Impeachment energizes crowd at Trump rally in Battle Creek.
Thousands gathered at Kellogg Arena to see and hear President Donald Trump. For Adam Piazza, the impeachment debate and vote in Washington D.C. has prompted him to do something he's never done before — donate money to a political campaign..After reading the transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that ultimately led to impeachment proceedings against Trump, the Lake Orion plumber whipped out his checkbook and wrote a $100 check.
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The House of Representatives’ impeachment of President Trump on Wednesday was proper and necessary. Mr. Trump withheld a White House meeting and U.S. military aid in an attempt to force Ukraine’s president to aid his reelection campaign. This was a gross abuse of his office that Congress could not allow to go unpunished. Nor could it acquiesce in Mr. Trump’s stonewalling a constitutionally authorized inquiry with a blanket refusal to cooperate with lawful subpoenas for documents and the testimony of senior aides.
Whether or not a Senate trial leads to his conviction and removal from office, Mr. Trump has deservedly suffered an indictment imposed on only two previous American presidents. The two articles of impeachment reinforce essential, and what should be self-evident, norms of our democracy: that presidents cannot use their powers to extort political favors from foreign governments, and that they cannot comprehensively reject congressional checks. That Mr. Trump denied all wrongdoing made the House action only more necessary.
The vote to impeach was difficult and politically risky for many Democrats. Some who won seats only last year in swing districts carried by Mr. Trump acknowledged they might be endangering their careers.
Trump on brink of impeachment as House readies historic vote
President Donald Trump is on the cusp of being impeached by the House, with a historic debate set Wednesday on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress ahead of votes that will leave a defining mark on his tenure at the White House. President Donald Trump is on the cusp of being impeached by the House, with a historic debate set Wednesday on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress ahead of votes that will leave a defining mark on his tenure at the White House.
Representatives such as Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) deserve credit for putting their allegiance to the Constitution over political calculations.
In photos: Impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump
In September 2019, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi initiated an impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump. The process started following allegations by a whistleblower that Trump and his top officials tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to probe Joe Biden, a former vice-president and a Democratic Party candidate for the 2020 presidential election, and his son Hunter Biden. These are the first presidential impeachment hearings in more than two decades. The first hearing began on Nov. 13, and the Democrats hope to wrap up the proceedings and hold an official vote on Dec. 18. On Dec. 10, House Democrats announced two impeachment articles against Trump: one for abuse of power, and one for obstructing Congress.
Democrats unveil 2 articles of impeachment against Trump
House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment Tuesday against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress -- pushing toward historic votes over charges he corrupted the U.S. election process and endangered national security. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, flanked by the chairmen of the impeachment inquiry committees, stood at the Capitol in what she called a “solemn act.″ Voting is expected in a matter of days in the Judiciary Committee and by Christmas in the full House. Trump insisted he did “NOTHING″ wrong.“He endangers our democracy, he endangers our national security,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.
(Pictured) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., points to a poster as she speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol on Dec. 18 in Washington.
Rep. Mark Meadows (Republican of North Carolina) speaks to reporters in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol as debate on the articles of impeachment against President Trump continues on Dec. 18 in Washington, DC.
Reps. Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, left, and Bryan Steil, Republican of Wisconsin, are seen in Cannon tunnel en route to the Capitol before procedural votes related to the articles of impeachment against President Trump on Dec. 18.
Rep. Andy Biggs, Republican of Arizona, makes a motion for the House to adjourn as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment on Dec. 18. At left is Rep. Debbie Lesko, Republican of Arizona, and at right is Rep. Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, holds a press conference at the US Capitol on Dec. 17 in Washington. Democrats and Republicans closed ranks a day ahead of the expected impeachment of US President Donald Trump, underscoring the country's deep political divide over charges that the US leader abused his power.
Chairman of House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) (5th L) speaks as (L-R) Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Chairman of House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Chairwoman of House Financial Services Committee Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Chairwoman of House Oversight and Reform Committee Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol Dec. 10 in Washington, DC.
Trump calls Democrats 'deranged,' 'spiteful' in angry letter to Pelosi over impeachment
Donald Trump fired off a fiery, six-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ahead of an expected impeachment vote, describing that effort as “war on American democracy.”President Donald Trump slammed a historic impeachment vote expected this week in the House as “spiteful” and “terrible” in a rambling, six-page letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announces that the House will proceed with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Speaker's Balcony in Washington, DC on Dec. 5. After weeks of hearings by the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees, Pelosi found enough support among House Democrats to proceed with impeachment against Trump.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (C), Democrat of New York, confers with Rep. Doug Collins (R), Republican of Georgia, and majority counsel Norm Eisen (L) during an impeachment hearing where Constitutional scholars Noah Feldman of Harvard University, Pamela Karlan of Stanford University, Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina, and Jonathan Turley of George Washington University testified on Dec. 4 in Washington, DC.
