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Dems soften tone after Nadler dust-up

Dems soften tone after Nadler dust-upThe seven House Democrats prosecuting Trump have adopted a more deferential tone.



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Jerry Nadler 'stunned' Susan Collins into writing a note to John Roberts

Jerry Nadler 'stunned' Susan Collins into writing a note to John RobertsThe Maine Republican said in an interview that she believed a violation of Senate rules had occurred during a heated exchange on the floor.



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In Trump impeachment trial, Nadler presses case by quoting Lindsey Graham — from 1999

In Trump impeachment trial, Nadler presses case by quoting Lindsey Graham — from 1999Rep. Jerry Nadler employed a video clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham during Thursday’s testimony of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial to make the case that a president need not have committed a crime in order to be removed from office.



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Schiff thanks senators at the start of impeachment argument after Nadler accused Republicans of 'voting for a cover up'

Schiff thanks senators at the start of impeachment argument after Nadler accused Republicans of 'voting for a cover up'Democrats officially kicked off their opening arguments in the impeachment trial of President Trump Wednesday with a bit of a shift in tone after one particularly contentious late-night exchange.Near the end of an impeachment trial session beginning Tuesday, House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on the Senate floor accused Republican senators of "voting for a cover up" as he argued in favor of an amendment to subpoena former National Security Adviser John Bolton, per The Wall Street Journal. Nadler also suggested Republicans were engaging in "treacherous" behavior, The Washington Post reports. Republicans throughout the day on Wednesday slammed Nadler for his statement; Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told CNN it was "insulting and outrageous," while Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said the comment "offended her" and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a press conference, "To my Democratic colleagues, you can say what you want about me but I am covering up nothing."Following this criticism, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) began Democrats' opening arguments Wednesday with a less combative tone, thanking senators for having "paid attention to every word and argument you heard from both sides" the day before."I want to begin today by thanking you for the conduct of the proceedings yesterday and for inviting your patience as you go forward," Schiff added. "We have some very long days yet to come."CNN's Kaitlan Collins noted Schiff appeared to be addressing Republican criticism with his opening comments, although Republicans weren't the only ones not thrilled with the tone of Tuesday night's debate. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), for instance, conceded to The Washington Post that Nadler "could have chose better words."More stories from theweek.com 1 dead, 7 injured after downtown Seattle shooting incident Several senators left the chamber in the middle of Adam Schiff's impeachment remarks Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee advise GOP senators to save themselves, subpoena Trump's secrets



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Gohmert Melts Down on House Floor After Nadler Accuses Him of Spouting ‘Russian Propaganda’

Gohmert Melts Down on House Floor After Nadler Accuses Him of Spouting ‘Russian Propaganda’The U.S. House’s impeachment debate took a dramatic turn on Wednesday afternoon when Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) stormed back to the dais to shout at Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) after he accused the Texas lawmaker of peddling “Russian propaganda.”During his floor speech, Gohmert—a fervent defender of the president—groused that the impeachment of President Donald Trump was really an effort by Democrats to “stop the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and Ukraine into the corruption of Ukraine interference in the U.S. election in 2016.”“This is a travesty, We’re in big trouble” Gohmert huffed, adding: “Now it’s lowered even further, the bar. [Impeachment] will be used for political battles and this country’s end is now in sight. I hope I don’t live to see it. This is an outrage.”After Gohmert wrapped up his speech, Nadler took a moment to chastise the Texas lawmaker before yielding his time to a Democratic congressman.“I’m deeply concerned that any member of the house would spout Russian propaganda on the floor of the House,” the judiciary chair sternly said, prompting Gohmert to run back to the podium.Pointing his finger at Nadler, the Texas congressman yelled and demanded that the chairman’s words be stricken from the record. Nadler, for his part, appeared to not react to or indulge Gohmert’s angry outburst.Last month, it was reported that the intelligence community had briefed senators and their aides that Russia has engaged in a lengthy campaign to frame Ukraine for Russia’s 2016 election interference and hacking. The briefing basically aligned with Dr. Fiona Hill’s impeachment testimony in which she criticized Republicans for pushing a “fictional narrative” about Ukrainian meddling.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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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Nadler rebukes Gohmert for echoing 'Russian propaganda' during impeachment debate

Nadler rebukes Gohmert for echoing 'Russian propaganda' during impeachment debateHouse Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler sharply rebuked Rep. Louie Gohmert Wednesday after the Texas Republican claimed the impeachment inquiry of President Trump was intended to “stop the investigation” of alleged Ukrainian interference into the 2016 U.S. presidential election.



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Jury would convict Trump 'in 3 minutes flat': Nadler

Jury would convict Trump 'in 3 minutes flat': NadlerThe chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee said Sunday that if the impeachment case against President Trump were put to a jury, there "would be a guilty verdict in three minutes flat."



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Reps. Schiff, Nadler criticize DOJ for elevating Russia probe to criminal investigation

Reps. Schiff, Nadler criticize DOJ for elevating Russia probe to criminal investigationReps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., criticized the Justice Department late Thursday after the DOJ upgraded its inquiry into the origins of the Russia probe to a criminal investigation.



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Rep. Jerry Nadler slams 'growing anti-Semitism,' condemns cartoon shared by Omar and Tlaib

Rep. Jerry Nadler slams 'growing anti-Semitism,' condemns cartoon shared by Omar and TlaibZach Friend and David Bahnsen weigh in on controversial comments made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ilhan Omar and President Trump.



