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Juul CEO Steps Down Amid Growing Concerns Over E-Cigarette Use

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Juul Labs CEO Kevin Burns announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from the popular e-cigarette company amid growing concerns and criticism of vaping.

Burns will be replaced by K.C. Crosthwaite, who previously served as chief growth officer for major tobacco company Altria, which owns a 35% stake in Juul, according to The New York Times.

Crosthwaite, who also offered guidance as an observer on Juul Labs’ board of directors, said one of his main focuses will be on reducing underage use of e-cigarettes.

“I have long believed in a future where adult smokers overwhelmingly choose alternative products like JUUL,” he said in a statement. “Unfortunately, today that future is at risk due to unacceptable levels of youth usage and eroding public confidence in our industry.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Demi Moore: Ashton Kutcher mocked my alcoholism

Demi Moore says Ashton Kutcher humiliated her with drunk pics while she battled alcoholism during their decade-long relationship.

The 56-year-old actress, whose mother was also an alcoholic, previously claimed he cheated and begged for threesomes as she continued to churn out shocking revelations in her new book.

Moore writes in her autobiography “Inside Out”: “I wanted to be that girl. The girl who could have a glass of wine at dinner, or do a tequila shot at a party. In my mind, Ashton wanted that, too. So I tried to become that: a fun, normal girl.”

DEMI MOORE SAYS SHE WAS RAPED AT 15

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Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore at the premiere of “No Strings Attached” at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, Jan. 11, 2011. Moore alleged that Kutcher shamed her for her alcohol abuse during their marriage. (Reuters)

IS ASHTON KUTCHER’S DATING SERVICE A SLAP IN THE FACE TO DEMI MOORE?

However, Moore was a recovering alcoholic and said she couldn’t stop drinking once she started.

She adds: “When you don’t have an off switch, you go until you can’t go anymore.”

JON CRYER DENIES DEMI MOORE TOOK HIS VIRGINITY

She revealed a terrifying incident when she was drunk in the bath, and reveals: “I started passing out and slipping under the water.

“If other people hadn’t have been there I would have drowned,” says Moore.

But she told what hurt was that Kutcher had taken a photo of her when she was being sick in the toilet.

DEMI MOORE SAYS SHE ‘LOST’ HERSELF AFTER ASHTON KUTCHER SPLIT

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Demi Moore (nee Guynes) took her professional name from her first husband, musician Freddy Moore, when they married in 1980. She later married Bruce Willis in 1987 and Ashton Kutcher (pictured) in 2005. (Reuters)

DEMI MOORE’S DAUGHTER RUMER RESPONDS TO ‘INSIDE OUT’ MEMOIR

She writes: “It was confusing. Ashton had encouraged me to go in this direction. When I went too far, though, he let me know how he felt by showing a picture he’d taken of me resting my head on the toilet the night before.

“It seemed like a good-natured joke at the time. But it was really just shaming.”

Another time, Kutcher shared a photo of Moore’s bum as she leaned over, after the couple had attended the wedding of her ex Bruce Willis to model Emma Heming.

The couple, who also lost a baby when Demi was eight months pregnant, were in their hotel room in the Turks and Caicos Islands and he took the snap before sharing it on Twitter.

He captioned it: “Shhh don’t tell wifey.”

DEMI MOORE SAYS SHE SPOKE WITH EX ASHTON KUTCHER BEFORE RELEASING TELL-ALL MEMOIR

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Everyone was so shocked when Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher hooked up that most assumed it was an elaborate stunt designed to “Punk” us all. Things didn’t work out between the pair. Kutcher is now married to Mila Kunis. (AP)

DEMI MOORE DETAILS ‘NIGHTMARE’ SPLIT FROM ASHTON KUTCHER

Kutcher was slammed at the time but said in his defense: “Let’s back off a notch. It was a bikini, not underwear, so people might have been confused. She was ironing my pants. That sounds weird, but we were on a beach and she was wearing a bikini, ironing my pants!

“I took a picture of her and asked her before I put it out to the world. And then I sent it really quick. It’s a good butt — it’s a really good butt. And people saw it. You could see that at the beach.”

In her book Moore tells readers she was raped when she was 15 and her mom set up the abuse.

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Last night, Kutcher broke his silence as he appeared to hit back at Demi when he told fans to text him to find out the “truth”.

