News on Trump Impeachment

Latest updates from Capitol Hill and the White House.

  1. 2020 elections

    Biden campaign warns media against spreading Trump misinformation

    The memo represents an especially strong rebuke of the GOP-backed conspiracy theories.

    Joe Biden’s campaign issued a memo to media outlets on Monday warning them against spreading “false accusations” driven by President Donald Trump and Republicans against the former vice president.

    The memo, released a day before the start of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, says there is “no evidence” for disproven claims pushed by the president that Biden sidelined a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating an energy company that his son, Hunter, held a high-paid position with.

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  2. Impeachment

    Trump lawyers seek quick rejection of Democrats' impeachment case

    The lawyers argue Democrats didn’t present any evidence the president conditioned security assistance and a White House meeting with the new Ukrainian leader.

    President Donald Trump’s lawyers on Monday offered a sweeping condemnation of the articles of impeachment against him, contending they’re a legally defective “affront to the Constitution and to our democratic institutions” but offering no substantive rebuttal to the charge that the president solicited Ukraine’s interference in the fast-approaching 2020 election.

    The 110-page brief, compiled by a team of Trump’s White House and personal attorneys and filed to the Senate on the eve of the president’s trial, suggests Democrats ran a “rigged” impeachment investigation that led to the House’s adoption of the two charges against Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Their arguments largely ignored the growing body of evidence that Democrats have presented indicating Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, while withholding desperately needed military aid to the war-torn nation.

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  3. Law And Order

    John Roberts Finally Gets His Day as Umpire

    In a high-level drama with very few surprises, the newest character could also be the most consequential—and also the hardest to predict.

    How is John Roberts going to shape the impeachment of President Donald Trump?

    As the presiding officer in President Trump’s impeachment trial, the Chief Justice of the United States finds himself in a role very different from the one he normally occupies. In their day jobs, Supreme Court justices decide well-formed legal questions with the benefit of extensive briefing, discussion with peers, and a lot of time to think. As the presiding officer at a trial, Roberts will be called upon to make decisions on the spot and all alone—something unusual in the career of a justice who has never been a trial judge.

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  4. White House

    How Trump fused his business empire to the presidency

    As Trump kicks off his fourth year as president with an impeachment trial tied to his actions involving Ukraine, critics say the president has yet to face accountability for blatant conflicts of interest tied to his private businesses.

    He has spent one out of every three days as president visiting one of his luxury resorts, hotels or golf courses. He has leveraged his powerful international platform to promote his developments dozens of times. And he has directed millions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers to his businesses around the globe.

    In three years in the White House, Donald Trump has accomplished something no president before him has done: fusing his private business interests with America’s highest public office.

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  5. Impeachment

    Alan Dershowitz: Constitution dictates acquittal for Trump

    The member of the president’s defense team maintains a narrow view on impeachment regardless of evidence and arguments.

    Alan Dershowitz, the high-profile attorney and law professor who just joined President Donald Trump’s defense team, made the case against impeachment on Sunday by focusing only on constitutional criteria.

    On ABC’s “This Week,” Dershowitz said the two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress stemming from the pressure campaign on Ukraine to investigate a Trump political rival — were “noncriminal actions.”

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  6. Impeachment

    Battle over impeachment witnesses escalates

    Key players in President Donald Trump’s impending trial amplified their arguments on the Sunday news shows.

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    With President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial just two days away, the battle over whether to call witnesses during the proceedings, including former national security adviser John Bolton, continues to heat up.

    Several of the House managers for the impeachment trial, including Reps. Adam Schiff of California, Jerry Nadler and Hakeem Jeffries of New York, and Jason Crow of Colorado, appeared on Sunday news shows to urge the Senate to allow new witnesses and evidence during the process as they seek to oust Trump from office. These Democrats repeatedly pushed the line that the only way to get a “fair trial” is through additional testimony and documents.

