News on Trump Impeachment

Latest updates from Capitol Hill and the White House.

  1. 2020 elections

    New poll has Warren leading Biden ahead of next Democratic debate

    Biden, according to the poll, remains the most electable candidate in voters' minds.

    A poll released the day before the Democrats' next presidential primary debate shows Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden jockeying for the top place among Democratic voters.

    Warren leads Biden by 30 percent to 27 percent among Democratic voters and independents who lean Democratic, according to a Quinnipiac University poll published Monday.

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  2. 2020 Elections

    ‘Advantage Warren’ as Dems ready for pivotal debate

    Democratic hopefuls will debate for the first time since Bernie Sanders was hospitalized, Donald Trump targeted Joe Biden and the impeachment inquiry began.

    Bernie Sanders is recovering from his heart attack. Joe Biden is under siege, and laying into Donald Trump. And the entire Democratic presidential field has become consumed with the House’s impeachment inquiry into the Republican president.

    With so many candidates responding to circumstances beyond their control — and the threat of a destabilizing moment running high on a stage that’s expanding to 12 candidates from 10 — it’s raising the specter of a debate Tuesday that finally breaks the Democratic primary logjam.

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  3. Congress

    Adam Schiff says whistleblower may not testify in impeachment probe

    He says there is concern for the person’s safety.

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    House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff indicated Sunday that the whistleblower at the heart of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump might not testify over concerns about the person’s safety.

    Schiff’s remarks come after Trump dramatically escalated his attacks on the whistleblower and as he repeatedly calls for the official to be unmasked. Trump’s unrelenting barrage has spurred worries from Democrats that congressional Republicans might try to reveal that person’s identity — conceivably endangering his or her safety — at the behest of the president.

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  4. Defense

    Mark Esper: Pentagon ‘will do everything we can’ to respond to impeachment subpoena

    Still, the Defense secretary did not commit to honoring the order’s deadline for documents from the Pentagon.

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday signaled he would attempt to comply with a subpoena from House Democrats related to their impeachment inquiry but did not commit to honoring the order’s deadline for documents from the Pentagon.

    “We will do everything we can to respond to their inquiry, Chris,” Esper told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

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  5. white house

    Polo ponies and private planes: Trump impeachment fight deepens a rift among ambassadors

    The congressional investigation into Trump has unearthed findings that are leading some diplomats to demand a revamp of how ambassadors are appointed.

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    Some have private planes. Others brag about their polo ponies. Then there are the ones with a direct line to the White House and a willingness to operate outside their mandates — with enough money on hand to cover the legal fees from a congressional investigation.

    President Donald Trump’s politically appointed ambassadors have long drawn skepticism, even resentment, from career U.S. diplomats. Now, as an impeachment inquiry exposes some of their more questionable activities and threatens the career of a traditional envoy, the anger toward them is rising.

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  6. impeachment

    Dems scramble to counter Trump with grassroots impeachment campaign

    Outside groups on the left are coordinating to build public support and pressure GOP senators as Democrats get fully behind impeachment.

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    More than 100 Democrats gathered on a Wednesday call to get the party organized on an existential question: How to sell the public on impeaching President Donald Trump.

    For several years, the impeachment push has been defined by activists beating the drum on Trump — and powerful Democrats in Washington ignoring their calls. But in the two weeks since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry, this organizational hub has sprouted in Washington, commissioning polling, sponsoring ads and trying to guide the energy in the party toward a message and result the public will support, while counteracting a blistering, expensive anti-impeachment campaign from Trump and the Republican National Committee.

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  7. 2020 elections

    Giuliani bungling gives Biden a new punchline

    “America’s mayor” has become a useful foil in Biden’s effort to fight back against Donald Trump’s attacks.

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    ‘America’s mayor’ is now a punchline, fundraising tool and political shield for Joe Biden.

    With Rudy Giuliani emerging as the face of Donald Trump’s star-crossed operation to dig up dirt on Biden in Ukraine, the former vice president is using the former New York mayor-turned-presidential-fixer in a different capacity — as a foil in his own effort to fight back against Trump’s relentless attacks.

