News on Trump Impeachment

Latest updates from Capitol Hill and the White House.

  1. politics

    Majority of Americans support ousting Trump from office, new poll shows

    The poll also found that 70 percent believe that the president was wrong to pressure Ukraine to launch political probes.

    Seventy percent of Americans believe President Donald Trump was wrong to pressure Ukraine’s leader to pursue probes into his political opponents, according to a new survey, and more than half of respondents believe he should be removed from office.

    An ABC News/Ipsos poll published Monday found that 51 percent of those surveyed think Trump should be impeached by House lawmakers, as well as convicted in a Senate trial. Six percent say that while Trump’s actions were wrong and that he should be impeached, he should not be ousted by the Senate.

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  2. White House

    Trump takes his ‘scam’ message to the heartland

    The White House and its allies have embarked on a coast-to-coast campaign to persuade Americans that Democrats are wasting time impeaching Trump.

    The outcome of the impeachment investigation in Washington is all but certain. So President Donald Trump and his allies are focusing their defense on the people they think matter far more to their future: Americans from across the nation who will decide his political fate in November 2020.

    White House officials in recent weeks have participated in nearly 700 television and radio interviews, many in communities big and small across the U.S., according to a White House official familiar with the effort. Cabinet secretaries are spreading Trump’s anti-impeachment message when they travel. And Trump aides are engaging Republican governors across the nation to fight back against Democrats and others who back impeachment.

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  3. White House

    Trump labels top Pence aide a 'Never Trumper'

    The president tweeted that Jennifer Williams — “whoever that is” — should read the transcripts of both his calls with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.

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    President Donald Trump on Sunday labeled one of his vice president’s top national security aides a “Never Trumper,” a day after it was disclosed that she had said the president’s July call with Ukraine was “unusual and inappropriate” in a deposition to Congress.

    Trump tweeted that the aide, Jennifer Williams — “whoever that is,” he said — should read the transcripts of both his calls with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine: the July 25 call at the center of the impeachment inquiry, as well as an initial April 21 call that the White House released a summary of Friday.

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  4. Congress

    Pelosi: I ‘look forward to seeing’ evidence clearing Trump

    “If he has information that is exculpatory ... then we look forward to seeing it."

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she and House impeachment investigators “look forward” to seeing any information that would demonstrate President Donald Trump’s innocence.

    “That remains,” the California Democrat said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS's “Face the Nation” when asked by host Margaret Brennan whether she had seen any information that clears Trump of any wrongdoing in the Ukraine scandal.

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  5. Congress

    Pelosi has 'no idea' if impeachment inquiry will wrap by year's end

    Democrats aren’t committing to a firm timeline for the investigation of Trump.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday left open the possibility that Democrats’ impeachment inquiry will continue into next year, saying she has “no idea” whether it would be finished by the end of December, the strongest indication yet that their probe into President Donald Trump could interfere with the 2020 presidential race.

    Pelosi also refused to elaborate on what — if any — charges House Democrats would bring against Trump, notably declining to say whether the president’s Twitter attack on former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony amounted to witness intimidation.

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  6. Congress

    House members debate possible ‘witness intimidation’ by Trump

    Democrat Sean Maloney says "it's obviously wrong." Republican Chris Stewart doubts Marie Yovanovitch was intimidated by "a single tweet."

    Two House Intelligence Committee members on opposite sides of the aisle squared off Sunday over President Donald Trump’s tweets aimed at discrediting former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during her public testimony.

    “It’s obviously wrong,” Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “The president is intimidating a witness in real time. How have we come to the point where decent people like Chris Stewart have to defend that kind of conduct?”

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  7. Legal

    Giuliani: House investigation ‘a travesty’

    He says no real evidence has been presented.

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    Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, tweeted early Sunday that the House investigation into Trump is “a travesty.”

    “After 3 witnesses no evidence has been presented of any offense. The first two permanent diplomats had no direct knowledge just overhearing things. The third one had no knowledge not even hearsay. This is a travesty,“ he tweeted.

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  8. Congress

    Pence aide testified that Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine were 'inappropriate'

    Jennifer Williams told investigators that she took notes while she listened in on Trump’s July 25 phone call.

    A top national security aide to Vice President Mike Pence told House impeachment investigators that President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political opponents were “unusual and inappropriate,” and “shed some light on possible other motivations” for the president’s order to freeze military aid to the U.S. ally.

    Jennifer Williams, who serves as Pence’s special adviser for Europe and Russia, told investigators in early November that she took notes while she listened in on Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from the White House Situation Room, adding that she viewed Trump’s requests for investigations as politically motivated.

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  9. Congress

    Sondland said he was acting on Trump’s orders, aide told investigators

    The testimony of Tim Morrison places the president’s envoy to Brussels in an even more precarious spot ahead of Wednesday’s open hearing.

    Tim Morrison, a top White House national security aide, told impeachment investigators that Gordon Sondland — a U.S. ambassador at the center of the Ukraine scandal imperiling Donald Trump’s presidency — claimed to be acting on Trump’s orders, and in fact was regularly in touch with him.