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Nadler: Mueller’s testimony ‘broke the lie’ Trump has been telling Americans

Nadler: Mueller’s testimony ‘broke the lie’ Trump has been telling Americans* House judiciary chair says it could clear path to impeachment * Adam Shiff: ‘We are now in preliminary to a judicial proceeding’Democrats Adam Schiff, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Jerrold Nadler, and Elijah Cummings, at a news conference after Robert Mueller’s testimony on 24 July. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/APRobert Mueller’s testimony to Congress “broke the lie” Donald Trump has been telling and potentially cleared the path to impeachment, House judiciary chair Jerrold Nadler said on Sunday.That does not mean, however, that an attempt to remove Trump from office is set to begin.Adam Schiff, chair of the intelligence committee, said that “for the purposes of the law and constitution, where we are now is most accurately described as preliminary to a judicial proceeding”.Nadler, a New York Democrat, was defending the decision to call former special counsel Mueller before Congress, amid controversy over the impact and value of his appearances before the judiciary and intelligence panels.“I think it was very important that he testified,” Nadler told ABC’s This Week, “because he … broke the lie that the president and the attorney general have been saying to the American people.“Since his report was issued the attorney general and the president have misrepresented that report, lied to the American people about it, said the report found no collusion, no obstruction and totally exonerated the president.> I wish Mueller had testified in more narrative fashion, that the words didn’t need to be coaxed from him as much> > Adam Schiff“All those three statements are lies. It was very important for Mueller to get up there and say just that.”In his testimony, Mueller did not go beyond the contents of his 448-page report into Russian election interference, links between Trump and Moscow and possible obstruction of justice by the president.Mueller had resisted the call to testify and observers noted the 74-year-old former FBI director’s halting and reluctant demeanour. On Saturday the Washington Post went so far as to report that “some lawmakers are privately wondering whether there was some truth to … rumours” that Mueller “might not be as sharp as he once was”.A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment but Trump did not hesitate to crow about “the greatest display of ineptitude [and] incompetence that the Halls of Congress have ever seen”.Schiff told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday he wished Mueller “had testified in more narrative fashion, that the words didn’t need to be coaxed from him as much as they did”.Mueller submitted his report in March and it was published in redacted form in April, after attorney general William Barr issued a summary of its contents which Democrats said was misleading. He did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy between Trump and Moscow but did lay out 11 instances of possible obstruction of justice by the president or his campaign.Trump has claimed complete exoneration – as he did in tweets on Saturday in which he urged equal focus on supposed misdeeds by Democrats and FBI agents.Mueller stated both on paper and in person on Capitol Hill that he did not exonerate the president on questions of obstruction of justice.The White House has blocked attempts to call witnesses to testify, moves House Democrats say are unconstitutional, given their mandated oversight role.The result is a rolling battle for public opinion.Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney fired his own shot on Sunday, telling CBS’s Face the Nation that part of the president’s motivation for a controversial attack on the House oversight chairman was that Elijah Cummings “is spending all of his time on this impeachment inquiry which we all know is going nowhere”.> The president lied repeatedly to the American people and to investigators and conducted a corrupt cover-up> > Jerrold NadlerIn turn, Nadler made clear Democrats believe Mueller’s testimony had PR value.“The hearing was an inflection point,” he told CNN’s State of the Union. “It showed quite clearly that the report did not exonerate the president, that it found that the Russian government interfered in the campaign, they tried to interfere in our election and the Trump campaign welcomed that assistance and co-operated.“And then the president lied repeatedly to the American people and to investigators and conducted a corrupt cover-up with at least five criminally indictable acts of obstruction of justice.”As Mueller repeatedly pointed out, a Department of Justice opinion holds that a sitting president cannot be indicted. The special counsel also stressed that he was not saying he would have indicted Trump but for the opinion’s existence.Nonetheless, Nadler told CNN, “these are very serious offences against the rule of law and we now have to get further evidence and put it before the American people as we consider articles of impeachment in the committee.”Nadler repeated his view that Trump “utterly deserves” to be removed.On Friday, in a suit that mentioned the word impeachment 76 times, the judiciary committee petitioned in court for access to evidence collected by Mueller.Nadler said such evidence might include material on possible wrongdoing by Trump outside the Russia inquiry, for example under the emoluments clause of the constitution which is meant to guard against personal gain from public office.Schiff told NBC: “Right now the most important thing is to obtain the grand jury material, to see the evidence.”Around 100 Democrats in the House, less than half the caucus, have come out in support of impeachment.Nadler rejected a claim by California Democrat Jackie Speier that if impeachment has not begun by September it will be too late, given the proximity of the 2020 election.As well as the near-guarantee that impeachment would fail in the Republican-held Senate, Democratic leaders are wary of galvanising Trump supporters.Schiff said he worried “about the message of taking an impeachment case to trial, losing that case, having the president acquitted, and then having an adjudication that this conduct is not impeachable.“But the jury that I’m most worried about, not the Senate because I think that’s a preordained conclusion, is the American people. Can we make the case to the American people? And I want to make sure that that’s true before we go down this path because it’s going to occupy a year of the nation’s time. I want to make sure that’s the right decision.”



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