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House impeachment managers made their opening statements on day 2 of Donald Trump's impeachment trial on the Senate floor on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

The 7 House Democrat impeachment managers are pictured (L-R) Rep. Jason Crow, of Colorado; Val Demings, of Florida; Sen. Adam Schiff, of California; Rep. Sylvia Garcia, of Texas; Rep. Zoe Lofgren, of California; Rep. Jerrold "Jerry" Nadler, of NY; and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, of NY.

Tuesday's opening session drew 11 million TV viewers. Republicans seemed uninterested and bored as lead manager Schiff pleaded for help removing "corrupt" President Trump from office on Wednesday.

President Trump is on trial for abuse of power and obstruction of justice. He was impeached by House Democrats in December.

Now it's the Senate's turn to either vote to remove Trump from office or acquit him of all charges.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff invoked the founding fathers and quoted Alexander Hamilton in his lengthy opening statement.

As Schiff's opening statement dragged on, some Republican Senators left their seats and disappeared into the hall.

According to the NY Daily News, at one point, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham was gone for 30 minutes. Other senators also disappeared for lengthy coffee breaks while Schiff spoke to empty seats.

Democratic senators who sat and listened to 9 hours of opening statements were dismayed and "disheartened" at the lack of interest shown by their Republican counterparts.

"I don't have any insight into what they're thinking, but there are moments in a trial when people vote with their feet," said Delaware Senator Chris Coons.

"Jurors don't get to do that in a real jury. We are acting as if [we're] a jury, and it is somewhat disconcerting to have folks absent for long periods of time."
But Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy begged to differ.

Cassidy, who took two 20-minute breaks, said it wasn't necessary for him to sit there and listen to the same evidence he has already heard.

"If they say something I've not previously heard I write it down. Just new facts, it helps me focus," Cassidy said.

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Hakeem Jeffries, who quoted the late rapper Notorious B.I.G., was interrupted by a heckler during his opening statement.

House Democrats hope to convince at least four Republicans to vote with them to allow subpoenas of records and key witnesses including national security advisor John Bolton and White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

Republicans offered a horse-trading deal to allow testimony by Bolton in exchange for authorizing them to subpoena Joe or Hunter Biden.

But Democrats quickly shot down the deal. "That's off the table," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Joe Biden, who was in Iowa speaking to voters on Wednesday, also said no to the deal.

"The reason I would not make the deal, the bottom line is, this is a constitutional issue," Biden said. "We're not going to turn it into a farce or political theater. I want no part of that."

House managers are expected to continue their opening statements on Thursday and Friday. Each side is given 24 hours for opening statements before Trump's legal team is allowed to rebut.

There are rumors that Trump's lawyers may rest their case without any rebuttal. But Trump's legal team denied the rumors.

"There's a lot of things I'd like to rebut," said Trump's top lawyer Jay Sekulow, "and we will rebut."

After the rebuttal, the Senate will vote to acquit or remove the president without calling any witnesses.

President Trump, who is attending the economic forum in Switzerland, is optimistic of a quick acquittal.

"We have a great case," he told reporters.

Trump said he didn't object to Bolton or other witnesses testifying during the Senate trial, but he claimed "national security" concerns might prevent them from doing so.

Trump blocked Bolton and other key witnesses from testifying during the House impeachment hearings in December.

The Senate trial is expected to wrap up next week.

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The first full day of Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial adjourned at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday after 13 hours of intense debates.

In December, House Democrats voted to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Now it's the Senate's turn to either vote to remove Trump from office or acquit him of all charges.

The Senate passed Mitch McConnell's impeachment trial rules after heated debates on the Senate floor.

McConnell's rules gives each side 24 hours to argue their cases. Then the Senate will quickly vote to either convict or acquit the President of the United States.

The trial is expected to end next week without calling any witnesses.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) slammed the rules set by Senate Majority Leader McConnell (right), which she claims are a cover-up attempt by President Trump.

Pelosi criticized McConnell's rules as a "dark of night impeachment trial," claiming that he has "misled the American people."

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In a statement on Tuesday, Pelosi said: "Leader McConnell's process is deliberately designed to hide the truth from the Senate and from the American people."

All 11 of the amendments introduced by the Democrats on the Senate floor were shot down by Republicans on Tuesday.

The Democrats wanted to subpoena key witnesses who have insider knowledge of the phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president last year.