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  8. white house

    Trump takes his stump speech to the Values Voter Summit

    The president defends himself against impeachment and criticism of his Syria withdrawal in a pugnacious address to Christian conservatives.

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    President Donald Trump on Saturday delivered a full-throated defense of his presidency at the Values Voter Summit, calling Democrats “crazy” over their impeachment inquiry, touting his recent withdrawal of troops from Syria and pledging to fight for religious liberty in America and around the world.

    "These are bad bad people," Trump said of House Democrats, telling some 3,000 attendees at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., that “we’re going after” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House intel chair Adam Schiff, while raising the prospect of suing them, in a 79-minute address that hewed closely to his stump speech.

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  9. legal

    2014 photo shows earlier ties between Trump and indicted Giuliani associate

    Trump has sought to distance himself from Lev Parnas as evidence of their ties mounts.

    A photograph of President Donald Trump posing with a recently indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani was posted online in March 2014, two years prior to what had been their first known interaction.

    In the photo, Trump and Lev Parnas stand shoulder to shoulder, smiling at the camera at what appears to be an outdoor nighttime event. Trump wears a white, Trump-branded cap and white shirt under a jacket. Parnas wears a royal blue collared shirt. The circumstances of the meeting captured in the photograph remain unclear.

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  10. impeachment

    Impeachment takeaways: Another week of big developments

    Five of POLITICO’s reporters who have been covering Trump’s presidency and the impeachment inquiry share their thoughts on where we stand.

    Federal judges in New York and D.C. bookended this past week with rulings against President Donald Trump’s attempts to stop investigators from seeing his financial records. Smack in the middle, two business associates of the president’s personal attorney who are now at the center of the Ukraine scheme driving Democrats toward impeachment were indicted.

    So, just another week in the Trump era, right?

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  11. white house

    ‘Stop talking’: Trump advisers want Giuliani dumped

    Trump allies felt Giuliani's free-wheeling monologues were hurting the president. And that was before the ex-New York mayor's business associates got arrested.

    For weeks, prominent Republican advisers have been privately imploring President Donald Trump to sideline Rudy Giuliani after a barrage of inconsistent, combative and occasionally cringe-inducing media interviews, according to three people familiar with the conversations.

    And that was before the arrest of two foreign-born businessmen who reportedly helped Giuliani try to discredit former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading Democrat to take on Trump in next year’s election. Several reports have indicated Giuliani himself may be caught up in the probe.

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  12. 2020 elections

    Raw, angry, uncensored: Welcome to Trump's impeachment-era campaign

    The president's latest rallies show a bare-knuckled approach the likes of which voters have never seen before.

    LAKE CHARLES, La. — First he claimed the political establishment was rigging the 2016 election against him. Then he accused special counsel Robert Mueller of overseeing an “attempted takeover of the government.” Now President Donald Trump is telling his supporters he’s the victim of a “coup” that House Democrats have disguised as a legitimate impeachment inquiry.

    It’s the same warlike strategy Trump has employed throughout his presidency: complain relentlessly about partisan constraints on his power, furiously berate political opponents, and use the victim card to bond with Americans who feel similarly betrayed by the political system. And yet, it’s unlike anything voters have seen before.

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  13. congress

    Marie Yovanovitch says Trump ousted her over ‘unfounded and false claims’

    The ex-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine's appearance is a breakthrough for Democrats seeking details in their ongoing impeachment inquiry of Trump.

    Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told House impeachment investigators Friday that she was abruptly forced out of her role in May at the direction of President Donald Trump.

    In her opening statement, obtained by POLITICO, Yovanovitch said Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told her that there was “a concerted campaign” against her — one based on “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.” Yovanovitch attended her deposition in defiance of the State Department’s orders.

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  14. Congress

    Larry Hogan comes out in support of Trump impeachment inquiry

    “I don’t see any other way to get the facts,” the Maryland governor said.

