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If you missed Wednesday's 6-hour House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearings against President Trump, apparently you didn't miss much.

Officer Brandon Tatum gives a quick recap of the hearings which began with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff denying he even knows who the whistleblower is. That's funny, because everyone knows who the whistleblower is.

Then Schiff refused to allow the whistleblower to testify. But isn't that their entire case against the President?

Yesterday, I was reminded that the Republicans also tried to impeach former President Barack Obama. I was asked if I forgot about those hearings held by the Republicans when Obama was in office? Yes, I forgot. Mainly because I wasn't paying attention.

I suspect that millions of Americans aren't paying attention to these impeachment hearings or the previous efforts to impeach Trump.

They will make their voices heard at the ballot box in November 2020. That's the American way.
 

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President Donald Trump is apparently unbothered by the first ever public impeachment hearings set to begin this morning on Capitol Hill. Trump will be busy hosting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House when the hearings get underway.

Witnesses are expected to testify that they heard or overheard reports of Trump asking a foreign leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in a phone call earlier this year.

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Trump has denied any wrongdoing and he released a transcript of his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on July 25. "The transcript is perfect," Trump said.

Congress is reportedly furious that Trump is hosting the Turkish leader at the White House while the impeachment hearings are underway. The two men are expected to hold talks on subjects that include military aid and terrorism in the Middle East.

The Democrats, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, are desperate to remove Trump from office before the 2020 presidential elections when their candidates have virtually no chance of defeating him at the polls.

Schiff claims Trump is guilty of bribery, treason, high crimes or misdemeanors - the Constitutional standards by which Congress can impeach a sitting president.

According to Schiff, Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine if they didn't agree to investigate the Bidens, among other impeachable offenses.
 

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Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, left, has apparently lost the Kentucky governor's race to a Democrat in Tuesday's elections. Democratic state attorney general Andy Beshear led Bevin by a slim margin of 4,658 votes, but it was enough for the Democrats to declare an “earth shattering victory" over the Republican governor.

Bevin refused to concede the governor's race to Beshear, saying the race was "too close to call." He said, "We know for a fact there have been irregularities and the outcome will be determined by law."

In other races Virginia Democrats took control of both the state House and Senate for the first time in 26 years on Tuesday, according to Dailymail.com.

It is the third election in a row that Virginia Democrats have won significant legislative victories since President Donald Trump was elected in 2016. The legislative elections on Tuesday provided a test of President Trump's political influence in local elections.

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said Trump should be "terrified" of Beshear's "earth-shattering victory" in a state that Trump won by 30 points in 2016.

Brad Parscale, Trump's 2020 campaign manager, blamed Bevin for the apparent loss, saying five other Republican candidates won their races in the state.

Parscale said President Trump practically "dragged Gov. Matt Bevin across the finish line, helping him run stronger than expected in what turned into a very close race at the end."

President Trump took credit for the Republicans' 5 out of 6 election wins in Kentucky on Tuesday night.

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President Trump will be in Atlanta on Friday to rally the Black vote with a new African American coalition, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to WSBTV, the President will launch the Black Voices for Trump Coalition with a rally at the Georgia World Congress Center on Friday, Nov. 8.

Black conservatives are eager to attend the Black Voices for Trump Coalition on Friday, but Black leaders in Atlanta don't want Trump rallying the Black vote here.

Anti-Trump activist Isaac Hayes III, the son of R&B/Soul legend Isaac Hayes, tweeted "I honestly wanna attend this thing just to see which unfreed Georgia slaves show up for massa Trump!"


 

And anti-Trump Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, tweeted simply: "#MorningMotivation” with a link to the AJC.com story announcing Trump's rally.

Trump is polling higher among Black votes today than he did following the presidential election in 2016. The Black Voices for Trump Coalition rally is expected to be well-attended.

Trump will likely highlight the lower Black unemployment rate and encourage the business sector to invest in struggling Black areas in Atlanta.

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Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke quit the 2020 race on Friday, Nov. 1, as his campaign runs out of cash and his base support dwindles. The 47-year-old Texas Congressman thanked his remaining supporters on Twitter on Friday evening.

"Our campaign has always been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly, and acting decisively. In that spirit: I am announcing that my service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee.

"Thank you for making this campaign possible, and for continuing to believe that we can turn this moment of great peril into a moment of great promise for America and the world."