One of the amendments introduced by the Democrats sparked a heated exchange between House Judiciary Committee chief Jerry Nadler and Trump's high-powered legal team.

Nadler accused Trump's lawyers of attempting a cover-up by blocking key witnesses, including Ambassador John Bolton, NBC News reported.

"Will you bring Ambassador Bolton here?" Nadler asked. "Will you permit us to present you with the entire record of the president's misconduct? Or will you instead choose to be complicit in the president's cover-up?"

Nadler further accused "a lot of senators" of "voting for a cover-up... a treacherous vote."

Nadler said Senate Republicans were traitors who should be embarrassed.

His accusations irked Trump's lead attorney Pat Cippolone, who clapped back, saying it's Nadler who should be embarrassed.

"The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you for the way you've addressed [the Senators]. This is the United States Senate. You're not in charge here!"

The heated exchange earned a rebuke from Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, who reminded both parties that they are "addressing the world's greatest deliberative body."

Roberts added: "I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are!"
The Senate impeachment trial will resume at 1 p.m. Wednesday with opening arguments from House Democrats.

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President Trump's long-awaited Senate trial is underway on Capitol Hill. After dispensing of pre-trial procedures last week, the Senate opened Trump's impeachment trial on Tuesday. The trial is expected to wrap up as soon as next week.

Trump was impeached by Nancy Pelosi's House Democrats in December for asking the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden for corruption and interfering in the 2016 elections.

High-powered attorneys Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr head Trump's legal team. Starr prosecuted Bill Clinton during his impeachment.

Adam Schiff said Trump has the right to call witnesses, but Schiff warned Trump's high-powered defense team not to call Hunter Biden as a witness.

Schiff, who heads the Democratic managers for the House, insisted that calling Biden as a witness would amount to "abuse".

Republicans accused Biden of using his power to enrich his sons who earned tens of millions of dollars while Biden was vice president to Barack Obama.

"It would not be appropriate for the president to seek to call witnesses merely to try to perpetuate the same smear campaign that was foiled when his plot was discovered," Schiff said in an interview on the CBS Evening News.

"Hunter Biden, for example, can't tell us anything about whether the president withheld military aid, whether he withheld that aid to coerce Ukraine to conduct political investigations or how he wouldn't meet with the president of Ukraine."

Schiff added: That's an illegitimate abuse of the trial. The chief justice, who may have an opportunity to rule on material witnesses, as well as senators should not permit that kind of abuse."

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Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race after former NY mayor Mike Bloomberg passed him in the national polls.

"It's with a full heart that I share this news-- I'm suspending my campaign for president," Booker tweeted on Monday morning.

Booker, 50, withdrew from the race after he learned he was polling at less than 2 percent among Democratic voters. Bloomberg is polling at 6 percent after spending nearly a quarter of his fortune on television advertising. Bloomberg recently dropped $8 million on a 30-second Super Bowl commercial.

President Trump couldn't resist mocking the New Jersey senator in a tweet following Booker's announcement.

"Really Big Breaking News (Kidding)," Trump wrote. "Booker, who is in zero polling territory, just dropped out of the Democrat Presidential Primacy race. Now I can rest easy tonight. I was sooo concerned that I would someday have to go head to head with him!"

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Twitter users didn't go easy on the senator or his girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson, 40.

Many Twitter users believe Dawson is Booker's beard. They claim Booker is on the down low and Rosario agreed to help improve his public image as a heterosexual.

"Now they can stop pretending," tweeted one user.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ready to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate, after sitting on the documents for three weeks. Pelosi said she will transmit the articles next week.

The House Democrats voted unanimously to impeach President Donald Trump in December. But Pelosi delayed sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate for the second phase of the impeachment process - the trial.

In a letter to her Democratic colleagues on Friday, Pelosi said she asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to prepare a resolution to appoint managers to transmit the articles of impeachment next week.

Pelosi was under increasing pressure from both sides of the aisle to transmit the articles, after she claimed impeaching Trump was "urgent" and "necessary" to preserve the legitimacy of the 2020 elections.

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The House has no control over the Senate trial, but Pelosi refused to send the documents until Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell advised her of the steps he would take to try Trump. Pelosi is pictured with McConnell in a photo dated Dec. 8, 2016.

"Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or to the Constitution," Pelosi wrote in the letter to her colleagues. "No one is above the law, not even the President."

