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What level of disclosure about prior contact is required on whistleblower forms?

The Trump-leaning media (e.g. Fox) is full of stories that the whistleblower did not disclose his initial approach to the House Intelligence Committee. Sources say Michael Atkinson said the ...
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Whistleblowers and statutory protections

The Federalist is reporting that the "whistleblower" in the Ukraine affair "concealed contacts" in their submission about prior contact with Congress. According to Fox News investigative reporter ...
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Have Republicans or others elaborated concretely why (some) election security bills would be partisan?

In June of 2019, the New York Times reported: WASHINGTON — A raft of legislation intended to better secure United States election systems after what the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, ...
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Is government necessary to build roads? [duplicate]

Can you cite this. Make an actual proof that government is needed to build roads. The linked answer is quite feeble.
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How does the Trump administration justify tariffs on luxury goods?

This question recently asked about the justification for steel import tariffs against China - specifically on the grounds of national security. The answer is through, but also carries the implication ...
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If the law cited as the reason for an impeachment article is rendered unconstitutional, does that nullify the impeachment article?

Background Back in 1868, President Andrew Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act of 1867 when he tried to remove the secretary of war Edwin Stanton without the Senate's consent. ...
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What happens if an official leaves office before the end of his/her impeachment process?

There's an article on CNN and one of its headers says that There's no time limit on the impeachment process - but Democrats want to move quickly What happens if the legal process takes multiple ...
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Which US state constitutions don't have a legislative privilege (“speech or debate”) clause?

I read that The United States Constitution and forty-three state constitutions include a Speech or Debate Clause granting legislators a legal privilege for their legislative work. Which US ...
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Are there any public opinion polls in the US on them starting military action against Iran?

Give the recent international events rising tensions between the US and Iran, have there any public opinion polls been conducted in the US asking whether the US should do more militarily against Iran? ...
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Why did the EU threaten to retaliate over Airbus-related tariffs even after they were allowed by the WTO?

I'm probably missing something in the long saga of the Airbus-Boeing WTO complaints, but today the BBC reported that: The US has been given the go-ahead to impose tariffs on $7.5bn (£6.1bn) of ...
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Why is lying to Congress a crime?

Why is it considered a crime if you lie while testifying before Congress, but Representatives seem to be able to say whatever they want without repercussions?
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The politics of loneliness

This Real Clear Politics article finds some very interesting nuggets like: One reason young people get involved in politics might be loneliness. In a nationally representative survey conducted by ...
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How big is the total bailout (“trade aid”) that Trump gave to US farmers since the trade war began?

News from 2018 mentioned $12B: [07/24/2018] Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday unveiled a three-part, $12 billion plan to ease the sting of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. farmers through a ...
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Does a tariff of 25% on steel imports do anything other than make steel more expensive in the US?

Donald Trump set the tariff on steel imports to 25% in March 2018. I understand the decision is part of the trade war against China. And the trade war is motivated by the overall strategy of "Make ...
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The Supreme Court and Ethics

I have heard talk of creating a code of ethics for the supreme court. Does this mean that no such thing currently exists? What happens if a Supreme Court justice does things that are unethical? Is ...
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Did anything come of Richard J. Leon's ruling against the NSA?

According to Wikipedia: Leon ruled that the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' telephony records likely violated the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution saying things like: "I ...
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Is there any independent body that oversees the White House to prevent it from destroying records?

Suppose I work at the White House. The president tells me that he wants to make a phone call and not leave any record of it. Is there actually a way to do this, or is there some system in place in ...
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Is the US president the ultimate law-enforcement officer?

In the comments of another answer, Grovkin and I discussed the power of the US president. In a reply I received, it was stated that the US president is the ultimate-enforcement officer: @JJJ it ...
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How are steel imports supposed to threaten US national security?

I am reading this article. Therein it is stated that: Under national security grounds (Section 232), Trump applied tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium in March 2018, covering $ 10.2 bn ...
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What has the State Department said about Giuliani's claim that the Department asked him to talk to Ukraine?

Unless he backtracked on this, Giuliani said (on or before Sep 25) that: "I never talked to a Ukrainian official until the State Department called and asked me to do it," Giuliani told Fox And in ...
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Legally how would one demonstrate Trump's motive was to solicit interference in the 2020 election [closed]

The whistleblower report makes the following allegation: In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United ...
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Has Orrin Hatch elaborated on his vote against the Export Administration Act?

Only three senators voted against the Export Administration Act. He seemed to be supportive of Israel. He wanted to suspend the importation of steel, so it seems like he was not as supportive of ...
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How long does an impeachment and a conviction take?

