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Trump Allies In Disarray As Democrats Push Impeachment

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that he expects the whistleblower at the heart of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump to testify “very soon.”

“All that needs to be done, at this point, is to make sure that the attorneys that represent the whistleblower get the clearances that they need to be able to accompany the whistleblower to testimony,” said Schiff, D-Calif., “and that we figure out the logistics to make sure that we protect the identity of the whistleblower.”

As Democrats and the director of national intelligence worked out key arrangements, Trump’s allies erupted in a surge of second-guessing and conspiracy theorizing across the Sunday talk shows, suggesting the White House strategy is unclear against the stiffest challenge to his presidency. One former adviser urged Trump to confront the crisis at hand and get past his fury over the probe of Russian election interference.

“I honestly believe this president has not gotten his pound of flesh yet from past grievances on the 2016 investigation,” said Tom Bossert, Trump’s former homeland security adviser. “If he continues to focus on that white whale,” Bossert added, “it’s going to bring him down.”

The Ukraine investigation produced what the Russian probe did not: formal House impeachment proceedings based on the president’s own words and actions.

The White House last week released a rough transcript of Trump’s July 25 call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, as well as the whistleblower’s complaint alleging the U.S. president pressured his counterpart to investigate the family of Joe Biden, the former vice president who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump’s reelection next year.

Trump has sought to implicate Biden and his son Hunter Biden in the kind of corruption that has long plagued Ukraine. Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company at the same time his father was leading the Obama administration’s diplomatic dealings with Kyiv. There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by either of the Bidens.

The House forged ahead, with Schiff’s committee leading the investigation. Democrats are planning a rapid start to their push for impeachment, with hearings and depositions starting this week. Many Democrats are pushing for a vote on articles of impeachment before the end of the year, mindful of the looming 2020 elections.

Schiff has said the whistleblower has agreed to testify. His committee has been negotiating to interview the person, who reported to the inspector general for the intelligence community that Trump had urged Zelenskiy to investigate Biden. The whistleblower also said that White House officials then moved to “lock down” the details by putting all the records of it on a separate computer system.

One of the whistleblower’s lawyers tweeted Sunday that talks were ongoing.

“We continue to work w/both parties in House & Senate and we understand all agree that protecting whistleblower’s identity is paramount,” posted Mark Zaid. “Discussions continue to occur to coordinate & finalize logistics but no date/time has yet been set.”

Trump’s allies fanned out across the Sunday talk shows with myriad responses.

Stephen Miller, the president’s senior policy adviser, called the whole inquiry a “partisan hit job” orchestrated by “a deep state operative” who is also “a saboteur.”

“The president of the United States is the whistleblower,” Miller said.

Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, promoted a debunked conspiracy theory, insisting that Ukraine had spread disinformation during the 2016 election.

Bossert advised that Trump drop that defense.

“I am deeply frustrated with what he and the legal team is doing and repeating that debunked theory to the president. It sticks in his mind when he hears it over and over again,” said Bossert, who also was an adviser to President George W. Bush. “That conspiracy theory has got to go, they have to stop with that, it cannot continue to be repeated.”

Giuliani not only repeated it but also brandished what he said were affidavits that support them and claimed that Trump “was framed by the Democrats.”

He also at one point said he would not cooperate with Schiff, but then acknowledged he would do what Trump tells him. The White House did not provide an official response on whether the president would allow Giuliani to cooperate.

“If they’re going to obstruct,” Schiff warned, “then they’re going to increase the likelihood that Congress may feel it necessary to move forward with an article on obstruction.”

Giuliani appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’ “Face the Nation,” while Schiff was interviewed on ABC and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Bossert spoke on ABC and Miller on “Fox News Sunday.”

Associated Press writers Kevin Freking and Eric Tucker contributed to this report.

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Chinese parade may include glimpse at nuclear-capable missile that could reach US in 30 minutes

As Beijing apparently gets closer to matching Washington and other powers in weapons technology, China is having a parade this week that might show off its rapidly developing arsenal, which may include a nuclear-capable missile that could reach the United States in 30 minutes.

