White House emails add new twist to impeachment trial

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The Impeachment Process: Explained. Impeachment is the political process of removing a civil officer from office for reasons of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”. It can be brought against even the highest officials, such as the President and Vice President. . The process begins in the U.S. House of Representatives, where a suggestion to impeach must be made and then authorized to proceed by the Speaker of the House. From there, the speaker chooses to move the inquiry to either a

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Sen. Chuck Schumer demands more documents after emails show aid to Ukraine suspended 90 minutes after Trump phone call

Sen. Chuck Schumer said Monday that newly released emails showing that military aid to Ukraine was suspended 90 minutes after President Donald Trump demanded “a favor” from Ukraine’s president were “explosive.” They strengthened, he said, Democratic demands for far more internal administration documents ahead of Trump’s impeachment trial.

The emails, made public over the weekend, included one from a White House budget office aide, Michael Duffey, telling Pentagon officials to keep quiet “given the sensitive nature of the request.”

The timing of the email — just an hour and a half after Trump raised investigations of his Democratic rivals with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine — added an element to Democrats’ contentions that they say become clearer with every new release of evidence: Trump abused the power of his office to solicit Ukraine to help him win reelection in 2020.

"What happened over the weekend has only bolstered the case that documents should be produced and witnesses testify." — Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

“What happened over the weekend has only bolstered the case that documents should be produced and witnesses testify,” Schumer of New York, the Senate Democratic leader, said at a news conference, referring to the emails released to the Center for Public Integrity.

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, showed no sign that he would comply with Schumer’s request. Still, Schumer clearly believed the new emails gave Democrats momentum to present evidence in the trial that the House did not have when it charged Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer continues to press for the release of more documents and for White House officials to testify in a Senate impeachment trial.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer continues to press for the release of more documents and for White House officials to testify in a Senate impeachment trial.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer continues to press for the release of more documents and for White House officials to testify in a Senate impeachment trial.

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In a letter to his Senate colleagues, Schumer laid out a long list of records that Democrats would like to see, including internal emails and documents from the White House, the State Department and the Office of Management and Budget relating to the president’s effort to press Ukraine’s leader to investigate Trump’s political rivals.

In the House on Monday, Democrats indicated that a broader investigation into Trump was not over. The House's counsel, Douglas Letter, raised the prospect of a second impeachment if new evidence emerged that Trump had tried to obstruct justice. His argument was contained in an appeals court filing as part of the Democrats' effort to press the case that they still needed the testimony of Donald McGahn, the former White House counsel.White

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