President Trump was on Air Force One when O'Rourke dropped out of the race.

"Oh no, Beto just dropped out of race for President despite him saying he was "born for this," I don't think so!" he wrote in reference to O'Rourke's rock star cover story on Vanity Fair magazine.

When O'Rourke graced the April 2019 cover of Vanity Fair, he was considered the Democratic front runner for president.

"I want to be in it. Man, I'm just born to be in it," he said.

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Entertainment guru Oprah Winfrey practically begged Beto to run for president at an event in New York in February, Vanity Fair reports.

But, according to Dailymail.com, O'Rourke struggled to raise cash for his campaign and began dropping in the polls. He only raised $4.5 million in July, August and September.

O'Rourke offered to support the eventual nominee and help to defeat President Trump.

"We will work to ensure that the Democratic nominee is successful in defeating Donald Trump in 2020," he wrote in a post on Medium.com. "I can tell you firsthand from having the chance to know the candidates, we will be well served by any one of them, and I'm going to be proud to support whoever she or he is."

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President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry has officially begun after a majority of Democrats voted to pass the House resolution for impeachment on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Every Republican and 2 Democrats voted against the House impeachment resolution.

After the vote on Thursday, Republican lawmakers rushed to the White House. An Instagram user posted this photo that shows lawmakers forming a prayer circle around Trump, whose presidency has been under attack by the Democrats since his landslide victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Trump reacted immediately to the vote, calling the impeachment effort "The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History."

Trump then asked his spiritual advisor, televangelist Paula White to join his White House staff on Thursday.

White, who has known the deeply religious president since 2002, will work in the Office of Public Liaison, MSN reports. In addition to praying over Trump daily, her duties will include overseeing outreach to Trump's prayer warriors around the country.

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In advance of a possible forced retirement, Trump announced he and his family are leaving New York City for good. In a series of tweets on Thursday, Trump said he and his family are moving to Palm Beach, Florida permanently.

"I cherish New York, and the people of New York, and always will, but unfortunately, despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state. Few have been treated worse," Trump tweeted on Thursday.

The Democrats are anxious to remove Trump from office before the 2020 election. They will stop at nothing to impeach the president, who has survived all other challenges thrown at him since 2016.

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey gave the Dems a much needed boost by banning all political advertising on the social media platform until after 2020. The reason? Trump has raised more money in campaign donations than all 19 Democratic candidates combined.

Question: who is your choice for President if Trump is impeached?

1. Mike Pence
2. Nancy Pelosi
3. Hillary Clinton
4. Maxine Waters
5. None of the above
 

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Barack Obama chastised "judgmental" young people on social media who consider themselves "woke" and are so quick to cancel anyone they disagree with. "That's not activism," said the former U.S. president.

"People who do really good stuff have flaws," said Obama, who issued an apparent warning that Democrats risk losing the 2020 presidential election to Republicans again.

Obama told young people on social media to get over themselves by reminding them that they are not perfect.

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"This idea of purity and you're never compromised and you're always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly," he said during his 3rd annual Obama Foundation summit in Chicago.

"The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws," he said. Obama said people who "cancel" others on social media only do so to make themselves feel important.

"One danger I see among young people, particularly on college campuses... There is this sense sometimes of, the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people.

"Like if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn't do something right or used the wrong verb or then, I can sit back and feel good about myself: 'Cause, man, you see how woke I was? I called you out.' You know that's not activism, that's not bringing about change. If all you're doing is casting stones, you're probably not going to get that far. [Casting stones] is easy to do."
 

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Kamala Harris sparked outrage on social media when she implied that Black males wouldn't be shot by police if they had jobs.

The California senator made the controversial comment during the 2019 President Justice Forum at Benedict College on Saturday.

"Talking about violence: nothing stops a bullet like a job," she said.

Black and white Twitters were outraged.

"'Nothin' stops a bullet like a job.' Because if black people would just get jobs, they wouldn't get gunned down by cops," tweeted one irate user.

Another Twitter user attempted to defend Harris by noting the original source of the comment.

Harris was already on bad terms with the college after she withdrew from attending the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum because President Trump received an award at the same event last week.

But she changed her mind following the backlash on social media. Harris was scheduled to speak at the forum at the HBCU alongside her fellow 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.

She claimed she was offended because only nine Benedict students were invited to see Trump accept the award.

