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Has Vindman commented on his conversations with Ukrainian officials?

On Monday, the New York Times published a story about the fact that Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a Ukraine expert serving on the National Security Council, was going to testify in the House’s ...
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Who did the Trump-Zelensky phone call whistleblower give his report to?

Right now, American politics is dominated by an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The thing that caused this inquiry was a whistleblower's report about a phone call Trump made with the leader ...
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What is the point of impeaching Trump?

By attempting to impeach Trump, Democrats will accomplish either of two things. They will succeed in removing him from office. Mike Pence takes over. A career politician, well liked by conservatives, ...
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What percentage approval rating does Trump have among self-described liberals?

I have heard that Trump has an overall approval rating of 42% nationwide based on unbiased polls. I consider this number accurate because it uses many polls to get this number. However, I heard that ...
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Is there a political angle to Trump's pardon of Rodney Takumi?

It seems a really obscure 1987 case for a presidential pardon: Two years of probation and fined $250 Working at an illegal gambling parlor Is there a political angle to this pardon?
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What does impeached but not removed from office mean [duplicate]

I have been googling around about the Trump impeachment and would like to get some facts straight. What does "impeached but not removed from office" mean? Clinton was impeached, but not removed from ...
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Is there evidence for Col. Vindman being a “Never Trumper”?

The BBC writes As the testimony was due to begin, Mr Trump suggested Col Vindman was a "Never Trumper witness" in a tweet. But there's no evidence mentioned in support of that statement in that ...
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Why has no one requested the tape of the Trump/Ukraine call?

Given that the transcript released is not word for word and that it contains a disclaimer explaining it's not a 'verbatim transcript', why has no one, whether Democrats seeking to impeach, or ...
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What does Ambassador Taylor have to do with the Trump impeachment inquiry?

The first open hearing was today, and it was with Ambassador Talylor and Mr. Kent. Why would they need to speak to the Ambassador? He was not involved in the phone call. I mean, he may be the ...
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How is the April Trump-Zelenskiy call related to the July call?

Today before the hearing (and read out loud by Nunes during the hearing), the Trump administration released notes about an April call between Trump and Zelenskiy The April call is pretty mundane and ...
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Why is it news that Trump was overheard talking to Sondland about “the investigation” on July 25?

According to many accounts of the first day of impeachment testimony, Ambassador Bill Taylor's aide, David Holmes, counselor for political affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, overheard President ...
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What type of corruption did Trump campaign against?

In conversation with a young person recently, I mentioned that Washington, DC, had a lot of corruption when I lived there, e.g. if you couldn't get a building permit on the up and up, you could get ...
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Is the Ukraine Transcript word for word? [duplicate]

When I google "Ukraine transcript" first result that shows up is a PDF hosted on whitehouse.gov. Is this transcript a word-for-word replication of the phone call that took place between President ...
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Has the State Department IG released any info about Giuliani’s anti-Yovanovich campaign?

A month ago, Steve Linick, Inspector General (IG) for the US Department of State, briefed eight Congressional Committees behind closed doors concerning a campaign by President Trump’s lawyer Rudy ...
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When was the investigation into Donald Trump and Russian collaboration first made public and by who?

When was the first public claim about Trump being investigated by the Obama administration for collaborating with Russia in the 2016 election made, and who announced or reported it? It would be great ...
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Why is Trump apparently disparaging Michael Bloomberg as “little Michael”? [closed]

Trump has a penchant for disparaging his political opponents with labels like "crooked Hillary", "sleepy Joe Biden" and so forth. Recently Trump called Michael Bloomberg "little", in relation to ...
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Why aren't Republicans more focused on mobilizing a movement towards 'dethroning' Trump?

This is not a question about the ideological implications of supporting or not supporting Trump. It is merely a question about the rational behavior (or lack thereof) of a political party when faced ...
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Have Congressional Democrats asked the IG to investigate Barr’s actions?

Over the past four years, Congressional Republicans have asked the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Justice to investigate a number of issues related to conduct by DOJ officials: Attorney ...
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Broadcast delay of Presidential informal press encounters

President Trump seems to have largely replaced the formal press Q&A by the press secretary with informal Q&A sessions as he is leaving the White House. Although, the press has the ability to ...
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Is current (November 2019) polling about Democrats lead over Trump trustworthy?

Right now, many polls (such as this ABC/Washington Post poll from November 5th) claim that the Democratic candidates have double digit leads over Trump. In the 2016 elections, however, polls suggested ...
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Did Devin Nunes ever reveal evidence of unmasking abuse?

When the name of a US citizen is incidentally collected by the US Intelligence Community as part of intelligence activities, the name in masked in intelligence reports to protect the person’s identity....
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If Russia hacked the 2016 election, how or why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump?

Simple question, but it's been bugging me for quite some time. If we know for a fact that Russians interfered with the 2016 US presidential election, why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump, ...
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What is the connection between quid pro-quo and the Trump investigation?

Another question on the site has the following title: Have their been any personal attacks on Sondoland after his change in testimony on the quid-pro-quo? This is not the only time I've seen this ...
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Trump Impeachment tallies in the House?

Are there any reliable tallies of those in the House that are supportive of impeachment of President Trump versus those that are not? I imagine most aren't on the public record, but curious if someone ...
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What does it mean that the transcript of the Trump-Zelinsky phone call is “not a verbatim transcript”?

The transcript of the phone call between President Trump and President Zelinsky states that it "is not a verbatim transcript". What does this mean? How do we know they are not hiding something, or ...
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What is Trump's position on the whistle blower allegations? What does he mean by “witch hunt”?