The Dongfeng 41 is one of a series of new weapons Chinese media said might be unveiled during the parade marking the ruling Communist Party’s 70th anniversary in power. Others included a supersonic drone and a robot submarine.

The parade is expected to highlight Beijing’s ambition to enforce claims to Taiwan, the South China Sea and other disputed territories — and to challenge Washington as the region’s dominant force.

The People’s Liberation Army, the world’s biggest military with 2 million men and women in uniform and the second-highest annual spending after the United States, also has been working on fighter planes, the first Chinese-built aircraft carrier and nuclear-powered submarines.

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“There are quite a lot of observers, including the U.S. military, who say, ‘This is getting close to what we do,’ and they are starting to worry,” said Siemon Wezeman of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The Pengaton has identified China as the U.S.’s top geopolitical threat.

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A Chinese military vehicle carrying what appears to be a drone passing along the Jianguomenwai Avenue during a rehearsal last weekend for the 70th anniversary of Communist China, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Tuesday’s parade will include 15,000 troops, more than 160 aircraft and 580 pieces of military equipment, according to Ministry of Defense spokesman Maj. Gen. Cai Zhijun.

Many new weapons “will be shown for the first time,” Cai told reporters last week. Asked whether that would include the Dongfeng 41, Cai said, “Please wait and see.”

The ability to project power has been seen as increasingly urgent for Chinese leaders aiming to control shipping lanes and waters also claimed by Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and other governments.

“China has developed nuclear, space, cyberspace and other capabilities that can reach potential adversaries across the globe,” the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said in a report this past January.

No details of the Dongfeng 41 have been released, but the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington says it may have the world’s longest range at 9,400 miles.

Analysts have said the DF-41, flying at 25 times the speed of sound, might be able to reach the United States in 30 minutes with up to 10 warheads for separate targets — a technology known as MIRV, or multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles.

China’s current mainstay missile, the Dongfeng 31, has demonstrated a range of more than 6,990 miles, putting most of the continental United States within reach.

Photos circulated on Chinese social media of parade preparations showed blurry images of a possible attack drone dubbed “Sharp Sword” and another drone, the DR-8 or Wuzhen 8.

China is believed to have about 280 nuclear warheads, compared with 6,450 for the United States and 6,850 for Russia, according to SIPRI. Beijing officials have said they wanted a “minimum credible nuclear deterrent” but wouldn’t be the first to use atomic weapons in a conflict.

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A Chinese military vehicle possibly carrying a drone passing along the Jianguomenwai Avenue last weekend during a rehearsal for the 70th anniversary of Communist China, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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Satellite photos have shown China increasing the number of launchers for DF-41 and DF-31 missiles from 18 to as many as 36, Harry Boyd of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London said.

That suggested planners believed minimum nuclear force “needs to be larger,” he said. “It needs to have more advanced systems with MIRV capability to remain credible, in their eyes.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hillary Clinton: Trump ‘Knows He’s Illegitimate,’ It’s Why He’s Obsessed With Me

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Moscow rally sees tens of thousands demanding Russian protesters’ release

Some 20,000 people rallied in downtown Moscow on Sunday to demand the release of protesters who were jailed during a wave of opposition demonstrations this summer.

The earlier protests erupted in July after a dozen independent and opposition candidates were barred from running for the Moscow city legislature.

The rallies drew crowds of up to 60,000 at the time – the largest known show of discontent against President Vladimir Putin’s rule in nearly a decade.

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A protester holding a banner reading “Freedom to political prisoners! They haven’t to be arrested!” during a rally to support political prisoners in Moscow. (AP)

Russian police violently dispersed some of the election protests that weren’t sanctioned, detaining more than 2,400 people. Most were quickly released, but more than a dozen were jailed on charges of involvement in riots.

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Amid the public outrage, officials dropped charges against some of the protesters, but several people have been sentenced to prison terms of up to four years. Others have remained in custody or under house arrest awaiting court verdicts.

Those at Saturday’s rally in downtown Moscow – which Russian authorities had sanctioned – chanted, “Free them all!”

