Tag: Impeachment

6 Key Revelations of Taylor’s Opening Statement to Impeachment Investigators

WASHINGTON — William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Kiev, provided the most explicit account to date of President Trump’s insistence that Ukraine publicly announce an investigation of Mr. Trump’s political rivals in exchange for an Oval Office meeting and military assistance to fight Russian-led forces. Mr. Taylor, President George W. Bush’s former […]

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Ukraine Envoy Testifies Trump Linked Military Aid to Investigations, Lawmaker Says

WASHINGTON — William B. Taylor Jr., the United States’ top diplomat in Ukraine, told impeachment investigators privately on Tuesday that President Trump held up security aid for the country and refused a White House meeting with Ukraine’s leader until he agreed to investigate Mr. Trump’s political rivals. The testimony drew what one lawmaker described as […]

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Trump Calls Impeachment Inquiry a ‘Lynching’

President Trump on Tuesday called the impeachment inquiry into him a “lynching,” using a racially coded word to describe a process set forth for Congress in the Constitution. In an early morning tweet, he added that the impeachment inquiry is “without due process or fairness or any legal rights,” and he encouraged Republicans to remember […]

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Democrats Slow Impeachment Timeline to Sharpen Their Public Case

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have resigned themselves to the likelihood that impeachment proceedings against President Trump will extend into the Christmas season, as they plan a series of public hearings intended to make the simplest and most devastating possible public case in favor of removing Mr. Trump. Democratic leaders had hoped to move as soon […]

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1, 2, 3, 4, Trump Can’t Rule Us Anymore

All over the world right now, outraged citizens are taking to the streets. Mass protests in Hong Kong have been going on for months, at one point drawing about a quarter of the territory’s population. For the last five days, hundreds of thousands of people have been marching against austerity and corruption in Lebanon, and […]

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Trump Rages Over Republican Defections as Democrats Press on Impeachment

WASHINGTON — President Trump, increasingly embittered by an impeachment inquiry that Democrats are intensifying by the day, complained on Monday that Republicans were not united enough in defending him against what he called “vicious” adversaries bent on removing him. Mr. Trump lashed out at Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, the only member of his […]

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Voters in Battleground States Are Deeply Divided on Impeachment

ImageSupporters of President Trump rallying against the congressional impeachment inquiry outside the Capitol building in Washington.CreditCarlos Jasso/Reuters Voters in the states likeliest to decide the 2020 presidential election support the impeachment inquiry that House Democrats began last month, but a majority still opposes impeaching President Trump and removing him from office, according to a New […]

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How Florida Republicans Are Talking About Impeachment

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A few weeks ago, I sat on a park bench, watching my 11-year-old twins pass a soccer ball and push their friends on a tire swing. I turned to the mother of my daughters’ classmate to talk about the second whistle-blower coming forward about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. “Oh, I don’t […]

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Why Trump Dropped His Idea to Hold the G7 at His Own Hotel

He knew he was inviting criticism by choosing his own luxury golf club in Miami for the site of a gathering of world leaders at the Group of 7 summit in June, President Trump told his aides opposed to the choice, and he was prepared for the inevitable attack from Democrats. But what Mr. Trump […]

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Pelosi Has History and the Constitution at Her Back

President Trump and Republicans have insisted that House Democrats take a vote to open a formal impeachment inquiry before engaging in thoroughgoing oversight of the administration’s activities related to Ukraine. This is a political calculation — relying on faulty analysis of the Clinton impeachment — that a formal inquiry will backfire on Democrats. The Constitution […]

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It’s Time for an Americans’ March

On Nov. 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump’s election, Obamacare looked to be doomed. Millions of Americans, it seemed, were going to lose their health insurance. Trump had campaigned on a promise to repeal the law, as had many other Republicans, and their party was about to control every branch of the federal government. […]

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The Easiest Impeachment Inquiry of All Time

President Donald Trump had a pretty bad week. Multiple current and former officials defied his defiance of the House’s impeachment inquiry to give damaging testimony about his Ukraine scheme. Rudy Giuliani, his legal fixer of sorts, is reportedly under investigation by federal prosecutors for lobbying without registering as a foreign agent. And the White House […]

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How Low Will Trump Go?

The wonder of the Trump administration — the jaw-dropping, brain-exploding phantasmagoria of it — is that it doesn’t bury its rottenness under layers of counterfeit virtue or use a honeyed voice to mask the vinegar inside. The rottenness is out in the open. The sourness is right there on the surface for all to see. […]

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Francis Rooney, G.O.P. Lawmaker Who Won’t Rule Out Impeachment, Is to Retire

WASHINGTON — Representative Francis Rooney, Republican of Florida, who has refused to rule out voting to impeach President Trump, said on Saturday that he would not be seeking re-election. Mr. Rooney, who first won his district in southwest Florida in 2016, said on Fox News that he believed he had accomplished what he wanted to […]

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It’s Trump’s Country. You’re Just Squatting in It.

The wonder of the Trump administration — the jaw-dropping, brain-exploding phantasmagoria of it — is that it doesn’t bury its rottenness under layers of counterfeit virtue or use a honeyed voice to mask the vinegar inside. The rottenness is out in the open. The sourness is right there on the surface for all to see. […]

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What Happened in the Impeachment Inquiry This Week?

Well, that escalated quickly. Congress is back. There were meltdowns. There was testimony. Representative Elijah Cummings, a powerful Baltimore Democrat who was a key figure in the impeachment investigation of President Trump, died at 68. Let’s dive right into the week’s developments. Video The acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, told reporters that […]

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As Inquiry Widens, McConnell Is Said to See Impeachment Trial as Inevitable

WASHINGTON — It was only a few weeks ago that the top Senate Republican was hinting that his chamber would make short work of impeachment. But this week, Senator Mitch McConnell sat his colleagues down over lunch in the Capitol and warned them to prepare for an extended impeachment trial of President Trump. According to […]

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Mulvaney, as Clouseau, Solves Mystery!

John Maynard Keynes may not have been the one who said, “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” But the line, often attributed to him, remains a good one. And it captures my shifting view of the impeachment inquiry. That view shifted again this week with Mick Mulvaney’s hallucinatory […]

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The Crisis of the Republican Party

In the summer of 1950, outraged by Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist inquisition, Margaret Chase Smith, a Republican senator from Maine, stood to warn her party that its own behavior was threatening the integrity of the American republic. “I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the four horsemen of calumny — […]

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Diplomat Told House Investigators He Raised Alarm About Hunter Biden in 2015

WASHINGTON — A career State Department official told impeachment investigators this week that he raised concerns with a senior White House official in 2015 about the son of then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. holding a position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. But the warning from George P. Kent, then a State […]

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