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The House voted unanimously on Thursday to approve a war powers resolution that, at least in theory, limits President Trump's use of military force in Iran.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 224-194 to pass the resolution which would restrict Trump's ability to start a war against Iran unless he receives approval from Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drafted the resolution in response to the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike at the Baghdad Airport on Jan. 3.

Pelosi and other Democratic lawmakers were furious that Trump didn't inform them before he ordered the strike.

The House resolution is non-binding meaning even if it is approved by the Senate, it would not go to Trump's desk for a signature.

"This is a statement of the Congress of the United States. I will not have that statement diminished by having a president veto it or not," said Pelosi during a press conference on Thursday.

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A Florida man is behind bars for threatening President Donald Trump on Facebook Live. Chauncy Lump, 26, wore a towel on his head and a show curtain over his body in the Facebook Live video.

He smeared white cream on his face and threatened Trump’s life after Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was blown apart in a drone missile strike in Iraq on Jan. 3.

"He killed my leader, and I have to kill him. I am ready for Donald. I am ready," Lump said, according to the complaint.

"Do Not play with me, I have AK-47, I have it here, do not play with me, okay," he said before threatening to travel to West Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump was staying on Friday night.

When Secret Service agents showed up at his door the next day, Lump told them the threats were intended as "a joke." But federal agents weren't laughing as they took him into custody.

Lump was charged with knowingly and willfully making threats to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the president of the United States, a federal crime.

The Secret Service was tipped off by a Facebook employee who spotted the video shortly after it went live on a page called "BlackMan Vs America."

Lump legally owns a semi-automatic pistol. He told agents he had a bachelor's degree in homeland security from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, but authorities ran a background check and learned he only completed one semester.

Lump told authorities the video was a mistake. "I shouldn't have did it in the first place," he said, according to the complaint.

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A civilian jetliner crashed in Iran shortly after take-off from Tehran Airport, about an hour after Iran fired missiles at Iraq bases that house U.S. troops.

The crash killed all 176 souls on board the Ukrainian airliner early Wednesday morning local time.

Among the dead are 3 British citizens, 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 3 Germans, and 10 Swedes.

Video footage shows smoldering wreckage at the crash site shortly after dawn on Wednesday.

Safety experts said the plane crash was caused by engine problems that were unrelated to the missile attack on Iraq military bases. The airline said the pilot did not declare an emergency.

There were no American casualties or injuries in the missile attacks. The damage was minimal after the Iranians fired 15 ballistics missiles at the Iraqi bases where U.S. troops are stationed.

According to published reports, the missiles struck 2 empty bases in Iraq. The Pentagon was warned before the start of the attack and the bases were cleared of U.S. personnel before the missiles struck.

President Donald Trump assured Americans in a tweet regarding the missile attack late Tuesday night.

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Iran fired missiles at multiple Iraqi military bases that house U.S. troops late Tuesday night. No American soldier was injured or killed during the attacks that occurred around 4 a.m. Wednesday local time.

Pentagon officials said Iran launched 15 ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases in western Iraq. Four of the missiles fell out of the sky. At least 2 of the missiles hit Iraqi bases.

President Donald Trump assured Americans in a tweet regarding the missile attack.

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In a tweet late Tuesday, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the attack was in retaliation for the targeted killing of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani.

Zarif said the attack was over.

"Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched."

He continued: "We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggressions."

Soleimani was killed in an air drone strike after he arrived at the Baghdad Airport from Syria on Jan. 3.

Soleimani was killed after the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was attacked and torched last week. An American contractor died in the attack.

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The Senate will go forward with the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) announced Tuesday.

McConnell said 51 Senators voted to move forward with the trial without the articles of impeachment, which House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (left) has refused to send to the Senate after House Democrats voted to impeach Trump last month.

"We have the votes," McConnell said in a press conference on Tuesday.

McConnell said the Senate will follow the precedent set by the Clinton impeachment trial 22 years ago.

"What's good for President Clinton is good for President Trump," McConnell said in response to a question about the Senate vote to call witnesses.

"We'll get around to discussion of witnesses," he added. "51 Senators determine what we do."

Pelosi previously said she would turn over the articles of impeachment to the Senate when she was assured there would be a fair trial.

During a meeting with the visiting Greek Prime Minister on Tuesday afternoon, Trump said he is ready for the Senate trial.