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“No one can get a fair hearing in Russian courts – injustice and lawlessness can happen to anyone now,” said Lyubov Sobol, one of the opposition candidates denied registration who helped spearhead the summer protests.

“Let’s be confident of our power. If we come out in force, we will win their release,” Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin’s most visible opponent, said at the rally.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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2020 Dem field poised for new purge, with crucial deadlines looming

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It was shocking news for many Democrats – Sen. Cory Booker saying last weekend that if his campaign didn’t raise $1.7 million by the end of the month, he’d likely end his bid for the presidential nomination.

Pointing out how he’s fallen behind the top-tier contenders when it comes to fundraising, Booker reiterated to reporters on Thursday, “We’re not going to be able to stay in competition with them unless we raise significant money.”

He continued, “If there’s no way to win this election, why should I be in it?”

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While Booker’s comments were startling considering he’d been seen as a rising party star before the campaign began, they also reflected the harsh reality of this phase of the campaign. Booker and the rest of the contenders in the record-setting field of 2020 candidates face two key deadlines this week that could further shrink the field in the coming days and weeks.

First is the close of the July-September fundraising quarter, which is just a day away. Two days later – on Oct. 2 – is the deadline for the presidential candidates to reach the thresholds to qualify for October’s primary debate. Poor fundraising figures and a failure to reach the prime-time debate stage could force many of the lower-tier White House contenders to seriously contemplate calling it quits.

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“It’s a double whammy,” veteran political scientist and longtime presidential primary observer Dante Scala noted.

“One, if their third-quarter fundraising numbers are disappointing, that’s going to be news. That’s going to set off a warning siren in the media that a death watch will begin. And then, if you add to that not being on the debate stage, the sirens will only get louder,” said Scala, a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire.

For Booker, he appears poised to make the next debate stage, and his frank talk on fundraising certainly served to shake loose some campaign donations in the ensuing days.

But, veteran Democratic consultant Lynda Tran said the news that Booker, “who has long been seen as a star in the party, and who has been at various times at the bottom of the top tier of contenders, is seriously considering ending his campaign if his fundraising numbers don’t come up substantially, is a pretty clear sign of the state of the race.”

The field of Democrats – which at one point this summer reached roughly two-dozen candidates – started shrinking in July and August as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, and Reps. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Eric Swalwell of California ended their White House bids. A week ago, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped out.

All of those candidates were struggling to gain traction and to raise campaign cash, and faced steep uphill climbs to qualify for the autumn debates.

For those still in the race who clearly won’t make the stage at next month’s debate, qualifying for the November showdown will get even tougher, as the Democratic National Committee has raised the thresholds for the fifth-round debate.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro qualified for both the September and October showdowns, but he’s still struggling to haul in campaign cash and pop in the polls.

“I don’t say this lightly: If I don’t make the next debate stage, it will be the end of my campaign,” he warned in a fundraising email to supporters on Thursday.

The double deadlines come with four months to go until voting begins in the Iowa caucuses, the first contest in the presidential nominating calendar.

“In some ways, it is early yet. There are plenty of days left on the calendar for the candidates to get in front of voters and promote their ideas and vision for leading the nation,” noted Tran, who ran communications for the Obama-era grassroots group Organizing for America and was a founding partner of the communications firm 270 Strategies.

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But, she pointed out that “the historically expansive field and a White House that continually dominates headlines with its churn, chaos, and corruption means there is simply less oxygen in the room for each individual vying for the presidency.”

Tran spoke with Fox News days before House Democrats formally launched their impeachment inquiry into the president over the Ukraine controversy. The news has largely overshadowed the presidential race ever since.

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Pelosi, Dems ‘ducking’ responsibility of impeachment inquiry, Kim Strassel says

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Following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel accused her of “ducking” her actual responsibilities with regard to the probe and said she has not followed proper protocol.

“It’s not kosher at all,” she said on “Journal Editorial Report,” which aired this weekend. “That’s why in some ways, she hasn’t really committed her caucus to impeachment. And, there’s an accountability issue here… they are ducking a very serious responsibility, because impeachment is a powerful tool and there’s a constitutional obligation that there be some sort of a vote to implement it, to use it.”

