US House to draft impeachment charges against Trump: Pelosi

The House speaker says she has instructed the House Judiciary panel to draft articles of impeachment against Trump. US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she has instructed the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over his effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political rival. “The facts are uncontested. The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security by withholding military aid and (a) crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for…

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Trump impeachment hearings updates: Judiciary panel takes over

New phase of Trump impeachment inquiry kicks off with first hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. Investigation refresher The inquiry centres on a call between Trump and Ukraine’s president in which Trump asks for a probe into the Bidens. Trump also wanted a probe into a conspiracy theory about the 2016 elections. At the time of the call, Trump was withholding $391m in military aid from Ukraine, and conditioned a White House meeting on the probes, according to witnesses. US House Democrats entered a new phase of the impeachment inquiry of President…

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Impeachment: What is it and how Trump can be impeached

How does it work? Which presidents have been impeached? A guide to US impeachment process. Amid controversy over a summer phone call between US President Donald Trump and the new leader of Ukraine, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered a formal impeachment inquiry of the US president in September. “No one is above the law,” she said as she announced the House was moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of Trump. Pelosi, a Democrat, had earlier resisted calls to begin impeachment proceedings, urging restraint as House committees aggressively investigated Trump, a…

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2020 campaign shows the more women run, the more they are treated like candidates – not tokens

Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon When Victoria Woodhull ran for president in 1872, she was depicted as “Mrs. Satan” in a political cartoon. When Sen. Margaret Chase Smith sought the Republican nomination in 1964, one columnist labeled her too old – at 66 – while others insisted she was attractive “for her age.” When Hillary Clinton sought the Democratic nomination in 2008 and the presidency in 2016, she was unable to escape gender-based tropes characterizing her as “calculating” and “power hungry.” But in observing the 2020 Democratic presidential primary…

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Trump on impeachment: ‘Frankly, I want a trial’

US president slams public impeachment hearings and defends his use of personal lawyer Giuliani for Ukraine policy. President Donald Trump said on Friday he wants a trial in the United States Senate, suggesting he would be vindicated. “Frankly, I want a trial,” Trump told Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends programme. The US president said, however, he did not think the House of Representatives would impeach him. “I think it’s very hard for them to impeach you if they have absolutely nothing,” Trump said. Trump’s comments come after two weeks of…

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Trump impeachment inquiry: Fiona Hill, David Holmes to testify

Hearing marks last scheduled day of marathon sessions by Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee. Members of the United States House Intelligence Committee will question an official from the US embassy in Ukraine on Thursday as they seek to learn more about a phone call in which he says he overheard President Donald Trump ask about the status of an “investigation” into a political rival. The public impeachment hearing marks the last scheduled day of marathon sessions by the Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee focused on whether Trump wrongfully pressured Ukraine’s President Volodymyr…

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Impeachment inquiry: More witnesses to testify on Trump

Televised hearings enter second week, with more witnesses due to give evidence on Trump’s handling of Ukraine affair. Washington is preparing for another week of high-profile hearings at the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump. Eight key witnesses are due to give evidence on the impeachment inquiry. Trump is accused of having withheld aid to his Ukrainian counterpart because he wanted to bring down his political rival Joe Biden. Meanwhile, Trump has continued attacking the inquiry on Twitter. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Washington, DC.

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Former US Ambassador Yovanovitch testifies in impeachment inquiry

Marie Yovanovitch, who was recalled by Trump, appears for second public hearing of impeachment inquiry. Washington, DC – The former US ambassador who was recalled by Donald Trump is testifying in a public hearing on Friday as part of the impeachment inquiry of the US president. Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, is expected to tell the House Intelligence Committee in open session that she became the target of a political smear campaign by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and was recalled by Trump. Democrats in the House of…

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Trump impeachment inquiry public hearings: All the latest updates

House Intelligence Committee holds first public hearing as impeachment inquiry marks new phase. The impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump entered uncharted territory on Wednesday with the first public hearing of the probe. William Taylor, the top diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, are testifying in a televised hearing. The inquiry is centred on a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in which the US leader asked his Ukrainian counterpart to open an investigation…

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US National Security officials objected to stopping Ukraine aid

Democrats release new batch of testimony from Trump impeachment inquiry before public hearings. The view among the national security officials was unanimous: Military aid to Ukraine should not be stopped. But the White House’s acting chief of staff thought otherwise. That was the testimony of Laura Cooper, a Defense Department official, whose deposition was released Monday in the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. “My sense is that all of the senior leaders of the US national security departments and agencies were all unified in their – in their…

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Public hearings in Trump impeachment inquiry to begin next week

House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff says three State Department officials will be the first to testify publicly. House Democrats leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump‘s dealings with Ukraine will begin public hearings next week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said on Wednesday. The hearings will mark a new, and potentially significant, phase of the impeachment inquiry, which Democrats launched in September. While a House panel has been hearing testimonies in closed-door sessions from several officials in recent weeks, this will be the first time the entirety of…

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Trump whistle-blower offers to take written questions

Lawyer says offer is in response to Republican efforts, led by President Trump, to unmask the whistle-blower. The United States official, whose whistle-blower complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, has offered to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans, his lawyers said. The surprise offer on Sunday, made to Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the intelligence committee leading the inquiry, would allow Republicans to ask questions of the whistle-blower without having to go through the committee’s Democratic chairman, Adam Schiff. Lawyer Mark Zaid said the…

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Trump impeachment inquiry: All the latest updates

US House set to hold first formal vote on impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives is scheduled on Thursday to hold its first vote in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. The measure calls for public hearings and the release of transcripts from closed-door proceedings. It also outlines what rights Republican politicians and Trump himself would have to participate as the process moves ahead. The impeachment inquiry focuses on a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to…

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Democrats set Thursday vote on US House path to impeachment probe

Pelosi says the step is being taken to ‘to eliminate any doubt’ over the legitimacy of the Trump impeachment inquiry. Democrats in the United States House of Representatives set a Thursday vote to lay out next steps for their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, even as officials past and present refuse to cooperate. Trump and his fellow Republicans have spent weeks branding the probe illegitimate because the full Democratic-led House had not authorised it. If the measure passes the House, Democrats are likely to argue that it neutralises those…

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Trump impeachment inquiry: Six things that happened last week

More subpoenas, a court victory for Democrats and a protest by Republicans: this week in the Trump impeachment probe. Washington, DC – The impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump gained momentum this week as a top US diplomat in Ukraine linked the president to a pressure campaign aimed at forcing President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to investigate the 2016 and 2020 US elections. Tensions escalated between House Democrats leading the inquiry and Republicans trying to defend Trump. Republicans attempted and failed to censure Representative Adam Schiff, who is leading the Democratic…

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