This article originally appeared in The Sun.

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What to Expect as House Opens Trump Impeachment Inquiry: Live Updates

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that the House would launch a formal impeachment inquiry.CreditAnna Moneymaker/The New York Times

Here’s what you need to know:

Hours after Democrats began a formal impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, President Trump prepared on Wednesday morning to release the transcript of a July 25 call he had with Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine. Mr. Trump has defiantly denied saying anything inappropriate on the call, even as he acknowledged pushing Mr. Zelensky for an investigation of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and one of his chief rivals.

Still, in the face of bipartisan calls from members of Congress, Mr. Trump ordered the Wednesday release of the transcript, ensuring a day of intense scrutiny into his conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart. The decision did not go far enough for many Democrats, who have demanded to see the full complaint about Mr. Trump’s actions lodged by a whistle-blower, which has not been shared with Congress.

As a result, White House officials were continuing to work on a deal that would allow the whistle-blower to testify before Congress about those concerns, according to people briefed on the effort. The deal could also include the release of a redacted version of the complaint, which formed the basis of a report by the inspector general for the intelligence community, people familiar with the situation said.

On Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump tweeted his disapproval of the Democrats, condemning a “Witch Hunt!”

The House plans to vote on Wednesday afternoon on a resolution condemning the Trump administration for withholding the whistle-blower complaint and demanding that Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, promptly furnish it.

The resolution also demands that Mr. Maguire ensure that the whistle-blower is protected from retribution and chastises the president for comments disparaging the whistle-blower in recent days.

The vote is symbolic, but Democratic leaders want to put lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans — on record to highlight their case. Sharing the complaint with Congress is already required by law, Democrats assert.

“This is not a partisan matter; it’s about the integrity of our democracy, respect for the rule of law and defending our Constitution,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, her No. 2, said in a statement on Tuesday. “We hope that all members of the House — Democrats and Republicans alike — will join in upholding the rule of law and oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution as representatives of the American people.”

The political fallout from revelations about Mr. Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president, Mr. Zelensky, came as the two men were scheduled to meet in person on Wednesday afternoon on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Mr. Zelensky was scheduled to deliver remarks to world leaders at 9 a.m. Wednesday. And he was expected to sit down with Mr. Trump at 2:15 p.m., even as details about the July 25 call were revealed publicly.

At the center of the controversy surrounding Mr. Trump is whether he pressed Mr. Zelensky to investigate Mr. Biden and whether Mr. Trump directed the United States to withhold aid for Ukraine until Mr. Zelensky agreed to his demands.

In an interview on Tuesday with Voice of America, Mr. Zelensky said that he expected the conversation on Wednesday afternoon to be “very warm” and that he respected Mr. Trump. “We just want the U.S. to always support Ukraine and Ukraine’s course in its fight against aggression and war,” Mr. Zelensky said. “It seems to me that it is so.”

Mr. Trump will face reporters in a formal news conference Wednesday afternoon, providing a high-profile forum for questions about his role in the telephone call with Ukraine’s president that is at the center of the Democratic impeachment effort.

Presidents historically hold a formal news conference at the end of the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Often, such events are a president’s primary opportunity to shape the perception of their actions during the meetings with world leaders.

In Mr. Trump’s case, the news conference is likely to be one of many opportunities for the president to make his views known. He typically will respond to questions from reporters throughout the day, before and after bilateral discussions with world leaders. And, of course, the president started tweeting his thoughts about the Democrats first thing Wednesday morning.

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Behind WeWork Leader’s Rise and Fall: A Wall St. Bank Playing Many Angles

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The ouster of WeWork’s co-founder and its botched initial public offering are a remarkable collapse of what was considered, up until weeks ago, one of the most valuable start-ups in the world.

This is not simply the failure of a young and capricious founder. Adam Neumann, who helped start the company in his early 30s, was a magnetic leader with a brash style that constantly invited controversy. The problem is that the adults in the room didn’t act like adults.

One of those adults was perhaps Mr. Neumann’s most critical enabler: JPMorgan Chase.

While SoftBank, the Japanese conglomerate, is the biggest and most notable investor in WeWork’s parent company, JPMorgan has been one of its most ardent backer for years, working multiples sides. It lent Mr. Neumann money personally (with his inflated shares as collateral), provided equity and debt for the company, served as a corporate adviser for the I.P.O. and secured nearly $6 billion in financing as part of the now scotched offering.

