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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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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 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 is it so important who the whistleblower in the Trump-Zelensky phone call is?

As far as I can tell, the anonymous whistleblower report filed by an intelligence officer about President Trump’s interactions with the leader of Ukraine is what got the whole Trump impeachment ...
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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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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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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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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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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?
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Why does the media continue to hide the identity of the Trump-Ukraine whistle blower when they have already been outed?

Setting aside usually polarised US politics, the situation (at least for an outsider like me) looks quite bizarre. The identity of the whistle blower has been common knowledge among anyone who ...
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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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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 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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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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Did the Mueller report find that Trump committed any felonies?

In an answer to this question, @Peter said that: ...the Mueller Report ... would have resulted in multiple felony charges for any American other than the president. Is this a true statement? ...
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Can Vice President Pence be impeached before President Trump?

As I understand, the current vice president Mike Pence is next in line for the presidency should president Trump be removed from office. However, there's some links between Mike Pence and the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Why was ambassador Sondland involved in Ukraine?

Ambassador Sondland is ambassador to the EU. So why was he involved in Ukraine, a country that is not even in the EU? I understand that Ukraine is considering joining the EU but why was he so heavily ...
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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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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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Why are Trump's handwritten notes being focused on in the news?

The news articles appear to focus strongly on those notes that say "I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO" and the like. I appear to be missing the relevance of this, since the news seems to be focusing on the fact ...
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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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Was the whistle-blower's (12 Aug 2019) complaint deemed credible?

Despite rhetoric to the contrary, did the Inspector General (Michael Atkinson- IGIC) determine that the whistle-blower's complaint appeared credible? This question can be answered factually. The ...
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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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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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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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How could hearsay be better evidence than direct?

In this video, Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley can be heard saying "hearsay can be much better evidence than direct", in reference to the Democrats' impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The ...
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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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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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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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What arguments have been made for not impeaching Trump?

Are there any arguments for Trump not getting impeached, besides the argument that Ukraine actually did not do anything so the quid pro quo never happened? EDIT: To be clear, I'm not asking for an ...
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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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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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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 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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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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How can the Trump Impeachment hearings be so split on party lines?

From what I've been hearing, it seems to me that the impeachment proceedings involving President Trump are split completely along party lines. This goes to the extent that while Democrats are saying ...
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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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If Biden weren't a 2020 candidate, would a quid pro quo to investigate corruption be impeachable?

The US government uses quid pro quos (QPQs) regularly to enforce its political will on entities it does business with: hostage negotiating, pushing of ideals, conflict resolution, etc, etc, ad ...
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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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Have Congressional Democrats asked the DOJ to justify not investigating Trump over Ukraine?

In June 2016, when then-FBI Director James Comey announced his decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server, Congressional Republicans criticized ...
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Polling on Impeachment

Any polls out there indicating the public's pulse on the impeachment? Specifically interested in moderates or independents and swing states.
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Is there a reason to have 2 or more witnesses at the same time during the current impeachment hearings

Is there a reason to have 2 or more witnesses at the same time during the current impeachment hearings ? For example, in today's morning session (November 19 2019) There are 2 witnesses, Lieutenant ...