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  7. Congress

    Durbin complains Senate Democrats in the dark about impeachment rules

    The Senate expects to sign off on formal rules for the trial within the next few days.

    There has not been “the most basic negotiation or exchange of information” between Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate as it gears up for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday.

    “I checked, and as of late last night, there really have not been an exchange, for instance, of the [Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell memo, which is supposed to kick off this entire trial,” the Illinois Democrat said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” “We’re ... a little over 48 hours away from the trial actually commencing, and there hasn't been the most basic negotiation or exchange of information.”

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  8. Congress

    Cornyn: Giuliani ‘not relevant’ to impeachment trial

    "That’s a relationship that causes some of us to sort of scratch our heads."

    President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who's reported to have played a central role in trying to convince Ukraine to investigate a Trump political rival, is “not relevant” to the Senate impeachment trial, Sen. John Cornyn said Sunday.

    “That's a relationship that causes some of us to sort of scratch our heads,” the Texas Republican said on CBS's “Face the Nation.” “But I'd say he's not relevant to the articles and what the Senate is going to be asked to do, impeaching a president for the third time in American history for a non-crime over events that never occurred.”

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  9. Impeachment

    Graham: Senate GOP doesn’t ‘have the votes’ to dismiss impeachment trial

    “That’s dead for practical purposes.”

    Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham acknowledged on Sunday the Republican majority “does not have the votes” in the Senate to quickly dismiss the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

    “That’s dead for practical purposes,” the South Carolina Republican said on on “Fox News Sunday.” “There are a lot of senators, who I think will wind up acquitting the president, that believe that we need to hear the House’s case, the president’s case and ask questions.”

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  10. Congress

    Schiff says NSA, CIA withholding Ukraine info due to White House pressure

    “The intelligence community is beginning to withhold documents from Congress on the issue of Ukraine,” he said.

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff alleged that the NSA and CIA may be withholding documents on Ukraine from Congress due to pressure from the White House, even as the Senate prepares to move forward on the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

    During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Schiff was asked about a POLITICO report that intelligence agencies officials don’t want to testify in public during an upcoming hearing in the House Intelligence panel on global security threats, asking that the session be held in private instead. Trump slammed the intelligence chiefs one year ago for the assessment of Iran, calling them “extremely passive and naïve” on the issue.

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  11. Congress

    Schiff says House did its best to get Trump witnesses

    “You allow the president of the United States — by delay, by playing rope-a-dope in the courts — to defeat the power of the impeachment clause.”

    House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff pushed back against criticism that the House didn’t do enough to enforce its impeachment subpoenas, rejecting a need to tangle with the courts.

    “If you argue that, well, the House needed to go through endless months or even years of litigation before bringing about an impeachment, you effectively nullify the impeachment clause,” Schiff said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

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  12. Impeachment

    7 reporters explain the latest in impeachment

    Democrats delivered the articles. Trump named his lawyers. Next up is the Senate trial. We break it down.

    Democrats delivered articles of impeachment and named the House managers this week. Now things move to the Senate trial. President Donald Trump named new lawyers to his legal team on Friday. We asked six reporters who are deep into impeachment coverage to tell us what we need to know about the story.

    What will you remember from this week in 20 years?

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  13. Impeachment

    'Brazen and unlawful': Trump team attacks House impeachment effort in first formal response

    The president's initial reply comes on the same day House managers previewed their own opening arguments.

    President Donald Trump launched his first formal attack on the House’s effort to remove him from office on Saturday, calling the Democrats’ impeachment case against him fatally flawed and “constitutionally invalid” while blasting the effort as a political hit job by his adversaries.

    “This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election — now just months away,” Trump’s lawyers argued in a six-page response filed with the Senate just days before the president’s trial begins in earnest.

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  14. WHITE HOUSE

    Trump’s impeachment, starring Bill Clinton

    Trump is the one fighting to keep his job, but it can feel like the entire country is reliving the last presidential impeachment.

