Tag: Trump-Ukraine Whistle-Blower Complaint and Impeachment Inquiry

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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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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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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Pelosi Denies ‘Hate’ for Trump, Who Accuses Her of Having a ‘Nervous Fit’

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out in anger on Tuesday at a reporter who asked whether she hated President Trump, prompting Mr. Trump to accuse her of having “a nervous fit.” The flash of anger from Ms. Pelosi — “Don’t mess with me,” she told the reporter — came as she was leaving a […]

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Zelensky’s Opponents Fear He Is Ready to Capitulate to Russia

KYIV, Ukraine — Washington may be obsessed with the impeachment inquiry over President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, but it was far from the minds of a few thousand protesters who gathered on a recent frosty night in Kyiv to vent their anger at their own country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, over his peace overtures to Russia. […]

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Read Nancy Pelosi’s Remarks on Articles of Impeachment

Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked House leaders to proceed with drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump. The following is a transcript of her remarks as prepared by The New York Times. SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: Good morning. Let us begin where our founders began in 1776. When in the course of human events it becomes necessary […]

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Pelosi Says House Will Begin Drafting Impeachment Charges Against Trump

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that the House of Representatives would begin drafting impeachment articles against President Trump, pushing ahead with a rapid timetable that could set the stage for a vote before Christmas to charge him with high crimes and misdemeanors. Wrapping her announcement in the words of the Constitution and […]

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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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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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The Impeachment Show Fleshes Out Its Back Story

More and more often, absorbing TV serials don’t just stand on their own. There are ancillary shows, explainers, deep dives for the superfans. The HBO mini-series “Chernobyl” inspired a successful podcast exploring the history behind the dramatized events. “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones” and Bravo’s reality series have inspired talk shows devoted to analyzing […]

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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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Trump Blocked Key Impeachment Witnesses. Should Congress Wait?

WASHINGTON — Are House Democrats making a mistake by moving swiftly to impeach President Trump while there are still substantial gaps in the factual record for deciding whether he abused his powers in the Ukraine affair? That was the argument put forward on Wednesday by Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor who was […]

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Scholars Call Trump’s Actions on Ukraine an Impeachable Abuse of Power

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee opened an epic partisan clash over the impeachment of President Trump on Wednesday at a hearing where Democrats and Republicans offered up dueling legal scholars who disagreed over whether the president’s conduct rose to the constitutional threshold to warrant his removal from office. At the start of a new […]

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Giuliani, Facing Scrutiny, Travels to Europe to Interview Ukrainians

WASHINGTON — Even as Democrats intensified their scrutiny this week of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s role in the pressure campaign against the Ukrainian government that is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, Mr. Giuliani has been in Europe continuing his efforts to shift the focus to purported wrongdoing by President Trump’s political rivals. Mr. Giuliani, […]

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Who Is Pamela Karlan? Legal Leader Committed to Progressive Causes

Pamela S. Karlan’s formidable reputation as a scholar and Supreme Court advocate, coupled with a deep commitment to progressive causes, have made her a leader of the sometimes disorganized liberal legal movement. Her credentials Ms. Karlan, 60, received bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees from Yale and clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the Supreme […]

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Here Are the Key Members to Watch on the House Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON — Since its creation in 1813, the House Judiciary Committee has served as the backdrop to debates over the most contentious issues in American history, including a woman’s right to vote, immigration and civil rights. It has either held or recommended impeachment proceedings against three presidents: Andrew Johnson, Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton. […]

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Who Is Michael J. Gerhardt? Professor Made Impeachment His Specialty

For the second time, Michael J. Gerhardt will appear before Congress as an expert on impeachment. In 1998, when President Bill Clinton was facing impeachment, he was the only expert on a panel of 19 witnesses summoned by both parties to offer insight into the process. His credentials Thirty years ago, Mr. Gerhardt published his […]

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Who Is Noah Feldman? Scholar Specializes in Constitutional Law

Noah Feldman, a professor at Harvard Law School, is part of a vanishing breed, a public intellectual equally at ease with writing law review articles, books aimed at both popular and scholarly audiences and regular opinion columns, all leaning left but with a distinct contrarian streak. In October, he declared that the country was in […]

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