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Why try to impeach Trump now?

Democrats didn't impeach in 2018, because they were a minority in both House and Senate until January 3, 2019. Afterwards, they didn't have the necessary evidence until the Mueller Report that would ...
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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?

Absolutely Not – the White House had ample opportunities to present a defense The House Judiciary Committee gave The White House the opportunity to present a public defense from either Trump or his ...
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What is the point of impeaching Trump?

"What is accomplished" depends on whether you look at impeachment as a process that is strictly evaluated on partisan political gain, or whether you view it under its intended framework - as a tool ...
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How did Trump's January 6 speech call for insurrection and violence?

The article of impeachment introduced by Democrats in the House on January 11th specifically mentions parts of President Trump's January 6th speech (emphasis mine): Shortly before the Joint Session ...
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Why is it so important who the whistleblower in the Trump-Zelensky phone call is?

In terms of what new information of substance can the whistle-blower bring to the fore that is not already confirmed or refuted by more closely engaged sources, there is no purpose and nothing for the ...
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Is the Senate Compelled to Acquit Trump?

Impeachment is a political act. There is no crime so heinous for which members of either house could be found criminally or civilly liable for voting no on impeachment. There is also nothing so pure ...
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How did Trump's January 6 speech call for insurrection and violence?

"Incitement" is not the same as "openly calling for". Impeachment uses the dictionary definition of Incitement, not the legal definition (which is a very high bar to meet - video). ...
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Is there evidence for Col. Vindman being a "Never Trumper" at the time of his testimony?

This comment is coming from the same President who called lifelong Republican Robert Mueller "a Democrat" for investigating him. He doesn't use these words to mean what they mean. He ...
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Who is the federal watchdog saying that Trump broke the law?

No it wasn't "just another partisan report", the report came from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). They are a non-partisan factual resource body, completely independent of partisan politics....
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How did Trump's January 6 speech call for insurrection and violence?

The Way a Mob Boss Orders a Hit A mob boss doesn't need to say: "Tony, go murder that meddlesome shop owner Johnson. He never paid his protection money." Instead, he can make his desires ...
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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?

Mistaken identity It's not clear that the person named by RealClearInvestigations is the actual whistleblower. According to mediabiasfactcheck.com, that website has mixed factual reporting and has ...
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Can Vice President Pence be impeached before President Trump?

I don't think "pre-impeach" is the right word because Congress has the power to impeach the VP or any other "civil officer", not just the president. According to article 2 of the constitution, as ...
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What key element is missing which would qualify Trump's behavior for impeachment?

The only "element" missing is a sufficient number of Senators who would vote on the basis of the evidence rather than politics.
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Is there evidence for Col. Vindman being a "Never Trumper" at the time of his testimony?

No, from ABC News (in reference to Ambassador Bill Taylor and Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman; emphasis mine): Trump has repeatedly lambasted these officials sitting for depositions as “Never ...
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Isn't any conversation with the US president quid-pro-quo?

Isn't every conversation with the US president a form of quid-pro-quo? Possibly, though it depends on what's in the quid pro quo if it matters. In the case of withholding congressional approved ...
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Has Biden discussed whether Trump should be prosecuted?

In the fifth Democratic debate from Atlanta on November 20th 2019, Biden was consulted on this issue by moderator Rachel Maddow. He responded that he would leave the decision up to the Attorney ...
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What is the point of impeaching Trump?

I believe there is an option 3: impeachment proceedings force senators to go on the book about whether or not they believe the actions of the president are worthy of removal from office or not. This ...
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Why is Hunter Biden's testimony in the impeachment trial relevant?

'Why' questions are inherently difficult, often de-evolving to opinion-mongering. Unless someone in the White House tells us their reasoning explicitly, we could only guess. However, what we can say ...
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How did Trump's January 6 speech call for insurrection and violence?

The speech: relevant as circumstantial evidence How did Trump's speech call for insurrection and violence? I don't think the speech alone is the problem here. For example, the article of impeachment ...
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Why did the House not call every witness suggested to them during the 2019-2020 Impeachment inquiry?

Because four were completely irrelevant to the question at hand, two were superfluous, and two actually did testify. Let's go through the list for fun. Hunter Biden. It would stretch credibility ...
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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?

The origins of the "identifying" of the whistle-blower come not from any actual fact or confirmation, but from speculation from a right-wing agenda site that bases the speculation upon similar ...
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Did the Mueller report find that Trump committed any felonies?

While the question of whether Trump's actions would have resulted in felony charges is a matter of opinion (though the 1027 prosecutors who signed the letter you mentioned is strong evidence in the ...
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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?

Freedom of the press means that anyone can publish anything they know without having to obey government gag orders. The government is not required to keep journalists informed. Freedom of the press is ...
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Why would the Senate adopt such tiring impeachment trial rules?

Because Senate leadership [which largely shapes these rules] sees the trial's outcome as a forgone conclusion “I’m not an impartial juror. This is a political process,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...
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Why is it so important who the whistleblower in the Trump-Zelensky phone call is?

There are at least 3 motives to get the whistleblower to testify: Fact finding to figure out what actually happened. Retaliation to discourage and intimidate potential future whistleblowers, and also ...
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Why is it ethical for Ambassador Sondland to have been given an ambassadorship for campaign contributions?

This has a long tradition in the US. Before World War II, most ambassadors were actually political appointees rather than career diplomats. Trump might be marginally worse than Obama and reverted back ...
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Why are the Democrats & Republicans so homogeneous in their opinions of impeaching Trump?

Primaries. In order to win re-election a politician must win both a party primary and a general election. In most Republican primaries 80-90% of the electorate approves of the president and thinks he ...
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What is the point of impeaching Trump?

There are two levels on which to consider the question: On the partisan level, it is not at all clear that an impeachment process will benefit the Republicans (despite Trump's claims). Each ...
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Why does the Senate work such odd hours for Trump's impeachment trial?

Regarding the start time (1p) From my understanding it is due to The Chief Justice's day job (SCOTUS). If true, this could be why on Saturday Jan 25 the trial started earlier as the SCOTUS didn't ...
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Why is Hunter Biden's testimony in the impeachment trial relevant?

Four reasons: Whataboutism. It's easy to make potshots at vague 'questionable' behavior without actually trying to get to the bottom of it and punish those responsible. Add to that a refusal to ...
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