Both sides say the outcome of President Trump’s impeachment trial will have a momentous impact on the nation’s future.
The final procedural requirements for the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump were met on Thursday afternoon when Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in by Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Grassley. Roberts, who will preside over the impeachment trial, then swore in all 100 sitting senators.
President Trump had no authority to withhold some $250 million in military aid to Ukraine that had been appropriated by Congress, the Government Accountability Office found in a report released Thursday morning.
For at least two decades, sitting presidents have challenged the idea that the three branches of government are coequal, and that while each branch has different powers, no branch is more powerful than any other.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ended a pause in the impeachment proceedings against President Trump on Wednesday by naming seven managers who will act as prosecutors in the Senate trial set to start next week.
For the Trump administration, appointing board members may be an effective and little-noticed means of weakening a federal apparatus it fundamentally distrusts. His board appointments, many of which may outlast his presidency, could serve an internal Republican resistance to a future Democratic administration.
With ruthless efficiency and speed, and with little consideration of Democratic objections, Trump has managed to largely blunt and even reverse his predecessors’ efforts to diversify the federal judiciary by appointing dozens of white men to the bench.
While details remain scant, U.S. authorities believe it’s “highly likely” that an errant Iranian missile brought down the Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed outside Tehran, Iran, shortly after taking off on Wednesday.
The fate of the Trump impeachment — in fact, the fate of the entire Trump presidency — now rests on the outcome of a battle between the two ablest political generals in recent American history: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
What does it mean to withhold articles of impeachment? A trial cannot begin until those articles of impeachment are delivered by the House to the Senate. How are the articles of impeachment transmitted from the House to the Senate? Why are Democrats delaying sending the articles?
Just minutes after impeaching President Trump, and just steps from where that historic vote took place, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised her conference for upholding its constitutional duty and called on the Senate to do the same.
All that was left was to repeat the same arguments and talking points that had been deployed during the two months of the impeachment inquiry. The Democrats should not try to undo the 2016 election, Republicans said. Republicans should not protect a president who abused the power of his office, Democrats said.
The starkly partisan nature of the vote has forced Democrats to explain why no Republicans are expected to vote in favor of impeachment. The former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee says Republicans have “chosen power over principle.”
When the House of Representatives approved articles of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday, one of the Democrats who voted in favor was Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings. In doing so, Hastings, a former federal judge, became the first sitting member of Congress to vote for the impeachment of a sitting president after having himself been impeached — and removed from office.
The quotidian title of impeachment manager belies the significance of the position, which will prove critical to Democrats’ prospects as they attempt to remove Trump from office for, according to their allegations, trying to exert political pressure on Ukraine's president.
A district court judge in Washington, D.C. has ordered administration lawyers to explain why, for more than two years, the White House has refused to turn over to the State Department an interpreter’s notes from a meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
For the first time in two decades, the House Judiciary Committee has advanced articles of impeachment against a sitting president, charging Donald Trump with abusing power and hindering a congressional investigation into that alleged abuse.
On the same day Democrats introduced articles of impeachment, Republicans used a major trade deal to further depict the impeachment inquiry as both highly political and largely irrelevant.
The affair was predictably partisan, with Democrats portraying themselves as carrying out a grim constitutional duty. “This is not a proceeding I was looking forward to,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
A new document request includes any notes pertaining to a potential Sept. 11 call between Rudy Giuliani and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The date of the purported call is significant because on that same day, the Trump administration released $250 million in aid to Ukraine.
Withering in tone and rich with detail, the 300-page impeachment report released by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon sharpened congressional Democrats’ case against President Trump, whom it charged with the “prioritization of his personal political benefit over the national interest.”
Since the impeachment inquiry entered its public phase, Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik has become one of Trump’s most avid defenders. Only weeks ago, there had been talk on Capitol Hill that she might be one of two or three Republicans to vote in favor of opening an impeachment inquiry. She didn’t, but even the mere suggestion seems outlandish now.
Amid an impeachment scandal that focuses in large part on President Trump’s foreign policy, the subject was relegated to a bit player in the Wednesday night debate.