Constitutional scholar Noah Feldman of Harvard University testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 4 in Washington, DC. This is the first hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee in the impeachment inquiry. The Judiciary Committee will decide whether to draft official articles of impeachment against President Trump to be voted on by the full House of Representatives.
Pamela Karlan, professor of public interest law and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School, testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, on Dec. 4.
Constitutional law experts University of North Carolina Law School professor Michael Gerhardt, left, talks with George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley as they arrive to testify during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on Dec. 4, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., center, with members of the committee, speaking during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Trump on Dec. 4 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Democrat of California, addresses Capitol Hill reporters ahead of a committee vote on its findings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Dec. 3.
Ranking member Devin Nunes (Republican of California) makes an opening statement as Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (Democrat of California) listens before testimony by Fiona Hill, the National Security Council’s former senior director for Europe and Russia, and David Holmes, an official from the American embassy in Ukraine, before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 21.
Former White House national security aide Fiona Hill sits next to David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, before testifying on Nov. 21.
Panel Approves Impeachment Articles and Sends Charges for a House Vote
A fiercely divided House Judiciary Committee pushed President Trump to the brink of impeachment on Friday.A fiercely divided House Judiciary Committee pushed President Trump to the brink of impeachment on Friday, voting along party lines to approve charges that he abused the power of his office and obstructed Congress.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper and State Department official David Hale testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 20.
Trump lashes out at FBI director in wake of Justice Department inspector general’s report
In a morning tweet, the president took issue with Christopher A. Wray’s response to the report examining the bureau’s investigation of Trump’s 2016 campaign. “I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me,” Trump tweeted.
Laura Cooper (R), deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, and David Hale (L), under secretary of state for political affairs, are sworn in prior to testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 20.
Ambassador Gordon Sondland, testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 20.
House committee to take historic vote on Trump impeachment
The House Judiciary Committee is expected to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.Approval of the two charges against the president would send the matter to the full House for a vote expected next week.
President Donald Trump holds his notes while speaking to the media before departing from the White House on Nov. 20, in Washington, DC. President Trump spoke about the impeachment inquiry hearings currently taking place on Capitol Hill.
Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, leaves the Longworth building after testifying during the House Intelligence Committee hearing, into President Donald Trump's alleged efforts to tie US aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Nov. 19.
People in the audience listen as Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Nov. 19.
President Donald Trump hosts a Cabinet meeting inside the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, on Nov. 19. Trump accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of delaying passage of his signature re-write of the North American Free Trade Agreement to secure votes for his impeachment.
A screen is seen while National Security Council Ukraine expert Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, testify during the House Intelligence Committee hearing, on Nov. 19.
Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, are sworn in before they testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Nov. 19.
Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is sworn in to testify before a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Nov. 15.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (Democrat of California, L) speaks as Rep. Jim Jordan (Republican of Ohio), tries to make a point of order ahead of Marie Yovanovitch to testify in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill, on Nov. 15.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters on the morning after the first public hearing in the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump on his effort to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 14, 2019. Pelosi says the president's actions in the impeachment inquiry amount to "bribery."
Protesters outside on the 5th Avenue with signs, including one that has "Impeachment is Patriotic" written on the American flag, after Trump gave his opening speech at the 100th annual Veterans Day Parade and wreath-laying ceremony in New York City, New York, U.S., on Nov. 11.
Jennifer Williams, special adviser to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence for Europe and Russia and a career foreign service officer, departs after a closed-door interview in the impeachment inquiry on Nov. 7.
U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, arrives to attend testimony from Timothy Morrison, National Security Council’s Russia and Europe Director, at a closed-door deposition, on Oct. 31.
House of Representatives Rules Committee Chairman, James McGovern, talks with an aide as he chairs a Rules Committee markup hearing to prepare a resolution directing House congressional committees to continue their ongoing investigations in the impeachment inquiry, on Oct. 30.
Philip Reeker, the acting assistant secretary of state for Europe, leaves after a closed-door interview on Oct. 26.
The absence of Republican votes for impeachment, in contrast, revealed the party’s fundamental corruption by Mr. Trump. Though some GOP representatives have acknowledged that the president’s actions were improper, none were principled enough to break with him. Many cravenly adopted Mr. Trump’s indefensible position that there was nothing wrong with the pressure campaign he directed at Ukraine’s neophyte president.
