Politics Trump travels to Florida as impeachment inquiry intensifies

19:20  07 december  2019
19:20  07 december  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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.

The impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump intensified Friday with the subpoena of White House documents and growing criticism from some

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.

President Trump is traveling to Florida to attend a private fundraiser and speak at the Israeli-American Council summit Saturday night, after a week of critical developments in the House impeachment inquiry back in Washington.

The Israeli-American Council is a Jewish organization funded by one of Mr. Trump's supporters, billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

Mr. Trump's trip to Florida, a critical swing state, comes a day after the White House sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler saying the president will not participate in upcoming committee impeachment proceedings. The committee is set to hold its second hearing on Monday.

House Democrats release report outlining case for Trump's impeachment

  House Democrats release report outlining case for Trump's impeachment USA-TRUMP/IMPEACHMENT-REPORT (URGENT):House Democrats release report outlining case for Trump's impeachment

The Democratic-led House initiated an impeachment inquiry against Trump last week after a whistleblower report raised concerns that Trump tried U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took part in the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which the

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.”.

"As you know, your impeachment inquiry is completely baseless and has violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness," White House counsel Pat Cipollone said in a letter to Nadler. "Whatever your course, you should choose, as the president has recently stated: 'If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our country can get back to business.'"

A senior administration official confirmed the letter means the White House will not participate in the proceedings.

Nadler, who informed Mr. Trump of Friday's deadline over the Thanksgiving holiday, expressed disappointment but said "the president's failure [to appear] will not prevent us from carrying out our solemn constitutional duty."

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.

Trump demanded to call as witnesses an array of Republican targets, including Pelosi, Schiff and the Bidens. Republicans have also floated summoning the whistleblower, whose complaint about Trump ’s dealings with Ukraine triggered the impeachment inquiry .

What's behind the impeachment inquiry ? At the heart of the investigation, which was announced by Mrs Pelosi last month, is a phone call on 25 Image caption House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry last month. A rough transcript of the call shows Mr Trump asking for an

a woman standing in front of a laptop: With House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday having instructed the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment, here are potential offenses that President Donald Trump might face. (Reporting by Jan Wolfe, editing by Ross Colvin and Howard Goller) REUTERS/Erin Scott

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The White House chose not to send any legal representation to the first Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, where lawmakers heard eight hours of testimony from four constitutional law experts about the constitutional grounds for impeachment. Three of them said the president committed impeachable offenses in his dealings with Ukraine. The fourth scholar, who was a witness called by Republicans, said the Democrats don't have enough evidence to impeach him.

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Democratic committee chairs to draft articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump.

"Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders, and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment," Pelosi said.

Given that Democrats control the House, Mr. Trump is likely to be impeached. The vote is expected to occur along party lines since Republicans consider the impeachment inquiry an overreach by Democrats and an attempt to undo the 2016 election results. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham seemed to suggest she believes the president will be impeached.

"We look forward to a fair trial in the Senate," she said in a statement Thursday.

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.

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