    President Donald Trump may be the one fighting in the Senate to keep his job, but on Capitol Hill and across the country, it can feel like someone else is still on trial: Bill Clinton.

    Clinton’s own impeachment trial, once a fading cultural artifact in the C-SPAN archives, has suddenly received new life. The Washington figures who lived through it are enjoying a nostalgic return to the spotlight and lawmakers are squabbling over the 20-year-old event. And that C-SPAN archive is now a treasure trove for anyone looking to score political points.

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  15. impeachment

    Dershowitz plays down role on Trump impeachment team

    Dershowitz said he will serve in a “limited” capacity and will not be a part of the president’s tactical strategic team.

    High-profile attorney Alan Dershowitz on Friday repeatedly sought to clarify his role on President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team, insisting he was not a “full-fledged” member.

    “I will present the history of the constitutional impeachment provisions, the history of impeachments that have gone on … and make a broad argument,” Dershowitz told MSNBC’s Ari Melber. “My sole responsibility is to analyze and present the constitutional arguments against impeachment based on the two articles of impeachment.”

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  16. Congress

    Republicans weigh aggressive impeachment trial schedule

    Trump's trial could be far shorter than Clinton's.

    As President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial kicks off in earnest, Senate Republicans are still wrestling with how to follow the precedent set by Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial while also giving Trump the swift acquittal he desires.

    Senate GOP leaders are weighing accelerating the pace of the trial, eyeing a schedule that would maintain the same overall number of hours for opening arguments and senatorial questions as employed in Clinton’s case, but spreading it out over fewer days, according to six people familiar with internal deliberations.

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  17. impeachment

    Trump finally gets his TV-ready lawyers — thanks to impeachment

    The president tapped a lineup of celebrity lawyers, including some who spent years needling the Clintons, for his Senate impeachment trial.

    President Donald Trump has finally got the all-star, TV-friendly legal team he’s been clamoring for. All it took was an impeachment trial.

    The real estate mogul, all-around salesman and former reality star who’s been known throughout his career for churning through attorneys at a breakneck pace rolled out several high-profile additions to his defense team Friday. In a matter of days, they’ll take center stage on the Senate floor as millions of Americans tune in.

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  18. Impeachment

    Impeachment trial schedule: Upcoming proceedings

    Here's what we know about when everything will go down. Check back periodically for updates.

    After much delay, the Senate impeachment trial for President Donald Trump is off and running.

    This week has seen a flurry of developments that could affect the course of the trial, including Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas’ revelation on Wednesday that the president “knew exactly what was going on” and a new government watchdog report released Thursday that concluded the White House budget office violated the law when it froze U.S. military aid to Ukraine.

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  19. impeachment

    Lev Parnas: Trump tried to fire Yovanovitch multiple times

    The indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani spoke to MSNBC and offered more details into the campaign to push Ukraine into investigating the Bidens.

    Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, is alleging that Trump tried multiple times to fire the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and is offering more details into the back-and-forth campaign to push Ukraine into launching an investigation to damage the president’s political rival.

    In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, the second part of which aired on Thursday night, Parnas elaborated on remarks that paint a far more involved role for the president in Giuliani’s dealings with Ukraine. Parnas alleged that Trump was fully in the know about efforts to push the Ukrainian government into opening a public investigation into Democratic rival Joe Biden’s family and the fallout that it caused.

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  20. Legal

    Here’s what the Parnas revelations mean for Trump

    What's Lev Parnas up to? How strong is his new evidence? Are there more bombshells coming?

    Lev Parnas, the indicted Rudy Giuliani associate at the center of the Ukraine controversy, has disrupted the days leading up to President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

    With a slate of newly released documents from House investigators and round of TV interviews, Parnas and his attorney have offered remarkable — if true — details about just how far Trump and his allies were willing to go to dig up dirt on the president’s potential 2020 rival, Joe Biden.

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