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Marjorie Taylor Greene says she’ll file impeachment articles against Joe Biden on his first day in office


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Graham, Dershowitz say effort to dismiss articles of impeachment 'dead' as they prepare for trial

Graham, Dershowitz say effort to dismiss articles of impeachment 'dead' as they prepare for trialAlan Dershowitz, who joined Trump's defense team, plans to argue that even if Trump did everything he is accused of, his acts aren't impeachable.



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Trump Lawyers to Senate: Reject ‘Defective’ Impeachment Articles to Protect the ‘Will of the American People’

Trump Lawyers to Senate: Reject ‘Defective’ Impeachment Articles to Protect the ‘Will of the American People’On the eve of the Senate’s impeachment trial, President Trump’s attorneys outlined a defense strategy that seeks to turn House Democrats’ articles of impeachment on their head, arguing it was not the president who abused his power, but the House, and it was not the House’s duty that was unjustly obstructed, but the president’s.In a fiery, six-page letter released on Saturday, Trump’s lead lawyers—Jay Sekulow and Pat Cipollone—argue that the Senate should not only reject the articles of impeachment but that those articles are blatantly unconstitutional and violate the will of the American people.The articles, the attorneys claim, are “defective in their entirety… They are the product of invalid proceedings that flagrantly denied the president any due process rights. They rest on dangerous distortions of the Constitution that would do lasting damage to our structure of government.”In their attacks against the two articles passed by Democrats in December—which charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in his effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals—Sekulow and Cipollone echo closely the substance and tone of arguments made by Trump’s GOP allies on Capitol Hill during the impeachment process.Those arguments emphasize that Trump denies the charges, the Ukrainians downplayed any pressure from Washington to open investigations, and that they eventually got the withheld security assistance anyway without announcing any investigations. And echoing a talking point from Trump himself—“read the transcript”—the lawyers also argue that the memoranda of transcripts of the April and July calls between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky show there was no unseemly conduct. They claim Democrats knew that, too, because House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) paraphrased the call during a September hearing.Republicans Melt Down as Evidence of Trump’s Guilt Piles Up“The fact that Mr. Schiff felt the need to fabricate a false version of the July 25 call proves that he and his colleagues knew there was absolutely nothing wrong with that call,” the attorneys write.In responding to the obstruction of Congress charge, the attorneys write that the administration—which has blocked key witnesses from testifying and withheld scores of documents from investigators—is simply exercising its constitutional imperatives in the face of what they describe as historic, damaging overreach from the House. “The House may not usurp Executive Branch authority and may not bypass our Constitution’s system of checks and balances,” the letter reads.In the letter’s conclusion, the attorneys also teased a final defense that rests on long-running GOP claims that impeachment is an attack on the electorate’s will in 2016.“In order to preserve our constitutional structure of government, to reject the poisonous partisanship that the Framers warned against, to ensure one-party political impeachment vendettas do not become ‘the new normal,’ and to vindicate the will of the American people, the Senate must reject both Articles of Impeachment,” they say. “In the end, this entire process is nothing more than a dangerous attack on the American people themselves and their fundamental right to vote.”The aggressive defense from the White House was released minutes after the seven Democratic impeachment managers filed an 111-page brief that outlines the case they will make when arguments in the trial begin next week. It includes several counterpoints to the key claims made by Trump’s lawyers—notably, that the aid to Ukraine was only released because Trump “got caught” withholding it.Trump’s defense team will submit a longer, more formal trial brief on Sunday. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Pelosi angers GOP by using 30 different personalized pens to sign Trump's 'sham' impeachment articles

Pelosi angers GOP by using 30 different personalized pens to sign Trump's 'sham' impeachment articlesNancy Pelosi used dozens of customized, signed pens to sign different parts of her signature on Trump's impeachment articles before handing them out as collectibles at the signing ceremony on Wednesday — a move that angered many Republicans.



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House lawyers leave door open to new articles of impeachment

House lawyers leave door open to new articles of impeachmentIn a federal appeals court filing, House lawyers said testimony from Don McGahn could provide new evidence President Trump committed additional impeachable offenses.



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House committee raises prospect of more impeachment articles

House committee raises prospect of more impeachment articlesThe House Judiciary Committee held open the possibility Monday of recommending additional articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump as it pressed anew for the testimony of former White House counsel Don McGahn. The committee wants a federal appeals court to order McGahn to testify as it examines potential obstruction of justice by the president during special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The committee says McGahn’s testimony could also be useful for any Senate impeachment trial.