"It's a hoax; the impeachment is a big hoax," he said. "It's become a laughing stock all over the world... In many ways, it's one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated on our country," he told reporters.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is charging President Donald Trump with a war crime for killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who is responsible for the murders of hundreds of Americans.

In a letter sent to her Democrat colleagues in the House of Representatives late Sunday, Pelosi said she is drafting a "War Powers Resolution" that charges Trump with a war crime under international law.

Pelosi claims the death of Soleimani was "provocative and disproportionate."

The letter further claims that Trump's military action amounts to a war crime because he did not have Congressional approval to go after an Iranian government official on foreign soil.

Soleimani was a military commander, not a government official.

Soleimani was among 10 Iranians killed in a surgical drone strike at the Baghdad Airport on the night of Jan. 3. He was 62.

Pelosi's War Resolution would limit Trump's military powers and prevent him from taking any more military action against Iran.

Pelosi's letter is considered America's "pre-emptive surrender to Iran."

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Secret Service agents have beefed up security and added four checkpoints at Mar-a-Lago to examine vehicles for explosives amid threats from Iran.

Security is even tougher at Mar-a-Lago after Iran placed an $80 million bounty on Trump's head as revenge for the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a drone strike last week.

According to London's Daily Mail, an Iranian presidential adviser posted a list of Trump’s properties around the world as potential targets.

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Among those properties is Trump's expansive Mar-a-Lago estate. Guests must pass through as many as four Secret Service checkpoints to enter Mar-a-Lago.

The extra protections are in addition to the security measures by the U.S. Air Force, which enforces a no-fly zone over Mar-a-Lago whenever Trump is in town.

The U.S. Coast Guard also ramped up patrols in the waters around Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach police have shut down roads leading to the estate.

Trucks and other vehicles are searched and the U.S. Army maintains strict patrols on the grounds of the posh estate.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she plans to limit President Donald Trump's military actions in Iran by introducing a War Powers Resolution in the House.

"This week, the House will introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit the President's military actions regarding Iran," Pelosi wrote in a letter to fellow Democrats overnight.

The House Democrats voted to impeach Trump in December. But Pelosi is still withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate that would allow the impeachment process to continue.

Pelosi's resolution "reasserts Congress's long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken" the military action in Iran will "cease within 30 days."

Pelosi and other Democrats criticized Trump for not informing Congress of his plans to kill Iranian general Qassem Soleimani with a drone air strike last week.

Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon that "legal notice is not required" for him to take action to protect the country.

Trump advised Congress - in a tweet - that he will "quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner" if Iran attacks "any U.S. person or target."

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Iran has vowed to take revenge on Trump and America for killing Soleimani. But Trump hit back, saying he has 52 targets in Iran that will go up in smoke if Americans are attacked.

The targets include military sites, oil fields, and even cultural and historic sites in Iran.

"They're allowed to kill our people. They're allowed to torture and maim our people. They're allowed to use roadside bombs and blow our people up, and we're not allowed to touch their cultural sites? It doesn't work that way," Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Sunday.

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In other news, Iran reportedly placed an $80 million bounty on Trump's head. Mexican comedian George Lopez offered to do the job for half that amount.

Lopez made the comment on an Instagram post shared by Chicano Worldstar, a news outlet that wrote about the bounty on Trump's head.

"We'll do it for half," Lopez wrote.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is sitting on the documents required to impeach President Donald Trump until 2020. In an unprecedented move, Pelosi is refusing to send over the articles until next year.

The House Democrats voted to approve 2 articles of impeachment against Trump on Wednesday night. The 2 articles accuse Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

But Trump is not officially impeached until Pelosi transmits the articles to the Senate - which she has refused to do.

The articles of impeachment are typically transmitted electronically immediately after the vote to impeach. If Pelosi doesn't send over the articles, it would mean Trump is not officially impeached.

The Democrats have a lot to lose if Pelosi sends over the articles, and Trump gets the long Senate trial that he wants.

A long Senate trial would give Trump the opportunity to call witnesses to testify under oath.

Trump's list would include presidential candidate Joe Biden, disgraced ex-FBI agent James Comey, and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Republicans were quick to respond with laughter and ridicule on Thursday. They accused Pelosi of obstructing justice herself by not handing over the articles.

GOP members say Pelosi is holding onto the articles because she knows she has a "weak case" against Trump, and she is concerned that Trump will have the upper hand.