If there was one institution best placed to fully understand the various conflicts of Mr. Neumann, it was JPMorgan.

The bank, in concert with UBS and Credit Suisse, provided Mr. Neumann with a $500 million line of personal credit, some of which was used to buy stakes in four buildings where he then had WeWork lease space. The self-dealing was so offensive to investors that he was forced to unwind the arrangement ahead of the public offering. JPMorgan also provided Mr. Neumann with an additional $97.5 million in loans, according to company filings, including for a mortgage used to buy a 60-acre property in Westchester County.

JPMorgan was working for the company, too, leading an extension of a $1.2 billion line of credit for WeWork all the way back in 2015; it later led another round of some $700 million in additional debt for the company. JPMorgan also participated in at least one funding round for WeWork in which its asset management clients invested in the company.

All of which is to say, some of the money intended for the company seemed to go from WeWork’s pocket into Mr. Neumann’s pocket.

And JPMorgan, either knew it or should have known it.

“That is an all-time Gordian knot of conflicts of interest, and there is no way to get around it,” said  Nell Minow, a longtime corporate governance expert who is now vice chair at ValueEdge Advisors.

JPMorgan “had to know” about all of Mr. Neumann’s self-dealing and other behavior, she added. “That’s literally their job. And if they didn’t, they were beyond negligent.”

Given the required diligence to provide loans, JPMorgan had better access to both WeWork’s finances and the personal finances of Mr. Neumann than even the company’s biggest investors, like SoftBank.

JPMorgan’s aggressive effort to lend money to Mr. Neumann and WeWork was all part of the bank’s desire to win the lead role for its high-profile initial public offering and earn part of the estimated $100 million in fees. JPMorgan eventually did win that role, but a failed I.P.O. isn’t much of a prize.

To be fair, JPMorgan wasn’t alone on Wall Street in courting WeWork. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and just about every major firm made pilgrimages to Mr. Neumann’s office with proposals for the services they could provide. Had JPMorgan not provided the personal or corporate loans, another bank most likely would have happily done so.

But at any point, JPMorgan could have said it wouldn’t work with Mr. Neumann if the bank felt that actions of the company’s leadership raised red flags.

A spokesman for the bank declined to comment.

To its credit, the bank pressed Mr. Neumann and the company to disclose his personal conflicts in its offering filings. Those disclosures led to a backlash by investors, upending the stock offering. Depending on your perspective, arguably the “process” worked, providing transparency about the mismanagement at the company to potential public investors who were so turned off that the offering has been shelved for now.

In truth, it is easy to look back and point fingers. There was a collective mania around WeWork. Virtually every bank that pitched WeWork on its offering got it wrong. Just a year ago, JPMorgan was telling Mr. Neumann that it could find buyers at a company value of more than $60 billion; Goldman Sachs was floating a number over $90 billion, and Morgan Stanley speculated that even more than $100 billion was possible, according to people briefed on the proposals, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private negotiations. All of those valuations, inevitably, only emboldened Mr. Neumann.

And therein may lie the lesson: JPMorgan might have thought it would have lost big fees if it had abandoned WeWork, but it lost something more valuable — a small part of its reputation — by sticking with it.

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Mysterious, second interstellar object confirmed

It’s official. We have our second confirmed – and named – interstellar visitor.

The International Astronomical Union confirmed that the object formally known as C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) is indeed from another solar system, giving it the proper name of 21/Borisov on Tuesday.

“The orbit is now sufficiently well known, and the object is unambiguously interstellar in origin; it has received its final designation as the second interstellar object, 2I,” the IAU wrote in a statement. “In this case, the IAU has decided to follow the tradition of naming cometary objects after their discoverers, so the object has been named  2I/Borisov.”

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The first-ever comet from beyond our Solar System, as imaged by the Gemini Observatory. The image of the newly discovered object, named 2I/Borisov, was obtained on the night of Sept. 9 using the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph on the Gemini North Telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea. (Credit: IAU)

NEWLY DISCOVERED INTERSTELLAR VISITOR COULD BE INTERCEPTED, STUDY SAYS

21/Borisov was discovered on Aug. 30 by astronomer Gennady Borisov and, unlike its predecessor, Ouamuamua, will be observable for an extended period of time. It is likely a comet, given its short tail and “fuzzy” appearance, a description backed up by NASA JPL researcher Davide Farnocchia.

