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Yahoo PoliticsJan 17, 2020
Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr join Trump impeachment defense team
The legal team representing President Trump in his Senate impeachment trial will include some familiar faces, especially for regular viewers of Fox News.


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
You Think Trump's a Danger to Democracy? Get a Load of Bloomberg.
Photo Illustration by Kristen Hazzard/The Daily Beast/GettyMany in the media and political class see Donald Trump as the face of America's autocratic future. They've had less to say about Michael Bloomberg, a far more successful billionaire with the smarts, motivation, and elitist mentality not only to propose but actually carry out his own deeply authoritarian vision should he be elected president.

Bloomberg, who's quickly moved up in national polls on an unprecedented tsunami of spending and despite sitting out the Democratic debates, represents, in a way never seen in modern American politics, the melding of oligarchal power with political willfulness. His campaign remains a wild long shot, but ask New York City how that can play out—and how  difficult it is to dislodge this oligarch once he's in office, even when the law demands that he leave. 

Compared to Bloomberg, Trump's estimated $3 billion fortune is paltry. Bloomberg is the world's ninth richest man, with a fortune of nearly $60 billion. The two post-retirement-age party-jumpers share not only flimsy medical excuses for staying out of Vietnam, long histories of locker-room talk, and joint refusals to fully disclose their taxes while running or to step away from their private business interests while serving in public office but, perhaps most fundamentally, a habit of


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.

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.

Politics - U.S. HouseJan 16, 2020
For the Senators Who Will Judge Trump, an Incomplete Story to Consider
Recent interviews by Lev Parnas, an associate of the president's personal lawyer, as well as documents released by House investigators, reinforced that there is more still to be learned.
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