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Leslie Marshall: Democrats want to impeach Trump because they are patriots – not for political reasons

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President Trump and his defenders claim the decision by House Democratic leaders Tuesday to propose two articles of impeachment against him is all about politics. They say the misconduct he is accused of is a hoax and that he is the victim of a witch hunt. Don’t believe them. Democrats are acting in spite of politics. They know impeachment could hurt them politically and perhaps even give Republicans a House majority in elections next year.

And Democrats are acting even though they know the Republican-controlled Senate will acquit Trump in a trial and not throw him out of office. That’s because removing the president in a Senate trial takes 67 votes, and there are only 47 Democrats and allied independents in the Senate.

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Sadly, Republicans are putting party loyalty over patriotism and circling the wagons around Trump to support him no matter what, closing their eyes to the overwhelming evidence of his impeachable conduct. There is no way 20 Republican senators will vote to remove Trump from office.

So what’s the point of holding a House vote before Christmas to impeach Trump, since the Senate will let him stay in office? Wouldn’t it be smart politics for Democrats to say impeachment would be a futile exercise and not engage in a losing battle? Maybe.

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But House Democrats are moving forward on impeachment not because of politics but because they feel duty-bound to be true to their oath of office. An oath in which they “solemnly swear” to “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

I don’t just say this because I’m a Democrat. I say it as an American committed to the principle that no one – not even the president of the United States – is above the law. I would take this same position if a Democratic president had taken the same actions as Republican Trump.

Someday – and I hope I’m wrong about this – a Democratic president may be guilty of grievous misconduct. Republicans are setting a dangerous precedent by saying they will not support impeaching and removing Trump from office – no matter what. This will encourage Democrats to do the same thing if impeachment threatens a president of my party.

The American Revolution was fought so we would not be ruled by a king untouchable under the law. Republican defenders of Trump seem intent on crowning him King Donald.

As House Democrats say in the two articles of impeachment proposed Tuesday, President Trump has “ignored and injured the interest of the Nation” by pressuring Ukraine to do two things: investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and investigate an unfounded conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in our 2016 presidential election on behalf of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The American Revolution was fought so we would not be ruled by a king untouchable under the law. Republican defenders of Trump seem intent on crowning him King Donald.

Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination to face Trump in the 2020 election, so hurting Biden’s reputation can help Trump.

The articles of impeachment say Trump refused to release $391 million in vital military assistance to Ukraine and refused to hold a White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in order to pressure Zelensky to announce the investigations. Despite Trump’s denials, this is unquestionably true in my view.

The American Revolution was fought so we would not be ruled by a king untouchable under the law. Republican defenders of Trump seem intent on crowning him King Donald.

Eventually, Trump backed down and released the aid to Ukraine without getting his desired investigations – but only because his corrupt scheme was exposed by a courageous and patriotic whistleblower, who Trump has since denounced as a spy and possible traitor.

In addition to accusing Trump of abuse of power in the first article of impeachment, the second article accuses the president of obstruction of Congress. This is because Trump has improperly blocked Congress from its oversight role by ordering federal employees not to testify and not to provide documents subpoenaed by the House for its impeachment inquiry.

Here are key reasons showing why House Democrats are not motivated by politics as they reluctantly move toward the impeachment of a president whose misconduct has forced them to act.

No overwhelming public support for impeachment

According to the latest polls, about 47 percent of Americans support impeaching and removing Trump from office, while 43 percent are opposed.

Independents are the group to watch and they are about evenly divided. Some 42 percent support impeaching and removing Trump from office, but 44 percent oppose it – a statistical tie due to the margin of error in polls. That’s a strong signal to Democrats that they could lose House seats if they vote to impeach Trump.

Polling by Firehouse Strategies shows President Trump facing tight races in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania against hypothetical Democratic opponents. But in the latest polling this quarter, he beats every Democrat in those states.

So this shows us that the Democratic drive to impeach Trump risks alienating voters who Democrats would need to make him a one-term president.

USMCA

The Democrats struck a deal Tuesday with the Trump administration on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade (USMCA), the updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

This hands President Trump an important political win and helps him keep a crucial election campaign promise.

Pelosi, keeping true to her word, proved that her long emphasis on passing a USMCA that protects American workers and farmers goes beyond partisan politics.

