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If Democratic investigations of Trump lead to impeachment, ‘that’s the place we have to go’: Nancy Pelosi

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In a conference call with House Democrats on Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly told her caucus that they should not rush into impeachment of President Donald Trump in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, and begin by pursuing additional investigations — but that if the facts of the investigation support impeaching the president, she would not stand in the way.

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“We don’t have to go to articles of impeachment to obtain the facts, the presentation of facts,” Pelosi said. But, if impeachment was the “place the facts take us, that’s the place we have to go.”

Since Mueller’s report detailed compelling evidence that Trump may have committed obstruction of justice to bury the Russia investigation, several Democrats, including presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), have called for impeachment. Thus far, Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have resisted the idea of immediately pushing for that route.


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Mitch McConnell may let Republicans write Senate impeachment rules without Democratic votes

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is plotting to shut out Democrats on impeachment if a bipartisan compromise on rules for the trial can't be reached.

The Kentucky Republican said this week that he hopes to reach an agreement on rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, but he's also readying a "backup plan" in case he can't reach an agreement with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, reported Vanity Fair.

“The first thing Sen. Schumer and I will do is see if there’s a possibility of agreement on a procedure,” McConnell said. “That failing, I would probably come back to my own members and say, ‘Okay, can 51 of us agree how we’re going to handle this?’”

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Fresno Bee burns Nunes to the ground in scathing editorial

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The editorial board of the Fresno Bee has written a scathing takedown of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his extraordinary fealty to President Donald Trump, which the editors say is harming the country.

Specifically, the editorial accuses Nunes of forsaking his oath of office as a congressman to serve as Trump's most loyal toady on the House Intelligence Committee.

"As has been true for nearly all of Trump’s first term, Nunes has relinquished his proper role as an independent representative of Congress and has instead acted like a member of the Trump 2020 re-election team," the editorial states.

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Republicans blundered badly as their own impeachment expert witness wrecked their defenses of Trump: columnist

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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pinned their hopes on George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, their sole expert witness on the panel at the hearing on Wednesday, to discredit the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump.

But as anti-Trump conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote for the Washington Post, even Turley's testimony ended up damaging the GOP more than Democrats, because he undercut one of the GOP's most solid narratives in defense of the president: that trying to extort Ukraine with military aid would not be impeachable even if it was proven.

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