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Not Guilty: Trump acquitted by Senate in impeachment proceedings

By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential  trial  in American history with votes that split the country, tested civic norms and fed the tumultuous 2020 race for the White House. A majority of senators  expressed unease with Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine that resulted in the two articles of impeachment. But the final tallies…

Mitt Romney: Trump should be removed from office

By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is on the verge of acquittal by the Senate, bringing an end to only the third presidential  impeachment trial  in American history in a vote at the start of the tumultuous campaign for the White House. A majority of senators  have now expressed unease with Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine that resulted in the two articles of impeachment. But there's nowhere near the two-thirds support…

Final vote in Trump trial may happen next week

By Lisa Mascaro, Eric Tucker and Zeke Miller Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is considering pushing off final acquittal in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial until next week under a proposal being negotiated Friday by party leaders. The situation remained fluid, but senators have indicated they want more time to publicly debate the charges and air their positions on the coming vote, according to a Republican familiar with the proposal but unauthorized to discuss it.…

Whistleblower not exposed in Trump impeachment proceedings

By Lisa Mascaro, Eric Tucker and Zeke Miller Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial lurched into a final day of questions and answers Thursday before a crucial vote on calling witnesses — even as attention focused on a Trump attorney's controversial defense and a Republican senator's effort to expose the whistleblower who started the impeachment probe. The vote on witnesses, expected Friday, could lead to an abrupt end of the trial with the expected…

Questions notable in Trump impeachment trial

By Eric Tucker Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — There were questions about quid pro quos and whisteblowers, the Constitution and an unpublished book. Senators in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial posed dozens of questions to White House lawyers and to House Democrats prosecuting the case. The questions, written on paper and read aloud by Chief Justice John Roberts, provided a window into the thinking of senators who until now had been silent inside the chamber. A look at…

Trump lawyers: Impeachment case is flimsy

By Zeke Miller, Eric Tucker and Lisa Mascaro Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team asserted Monday that he did "absolutely nothing wrong," calling the impeachment case against him "flimsy" and a "dangerous perversion of the Constitution." The brief from Trump's lawyers, filed before arguments expected this week in the Senate impeachment trial, offered the most detailed glimpse of the lines of defense they intend to use against Democratic efforts to convict…

US Senators vow ‘impartial justice’ in Trump impeachment trial

By Lisa Mascaro Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial  of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of "impartial justice" as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. The trial, only the third such undertaking in American history, is unfolding at the start of the election year, a time of deep political division in the nation. Four…

Trump impeachment articles delivered to Senate

By Lisa Mascaro Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic procession across the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats carried the formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate late Wednesday, setting the stage for only the third trial to remove a president in American history. Trump complained anew it was all a "hoax," even as fresh details emerged about his efforts in Ukraine. The ceremonial pomp and protocol by the lawmakers prosecuting the case against…

House moves toward impeachment vote, Trump declares innocence

By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House pressed toward its historic votes to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, arguing over the charges he faces and the legitimacy of the probe that brought Congress and the day that will leave a lasting mark on his tenure at the White House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who arrived at the back of the chamber as the day long session was underway, has the Democratic votes needed to make Trump just the…

Trump: Impeachment vote ‘an embarrassment to our country’

By Jonathan Lemire Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday's House committee vote to impeach him "an embarrassment to our country" and refused to back away from the charge that first ensnared him in the scandal. Almost simultaneous to the vote, Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, turned up at the White House to discuss Ukraine. With a vote by the full House expected next week, Trump declared in the Oval Office that the Democrats had "made…

Judiciary Committee votes to impeach Trump

Panel vote sends Trump impeachment charges to full House By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats propelled President Donald Trump's impeachment toward a vote by the full U.S. House on Friday, as the Judiciary Committee approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in the constitutional and political storm that has divided Congress and the nation. The House is expected to approve the two articles of impeachment next week,…

White House releases transcript of first Trump-Zelenskiy call

By Aamer Madahni and Jonathan Lemire Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday released the summary transcript of an April congratulatory call with Ukraine President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the latest salvo in the White House struggle to blunt Democrats’ contention that Trump abused his power in calling on a foreign leader to involve himself in the U.S. presidential election. The move by the White House is certain to be framed by Democrats as an attempt to…

Key witnesses up next in Trump impeachment hearings

By Mary Clare Jalonick Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Several more witnesses scheduled to testify in the House impeachment hearings over the next week are expected to say they too worried about President Donald Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate Democrats as the U.S. withheld military aid from the country. What’s ahead on the impeachment schedule: MORE WITNESSES The House intelligence committee, which is conducting the impeachment hearings, has set a packed schedule of…

Dems push Trump impeachment rules through House

By Alan Fram and Matthew Daly Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed a package of ground rules for their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump through a sharply divided House Thursday, the chamber's first formal vote in a fight that could stretch into the 2020 election year. The tally was 232-196, with all Republicans who voted opposing the resolution. Just two Democratic defectors joined them: freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and 15-term veteran Rep. Collin…