She has said she will not turn over the articles until she knows McConnell will proceed with a "fair" trial.

"It's beyond me how [Pelosi] and [Hoyer] think withholding the articles of impeachment and not sending them over gives them leverage," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Thursday.

McConnell has the only say on whether Trump gets a trial in the Senate. He has previously indicated that he will acquit Trump without a trial and without calling any witnesses.

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House Democrats impeached President Donald Trump by a majority vote on Wednesday, making him only the 3rd President to be impeached in U.S. history.

Millions of Americans who rejoiced the impeachment last night are waking up this morning to find Trump is still their President.

House Democrats insisted impeachment was necessary to protect the election process. But now House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is attempting to delay the process.

Sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate would signal the start of Trump's impeachment trial. The articles normally would be sent immediately after the impeachment vote.

When asked whether she planned to send over the articles of impeachment on Wednesday night, Pelosi said she wants to see if the Republican-controlled Senate would play "fair" with the rules.

She also declined to name her "trial managers" to present their case for convicting Trump.

"We can't name managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side and I would hope that would be soon," she told reporters. "So far, we haven't seen anything that looks fair to us," she added.

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Pelosi has no control over the Senate which is led by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), pictured with Pelosi in 2016.

President Trump has said he wants a long trial so he can call witnesses to testify under oath. His list includes ex-FBI director James Comey and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

But McConnell, who has the final say, won't allow Trump to call any witnesses. McConnell wants a quick end to the impeachment trial.

Pelosi appears to be delaying the impeachment trial to prevent the Republicans from abruptly acquitting Trump.

Pelosi referenced McConnell's recent remarks - that he is coordinating with the White House - as proof that McConnell plans to hand Trump a quick victory.

"This is what I don't consider a fair trial," she said. "That leader McConnell has stated that he's not an impartial juror, that he's going to take his cues, in quotes, from the White House, and he's working in total coordination with the White House's counsel's office."

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President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, making him the third President to be impeached in U.S. history.

Only 2 Democrats opposed the 2 articles of impeachment, and every Republican voted against the resolution.

Black Twitter celebrated Trump's impeachment on Wednesday night. Many were blissfully unaware that Trump is still their president.

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Trump hosted a campaign rally in Michigan, while the Democrats debated on Capitol Hill. The Trump campaign released a tersely-worded statement condemning the Democrats for their "cold, calculated, and concocted 3-year impeachment sham."

"The President is just getting stronger while support for the Democrats' political theater has faded," the statement continued.

The next step in the impeachment process is a hearing in the Senate, where the Republicans hold the majority.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he will move to dismiss the trial without hearing any witnesses.

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Tens of thousands of Americans rallied across the nation in support of impeaching President Donald Trump on the eve of the House Democrats' historic vote.

Evening rallies took place in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles and even Republican stronghold cities to support impeaching Trump. The House vote is expected to be held on Wednesday evening on Capitol Hill.

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Protesters from coast to coast held up homemade signs and shouted "impeach Trump!" and "No one's able the law."

One sign read: "Make America Proud Again Impeach Trump." Others signs read: "Impeach and Remove," and "All I want for Christmas is impeach Trump."

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The demonstrators - young and old - braved cold temperatures and freezing rain so their voices could be heard at rallies were organized by a coalition of liberal groups such as MoveOn.org.

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House Democrats voted to approve two articles of impeachment against Trump, citing abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Trump is on the hot seat for asking a foreign power to investigate possible corruption by presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

On Tuesday, President Trump drafted a six-page letter criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership. He specifically criticized her for saying she prays for him.

"Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying 'I pray for the President,' when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense," Trump wrote.

Pelosi called Trump's letter "sick," telling CNN, "I have no reactions. It's ridiculous."

She added, "I haven't fully read it. We've been working. I've seen the essence of it, though, and it's really sick."

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama dropped another hint that he may back a woman - most likely Hillary Clinton - for the Democratic nomination.

In June 2016, Obama endorsed Clinton for president, saying, "I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office."

Obama believed strongly that Clinton would beat Donald Trump in 2016. He reportedly said there was "no way Americans would turn on him" and "his legacy was in safe hands."

But after Trump won the election, Obama took Clinton's loss as a "personal insult."

On Monday, Obama again tried to warm voters up to the idea that a woman can lead the country.