Pelosi, D-Calif., has yet to hold an official floor vote on the matter.

Strassel said it would fall to Pelosi to convince the public that a majority of the House even supported impeachment, and claimed the speaker was taking a big risk moving this hard and fast while defying conventional protocol.

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“It’s unclear when exactly [the vote] needs to happen, but… she needs to demonstrate to the country that a majority of the House of Representatives is actually in favor of taking this enormous step,” she said.

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“But, she doesn’t want to, because, for all of the talk about the strategy, she knows there is still enormous risk to her moderate members, of putting them on the record for this.”

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Democrats issued their first round of subpoenas Friday, starting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. They’re expected to expand their list of witnesses in the coming week.

The formal start of the inquiry came after Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee grilled former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Capitol Hill two weeks ago, producing several soundbites but few tangible results.

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Rutgers fires head football coach after losing last three games by combined 112-16

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Chris Ash was fired as Rutgers football coach after three seasons plus four games, athletic director Pat Hobbs announced Sunday afternoon in a press release. 

“We appreciate Chris’s dedicated efforts on behalf of our football program, our department and our University,” Hobbs said. “This change is especially difficult because of the steadfast commitment that Chris and his family have made to our student-athletes.”

Hobbs said tight ends coach Nunzio Campanile will serve as the Scarlet Knights’ interim head coach the remainder of the season.

Offensive coordinator John McNulty has also been fired, Hobbs said. 

Rutgers will honor the terms of Ash’s and McNulty’s contracts, exclusively using department-generated funds, the school said.

Ash will be owed a buyout of nearly $8.5 million; however, he must make efforts to get another job in Division I or the NFL, and if gets a job as an assistant or head coach, his income from that position gets deducted from what Rutgers has to pay him.

McNulty will be owed a buyout of just over $885,000, also subject to his duty to mitigate.

A national search for a new head coach will take place with additional details forthcoming, Hobbs said.

There figures to be heavy pressure on both Hobbs and the Rutgers’ administration from both Rutgers alumni and fans to rehire Greg Schiano. 

Schiano was the Scarlet Knights’ head coach from 2001-2011 before he left to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccanneers. 

Schiano is currently not coaching after serving as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator the last three seasons under former Buckeye coach Urban Meyer. Ironically, Schiano succeeded Ash as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator.

After he inherited a Rutgers’ program that was in a similar situation to what it is currently in, Rutgers went 68-67 under Schiano, which included an 11-2 breakthrough season in 2006.

Rutgers is 1-3 this season and 0-2 in the Big Ten Conference. It went  8-32 overall and just 3-26 in Big Ten games under Ash. All of those Big Ten wins came in 2017 when the Scarlet Knights finished 4-8 for their best season under Ash.

The Scarlet Knights, after a 48-21 season-opening win over the University of Massachusetts, have lost their last three games by a combined 112-16. 

That includes defeats by a combined 82-0 in Big Ten games against nationally ranked Iowa and Michigan. Rutgers was routed 52-0 by Michigan this Saturday at Michigan and hosts Maryland (2-2, 0-1) Saturday at noon. 

“Progress has been achieved in many areas, but, unfortunately, that progress has not been realized on the field of play,” Hobbs said. “As such, it is in the best interest of the program to make a change.” 

Rutgers has also lost 17 of its past 19 games, which included 11 consecutive losses to end an 1-11 season last year and the final three games of the 2017 season.   

The Scarlet Knights have also lost 16 consecutive games against opponents from Power 5 conference opponents. Many of those defeats have been by lopsided margins. 

They were also shutout eight times during Ash’s tenure, including a whopping 78-0 home loss to Michigan in 2016. 

Rutgers had 21 defeats by 21 points or more under Ash.

Major offensive struggles were major trait under Ash. He had three different offensive coordinators with McNulty becoming the first person to serve as offensive coordinator to begin a season the last nine seasons.

The Scarlet Knights also had a different starting quarterback to begin each of Ash seasons.  

