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Fox News' Chris Wallace says Lindsey Graham's view on impeachment witnesses 'directly contradicts' his 1999 position

Fox News' Chris Wallace says Lindsey Graham's view on impeachment witnesses 'directly contradicts' his 1999 positionFox News' Chris Wallace pointed out Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) updated view on witnesses in a Senate impeachment trial, but Graham swore the situation is now different.House Democrats say "evidence overwhelmingly establishes" Trump's guilt ahead of his Senate impeachment trial, set to begin arguments on Tuesday. But they want to call new witnesses to testify, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton and Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani. Senate Republicans have so far denied the request.Wallace said Graham's view that new witnesses should not appear "directly contradicts what you said as a Republican House impeachment manager in 1999 during the Clinton impeachment trial." At the time, Graham said "there may be some conflict that has to be resolved by presenting live witnesses. That's what happens every day in court and I think the Senate can stand that.""Why were witnesses okay then, but they're over the line now?" asked Wallace.Graham blamed the "railroad job" in the House, saying witnesses were available before the House voted to impeach Trump. "If they were that important, why didn't you call them in the House? Do you need them to make your case?" The Hill reports that in some cases, witnesses were not available or willing to testify until very recently. The White House also blocked several administration officials from appearing before the House. > Senate Judiciary Chairman and the President's closest confidant, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined FOX News Sunday for an exclusive interview. Sen Graham reacts to the Democrat's trial brief saying the President's conduct is the "framers' worst nightmare." FNS FoxNews pic.twitter.com/mppEZ0aAgH> > — FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) January 19, 2020More stories from theweek.com Mindhunter just got Netflixed Giuliani says he'd 'love' to testify in Senate impeachment trial 5 scathingly funny cartoons about the Bernie Sanders-Elizabeth Warren feud



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New Fox News poll on impeachment contradicts the view of its most loyal viewer — President Trump

New Fox News poll on impeachment contradicts the view of its most loyal viewer — President TrumpA new Fox News poll on voter support for impeachment contradicted President Trump, who recently boasted major support in favor of “No Impeachment.” 



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Speaker Shifts View About Impeachment: No-Go to No Choice