During an appearance this week at the Singapore Expo, Obama said women were "indisputably better" as world leaders than men.

Addressing women directly, Obama said, "Now women, I just want you to know; you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you're better than us [men]."

He said the world's problems are caused by "old men" "not getting out of the way.”

"If you look at the world and look at the problems it's usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way."

Many took his remark as a jab at his former vice president Joe Biden, who Obama previously said "doesn't have it".

Obama went on to say he believes "every nation" should be led by women.

"I'm absolutely confident," he said, "That for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything... living standards and outcomes."

It's no secret that Obama wants access to the White House. His office is located in Washington D.C. - just a stone's throw from his former address.

Meanwhile, Clinton is also dropping hints that she is ready to enter the race.

On Dec. 12, she tweeted a link to a website with information in support of impeaching President Trump. She urged her followers to spread the information to friends and family.

And a new poll shows Clinton comfortably ahead of all Democratic candidates.

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After taking a victory lap last week, James Comey shocked everyone by apologizing for the FBI's "gross misconduct" in obtaining FISA warrants to spy on President Donald Trump's campaign.

Comey headed the FBI from 2013 until he was fired by incoming President Donald Trump in 2017.

After inspector general Michael Horowitz released his long-awaited report last week, Comey called the report "ridiculous" and claimed it vindicated him of any bias toward Trump.

But the inspector general's report found 17 "significant errors and omissions" by the FBI who presented this falsified info to a judge in order to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Trump's 2016 campaign.

Comey was still claiming victory for himself until he sat down for an interview with Fox News Sunday on Dec. 15. He suddenly remembered being responsible for "real sloppiness" over the handling of the FISA warrant to spy on a Trump campaign adviser.

He said his earlier defense of the FBI was "wrong", and that inspector general Horowitz "was right."

Comey's confession sent the liberal news media reeling on Sunday.

According to the Guardian.com, Comey may have changed his tune after President Trump threatened "years in jail."

"I was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI had built over 20 years," Comey said on Sunday. "I thought they were robust enough. It's incredibly hard to get a Fisa and [Horowitz] was right: there was real sloppiness. It was not acceptable."

According to the Guardian, Comey's sudden change of heart gives Trump and the Republicans the fuel they need to continue to attack the FBI as the heart of the "deep state".

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President Donald Trump was not impressed that Time magazine chose 16-year-old high school dropout Greta Thunberg as 2019 person of the year.

Thunberg is a Swedish activist who travels the world by train and boat to campaign against climate change.

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In a Thursday morning tweet, Trump called Time magazine's choice "ridiculous" and suggested Greta work on her "Anger Management" and make new friends her age.

"Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend," he wrote.

He added: "Chill Greta, Chill!"

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Trump was referring to Greta's angry outbursts and her habit of speaking to adults in a disrespectful tone. According to her handlers, Greta is "autistic.”

In response to Trump's tweet, Greta, who has 3 million followers, changed her Twitter bio to read:

"A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend."

Trump is the 2nd world leader to publicly spank the teenager this week.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro rebuked Greta after she criticized his country for not protecting indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon.

"It's impressive that the press is giving space to a brat like that," Bolsonaro said.

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Don Lemon nearly had a mental breakdown on the air, after President Donald Trump retweeted a video of himself as Thanos trolling House Democrats.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced articles of impeachment against the president on Tuesday, alleging abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

In the video, Trump's face is Photoshopped on the body of Marvel Supervillain Thanos, who says, "I am inevitable".

Then a black dust cloud blows Pelosi and the other Democrats off the podium during their press conference.

The video left Don Lemon momentarily speechless and in disbelief. The CNN anchor was apparently furious that Trump took the articles of impeachment so lightly.

“Uh... what are we, in junior high school?" he stammered.

"What the hell. What is this? Like, what? WHAT?! I cannot believe that I'm even having to report this on the news!"

CNN viewers mocked the "drama queen" anchor for reporting the video as news in the first place.

"Slow news day, Don?" one Twitter user wrote.
 

 

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House Democrats officially announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, alleging abuse of power and obstruction.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Committee chairpersons announced the articles of impeachment in a press conference on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

“The framers of the Constitution prescribed a clear remedy for presidents who so violate their oath of office,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. "No one, not even the president, is above the law."

The Democrats claim Trump tried to enlist a foreign power to investigate corruption by presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, in the Ukraine.

