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Opinion Impeachment hearings are Democrats' last, best chance to show how Trump endangers America

17:50  12 november  2019
17:50  12 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Impeachment team releases transcript of defense official

  Impeachment team releases transcript of defense official WASHINGTON (AP) — House investigators are releasing another transcript in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The transcript being made public Monday is from the testimony of Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, in a closed-door interview. House Democrats are moving forward with the first live, public hearings of the impeachment inquiry this week. The House is investigating whether Trump violated his oath of office by pushing Ukraine's president to investigate Democrats, including rival Joe Biden, while the administration was withholding military funds for the East European ally.

It is the Democrats ’ last best chance to get through to busy Americans and convince most of them that they are hearing the facts and the truth. Jill Lawrence is the commentary editor of USA TODAY and author of "The Art of the Political Deal: How Congress Beat the Odds and Broke Through Gridlock."

The Trump impeachment hearings open a new front in Washington's partisan war zone. For Republicans, this new phase of public hearings offers them a chance to portray the entire But they will likely use her ouster as an example of how the White House shifted Ukraine policy from formal

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Steny Hoyer, Chuck Schumer are posing for a picture: Democratic leaders walk out of meeting with Trump on Syria, claim president had 'meltdown'© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Democratic leaders walk out of meeting with Trump on Syria, claim president had 'meltdown'

Like Saratoga in 1777 or Gettysburg in 1863, the Donald Trump impeachment is shaping up to be a decisive battle. In this case, the conflict isn’t the Revolutionary War or the Civil War. It’s the early 21st century Information War. Will the facts and the evidence prevail, or will they vanish into the gale-force storm of dust, fog, lies and distraction that the president’s allies are kicking up?

Democrats warn State Dept against punishing individuals who testify in impeachment hearings

  Democrats warn State Dept against punishing individuals who testify in impeachment hearings A group of Senate Democrats is urging top State Department officials to commit that individuals who testify as part of the House impeachment inquiry hearings won't face retaliation over their remarks.Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the committee's ranking member, sent a letter on Tuesday to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Undersecretary of State Brian Bulatao urging them to publicly commit to protecting department officials who testify from any potential professional blowback.

This week, House Democrats will hope to recreate that sense of occasion when they begin public impeachment hearings regarding Donald Trump and his attempt to pressure Last week, Bill Moyers, a veteran broadcast journalist, took out a full-page advert in the New York Times, urging PBS

“ Democrats want to impeach President Trump because unelected and anonymous bureaucrats disagreed with the president’s decisions and were And President Trump is doing what Americans elected him to do.” A set of high-profile impeachment hearings are to kick off on Wednesday

To insist there is no problem, as Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and many others do, is to deny reality to a degree matched only by the commander in chief. It is gaslighting on a national scale — the epitome of disrespect for America, its people and its Constitution.

The closed-door impeachment testimony released so far is a little shop of horrors, except it’s the size of a department store. Every revelation is a nightmare. A president likely cultivated for years as a Russian asset? Check. Death threats? Check. Amateur hour? Check. A “mishmash of conspiracy theories”? Check. Anti-Semitism? Check. Fake news? Check. And those are all from one witness, former National Security Council Senior Director Fiona Hill.

The real reasons Democrats want open impeachment hearings

  The real reasons Democrats want open impeachment hearings “The importance of public hearings is to make the case to the American people,” a Democratic lawmaker said.And yet House Democrats are holding public hearings this week — prolonging the investigation and, crucially, a vote on whether or not to impeach the president.

Impeachment Legalism Is a Trap Democrats Must Avoid. Focus on the Constitution, not extortion Tactically, Democrats need to avoid legalism in impeachment because too much discussion of legal rules will give Trump ’s defenders the chance to change the whole sordid Ukraine affair into a

It has been 20 years since Americans last witnessed impeachment proceedings, when Democrats are likely to call further witnesses after this week. House Republicans released their We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also believe strongly in giving everyone a chance to air their thoughts.

Sorry, apologists, Trump was involved

Let’s dispatch with the supposed noninvolvement of the president. He himself released the call transcript in which Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned military aid appropriated by Congress and Trump immediately responded with his infamous “I would like you to do us a favor though." Then the president asked for investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden (potential 2020 rival) and the supposed Ukraine role in the 2016 election (debunked conspiracy theory that, if true, would have been good for Russia).

If Trump's own words aren't enough, take it from his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani ("I don’t do anything that involves my client without speaking with my client"). Or witnesses George Kent and Catherine Crofts, who testified that on a July 18 call, an Office of Management and Budget employee said the hold on the military aid came from acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney “at the direction of the president.” Or acting Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor's account of the same call ("the directive had come from the president").

Ex-AG Jeff Sessions: Trump impeachment hearings are desperate Democratic attack

  Ex-AG Jeff Sessions: Trump impeachment hearings are desperate Democratic attack House Democrats have decided to impeach President Trump, even though he has not been accused of anything for which he can be credibly impeached/,Every day for the past month – and every day for the next several months – TV anchors will talk in very dramatic tones about the impending doom of impeachment facing America. They make it all sound so serious. But it’s not, and they are not.

Donald Trump stepped up his fight against impeachment on Monday, making the false accusation that his Democratic opponents released “doctored The president faces a momentous week as the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry begins nationally televised hearings Democrats hope will

The whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump will not testify in public, the House intelligence chair, Adam Schiff, said. According to the New York Times, the claim by Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born American charged last month with campaign finance violations for channelling

Senate Republicans may not recognize this quite yet, but House Democrats are handing them a prime opportunity to divorce themselves, if not their party, from this man. And they’ll have an excellent argument that it won’t amount to overturning the results of the 2016 election.