"I won't be complicit in papering over Trump's record," Harris tweeted. "Once I heard Trump got an award at the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum and stopped HBCU students from attending, I decided to do my own criminal justice reform event tomorrow instead."

In his typical non-presidential confrontational style, Trump responded:

"Badly failing presidential candidate @KamalaHarris will not go to a very wonderful largely African American event today because yesterday I recieved [sic] a major award, at the same event, for being able to produce & sign into law major Criminal Justice Reform legislation..."

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Katie Hill resigned from Congress after a series of embarrassing photo leaks and salacious details about her private life were published online.

"It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress," she wrote in a statement on Sunday. "This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community, and our country."

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The freshman Democratic Congresswoman made headlines after leaked photos showed her smoking a bong while naked.

London's Daily Mail published the photos along with scandalous details that Hill, who is married, carried on sexual affairs with male and female Capitol Hill interns.

The U.S. news media immediately defended Hill, calling the photos "revenge porn" and saying she participated in "consensual, non-monogamous" affairs. The media said society should remove the stigma from "consensual non-monogamous" relationships.

Hill, who is seeking a divorce, blamed her husband for leaking the photos and the salacious details about her private life, Newsweek.com reports.

"During the final tumultuous years of my abusive marriage, I became involved in a relationship with someone in my campaign," she said in a statement.

"Even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgement. For that, I apologize."

Capitol Hill police launched a probe into the leaked nude photos after the 32-year-old Congresswoman asked them to investigate if any laws were broken.

Hill's lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to the Daily Mail and other blogs that published the photos.

The letter informed the Daily Mail that "The California Penal Code accordingly makes it a criminal offense to 'intentionally distribute the image of the intimate body part or parts of another identifiable person.'"

The scandalous photos are still live on the Daily Mail's website.

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About 20 angry Republican lawmakers stormed a secure room in the Capitol building basement where House Democrats were holding a secretive impeachment hearing.

The 20 conservative Republicans were given the green light to disrupt the meeting by their boss, the president of the United States, Donald Trump.

The meeting was being held in the U.S. Capitol basement on Wednesday, when 20 Republicans pushed past security guards and stormed into the room with cellphones - which are banned from restricted areas in the Capitol building.

The lawmakers refused to leave, prompting the Democrats to call the police to remove them.

A Pentagon official was giving testimony in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump when the GOP lawmakers barged in.

They staged a sit-in and ordered dozens of pizzas and Chick-fil-A delivered to the room. Disgusted Democrats streamed out of the room as the pizzas and Chick-fil-A sandwiches and cold beverages arrived on carts.

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The pizza was delivered by Washington D.C.'s popular We, The Pizza shop, owned by former Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn, whose website crashed on Wednesday and was still offline on Thursday morning.

The GOP lawmakers complained about the lack of transparency in the Democrats' secretive meeting. They accused the Democrats of attempting an illegal coup to remove a sitting president from office.

The Democrats are anxious to impeach Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.

Trump was pleased after viewing news footage of the lawmakers storming into the Democrats' secret meeting. He told reporters that he approved of their planned standoff, according to White Houses sources who spoke with Bloomberg.

But Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who organized the unlawful disruption, denied speaking with Trump beforehand. "I led the effort and never discussed with POTUS," he tweeted on Wednesday.
 

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Hollywood liberals are outraged over President Trump's participation in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a 100,000-square-foot Louis Vuitton factory in Texas on Thursday.

Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner joined Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton LVMH chairman-CEO Bernard Arnault and other Louis Vuitton executives at the ribbon cutting ceremony in Alvarado, Texas. Trump was in Texas to hold a campaign rally.

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Celebrities were beside themselves. "I wonder what [Trump] has to gain from that. Maybe Ivanka's going to get a year's worth of free bags," said actress Ellen Pompeo.

Actress Debra Messing tweeted:

"Just so you know, Trump is at a Louis Vuitton opening while 10s of 1000s of Kurds — who were forced to flee their homes — try to find a safe place to survive as refugees."

She was referring to Trump withdrawing American troops from Syria, leaving America's allies, the Kurds, to fend for themselves.

It is not unusual for a U.S. president to participate in ribbon cutting ceremonies for hospitals or government buildings. But a president participating in the opening of a high end luxury brand smacks of hypocrisy, critics say.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, who was a frequent target of President Trump, has died at age 68. The Democratic leader died early Thursday at a hospice facility in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.

