News on Trump Impeachment

Latest updates from Capitol Hill and the White House.

  1. analysis

    The underbelly of impeachment: A tangle of principles, politics and personalities

    Norm Eisen, who served as a Democratic impeachment counsel, gives an insider account of the effort to remove Trump.

    The renewed national debate over the purity of America's founders has highlighted an unmistakable truism: The people who have led this country — throughout its glorious and troubled history — are flawed, full of contradictions and far too easily lionized, their sins airbrushed for polite company.

    So the arrival of a rapid-fire history of the House’s impeachment of Donald Trump, set to hit shelves Tuesday, provides some notable candor about the figures who led the nation into and through the third-ever Senate trial of a U.S. president.

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  2. Congress

    Senate Republicans secure impeachment witness who flagged concern about Hunter Biden

    George Kent, who testified last year about Trump allies' efforts to influence Ukraine, has agreed to sit for an interview as early as Friday.

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    A Senate committee investigating Joe Biden’s son has secured a deposition with a high-level State Department official, George Kent, who was a star impeachment witness against President Donald Trump.

    Kent, who has served as the deputy assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs since September 2018, is expected to appear before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), for an interview as soon as Friday, according to people familiar with the panel’s plans.

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  3. National Security

    Alexander Vindman, key impeachment witness, retires from military

    Through his lawyer, the Army officer said he was leaving amid a retaliation campaign led by the president.

    A key witness in the impeachment of President Donald Trump has retired from the military following “a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation,” his lawyer said in a statement on Wednesday.

    Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who until February served as the top Ukraine policy officer on the National Security Council staff, retired after it became clear that he would be unable to progress in his career, his attorney David Pressman said.

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  4. legal

    House Judiciary panel preparing to subpoena Barr

    At issue is how hard Democrats want to press investigations into the Trump administration.

    The House Judiciary Committee is preparing a subpoena to obtain Attorney General William Barr's testimony July 2, Chairman Jerry Nadler said Monday night.

    Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi discussed the idea over the weekend and decided “to be ready” in case Barr declined to show up to testify before the panel, according to Democratic sources familiar with their conversation.

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  5. congress

    Rep. Nadler: Senate Republicans are corrupt

    “We have a corrupt Republican majority in the Senate, which will not consider impeachment no matter what the evidence and no matter what the facts.”

    House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler said Sunday all Senate Republicans who voted to acquit President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial were "corrupt."

    Speaking with CNN's Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,“ Nadler repeatedly called Senate Republicans corrupt for failing to remove the president and investigate allegations of malfeasance. His remarks came after Attorney General William Barr dramatically ousted U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, who was heading investigations into Trump and his allies, and after former national security adviser John Bolton offered damning new allegations about the president in his soon-to-be released book.

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  6. White House

    Bolton rips Trump: ‘Getting reelected was the only thing that mattered’

    The former national security adviser also argues in a new memoir that Trump took a series of actions that might warrant impeachment.

    President Donald Trump repeatedly endangered national security — and committed a series of potentially impeachable offenses — to boost his reelection prospects, former national security adviser John Bolton argues in a forthcoming White House memoir.

    Bolton writes that the House should have broadened its impeachment inquiry to other areas of his foreign policy, contending that he can document — and identify witnesses to — "Ukraine-like transgressions ... across the full range of his foreign policy," according to a description by Simon & Schuster released Friday.

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  7. 2020 elections

    Val Demings’ stock rises on VP shortlist

    The Florida congresswoman is attracting an increasing amount of attention from Biden advisers, donors and congressional Democrats.

    Joe Biden’s shortlist for vice president is deep in Democratic talent, filled with governors, senators and former rivals for the presidential nomination.

    But one of the least-known among them is attracting an increasing amount of attention from Biden advisers, donors and Democrats in Congress — Val Demings.

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  8. White House

    Trump chastises Bush

    He wonders where the former president was during his impeachment.

    President Donald Trump jabbed George W. Bush after the former president released a video calling for national unity amid the pandemic.

    “He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!” Trump tweeted Sunday morning, calling the Texas Republican out for remaining silent during his impeachment trial.

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  9. White House

    ‘I don’t really want his advice’: Trump admits snubbing Romney for coronavirus task force

    The Utah senator was the only GOP member to vote for the president’s impeachment in February.

    President Donald Trump on Sunday admitted he’s still holding a grudge against Mitt Romney, the only GOP senator to be left off a congressional task force on reopening the U.S. economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

    In February, Romney broke ranks with his party, voting to impeach the president on a charge of abusing his power. Since then, Trump has called the Utah senator and former Massachusetts governor a “failed presidential candidate” — Romney was the Republican nominee in 2012 — and “one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics.”

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  10. Legal

    Atkinson: Trump fired me because I handled whistleblower complaint properly

    “As an Inspector General, I was legally obligated to ensure that whistleblowers had an effective and authorized means to disclose urgent matter.”

    The intelligence community watchdog removed abruptly late Friday by President Donald Trump says he believes Trump ousted him because of his evenhanded handling of a whistleblower complaint that ultimately led to the president's impeachment.

    "It is hard not to think that the President’s loss of confidence in me derives from my having faithfully discharged my legal obligations as an independent and impartial Inspector General," Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general said in a statement Sunday, "and from my commitment to continue to do so."

