Questions tagged [trump-impeachment]

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Was the impeachment of Donald Trump supported or opposed by the general public outside the United States?

If you look at polls within the United States it's quite clear that impeachment views run straight down party lines. The very few independents we have left seem to be more pro impeachment then against ...
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Is the Senate Compelled to Acquit Trump?

Given congress's recent decision to bar witnesses and evidence from being presented as part of President Trump's impeachment trial, are members of the Senate compelled to acquit based on lack of ...
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Impoundment Control Act clarification

You can see the text of the article here: https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title2/chapter17B&edition=prelim Here's the relevant part for this post: Suits by Comptroller ...
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Democrats didn't call witnesses in House impeachment trial, why in Senate? [duplicate]

I'm unclear why the Democrats didn't call any of the witnesses they were requiring to testify (Bolton, etc) in the impeachment proceedings in the House, but why they asked the Senate to do the same? ...
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What key element is missing which would qualify Trump's behavior for impeachment? [closed]

It is likely that the majority of the U.S. Senate will reject the impeachment charge against President Trump. While new facets of the Ukraine affair continue to surface, the main outline appears ...
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Why is Senator Paul's question believed to have been about the identity of the whistleblower?

According to this NPR article, the reason Chief Justice Roberts blocked a question by Senator Paul may have been because it identified the whistleblower. It is believed that Paul's question would ...
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What is the purpose of the questioning phase of the Trump impeachment trial?

The past two days of the Trump impeachment trial have been devoted to questions from the Senators to the House Impeachment Managers and the White House counsel. It seems to me like many of these ...
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Why is Hunter Biden's testimony in the impeachment trial relevant?

During President Trump's impeachment trial the White House counsel have sought bringing Hunter Biden in several times for testimony. How is Hunter Biden's testimony relevant, opposed to that of John ...
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Why should there not be witnesses in the 2020 impeachment trial?

Why are the Democrats fighting for witnesses and why are the Republicans fighting against witnesses? Isn't it standard procedure to have witnesses in a trial? Like my title suggests, I'm wondering ...
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How did Alan Dershowitz end up on Trumps' legal team?

Perhaps this question is asking for speculation, but I am interested in knowing what is known about this matter: Alan Dershowitz is a noted Civil Libertarian. How did he end up defending President ...
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What does it mean to “whip” Senators, in the context of a fair and impartial impeachment trial?

In preparation for an upcoming vote the phrase "Whipping" and "Whip count" is frequently heard. In fact there are legislators whose title it is to be "the Whip". Whipping conjures up an image of ...
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Why doesn't Trump testify in impeachment proceedings himself?

I wondered why it never seemed to be an option, that Trump himself is asked to testify in the impeachment trial. The testimony of a defendant is after all a normal part of court proceedings in general,...
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How is banning new witnesses in the impeachment trial fair? [closed]

How is it a fair trial if the senate does not allow new witnesses to testify? The only reason why they didn't testify in the first place was because President Trump forbade them from doing so - ...
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Why does the Senate work such odd hours for Trump's impeachment trial?

The Senate convenes for Trump's impeachment trial at 1pm local time and ends at 9pm local time. Why these weird hours? The majority of the population I know begins work at around 9am and finish at 5-...
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Why did the House not call every witness suggested to them during the 2019-2020 Impeachment inquiry?

Background In the 2019-2020 House Impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, many requested witnesses did not testify nor provide documents. Many of these witnesses defied subpoenas either ...
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Does a Senate trial have more authority to call witnesses than a House impeachment hearing?

During the hearings for the impeachment of President Trump, the House subpoenaed the testimony of several witnesses. However, some of the witnesses refused to testify, defying the House subpoenas. At ...
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Why would the Senate adopt such tiring impeachment trial rules?

Many took breaks from listening to the hours-long presentations by house managers to stretch. But only hours into the presentations, several senators were spotted nodding off, including Sen. Richard ...
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Why aren't the Congressional limits on press coverage during the Trump impeachment trial considered a breach of the first amendment?

Congress is proposing rules that would severely limit press coverage of the impeachment of Donald Trump, restricting where reporters may locate themselves and dramatically restructuring the way that ...
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Restrictions to talking with the Press during Impeachment trial?

From my understanding, the impeachment trial of President Trump has almost started as the Senate is now voting on the rules of the trial. I know this might technically need to wait for those rules to ...
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Who is sitting behind Chuck Schumer? [duplicate]

Who is this blonde with the glasses behind Chuck Schumer?
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Who pays for President Trump's impeachment defence?

Who pays for President Trump's impeachment defence? Is it the US state or does President Trump need to pay for his own defence?
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US Chief Justice Roberts' choices of “in conformity with” and “in conformance with” during the swearing in at the Senate

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts used both the phrases in conformity with and in conformance with within the same minute during a swearing-in process in the senate. This can be heard in CNN’...
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Who is the federal watchdog saying that Trump broke the law?

This report from NPR is about a watchdog report that says that Trump broke the law when he froze Ukranian funds. The White House says it was legal. My question is: Who is the federal watchdog that ...
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Are all U.S. Senators required to attend the impeachment trial?

Several U.S. Senators are campaigning for their party's nomination for the general presidential election of 2020. The impeachment trial will start next week. Are these Senators required to attend all ...
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Who presented the articles to the Senate alongside the Clerk?

