News on Trump Impeachment

Latest updates from Capitol Hill and the White House.

  1. White House

    ‘Go after your enemies’: Trump’s 21-year-old impeachment playbook

    Trump shared his real-time thoughts about the Clinton impeachment two decades ago. Those same views are echoing through the president’s fight today.

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    Ever since a whistleblower alleged that President Donald Trump withheld aid from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into his political opponent, Trump’s defense has been to call the entire episode “absolutely, totally appropriate” — and then prepare for battle.

    The subsequent impeachment proceedings? A revenge-motivated “lynching” that Republicans needed to treat as a war they needed to win. The Democrats investigating him? Trump called them peddlers of “bullshit,” who would lose in 2020 if they didn’t relent. (“Get a better candidate this time, you'll need it!”) And what if Trump does get removed from office? In September, the president tweeted a quote from Pastor Robert Jeffress, warning that if the Democrats removed him as president, “it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.”

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  2. White House

    Trump: Giuliani 'wants to go before Congress' about Ukraine trip

    Trump added that Giuliani will “make a report” of his findings to submit to Attorney General William Barr and Congress.

    President Donald Trump on Saturday said his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani wants to testify before congressional impeachment investigators about his most recent trip to Ukraine.

    “He has not told me what he found, but I think he wants to go before Congress,” Trump said to reporters at the White House before a trip to Florida. “I hear he has found plenty.”

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  3. Congress

    House Dems refresh Nixon-era impeachment report for Trump

    The report outlines the committee’s standard for what constitutes an impeachable offense.

    The staff of the House Judiciary Committee on Saturday issued a historic report laying the groundwork to impeach President Donald Trump, outlining in Constitutional terms what the panel believes amounts to an impeachable offense.

    Chairman Jerrold Nadler described the 55-page analysis as the heir to the only similar report produced by the Judiciary Committee, which was released during the impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon. That document was updated during the Bill Clinton impeachment but not fully rewritten.

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  4. The Big Idea

    This Impeachment Is Different—and More Dangerous

    Amercans haven't been this siloed since the Civil War. Here's how to prevent a bigger breakdown.

    As the House of Representatives races toward its self-imposed deadline of Christmas to vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, it’s easy to assume this is a path the nation has walked before. After all, impeachment is outlined in the Constitution, and we’ve lived through one as recently as 1999.

    But that’s the wrong way to see it. Impeachment is a profoundly disruptive event, and when we think about what could happen to the country, we need to recognize just how different this time is. The nation has never entered impeachment proceedings in a media environment—and hence a political environment—like the current one. That difference will matter profoundly to our democracy. And as the process unfolds, it’s not just elected leaders but our media institutions that need to consider how to limit the potential damage.

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  5. impeachment

    6 reporters take on the week in impeachment

    Our team breaks down what’s shaking in the impeachment world this week.

    It was another revelatory week in impeachment where it was almost impossible to pin down what left us most shook.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Democrats would proceed with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Trump in turn urged Democrats to impeach him as soon as possible. Constitutional scholars testified that Trump's actions related to Ukraine were the worst misconduct in presidential history. And Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani showed up in Kyiv again.

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  6. Congress

    Schiff: Pence aide provided new impeachment evidence — but VP's office classified it

    The request indicates that impeachment investigators are still seeking relevant evidence.

    A national security aide to Vice President Mike Pence submitted additional classified evidence to House impeachment investigators about a phone call between Pence and Ukraine's president, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff revealed Friday.

    In a letter to Pence, Schiff (D-Calif.) asked the vice president to declassify supplemental testimony from the aide, Jennifer Williams, about Pence’s Sept. 18 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, arguing that there is no “legitimate basis” to keep it secret.

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  7. 2020 elections

    ‘People have real questions about this’: Hunter-Ukraine questions cloud Biden tour

    The former veep still hasn’t found a clear and cogent message when it comes to his son’s overseas business dealings.

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    ELKADER, Iowa — Joe Biden has two methods of responding to questions about his son’s controversial business dealings in Ukraine: denial and anger.

    But so far, Biden doesn’t have a clear and cogent message — and Iowa voters are starting to take notice, especially after his fiery encounter Thursday with a retired farmer who advanced the unfounded claim that the former vice president played a role in landing his son a job at a Ukrainian gas company.

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  8. White House

    White House won't take part in House Judiciary impeachment hearings

    The White House counsel criticizes the ongoing impeachment inquiry as “completely baseless.”

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    The White House will not participate in future House Judiciary Committee hearings that are designed to outline evidence in support of President Donald Trump’s removal from office.

    In a one page letter sent to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), White House Counsel Pat Cipollone criticized the ongoing impeachment inquiry as “completely baseless” and that it violates “basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness.”

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  9. The Friday Cover

    How to Fix Impeachment

    Nine experts on what’s gone so wrong with the Trump proceedings—and what America should do about it.