Speaker Shifts View About Impeachment: No-Go to No ChoiceWASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi was planning to deliver back-to-back eulogies at funerals here and in South Carolina during a busy weekend of late September travel when she saw an explosive headline in The Wall Street Journal: "Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine to Investigate Biden's Son."For months, Pelosi had resisted calls for impeachment. It would be nearly another week before the release of a whistleblower's complaint detailing Trump's push for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son — and days before nervous moderates told her they were ready to back an impeachment inquiry they had shunned all year.But the news of Trump's repeated entreaties for Ukraine to investigate a leading political rival was too much for Pelosi. The speaker's mind was made up to embark on proceedings that could lead to the impeachment and removal of the 45th president of the United States.Now, Pelosi has taken a substantial leap forward in an evolution that began when she assumed the speakership in January and reached a critical turning point on that Saturday in September. On Thursday, she announced she had directed her lieutenants to draft articles of impeachment against Trump.The decision, delivered in a somber tone punctuated by unusual flashes of emotion — "Don't mess with me," she told a reporter who asked if she hates the president — demonstrated how thoroughly Pelosi had transformed from impeachment skeptic to impeachment warrior.Just nine months ago, Pelosi declared flatly in an interview with The Washington Post Magazine that she was "not for impeachment" because it would be "so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path.""He's just not worth it," Pelosi added with a disdainful flourish.Congressional Republicans have repeatedly thrown that comment back at Pelosi. On Thursday they said they thought she caved to the impeachment demands of the progressive left."I think she has lost control," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. "In March, she said it wasn't going to be successful unless it was bipartisan, and she totally abandoned that."But at her weekly news conference on Thursday, Pelosi told reporters the president had given Democrats no choice: "He is the one who is dividing the country on this. We are honoring the Constitution of the United States."As the speaker turned to leave the lectern, James Rosen, a correspondent for the conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group, shouted out to ask if she hated Trump. Pelosi spun around to address him, her finger wagging, her voice quivering."As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me," she said sharply. "I don't hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."People close to the speaker say that she has said privately what she often says publicly: She has never been eager to impeach the president. She worried that vulnerable moderates would lose their seats, that it would tear the country apart. And it was a distraction from the poll-tested agenda Democrats had campaigned on: lowering the cost of prescription drugs, raising the minimum wage, fighting corruption and gun violence."She came to where we are today with real reluctance — that was genuine," said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., a close Pelosi ally. "It was fear of the division of the country and fear of re-litigating the last election."How Pelosi got to "where we are today" is in part the story of her sense of timing, her methodical approach to decision making and her ability to read the sensibilities and political needs of her fractious and often unruly caucus. As Washington's most powerful Democrat, she is the only lawmaker in the Capitol who can, and routinely does, go toe to toe with the president.On Thursday, after the speaker called Trump "a coward" during her fiery exchange with Rosen, the president fired back on Twitter, accusing Pelosi of having "a nervous fit."Earlier, Pelosi struck a somber tone as she announced that the House would move forward with impeachment articles. Her brief speech, delivered from a teleprompter against the backdrop of a row of six American flags in a corridor outside her office suite in the Capitol, was the speaker's equivalent of a presidential address from the Oval Office. She chose the same spot, and the same format, when she announced the opening of the House inquiry in September, days after she saw the headline that persuaded her to move forward."She's fond of quoting Thomas Paine, 'The times have found us,'" Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview. "But they have found no one more than her. She really was made for this hour, but I think she also recognized when that hour was right for the country to go down this road to impeachment."Pelosi has kept a tight rein on the impeachment process. On the night before the Intelligence Committee convened its first public impeachment hearing last month, the speaker line-edited Schiff's opening statement, suggesting that he change a word to sharpen his point.Schiff planned to introduce Ambassador William B. Taylor Jr., the top diplomat in Ukraine who was a crucial witness, as a graduate of West Point. She changed "was" to "is," arguing that the present tense made for a stronger credential."She has been very hands-on," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., a member of the Judiciary Committee who also leads the House Progressive Caucus. "She knows exactly what's happening or her office is involved in all of the decisions, and she works to try to find a balance where the caucus will come together.""Once the speaker is on board with a strategy," Jayapal added, "she is completely on board."From the very day that Democrats took power in Washington in January — and even before — Pelosi has faced pressures from all sides of her caucus. On her left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the liberal firebrand freshman from Michigan who campaigned on a vow to impeach the president, was caught on videotape using an expletive for Trump as she described her desire to oust him from office.On her right, moderate first-term members like Reps. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia — both of whom won narrowly in Trump-friendly districts — wanted nothing to do with impeachment. Pelosi knew that if they lost their seats, Democrats would lose the majority — and with it, her speakership.Even after Robert Mueller, the special counsel who investigated Russia's interference in the 2016 election, came out with his report in April detailing several instances of possible obstruction of justice by Trump, Pelosi was reticent. From her travels around the country — she is gone almost every weekend, often raising money for Democrats — she had concluded that neither the public nor her Democratic members were ready."What's instructive to her?" asked Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, Pelosi's fellow Democrat from California and a close friend of the speaker. "It's the public sentiment — the quote of Abraham Lincoln which she has repeated so many times I wish I had a dime for every time she said it, that public sentiment is everything and without it, very little can be achieved."Despite Pelosi's own reticence, Democrats say she has never pressured them to take a stand on impeachment one way or another — a point she reiterated during a rare members-only, no-aides-allowed private meeting with her rank and file Wednesday morning.Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., a member of the Intelligence Committee, recalled how he had approached Pelosi in June — long before most Democrats had embraced impeachment — to inform her he was coming out in favor of an inquiry."She said, 'You know, you need to do what you think is right for your district,'" Himes said. "She has been studiously neutral until the point of, you know, September, when it became clear that what the president had done was a very serious abuse of power."On Sept. 20, a Friday, The Wall Street Journal came out with a report detailing how Trump, at eight separate moments during a telephone call in July, had pressed President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, to investigate the Bidens. Soon after, The New York Times posted a similar article.Pelosi was to deliver a eulogy for Cokie Roberts, the well-known Washington television correspondent, the next day. And on Sunday, she was to travel to Columbia, South Carolina, to speak at the funeral of Emily Clyburn, the wife of Rep. James Clyburn, the No. 3 House Democrat.Although Pelosi kept her own counsel, aides said that her tone changed over that weekend and it became clear that she was planning to make an announcement about impeachment. She briefly thought of doing so the next Monday morning, before flying to New York for a dinner and panel discussion on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly.But Pelosi decided to hold back; she wanted to take the pulse of her caucus one more time, and members were still back home in their districts.That Monday evening, while Pelosi was in a holding room at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, she took a conference call with moderate Democrats, all with national security backgrounds — including Slotkin and Spanberger — who told her they had submitted an op-ed to The Washington Post calling for an impeachment inquiry.As she flew back to Washington late that night, the speaker was seen reading the Washington Post piece on the plane. In midflight, she wrote the first draft of a speech that said Trump had "seriously violated the Constitution," and that the House would investigate — the most consequential decision of her second speakership. She delivered it the next day.As she told reporters on Thursday, "The facts of the Ukraine situation just changed everything."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company