“The comet’s current velocity is high, about 93,000 mph [150,000 kph], which is well above the typical velocities of objects orbiting the Sun at that distance,” said Farnocchia in a statement posted to NASA’s website on Sept. 12. “The high velocity indicates not only that the object likely originated from outside our solar system, but also that it will leave and head back to interstellar space.”

Earlier this month, NASA JPL said 21/Borisov is approximately 260 million miles from the Sun and will reach its closest point, known as perihelion, on Dec. 8, 2019, when it gets within 190 million miles of the Sun.

It’s still unclear what Oumuamua actually is, although several theories have emerged, including one from Harvard University researcher Avi Loeb that it could be an extraterrestrial lightsail.

COMETS AND ASTEROIDS COULD BE FLINGING LIFE ALL OVER THE GALAXY, STUDY FINDS

The discovery of 21/Borisov raises new questions, IAU noted, including why interstellar objects were not previously discovered, their expected rate of appearance in the inner solar system and how they compare with similar bodies in the solar system.

“Large telescopic surveys capable of scanning large fractions of the sky on a regular basis may help to answer these questions and more in the near future,” IAU wrote on its website.

Researchers recently theorized that 21/Borisov could be intercepted using existing technology and studied to determine several aspects about it, such as whether it’s a comet or an asteroid. Experts also noted that it could be studied to see, what material, if any, it has picked up from other solar systems.

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Michael Goodwin: Pelosi’s impeachment surrender proves Dems still can’t get beyond 2016 – And that’s risky

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For months, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned itchy Democrats against the perils of impeachment. She should have stuck to her guns.

In surrendering to the radicals and the noisy drumbeat of their media handmaidens, Pelosi established a formal investigative process involving the top legislative committees.

Yet she did something else, too, something far more monumental: She effectively committed House Dems to impeaching President Trump.

PELOSI ANNOUNCES FORMAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY AGAINST TRUMP

Because of what she said and did, if the House doesn’t go all the way, it will be a political disaster. Either failing to take a vote on articles of impeachment, or failing to get enough votes among her majority to pass any articles, would be seen as a political exoneration for Trump, likely leading to his re-election.

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If all that weren’t risky enough, consider another scenario. If House Dems do impeach Trump on grounds that much of the public sees as flimsy and concocted, they could win the battle and lose the war. Indeed, no matter what the House does, there is a next-to-zero chance the GOP controlled Senate would convict the president absent clear and convincing “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Pelosi knew all that since January, when she became Speaker, which is why she kept resisting the impeachers. But her surrender proved again that her party can’t quit 2016. Like generals fighting the last war, she and they are now committed to taking their sore-loser grievances to 2020 voters.

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Dems apparently assume the country hates Trump as much as they do. President Hillary Clinton had no comment on the strategy.

They also are demonstrating they didn’t learn the lessons of the Robert Mueller probe.

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Jarrett: Impeachment move will blow up in faces of Dems and media like an ‘exploding cigar’

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The impeachment push from House Democrats is likely to “blow up in the faces of Democrats and the media like an exploding cigar,” Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett predicted on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday.

Jarrett, who has authored an upcoming book called “Witch Hunt,” asked why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not wait 24 hours before her “impeachment gesture.”

He noted that the director of national intelligence is set to testify Thursday before Congress on the whistleblower complaint stemming from President Trump pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate his potential opponent in the 2020 election, Joe Biden.

PELOSI ANNOUNCES IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY — WILL IT BACKFIRE?

“We know from his lawyer’s letter that the whistleblower isn’t a whistleblower because the complaint, under the law, isn’t recognized as a whistleblower complaint. You can’t whistle-blow on the president. The law is very clear, you can only blow the whistle on someone in the intelligence community,” said Jarrett, adding that the president is not a member of the intelligence community.

Meantime, a senior White House official told Fox News late Tuesday that the administration will release a document showing the intelligence community inspector general found the whistleblower had “political bias” in favor of “a rival candidate” of the president.

The official did not identify the name of the rival candidate.