No self-respecting Democratic coup leaders would put Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office. There would be no slowing of conservative judicial nominees with Pence in charge (although perhaps he would at least pass over the ones the American Bar Association deems “not qualified”), no letup in plans to cut taxes for the wealthy. There would be continued attempts to outlaw abortion and support for “religious freedom” that elevates some people's rights over others.

Trump die-hards are a minority

No, this would not be a Democratic coup. It would, however, seem like that to die-hard disrupters who not only wouldn’t care if Trump shot someone on Fifth Avenue, they might admire him more. The whole point is to get away with something, whether it’s self-dealing on a major international conference at his own Florida resort or running a shadow foreign policy that withholds military aid and White House meetings if a new Ukrainian president, under siege from Russia, does not meet Trump's requests for political investigations that would help no one but Trump.

Trump campaign raises $3.1M on first day of impeachment hearings

  Trump campaign raises $3.1M on first day of impeachment hearings President Trump’s reelection campaign announced that on Wednesday it raised over $3.1 million in donations – the same day as the first public hearing of the House’s impeachment inquiry into Trump. © Provided by Fox News Network LLC“$3,144,257 RAISED YESTERDAY!” Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, tweeted Thursday. “’[Trump] loves these huge numbers. He knows that it isn’t enough to end this IMPEACHMENT SCAM.” Even before the public hearings began, Trump fundraisers reported seeing a surge in donations in response to impeachment talk.

Trump 's presidency faces key test as impeachment hearings loom. Good morning, live blog The public hearings will give Americans the first chance to hear directly from witnesses who have In his closed-door interview last month, Taylor testified to House committees leading the inquiry that he was

The public impeachment hearings usher in a rare and momentous occasion in American history as NOW: The House hearings represent the public's first time hearing witnesses involved in the NOW: It's safe to expect that the president, known to consume television news shows in the morning and

A recent Monmouth University poll found there is nothing Trump could do to turn off 62% of his supporters. But that is 62% of 43% — which amounts to only about 27%. If this poll approximates the country even roughly, millions of Trump voters could be open to new information.

These are not the disrupters who want to trigger the libs. Maybe they thought Trump wouldn’t really be cruel to immigrants, or would only deport “bad hombres.” Maybe they believed him when he promised health “insurance for everybody” and said “everybody’s going to be taken care of much better" than they are now, for much less money (instead of, you know, trying to kill the health care law that guarantees insurance is available for people with preexisting conditions).

Maybe they are disturbed that he is destroying overseas markets for farmers, sinking us ever deeper into debt, failing to save the coal industry, failing to keep auto plants and other manufacturing alive, and failing "Dreamers" — the young immigrants brought here illegally as kids and whom he once said he loved and would “show great heart” toward.

The ultimate test for Democrats

In other words, breaking the promises that made him seem like a plausible choice.

Democrats aren’t known for presenting great theater, as they have shown all too well in hearings they’ve held on Trump’s corruption and abuses of power, including the Mueller report. In House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, they have a former prosecutor who dealt with Russian spy craft before coming to Congress. He knows how to build a case. But the Republicans on the committee have made clear their focus will be deflecting, attacking and provoking.

George Conway and Trump Jr. trade personal insults during impeachment hearing

  George Conway and Trump Jr. trade personal insults during impeachment hearing Conservative commentator George Conway and Donald Trump Jr. squared off via Twitter during Marie Yovanovitch's public impeachment hearing Friday. © Getty Images George Conway and Trump Jr. trade personal insults during impeachment hearing Trump Jr., son of President Trump, was unimpressed with the witnesses, tweeting: "America hired @realDonaldTrump to fire people like the first three witnesses we've seen. Career government bureaucrats and nothing more."America hired @realDonaldTrump to fire people like the first three witnesses we've seen. Career government bureaucrats and nothing more.- Donald Trump Jr.

These new hearings will look and feel different from other hearings , first and foremost because A majority of House Democrats backed moving toward impeachment proceedings on the Russia Also, the first 90 minutes of the hearing are given over to Schiff and then Nunes, equally divided, for

As the House begins public hearings on impeachment this week, Joyce White Vance explains why Donald Trump 's defenses will fall short. Trump was intent on extracting the favor before he would permit the purchase of American The Defense: Even if he did everything Democrats are alleging, it’s not impeachable conduct. This may well be their last chance to hold this President accountable.

Will these autumn hearings devolve into a chaotic circus or emerge as pivotal? The latter is not out of the question. All of us will finally be able to hear, see and evaluate some of the many national security and diplomatic professionals appalled and worried by what they have seen. It is the Democrats’ last best chance to get through to busy Americans and convince most of them that they are hearing the facts and the truth.

Jill Lawrence is the commentary editor of USA TODAY and author of "The Art of the Political Deal: How Congress Beat the Odds and Broke Through Gridlock." Follow her on Twitter: @JillDLawrence

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'Fox & Friends' co-host Brian Kilmeade urges Trump not to tweet during impeachment hearings .
"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday urged President Trump not to tweet during public impeachment hearings. "The president should just ignore this whole thing. Don't tweet during it. Don't get outraged over it. It ticks you off," Kilmeade said on air. "There's so much for him to do — I just think that let these guys, like [Rep.] Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and company, fight it out and keep it on the straight and narrow, from the Republican perspective."Fox & Friends asks President Trump not to tweet during today's impeachment hearings: "The president should just ignore this whole thing.

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