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House Democrats reject resolution to censure Schiff over his handling of impeachment inquiry

House Democrats reject resolution to censure Schiff over his handling of impeachment inquiryThe House voted 218-185, along party lines, to table a GOP resolution to condemn and censure Democratic House Intel Cmte. Chairman Adam Schiff.



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U.S. House defeats Republican bid to censure Schiff in impeachment probe

U.S. House defeats Republican bid to censure Schiff in impeachment probeDemocrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday blocked a Republican effort to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff over statements he has made related to an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. Republicans accused Schiff of misleading the public by, among other things, saying he did not know the identity of a whistleblower who reported that Trump pressured Ukraine’s newly elected president to investigate a U.S. political rival, Democrat Joe Biden who is running for president. Since 1832, 23 House members have been censured, which requires them to stand before their fellow legislators while the House speaker or presiding officer reads aloud the censure resolution as a form of public rebuke.



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Trump tells Republicans to 'get tougher and fight' impeachment inquiry

Trump tells Republicans to 'get tougher and fight' impeachment inquiryPresident bemoans disunity among his party as he faces criticism from a handful of membersDonald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting on Monday. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Pool/EPADonald Trump on Monday demanded Republicans “get tougher and fight” against an intensifying impeachment inquiry that has strained their allegiance to the president.In a White House cabinet meeting earlier on Monday, Trump said Democrats were “vicious” in their pursuit of uncovering his alleged wrongdoing but that they “stick together”, an insinuation that his party was not as united.“The Republicans have to get tougher and fight,” Trump said. “We have some that are great fighters, but they have to get tougher and fight, because the Democrats are trying to hurt the Republican party before the election.”He added: “They don’t have Mitt Romney in their midst. They don’t have people like that. They stick together.”Trump continues to hold his party captive, and few Republicans have indicated that they are open to efforts to remove him from office. But the chorus of critics, led by Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, is growing louder as public polling shows a sharp uptick in support for the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.Ahead of the meeting, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, distributed a “fact sheet” that accused Trump of a “stunning abuse” of presidential power that unfolded in three acts that she headlined the “shakedown”, the “pressure campaign” and the “cover up”. As Democrats move forward “expeditiously” with their inquiry, the outline may yet serve as a basis for potential articles of impeachment against Trump.The president’s exhortation of his party followed a weekend of news reports and interviews that suggested Republicans are wary of defending Trump, particularly in the wake of his decision to abruptly withdraw troops in northern Syria and after he was forced to scrap plans to host the June G7 summit at his Florida resort amid fierce, bipartisan backlash.This weekend, Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee and a persistent critic of the president, told Axios on HBO that it was “shocking” and “a mistake” for Trump to call on Ukraine and China to investigate Joe Biden, the allegation at the heart of the House Democratic-led impeachment inquiry.In the same episode, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of the president’s closest allies in the party, told Axios that he would be open to evidence, outside of Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president, that he should be impeached.Meanwhile, the Florida congressman Francis Rooney became the first House Republican to say that he was willing to consider voting in favor of articles of impeachment against Trump. On Saturday, he announced that he would not seek re-election, perhaps alleviating political pressure over the decision.The cracks in Republican support for Trump began to appear amid a maelstrom of foreign and domestic chaos of the president’s own making.Graham and the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, have been two of the loudest Republican opponents of Trump’s troop withdrawal, which abandoned the Syrian Kurds who fought alongside the US against the Islamic state and cleared the way for Turkey to invade the region. The Turkish offensive left scores of Syrian Kurdish fighters and civilians dead and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents.Trump is reportedly considering leaving a small contingency in Syria to impede a resurgence of Isis and to halt the advance of Russian and Syrian government forces to aid the Kurds.During the meeting, Trump asserted that the US “never agreed to protect the Kurds for the rest of their lives”.He also dismissed allegations of self-dealing in connection to his canceled plans to host the June G7 summit at his Doral resort in Florida. Referring to the constitutional clause barring gifts from foreign states to federal officeholders, Trump said: “You people with this phony emoluments clause.”Trump reversed his decision to hold the G7 summit at his Florida resort, reportedly amid pushback from congressional Republicans, which is only the latest sign that cracks are appearing in the president’s base of support among GOP lawmakers.Meanwhile, Trump’s acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, is facing intense scrutiny after acknowledging during a press briefing – and then later adamantly denying – that Trump held up an aid package to Ukraine because the president wanted assurances that the country would investigate Democrats.“I recognize that I didn’t speak clearly,” Mulvaney said on Fox News Sunday. Asked on Monday whether the president stood by his acting chief of staff, Trump did not respond.Trump has repeatedly denied that his administration made Ukrainian military aid contingent upon an investigation into a debunked theory about the 2016 election or the dealings of Hunter Biden in Ukraine.But many, if not most, Republicans have publicly remained loyal to Trump. In the House on Monday, a cohort of far-right conservatives attempted to force a resolution to censure Adam Schiff, the intelligence committee chairman, for “certain misleading conduct” when he dramatized a phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president. Trump has seized on Schiff’s comments during a hearing last month to suggest the California Democrat committed “treason” and should be impeached. The resolution was blocked by Democrats on Monday evening.“What the Republicans fear most is the truth,” Pelosi said in a statement after the vote. “The president betrayed the oath of office, our national security and the integrity of our elections, and the GOP has not even tried to deny the facts. Instead, Republicans stage confusion, undermine the constitution and attack the person of whom the president is most afraid.”