Cummings' staff said he battled "longstanding health issues" and he was taken to a hospice facility for "treatment". Hospice is for terminally ill patients who are nearing the end of life.

Cummings' health problems were not disclosed, but he was recently seen in a wheelchair in the halls of Congress.

Colleagues paid tribute to their fallen leader on Thursday.

"The news that our friend and colleague Elijah Cummings has passed away marks a sad day for the members of the United States Congress, the people of Baltimore, and the entire nation," said Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).

"His loss will be felt across our country," said Rep. Chrissy Houlihan (D-PA).

Cummings was first elected to Congress in 1996. He rose to become the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. He made headlines earlier this year when he objected to Trump referring to Baltimore as "rat- and rodent-infested.

Cummings, who represented Baltimore's majority-Black 7th Congressional District, attacked Trump for his administration's treatment of illegal immigrants arriving at the border.

Cummings was part of the House Democrats push to impeach Trump.

"We are going to uphold the rule of law," Cummings said in May after the White House attempted to stonewall the Mueller Russian collusion investigation.

"I'm begging the American people to pay attention to what is going on," Cummings said in a statement earlier this year. "Because if you want to have a democracy intact for your children, and your children's children, and generations yet unborn we've got to guard this moment. This is our watch."

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A federal appeals court has ordered President Donald Trump to turn over his tax returns to Congress.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that President Trump's accountants must hand over his tax returns. But Trump could still take the case to the full appeals court or even the Supreme Court.

House Democrats, who are desperate to impeach Trump before the 2020 election, are ecstatic over the appeals order.

"Today's ruling is a fundamental and resounding victory for Congressional oversight, our Constitutional system of checks and balances, and the rule of law," Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the oversight committee, said in a statement.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform subpoenaed Trump's tax records from Trump's accounts, Mazars USA, in April. The subpoena include documents from 2011 to 2018 that the House wants for investigation into the president's potential conflicts of interest.

House Democrats are also attempting to impeach Trump over a complaint filed by a CIA whistleblower who asked to remain anonymous.

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Ukraine's top prosecutor has reopened an investigation into the Burisma gas company that reportedly paid Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $3 million in salary and bonuses.

"We are now reviewing all the cases that were closed or split into several parts or were investigated before," said Ukraine's Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka, according to DailyMail.com.

Ukraine's former prosecutor who launched a probe into Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma was reportedly fired under pressure from then-Vice President Joe Biden.

The investigation into possible corruption by Joe and Hunter was reopened hours after U.S. President Trump asked Ukraine for assistance investigating the Bidens, saying the country "should investigate" Joe and Hunter Biden.

Trump is on the hot seat for asking a foreign government to help investigate his political rival.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump asked Zelensky for information on the Bidens.

House Democrats are looking into whether Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine if the government didn't comply with his wishes.

Trump reportedly fired the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine after Rudy Giuliani complained she would not launch an investigation into the Bidens.

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In an interview with The Associated Press, President Zelensky denied he was pressured by Trump to investigate Joe Biden and his son.

Asked by The Associated Press about Trump's comment Thursday that the U.S. has an "absolute right" to ask foreign leaders to investigate corruption cases, Zelensky said that Ukraine is "open" and that all the cases under investigation are "transparent."

The Bidens are accused of influence peddling by using Joe's position as Barack Obama's vice president to enrich himself and his son.

Hunter reportedly received $1.5 billion from the Chinese government, in addition to $3 million from Burisma gas company and untold millions from other foreign governments while Joe was VP.

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To hear the Democrats tell it, former President Barack Obama and Joe Biden are two brothers from a different mother. But according to an upcoming book, there was no love lost between Obama and his vice president.

The 'bromance' between Barack Obama and Joe Biden was more of a figment of Biden's imagination, according to the book: Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership.

The book, written by Steven Levingston, is set to be published by Hachette Books on October 8.

The book explores the secret animosity Obama held for Biden, whom he refused to endorse in 2016 or 2020.

"Barack had placed his bet on Hillary, the one he believed would confirm his revolutionary stamp on American's political culture - the first black president passing the baton to the first woman president," Levingston writes.

To save face, Biden claims he never asked Obama to endorse him, but he was offended when Obama met with other potential presidential candidates.

During a rambling speech by Biden in the early 2000s, Obama rolled his eyes and passed a note to his adviser Robert Gibbs, saying: "Shoot. Me. Now."