    The articles of impeachment haven’t yet been drafted against President Donald Trump, and seemingly everyone has a theory of what’s already gone wrong. Weeks of high-profile hearings and news reports on the president’s behavior have done little to change the minds of voters or lawmakers on either side, and few in Washington expect the exercise to end in anything other than a partisan standoff.

    The finger of blame shifts from in-the-tank politicians to partisan media to a president who has made almost a sport of upending political norms. But maybe the blame lies more with impeachment itself—a last-ditch political safety measure written into the Constitution that has never, in 230 years, been successfully used to remove a president.

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  10. Congress

    Cut out of impeachment, emoluments crusaders plot plan B

    Allegations that Trump is illegally using his office to make money are unlikely to make the cut when the House produces its impeachment articles.

    When the House drafts articles of impeachment in the coming days, one of the original accusations of wrongdoing against President Donald Trump — that he is illegally using his office to make money — is unlikely to make the cut.

    It's a blow to lawmakers and watchdog groups who have tried for three years to get Americans to share their outrage at what they consider violations of the Constitution's little-used emoluments clause, which forbids Trump from receiving gifts from foreign governments or money from U.S. taxpayers.

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  11. Politics

    What you missed while watching impeachment, Week 4

    Washington at work: ‘Evil Corp’ takedown, food stamp cuts and robocall crackdown

    Everyone hates robocalls, so the House voted to crack down on them. Food stamps are getting slashed — 700,000 Americans may lose them. The Justice Department hunted down a bunch of Russian cyber gangsters known as “Evil Corp.”

    These are headlines that might have risen above the fold if Washington weren’t gripped by an all-consuming impeachment saga. But these actions — and dozens of others by the federal government this week, show that the gears of the federal government are still firing away, with life-changing and controversial policy decisions being made while the country is distracted.

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  12. 2020 elections

    Joe Biden defends son Hunter but acknowledges Ukraine work 'may have looked bad'

    There is no evidence the Bidens engaged in corrupt acts related to Ukraine.

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden acknowledged it "may have looked bad" for his son to serve on the board of foreign companies, but the former vice president stood firm that his son did nothing wrong.

    "What may have looked bad but wasn't anything wrong is totally different than whether a president has held up $400 million in aid for the Ukrainian military when Ukrainians are dying," Biden said during an interview with Telemundo released Thursday. "That is criminal."

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  13. impeachment

    Pelosi goes it alone on impeachment

    She's maintained tight control over the Democrats' push to remove Trump from office.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi never wanted to impeach President Donald Trump. But now that it’s happening, she’s doing it her own way — in 4-inch heels and with an iron grip.

    Pelosi has tightly scripted every step of the House’s march toward impeachment. All the key decisions — whether to move forward with an inquiry, who will be in charge of the probe, and whether to begin drafting impeachment articles — have been made solely by Pelosi, then conveyed afterward to her 12-member leadership team, according to multiple lawmakers and aides who are regularly in contact with her.

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  14. congress

    Senate Republicans puncture House GOP dreams for impeachment trial

    GOP leaders have no interest in turning the Senate into a circus with the hard-line demands of Trump's House allies.

    On Wednesday, a conservative backbencher in the House issued an explosive request to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham: Subpoena the phone records of House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.

    On Thursday, Graham had a succinct response: “We’re not going to do that.”

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  15. congress

    Impeachment investigators will present evidence at Judiciary hearing next week

    The Judiciary Committee made the announcement soon after Pelosi said Democrats would draft articles of impeachment

    House impeachment investigators will present evidence against President Donald Trump to the Judiciary Committee on Monday, a key step before Democrats finalize articles of impeachment.

    The Judiciary Committee’s Thursday announcement of its next hearing comes after Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed the panel and other investigators to draft articles of impeachment, a historic milestone that suggests the House could vote to impeach Trump before the end of the year.

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  16. White House

    Trump taunts House Democrats on impeachment: 'Do it now, fast'

    The president tweeted that he wants to move on to a "fair" trial in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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    President Donald Trump on Thursday brazenly urged House Democrats whom he claimed are already hell-bent on impeaching him to get it over with already, so he could plead his case during a “fair” trial in the Republican-controlled Senate.

    The president’s directive to lawmakers came one day after the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from constitutional scholars on whether Trump’s conduct justified his removal from office. It also came a little more than an hour before Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would move forward with drafting articles of impeachment.

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  17. congress

    Republicans ignore an impeachment escape hatch

    GOP lawmakers are dismissing the notion of censure — a reprimand short of ousting Trump from office.

    Republicans have no plans to seek an off-ramp on impeachment.

    As House Democrats move swiftly toward a vote to oust President Donald Trump, GOP lawmakers aren’t seriously contemplating a third option between removing him from office and absolving him of all wrongdoing.

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