Last night, on a major US TV network there was a Trump ad about the "Witch Hunt" and ongoing impeachment proceedings. It was unclear from the ad, if Trump's position is that he didn't take the ...
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Why it is a big deal whether or not Adam Schiff talked to the whistleblower?

I'm wondering why the news media focuses on the problem of whether or not Adam Schiff talked to the whistleblower before filing the complaint or not such as this. I would appreciate it if somebody ...
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How unusual is Rudy Giuliani's involvement in government?

Recently Rudy Giuliani's name has been all over the news, and my understanding is that he has been deeply involved in negotiating US foreign policy in Ukraine. From Wikipedia's article on the Trump–...
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What criminal referral did Michael Flynn’s lawyer have advance knowledge of?

Liberal journalist Marcy Wheeler just tweeeted this: [S]omeone should figure out via what means Sidney Powell knows exactly what John Durham is up to[.] And to be clear, I mean BOTH that she ...
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Is it usual for a US president to make specific comments about a UK Prime Minister's suitability during a general election?

According to a BBC ariticle, Trump has made comments like: Jeremy Corbyn would be "so bad" as prime minister Of Boris Johnson: "[He's] the exact right guy for the times" Is it usual for a US ...
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Why is Trump moving to Florida?

Donald Trump is moving to Florida. Doesn't he live in the White House in Washington DC? What does it mean that he is moving? Also, do we know why?
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Why does it matter that Trump did not inform Nancy Pelosi about the al-Baghdadi raid?

This morning President Trump announced that US forces had successfully killed ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. While Democrats are of course glad that he is gone, they have taken issue with the fact ...
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Does the House Resolution about the Impeachment Inquiry change anything?

Today (Oct 31) the house passed a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry. I assume this was not a necessary step as the inquiry was underway before the resolution. Does this resolution ...
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Did any anti-war politicians commend Trump for removing US troops from Syria?

On the one hand, Trump's removal of troops from Syria signified the end of Kurdish independency as they were forced to officially rejoin Assad's regime to protect themselves from a Turkish invasion. ...
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Why is President Trump making such a big deal about fake news, and specifically targeting reputable organizations like The New York Times and CNN?

The Trump administration has been targeting reputable news organizations like The Times and CNN, calling them "fake news". What is this administration trying to accomplish here?
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Have supporters of “right-wing populist” parties in Europe explained why they trust Trump?

According to a Pew survey/study, supporters of "right-wing populist" parties (by which they mean e.g. UKIP, FN of France, Northern League in Italy, or AfD in Germany) have more confidence in Trump to "...
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Is the OLC reconsidering its whistleblower informant opinion?

In August, the Inspector General for the Intelligence Commmunity (ICIG) sent the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire a whistleblower complaint concerning President Trump’s phone ...
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Is there a Ukrainian transcript of Trump's controversial July 25 call to President Zelensky?

Trump released a memorandum of his controversial July 25 call to President Zelensky (see e.g. CNN, Fox News). There's some debate as to its accuracy (e.g. Missing words and a screaming match: Inside ...
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Why is Trump releasing (or not) his tax returns such a big deal?

Why is it such a big deal that President Trump has not released his tax returns? Also, why would he make such a big deal about not releasing them, given that this just makes everyone more interested?...
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How does cross-examination of witnesses in the impeachment inquiry work?

According to NPR: The measure will enable public hearings and a release of the witness interviews already taken by House committees and will allow the president and his attorneys to cross-examine ...
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What was the stated reason for giving Trump this award?

US president Donald Trump recently received the Bipartisan Justice award for his work toward the passage of a criminal justice reform bill. This is a bit surprising in several respects. The ...
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Why does the Trump-Zelensky phone call matter?

I think that a simplified version of this question (which is put on hold because of too much opinion in the question) is an interesting one and I hope to learn something from this discussion. The ...
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What happens if Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton drop out of the 2016 American presidential race?

If a presidential candidate in the USA drops out of the race before (or during) election day, but after early voting has begun, what happens to that party's ticket? For example, if Donald Trump or ...
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Why is President Trump ending affirmative action in college admissions so controversial?

It was recently announced that: The Trump administration is expected to tell schools not to consider race in the admissions process, discontinuing the policy former President Barack Obama adopted ...
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Why is the fact that Ukraine President Zelenskiy publicly stated that Trump didn't pressure him whatsoever being ignored?

People are up in arms about allegations that President Trump's pressured Ukraine to reopening an investigation into Joe Biden. My question is, why are the mainstream media and the people leading ...
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Let's say the impeachment procedure reaches the Senate. What next?

Let's assume for a second that the House votes to impeach Trump. This only takes a simple majority, something that they might be able to achieve, depending on how serious the Ukraine allegations turn ...
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What is Trump's plan to end or reduce US involvement in Syria?

Trump recently slammed the "endless wars", but an apparently not very well publicized Pentagon press release from Oct 8 says: Despite continued misreporting to the contrary, Secretary Esper and ...
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Why do Republicans prefer President Trump to President Pence?

The biggest question I've had about Trump's presidency is why so many members of the GOP are so loyal to him when the alternative is Pence (i.e. if Trump was removed from office). Pence is arguably ...
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What is the purpose of polls published by the organization that they are asking about which have leading/confusing questions?

My understanding of polling is that it is done to gauge public perception and opinion of political actors and policies in order to further shape a candidates actions. In order to do that, one would ...
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Did the IG’s office say its audit of the use of Confidential Human Sources was prompted by Trump?

The website of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice lists a number of investigations the Inspector General’s office is undertaking. In particular, it lists this one: FBI’s ...