Assuming it is clear for which reason a president of the United States should be impeached, and there are no open questions in terms of what is needed for impeachment and a possible conviction: ...
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Would the White House maintain and preserve a voice recording of the Presidential telephone calls? [duplicate]

Please note: that a similar question was asked two years ago , however none of the answers (including one entered today) actually answered the specific question of whether an actual voice recording is ...
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Can the senate majority leader postpone a vote on impeachment? [duplicate]

In an infamous column in the Washington Post entitled Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset, it's argued that the senate majority leader repeatedly has postponed bills with bipartisan support so they ...
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Could the Senate legally hold an impeachment conviction vote in secret?

Recently, a GOP consultant became famous for saying that if the Senate held this vote in secret, at 30 Republican senators would vote to convict Trump on impeachment charges. I am wondering if the ...
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Would the White House maintain a voice recording of the Presidential telephone calls? [duplicate]

The "transcript" of the President's call here carries the notation: "A Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation.· (TELCON) is not a verbatim transcript of a discussion. The text in this document records ...
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What are the limits on an impeached and not convicted president?

What, if any, are the limits on an impeached and not convicted president?
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Why has Donald Trump's popularity remained so stable over a rather long period of time?

According to fivethirtyeight.com, Donald Trump's popularity seems to be rather constant over time, in contrast to his predecessors Barack Obama and George W. Bush who suffered a popularity erosion ...
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Can the United States force multinational companies from not owning Chinese assets?

Can the United States force multinational companies from not owning Chinese assets? The White House is discussing ways to restrict US capital flows into China in what would be an unprecedented ...
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Congress taking a break and Impeachment

If congress is about to take a break, what happens with the impeachment inquiries that are going on now? Are they simply put on hold for the next bit?
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Can the US government delist a private company like Alibaba from US Stock Exchanges?

It has been reported that the Trump administration is considering delisting Chinese companies from the U.S. stock exchange. Trump administration officials are discussing ways to limit U.S. ...
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Has the recall of the US ambassador to Ukraine been tied with the efforts to have the Bidens investigated by Ukraine?

I've read that in the Zelensky-Trump phone call: Zelensky said he agreed with Trump "100 per cent" that the former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was "a bad ambassador." And as ...
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What is the reference/context of the statement in the whatsapp presentation? [closed]

In a recent whatsapp presentation from Volodymyr Zelensky at the 16th annual Yalta European Strategy which was a hilarious take on global state of affairs. The one which i wanted to understand is at ...
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Has President Trump stated why he sought Ukraine's cooperation on the Biden matter?

Has Trump given an explanation (himself or through a spokesperson) for asking Ukraine to cooperate with finding things about Biden's son? Given that the transcript of the phone call to the President ...
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How does Executive Privilege override the clear provision of statute at 5 U.S.C. App. §8H (c) on Whistle Blower Complaints?

With respect to the testimony of Acting Director of National Intelligence McGuire before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives on September 26, 2019, that as a ...
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Is it common for presidents to ask foreign officials to help investigate crimes by US citizens? [closed]

Trump is currently accused of asking the Ukrainian president to help investigate potential misconduct by Joe Biden's son. Are such requests a routine part of the president's interaction with foreign ...
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Are the votes of members of Congress required to be made public?

When Congress votes on something, the vote cast by every representative is made public. Is this required by law? Specifically, is either chamber of Congress allowed to hold a binding vote without ...
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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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Was the whistleblower in the Ukraine scandal legally required to make his report?

When talking about impeaching Trump, everyone mentions a whistleblower. I am under the impression that this means that who he is is not public information. If he knew such sensitive information, was ...
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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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Warren vs Biden in the polls: how sudden was the change?

It's been pointed out to me (hat tip to dolphin_of_france) that some recent polling puts Warren ahead of Biden in the Democratic primary voting intention. How sudden was this change? How much [of ...
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Is the Trump-Zelensky phone call expected to erode support for Trump among his (hardcore) supporters? [closed]

Clearly one can give various high-minded reasons why what Trump did in relation to Ukraine/Zelensky is unforgivable, under the worst interpretation, i.e. assuming Trump pressured Zelensky by ...
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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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Does the DOJ's declining to investigate the Trump-Zelensky call ruin the basis for impeachment?

Background 2019-07-25US President Donald Trump had a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is central to the recent Trump–Ukraine controversy. 2019-09-24Nancy Pelosi, the ...
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How could a third party candidate with electoral votes decide the choice of president?

In the 1968 Washington Post story announcing Nixon as the winner of the 1968 presidential election, the author made a peculiar point: Nixon’s Illinois victory, which emerged more than 15 hours ...
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How do US sanctions work?

Suppose I'm the US president. I decide that country X should be sanctioned (not through the UN). I tell my chief of staff to make it happen. Then... what happens next? He tells the Dept of State? The ...
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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 is the relationship between Ukraine and Crowdstrike?

The recently release Trump-Zelenskyy phone call transcript has the following snippet (emphasis mine): The President: I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through ...
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Green New Deal. Does it implies realization in the US only? [closed]

You may hear about that new democratic program - Green New Deal It sounds very interesting, as it is huge, and gives bonuses for nearly all. But this program implies huge changes in the US. In some ...