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Politics Trump on impeachment brink, but far from falling

08:40  11 december  2019
08:40  11 december  2019 Source:   msn.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.

Step by step, he has escorted President Trump to the brink of impeachment . There he fell into what she called a lingering “catatonic” state. He never fully returned to his law firm, Bracewell As the years of Barack Obama’s presidency passed, Mr. Giuliani’s voice seemed to carry farthest when it

Democratic leaders unveiled articles of impeachment charging President Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The move will bring a sitting president to the brink of impeachment for only the fourth time in American history. “Our president holds the ultimate public trust,” Mr. Nadler said.

For a man on the brink of becoming only the third US president to be impeached, Donald Trump sure sounds confident.

'Ramblings of a basement blogger': White House press secretary slams Schiff impeachment report

  'Ramblings of a basement blogger': White House press secretary slams Schiff impeachment report White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham tore into the impeachment report released by House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee. © Provided by Washington ExaminerThe report, released on Tuesday, accuses President Trump of withholding almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in exchange for politically expedient investigations, including into rival Joe Biden. Grisham, 43, ripped Rep. Adam Schiff, who is the chairman of the committee, in a statement released shortly after the report was made public.

As the majority of Americans and his own party denounce the president's response to Charlottesville, Democrats move to impeach him.

Today’s Impeachment Advent Calendar gift was a special one: two shiny new articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump . Trump ’s track record is a target-rich environment for Dems, but they don’t want to confuse the public or the impeachment jury in the Senate with information overload.

"You're so lucky I became your president," he boomed to cheering supporters late Tuesday in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

"A regular president would have been under the table, thumb in mouth, saying 'take me home, Mommy, this is too tough for me.'"

Hours earlier in Washington, Democratic leaders unveiled two impeachment charges against Trump that the full House of Representatives, dominated by Democrats, will likely confirm in the near future.

The Republican businessman is now so entangled in controversy that it takes a hardened Washington politics junkie merely to unravel the strands.

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.

Clinton was impeached in the House, but fell well short of being convicted by the Senate. The American public found the whole affair distasteful Democrats would be well-advised to consider the Clinton impeachment debacle, before plunging headfirst into a Trump impeachment saga.

Trump expressed disappointment that Democrats had turned the impeachment process, a historically serious process to address high crimes and misdemeanors, into a flimsy partisan event. The president also berated Democrats for falling for the Ukraine impeachment hoax, propagated by the

Russia collusion, Ukraine quid pro quo, foreign emoluments clause, deep state coup -- the terminology alone illustrates the increasingly exotic political mess engulfing Trump.

And less than a year from the 2020 presidential election, he's also struggling in the polls.

But Trump is protected by two things.

The first is that he presides over a booming economy, historically a surefire way to re-election.

The second is more personal: Trump loves to brawl, and with impeachment he has found a brawl that matches his formidable energy.

- Fight every step -

President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 before Congress could even take its impeachment vote over the Watergate affair. Trump, by contrast, is fighting back at every step.

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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.

WASHINGTON — President Trump was greeted Friday morning with news of a blockbuster jobs report, showing that employers added 266,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, its lowest level since 1969.

President Donald Trump will host Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday just hours after House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment that strike at his relationship “Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way,” Trump tweeted.

Almost daily he brands impeachment a "hoax," or as he said in Pennsylvania -- with a typical flourish of vivid, often violent language -- a "big, fat, disgusting fraud."

He has flat-out refused to allow government employees to testify in his case or to release documents to investigators.

That strategy led to one of the two impeachment charges being levied against him: obstruction of Congress. The other charge is for allegedly trying to force Ukraine to open a corruption probe aimed solely at embarrassing one of his main Democratic rivals Joe Biden.

Even if the Democrats do vote for impeachment as expected, the case will then go to the Republican-controlled Senate, where Trump sees a chance for revenge.

According to CNN, Trump is pushing reluctant Republican leaders in the Senate to make the trial a media extravaganza, giving his take on the Ukraine affair -- including a series of unproven conspiracy theories -- a dramatic hearing.

"If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate," he dared the Democrats in one of his torrents of tweets on the crisis.

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

Green indicated that his colleagues needed more time to read his proposal.

Texas Rep. Al Green's newest attempt at impeachment will almost certainly face pushback from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has argued that the House must still investigate President Donald Trump further before taking that dramatic step. |

- Bad polls, good economy -

The latest national numbers on polling analysis website FiveThirtyEight look bad for Trump.

The billionaire real estate dealer is shown losing to nearly every one of the multitude of Democrats scrambling to take him on. Even Pete Buttigieg, an Indiana small city mayor whose name most Americans couldn't pronounce a couple of months ago, is shown beating Trump if the elections were held today.

But those polls are taken on a nationwide basis, while US presidential elections are won state by state.

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Trump's approval dips among independent voters amid impeachment

  Trump's approval dips among independent voters amid impeachment President Trump’s approval rating dipped among independent voters as Democrats move forward on impeachment, according to the latest Hill-HarrisX poll released Tuesday. © Greg Nash Trump's approval dips among independent voters amid impeachment The survey shows 39 percent of independent voters approve of Trump's job performance, while 56 percent said they disapprove.© Provided by The Hill The new approval rating among independent voters is down from 44 percent in early November.Trump's job approval rating also saw a dip among Republican voters, dropping 3 points to 85 percent compared to the previous poll.

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

Donald Trump is set to resign to avoid impeachment , Tony Schwartz said. “He has gone over the line of acceptability so far there is no return. He has also dragged the world to the brink of WW3 by abstaining from the established course of action with volatile North Korea and instead recklessly

Just as in 2016, the 2020 election is expected to go down to the wire in handful of swing states as Trump and his eventual challenger try to claw their way to the magic number of 270 electoral college votes.

So Trump is happy with a new survey from Republican pollster Firehouse that shows him ahead against all comers in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

"As the impeachment process heats up in Washington, Donald Trump is seeing a boost in support in crucial swing states," the firm said.

It is true that Trump suffered the embarrassing defeats of Republicans he campaigned for in recent state elections in Kentucky and Louisiana. His party also took a tough hit in the 2018 congressional midterm elections and Democrats appear to be highly energized for 2020.

But the famous maxim from former president Bill Clinton's victorious 1992 campaign -- "it's the economy, stupid" -- could yet help Trump win the day.

The latest jobs report puts unemployment at 3.5 percent, its lowest since NASA landed a man on the Moon 50 years ago.

A Quinnipiac poll on Tuesday found that 57 percent of voters say that they are better off financially today than they were in 2016, while just 22 percent say they are worse off.

"We are finally rebuilding our nation," Trump said in yet another applause line during the Pennsylvania speech. Americans will hear that phrase many more times in the months to come.

Trump: Pelosi's teeth were 'falling out of her mouth' during press conference .
President Trump on Sunday tweeted that Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) teeth were "falling out of her mouth" during a press conference from days earlier in which she was discussing the impeachment inquiry.The comment came as part of a retweet of Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who himself had quote-tweeted a clip of Pelosi explaining why bribery was not one of the articles of impeachment filed by House Democrats against the president last week."The comment came as part of a retweet of Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who himself had quote-tweeted a clip of Pelosi explaining why bribery was not one of the articles of impeachment filed by House Democrats against the president last week.

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