Mr. Trump himself set the tone for his defense with a ranting, falsehood-packed letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in which he repeated the proven lie that Joe Biden sought the dismissal of a Ukrainian prosecutor to protect his son and the Ukrainian gas company that employed him. Even as he faced impeachment, Mr. Trump was still pursuing the primary aim of his extortion of the Ukrainians — to smear his potential 2020 opponent.
nfortunately, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has made clear that he has no intention of allowing such a trial. Bluntly declaring that “I’m not an impartial juror,” Mr. McConnell indicated Tuesday that he will seek a vote of dismissal on the charges against Mr. Trump before allowing any testimony — even though crucial witnesses to Mr. Trump’s behavior, including former national security adviser John Bolton and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, have never been heard from.
Born on June 14, 1946, in New York City, New York, U.S., to real estate developer Frederick Trump and Mary MacLeod, Trump graduated in 1968 from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics. He was eligible for the draft lottery during the Vietnam War, but a combination of student and medical deferments disqualified him from service.
Early in his career, Trump invested $70,000 in a Broadway comedy – “Paris Is Out” – which remains his only producer credit for theatricals to date; the play was a flop. His real estate career began when he joined his father’s company, Elizabeth Trump & Son, full time after graduating in 1968.
By 1971, he moved to Manhattan and was handling some of the largest and most profitable building projects in the city. He was given full control of the company later that year.
The future U.S. president spent the '70s networking and making connections with some of New York’s most influential people. Focused on maximizing profits, he involved himself in large-scale building projects in Manhattan and, by 1980, reopened the Commodore Hotel as the Grand Hyatt Hotel. He also secured the Fifth Avenue site that would go on to house Trump Tower.
In 1977, Trump married Ivana Zelníčková, a Czech model. Born on Feb. 20, 1949, Zelníčková was briefly considered for Czechoslovakia’s skiing team at the 1972 Winter Olympics. The couple had two sons – Donald Jr. and Eric, as well as a daughter, Ivanka.
Trump Tower – an apartment-retail complex designed by Der Scutt - was opened in 1983 and generated considerable national attention. The 58-story structure features a grand atrium, a 60-foot-high (18.3 meters) waterfall, luxurious apartments and retail stores.
Looking to profit off the growing casino market, Trump acquired and rebuilt the Taj Mahal (pictured), a hotel and casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., for a rumored $1.2 billion. It was relaunched as the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in 1990.
In May 2017, Trump reportedly sold the hotel, which he earlier labeled the "eighth wonder of the world," for $50 million.
He continued to buy new business ventures and diversify his holdings, acquiring Eastern Air Lines Shuttle for $365 million in 1989 and renaming it Trump Shuttle. Three years later, his dream of an uber-expensive airline service ran out of cash and defaulted on its debt.
Following the real estate slump of the late 1980s and early '90s, Trump’s empire took a hit and sustained itself almost wholly on loans. His own valuation of the company was $1.5 billion; Forbes’ valued it at only a third of that figure.
In 1991, Trump divorced Ivana and, two years later, married American actress Marla Maples. The marriage lasted for four years before Trump filed for divorce in 1997. The divorce was finalized in 1999 and Maples received $2 million under the prenuptial agreement. Together, they have a daughter, Tiffany.
Trump’s first serious stab at entering politics was in October 1999, when he formed an exploratory committee to decide on seeking the Reform Party’s candidacy for the 2000 U.S. presidential election.
The businessman, who claimed he could achieve universal healthcare and eliminate national debt as president, named popular talk show host and media magnate Oprah Winfrey as his ideal running mate. His campaign never went beyond this phase – he failed to gain support for his bid.
Between 2004 and 2015, Trump hosted and starred in the NBC reality TV series “The Apprentice” (2004-15; pictured), a show on which three of his children – Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric – also made appearances.
In 2012, Trump considered entering politics yet again – another run for president. However, his reputation took a hit after he associated himself with the “Birther” movement – a group that believed then-U.S. President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the country.
(Pictured) With Obama during Trump's presidential inauguration in January 2017.
On June 16, 2015, Trump announced a run for the Republican ticket for the 2016 presidential election. One of the more controversial candidates in recent times, he dominated media coverage with outrageous comments about fellow candidates and contentious immigration policies.
On May 26, 2016, Trump received the support of 1,238 delegates and secured the Republican Party’s nomination for the next presidential race. He beat U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (Texas), Marco Rubio (Florida) and Ohio Governor John Kasich, among others, and was confirmed as the Republican Party nominee on July 19, 2016.
On Nov. 9, 2016, Trump defeated Clinton to become the 45th U.S. President. In a close battle, the 70-year-old candidate won more than the required number of Electoral College votes but lost the popular vote.
Trump’s presidential inauguration was on Jan. 20, 2017, and, in his first week as U.S. president, he signed six Executive Orders, including the reinforcement of border security and the planning of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
In March 2017, Trump signed Executive Order 13780, titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, which limited travel into the U.S. from certain countries. It also limited the inflow of refugees without valid travel documents.
