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Opinion My third impeachment is really different from the others (Opinion)

16:50  13 november  2019
16:50  13 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Impeachment inquiry: How we got here and where we're going

  Impeachment inquiry: How we got here and where we're going How a phone call and a request for a favor moved the nation closer to the possibility of seeing a president impeachedThose words have now prompted deployment of the ultimate political weapon, an impeachment process enshrined in the Constitution as a means other than the ballot to remove a president from office.

Joe Lockhart writes that the Trump impeachment inquiry has certainly stirred memories for him of 1998-99 when he worked in the White House during Bill Clinton's administration, but it also reminds him of attending the Senate Watergate hearings as a teenager.

My third impeachment is really different from the others . But one thing seems certain: The predicted political backlash over impeachment that The congressional hearings are shifting the conversation away from the question of whether this entire process was necessary toward what is the

Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump are posing for a picture© Getty Images

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Over the past month or so I've been asked repeatedly how the Donald Trump impeachment process compared to President Bill Clinton's. The current situation has certainly stirred memories for me of 1998-99 when I worked in the White House, but it also reminded me of attending the Senate Watergate hearings as a teenager in the summer of 1973.

Inside Adam Schiff’s Impeachment Game Plan

  Inside Adam Schiff’s Impeachment Game Plan ‘This president, he’s like a planetary object,” Adam Schiff said. “He warps time. And things that you think happened a couple weeks ago, it turns out, only happened a day or two ago.” Schiff was slumped in a chair in his Washington office, tie askew and eyebrows ruffled, as if he’d been kneading his forehead. It was a little past 5:30 p.m. on the first Friday of October, the end of a week that, Schiff thought, “has been like three years compressed into a week.

Third , it’s revealed how much being impeached has rattled Trump: Trump’s Twitter rants have soared. Erik Wasson, Bloomberg: “McConnell is showing no signs of shifting off his position that a vote on calling witnesses can be left until after the impeachment case is argued by House managers

Jeremi Suri writes that , during the debate before the impeachment vote, Democrats appealed to On the surface, the Democrats and Republicans were describing two different realities, speaking At a deeper level, they were really talking about the same issue: is Donald Trump fit to serve as president?

My father was a producer for NBC News assigned to special events. He did things like plan coverage of political conventions, Olympics and space launches from Cape Canaveral. Because that took him away for long stretches, he'd often bring us kids along for the ride. In 1972, it was the political conventions in Miami Beach. In 1976, it was meeting Jimmy Carter in the NBC headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire, on election night -- and then asking someone who he was. And in the summer of 1973, it was Washington, DC.

Because he was working all day and didn't have a child care plan for a 13-year-old, my father found a way to get me into the hearings. For three days, I watched White House aide John Ehrlichman testify from beginning to end. Even with the typical teenage attention span and no seat to sit in, it was gripping from beginning to end.

Two Impeachments, but Two Radically Different Accusations

  Two Impeachments, but Two Radically Different Accusations The room was charged with electricity the day the House Judiciary Committee opened public hearings into whether to impeach the president of the United States. It felt like the whole world was watching. It felt like the whole world was on edge. It was grand drama and soap opera at the same time — a constitutional seminar one moment and a high school food fight the next. The president’s allies protested loudly. “You are disrupting the continuity of this meeting!” chastised the chairman trying to restore order. “We’re disrupting a railroad!” one of the president’s defenders shot back.

The first is, basically, that for now, impeachment is a lot less popular than the Democratic policy agenda. First of all, I think we need to be really , really careful to distinguish Hunter Biden and, quote, unquote President Trump calls them the Three Stooges. They’re the other Republicans running for

In other words, the tide feels as if it might be turning. There are many good reasons for House Democrats to start this process now. The standard argument that an impeachment proceeding would "distract" the President from the serious business of governing isn't really relevant right now

I tell this story because it highlights the biggest difference between the Trump impeachment and the ones of Clinton and Richard Nixon before him.

There are similarities between the three. All of them were designed to bring the evidence to life with real live witnesses telling the story. For Nixon, it was all his top aides, with John Dean becoming an overnight political hero labeling the Nixon administration a cancer on America.

With Clinton, it was Ken Starr, the independent counsel, testifying in vivid detail on all the evidence his grand juries collected from everyone involved in the matter. And this week, three American patriots will start to tell the story of corruption and abuse in the Trump administration.

