•   
  •   
  •   

Politics The Accidental Celebrities of the Impeachment Inquiry

23:00  06 december  2019
23:00  06 december  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

White House budget office attorney resigned in part over Ukraine aid hold: official

  White House budget office attorney resigned in part over Ukraine aid hold: official White House budget office attorney resigned in part over Ukraine aid hold: officialMark Sandy, a career official at the Office of Management and Budget, which ordered the hold on security assistance to Ukraine, told congressional investigators during the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry that a person in the office's legal division resigned in part over issues with the hold.

No matter the job title, the gig of most every aide to a member of Congress is essentially the same: to help make it appear that the elected representative — “the name on the door,” as some aides put it — is shouldering the work alone.

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that the House would initiate a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump, charging him with betraying his oath of office and the nation’s security by seeking to enlist a foreign power to tarnish a rival for his own political gain.

No matter the job title, the gig of most every aide to a member of Congress is essentially the same: to help make it appear that the elected representative — “the name on the door,” as some aides put it — is shouldering the work alone.

a person holding a sign: Russell Dye, aide to Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, and his green blazer have been the subject of public attention twice — once in 2014 and again last month.© Andrew Harnik/Associated Press Russell Dye, aide to Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, and his green blazer have been the subject of public attention twice — once in 2014 and again last month.

This is especially true, and especially tricky, amid the scrutinized pageantry of news conferences and high-stakes public hearings like those convened last month by the House Intelligence Committee and this week by the House Judiciary Committee as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

Trump says impeachment inquiry is a 'hoax' being used for political gain

  Trump says impeachment inquiry is a 'hoax' being used for political gain Trump says impeachment inquiry is a 'hoax' being used for political gainDemocrats have been looking into Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden, the former U.S. vice president who is seeking the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the 2020 election, and his son Hunter Biden, who was a board member of a Ukrainian energy company.

This is especially true, and especially tricky, amid the scrutinized pageantry of news conferences and high-stakes public hearings like those convened last month by the House Intelligence Committee and this week by the House Judiciary Committee as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry .

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that the House would launch a formal impeachment inquiry in response to the dispute over Mr. Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

In hearings, congressional aides often sit behind their bosses, close enough to discreetly provide on-the-spot guidance and information. But, for some, the tougher gig might be operating in front of a scrum of cameras while trying to remain invisible to the public.

“There is whirlwind of activity behind the scenes and it is your job to keep that off-camera and to fade into the wallpaper,” said Jeremy Bash, who attended or staffed about 100 hearings while serving in various roles, including chief of staff to the former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Sign Up For the Morning Briefing Newsletter

Trump says impeachment report is "a joke"

  Trump says impeachment report is Trump says impeachment report is "a joke"LONDON — U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the Democrats' impeachment report was a joke with no merit and complained that a hearing had been scheduled while he was out of the country.

If the inquiry moves forward, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives will vote on any Now even middle- of - the road politicians are coming out in favour of impeachment proceedings. Commentators in Ukraine see President Volodymyr Zelensky's role in this affair as accidental , but at

An impeachment inquiry that could see the president eventually removed from office is under way. But there is a fierce debate about whether Mr Trump The acting ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, told the inquiry that Mr Trump had made the release of the military aid conditional on Ukraine opening an

This is the balance aimed for by Russell Dye, an aide to Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, who has taken a visible and audible role as a staunch defender of President Trump in the recent impeachment inquiry hearings.

Mr. Dye says he wants to avoid the camera’s glare when possible, to be invisible in plain sight when necessary and to keep the public’s focus on the work of his boss.

“I tend to like to stay in the background,” said Mr. Dye, 27. “I hate it when I become the center of attention.”

But someone needs to tell that to Mr. Dye’s bright mint-green blazer. Paired with a green bow tie, the jacket has twice attracted national media coverage: first in 2014, when he and his jacket sat in the front row of an I.R.S. hearing and were featured on Twitter, “Morning Joe” and in a political cartoon.

Last month, just before a day of impeachment inquiry testimony would begin, Mr. Dye was setting up posters on easels with messages like, “0 days since Adam Schiff followed House rules.”

