Five questions looming over impeachment
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend will provide only a brief pause from developments in the impeachment inquiry.Articles of impeachment against President Trump over his dealings with Ukraine are widely considered near-inevitable - and imminent.But there are several unknowns that impeachment watchers will be closely tracking to get a clearer picture of the political impact heading into 2020.Here are the big questions looming.Where will the polls go?Each side is trying to make the case that public opinion is trending in their favor - but there is little evidence either way.
The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released a report documenting the impeachment case against President Trump, laying out the conclusions of its inquiry into allegations that he abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to help him in the 2020 presidential election and then impeded attempts by Congress to investigate.
Theis based on two months of from diplomats and other administration officials who described a to get Ukraine to announce investigations of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democrats, while withholding nearly $400 million in military assistance and a White House meeting for Ukraine’s president.
Trump, lawyers won’t participate in upcoming impeachment hearing
President Trump and his lawyers will not participate in Wednesday’s impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, according to a letter from the White House."As for the hearing scheduled for December 4, we cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings. More importantly, an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the President with any semblance of a fair process.
The report’s approval, expected on Tuesday evening, will set in motion the next phase in the impeachment of Mr. Trump, accelerating a constitutional clash that has happened only three times in the nation’s history. Both parties are poised for a fierce, partisan debate in the House Judiciary Committee over whether to draft articles of impeachment — most likely based on the evidence in the report — that could go to the House for a vote before Christmas.
If a majority of the House voted to approve articles of impeachment, the president would be impeached.would then move to the Senate for a trial.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Trump Says Giuliani to File Report on Findings From Ukraine .
President Donald Trump said that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, plans to prepare a report for the U.S. Justice Department and Congress about allegations of misconduct the former New York mayor says he uncovered during a recent trip to Ukraine. Trump said Giuliani, a central figure in the impeachment investigation into whether Trump pressured Ukraine into a politically-motivated investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, hadn’t briefed him on his findings. But, the president said, “I hear he found plenty.