According to Levingston, Obama harbored a thinly veiled hatred for bumbling Joe Biden. He thought Biden was error prone and had a fast and loose tongue.

Obama reportedly with Biden to ask him not to run for president. Obama's choice for the nomination is California Senator Kamala Harris.

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Many are saying President Trump pulled an epic chess move by leaking information to an unidentified “whistleblower" after the latest impeachment effort blew up in the Democrats' faces.

Trump was on the hot seat for allegedly pressuring Ukraine's president to reopen an investigation into Joe Biden and his son.

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On Tuesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an unofficial impeachment inquiry into Trump.

Then Trump did something the Democrats did not expect - he released the unredacted transcript of the phone conversation between himself and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The transcript, which did not contain the bombshell the Democrats had hoped for - did allow Trump to get the word "CrowdStrike" trending on Twitter. He also mentioned the fact that Biden bragged about firing the Ukraine prosecutor who was investigating his son, Hunter.

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Hunter Biden was paid $50,000 per month to serve on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. Hunter also received $1.5 billion from China. Funds that Republicans claim were influence peddling.

Elizabeth Warren, who passed Biden in the polls this week, hesitated when asked whether she would allow her vice president's son to sit on the board of a foreign company. "No," she said before adding, "I don't know. I mean I'd have to go back and look at the details."

Within an hour after the White House released the transcript, Twitter users uploaded a video that shows Biden bragging about withholding a billion dollars from Ukraine if the prosecutor wasn't fired.

"You're not getting the billion dollars. Call Barack," Biden says. "If the prosecutor isn't fired, you're not getting the money."

 

The Democrats accused Trump of withholding military aid to Ukraine. Now here is Biden admitting he did the same thing as vice president.

The damning video embarrassed Biden and the Democrats. Flustered Democrats are demanding to know why Pelosi rushed the impeachment inquiry without first reviewing the evidence.

Biden's loose lips is probably why former President Barack Obama pleaded with him not to run for president.

Obama's choice for the nomination is California Senator Kamala Harris. But she has gone missing from the headlines in recent weeks and is no longer considered a serious contender.

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Twitter users threw an impromptu party after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Black Twitter also celebrated under the hashtag #ImpeachmentParty on Tuesday.

In a tweet on Tuesday Trump called the impeachment inquiry a "witch hunt."

"There has been no President in the history of our Country who has been treated so badly as I have. The Democrats are frozen with hatred and fear. They get nothing done. This should never be allowed to happen to another President. Witch Hunt!"

Twitter's hopes are high that the Senate will vote to impeach Trump who is under fire for allegedly asking the Ukrainian president to give him dirt on his political rival Joe Biden.

One Twitter user wrote: "I know this is just a first step, but damnit we've waited SO. LONG. for the start of *something* more tangible, lord knows we deserve an #ImpeachmentParty".

Others wondered why Pelosi took so long to begin the impeachment inquiry into Trump's alleged high crimes and misdemeanors.

Political pundits criticized the Democrats for attempting to impeach Trump with the election just one year away. They say the impeachment process will distract from the Democratic candidates and possibly backfire on the Democrats.

Trump's good friend, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee had the best response to the impeachment party celebrations.

"I'll release later today an unredacted transcript of phone call I had with @PapaJohns ordering a pepperoni pizza. Jerry Nadler has subpoenaed it and AOC demanded that the pepperoni be removed to save the planet. #ImpeachmentParty".

 

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Tuesday. Pelosi made the announcement after meeting with House Democrats in a closed door session on Tuesday.

"Today, I'm announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," said Pelosi on Tuesday.

Trump is under fire for allegedly pressuring the Ukrainian president to give him dirt on former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

At issue is a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump allegedly pressured the Ukrainian government to reopen an investigation into presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.

On Wednesday, the White House released the unredacted transcript of the phone call between the U.S president and the Ukrainian president.

Among the 5 pages is a section where Trump asks President Zelensky to do the United States a favor and find out what he knows about Hillary Clinton's email server.

"The server, they say Ukraine has it," Trump said.

Trump also asked Zelensky about the now closed investigation into Biden's son, Hunter Biden, who was allegedly paid millions of dollars to sit on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

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Trump was interested in reports that Biden, while still vice president, forced out Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin who was investigating Hunter's business dealings with an energy company called Burisma Holdings.

