamental constitutional question: What is an impeachable offense? All the witnesses testifying in today’s hearing were in agreement, except one. “The […]

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Denny Heck, a Washington Democrat, Won’t Seek House Re-election

Representative Denny Heck, Democrat of Washington, said on Wednesday that he would not run for re-election in November in part because the impeachment hearings, in which he has participated as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, had left him “weary.” In a blog post on Medium, Mr. Heck listed the aspects of his job […]

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Do Voters Even Care About the Articles of Impeachment?

Day 1 of the House Judiciary Committee phase of the impeachment hearings is just about over, and we’ve been reminded that however historic such hearings are, they’re not always riveting. Republican histrionics aside, legal scholars expounding on constitutional jurisprudence don’t pack quite the punch that Fiona Hill did. The questions now facing House Democrats concern […]

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