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Trump won’t lose his job but the impeachment inquiry is still essential | Robert Reich

The process is required by the constitution, seems to be shifting voters opinions, and will render the president unpardonable Not even overwhelming evidence that Trump sought to bribe a foreign power to dig up dirt on his leading political opponent in 202o and did so with American taxpayer dollars, while compromising American foreign policy will cause Trump to be removed from office. Thats because theres zero chance that 2o Republican senators the number needed to convict Trump, if every Democratic senator votes to do so have enough integrity to do…

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‘Absolute fearlessness’: women take impeachment spotlight and speak truth as Trump fumes

Over two extraordinary weeks, four women have testified publicly and shown remarkable competence and composure in the face of Trumps smears Hours into the final public hearing of the Houses historic impeachment inquiry on Thursday, the congresswoman Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, needed the witness to verify a story she had heard about her. Fiona Hill,hardscrabble upbringing in County Durham, in the north-east of England. When Hill was 11 a schoolboy set her pigtails on fire during a test was it true that Hill snuffed out the fire with…

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Nancy Pelosi says Trump’s actions toward Ukraine amount to ‘bribery’

House Democrats are refining the language of their impeachment case against the president House Democrats are refining part of their impeachment case against the president to a simple allegation: bribery. The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on Thursday brushed aside the Latin phrase quid pro quo that Democrats have been using to describe Donald Trumps actions toward Ukraine. As the impeachment hearings go public, theyre going for a more colloquial term that may resonate with more Americans. Quid pro quo: bribery, Pelosi said of Trumps 25 July phone call in which…

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Rudy Giuliani says Trump will stay loyal to him but jokes that he has ‘insurance’

Presidents lawyer, a key figure in the impeachment inquiry, speaks to Guardian amid speculation Republicans will seek to paint him as a rogue actor Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trumps personal lawyer, has said he is confident the president will remain loyal to him as an impeachment inquiry unfolds in which the former New York mayor has become a central figure. But Giuliani joked that he had good insurance in case Trump did turn on him, amid speculation Republicans will seek to frame him as a rogue actor. In a telephone interview…

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‘Disorder and chaos’: Trump and Republicans mount furious impeachment fight

A hearing room is invaded, the presidents enemies are scum. A bare-knuckle scrap has begun but will it be enough? Donald Trump has shown little taste for military adventure. He avoided the draft in Vietnam. He fell out with his once-beloved generals. He stunned the world by pulling troops out of Syria and sand into the gears of the impeachment process. With the help of Fox News, they are set to intensify attacks on the legitimacy of the inquiry itself, demonising its leaders and sowing doubt wherever possible. The great…

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Pompeo suggests reporter ‘working for Democrats’ after impeachment grilling

Secretary of state says to Nashville local TV reporter Nancy Amons who asked hardball questions: You have some of your facts wrong Secretary of state Mike Pompeo suffered embarrassment from an unexpected quarter on Friday, as a speech to a Christian group about religious freedom, a priority of the Trump administration. WSMV, an NBC affiliate, Nancy Amons was determined not to give him a break. Saying she would start right away with the tough stuff, as you know, Amons asked about a key issue in the Ukraine scandal: the removal…

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Trump’s whistleblower response is ‘witness retaliation’, says ex-spy chief

Pressure on Trump mounts as 300 national security officials say presidents actions constitute unconscionable abuse of power James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, has said Donald Trumps implication that officials involved in the whistleblower complaint should be treated as spies is witness retaliation, as more than 300 national security officials signed a letter saying the accusations against Trump amount to an unconscionable abuse of power. As pressure continued to mount on Trump, former secretary of defense and CIA director Leon Panetta also suggested the White Houses attempts to…

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White House tried to cover up Trump’s Ukraine conversation, whistleblower alleges

Pelosi slams White House for trying to keep details from public, while Trump says this is the greatest scam in American history Donald Trumps actions on Ukraine pose risks to US national security, according to a whistleblowers complaint released on Thursday which also appeared to reveal an attempt by the White House to cover up conversations with a foreign leader. The whistleblower alleges in the explosive complaint that Trump used a phone call with Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to solicit interference in the 2020 election, and that the White House then intervened…

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