"There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that," said Trump. "So whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went about bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it... It sounds horrible to me."

The whistleblower who leaked the details of the phone call to the media has indicated through his or her attorney that they are willing to testify before Congress.

If Trump is impeached, he will join 2 other sitting presidents to be impeached in the modern era: Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon.

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The Democrats are all aboard the Impeach Trump train amid reports that President Trump threatened Ukrainian officials if they didn’t investigate Joe Biden and his son.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has resisted all efforts to impeach Trump, will hold a closed-door meeting with House Democrats today at 4pm to start formal impeachment proceedings.

At issue is whether President Trump threatened to withhold military aid money from Ukrainian officials if they didn't reopen their investigation into possible corruption by Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

Pelosi previously declined to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump unless the American people demanded it.

Americans remain divided on the decision to impeach Trump, according to multiple polls.

Trump is under fire for asking the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, who reportedly took $1.5 billion in payouts from China and was paid millions in lucrative business dealings with Ukrainian officials.

Trump was interested in reports that Biden, while still vice president, forced out Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin who was investigating Hunter's business dealings with an energy company called Burisma Holdings.

Trump called Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in July to congratulate him on winning the election.

During the conservation Trump made an inquiry into reports that Hunter, who was not a public official, was paid millions of dollars as a board member of Ukraine's Burisma Holdings.

Speaking to reporters Monday at the United Nations, President Trump denied asking Ukraine officials to reopen their investigation into Biden and his son.

Questioning what law he'd broken, Trump said "it would probably, possibly have been O.K. if I did".

"But I didn't," Trump insisted. "I didn't put any pressure on them whatsoever."

Trump failed to explain why he placed a freeze on hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to the Ukraine just one week before the phone call with the Ukraine president.

Trump said he didn't threaten to withhold military aid money from Zelensky if he didn't reopen the investigation into Hunter Biden.

The president also hinted he may turn over a recording of the phone conversation.

Trump criticized the White House whistleblower who revealed the phone conversation, calling him or her "unpatriotic."

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Isaiah Washington publicly switched political parties after decades of registering as a Democrat. The 56-year-old actor explained why he abandoned the Democratic Party and doesn't care if you cancel him.

The Grey's Anatomy actor says he's joined the "Walkaway movement," a movement dedicated to helping Black people leave the Democratic plantation.

He explained his newfound political affiliation in an interview with Fox Nation's "Nuff Said with Tyrus".

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Washington said he decided to leave the plantation because Democrats aren't doing enough for Black people.

 

"Walking away is a sacrifice," Washington said. "There's a risk and there's a penalty for it, but you have to walk away when it matters ... and the reason I chose to walk away from the Democratic party ... is that something doesn't feel right."

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Later, Washington took to Twitter.com to defend his decision.

"Judging by a certain demographic on social media, you'd swear my last interview on @foxnation was declaring that EVERYONE #WalkAway from @PopeyesChicken chicken sandwiches FOREVER," he joked.

He added: "The 'Cancel Culture' is self-defeating. I mean, if I've been 'Cancelled' more than 4 times, doesn't logic dictate that I was never 'Cancelled' at all? I mean, why keep letting me know that I'm 'Cancelled', if you 'Cancelled' me 4 times ago? Please look up the word 'indifference.'"

He continued: "I dated a woman that was addicted to crack. I became addicted to trying to save her. She stole from me and disappeared for days, worrying me to death. I really loved her and when I tried to reason with her to get her help, she refused, berated & attacked me much like Black [Democrats]."

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A disappointed President Trump has canceled a planned state visit to Denmark after Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen adamantly refused to sell Greenland to him. Trump and his wife Melania were scheduled to arrive in Denmark on September 2 at the invitation of Denmark's Queen Margrethe II. But now Trump says he's not going.

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There's an old saying that goes, "If you let a person talk long enough, they will reveal their true intentions." Presidential frontrunner Joe Biden, who has dubbed himself the "gaffe machine", made another Freudian slip while speaking to voters in Iowa on Thursday.

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Rev. Al Sharpton (D) and former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael Steele (R) addressed comments made by President Donald Trump who attacked Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings as a "bully" and the city of Baltimore as crime and rat-infested.

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Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib (not pictured) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who call themselves "the Squad", conducted a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Monday to respond to comments tweeted by President Donald Trump.

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