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Politics Democrats Hoped to Sway Republicans on Impeachment. That Dream Has Failed to Become a Reality

23:05  22 november  2019
23:05  22 november  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

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.

That Dream Has Failed to Become a Reality . Democrats have , as a result, appear to have failed to persuade their colleagues across the aisle. In fact, the moderate GOP members whom Democrats pointed to as potential swing voters who could shift the impeachment tide within the Republican

Republicans have outspent Democrats by a huge margin on impeachment ads since the House formally launched its impeachment inquiry in late September, with more than million in total GOP paid advertising on the topic compared to roughly million on the Democratic side.

Twelve witnesses. Five days. Zero Republican defectors.

With the public phase of the House impeachment inquiry believed to be complete, Democrats are inching closer to impeaching President Donald Trump. But there remains to be any House Republican who has indicated they support the removal of the president—leaving GOP leadership worry-free.

Despite several current and former administration officials painting a damning portrait of a president who sought to pressure a foreign counterpart to engage in investigations abroad that would benefit him politically here at home, Republicans did not budge. Democrats have, as a result, appear to have failed to persuade their colleagues across the aisle.

Public impeachment testimony is set to begin. Here are the lawmakers to watch

  Public impeachment testimony is set to begin. Here are the lawmakers to watch Republican lawmakers on the committee will try to cast doubt on the impeachment testimony from a trio of diplomats.WASHINGTON – Public hearings are set to begin Wednesday in the impeachment inquiry into allegations that President Donald Trump used military aid as leverage to pressure Ukraine into conducting investigations that stood to benefit him politically.

So while Democrats have apparently failed to create the political conditions necessary for a successful removal vote in the Republican -controlled Senate, the poll did reveal one possible upside for the party. Asked how the impeachment inquiry has affected their thinking about the 2020 election, only 1

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In fact, the moderate GOP members whom Democrats pointed to as potential swing voters who could shift the impeachment tide within the Republican Party swung the opposite direction, backing their colleagues' opinion that the allegations that Trump engaged in bribery or abused his power lack evidence. And while his alleged wrongdoing may have very well been improper, they said, they've made clear their belief that Trump's actions do not deserve impeachment.

And behind closed doors, GOP leadership isn't showing any signs of distress over defectors when articles of impeachment presumably come up for a vote. When the topic was addressed during a minority whip meeting Friday, there was no concern expressed among top Republicans, according to a senior GOP aide who attended but who requested anonymity to discuss the private deliberations.

Historic impeachment hearings are set to begin, with GOP and Democrats pushing dueling messages on Trump’s conduct

  Historic impeachment hearings are set to begin, with GOP and Democrats pushing dueling messages on Trump’s conduct The two parties signaled how they planned to present radically different interpretations of the president’s actions and whether they were impeachable. Democrats expressed confidence that Wednesday’s hearing would begin a serious and somber process of publicly exposing Trump’s misconduct, narrated by career diplomats who were alarmed by the president’s push to have Ukraine investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son, as well as a debunked theory concerning the 2016 election, in exchange for military aid and a White House visit coveted by Ukraine’s new leader.

Nearly every Democrat in the US House of Representatives have now said they support an impeachment investigation into President Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a former Republican who has since become an independent, has also called for an impeachment investigation, bringing the

Democrats have broken norms whenever they believe they had no choice. The constitution gives Democrats plenty of ways to restore our democracy without resorting to McConnellism or Trumpism. This is not (or at least, not merely) because Democrats are more noble or virtuous than Republicans .

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Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, the panel that's spearheaded the inquiry and hosted the public hearings, are "representative of the conference—spans the spectrum," the aide said. As evidence, they pointed to Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the former a longtime Trump defender, and the latter, a lawmaker who rose to recent prominence for her defenses of the president, compared with Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), a moderate whom Democrats had their eye on.

But, the aide pointed out, "there is no daylight between them." 

Hurd made that evident at Thursday's impeachment hearing.

"An impeachable offense should be compelling, overwhelmingly clear and unambiguous, and it's not something to be rushed or taken lightly," Hurd said. "I've not heard evidence proving the president committed bribery or extortion."

The outgoing lawmaker and only black Republican in the chamber had been a wild card on impeachment, given his more moderate views and past ridicule of Trump, in addition to his decision not to seek re-election. He characterized Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which the president pressured the foreign leader to probe the Bidens and a 2016 U.S. election conspiracy theory, as "inappropriate, misguided foreign policy." The allegations of withholding military aid and a White House meeting in exchange for investigations "undermined our national security" and America's relationship with Ukraine, he added.

In the end, Hurd was not swayed.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) questions Gordon Sondland, the U.S ambassador to the European Union, during a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 20 in Washington, DC. © Photo by Samuel Corum - Pool/Getty Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) questions Gordon Sondland, the U.S ambassador to the European Union, during a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 20 in Washington, DC. Another Republican, Mike Turner of Ohio, has described Trump's conversation with Zelenskiy as "alarming" and "not OK." Regularly steeped in foreign policy matters, Turner was one of 24 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President George W. Bush for misleading Congress on the Iraq War.

But his fierce defense of Trump from the dais during the impeachment hearings by way of questions and remarks made clear where he stands.

"You guys want to be the laughingstock of history to impeach a president of the United States because he didn't take a meeting?" Turner said Thursday. "Oh, please. Dear God. Please, undertake that."

Turner was featured in a fundraising email pitch sent to supporters Friday by the National Republican Congressional Committee, in which the GOP campaign arm quoted the lawmaker calling the impeachment process "ridiculous."

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), another retiring Republican who last month would not rule out impeachment, appeared to remain undecided on the matter, and the hyper-partisan nature of the impeachment hearings did not seem to nudge him in Democrats' direction.

"That's the saddest part of the whole deal, it's like Mars and Venus," he told the Associated Press Thursday. A spokesperson did not respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's original hesitance to launching an impeachment inquiry stemmed from the lack of support among voters and Republicans. But that was months ago, and the Ukraine scandal has left the California Democrat with a message for her GOP counterparts.

"We said we want to see the facts and we want the American people to see the facts. Whatever decision is made—and it has not been made yet—whatever decision is made to go forward will be based on our honoring our oath of office, not on the resistance to the truth of the Republicans on the other side," Pelosi said at her weekly press conference on Thursday. "I think the sad tragedy of all of this is the behavior of the president and the defense of that behavior by the Republicans."

In the Senate, Republicans said that, despite their majority, they lack the votes to pass a measure to dismiss an impeachment trial, an acknowledgment that some GOP members need the process to fully play out before making a final determination of the president's fate.

But that's not to say Senate GOP leadership or the White House is concerned about the upper chamber acquitting Trump.

"Frankly, I want a trial," Trump said in a ranting, nearly hourlong phone interview on Fox & Friends Friday morning. "They should never, ever impeach...The hatred is incredible."

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