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WH Counsel: 'That's Fake, That's Not the Real Call'

President Trump's legal team launches its defense in the Senate impeachment trial

(Newser) - Enter the defense. President Trump's legal team, led by personal lawyer Jay Sekulow and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, gave a two-hour presentation Saturday morning against impeaching the president, the Washington Post reports. This after House managers, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, argued that Trump had abused his power... More »

Impeachment Day 1 Includes Scolding From Roberts

Oral arguments set to begin later Wednesday

(Newser) - The Senate approved the rules for President Trump's impeachment trial along party lines early Wednesday, setting the stage for oral arguments that could begin later in the day. After a long, tense hearing, the resolution to approve Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's trial plan passed by 53 votes... More »

McConnell Loosens Rules as Impeachment Trial Starts

Each side will now get 3 days to make its case, instead of 2

(Newser) - The impeachment trial of President Trump has begun. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts gaveled the historic proceedings into session shortly after 1pm. First up: Senate Republicans and Democrats are haggling over the rules before opening arguments begin. Developments:
  • McConnell eases up: Mitch McConnell has loosened up on his short timeline
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McConnell Lays Out Plan for Trump's Trial

Each side will have 24 hours to make opening arguments

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to seek a speedy impeachment trial of President Trump. In a Senate resolution released Monday evening, the AP reports, McConnell detailed the structure for the trial's opening phase, with votes on witnesses deferred until next week. The resolution would permit Trump's lawyers... More »

Dems, White House Make Their Arguments

And so it begins

(Newser) - House Democrats say in a brief filed ahead of impeachment trial arguments that President Trump "abandoned his oath to faithfully execute the laws and betrayed his public trust." They also called his conduct the "worst nightmare" of the country's founding fathers, the AP reports. The brief... More »

Liz Cheney Won't Be Running for Senate

Republican will stay put in Wyoming seat, amid speculation she could be House speaker

(Newser) - Liz Cheney is staying put in the House. The Wyoming congresswoman said Thursday she won't run for the Senate seat being vacated this year by fellow Republican Mike Enzi, reports Politico . Instead, Cheney will seek reelection to the House, where she serves as chair of the House Republican Conference.... More »

Pelosi Ends Blockade on Articles of Impeachment

Sources say the House will vote Wednesday

(Newser) - The House is preparing to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate to start the historic trial, several people tell the AP . Speaker Nancy Pelosi was meeting privately Tuesday at the Capitol with House Democrats about next steps, ending her blockade almost a... More »

Senate Republicans Won't Dismiss Trump Charges

The votes aren't there, GOP leaders say

(Newser) - Senior Senate Republicans are still trying to settle on the format of President Trump's impeachment trial—but they have made it clear that there will be a trial, despite the president's call to dismiss the charges. Trump tweeted Sunday that a trial instead of "outright dismissal" gives... More »

Report: Mike Pompeo Is Not Shopping for a New Job

He 'feels things are too volatile' to leave for a Senate run, source says

(Newser) - The chances of Kansas electing a Democratic senator for the first time since 1932 may have just gone up. Sources tell the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ruled out a Senate run in the state this year. The sources say... More »

McConnell: 'Moment the Framers Feared Has Arrived'

Senate majority leader blasts Dems for 'toxic new precedent'; Schumer: McConnell is 'hiding the truth'

(Newser) - For a moment Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to echo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "Moments like this are why the United States Senate exists. The moment the framers feared has arrived," the Kentucky Republican said from the Senate floor, per the Hill . Of course, McConnell wasn'... More »

McConnell Shuts Down Schumer's Trial Request

Majority leader won't call White House officials to testify

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell rejected Chuck Schumer's suggested terms for President Trump's impeachment trial on Tuesday and said he would not call new witnesses to testify. Speaking on the Senate floor, the majority leader said the request to allow four White House officials to testify signified a weak case, reports... More »

China Threatens to Retaliate After Senate Passes Hong Kong Bill

Measures supports human rights in territory

(Newser) - The Senate on Tuesday easily approved a bill to support human rights in Hong Kong following months of often-violent unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was passed by voice vote. It now goes to the House, which has already passed similar legislation.... More »

Report: Trump Warned Sessions Against Senate Comeback Bid

But Alabaman still plans to announce run

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is going to take a shot at resuming the Senate career he abandoned for an ill-fated stint in the Trump administration, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times and NPR that the Republican, who served in the Senate for 20 years before becoming President Trump's attorney... More »

Trump Could Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

Bill awaits his signature after unanimous House, Senate votes

(Newser) - Animal cruelty could become a federal felony if President Trump signs a bill headed for his desk. The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill Tuesday making certain types of animal cruelty a federal crime. "Current federal law prohibits animal fighting and only criminalizes animal cruelty if the wrongdoers create... More »

Report: Jeff Sessions Wants His Senate Seat Back

Sources say he's exploring 2020 run

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is seriously considering a run for the Senate seat he held for 20 years before briefly becoming President Trump's attorney general, sources tell the Washington Post and Politico . The sources say the 72-year-old Republican has been plotting a 2020 campaign strategy for the Alabama seat currently held... More »

Impeachment Trial Could Be Bad News for 6 Democrats

Senators will have to stay in DC for the duration

(Newser) - With an impeachment trial for President Trump in the Senate is looking more likely every day, the good news for the six Democratic senators running for president is that they will be on TV every day during a trial. The bad news is, they won't be allowed to speak.... More »

White House Will Dare Pelosi to Hold Vote

President acknowledges House has enough votes to impeach him

(Newser) - President Trump defended himself on Twitter and in person to reporters on Friday, insisting that his appeals to China and Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden were all about corruption, not politics. "Everything, to me, is about corruption," Trump said, per CNN . "I don’t care about Biden’... More »

Jeff Flake Has Unique Take on Senate Trial of Trump

The former Arizona senator says 'there's not a lot of love for the president'

(Newser) - Former Sen. Jeff Flake has his own take on how the Senate would respond to President Trump's impeachment, Fox News reports. "At least 35" Republican senators would support impeachment if the vote were held privately, he said Thursday at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival. "I heard someone... More »

Surprise in Georgia: Both Senate Seats Up for Grabs

GOP Sen. Isakson's retirement changes the 2020 election

(Newser) - Facing health challenges, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia said Wednesday he will retire at year's end, a departure that sets up a rare election in November 2020 when both of the state's Senate seats will be on the ballot. The 74-year-old lawmaker said he is leaving the... More »

McConnell Open to Considering New Gun Laws

But he doesn't want to bring Senate back early

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't want to bring the Senate back early from its August break to debate gun legislation, and he won't commit to supporting measures like expanded background checks—but he is at least willing to consider new legislation. McConnell told a Kentucky radio station... More »

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