“I know there are those … who have said ‘Why? You shouldn’t do this. This gives him a win.’ No. We are so far away from the proposal that he put forth that this is a triumph for American workers,” Pelosi said Tuesday, explaining that congressional Democrats pushed through major improvements to the USMCA.

If Democrats hated the president more than they love of country – as Republicans falsely claim – would the Democrats have made this deal? Obviously not.

Impeachment history

President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House in December 1998. But the Senate acquitted him in a trial and did not remove him from office – just as will happen with Trump.

Republicans never thought they might have overplayed their hand when they impeached Clinton, but that is just what they did. Republicans lost seats in Congress after they began impeachment proceedings against Clinton and Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich resigned after they suffered election losses. Bill Clinton served out the rest of his term.

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Clinton’s approval rating rose as high as 70 percent. In other words, impeaching Democratic President Clinton hurt the Republican Party. Many voters viewed Republicans who pushed for Clinton’s impeachment as mean-spirited extremists willing to use his personal scandal involving sexual misconduct for partisan goals.

Sound familiar? The same could be said for some Republican voters today.

Why would Pelosi be seeking President Trump’s impeachment if this was just political? It’s not worth the risk.

The Democrats have put forth two articles of impeachment not for political gain, but because it is their responsibility and their duty.

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Democrats understand they must uphold the role of Congress as a co-equal but separate branch of government tasked with oversight of the president. And they understand they must ensure the president is faithful to his oath of office and does not put his personal and political interests ahead of our national interest.

The Democratic action on impeachment announced Tuesday is not about politics – it’s about patriotism.

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CNN’s Don Lemon blasts Trump-Thanos edit as ‘juvenile meme game’

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CNN host Don Lemon blasted the Trump campaign Tuesday for playing what he described as a “stupid, juvenile meme game” and effectively undermining the “seriousness of what is happening” after House Democrats announced they’re filing two articles of impeachment against the president.

DEMOCRATS UNVEIL IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES, AS WHITE HOUSE SLAMS ‘BASELESS AND PARTISAN’ EFFORT

Lemon reacted to a doctored video posted by Trump War Room, an account managed by Trump 2020 campaign, depicting the president’s head edited on top of the body of Thanos, the extraterrestrial menace in the Avengers films from Disney and Marvel Studios. In the clip, Trump-Thanos says “I am inevitable,” before snapping its fingers and causing Nancy Pelosi and key Democrat committee leaders at a press conference to disintegrate into dust.

“House Democrats can push their sham impeachment all they want,” the Trump War Room account tweeted. “President Trump’s re-election is inevitable.”

“What are we, in junior high school? Like what the hell? What is this?” Lemon asked on “CNN Tonight.” “Like what — What?! I cannot believe that I’m even having to report this on the news. This is — this is crazy. This is literally crazy. Are you people insane? Are you insane?”

“Go ahead, troll the Democrats on Twitter. Do this stupid, silly you-know-what. Play this stupid, juvenile meme game,” Lemon continued. “History won’t record this meme stupid crap, but history will record this. The seriousness of what is happening, that today is the day that the House of Representatives in the United States of America introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States of America, for committing high crimes and misdemeanors. A big deal.”

At the same press conference depicted in the video, House Democrats introduced two articles of impeachment against Trump alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress regarding his interactions with Ukraine. They outlined their impeachment plans in a brief and pointed statement to the media early Tuesday morning, and left without taking questions.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., later posted text of the articles, which declare Trump’s actions warrant impeachment, trial and removal from office. In response, the White House accused Democrats of using the Ukraine issue as an excuse for “this partisan, gratuitous, and pathetic attempt to overthrow the Trump Administration and the results of the 2016 election.”

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In the Marvel movie “Avengers: Infinity Game,” the character Thanos used his Gauntlet to defeat the heroes before celebrating his victory by snapping his fingers, wiping out half of all life forms in the universe. Thanos was ultimately beaten by Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man, in a rematch seen in this year’s “Avengers: Endgame.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Fox Business’ Ken Martin contributed to this report.

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Impeachment articles fuel deepening distrust and division

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House Democrats avoided a political pitfall Tuesday, limiting themselves to two articles of impeachment rather than a kitchen-sink approach that included Russia, Putin, the Trump hotel, caustic tweets and whatever else they could conjure up.

