News on Trump Impeachment

Latest updates from Capitol Hill and the White House.

  1. 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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  2. 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.

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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

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    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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  5. 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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  6. Congress

    With impeachment in rear view, Pelosi looks to next attack on Trump

    The speaker is eager to hammer home the message that the economy isn’t actually as strong as Trump claims.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi is looking to make a sharp pivot ¨from the heated politics of impeachment and lash President Donald Trump in another key area: the economy.

    In a series of private meetings this week, Pelosi has all but explicitly told her members that with the election just nine months away, it’s time for Democrats to shift the spotlight away from the Ukraine scandal and other controversies ensnaring Trump.

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  7. White House

    Trump says military may consider disciplinary action against Vindman

    The comments came days after the star impeachment witness was ousted from the White House.

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    President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the military will likely look at disciplinary action against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, just days after the National Security Council official was ousted from the White House after giving damaging testimony during the House impeachment hearings.

    “That’s going to be up to the military, we’ll have to see, but if you look at what happened, they’re going to certainly, I would imagine, take a look at that,” Trump said in response to a follow-up question about what he meant when he said, “the military can handle him.”

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  8. Congress

    Romney escapes Republican retaliation despite Trump attacks

    Even Mitt Romney is ready to move on and promote Trump's agenda.

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    Fresh off a series of scathing attacks from Donald Trump because of his vote to remove the president from office, Mitt Romney spent Tuesday hunting for votes for the president’s agenda.

    Life outside the Senate might never be the same for the Utah Republican, who became the first senator to vote to remove from office a president of his own party and is sure to endure an unending stream of attacks from Trump and his allies.

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  9. legal

    Trump takes post-impeachment reckoning to next level

    The president bashed prosecutors, attacked a judge overseeing high-profile cases, and suggested the military could discipline a star impeachment witness.

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    The reckoning following President Donald Trump’s impeachment acquittal came into sharper focus on Tuesday.

    Less than a week after the Senate rejected two articles of impeachment against Trump, the president bashed federal prosecutors for recommending a stiff sentence for Roger Stone, attacked the judge overseeing high-profile cases involving his ex-advisers, and suggested that the military could discipline Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a star impeachment witness.

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  10. white house

    Trump basks in post-acquittal campaign rally

    In New Hampshire, the president derided congressional Democrats for their unsuccessful attempt to remove him from office.

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    President Donald Trump on Monday energetically mocked his Democratic adversaries during a campaign rally, his first since the Senate acquitted him on two articles of impeachment less than a week earlier.

    Speaking in Manchester, N.H., only hours before the state kicks off the first primary in the country, the president delivered a familiar performance in which he derided congressional Democrats for their unsuccessful attempt to remove him from office. From Senate Democrats to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Trump threw names out to a crowd that, in return, booed and repeated derisive chants against his foes.

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  11. Congress

    Trump's GOP guardrails obliterated after impeachment

    Republicans are doing little to rein in a vengeful president.

    Five days after President Donald Trump was acquitted in the Senate’s impeachment trial, whatever restraints the Republican Party envisioned for him going forward are being utterly obliterated.

    The president is ousting impeachment inquiry witnesses like Alexander Vindman and Gordon Sondland with hints at more to come and attacking senators whom he may need down the stretch to support his agenda. He’s defeated the GOP’s free-traders and is continuing to shift billions of Pentagon funds toward the border wall, despite Republicans’ reservations about his use of the national emergency statute.

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  12. impeachment

    Trump world’s latest attack on Romney: Tie him to Burisma

    The president’s allies are looking to undermine the one GOP senator who turned against Trump on impeachment — by linking Romney to Ukraine.

    The MAGA machine is attempting to turn President Donald Trump’s latest nemesis — Sen. Mitt Romney — into the next Hunter Biden.

    Trump in recent days took a new turn in his attacks on the Utah senator, veering from assailing his character and loyalty and tossing him into the wilds of Ukraine.

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  13. white house

    Kellyanne Conway says more officials may be ousted after Trump’s Senate acquittal

    She also denied that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was fired from his job at the NSC.

    White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday hinted that additional officials could be forced out of their roles following the ousters last week of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Ambassador Gordon Sondland — both high-profile witnesses in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump.

