Monday, November 25, 2019

TRUMP - Impeachment Hearings 11/18 - 11/23

"How both sides are preparing for a packed week of impeachment hearings" PBS NewsHour 11/18/2019

HINT:  A person can be arrested, tried, convicted of ATTEMPTED robbery, which means the crime was not completed.  This applies to what Trump attempted.


SUMMARY:  President Trump says he will consider testifying on his own behalf in the impeachment inquiry.  Former U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, career State Department official Jennifer Williams, departing National Security Council official Tim Morrison, and National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman are scheduled to appear Tuesday.  Yamiche Alcindor joins Amna Nawaz to discuss.

"What we learned from public testimony of officials on Trump’s July 25 call" PBS NewsHour 11/19/2019


SUMMARY:  Tuesday marked a significant day in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, as officials on the July 25th phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy testified in open hearings for the first time.  Lisa Desjardins, Nick Schifrin and Yamiche Alcindor join Amna Nawaz to discuss the day’s highlights, including a personal attack on a witness in the middle of testifying.

"Rep. Mike Johnson on Vindman’s reputation, witness credibility and Trump’s frustration" PBS NewsHour 11/19/2019


SUMMARY:  The House Judiciary Committee is ultimately responsible for deciding if impeachment charges will be brought against President Trump.  Republican Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana is a member of that committee, and he joins Amna Nawaz to discuss why he is frustrated with the impeachment inquiry proceedings so far and whether he thinks the President should answer questions about his Ukraine dealings.

"Rep. Jayapal on ‘damning’ impeachment evidence and what happens next" PBS NewsHour 11/19/2019


SUMMARY:  Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington [state] is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which will ultimately be responsible for deciding if impeachment charges are brought against President Trump.  Jayapal joins Amna Nawaz to discuss why she is disturbed by her Republican colleagues’ defense of Trump’s actions and the most “damning” evidence she has seen in the investigation so far.

"Why Gordon Sondland’s public testimony was ‘extraordinary’" PBS NewsHour 11/20/2019


SUMMARY:  Gordon Sondland, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, testified to the House Wednesday that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine and that he followed President Trump’s orders to work with Rudy Giuliani.  Sondland also implicated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence in a pressure campaign.  Nick Schifrin, Yamiche Alcindor and Lisa Desjardins join Judy Woodruff to discuss.

And from Trump's Propaganda Minister.....

"Kellyanne Conway says ‘there was no pressure applied’ to Ukraine" PBS NewsHour 11/20/2019


SUMMARY:  The Trump administration quickly pushed back on the claims of Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland that Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, among others, were aware of Sondland’s efforts to get Ukraine to open an investigation into the Bidens.  Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.

"What Rep. Steve Cohen thinks about the evidence against Trump" PBS NewsHour 11/20/2019


SUMMARY:  The House Judiciary Committee would hold hearings on impeachment after the House Intelligence Committee concludes theirs.  Do those Democrats feel they have enough evidence to move forward with articles of impeachment for President Trump?  Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn) is a member of that committee, and he joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what Ambassador Gordon Sondland said.

"How testimonies from Fiona Hill and David Holmes filled in Sondland’s ‘gaps’" PBS NewsHour 11/21/2019


SUMMARY:  In the week’s final day of public impeachment hearings, Dr. Fiona Hill, the former National Security Council senior director for Europe and Russia, and David Holmes, the political affairs counselor at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, testified to the House.  Lisa Desjardins, Yamiche Alcindor and Nick Schifrin join Judy Woodruff to discuss how the information they shared filled in the gaps.

"Leon Panetta and Bill McCollum on where the impeachment inquiry goes next" PBS NewsHour 11/21/2019


SUMMARY:  Let’s take a broader view of all the testimony in this week's public impeachment hearings.  Leon Panetta was chief of staff under former President Bill Clinton and later served as director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense under former President Obama.  Former Rep. Bill McCollum (R-Fla) served as one of the House managers for Clinton’s impeachment trial.  They join Judy Woodruff to discuss.

"What happens next in the impeachment inquiry" PBS NewsHour 11/22/2019


SUMMARY:  This week was a historic one for American government.  Over three days, the House Intelligence Committee held public hearings with nine more witnesses as part of an inquiry into whether President Trump should be impeached.  Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to discuss when the Intelligence Committee might publish a report on its findings and the upcoming role of the Judiciary Committee.

"Impeachment inquiry is ‘only just beginning’ after testimony" PBS NewsHour 11/23/2019


SUMMARY:  As Congress takes a Thanksgiving break, Democratic and Republican staff members are drafting reports on the impeachment inquiry that will determine the next phases of the process.  Jami Floyd, a host and legal editor at WNYC New York Public Radio, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.

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