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Washington Post PoliticsJan 17, 2020
Impeachment trial live updates: Trump expands legal team to include Alan Dershowtiz, Kenneth Starr and others
The House impeachment managers and Trump defense team face deadlines for briefs over the holiday weekend before the historic trial resumes next week.

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The Daily BeastJan 17, 2020
Trump Taps Fox News Legal Panel to Defend Him in Impeachment Trial
AP ImagesPresident Donald Trump has officially assembled his legal defense for the Senate impeachment trial, and much of it looks like a Fox primetime line-up.

This is, at least in part, by design. Two sources close to the president say that he's routinely stressed the importance of how his legal defenders perform on cable news—a common metric for virtually any Trump official with a public facing job.  

On Friday, Team Trump announced Alan Dershowitz, Ken Starr, the independent counsel during President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi as well as  Robert Ray, who succeeded Starr at the Office of the Independent Counsel during the Clinton administration, and Jane Raskin, who helped defend Trump during the Mueller probe, would join White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow in defending the president on the Senate floor. 

Read more at The Daily Beast.



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PoliticoJan 17, 2020
Trump accuses Dems of using impeachment trial to hurt Sanders campaign
The president is suggesting Nancy Pelosi orchestrated the timing of the trial to give Joe Biden a boost.

The Daily BeastJan 17, 2020
Meghan McCain: McSally ‘Didn't Earn' the Senate Seat She Inherited From My Dad
The View's Meghan McCain took some shots at Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) on Friday after the lawmaker personally insulted a CNN reporter, pointing out that McSally didn't "earn" the Senate seat she was appointed to after McCain's father passed away.

After CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju attempted to ask McSally whether the Senate should consider new evidence in the impending impeachment trial, the Arizona senator snapped at Raju: "You're a liberal hack—I'm not talking to you." McSally, meanwhile, quickly seized upon the instantly viral moment to fundraise for her tight election race before predictably appearing on Fox News to do a victory lap.

Discussing the incident on Friday's broadcast of the ABC talk show, the View hosts noted that Raju's question was "very reasonable" and that the lawmaker also refused to answer it when asked by Fox News' Laura Ingraham during a chummy Thursday night interview. 

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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Democracy NowJan 17, 2020
"They Must Conduct a Full and Fair Trial": Senators Sworn in for Historic Trump Impeachment Trial
For just the third time in history, the U.S. Senate has opened a trial to determine if a sitting president should be removed from office. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached President Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who will preside over the impeachment trial in the Senate, later swore in senators who will serve as jurors when the trial officially begins on Tuesday. This comes as more information is coming to light about the actions of President Trump and his associates. On Thursday, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said the White House Office of Management and Budget violated federal law by withholding $400 million in aid money to Ukraine even though the funds had been allocated by Congress. We speak with attorney John Bonifaz, co-founder and president of Free Speech for People and co-author of "The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump."

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The Daily BeastJan 17, 2020
Republicans Melt Down as Evidence of Trump's Guilt Piles Up
Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via GettyIf you doubt Republicans are facing immense pressure these days, consider Sen. Martha McSally's behavior. Asked by respected, mild-mannered CNN reporter Manu Raju if she would consider new evidence during the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump, the vulnerable senator from Arizona snapped back: "You're a liberal hack—I'm not talking to you. You're a liberal hack."

Regardless of whether new post-House impeachment revelations are introduced in the Senate trial, the drip-drip-drip has created a lose-lose proposition for Republicans who face tough electoral crosswinds in 2020. They can defend the indefensible, or they can risk invoking the wrath of their president. (Clearly, McSally has decided her best bet is to avoid the latter.)

But as evidence mounts, McSally also risks alienating Arizonans who elected a maverick named John McCain and aren't looking to send a Trump toady to Washington. 

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Reuters PoliticsJan 17, 2020
Trump taps lawyer Dershowitz, others for impeachment trial defense
Former independent counsel Ken Starr and lawyer Alan Dershowitz will join U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial defense team led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, Trump's legal team and a source said on Friday.

CNN PoliticsJan 17, 2020
Chief Justice John Roberts prepares to take the stage for impeachment trial
Known for his golden resume and powers of persuasion, John Roberts was named chief justice of the United States at the age of 50. In the 15 years since, he's hewed to his conservative roots but moved warily on some cases to shield the reputation of the Supreme Court.

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Washington Post PoliticsJan 16, 2020
Senate impeachment trial begins with rancor over witnesses and new evidence about Trump's Ukraine dealings
The partisan kickoff to the trial that will determine Trump's fate came amid new allegations by a Trump associate who has tried to implicate the president more directly in an alleged plot to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election.

New York Times PoliticsJan 16, 2020
G.A.O. Report Says Trump Administration Broke Law in Withholding Ukraine Aid
As the Senate prepared for the impeachment trial, the Government Accountability Office said the White House violated a law that limits a president's power to withhold money allocated by Congress.

Democracy NowJan 15, 2020
Phyllis Bennis on Dem Debate: Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal is Not Enough to Stop Endless Wars
Six Democratic presidential candidates sparred on Tuesday night in Des Moines, the last debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses. The debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, focused heavily on foreign policy and rising tensions with Iran following the U.S. assassination of that country's top military commander, Qassem Soleimani. As the presidential field continues to narrow, the U.S. Senate is preparing for the historic impeachment trial of President Trump, for which Senators Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar are all expected to leave the campaign trail to serve their role as jurors.
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