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Trump Has Made Civil Servants Sexy

So who has been your favorite witness so far in the House’s impeachment investigation? Was it Bill Taylor, the top American diplomat in Ukraine, with his old-school steadiness and Walter Cronkite voice? What about George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state, with that adorable bow tie? Marie Yovanovitch, the ambassador to Ukraine driven from […]

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They Toil Gladly Offstage. Impeachment Lands Them in the Spotlight.

ImageFiona Hill, President Trump’s former top adviser on Russia and Europe, on Thursday. As with other witnesses, she framed her service to the United States in terms of her immigrant experience. Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — They are, in a sense, the permanent, beating, bipartisan heart of the government of the United States. They […]

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How Not to Plot Secret Foreign Policy: On a Cellphone and WhatsApp

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor at the center of the impeachment investigation into the conduct of Ukraine policy, makes a living selling cybersecurity advice through his companies. President Trump even named him the administration’s first informal “cybersecurity adviser.” But inside the National Security Council, officials expressed wonderment that Mr. Giuliani was running […]

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The Revenge of the Bureaucrats

The opening hearings on the Ukraine scandal demonstrated that mundane government processes and seemingly colorless bureaucrats are what keep our country going. It was these sorts of unknown public servants who maintained the executive branch functioning during Watergate — and are doing so now while our distracted president and his acolytes try to circumvent the […]

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3 Key Impeachment Developments This Week

Putting a Human Face on the Ukraine Pressure Campaign Video transcript Back transcript Trump Impeachment Hearings: Day 2 Highlights Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former American ambassador to Ukraine, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee for the second public hearing of the impeachment inquiry. “It is in America’s national security interest to help Ukraine transform into […]

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In Praise of Washington Insiders

Let me tell you a secret. The public buildings of Washington are filled with very good people working hard for low pay and the public good. There are thousands of them and they are very much like the Foreign Service officers that we’ve seen or are expected to see testifying at the impeachment hearings: William […]

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This Is Not a Game

On Wednesday the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump took place. It was a somber moment. The country has not often inched up to this precipice, and for good reason. The fact that we are here signals that the country got something horribly wrong. It elevated a man of poor character […]

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Trump’s Choice: National Security or Political Obsession

The last two impeachment investigations of the past half-century began with a third-rate burglary and an extramarital affair. They quickly expanded to question the credibility and ethics of the president, but never touched on America’s national interests in the weightiest geopolitical confrontations of their eras. The sober, just-the-facts testimony of two previously little-known diplomats on […]

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Compelling Testimony, but No Minds Changed So Far

WASHINGTON — After hours of testimony in the first impeachment hearing in decades, William B. Taylor Jr. on Wednesday afternoon finally got down to the heart of the issue dividing Congress over President Trump’s conduct. “Holding up of security assistance that would go to a country that is fighting aggression from Russia for no good […]

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A Public Hearing, and a Feud Over Ukraine

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The House of Representatives opened historic impeachment hearings on Wednesday, with William B. Taylor Jr. and George P. Kent, senior career civil servants, caught in the crossfire. Democrats underscored the constitutional import of the proceedings, while […]

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Late Night Serves Hot Takes After First Public Impeachment Hearings

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. ‘Like if Nixon Had […]

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As Talks With Putin Loom, Ukraine Looks in Vain for U.S. Help

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians are used to hearing the West call for stability in their country. This fall, the roles have reversed. “Ukraine would very much like to see a stable political situation in the States,” Oleksandr Turchynov, the previous Ukrainian president’s national security adviser, said in an interview. The relationship between Kiev and Washington, […]

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The Only Show in Trump Town

Here come the holidays, and all we’re going to hear about is Ukraine. I know, who’d have thought? There’s the impeachment drama, and it’s all about Ukraine. The Democratic primaries are coming up, and every one of the 92 candidates is worried about mispronouncing Kiev. You’re going to be arguing about it at every office […]

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An Ideal Witness for the Democrats

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher William B. Taylor Jr. and George P. Kent arrived on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to offer testimony in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. The historic hearing turned into an intensely partisan battle. On today’s episode: […]

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What We Learned From the First Day of Public Impeachment Hearings

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives held its inaugural open impeachment hearing on Wednesday, taking public testimony for the first time since endorsing the formal inquiry into allegations against President Trump. William B. Taylor Jr., the top United States diplomat in Ukraine, and George P. Kent, a senior State Department official in charge of Ukraine […]

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On Capitol Hill, Old School Washington Keeps Circus at Bay

WASHINGTON — After so much noise, a formal feeling fell upon the Capitol. The civil servants had entered the room. In a sense, seriousness itself stood trial on Wednesday as William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Ukraine, and George P. Kent, a top State Department official, strode into the velvet-draped hearing room […]

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Republicans’ Best Defense Is a Bad Offense

What did Americans learn from the first day of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry? They learned damaging new information, about another witness who reportedly overheard a telephone conversation in which President Trump pressed to find out if the Ukrainians had committed to investigating his top political rival. They learned they are still served by […]

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A Tale of an ‘Irregular Channel,’ Playing on Many Channels

In the middle of the testimony of William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Ukraine, that opened the House impeachment hearings Wednesday, a guessing game broke out on social media. He sounded like someone, didn’t he? His deep, assuring, steady voice reminded some people of Tom Brokaw. No, maybe it was Walter Cronkite? […]

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The Evidence of Wrongdoing by Trump Is Overwhelming

Impeachment is a constitutional procedure that should be reserved only for extraordinary times with the most extreme examples of abuse of power by a president. That is why, in our country’s history, only two presidents have been impeached. But this is one of those times. The evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump is overwhelming. The […]

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Impeachment Hearings Open With Revelation on Trump’s Ukraine Pressure

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives opened historic impeachment hearings on Wednesday and heard a senior American diplomat reveal startling new testimony that drew President Trump closer to the center of the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. In a nationally televised hearing in the House Ways and […]

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If Trump Were Anyone Else …

As the impeachment process unfolds, President Trump’s defenders will throw up dust clouds of complexity. But as the first day of open hearings suggested, it’s simple. Forget about Ukraine and diplomacy for a moment. Suppose that a low-ranking government official, the head of a branch Social Security office, intervened to halt a widow’s long-approved Social […]

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