This makes the third time the Democrats have tried to impeach the president in the last 2 years. The previous two times they were unable to get the votes necessary to proceed with impeachment. But this time they might get lucky.

Nadler said the articles of impeachment meet the Constitutional requirements to charge "the president with high crimes and misdemeanors."

"Trump has engaged in unprecedented, categorical, and indiscriminate defiance of the impeachment inquiry," Nadler said.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif. called impeachment "an extraordinary remedy" that needed to be done.

"He has given us no choice," Schiff said of Trump. "To do nothing would make ourselves complicit in the president's abuse of his high office."

Nadler added that Trump interfered in the 2016 elections, and now the 2020 election.

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As usual, Trump fired back with both barrels blasting the inquiry as a "WITCH HUNT".

"Nadler just said that I 'pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election.' Ridiculous, and he knows that is not true. Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times, that there 'WAS NO PRESSURE.' Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!" Trump tweeted.

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Kid Rock slammed Oprah Winfrey in a drunken tirade during a scheduled performance at the Honky Tonk bar in Nashville, Tennessee.

In video footage obtained by TMZ, Rock, 48, used profanity in reference to the billionaire media mogul.

"F--- Oprah ... She can s--- d--- sideways," he said while holding a drink in his hand onstage.

"I don't like Oprah Winfrey or Joy Behar... they can suck a dick sideways," he said before adding he would tell them to "fuck off."

As some audience members called him out for being racist, Rock said "I'm not a bad guy, I'm just an honest guy, saying I don't like Oprah Winfrey and Joy Behar."

At the end of the video, Rock is physically removed from the stage by a uniformed officer.

The club owner later apologized and offered refunds to the show.

On Friday, Kid Rock tweeted an explanation for the incident. "My people tried to get me to do The Oprah Winfrey Show years ago and her people wanted me to write down five reasons why I loved her and her show... I said fuck that and her. End of story."

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Rock is no stranger to controversy. He alienated many of his Black rap fans when he aligned himself with President Donald Trump. The two men share a love for golf.

Last year, Rock was kicked out of the Nashville Christmas parade after making profane remarks about Behar.

And back in 2011, Rock was chastised for waving a Confederate flag on stage and accused of racism by protesters.

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President Donald Trump surprised U.S. troops in Afghanistan by serving them dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving. Trump arrived in Afghanistan after a 13-hour flight on Thursday. It was his first visit to the war torn country.

Trump's secret trip caught most of the news media off guard. Reporters in the press pool were not allowed to announce where they were going. Newsweek magazine erroneously described the President as spending Thanksgiving Day tweeting at his golf course.

After three and a half hours on the ground in Afghanistan, Trump boarded Air Force One for a long flight back to Florida.

The President looked exhausted after landing in Florida. According to published reports, Trump, 73, will spend the rest of the holiday weekend with his family at his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach.

"Just returned to the United States after spending a GREAT Thanksgiving with our Courageous American Warriors in Afghanistan!," he tweeted on Friday.

Trump was ridiculed on Twitter.com after he tweeted a meme of his head Photoshopped on Rocky Balboa's body. Rocky Balboa is a beloved fictitious boxing champion played by actor Sylvester Stallone in the 'Rocky' film franchise.

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Trump tweeted the meme after getting a clean bill of health from his personal physician. There was talk that Trump suffered a mild heart attack last weekend, but the rumors were unfounded.

The meme was a hit among pro-democracy protesters who held up copies of Trump's tweet during a Thanksgiving Day rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong, China.

The demonstration was their way of saying thank you to the United States after Trump signed legislation supporting the Hong Kong protesters. The new legislation requires annual reviews of Hong Kong's rights and freedoms.

China expressed disappointment in the new legislation.

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Former President Barack Obama reportedly told a Democratic candidate that Joe Biden "really doesn't have" a bond with the voters.

According to Politico's Ryan Lizza, Obama held meetings for Democratic candidates in his Washington, D.C. office earlier this year. The candidates were there seeking advice on how to evict President Donald Trump from the White House in 2020.

Lizza reported that Obama provided advice to candidates he met with. The meetings also gave him a chance to get to know each candidate to determine who is most likely to defeat Trump in next year's election.

According to Lizza's source, Obama offered the candidates advice about their strengths and weaknesses. Obama was reportedly "blunt" and honest with weaker candidates who didn't have what it took to defeat Trump.