During the preceding, the Clerk of the House and the Sergeant at Arms of the House were side-by-side. However, during the presentation, the Clerk was next to someone else, seen on the right below. Who ...
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Grey area of “impeachment”

According to what I've read: the House has the ability to impeach a President, however this doesn't mean the President has to leave office. He only has to leave office if the Senate finds him guilty. ...
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Is this show of Islamic Republic and the US confrontation beneficial for Trump's impeachment process? [closed]

I'm an Iranian that I'm just living in the US for a couple of years. Recently, the tension between the US and Islamic Republic regime is heightened to another level that we didn't see it before. In ...
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What are the rules for subpoenaing witnesses in a US Presidential Impeachment trial?

Senator Mitch McConnell has stated that he has sufficient votes to commence to impeachment trial and set the rules for it without Democratic support. Democrats have expressed concern over the ground ...
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Can the House Democrats still call witnesses/can Bolton still testify?

From NBC news: McConnell says he has enough Republican votes to begin Trump's trial without witnesses The process cannot get started until Pelosi sends the House-passed articles charging the ...
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What would happen to the impeachment process (in the current state), if Russia admitted election meddling? [closed]

This is hypothetical, but I am still wondering: What would happen to the currently "halted" (How long can the Speaker of the House wait to pass the impeachment to the Senate?) impeachment process, if ...
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Congressman Jeff Van Drew is switching parties over Trump impeachment: has this ever happened before?

New Jersey Representative Jeff Van Drew has switched parties from Democrat to Republican over the House of Representatives' vote to impeach President Trump, citing its partisan nature and the ...
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Has transcript of ICIG (Michael Atkinson) testamony in impleachment hearings been released as promised by Adam Schiff?

News reports indicated that Michael Atkinson (the intelligence community inspector general who certified that the whistle-blower complaint was "credible" and "urgent") testified in closed session of ...
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Why aren't there more people who love Trump's policies but not Trump? [closed]

Recently there was an editorial published in Christianity Today which criticized Trump as a "grossly immoral character": Trump’s evangelical supporters have pointed to his Supreme Court nominees, ...
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Has McConnell given any indication which witnesses he is willing to have testify in the Senate trial?

On one hand, Chuck Schumer has said he wants (in the Senate trial) to call witnesses that have not appeared before the House, namely: Bolton, Mulvaney, Michael Duffey (from OMB), and Robert Blair (an ...
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Is there any reason Congress hasn't enforced their subpoena power over witnesses?

This Politics.se question asks about Trump's ability to defend himself during the impeachment hearings - I'm not asking about that specifically, but related to that I am asking about the witnesses in ...
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What are the House Rules on Delivering Articles of Impeachment? How Have They Changed?

In the Senate Rules, provided in this answer, the process of delivering the articles of impeachment is codified, thus defining when and how the Senate can act on those articles. Are there any ...
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Can the U.S. Senate impose a deadline for the House to transmit articles of impeachment?

A follow-up to this question. Background The House has passed articles of impeachment but at present is refusing to transmit them to the Senate or appoint impeachment managers. The effect of this ...
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Could a delayed impeachment trial cause Trump to be removed from office in his second term?

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has suggested that she might delay delivering the articles of impeachment to the Senate. That could lead to the following scenario: ...
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Is it true that “Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story” in the House impeachment proceedings?

I was just reading the editorial Trump Should Be Removed from Office in Christianity Today, and I was struck by this quote (emphasis mine): Let’s grant this to the president: The Democrats have had ...
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Are there any polls explicitly measuring “impeachment fatigue”?

There are at least a couple of articles (NYT, The Hill) that talk of "impeachment fatigue" among the US public already. In one PBS piece/interview it was it even claimed explicitly that this fatigue ...
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What is Trump's defence against the obstruction charge?

Trump has been impeached for two things, one of which is obstruction of Congress. White House staffers have refused to testify at the hearings, and Trump has openly dismissed the whole process and ...
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Why has Donald Trump's approval rating been rising since impeachment processes started?

It appears that recently, Trump's approval rating has been rising despite impeachment, and the accusations and evidence against him. How can this be explained? Has there been anything published ...
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Can the U.S. Senate hold an impeachment trial if the House “passes” articles of impeachment but does not “transmit” them to the Senate?

After passing articles of impeachment against the President, Speaker Pelosi has announced she will not immediately send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial. What does this actually ...
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Is Jeff Van Drew becoming a Republican?

It seems to me that Jeff Van Drew is the only party defector in this impeachment. Is he actually switching parties?
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To whom does “Madam Speaker” refer during the Trump impeachment debate?

Trump impeachment vote is underway. Every representative is making their case for or against the articles of impeachment. Every one of them is addressing the "Madam Speaker". But what I see is that ...
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Time management in the House impeachment debate?

I'm watching the "debate" on the articles of impeachment and I am getting confused by the time management. I've seen this question (Controlling Time in the House of Representatives) but am still ...
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What impact did Clinton's impeachment have on his reelection?

I have been hearing for a while now that because the Democrats decided to impeach the president that they are going to lose in the 2020 election. When Clinton was impeached in the 90s did Democratic ...
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Why was the recess in the Judiciary Committee's mark-up meeting controversial?

Over the past few days, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee has been meeting to determine the fate of the Articles of Impeachment referred to it by another committee. On Thursday December 12, in ...
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Why are the Democrats & Republicans so homogeneous in their opinions of impeaching Trump?

If we look at the population of the US at large, as of time of writing, 84.7% of Democrats, 43.0% of Independents, and 9.4% of Republicans support impeachment. Meanwhile, in Congress, literally 100% ...
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Why is Trump not being impeached for bribery?

I am not asking for an opinion based answer, just factual. This time last week, there was talk of three articles of impeachment. Now, bribery has been dropped. Has any senior offical said why?