But the brief appearance by Nancy Pelosi, Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, for all their efforts at solemnity, seemed like a predictable step on a predictable path toward impeachment in the House and acquittal in the Senate.

THE INTERMINABLE DEBATE OVER INVESTIGATIONS AND THE INVESTIGATORS

And that leaves us, as always, with roughly half the country believing that President Trump did commit high crimes and misdemeanors, and half who think Pelosi’s party is doing this solely to overturn the 2016 election.

So the question becomes who do you believe: the Democrats or the GOP? The media or the president? Inspector General Michael Horowitz or Attorney General Bill Barr?

For so many people, the answer is one side or the other, or…no one at all.

This goes beyond impeachment, beyond Ukraine and Russia, beyond the Carter Page FISA warrant. The Washington Post is running a series based on confidential documents, comparable to the Pentagon papers, showing how the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations lied about the war in Afghanistan by claiming progress as things kept getting worse.

And many years before Trump popularized the phrase fake news, confidence in the media began to slide, fueled by blunders and bias.

Ben Domenech, founder of the Federalist, told the New York Times there has been a steady decline in trust in the gatekeepers of American life:

“Everything from politics to faith to sports has been revealed as corrupted or corruptible. And every mismanaged war, failed hurricane response, botched investigation and doping scandal furthers this view.” That, he said, “allows individuals to retreat to their own story lines, fantasies and tales in which their tribe is always good or under attack, and the other always craven and duplicitous.”

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A very concise snapshot of where we are.

Christopher Wray is either doing his job or, as Trump tweeted about the man he appointed, “with that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI.”

Despite the IG’s findings of no political bias, Barr continues to insist that the Trump campaign was “clearly spied upon,” telling NBC’s Pete Williams that the nation has been upended by a “bogus narrative” that’s been “hyped by an irresponsible media.” And they all work for the same administration.

Twitter is the modern embodiment of this tribal culture. Angry people on both sides will wave away this question and go on the attack, saying that Trump is innocent or guilty, that the deep state is insidious or fictitious, that FBI chief

What’s more, they will denounce the motives of reporters, analysts, columnists and anchors and declare them to be either Trump-haters or in the tank for Trump–or for just being horrible human beings. There is plenty of unfair journalism and commentary out there, to be sure, but also the demonizing of decent people trying to do their jobs.

And we have plenty of company.

As the Times piece by Peter Baker puts it: “Much of the public may not trust Mr. Trump, according to surveys, but it likewise does not trust his opponents all that much either — or the news media that he complains is out to get him. Americans have been down on banks, big business, the criminal justice system and the health care system for years, and fewer have confidence in churches or organized religion now than at any point since Gallup started asking in 1973.”

Public distrust in government, at least in the modern era, has its roots in Vietnam, and in Watergate (which led to the Nixon impeachment). Distrust in “the system” is nothing new: remember the racially divided furor over the O.J. verdict? And media malfeasance has a long history: Seven years after the Washington Post won a Pulitzer for its Watergate reporting, the paper had to return a Pulitzer for the phony Janet Cooke story about an 8-year-old heroin addict.

Even a party-line impeachment is familiar ground: Just 21 years ago, House Republicans brought articles against Bill Clinton in a sex-and-lies scandal that was followed by acquittal in the Senate.

If the Trump impeachment feels different, it’s because the battle is part of a culture war that transcends politics and plays out in an oversaturated media environment. It’s because this president uses his vast platform, and digital bully pulpit, to wage war on political rivals, critics and the media. It’s because some Democrats really have been trying to get him out of office since he was inaugurated. It’s because some in the press really do think he’s an illegitimate president and have a visceral animosity toward him.

There is a larger cost that will outlast the Trump presidency, a further erosion of trust and a deepening division that have come to define America.

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Jersey City mayor says kosher market shooting was ‘targeted,’ some frustrated with few details

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Residents and the Jewish community in Jersey City are asking for clarification after the city’s mayor tweeted late Tuesday that two gunmen “targeted” the kosher market where they killed three people earlier in the afternoon but did not elaborate.