Republicans are once again using massive signs to defend Trump during an impeachment hearing, this time using Democrats' own words

  Republicans are once again using massive signs to defend Trump during an impeachment hearing, this time using Democrats' own words During Wednesday's impeachment inquiry hearing, Republicans displayed quotes from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Al Green, and Rep. Jerry Nadler.The signs, which were positioned behind Republicans' seats during the hearing, displayed quotes from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Al Green, and Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler.

Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official. Impeachment does not in itself remove the official definitively from office

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that the House of Representatives would begin drafting impeachment articles against President Trump, pushing ahead with a rapid timetable that could set the stage for a vote before Christmas to charge him with high crimes and

As he did so, Andrew Harnik, a staff photographer for The Associated Press, snapped Mr. Dye in his spearmint-gum-colored jacket.

“Hearings and hearing rooms can be on the more staid side so we’re always looking for images that are striking and unexpected,” said Mr. Harnik, 38. “I didn’t have an idea of what the hearings were going to look like, but I wasn’t expecting the posters.” As for Mr. Dye’s outfit, it was (green) icing on the cake.

The photograph was published in The Washington Post, atop an opinion piece called, “A definitive guide to 64 Republican impeachment excuses.” The picture and story were then plucked and billboarded by Apple News.

“That’s not a good article for us, and I disagree with the author’s assertion,” Mr. Dye said, “but it still goes to everyone thanks to your mom and Facebook.”

He even got recognized in the aisles of his hometown Walmart in Forsyth, Ga., when he was there for Thanksgiving. “We’re just trying to do the best we can for the members we work for, but then you end up on Twitter,” he said. “This is the age we live in.”

The more your boss is in the spotlight, the harder it can be to stay out of it. Charli Huddleston also works for Mr. Jordan, as press secretary for the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. She too found herself inadvertently upstaging him, and a gaggle of congressmen, when she was photographed in late October standing on a staircase above them as they staged a protest against the process of the impeachment proceedings. In the photo, a light shines upon Ms. Huddleston, 25, as if from an alien spaceship that is going to beam her up. Once posted to Twitter, the photo went viral.

House Democrat says he plans to vote against all articles of impeachment

  House Democrat says he plans to vote against all articles of impeachment Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, one of two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry, said he plans to vote against all the articles of impeachment "unless there's something that I haven't seen, haven't heard before."Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, one of two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry, said he plans to vote against all the articles of impeachment "unless there's something that I haven't seen, haven't heard before.

By rushing the impeachment process – and keeping the focus narrow – and Pelosi may be making a grave political miscalculation.

WASHINGTON — President Trump set off to London on Monday, admonishing “radical” Democrats for continuing their impeachment inquiry while he attends a NATO summit — “one of the most important journeys that we make as president.”.

“It was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m a meme,’” Ms. Huddleston said in an interview.

At first, the moment felt like a fun diversion from a tense time. After BuzzFeed published an article about how the photograph of a Republican congressman’s aide had been adopted as favorite among anti-Trump tweeters, the attention rattled her.

“It’s not supposed to be about me, it’s about the name on the door,” Ms. Huddleston said, recalling her worry about how her boss would react. “I hope he’s going to be O.K. with it.”

In fact, Mr. Jordan called her to make sure she wasn’t feeling trolled by nasty comments. “He was concerned,” she said.

More than simply fade into the background at that same protest, it was the job of Janae Frazier, the press secretary to Representative Mark Walker, Republican of North Carolina, to gather video footage and photographs of her boss and his colleagues that could be used on social media to promote their impeachment resistance.

That’s not how it turned out.

As the protest dragged on, pizza was ordered for the members of Congress, their aides and reporters in attendance.

Ms. Frazier approached the cart of stacked boxes and was about to take a slice when she noticed her picture was being snapped. She made a face (Ms. Frazier describes it as “goofy”) and backed away from the pizza.

Disruption at Impeachment Hearing Leads to Former InfoWars Host Getting the Boot

  Disruption at Impeachment Hearing Leads to Former InfoWars Host Getting the Boot The House Judiciary Committee's second hearing on the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry was instantly derailed on Monday when a supporter of the president launched a protest at the start of the proceedings. © Andrew Harnik/AP Photo A protestor speaks out as the House Judiciary Committee hears investigative findings in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The trump-ukraine impeachment inquiry report. Report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Pursuant to H. Res. The phone call led an unidentified member of the intelligence community to file a whistleblower complaint that Trump was “using the power of his office

He has called the impeachment inquiry a "witch hunt" by Democrats and elements of the media. He also says it was appropriate to ask Ukraine to investigate To impeach , in this context, means to bring charges in Congress that will form the basis for a trial. The US constitution states a president "shall be

“I don’t want my picture taken while I’m eating,” said Ms. Frazier, 28. “I can go in on pizza.”

