Questions tagged [trump-impeachment]

For questions specific to the impeachment investigation against President Trump. Use [impeachment] for general questions about the process. Use with the [united-states] tag.

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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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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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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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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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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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In the US, what happens if Congressional subpoenas are defied?

In the ongoing attempts by Democrats to impeach Donald Trump, the media reports that the White House has refused to cooperate with the probe. Example. As I understand things now there are witnesses ...
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Does Trump's no-testimony directive cover the putative Senate trial as well?

Trump has issued a directive see page 2 that has been used as a reason by some of his (present and former) officials to not testify in the impeachment hearings so far, including Bolton and Mulvaney. ...
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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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Why try to impeach Trump now?

I'm unclear why Democrats are trying to impeach Trump at this particular point in time. The U.S. 2020 elections are less than a year (about 11 months) away, so why risk an impeachment move now when ...
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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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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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Isn't any conversation with the US president quid-pro-quo?

One of the big deals right now is the question of whether there was quid-pro-quo in the July 25 phone call between president Trump and Zelinsky. Isn't every conversation with the US president a ...
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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 is it ethical for Ambassador Sondland to have been given an ambassadorship for campaign contributions?

Ambassador Sondland donated 1 million dollars to Trumps inauguration, and then was appointed to a high profile ambassadorship. He never worked in the government previously, has no credentials, no ...
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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 the Presidential Records Act apply to the Trump/Zelensky telephone call 25 July 2019?

In light of the reported testimony of Lt Col Vindman here, wherein the assertion is made that the raw (software captured) transcript does not agree with the publicly released TELECON, specifically ...
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Have there been any personal attacks on Sondland after his change in testimony on the quid-pro-quo?

The BBC has reported (on Nov 6) that Trump envoy Gordon Sondland revises testimony on Ukraine aid [...] "I now recall speaking individually with Mr Yermak, where I said resumption of US aid ...
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In the Trump impeachment hearings, why are so many witnesses heard?

(As it may be relevant as context, I'm German living in Germany, and I am not associated with one of the parties in the US. I tend to agree more with the Democrats) In the impeachment hearings for ...
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How would the whistleblower remain anonymous if they testified?

Republicans are reportedly looking to bring the whistleblower who kicked off the Ukraine investigation in to testify before the committee. Republicans' witness list is due Saturday morning and one ...
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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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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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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 ...