A New Jersey police officer who was among a total of six people killed in the shootout that brought the city to a standstill.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted, “Based on our initial investigation (which is ongoing) we now believe the active shooters targeted the location they attacked. Due to an excess of caution the community may see additional police resources in the days/weeks ahead. We have no indication there are any further threats.”

He didn’t clarify, however, if the incident is being investigated as an anti-Semitic hate crime, sparking calls for further explanation.

JERSEY CITY GUN BATTLE LEAVES 6 DEAD, INCLUDING POLICE OFFICER

“what do you mean? That the location the gunmen fled to, the kosher supermarket, was chosen with anti-Semitic intent … ?” Laura E. Adkins, opinion editor for the Jewish Telegraph Agency, tweeted in response. “That there is an active anti-Semitic hate crime investigation? Something else?”

Another commented that his “non-committal” statement was not helpful. “WHO were the JC shooters, WHAT was their motive, WHERE are they from, WHY did they do what they did, and HOW did this all go down?” they wrote.

New York State Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein, who represents Brooklyn, also posted about Fulop’s statement.

“Mayor @StevenFulop, with all due respect, if you believe that the Jewish community was “TARGETED” you must say it CLEARLY and MAKE SURE your constituents are protected,” Eichenstein tweeted.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that Fulop “has asserted that today’s incident was a deliberate attack targeting the Jewish community.”

“Although there is no credible or specific threat directed against New York City, I have directed the NYPD to assume a state of high alert,” he wrote. “Tonight, NYPD assets are being redeployed to protect key locations in the Jewish community. Tomorrow, we will announce additional measures.”

The shooting rampage started when the suspects killed veteran Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals in a Jersey City cemetery before they moved to the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket a few blocks away where a shootout with police left three victims and the suspects dead.

“We have been in close contact with the Jewish community in #JerseyCity to help where we can,” Fulop posted earlier in a retweet from Councilman Chaim Deutsch, chair of New York City Council’s Jewish caucus.

“While we work through details/investigation of today’s incident I know the entire Jersey City community stands together with the Jewish Community during these challenging times,” Fulop wrote.

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The shooters were reportedly armed with high-powered rifles.

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Alyssa Milano pulls out of Andrew Yang fundraiser amid sexual misconduct allegations against staffer

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Alyssa Milano pulled out of an upcoming fundraiser in Los Angeles for Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang on Tuesday over what she described as the campaign’s lack of urgency regarding sexual misconduct allegations against a Yang campaign staffer.

Milano – an actress, activist and #MeToo advocate – said on Twitter on Tuesday that she “made the difficult decision” to withdraw from a “Holiday Brunch” fundraiser for Yang “due to repeated allegations of sexual misconduct against a campaign staffer by a campaign staffer which were not appropriately addressed.”

Fellow actress Teri Hatcher and the candidate’s wife Evelyn Yang were also scheduled to host the event, planned for Dec. 21.

ANDREW YANG QUALIFIES FOR NEXT DEBATE AFTER RELEASE OF NEW POLL

“While I have not endorsed any candidate, I do believe Andrew Yang is a good man with progressive, smart, interesting ideas,” Milano tweeted. “And to be clear, NO allegations have been made against him personally. But this issue is too important and too prevalent. The buck stops at the top.

“Part of fixing the issue of sexual harassment in our culture is living our values and holding ourselves and the people we admire accountable. I wish Andrew, his family and his campaign well, and encourage him to immediately and publicly remedy this issue,” she said.

Tickets for the brunch range from $100 to $5,600. The event is to feature discussion over Yang’s campaign promise of the Freedom Dividend — a universal basic income of $1,000 per month, $12,000 a year, for every American adult over age 18.

In response, Yang’s campaign issued a statement Tuesday evening:

“We take these matters seriously, and creating a safe environment for anyone participating in any activity with the campaign is an utmost priority. To those ends, we have initiated prompt action to evaluate these allegations and will take all necessary steps to ensure that we foster a work environment that is in accordance with our values.”

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The news comes the same day Yang qualified to take the stage at next week’s sixth Democratic presidential primary debate in Los Angeles. The first-time candidate and tech-entrepreneur stood at 4 percent in a new national poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University, pushing him over the threshold to take the stage at the Dec. 19 showdown.