    Though other impeachment witnesses have suggested Sondland has overstated his relationship with the president, Morrison said he was repeatedly able to confirm that the envoy did speak directly with Trump.

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  10. White House

    White House budget official appears for testimony on Ukraine aid hold amid impeachment inquiry

    “We’re in the process of collecting the details of how that process took place within the budget bureaucracy,” said a lawmaker who attended Mark Sandy’s deposition.

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    A senior White House budget official appeared for testimony Saturday morning before House impeachment investigators — a significant crack in President Donald Trump’s firewall that has prevented Democrats from learning critical details about the decision to freeze nearly $400 million of military aid to Ukraine.

    Mark Sandy’s closed-door appearance alone was a breakthrough for Democrats, who have struggled to obtain testimony about what other officials have described as an abrupt order by the president to withhold the U.S. military assistance meant for Ukraine. Democrats have blamed the nagging mystery on an all-out blockade by the White House Office of Management and Budget, which has fought relentlessly to spurn requests and subpoenas seeking documents and witness testimony.

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  11. Law And Order

    What Was Truly Unprecedented in This Week’s Impeachment Hearings?

    We’ve seen impeachment proceedings before—but not like this. We rounded up 5 experts on the process to tell us what we should have been paying attention to.

    It’s easy to call an impeachment “historic,” but what kind of history did we really see this week? Most of us couldn’t answer that in real time, but POLITICO Magazine tracked down the tiny handful of Americans who can: the historians and legal analysts who specialize in the rare, high-stakes process of impeachment itself.

    This week we invited a group of them to watch the congressional hearings with an eye to what actually made history. They saw quite a bit of it unfold in the hearings on President Donald Trump’s conduct around Ukraine and the conduct of the Congress looking into it.

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  12. impeachment

    7 reporters recount a historic week in impeachment

    Public testimony roiled the political world but are Trump and his presidency in any more trouble than a week ago?

    History was made this week as public hearings began in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

    It was difficult, but not impossible, to overlook this simple fact amid the blizzard of breaking news and onslaught of accusations, counter-claims and Twitter tirades.

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  13. OPINION | Law and Order

    Trump Is Writing His Own Articles of Impeachment

    Disparaging a witness in the middle of her testimony, the president made the Democrats’ job a lot easier.

    The second public impeachment hearing should have made less of an impact than the blockbuster first hearing. After all, the witness—former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch—had little testimony to offer about the aid-for-dirt scheme at the core of the inquiry.

    President Donald Trump changed that with a single tweet.

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  14. impeachment

    Diplomat: Sondland told Trump Ukraine would investigate Bidens

    “[Sondland] went on to state that President Zelensky ‘loves your ass,’” David Holmes told investigators, according to a source familiar with his opening statement.

    A State Department official told House impeachment investigators on Friday that he overheard Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, telling President Donald Trump that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would do “anything you ask him to” — including publicly announcing an investigation targeting Trump’s political rivals.

    “[Sondland] went on to state that President Zelensky ‘loves your ass,’” David Holmes told investigators, according to two sources familiar with his opening statement.

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  15. national security

    Trump ignored aides' advice to raise corruption in first Zelensky call, source says

    According to the record, Trump congratulated Zelensky on his election victory but did not mention corruption.

    White House national security advisers suggested President Donald Trump raise the broad issue of corruption in his first call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on April 21, but Trump chose not to, according to a person familiar with the matter.

    One of Republicans’ central defenses in the impeachment inquiry has been that Trump cares deeply about corruption in Ukraine, which is why he asked Zelensky in July to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter's dealings with the country.

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  16. impeachment

    Trump attack on Yovanovitch exposes GOP's muddled impeachment defense

    The president was left isolated after Republican lawmakers refused to follow his lead and attack the former ambassador to Ukraine.

    Donald Trump is alone.

    Not a single Republican lawmaker on the House Intelligence Committee backed up the president’s midhearing attacks on veteran diplomat Marie Yovanovitch Friday as she described a Trump-fueled “smear campaign” that effectively ended her career.

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  17. Media

    Jackie Speier erupts at reporter for The Hill

    The California Democrat decries the outlet’s publication of columns spreading conspiracy theories about Yovanovitch.

    Updated

    Angered by the testimony of ousted ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, California Rep. Jackie Speier upbraided a reporter for The Hill and ripped the outlet’s publication of columns by John Solomon, the conservative journalist whose work is at the center of what Yovanovitch described as a “smear campaign” against her.

    “I just find it reprehensible that any newspaper would just be willing to put that kind of crap out that is not — has no veracity whatsoever, and not check to see if it had any veracity,” said Speier, a Democrat serving in her seventh term in the House, according to audio of the exchange reviewed by POLITICO. “And then it becomes a talking point. And he becomes a nonpartisan commentator. It’s corrupt. It’s just corrupt.”

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