Separately, a senior administration official told Fox News the White House has been working as quickly as it can to release to Congress the whistleblower complaint involving President Trump’s conversations with the leader of Ukraine, as long as it’s legally possible.

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The news came just hours after Pelosi initiated a formal impeachment inquiry by alleging that the administration was hiding the complaint. Other top Democrats had previously said such an inquiry was already underway.

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Jarrett said the “AOC crowd” – referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her liberal supporters –”forced [Pelosi’s] hand” in moving toward an impeachment inquiry.

“I think this is all going to blow up negatively for Joe Biden,” said Jarrett, accusing the media of ignoring the story behind Biden, his son’s business dealings and Biden’s demands for the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.

Fox News’ Gregg Re, John Roberts and Ed Henry contributed to this report.

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Andre Emmett doorbell video shows final moments before former college basketball star was gunned down

Dallas police released doorbell camera footage Tuesday showing the moments before the former college basketball star Andre Emmett was shot and killed.

The video from Monday’s shooting shows a group of men yelling at Emmett as he steps out of his SUV. It then shows the former Texas Tech Red Raiders player bolting down the street. Another angle shows men approaching Emmett at his vehicle before he attempts to run away.

He appeared to be shot in the back as he was running away.

FORMER COLLEGE BASKETBALL STAR ANDRE EMMETT FATALLY SHOT IN TEXAS: REPORTS

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Andre Emmett on March 13, 2003 file photo. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

A witness said two people then got into a Chrysler 300 and sped away from the scene, according to FOX4 News.

No arrests were made in the shooting and police have yet to identify and persons of interest.

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Emmett, 37, burst onto the basketball scene as a member of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He played with them from 2000 to 2004, starting 33 games for them in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, under coach Bob Knight.

In his senior season at Texas Tech, Emmett averaged 20.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He was a consensus First Team All-American and was named to the All-Big 12 Team during the 2003-2004 season. Emmett helped Texas Tech get to the second round of the NCAA Tournament that season.

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Out of college, the Seattle Supersonics selected Emmett with the No. 35 pick of the 2004 NBA Draft. He was subsequently traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for a second-round draft pick.

He played eight games with the Grizzlies in the 2004-2005 season and didn’t play in the NBA again until the 2011-12 season with the New Jersey Nets.

Aside from playing overseas, Emmett played in season 2 of the BIG3 basketball league. He scored 134 points, finishing second in that category to Joe Johnson.

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Earlier this year, he was inducted into the Texas Tech Ring of Honor.

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28 wild horses killed in Hurricane Dorian ‘mini tsunami’ off North Carolina coast

A Hurricane Dorian “mini tsunami” dragged 28 wild horses in North Carolina’s Outer Banks to their deaths earlier this month, according to reports.

After being swept away by floodwaters on Cedar Island on the Pamlico Sound Sept. 6, the horses’ bodies began to wash up on nearby beaches, The Charlotte Observer reported. Other missing horses are presumed dead.

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“It was a mini tsunami,” herd manager Woody Hancock said, according to The Observer. “The horses normally see the water start to rise in a storm and migrate to higher ground, but they just didn’t have time. The shift in the wind happened too fast and they were taken off guard and washed off the island.”

He said people who have lived on the island their whole life said they had never seen anything like Dorian.

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“It wasn’t like a normal hurricane. Areas that normally flood didn’t see flooding, and spots that never get it were devastated,” he said. The horses “didn’t have a chance.”

The hurricane hit the Outer Banks on Sept. 6 as a Category 1 with winds at nearly 100 mph.

The 28 horses make up more than half of the island’s 49-horse herd. They were identified by their branding.

The herd roams freely on 1,000 acres of private land on the island.

Some of the surviving horses managed to swim to nearby islands, the Observer reported.

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“This has really affected everybody on the island,” Hancock said, according to The Observer. “All the horses were named after local people on the island and so every family felt a connection to the herd.”

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What’s different now that Nancy Pelosi is starting an impeachment inquiry on Donald Trump?

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has announced a formal impeachment inquiry. It only took an op-ed from seven House Dems in difficult districts. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – When House Speaker NancyPelosi announced the start of a formal impeachment inquiry Tuesday against President Donald Trump, she said his contacts with Ukraine’s president “changed everything” for Democrats.