Fox News’ Alexandra Rego and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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After Trump’s 9th Circuit pick confirmed, Biden warns of 2nd term ‘death grip’ on federal courts: report

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While Democrats in Congress have been conducting impeachment hearings in recent weeks, President Trump has been filling judicial vacancies in the federal court system at a rapid clip – and that appears to have potential 2020 opponent Joe Biden worried.

“Look at how the federal court system is changing,” Biden told a group in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, according to a reporter for ABC News. “Four more years of the same kind of appointments, you’re going to see a court system that is fundamentally, for two generations, locked in a way that’s a death grip that does not make any sense.

“It’s as if Robert Bork would be the chief justice, God rest his soul,” Biden added, referring to the Ronald Reagan Supreme Court nominee whose appointment Democrats blocked in 1987. Bork died in 2012 at age 85.

TRUMP NOMINATES WAVE OF CALIFORNIA JUDGES, IN FRESH BID TO RESHAPE COURTS

In a 53-40 vote Tuesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Trump appointee Patrick Bumatay, a San Diego federal prosecutor, to a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, making him the 49th circuit appointee to be confirmed under the Trump administration, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Trump was able to get Bumatay confirmed to the San Francisco-based court despite opposition to the nomination from California’s two Democratic U.S. senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.

Bumatay, 41, a son of Filipino immigrants, is openly gay and is raising twin daughters with his husband, the newspaper reported.

The Senate is expected to vote on another 9th Circuit nominee — Lawrence Van Dyke, a former solicitor general for Nevada – on Wednesday, potentially giving Trump another appointee on the traditionally liberal-leaning court, the Union-Tribune reported.

TRUMP-SHAPED 9TH CIRCUIT HANDS WHITE HOUSE MAJOR WIN ON ASYLUM POLICY

When the Senate confirmed a Trump pick for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in late November, that court became the third to shift to a Republican-appointed majority since the president took office in January 2017.

In an 80-15 vote, the Senate confirmed Barbara Lagoa to the 11th Circuit seat previously held by Judge Stanley Marcus, a Clinton appointee who sat on the appeals court that handles cases from Florida, Georgia and Alabama since 1997.

Lagoa, the first Cuban-American woman confirmed to the 11th Circuit, tilted that court, which was previously split between six Republican appointees and six Democratic appointees, to a GOP-appointed majority.

Trump’s nominees alone now hold five of the 12 seats on the 11th Circuit.

During the previous week, confirmation of Steven Menashi, Trump’s pick for the 2nd Circuit, flipped that court to a Republican majority.

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Trump has also flipped the 3rd Circuit.

Lagoa was Trump’s 48th nominee confirmed to a circuit court seat, giving the president double the number of circuit judges then-President Barack Obama had gotten through by the same point in his presidency, according to a count by the Heritage Foundation.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this story.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plans to vote against Pelosi drug pricing bill without changes

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D. N.Y., said Tuesday she plans to vote against a bill put forward by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that would allow the government to negotiate lower prices on prescription drugs.

Ocasio-Cortez and other liberal lawmakers have been urging Pelosi for months to make the bill more progressive and have threatened to delay the bill without the changes, including making negotiated drug prices available to those without insurance, Politico reported.

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“As the bill stands, she plans on voting no,” an Ocasio-Cortez spokesperson said, according to CNBC.

The House is expected to vote on the bill this week.

“Make my day,” moderate Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., said over the potential delay, according to Politico. “I think the speaker understands the politics better than some of our progressive colleagues.”

House leaders have resisted the changes over fears of losing moderates, especially in vulnerable districts critical to keeping a Democratic majority, Politico reported.

Mitch McConnell likely won’t take up the bill in the Senate and President Trump has planned to veto it if it passes through Congress.

In a statement, Trump said the bill would “likely undermine access to lifesaving medicines.”

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The Congressional Budget Office said the bill likely would save Medicare $345 billion over a decade, CNBC reported.

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Gregg Jarrett: Adam Schiff is ‘guilty of abuse of power himself’

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Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff appears to be guilty of the same offense he claims President Trump has committed.

In an interview Tuesday on “The Ingraham Angle,” Jarrett said Schiff is ignoring established legal precedent by depriving Trump and the Republican Party of due process.