The hearings were also partisan in nature, meaning all of them had representatives dedicated more to protecting the President, than getting to the truth. In Nixon, many laud the bipartisan nature of the Senate committee. While they were certainly more bipartisan than today, according to Scott Armstrong who was on the staff, Republicans on the committee regularly briefed the White House and coordinated strategy.

Impeachment hearings go live on TV with first witnesses

  Impeachment hearings go live on TV with first witnesses The closed doors of the Trump impeachment investigation are swinging wide open. When the gavel strikes at the start of the House hearing Wednesday morning, America and the rest of the world will have the chance to see and hear for themselves for the first time about President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine and consider whether they are, in fact, impeachable offenses. It's a remarkable moment, even for a White House full of them.

Democrats are overwhelmingly in favor of impeaching and removing President Trump (82% according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll) 2) Don’t expect big swings in public opinion as the hearings progress. As of today a plurality (and in some polls a majority) support impeachment and

As House Democrats draft articles of impeachment against President Trump and prepare for a floor vote before Christmas, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that a majority of registered voters buy their central argument for impeachment : that Trump put his own interests above the national interest

Democrats in 1998 worked closely with the White House to forge a joint defense of the President. And we all know today, members of the Republican party have gone to great lengths and used many explanations, some conflicting, on why the President's call was "perfect."

But that's where Trump's impeachment veers from the others.

First off, with Nixon there were only three television networks and no cable TV, and they covered the Senate hearings wall-to-wall for the first week. It was only later that they worked out a rotation among themselves.

With Clinton, there was cable TV and talk radio, but no real internet penetration. Trump is the first internet impeachment where people largely get their news from sources they agree with, rather than the booming voices of Walter Cronkite or Tom Brokaw.

What is really different is who's testifying. In Nixon's impeachment, all of his senior aides testified in public, on television before tens of millions of people. Many of them also went before the special prosecutor's grand jury and testified under oath. And, in a way, Nixon testified himself when the Supreme Court ordered the release of the Nixon tapes and we got to hear what was said behind closed doors.

Read George Kent Full Opening Statement at the First Public Hearing in Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry

  Read George Kent Full Opening Statement at the First Public Hearing in Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry The U.S. State Department official with decades of experience in Ukraine policy appeared Wednesday morning before the House Intelligence Committee. Both officials have expressed alarm in previous closed-door testimonies about Trump’s conduct with regards to Ukraine — highlighting allegations that he pressured President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival, Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden, and used his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to subvert normal diplomatic channels in this pursuit.

As for educational opportunities, they are really wide, thanks to the Internet. Students can find all necessary information online, they can take different courses and communicate with teachers and peers all over the world. However, the Internet can be harmful for users.

Basketball is the third most popular sport; and top basketball players can earn millions of dollars. Football, or soccer, is only a minority sport in the USA, though the national team has qualified for World Cups recently. In Britain the most popular sport in winter is definitely football.

With Clinton, Ken Starr had everyone that matters in front of the grand jury. From the President, to Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp to low-level aides, Secret Service and White House valets. He left no stone unturned and when he released his report and subsequently testified before Congress, the case was all there, with no loose ends.

The Trump impeachment is nothing like that. President Trump has not gone under oath in the matter of Ukraine. His top aides who allegedly facilitated the Ukraine cash-for-dirt operation also have not been interviewed. Mick Mulvaney, Rick Perry, Mike Pompeo and Rudy Giuliani all are missing in the evidence of the case against the President, by their choosing or that of the White House.

Now Republicans will argue that this makes the case all second-hand information and you can't impeach the President on this kind of evidence. Democrats argue they have more than enough evidence to impeach the President and they won't fall for the delaying tactics of all the President's men. The President could clear all this up with one phone call ordering his men to testify. He won't, and there is significant meaning in that.

But in comparing the impeachments, I'm left here with a sense we don't have the whole story. There is evidence we won't see until well after the impeachment process is done, perhaps even after the election in 2020.

We don't know how deep this goes, what other examples there may be of the same behavior and just how corrupt the President and his team are. There may well be enough to impeach him, but I do have a strong feeling that we don't know everything. And it's that lingering feeling that there's more to know which will gnaw at me as I watch up close my third presidential impeachment process.


Takeaways so far from House public impeachment hearings .
In several hours of testimony, and even bickering among lawmakers, some memorable moments have emerged. In several hours of testimony, and even bickering among lawmakers, some memorable moments have emerged.

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