Trump Impeachment: Blumenthal Says Some Republicans Uncomfortable With McConnell Impeachment Plans

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While political pundits began predicting an early January trial, Pelosi has now inserted a twist in the storyline after bottling up impeachment. The matter now heads to the Senate, the place the Republican majority is anticipated to acquit the president. If he remains under the impeachment cloud until Election Day and never gets to boast that he was exonerated by the Senate, it serves Pelosi's true objectives well.

Gabbard was the only Democrat to vote "present" on the articles. "I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing".

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was responding to a question about how his foreign policy experience measured up to others' in the Democratic race, specifically Biden, who was a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when the USA went to war. Another president, Richard Nixon, resigned in August 1974 before the House could vote on his impeachment and the Senate could conduct a trial.

For his part, Trump spent Friday lauding the performance of the stock market and complaining about the fairness of the House impeachment inquiry. "What is his excuse now?"

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The US president has repeatedly supported efforts to unmask the whistleblower, but this is the first time he has directly posted the alleged name on his Twitter feed.

Kennedy on Sunday criticized McConnell for discussing earlier this month plans with White House counsel Pat Cipollone to coordinate a strategy for an impeachment trial in the Senate, saying the Republican leader is "working hand-in-glove with the White House to ensure that this process is essentially cooked".

"If I went, let's say I voluntarily, just said let me go make my case, what are you going to cover?" he asked, referring to the press.

Republicans have a 53-seat majority in the Senate, while they will need 51 votes to pass a set of rules during the impeachment trial. "Murkowski, like others, and having to answer questions about a fair trial, whether this is going to be a rigged trial or a fair trial", Van Hollen said Sunday.

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In a letter to McConnell last week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY identified four such witnesses, including acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton.

For instance, a photograph shared broadly on social media final month was circulated by Fb, Reddit and Twitter customers who wrongly claimed it confirmed the whistleblower with Obama's staffers exterior the White Home as Trump moved in.

German, now a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, said the ease with which the alleged whistleblower's identity has been spread online shows the need for greater legal protections for whistleblowers.

"In reality, they're not after me". You can read the full details of the complaint and a timeline here.

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Noah Bookbinder, who heads Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), posted that "the president using his power and position to expose and implicitly threaten the Ukraine whistleblower is - like so much else he has done - utterly beyond the pale".

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