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  11. Congress

    From distraction to disaster: How coronavirus crept up on Washington

    Lawmakers have ripped the administration’s bungled handling of the outbreak. But some now wonder if there’s more they could have done when it might have made a difference.


    It was just hours before the start of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial when Sen. Tom Cotton started to worry.

    The Arkansas Republican had spent Martin Luther King Day weekend poring over news reports from Asia describing a new, highly infectious disease traced to a provincial city of 11 million inside China, hardening his already deeply held disdain for the Chinese Communist Party.

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  12. Congress

    Coronavirus upends the battle for the House

    Trump’s impeachment is no longer likely to dominate the campaigns that will determine control of Congress.

    The impeachment furor that consumed Washington for nearly a year has dissipated amid a far more urgent political storm: the coronavirus outbreak.

    Any trace of President Donald Trump’s impeachment has vanished from Capitol Hill, cable news and the campaign trail. And long gone is the pervasive sense of anxiety that once gripped vulnerable Democrats after their votes to impeach Trump, which they feared could cost them their seats and possibly control of the House.

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  13. White House

    Trump impeachment witness: U.S. still ‘vulnerable' after Russian meddling

    The interview is Fiona Hill's first since testifying before House impeachment investigators in November.

    A former National Security Council official who testified during President Donald Trump’s impeachment hearings contends Russian President Vladimir Putin has the U.S. “exactly where he wants us.”

    Putin has “got us feeling vulnerable, he’s got us feeling on edge and he’s got us questioning the legitimacy of our own systems,” Fiona Hill told CBS’s Lesley Stahl during an upcoming “60 Minutes” interview that will be her first since testifying before House impeachment investigators in November.

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  14. national security

    Trump loyalist installed in top intelligence post on National Security Council

    Michael Ellis, a deputy to White House lawyer John Eisenberg, started in the role on Monday.

    A White House lawyer and former counsel to the House Intelligence Committee under Devin Nunes has been named senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, the latest instance of President Donald Trump elevating a trusted loyalist to control the intelligence community.

    Michael Ellis, a deputy to White House lawyer John Eisenberg, started in the role on Monday, according to a senior administration official and a former national security official. Ellis left the counsel’s office, so he won’t be dual-hatted with his new job.

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  15. Legal

    House Intel lawyer Dan Goldman returning to New York

    Goldman called his time with the committee "the honor of a lifetime."

    Daniel Goldman, the House Intelligence Committee lawyer who grilled a dozen witnesses during the panel's public impeachment hearings, is departing Capitol Hill and returning to New York, the committee confirmed Thursday.

    Goldman became an early public face of the impeachment probe, leading the questioning of senior White House and State Department officials as they provided evidence that President Donald Trump sought to pressure Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rivals.

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  16. Legal

    Attorney who counseled Democrats on impeachment leaves Judiciary Committee

    Barry Berke will return to work at his New York-based law firm.

    Barry Berke, the white-collar criminal defense attorney who served as legal counsel to Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, announced on Wednesday that he would return to work at his New York-based law firm.

    "It was the honor of a lifetime to serve as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during this critical period in our nation’s history," Berke wrote on Twitter. "I am thrilled to be returning to Kramer Levin, my friends and colleagues, my practice and our clients."

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  17. white house

    Trump’s expansive view of executive power gets a post-impeachment surge

    After defeating impeachment, Trump is displaying the full extent of his legal authority — creating a challenge for White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

    Updated

    Pat Cipollone took only a short post-impeachment break.

    The White House’s top attorney and other members of President Donald Trump’s legal team attended a private party at the Trump International Hotel to celebrate, just hours after the Senate voted largely along party lines to acquit the president.

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  18. Defense

    Army won't investigate Vindman over impeachment testimony, top leader says

    Vindman was ousted from his position on the NSC last week after the Senate acquitted Trump.

    The Army will not investigate Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council staffer who testified in the president’s impeachment investigation, the service’s top civilian said Friday.

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy made the announcement at an event just days after President Donald Trump said he imagined the military would “take a look at” whether Vindman should face disciplinary action for the “horrible things” he told House investigators about the president’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last July.

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  19. politics

    John Kelly defends Vindman: ‘He did exactly what we teach them to do’

    The former White House chief of staff said Vindman’s decision to escalate his concerns about Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president was in line with military training.

    Updated

    Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said Wednesday that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was following his military training when he chose to report President Donald Trump’s now infamous July phone call with the president of Ukraine.

    That decision last summer ultimately led to the army officer’s ouster from a position with the National Security Council earlier this week, which in turn has stoked fears of a post-impeachment retribution campaign by the president.

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  20. National Security

    ‘We are not a banana republic’: National security adviser defends Vindman dismissals

    Robert O’Brien said the brothers’ removal from the NSC was because they were trying to undermine Trump.

    National security adviser Robert O’Brien on Tuesday defended the dismissal of Lt. Cols. Alexander and Yevgeny Vindman from the National Security Council, suggesting that the officials were trying to undermine the president.

    “We’re not a country where a bunch of lieutenant colonels can get together and decide what the policy is of the United States,” O’Brien said during an event at the Atlantic Council think tank. “We are not a banana republic.”

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