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    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan publicly expressed support for the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, joining a small but growing number of Republicans breaking from the party’s mostly unwavering support of the president.

    “I think we do need an inquiry because we have to get to the bottom of it,” Hogan said in a segment on PBS’ Firing Line that airs Friday night. “I’m not ready to say I support impeachment and the removal of the president, but I do think we should have an impeachment inquiry.”

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  15. Congress

    The holdout, the reluctant supporter, and the impeachment die-hard

    Here’s what three very different House Democrats faced at town halls over the two-week recess.

    NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. — The “Make America Great Again” hats were in the front row Thursday night at freshman Rep. Anthony Brindisi’s first town hall event since Speaker Nancy Pelosi blessed an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

    But for all the criticism the centrist Democrat faced from pro-Trump voters, the sharper questions came from his own supporters about why he is one of just seven in his caucus who has refused to endorse the impeachment push.

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  16. 2020 elections

    'These people are sick': Trump's ire against Washington boils over

    Rather than focusing on usual “Make America Great Again” topics during his Minneapolis rally, the president went hard after his adversaries in Congress and the media.

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    In one of his most vitriolic appearances to date, President Donald Trump on Thursday night railed against the Washington establishment and his other perceived foes as an existential threat to the nation’s democracy.

    From House Democrats to the Biden family, a wide spectrum of “the swamp” came under fire during the president’s political rally in Minneapolis — his first since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry against him more than two weeks ago. Rather than focusing on usual “Make America Great Again” topics like the economy or border security, Trump used over 40 minutes of his stage time to go hard after his adversaries in Congress and the media.

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  17. white house

    ‘A great big money party’: Foreign efforts to influence Trump keep piling up

    Two Rudy Giuliani associates were indicted in the latest allegation of foreign attempts to sway Trump’s administration with secret money.

    Donald Trump pledged to “drain the swamp” of money and influence in Washington. But sludge has kept pouring in — and some of it is coming from foreigners who are trying to buy sway with the president and his advisers.

    Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, associates of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, were arrested on Thursday and charged with trying to aid Ukrainian and Russian foreign nationals by secretly directing $325,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC. And they are only the latest in a string of moneymen and women connected to Trump — including possible Middle Eastern donors to Trump’s inaugural committee, Mar-a-Lago neighbor Cindy Yang, GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy and imprisoned former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort — who have come under scrutiny since 2016 over funneling foreign money into American politics.

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  18. Congress

    Dems weigh knee-capping a Republican impeachment criticism

    Some Democrats say they should hold a vote to formalize the impeachment inquiry.

    House Democrats are grappling with whether to take more steps to formalize their impeachment inquiry and silence a chief Republican criticism of their efforts, with competing factions beginning to emerge.

    President Donald Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill have hammered Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not holding a vote authorizing the House’s impeachment proceedings — arguing that without a vote, the entire process is illegitimate.

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  19. White House

    Trump budget office political hire controlled freeze on Ukraine aid

    The administration’s halt on foreign assistance to Ukraine is now at the center of the impeachment investigation.

    Several alarmed White House career budget staffers alerted House appropriators when the Office of Management and Budget last summer placed a political appointee in charge of a hold on $400 million in foreign assistance to Ukraine.

    Those OMB civil servants questioned a move to put Trump administration political hire Michael Duffey, associate director of national security programs, in control of the freeze, a Democratic aide told POLITICO. But White House budget officials contend there was nothing unusual or improper about shifting the responsibility into the hands of Duffey, and that the decision had nothing to do with the career staff concerns that the hold was not legal.

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  20. congress

    Democrats subpoena Rick Perry for documents in impeachment inquiry

    The subpoena demands documents related to Perry's knowledge of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president.

    House Democrats issued a subpoena on Thursday to Energy Secretary Rick Perry as part of their impeachment inquiry.

    The subpoena demands a series of documents related to Perry's knowledge of President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump pushed his counterpart to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

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