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Trump bemoans GOP for not sticking together on impeachment

Trump bemoans GOP for not sticking together on impeachmentPresident Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans to “get tougher and fight” as he lashed out at the quickly-moving House impeachment inquiry during a rollicking Cabinet meeting Monday. Trump, defending his conduct in front of his Cabinet, senior aides and the media, insisted his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that sparked the impeachment inquiry was entirely unproblematic. Trump also called out Republicans for not sticking together, pointing a finger at Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, who has emerged as his most notable GOP critic.



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Sen. Lindsey Graham indicates he may support Trump impeachment if inquiry establishes 'quid pro quo'

Sen. Lindsey Graham indicates he may support Trump impeachment if inquiry establishes 'quid pro quo'Lindsey Graham did not rule out voting to convict Trump if he is impeached in the House and more evidence against him comes to light.



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Frustrated US diplomats fight back in impeachment probe

Frustrated US diplomats fight back in impeachment probeThree years of simmering frustration inside the State Department is boiling over on Capitol Hill as a parade of current and former diplomats testify to their concerns about the Trump administration’s unorthodox policy toward Ukraine. Over White House objections, the diplomats are appearing before impeachment investigators looking into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and they’re recounting stories of possible impropriety, misconduct and mistreatment by their superiors. To Trump and his allies, the diplomats are evidence of a “deep state” within the government that has been out to get him from the start.



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Unsung diplomat is unlikely hero in impeachment inquiry

Unsung diplomat is unlikely hero in impeachment inquiryWilliam Taylor has emerged as an unlikely hero in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The former Army officer and retired career civil servant holds a position many Americans can’t even pronounce as charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.



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'Crazy' and a 'hand grenade': Here's how House impeachment witnesses describe elements of Trump's Ukraine policy

'Crazy' and a 'hand grenade': Here's how House impeachment witnesses describe elements of Trump's Ukraine policyWitnesses in House impeachment inquiry called President Donald Trump's Ukraine policy "crazy" under personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.



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'We're going to have him for another four years.' Impeachment fight riles up Donald Trump supporters for 2020

'We're going to have him for another four years.' Impeachment fight riles up Donald Trump supporters for 2020Rather than hunkering down in Washington, Donald Trump is using the impeachment fight to rile up supporters in cities like Minneapolis and Dallas.



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Republican congressman announces retirement after saying he is open to Trump impeachment

Republican congressman announces retirement after saying he is open to Trump impeachment* Francis Rooney said he wanted ‘do right thing’ with his vote * A day later, he says he will step downFrancis Rooney, right, is sworn in in January. Photograph: Susan Walsh/APA day after telling reporters he would consider voting to impeach Donald Trump, the Florida Republican Francis Rooney told Fox News he had decided to retire from Congress.On Friday, Rooney was asked about the political consequences of impeachment, a process the House will probably vote to advance after an inquiry steered by Democratic-controlled committees.He said he wanted “to get the facts and do the right thing because I’ll be looking at my children a lot longer than I’m looking to anybody in this building”.No House Republicans have yet said they will vote to impeach the president and send the matter to the Senate for trial.Senate Republicans are not expected to defect in numbers great enough to convict Trump and ensure his removal. But it has been reported that majority leader Mitch McConnell is preparing his caucus.In the same Friday conversation, Rooney said: “Whether I run again is a totally different can of worms, OK?”On Saturday he confirmed to Fox News that he would not.Asked if other Republicans felt as he did about impeachment, he said “there are people that talk, that have concerns about a lot of things that have happened – Syria and Mulvaney’s comments just the other day are probably going to drive some people to rethink this a little more. I have, I was shocked at those.”The president’s abrupt decision to withdraw US troops from Syria remains hugely controversial.The acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, suggested to reporters on Thursday that there had been a quid pro quo in Trump’s treatment of Ukraine, from which he sought political gain, and that the media should “get over it”. He later tried to walk the comments back.Rooney told Fox News he “hoped” other Republicans were becoming more likely to think as he did on impeachment.Announcing his retirement, he said: “I’ve done what I came to do. I want to be the model for term limits.”He added: “I thought the idea was you came and did your public service and left, you accomplish what you want to accomplish and you left. And that’s what I want to be an example to do.“And I’m also tired of the intense partisanship that stops us from solving the big questions that America needs solved.”An investor, Republican donor and former US ambassador to the Holy See under George W Bush, Rooney was elected to Congress in 2016.Republican retirement announcements have stacked up since the Democrats took the House in the 2018 midterms. Trump’s tempestuous presidency has added to the party’s challenges at the polls.According to ballotpedia.org, 14 Republican representatives have said they will bow out in 2020. Many are from districts where Democrats are expected to challenge.Rooney is not. Asked if Republicans were worried about Florida’s 19th district, in the south-west of the state, the National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Chris Pack simply told the Washington Post: “R+13.”



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