    Asked during an interview on “Fox & Friends” whether there will be more dismissals in the days to come, Conway said, “maybe,” and sought to defend Vindman’s removal from a detail at the National Security Council. Vindman’s twin brother Yevgeny, who had served as a senior lawyer on the NSC, was also forced out of the White House on Friday.

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  14. Congress

    Schumer asks inspectors general to investigate whistleblower retaliation after Vindman firing

    Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a star witness in the House impeachment inquiry, was removed from his position at the White House on Friday.

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is asking that every agency inspector general investigate retaliation against whistleblowers who report presidential misconduct, after the firing of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council.

    Schumer’s letters to 74 inspectors general, which will be sent Monday, comes after Vindman, a star witness in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, was removed from his position at the White House on Friday, along with his twin, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, an ethics lawyer at the NSC. Both brothers are active-duty Army officers and were reassigned to the Pentagon.

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  15. White House

    Johnson details effort to shield Sondland from Trump's retaliation

    The senator said he made several phone calls to the White House before Sondland was removed to urge the president to not fire him.

    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) on Sunday criticized President Trump recalling Gordon Sondland as ambassador to the European Union, saying in an interview that he “would have handled it a different way.”

    Sondland, a key witness in the House’s impeachment inquiry, was fired on Friday, just days after a narrow Senate majority voted to acquit the president. During his public testimony, Sondland said he believed Trump held up military aid to Ukraine in expectation of political favors.

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  16. White House

    Trump singles out Mitt Romney in post-acquittal Twitter-rant

    The president spent a sunny Sunday in D.C. continuing a weekend tweetstorm against the impeachment proceedings and his perceived foes.

    President Donald Trump isn’t letting up on Sen. Mitt Romney during his post-acquittal victory lap.

    Four days after the end of his impeachment trial, the president spent a sunny Sunday in D.C. continuing a weekend tweetstorm against the proceedings and his perceived foes — particularly targeting Romney, the lone Republican who voted to boot him from the White House.

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  17. Congress

    Lindsey Graham: 'I’m not going to be the Republican Christopher Steele'

    He wants to move forward with investigations without relying on sources from Ukraine and Russia.

    Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham addressed the president directly Sunday as he pledged to carefully investigate Joe Biden’s son.

    “If he's watching the show, here's what I would tell the president: I'm going to get to the bottom of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] process, because it was an abuse of power at the Department of Justice and the FBI,” the South Carolina Republican said on CBS‘ “Face the Nation.“

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  18. White House

    'Campaign of intimidation': Vindman's lawyer responds to new attacks by Trump

    Trump tweeted that Vindman 'had problems with judgement, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information.'

    Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s attorney vigorously pushed back Saturday on President Donald Trump publicly tying the impeachment witness’ ouster to insubordination and leaking information.

    In a statement, attorney David Pressman said Trump’s claims “conflict with the clear personnel record and the entirety of the impeachment record of which the President is well aware.”

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  19. OPINION

    How I Learned to Recognize the Real Mitt Romney

    I spent six years filming the senator and his family, looking for moments of authenticity. His speech this week was one of them.

    I’ve been doing a lot of interviews lately about the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” which I directed. I’m often asked how we, as a film crew, are able to capture people authentically on camera. Truth is, our raw footage is riddled with inauthentic moments—people trying to say and do what they think the camera wants them to. We’ve learned simply to wait those moments out. After about 15 minutes, people drop affectation, and who they truly are starts to emerge. After years of doing this, I’ve become adept at discerning between authentic moments and affected ones.

    I first learned this about 13 years ago, when I began filming Mitt Romney as he prepared to run for president in 2008 and then again in 2012. I was a complete stranger to him at the start of the project. Understandably, his campaign staff was reluctant to be filmed. But somehow, Romney and his family decided to grant me unique access. I consequently spent six years observing him in almost every imaginable situation.

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  20. congress

    Trump attacks Manchin for impeachment vote, accusing him of being a Democratic 'puppet'

    The president is taking aim at his impeachment foes in the wake of his acquittal earlier this week.

    President Donald Trump lashed out at yet another impeachment foe on Friday, turning his ire to Sen. Joe Manchin and calling the West Virginia Democrat a “puppet” of his party after he voted in favor of removing Trump from office earlier this week.

    "I was very surprised & disappointed that Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted against me on the Democrat’s totally partisan Impeachment Hoax,” Trump said in a pair of tweets, asserting that nevertheless, “no President has done more for the great people of West Virginia than me (Pensions), and that will always continue.”

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