Campanile, in his second season on the Rutgers’ staff, was the head coach of  nonpublic state power Bergen Catholic from 2010-2017. 

Bergen Catholic went 60-28 under Campanile with an NJSIAA Nonpublic Group IV championship in 2017. 

Prior to becoming Bergen Catholic’s head coach, Campanile, a Paramus Catholic High School graduate and a 1999 Montclair State graduate, was an assistant coach for 10 seasons at Bergen Catholic’s arch-rival Don Bosco Prep under legendary former Ironmen head coach Greg Toal.  

He was the offensive coordinator at Don Bosco Prep his final two seasons there and also was the head wrestling coach and athletic director at Don Bosco Prep.

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Hillary Clinton: Trump ‘Knows He’s Illegitimate,’ It’s Why He’s Obsessed With Me

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Felicity Huffman’s daughter may retake SAT after star’s college scandal sentencing

Felicity Huffman‘s daughter likely won’t be prohibited from retaking the SAT despite her mother’s guilty plea in the college admissions scandal, a new report claims.

According to TMZ, Huffman and husband William H. Macy’s daughter Sophia wants to apply to colleges for which she’d need to take the exam, and the College Board’s rules likely will let her do so.

The rules reportedly stated that there needed to be evidence the student knew about the cheating scandal before or during its occurrence for her to be held liable.

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If there were evidence Sophia knew about the scam, she’d be suspended from taking the exam for six months, but the College Board reportedly ruled there wasn’t sufficient proof of that scenario.

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Huffman, 56, was sentenced to two weeks behind bars after she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in May. She confessed to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter’s answers on the SAT. She said she considered the same for her younger daughter but decided against it.

A judge also ordered her to perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine.

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In a Sept. 4 letter asking for leniency, Huffman said she turned to the scheme because her daughter’s low math scores jeopardized her dream of going to college and pursuing a career in acting.

Since then, she’s carried “a deep and abiding shame,” she wrote.

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Macy wrote in a letter ahead of his wife’s sentencing that their family had “imploded” following her arrest.

Huffman was ordered to turn herself in for her 14-day prison sentence on Oct. 25.

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Pelosi vs. Trump: Combatants in a historic impeachment showdown that will test them, and the nation

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that President Donald Trump tried to “shake down foreign leaders” and conceal it, undermining national security and forcing Congress to pursue his impeachment. (Sept. 26) AP Domestic

WASHINGTON — They have been the oddest of couples, the President and the Speaker. Or, as Nancy Pelosi might cast it, the leaders of two co-equal branches of the government. 

Now, with her decision to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into him, Speaker Pelosi and President Trump are combatants in a historic showdown that will test the nation and shape the legacies of two of the most consequential American politicians of current times.

For the next few months, it will be Trump v. Pelosi.

Since Democrats regained control of the House in the 2018 elections, Pelosi has approached Trump with respect for his office, blunt candor in their private consultations, and scathing rebuke in her public comments. “Mr. President, please don’t characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting as the leader of the House Democrats, who just won a big victory,” she scolded him at their first meeting after the midterms. That exchange solidified her reputation as the most formidable Democratic counterpart he has faced since moving into the White House.

The president has approached her with what seems to be a wary respect. At one point, he even offered to provide Republican votes to help her win the election as Speaker — she didn’t need them — although now he is complaining bitterly about the course she is taking as a “new Witch Hunt!”

They are members of the same generation; she is 79, he is 73. He is the undisputed leader of a Republican Party that has been recast in his image; she is the nation’s highest-ranking Democrat and the party’s de facto leader, at least until a presidential nominee emerges. 

But it is hard to imagine two leaders with such different styles and such different strengths and weaknesses. 

‘AKA your worst nightmare!’

Trump is mercurial and impulsive, conferring with friends, family and friendly talk-show hosts but relying most of all on his own gut. He is not a detail man; the scrutiny of fact-checkers routinely concludes his statements are untrue. He draws energy from raucous rallies in which he routinely speaks for more than hour and basks in the adoration of his most fervent supporters.