Schiff, D-Calif., did not allow the Republicans to call witnesses before his committee while they considered impeachment, and has not allowed the GOP to speak with the Ukraine whistleblower, Jarrett noted.

“Schiff, in particular, is guilty of abuse of power himself because he is defying the dictates of the federal courts that have said due process applies to congressional investigations — which would include impeachment,” he said.

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Jarrett said Schiff “cut off cross-examination” during the hearings and has “essentially railroaded” the impeachment measures through Congress.

Later in the interview, Jarrett told host Laura Ingraham that Schiff appears to have “colluded” with the whistleblower to “invent a pretext” for impeaching Trump.

He said Republicans now appear reluctant to call the Bidens in any prospective Senate impeachment trial but added that Schiff should “account for his own actions and how [the impeachment process] all began.”

In his first public remarks since Democrats formally announced articles of impeachment against him, Trump called the two charges leveled against him “weak” and said the only reason Democrats agreed to a modified North American trade deal was because of impeachment.

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Speaking on the White House lawn before departing for a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Trump called it a “disgrace” to “make impeachment out of nothing,” while touting both the strength of the economy and recent polling that showed him ahead of his Democratic rivals in the 2020 presidential race.

Trump’s comments came hours after House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against the president on Tuesday morning, saying that his actions toward Ukraine “betrayed the nation.” The specific charges: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Sarah Sanders: ‘This whole thing has been a complete and utter sham from the beginning’

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Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed the Russia investigation and the Ukraine scandal Tuesday, saying Democrats continue to “lose” due to their push to impeach the president.

“I think what we saw this week is further indication that this whole thing has been a complete and utter sham from the beginning,” Sanders said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “They’re doubling down and they’re getting it wrong again every single time they try to nail this president on something, whether it’s the sham Russia hoax or now is the sham Ukraine scandal, they lose.”

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Sanders said that Democrats have continued to push the Russia investigation and Ukraine because they were surprised Trump won the presidency.

“I think they had convinced themselves that it was real because they had to validate why they had been so wrong,” Sanders said. “I think part of the kind of media class was so taken by surprise that Donald Trump became president that they had no other explanation other than there must have been some sort of scandal around it.”

Speaking on the White House lawn before departing for a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Trump called it a “disgrace” to “make impeachment out of nothing,” while touting both the strength of the economy and recent polling that showed him ahead of his Democratic rivals in the 2020 presidential race.

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Sanders hypothesized what the president could have accomplished had Democrats not chose to hinder him.

“Just think how much more the president could have gotten done if they hadn’t been slamming every single moment, this Russia scandal down America’s throat,” Sanders said.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Gregg Jarrett: Adam Schiff is ‘guilty of abuse of power himself’

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Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff appears to be guilty of the same offense he claims President Trump has committed.

In an interview Tuesday on “The Ingraham Angle,” Jarrett said Schiff is ignoring established legal precedent by depriving Trump and the Republican Party of due process.

Schiff, D-Calif., did not allow the Republicans to call witnesses before his committee while they considered impeachment, and has not allowed the GOP to speak with the Ukraine whistleblower, Jarrett noted.

“Schiff, in particular, is guilty of abuse of power himself because he is defying the dictates of the federal courts that have said due process applies to congressional investigations — which would include impeachment,” he said.

TRUMP CALLS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT ‘WEAK’

Jarrett said Schiff “cut off cross-examination” during the hearings and has “essentially railroaded” the impeachment measures through Congress.

Later in the interview, Jarrett told host Laura Ingraham that Schiff appears to have “colluded” with the whistleblower to “invent a pretext” for impeaching Trump.

He said Republicans now appear reluctant to call the Bidens in any prospective Senate impeachment trial but added that Schiff should “account for his own actions and how [the impeachment process] all began.”

In his first public remarks since Democrats formally announced articles of impeachment against him, Trump called the two charges leveled against him “weak” and said the only reason Democrats agreed to a modified North American trade deal was because of impeachment.

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Speaking on the White House lawn before departing for a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Trump called it a “disgrace” to “make impeachment out of nothing,” while touting both the strength of the economy and recent polling that showed him ahead of his Democratic rivals in the 2020 presidential race.

Trump’s comments came hours after House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against the president on Tuesday morning, saying that his actions toward Ukraine “betrayed the nation.” The specific charges: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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