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Lawmaker flips on impeachment over Trump’s Ukraine scandal: ‘I don’t think we have much of a choice’

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Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) said on Monday that lawmakers don’t “have much of a choice” but to impeach President Donald Trump, who allegedly asked Ukraine’s president to fabricate dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

“You have also been clear, sir, at least up until now that you are not supportive of impeachment against the president,” CNN host Poppy Harlow told Gonzalez. “You said just in June the best way to impeach Trump is to defeat him in 2020.”

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“But if The Wall Street Journal reporting bears out — and we have no reason to believe it won’t — that the president eight times demanded this investigation by Ukraine and if there was any quid pro quo for U.S. aid to Ukraine, do you then support impeachment of the president?” the CNN host asked.

“I don’t think we have a choice under the Constitution,” Gonzalez replied, “we must move forward with impeachment proceedings.”

“I don’t think we’ll have much of a choice,” he continued. “It seems like the president is really pushing us for impeachment proceedings. I don’t know if he’s baiting us, that he has a personal agenda that he thinks this is helpful for him.”

Watch the video below from CNN.

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President Donald Trump's legal team fought Monday to try and claim that Rudy Giuliani had nothing to do with the president's efforts in Ukraine.

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In fact, Giuliani crafted his own letter to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying that he was authorized to speak on behalf of President Donald Trump as a "private attorney." If the president cared so much about corruption in Ukraine, why would he be doing a shadow foreign policy using Giuliani instead of through Congress, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the United Nations, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund or a slew of other international groups interested in the issue.

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Trump lawyer cites former GOP senator to discredit impeachment — but leaves out he supports convicting the president

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During the Senate impeachment trial on Monday, White House lawyer Robert Ray attempted to contrast the impeachment of President Donald Trump with that of President Richard Nixon, by arguing that unlike in the former case, Republicans came together with Democrats to call for removing Nixon. As part of the comparison, he brought up then-Rep. William Cohen, who went on to become a U.S. senator from Maine and Secretary of Defense for President Bill Clinton.

"Together these six Republicans made history," said Ray. "They did so with no sense of triumph and no fist bumps."

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