In brief impeachment trial opening, Trump lawyers insist president did nothing wrong

WASHINGTON — During their brief first day of opening statements Saturday, President Donald Trump’s defense lawyers aimed to undermine House Democrats’ assertions that their client committed impeachable offenses. They did so by accusing House Democrats of omitting evidence and saying…

Trump Ukraine obstruction continues, House Democrats tell Senate impeachment trial

WASHINGTON – In their final day of opening statements, the Democrats’ House impeachment managers argued Friday that President Donald Trump threatened national security when soliciting investigations by Ukraine and remains a threat. They made the case that he should be…

In impeachment trial, House Democrats use Trump allies’ words against them

WASHINGTON – The House’s Democratic impeachment managers argued the legal justifications for President Donald Trump to be convicted for abuse of power on their second day of opening statements Thursday and sought to debunk myths surrounding the investigations Trump requested…

Without witnesses, House Democrats open arguments in Trump impeachment trial

WASHINGTON – The House’s Democratic impeachment managers started the clock on their allotted 24-hour opening remarks in the Senate on Wednesday, moving forward with the second day of the trial without new witnesses or new documentary evidence.  Much of the…

House Judiciary Committee opens next impeachment phase with rancor, legal debate

WASHINGTON – Three constitutional lawyers characterized President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine as a serious abuse of power that constitutes high crimes and misdemeanors during impeachment hearings Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee. “When President Trump invited – indeed, demanded…

Former adviser tells impeachment inquiry Trump envoy was on ‘domestic political errand’

WASHINGTON – Former National Security Council Russia expert Fiona Hill and diplomat David Holmes testified in what may be the final public impeachment hearing Thursday, reinforcing previous witnesses’ assertions that President Donald Trump directly linked a White House meeting and…

Amidst “intimidating” tweets from Trump, envoy tells impeachment probe of ‘smear campaign’

WASHINGTON – As Marie Yovanovitch, ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testified before the House Intelligence Committee Friday as part of the impeachment inquiry, she was attacked on Twitter by President Donald Trump.  The historic moment was labeled by the panel’s…

In first public impeachment hearing, revelations of new Trump Ukraine call

WASHINGTON – During the first public hearing of the House impeachment inquiry, Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor revealed Wednesday that his aide overheard Donald Trump asking about “the investigations” in a July 26 phone call with U.S. Ambassador…

At Brookings talk, Van Hollen calls for “quiet diplomacy,” strategic partnerships

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, criticized what he called the Trump administration’s isolationist foreign policy and called for greater collaboration with American allies in a discussion on defense and international affairs at the Brookings Institution Thursday. Van Hollen…

In New Hampshire, Maryland’s Hogan keeps 2020 door open

GOFFSTOWN, New Hampshire – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told a New Hampshire political breakfast Tuesday that he is “listening” to people encouraging him to mount a presidential bid against President Donald Trump. But Hogan insisted he was not going to…

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