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Jane Fonda Shuts Down Abby Huntsman on ‘The View’

Jane Fonda Shuts Down Abby Huntsman on ‘The View’With Meghan McCain sitting out Jane Fonda’s appearance on The View Tuesday morning, Abby Huntsman was both the only conservative and the only millennial co-host left to mix it up with the legendary actor-turned-environmental activist. Fonda had no time for her. The interview started out as a love-fest between Fonda, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg, who asked their guest what’s like to spend a night in jail for protesting climate change at age 81. “You know, the conditions weren't great for old bones like mine on a metal slab,” Fonda said, “but the saddest part of it was seeing how—because our country doesn't give enough money to resources like social safety nets and mental health institutions—there's so many people in jail, you know, for poverty and racism and mental health issues.” “But is there a way to do it without breaking the law? You think of all the peaceful protests that have led to change,” Huntsman said, implying somehow that Fonda’s protests have been anything but peaceful. “I worry about living in an uncivil society.” Fonda said she “agreed” with Huntsman on principle, but added, “Climate activists have been doing this for 40 years. We've been writing articles and we've been giving speeches. We've been putting the facts out to the American public and politicians and we've marched and we've rallied peacefully and the fossil fuel industry is doing more and more and more to harm us and our environment and our young people's futures and so we have to up the ante and engage in civil disobedience.”  Later, Huntsman continued to push back, telling that Fonda that while she’s “for climate change,”—presumably meaning that she believes it’s a problem—she’s worried that “we’re not having a conversation in the country” about this issue because the two sides are so far apart. “I think part of the problem is this political hyperbole,” Huntsman said, “where you have [Congresswoman] AOC saying don’t have kids anymore or we shouldn’t ride on planes anymore or this Green New Deal, where is that getting us?” “No, the Green New Deal is fantastic,” Fonda said, interrupting her. When Huntsman said it’s “never going to happen in this country,” Fonda attempted to tell her why it has to happen. “We, American taxpayers, subsidize the fossil fuel industry that's killing us to the tune of $ 16 billion every year,” Fonda said. “I mean that is just, that's criminal.” She advocated cutting the military budget, “which is totally bloated and bigger than any other developed country,” to pay for both Medicare-for-All and the Green New Deal.After a break, Fonda added, “It’s too late for moderation.” Speaking directly to voters, she said, “We cannot vote somebody in that isn't brave enough to stand up and do the immensely difficult work that needs to be done to save us from catastrophe.” 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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