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President Donald Trump said the vote was the 'greatest witch hunt in American history. Allies of US President Donald Trump have warned of a possible "civil war" after a sharply divided House of Representatives voted to advance the impeachment inquiry against him on Thursday.
It was the chamber's first formal vote on the process, which passed — with zero Republican votes and even two Democrats voting no — but it doesn't mean the US leader is impeached just yet. The investigation is likely to take months and could possibly stretch into the early weeks of the election year.
Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert gave a speech on the House floor after the vote describing it as a "coup" and warning of potential "civil war". And if there's one thing I don't want to see in my lifetime, I don't want to ever have participation in, it's a civil war. Some historian, I don't remember who, said, guns are only involved in the last phase of a civil war.
His fans think so. David Marcus, correspondent for conservative website The Federalist, similarly wrote that Democrats "have now declared political civil war". After spending two years in a failed effort to prove that President Trump colluded with Russia, an effort that fizzled and did not lead to impeachment, in a mere five weeks Democrats have rushed headlong into another attempt to remove the duly elected president.
The vote was a victory for majority Democrats, who will control the investigation in the House. It means they can curb the ability of Republicans to subpoena witnesses and of White House lawyers to present witnesses. It'd be a mistrial. Jim Jordan, ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, argued that "codifying a sham process halfway through doesn't make it any less of a sham process".
Trump called it "the greatest witch hunt in American history", while White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham accused Democrats of having an "unhinged obsession with this illegitimate impeachment". Trump faces becoming the third president in history to be impeached and placed on trial for removal in the Senate over an alleged extortion scheme to obtain Ukraine's help to get him re-elected inHe is accused of withholding military aid to compel Ukraine to mount an embarrassing corruption probe against his Democratic election rival Joe Biden, using US foreign policy in an illegal shakedown for his personal political benefit.
Trump says the case is cooked up, but Democratic congressional investigators claim they have heard a steady flow of corroborating evidence from government officials testifying behind closed doors on Capitol Hill.
All previous impeachment inquiries have been conducted in public and on a more-or-less bipartisan basis, with equal subpoena power granted to the minority and with White House lawyers allowed to attend hearings and cross-examine witnesses. The approved legislation moves the inquiry into the public eye, giving Americans the chance to hear on live television the evidence against him.
The next phase will see open evidentiary hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, which has led the inquiry so far, presenting witnesses and documentary evidence and allowing Republicans to challenge the evidence. The case would then go to the House Judiciary Committee, where Trump and his lawyers will be able to challenge the evidence and submit their own.
If the case against Trump is deemed strong enough, the committee will draw up formal charges against the president — articles of impeachment — to be voted on by the entire House. That process could be completed within the final months of this year. The Democrat-controlled House is expected to pass the articles, which would then see Trump go on trial for removal in the Senate, where Republicans have a majority. We are here because the facts compel us to be here," said Jim McGovern, chairman of the House Rules Committee which drew up the impeachment process legislation.
This is about protecting our national security and safeguarding our elections," he said on the house floor. Nearly a dozen witnesses so far have confirmed in House interviews the accusations that in a concerted effort with top aides and his personal lawyer, Trump pressured Ukraine to help his re-election effort in by producing dirt on Biden, the former vice president.
The allegations focus on a July 25 phone call in which Trump pressed Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into Biden and his son, who had close ties to a Ukraine energy firm.
Trump declassified the official transcript of the call soon after a CIA "whistleblower" — who reported only second-hand information — set the impeachment train in motion. Some House witnesses had first-hand knowledge of the call, but Trump allies contend the transcript is public and does not show any wrongdoing. Asking for a "favour" in the same call, Trump also pushed Zelensky for an investigation to find evidence in support of allegations that Kiev assisted Democrats against Trump in the election.
In January , Politico reported that Ukrainian officials were "scrambling to make amends" with the President-elect "after quietly working to boost Clinton". And they helped Clinton's allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found. And in , a Kiev court found two Ukrainian officials had meddled in the US election by leaking information related to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The disclosure "led to interference in the electoral processes of the United States in and harmed the interests of Ukraine as a state", the court said. The investigators also have called on Trump's estranged former national security Adviser John Bolton to testify next week, along with two White House national security lawyers.
Bolton, other witnesses have said, disagreed strongly with Trump's tactics toward Ukraine and the involvement of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in Ukraine policy. Ivanka Trump stood by her father following the vote, tweeting that he was "surrounded by enemies and spies". This president took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. So did every member of Congress. This president violated that oath, betraying our country and leaving our representatives with no choice but to uphold their own.
Congress must move forward with impeachment. But others — including Democratic presidential hopefuls Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg — hailed it as a major step in the right direction. Once in , '18, and earlier in ' Democrats are a party craving impeachment. Trump realDonaldTrump October 31,
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The investigation of former national security adviser and Donald Trump associate Michael Flynn may be all but officially over, but the avalanche of problems triggered by dismissing his case is just gathering speed. Despite the fact that Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials, his conviction is now set to be vacated per an order from a federal appellate court on Wednesday.
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Is special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia fatally tainted by the Steele dossier? On Monday, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former business partner Rick Gates were indicted for a variety of financial crimes related to their business dealings in Ukraine and their relationship with former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. It is also noteworthy that the charges mirror the very reason Manafort was dismissed from the Trump campaign shortly after the Republican National Convention.
A court deadline for the Trump administration to reunite all the migrant families it separated at the border has now passed. The government says it has complied. But immigrant advocates point out hundreds of children are still being held in shelters around the country. Thanks very much for being with us, John.
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