The aggressive letter from the White House counsel to Congress, announcing that the president will not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, is further evidence of the deterioration of norms in the conduct of senior government positions.
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Thursday evening, the chairmen of the three House Committees—Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence—released text messages provided by Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy for Ukraine, as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s efforts to encourage Ukrainian officials to initiate an investigation of his possible political opponents in the 2020 presidential election.
The misconduct cannot be dismissed as unproven; it screams off the plain text of the White House’s own memorandum detailing the president’s phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart.
A timeline of how allegations of wrongdoing by the Bidens in Ukraine percolated up through right-wing news circles to the president’s desk, what the president and his lawyer have said and done about it, what the Ukrainian government has said about the situation, and how Congress has reacted.
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The Trump administration has stretched the theories of testimonial immunity and executive privilege in unprecedented ways that erode Congress’s constitutional powers.
The Supreme Court stayed a preliminary injunction against the third country asylum rule barring foreign nationals who cross the U.S.-Mexico border from receipt of U.S. asylum when they transit through a third country without applying for protection in that country.
The four issues addressed in the resolution were all addressed in similar committee documents laying out impeachment-related procedures in connection with the impeachments of Richard Nixon in 1974 and Bill Clinton in 1998.
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