At a media event that offered all the visual excitement possible of a bunch of middle-aged men in suits standing outside a conference room, the image of a woman contemplating pizza tickled Twitter.

“Y’all I have become a meme. I’m DEAD,” Ms. Frazier tweeted.

Then she went on with her life. But not everyone was ready to. Her picture was featured on CNN. And then it was included in a Weekend Update segment on “Saturday Night Live.”

She heard from long-lost friends and distant relatives who congratulated her on her career achievements. “I was like, ‘WHAT? All this for being hungry?’” Ms. Frazier said.

Among staffers and committee aides who have been sitting behind their congressional bosses in the current impeachment hearings, cameras have not seized on many goofy faces (nor did committee staffers seize the opportunity to comment for this article).

“The staffer has to be a sphinx,” said Mr. Bash, the former defense department and congressional aide who is now a national security consultant and news commentator.

“There is no formal training for this role,” he continued. “You have to have been raised on the Iran Contra hearings, the Clarence Thomas hearings, you have to be the kind of person who enjoys flipping to C-Span 3 during hours you’re supposed to be sleeping.”

Even before the age of Twitter and iPhones, the inscrutability of congressional aides was the Washington way. Christopher Putala, 58, worked in the 1990s for then-Senator Joe Biden and staffed dozens of hearings that Mr. Biden took part in as a member of the Judiciary Committee. At Mr. Putala’s first one — “not a controversial hearing,” is all he remembers of it — there was a moment of levity among the senators and the hearing witnesses. Mr. Putala chuckled too.

U.S. House Judiciary chair rejects Republicans' bid for impeachment witnesses

  U.S. House Judiciary chair rejects Republicans' bid for impeachment witnesses The Democratic head of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Monday rejected Republican lawmakers' request for eight witnesses to appear as part of the panel's impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. © Reuters/JONATHAN ERNST House Judiciary Committee holds evidenciary hearing on Trump impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill in Washington The requested witnesses fall "outside the parameters of the impeachment inquiry," Representative Jerrold Nadler said in a letter to the ranking Republican on the committee, Representative Doug Collins, as the committee heard evidence at a hearing on the

President’s allies expected to launch procedural objections during judiciary committee hearings.

The House judiciary committee begins hearings on Wednesday and is expected to produce articles of impeachment .

“There I was, yucking it up, and Evelyn Lieberman, a communications staffer, came up and whispered in my ear. She lit into me and said in no uncertain terms, ‘You are to have no expression. You are to fade into the background.’”

Lesson learned. Sort of. Recently Mr. Putala came across a Now This video that featured a 1993 assault weapons ban hearing which Mr. Biden presided over. Mr. Putala spied himself in the background.

“What am I doing but chewing gum, chomping away,” he said.

The valor of discretion can be lost on today’s youth. When Jessica Sanderson, a lawyer for Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, was preparing to head to Washington to sit behind her client during his impeachment inquiry hearing testimony last month, Ms. Sanderson’s daughter had one request.

“She said, ‘Mom, you need to do something to become a meme,’” said Ms. Sanderson, 51.

After Ms. Sanderson asked her daughter, a high school senior who was on her school’s constitutional law team last year, to explain what exactly that means, she demonstrated a few silly faces that she thought her mother could make during the testimony.

Ms. Sanderson rejected the suggestions.

Still, after Lt. Col. Vindman’s testimony concluded, Ms. Sanderson’s phone started to blow up. A photograph of a reporter guzzling coffee during the proceedings was going viral, and guess who was also visible in what became one of the most recognizable photos of the day? Yup.

“It was the best of possible worlds,” Ms. Sanderson said. “I was in a meme and I had a straight face.”

One House Democrat goes on record opposing Trump impeachment .
Eight other lawmakers in competitive districts are currently on the fence ahead of the full House vote, according to an NBC News tally.An NBC News survey of more than 40 vulnerable House Democrats found only Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who represents the southern tip of the state, plans to vote against the articles of impeachment.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 0
This is interesting!