"And you know who really doesn't have it? Joe Biden," Obama allegedly said.

Obama repeatedly declined to endorse Biden for President in the past, and he has kept his distance from his former vice president who has insurmountable issues that will weigh him down if he is nominated.

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Kim Kardashian-West and rapper A$AP Rocky were name dropped during Wednesday's Trump impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill, according to Variety.com.

As you know, the Democrats are attempting to impeach President Donald Trump for using a foreign power to investigate possible corruption by former Obama Vice President Joe Biden.

Gordon Sondland testified during the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday. Sondland, the wealthy hotel chain owner who donated at least $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee, was appointed by Trump as U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

According to an earwitness, Sondland called Trump on an unsecured cell phone from the patio of a restaurant to discuss rapper A$AP Rocky's detainment in Sweden.

Sondland was treating foreign service officials to lunch, including David Holmes, who testified in a deposition on Nov. 15 that he overheard Sondland discussing the rapper with President Trump on the phone.

"Ambassador Sondland told the president that the rapper was, quote unquote, kind of eff'd there," said Holmes, who added that Sondland told Trump that Rocky "should have pled guilty."

Holmes added: "He recommended that the President, quote, wait until after the sentencing or it would only make it worse, unquote, adding, the President should, quote, let him get sentenced, play the racism card, and give him a ticker-tape when he comes home."

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Holmes, left, said Sondland, right, also told Trump that, "Sweden should have released him on your word, and "tell the Kardashians you tried."

Testifying before the committee on Wednesday morning, Sondland said he vaguely remembered the conversation about A$AP Rocky. "Yeah, what triggered my memory was someone's reference to A$AP Rocky, which was I believe the primary purpose of the phone call," Sondland said.

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One week earlier, TMZ broke the news that Kim Kardashian-West and her husband, Kanye West, contacted Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, to enlist Trump's aid in securing A$AP Rocky's release from jail.

To date Rocky has never thanked Trump for speaking to the Swedish government on his behalf.

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Questions surround President Donald Trump's unscheduled visit to Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Rumors are swirling that Trump, 73, was rushed to the hospital complaining of chest pain.

The White House released a statement saying Trump went to the hospital for a routine physical exam. But the report was quickly dismissed by Washington insiders.

"The one thing you can be absolutely sure of is this was not routine and he didn't go up there for half his physical," tweeted Joe Lockhart, a press secretary under President Bill Clinton.

Insiders whisper that Trump had a mild heart attack, and that he suffers from Angina, chest pain caused by narrowing of the arteries that feeds oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscles. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease.

If the president did suffer a heart attack, it was likely caused by the stress of the ongoing impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Last week was tough for the real estate tycoon. Trump suffered a political defeat after his candidate for governor of Louisiana lost to sitting Governor John Bel Edwards in a state that Trump carried by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016.

And in another setback, Trump's friend and former advisor Roger Stone was found guilty on seven charges of lying to Congress, obstruction of Congress, and witness tampering. Stone faces a maximum of 50 years in a federal prison.

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The week is off to a good start for President Donald Trump who suffered political and personal setbacks last week. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked a NY Lower court order for Trump to release his tax returns to House Democrats in Congress.

Chief Justice John Roberts delayed the release of the tax returns while the Supreme Court considers Trump's appeal. The temporary stay will block the release of Trump's tax returns indefinitely.

The Supreme Court is also considering a separate pending request from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who wants to review Trump’s tax returns over allegations that business records were falsified as part of a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

A lower court in New York had ordered Trump's longtime accounting firm to turn over the president's financial records to the House Democrats who are in the process of impeaching the president.

Democrats have until Thursday, Nov. 21, to file a response to Chief Justice Roberts' order.

Trump suffered a political defeat after his candidate for governor of Louisiana lost to sitting Governor John Bel Edwards in a state that Trump carried by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016.

Trump had visited the state three times to stump for his candidate, including 48 hours before the gubernatorial election.

Twitter users taunted Trump for tweeting - and deleting - "Louisiana, 3 hours left, get out and vote for @EddieRispone for Governor. Lower taxes and much more!"

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In another setback last week, Trump's friend and former advisor Roger Stone was found guilty on seven charges of lying to Congress, obstruction of Congress, and witness tampering. Stone faces a maximum of 50 years in a federal prison.

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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.