Pelosi is meticulous, disciplined, controlled. She has held a disparate Democratic caucus together by being the most careful of listeners to other members of Congress, asking their views and understanding their motivations. She is more skilled at cutting deals behind the scenes at the Capitol than with delivering big speeches on the stump. 

Still, even Democratic critics who in the past have complained Pelosi has stayed too long in the leadership, that it was past time for fresh faces to take over, see her as ideally suited to this moment. 

“We obviously have some policy disagreements but NP (Nancy Pelosi) was the best to lead us into battle against Trump,” California activist Melissa Byrne, an organizer for Bernie Sanders presidential campaigns, tweeted the other day. Veteran Democratic strategist Brad Woodhouse retweeted that and added: “may I introduce you to @SpeakerPelosi Mr. Pres? AKA your worst nightmare!”

Pelosi has been negotiating the narrow path between the most liberal Democratic House members who have been pushing for impeachment almost from the start of Trump’s presidency and more moderate members from swing districts who have worried that step risked sabotaging their chances for re-election.

She had been slow-walking impeachment, arguing for the need to gain support from Republicans and the public first. That changed with Trump’s acknowledgment that he encouraged the president of Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, his potential 2020 opponent; a whistleblower’s complaint accuses White House officials of trying to hide the account of the conversation in a server intended for national security secrets. 

Now Pelosi has switched to fast-forward mode, suggesting that a House vote on Articles of Impeachment could be held before the end of the year.

“Let us be prayerful. Let us be solemn. Let us try not to make it further divisive,” she said Saturday night in an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. “But we cannot ignore our oath of office to defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

From equanimity to alarm

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US President Donald Trump is lashing out at House Democrats amid an impeachment investigation and a whistleblower complaint over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. (Sept. 26) AP Domestic

In an interview with USA TODAY a few weeks before the 2018 midterm elections, Trump discussed the idea of Democrats winning the House and Pelosi taking over the speakership with surprising equanimity. It wouldn’t be all bad for him, he mused.

“I’ll be honest with you, if the Democrats get in, I think I’d be able to work with them,” he said in the conversation aboard Air Force One, on his way to a campaign rally in Houston for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. “If they get in, I think they will find a way to work with me, and I’ll find (it). Otherwise, they can’t pass anything. They want to pass things, too.”

He cited a big infrastructure bill as one White House legislative priority that might actually fare better in a Democratic-controlled House than in a Republican-controlled one.

But the infrastructure initiative has gone nowhere since then. Nor have other measures, including an effort to control prescription drug prices, on which there had been hopes of striking a bipartisan compromise. 

Instead, Trump now faces the most dangerous possible repercussion of the new Democratic majority: An impeachment vote that would have been all but unimaginable if Republicans had retained control of the House. The GOP hold on the Senate, which would convene an impeachment trial, remains his strongest bulwark against being removed from office. 

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Pelosi announced her decision last week in a setting reminiscent of presidents making grave declarations from the White House. She stood outside her suite of offices in the Capitol — it has the grandest view of the National Mall of anywhere in Washington — and in front of a phalanx of American flags. She wore an American flag pin on the shoulder of her blue dress.

Trump, who was in New York for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, responded to the news with outrage to reporters and on Twitter.

“PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!” he tweeted then. On Sunday morning, he vowed to defeat Democratic House members from congressional districts friendly to him if they vote for impeachment. “Will happen to all of those seeking unlawful impeachment in 50 Trump type Districts,” he tweeted, predicting, “We will win big!”

Trump famously slaps derisive nicknames on those who cross him, from “low-energy Jeb” Bush in the 2016 campaign to “Liddle’ Adam Schiff” now, mocking the House Intelligence Committee chairman. It has been the subject of Washington speculation why he has never tried to make a negative moniker stick to Pelosi.

He typically calls her “Nancy” or a respectful “Nancy Pelosi,” even in tweets that describe her Senate counterpart as “Crooked Chuck” Schumer. There was a reference to “Nervous Nancy Pelosi” in June, but he didn’t keep that up.

It is possible, of course, that’s about to change.

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