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

Trump, in Davos to Talk Trade, Lashes Out at Enemies Back Home

DAVOS, Switzerland — President Trump unleashed on Democrats and the media in a wide-ranging news conference on Wednesday before leaving Davos to return to Washington, where his impeachment trial is underway in the Senate, claiming that he would prefer a long trial with witnesses but national security issues made that impossible. A day earlier, Mr. […]

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The Moderates’ Impeachment Moment

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher After nearly 12 hours of vicious debate, the Senate voted early Wednesday to adopt the rules that will govern the rest of the impeachment trial. But in a Republican-controlled chamber, why weren’t they the rules that Senator […]

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What to Watch For in President Trump’s Impeachment Trial on Wednesday

WASHINGTON — After a marathon debate about how to conduct the impeachment trial, the Senate will formally move into the oral arguments phase of the proceeding on Wednesday as the House managers open their case to convict President Trump and remove him from office. The managers will present their two articles of impeachment charging Mr. […]

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Why Did Alan Dershowitz Say Yes to Trump?

Forty years ago, when I was a student at Harvard Law School, I enrolled in Alan Dershowitz’s class on professional responsibility. “Everyone is entitled to a lawyer,” he told us. “But not everyone is entitled to me.” Any lawyer in private practice can generally say no when asked to take on a case. So why […]

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Trump Impeachment: A Quill-and-Ink Process Enters the Digital Age

Viewed from one angle, the first day of the Senate trial of President Donald J. Trump was a plain affair. Or I should say, viewed from two angles — the two provided by the official congressional cameras, one trained tight on the speakers’ stand, one providing a static wide shot. This was by design: The […]

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Day 1: The Rules of Engagement

The opening day of the impeachment trial of President Trump was a Senate fight over the rule book. The Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, blazed into the session on Tuesday spoiling for battle over a procedural map put forward Monday night by his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell. In keeping with Mr. McConnell’s preference […]

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Republicans Block Subpoenas for New Evidence as Impeachment Trial Begins

WASHINGTON — A divided Senate began the impeachment trial of President Trump on Tuesday in utter acrimony, as Republicans blocked Democrats’ efforts to subpoena documents related to the pressure campaign on Ukraine and moderate Republicans forced last-minute changes to rules that had been tailored to the president’s wishes. In a series of party-line votes punctuated […]

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Why Trump’s Threadbare Legal Argument Will Probably Work

Let’s dispense with one thing off the bat: President Trump’s impeachment defense is — in addition to being riddled with false factual claims and misleading characterizations — legal claptrap. It’s also likely to work. The essence of the argument, which appears in a 110-page brief submitted on Monday by the president’s ragtag legal team in […]

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Trump, Impeachment and Catching Frisbees

As the country embarks on only the third impeachment trial of a president in its history, there are many unique features about this moment, but one stands out for me: Never before have we had to confront a president who lies as he breathes and is backed by a political party and an entire cable […]

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Partisan Rules Debate Rages as Senate Opens Trump Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — A divided Senate began the impeachment trial of President Trump on Tuesday in utter acrimony, as Republicans refused to commit to hearing from witnesses Democrats demanded and moderate Republicans forced last-minute changes to rules that had been tailored to the president’s wishes. The debate, convened just after 1 p.m. in a Senate chamber […]

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Barr Once Contradicted Trump’s Claim That Abuse of Power Is Not Impeachable

WASHINGTON — Scholars have roundly rejected a central argument of President Trump’s lawyers that abuse of power is not by itself an impeachable offense. But it turns out that another important legal figure has contradicted that idea: Mr. Trump’s attorney general and close ally, William P. Barr. In summer 2018, when he was still in […]

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Impeachment Live Stream: Highlights and Takeaways

Here’s what you need to know: Video A debate is under way in the Senate over the ground rules the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, has proposed for President Trump’s trial.CreditCredit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times The Senate’s historic trial of President Trump begins in earnest with a bitter fight. The Senate convened shortly after 1 […]

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Ukraine Said No to Trump’s Political Hit Job. Will G.O.P. Senators Say Yes?

Senate Republicans are threatening to give President Trump what even a foreign government knew was inappropriate: the dirtying of a political rival. What an irony it would be if Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial itself yielded the very result for which he is being impeached: the corruption of America’s election integrity by the baseless denigration of […]

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The Last Impeachment Trial

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher As President Trump’s impeachment trial begins in earnest this afternoon, we look back two decades to a time when Google was in its infancy, Y2K was stoking anxiety and partisanship in Congress was not quite so entrenched. […]

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A Challenge for the Trial: 100 Senators Who Love to Talk, Sitting in Silence

WASHINGTON — In the Senate, there are few things of more value to a lawmaker than the sound of his or her own voice. Inside the gilded chamber, senators vocalize their votes — calling out “aye” or “nay” — make speeches on all manner of subjects — meaty policy addresses, weekly odes to exemplary constituents, […]

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What to Expect as the Trump Impeachment Trial Begins Today

WASHINGTON — After ceremonially opening its impeachment trial of President Trump last week, the Senate reconvenes on Tuesday to begin what is expected to be a bruising partisan fight over the charges that the president abused his office and unconstitutionally obstructed Congress. The seven Democratic House impeachment managers could begin making their case on the […]

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Trump to Focus on Economy at Davos, Seeking a Counter to Impeachment

DAVOS, Switzerland — Before the Senate impeachment trial begins in earnest on Tuesday, President Trump was more than 4,000 miles away from Washington, in this glitzy Alpine village, planning to drive a competing narrative — one that has nothing to do with pressure on Ukraine, abuse of power or obstruction of Congress. In his first […]

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McConnell Impeachment Rules Modify Clinton Precedent

WASHINGTON — For weeks, Senator Mitch McConnell sought to deflect charges that he was trying to stack the deck in favor of President Trump in his impeachment trial by repeating that he was merely replicating the Senate’s only modern precedent: the 1999 trial of President Bill Clinton. “What was good enough for President Clinton in […]

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McConnell Pushes to Speed Impeachment Trial as Trump Requests Swift Acquittal

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, unveiled ground rules on Monday for President Trump’s impeachment trial that would attempt to speed the proceeding along and refuse to admit the evidence against the president unearthed by the House without a separate vote. Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, showed his hand hours after Mr. Trump’s […]

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McConnell Unveils Rules for Trump Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, unveiled ground rules on Monday for President Trump’s impeachment trial that would attempt to speed the proceeding along and refuse to admit the evidence against the president unearthed by the House without a separate vote. Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, showed his hand hours after Mr. Trump’s […]

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Lev Parnas Asks Barr to Recuse Himself From Criminal Case

A lawyer for Lev Parnas, the Soviet-born businessman who was involved in the campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate political rivals of President Trump, asked on Monday that Attorney General William P. Barr disqualify himself from overseeing his criminal case because he has too many conflicts of interest. Mr. Parnas, who was charged in October […]

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‘Constitutional Nonsense’: Trump’s Impeachment Defense Defies Legal Consensus

WASHINGTON — As President Trump’s impeachment trial opens, his lawyers have increasingly emphasized a striking argument: Even if he did abuse his powers in an attempt to bully Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 election on his behalf, it would not matter because the House never accused him of committing an ordinary crime. Their argument […]

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Trump Legal Team Asks Senate for Speedy Acquittal in Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s legal team called on the Senate on Monday to “swiftly reject” the impeachment charges and acquit him, maintaining that he committed no impeachable offense and has been the victim of an illegitimate partisan effort to take him down. In a 110-page brief submitted to the Senate the day before his trial […]

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