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The Report Impeachment Day 10

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler flanked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the chairs of four other panels involved in the impeachment inquiry, made the announcement "charging the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, with committing high crimes and misdemeanors."

The Report Impeachment Day 10

The articles also reveal a strategic decision by House Democratic leadership to keep their investigation sharply focused on events surrounding Trump's campaign to pressure Ukraine into launching investigations into Trump's political rivals, and not to broaden the impeachment probe to include alleged obstruction of justice by the president in former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

Schiff pushed back on his critics, explaining the urgency of the impeachment proceedings by noting that it would take months or years to resolve their disputes with the White House through the courts.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham called the articles of impeachment "baseless," adding, "The President will address these false charges in the Senate and expects to be fully exonerated, because he did nothing wrong."

Pelosi had long resisted elements of her Democratic caucus pressuring her to pursue Trump's impeachment following the release of the Mueller report, which described numerous instances of possible obstruction by Trump that were ultimately dismissed by Attorney General William Barr.

But Pelosi herself announced the impeachment inquiry in September, on the heels of reporting about a bombshell whistleblower complaint raising alarms about Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

"For months, Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn't move forward on impeachment because it was too divisive and it needed bipartisan support. Well, it is divisive and only the Democrats are pushing it, but she's doing it anyway," Parscale said. "Americans don't agree with this rank partisanship, but Democrats are putting on this political theater because they don't have a viable candidate for 2020 and they know it."

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Sept. 10) -- Republican and Democratic House leaders were working through the night to fashion procedures for handling Independent Counsel Ken Starr's report on the possible impeachable offenses of President Bill Clinton.

Starr's historic move is the first step in the process of notifying the House that he and his investigators have found "substantial and credible" evidence of wrongdoing by the president, triggering the nation's first formal impeachment review since Watergate a quarter-century ago.

The report from Starr includes a 25-page introductory summary, 280 pages of narrative and about 140 pages dealing with details of alleged impeachable offenses, sources tell CNN. Starr's office delivered two sets of the material, or 36 boxes in all.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich and House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt e spearheading a bipartisan effort to review the politically explosive report, delivered in the shadow of the mid-term elections. Plans were being thrashed out to make several hundred pages public within a few days, including posting it on the Internet.

Gingrich characterized the bipartisan discussion as "extraordinarily good," but Gephardt was more guarded, telling reporters "we have gone over a lot of questions. We have not resolved those questions."

"As required by the Ethics and Government Act, and with the authorization of the court supervising independent counsels, the Office of Independent Counsel submitted a referral to the House of Representatives containing substantial and credible information that may constitute grounds for impeachment of the president of the United States," Bakaly said.

They will be locked up until the House adopts a resolution authorizing Gingrich to turn them over to the House Judiciary Committee, the panel that would initiate any impeachment proceedings. Once the committee receives Starr's report, staffers hope to have a recommendation for the committee on how to proceed in the next two or three weeks.

House Rules Committee Chairman Gerald Solomon, R-N.Y., speaking to reporters at a Wednesday night news conference, said he expects the Judiciary Committee and the full House to decide by year's end whether Starr's report warrants a full-scale impeachment inquiry.

Lawyers familiar with Starr's investigation say the report will include sordid sexual details. But they also predict it will include allegations of criminal wrongdoing, including perjury, obstruction of justice and abuse of power.

There is some dispute over the full disclosure of much of the report. The evidence was collected through the grand jury process and under federal Rule 6(e) that testimony must be kept secret unless revealed by a witness. But it is under debate whether that rule applies to Congress.

In the Gingrich and Gephardt letter, Starr said the contents of the report "may not be publicly disclosed unless and until authorized by the House of Representatives ... Many of the supporting materials contain information of a personal nature that I respectfully urge the House to treat as confidential."

Before sending his report to Capitol Hill, Starr turned down a request by Kendall, Clinton's attorney, for an advance copy. Even so, the president's legal team has already begun preparing a rebuttal that will present its side of the case to the House.

White House aides are expected to paint the independent counsel's report as one-sided, charging that key witnesses, including Lewinsky, were never cross-examined and that the allegations involve only sex.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump seems headed for acquittal in his impeachment trial after Sen. Lamar Alexander's decision to stick with fellow Republicans and oppose Democratic efforts to call more witnesses and keep the Senate trial going for weeks or even months.

A vote on witnesses, expected Friday, could lead to an abrupt end and assured acquittal in only the third presidential impeachment trial in American history. Trump has been pressing for action in time for his State of the Union address next Tuesday, and that now seems likely.

Trump was impeached by the House last month on charges that he abused his power like no other president, jeopardizing Ukraine and U.S.-Ukraine relations. Democrats say Trump asked the vulnerable ally to investigate Joe Biden and debunked theories of 2016 election interference, withholding American security aid to the country as it battled Russia at its border. The second article of impeachment says Trump then obstructed the House probe in a way that threatened the nation's three-branch system of checks and balances.

Before Alexander's statement, Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said late Thursday she would vote to allow witnesses in the impeachment trial, briefly raising Democrats' hopes for a breakthrough. But Alexander weighed in minutes later.

Thursday's testimony included soaring pleas to the senators-as-jurors who will decide Trump's fate, to either stop a president who Democrats say has tried to cheat in the upcoming election and will again, or to shut down impeachment proceedings that Republicans insist were never more than a partisan attack.

In a day-after tweet, Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz, complained about the portrayal of his Wednesday night testimony when he said a president is essentially immune from impeachment if he believes his actions to be in the "national interest."

In response to Alexander and others, Democrat Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, a congressional staffer during Watergate and now a House prosecutor, told the senators that the Nixon impeachment also started as a partisan inquiry before a bipartisan consensus emerged. She told them while the House acted on party lines against Trump, the Senate -- "the greatest deliberative body on the planet" -- has a new opportunity.

In late July 1974, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in United States v. Nixon, that the president had to surrender tapes made within the White House to a special prosecutor. On August 9, 1974, President Nixon officially resigned his office, a day after his national speech, rather than face an impending impeachment proceeding in the House.

3. Bernstein and Woodward did the second story about the Watergate break-in. The first Washington Post story was filed by veteran police reporter Alfred E. Lewis on June 18, 1972. The first Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward report came on June 19, 1972.

4. Other newspapers played important roles in reporting Watergate. The Post had a critical role in breaking the scandal, especially with scoops from a source called Deep Throat, but the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Newsday had scoops, too.

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