When experts write about impeachment, they tend to spend a lot of time on the Founding, but there’s another way to think about the impeachable offense: by looking at the offenses for which Congress has actually impeached people.
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On Jan.16 at 1:00 p.m., all 100 senators will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts in the first steps of the Trump impeachment trial. President Trump has been charged by the House of Representatives with abuse of power and obstruction of justice. The livestream of the Senate floor provided by PBS NewsHour is available here and below.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a decision on Thursday concluding that the Trump administration violated the Impoundment Control Act (ICA), a law that regulates how the White House may distribute money appropriated by Congress. The decision found that the White House Office of Management and Budget withheld security aid to Ukraine in summer 2019 “for a policy reason,” not permitted under the law.
In speeches sounding the alarm about “toxic” precedent, Sen. Mitch McConnell has set forth a questionable view of the law of impeachment with serious implications for the future of this constitutional remedy.
The House of Representatives has released additional documents provided by Lev Parnas related to the ongoing impeachment process. The previous release is available here. The new material is available here and below.
Senators are debating whether witnesses will appear at the impeachment trial. But if the Senate does vote to hear from witnesses, could executive privilege be utilized to block their testimony?
Today, Jan. 15, the House of Representatives will hold a vote to send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate. A livestream of the proceedings can be found here and below, courtesy of Fox News.
Unless Republican senators want to accept the facts laid out by the House leadership and restrict themselves to the legal question of whether those facts demonstrate impeachable conduct, they’re going to need to call witnesses.
The three committees managing the House Impeachment inquiry transmitted new evidence to the House Judiciary Committee to be included in the record sent to the Senate. The new material was provided by Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani. The evidence, along with the House letter that accompanied the transmission, can be found below.
Congressional Republicans argue that the Federal Rules of Evidence should apply to the impeachment trial. But following these rules would guarantee that the Senate could hear from the witnesses that Mitch McConnell is currently seeking to block.