In September that year, he signed Presidential Proclamation 9645, which expanded on the previous order. It restricted travel from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.
In December, the Supreme Court allowed the ban to go into full effect, pending legal challenges.
On April 10, 2018, travel restrictions of Chad were removed after it met minimum baseline standards.
Rejecting the scientific consensus on climate change and asserting that the Paris Agreement would do very little to ease global warming, Trump announced the withdrawal of the U.S. from the climate accords in June 2017, making his nation the only one in the world to not ratify the agreement.
In the same month, he also signed Space Policy Directive 1, which marked a change in the nation's space policy. It would now allow an U.S.-led integrated program with partners from the private sector, ensuring another human landing on the Moon, followed by missions to Mars and beyond.
In January 2018, Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address, where he called on all politicians to "summon the unity" necessary to fix the country's infrastructure and flawed immigration systems.
During his time as a running presidential candidate, Trump said he intended to roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed people who illegally entered or stayed in the U.S. as minors to receive a renewable period of deferred action from deportation (for two years) and also be eligible for a work permit.
In September 2017, the Trump administration announced DACA would be repealed after six months, which led to nationwide protests.
In January 2018, after a number of flip-flops on the decision, the White House finally agreed to release a "legislative framework" outlining a compromise on DACA, provided a considerable amount (around $30 billion) is appropriated for the border wall between United States and Mexico.
Trump’s foreign policies have grabbed eyeballs (and controversy) across the world. These include working on relations with Cuba and the violence-marred shifting of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
However, none of these have quite transfixed the world as the North Korea crisis. In July 2017, under the supervision of its leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The following month, Trump warned Kim that further provocations would be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
The leaders met in June 2018, easing the hostilities after an escalation of rhetoric from both sides and signed a document promising the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula. They met for the second time in February 2019 in Vietnam and in a brief statement, Trump said: "Your country has tremendous economic potential – unbelievable, unlimited – and I think that you will have a tremendous future with your country, a great leader. I look forward to watching it happen and helping it to happen – and we will help it to happen.”
In December 2018, Trump told Democrat leaders during a televised altercation that he would be "proud" to shut down the government if he didn't receive roughly $5 billion for a border wall with Mexico. Later that month, a short-term spending bill was cleared by the Senate that would fund the government in the early 2019. It was sent to the House for approval but due to the lack of votes in passing the spending bill, a partial shutdown of the government came into effect on Dec. 22 and lasted 35 days – making it the longest government shutdown in American history.
In order to avert the shutdown, the House and Senate voted to approve a spending deal that would provide $1.3 billion for border security measures, far short of what Trump demanded.
In late January 2019, Trump signed a bill to end the shutdown without securing money for proposed border wall. In a statement, he said: “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15 again, or I will use the power afforded to me under the laws and the constitution of the United States to address this emergency. We will have great security.”
In February 2019, Trump declared a national emergency to access money to build his long-sought border wall, but a federal judge in California blocked him from building sections of the wall with the money secured under the national emergency declaration.
(Pictured) Trump shakes hands with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi while joined by Vice President Mike Pence before delivering the State of the Union address on Feb. 5, 2019.
Trump's 2016 presidential campaign came under scrutiny over claims of Russian interference to boost his candidacy. In 2017, Robert Mueller was appointed as a special counsel to investigate if Trump's team/associates conspired with Russia to sway the presidential elections. This inquiry has been described by Trump as a "witch hunt" and an "illegal take-down that failed." In March 2019, it was announced via a letter delivered to the Congress that the investigations led by Mueller did not find Trump or any of his aides had colluded with Russia. “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” the letter from U.S. Attorney General William Barr read.
On June 18, 2019, the president kicked off the Trump 2020 campaign by unveiling his slogan. Addressing a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, he stated: "'Make America Great Again' was the best political slogan in history, but it's time for a change. We've made America great again, but how do you give up the number one call it theme, logo, statement, in the history of politics for a new one? You know there is a new one that really works, and that's called 'Keep America Great.' Right? 'Keep America Great.'"
That ought not to be acceptable to Republicans who have criticized Mr. Trump’s behavior, such as Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah), or those who have said they will take their duty as jurors seriously, such as Sen. Susan Collins (Maine). They should tell Mr. McConnell they cannot judge Mr. Trump’s guilt or innocence until they have heard those firsthand accounts Mr. Trump has tried to suppress. Republicans have accused Democrats of cheapening the impeachment remedy, but if they fail to hold a credible trial of the serious charges against Mr. Trump, it is they who will damage our constitutional system.
House committee to take historic vote on Trump impeachment .
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