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Schumer Joins Pelosi in Backing Plan to Sit on Impeachment Articles

Schumer Joins Pelosi in Backing Plan to Sit on Impeachment ArticlesThe day after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump, the person who will be leading Democrats in the impeachment trial, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said that he backs the idea of withholding the articles of impeachment until Senate Republicans offer them more favorable terms for the trial.In his office on Thursday, Schumer told reporters that he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are on “the same page” when it comes to the speaker’s decision to sit on the articles of impeachment instead of immediately sending them to the GOP leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Pelosi shocked impeachment observers after the votes were held on Wednesday night by announcing that she would not immediately send the two freshly passed articles of impeachment over the Senate. Instead, she told reporters, the House would retain them until they feel that McConnell, who has said he’s coordinating the trial with the White House, has offered acceptable terms. Trump Tells Rally He’s ‘Not Worried’ About Impeachment, Privately Plots Vengeance“We’re both going to work as hard as we can to get a fair trial,” said Schumer. He declined, however, to say just how long Democrats are prepared to wait in order to secure better terms. “I think it's premature to map out what will happen two, three, four weeks from now,” he said.Schumer also did not answer whether no Senate trial at all was better than having one where the terms were dictated by McConnell. “I'm not going to get to that at this point,” he said. “I want to put all our emphasis on getting the fair trial.”The political reality is a bit more complicated. While some Democrats believe that withholding the articles will increase the pressure on Republicans and the president by stalling a process they are anxious to get in the rearview mirror, it’s unclear if that urgency will materialize. Still, in the Senate, where Democrats have little control over the process – it’s one of the only tools they have to try to pull the process their way. On Sunday, Schumer sent a letter to McConnell asking the GOP to subpoena testimony for four witnesses—including two key figures in the Ukraine impeachment inquiry, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security advisor John Bolton, who were blocked from testifying by the White House and refused to defy that order. That entreaty was dismissed out of hand by McConnell, saying it was not up to the Senate to “do their homework” for them. Instead, Senate Republicans and the White House have coalesced around the idea of a short Senate trial that would feature arguments from each side but no new witnesses. Both leaders confirmed they will meet on Thursday afternoon for their first sit-down discussion of the impeachment trial.Schumer told reporters he believes that several GOP senators could put pressure on McConnell to at least allow new witnesses at trial—and he plans to force votes on those measures. “When you ask [Republicans],’ are you willing to have some witnesses,’ it's a much harder question for them,” said Schumer. Impeachment, said Schumer, “sits on different shoulders differently” and the universe of lawmakers who could press for an expanded trial is “larger than you think.”Some GOP senators, he said, “are worried about elections, some have conscience clauses, some are retiring, and some are just thoughtful.”With impeachment in something of a limbo between both sides of the Capitol, Schumer told reporters he is working closely with Pelosi but said they are not making a joint decision about whether terms would be favorable enough to proceed with a trial.“She has certain roles, I have certain roles,” said Schumer. “We talk to each other all the time and we'll talk about these things, but that doesn't mean we're going to do everything the same.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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What happens to the articles of impeachment now?

What happens to the articles of impeachment now?What does it mean to withhold articles of impeachment? A trial cannot begin until those articles of impeachment are delivered by the House to the Senate. How are the articles of impeachment transmitted from the House to the Senate? Why are Democrats delaying sending the articles?



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Trump news: Republicans turn on president for suggesting dead congressman is in hell as Pelosi reveals shock decision on impeachment articles

Trump news: Republicans turn on president for suggesting dead congressman is in hell as Pelosi reveals shock decision on impeachment articlesDonald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives, making him just the third president in American history to receive such a rebuke.The House, voting largely upon party lines, charged him on Wednesday night after hours of debate with abusing the power of his office in attempting to extort a political favour from Ukraine and obstructing the subsequent congressional investigation into his conduct. Just as votes were cast, Mr Trump began a rally of his in Michigan, where he mocked the proceedings against him, and the Democrats behind the effort.



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Group of House Democrats Pushing to Withhold Impeachment Articles from Senate to Gain Leverage in Trial: Report

Group of House Democrats Pushing to Withhold Impeachment Articles from Senate to Gain Leverage in Trial: ReportA group of House Democrats is urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to withhold articles of impeachment against President Trump from the Senate in order to gain leverage over the parameters of the Senate trial, the Washington Post reported Wednesday just hours before the House vote on impeachment.Representative Earl Blumenauer (D., Ore.) publicly floated on Wednesday the idea of withholding the articles until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agrees to allow testimony from witness the Democrats desire to hear."Who knows what would happen to augment the record?" Blumenauer said. "This ought to be able to play out…There’s no advantage to rushing this." Blumenauer asserted he had spoken to over 30 House Democrats who had expressed interest in the idea.Another House Democrat told the Post on condition of anonymity that representatives were discussing the idea of withholding the articles due to what they view as "serious concern about whether there will be a fair trial on the Senate side."A senior Democratic aide told the Post that the articles will be sent to the Senate only after Pelosi decides on impeachment managers to present the case for Trump's removal at trial.The House will vote Wednesday on two articles of impeachment against President Trump, one for obstruction of Congress and the other for abuse of power. The articles are expected to pass with a solid majority of Democrats and no Republican support.Withholding impeachment articles from the Senate may rankle moderate Democrats from swing districts that voted for Trump in 2016. Several of these Democrats have announced they will vote for impeachment only after weeks of deliberation and pushback from Trump-supporting constituents.



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