Lawmakers said her announcement galvanized the Democratic Caucus to expedite and prioritize their investigations for a speedy resolution. But chairmen of the six committees that have been investigating Trump for months and rank-and-file members said no details were discussed about how the mechanics of the probes might change.

“If you want to put a name to it, call it: Phase two,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., a member of two committees investigating Trump: Oversight and Reform, and Foreign Affairs. “It’s both significant and anti-climactic in a kind of odd way.” He said Trump’s behavior “is so egregious, so reckless, so debasing to the office, that it seems like well beyond time we agree to this.”

House Democrats have been investigating Trump on a variety of fronts since regaining control of the chamber in January, probing whether he has obstructed justice, profited unconstitutionally from his namesake business or fallen under the influence of foreign countries. But Trump has dismissed the investigations as partisan harassment after special counsel Robert Mueller found no conspiracy between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.

In past investigations, the full House voted on articles of impeachment, which the House Judiciary Committee then investigated. The move granted the committee additional authority, such as access to grand-jury evidence. The committee is seeking grand-jury evidence in this case, from Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, but the Justice Department has opposed the request in federal court.

Trump’s acknowledgement that he urged Ukraine to investigate his presidential rival, Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden, spurred Democrats led by Pelosi to expedite their investigations. 

“We have to strike while the iron is hot,” Pelosi told her caucus, according to a senior Democratic aide who was in the private meeting.  “This is a national security issue – a national security issue – and we cannot let him think that this is a casual thing.”

She announced that the House “is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry” and that she was “directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry.”

Impeachment inquiry on fast track?

Lawmakers are also eager to hear from a whistleblower who reported an “urgent concern” about national security that the administration has blocked from being passed along to Congress.

“Because the inspector general has said that this is an urgent concern, it has accelerated the pace of how we go forward,” Pelosi said. “This is a sad day. But it is focused and accelerated.”

Trump, who was visiting the United Nations in New York, tweeted that the Democratic effort was “Witch Hunt garbage” and said it was “so bad for our Country!”

The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, called Pelosi’s statement a “false and feeble decree” because the House still hasn’t voted to authorize a formal impeachment inquiry, as happened with former presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

“This is the first partisan ‘impeachment’ in the history of the republic, and the real victims are the American people,” Collins said. “The chaos began in the Judiciary Committee, and now it’s seeping into the rest of the House.”

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Will it strengthen Pelosi’s hand?

Legal experts disagreed about the impact of Pelosi’s declaration.

Claire Finkelstein, the faculty director at the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at University of Pennsylvania, said Pelosi’s declaration would strengthen the House’s position in federal court battles to enforce subpoenas and get witness testimony. The declaration “just about ensured” that lawmakers will eventually get the whistleblower complaint because the administration’s blocking of the access could appear to be obstruction of justice, she said.

“The decision in the House today was to open an impeachment inquiry, and that allows the House to have stronger leverage around issuing subpoenas for documents, getting witnesses in to speak to various committees or to the House as whole,” Finkelstein said.

But Michael Gerhardt, a professor and expert on constitutional law and impeachment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said he didn’t believe Pelosi’s comments on Tuesday grant Democrats any additional legal authority and won’t have much of an effect on the host of legal disputes making their way through the courts.

Gerhardt, who authored “Impeachment: What Everyone Needs to Know” and “The Federal Impeachment Process,” said “it’s not clear that it strengthens any of the court cases because they are already relying on the legitimate powers granted to Congress of oversight and investigation.” The major shift is more political than legal, he said.

“It’s not insignificant that she took this position,” he said. “She is a real veteran and I think that her coming out in support helps bolster the investigation and give it some more credibility.”

Will the whistleblower testify?

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., declined to comment on what Pelosi’s announcement meant or whether his panel’s work would change.

He said he was “looking forward” to the committee’s hearing Thursday with the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, to ask why he prevented the inspector general for the intelligence community from passing along a whistleblower complaint to Congress. “We’re trying to make arrangements for the whistleblower to come and testify before our committee this week as well,” Schiff said.

A member of the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said said the national-security concerns raised by the Ukraine situation are easier for the American public to grasp than the he-said-she-said of the Mueller report.

“The news here, obviously, is that Speaker Pelosi has a new position on impeachment,” Welch said. “But the step by step of how we do it was not discussed.”

Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., whose panel has sought Trump’s tax returns, said the president’s explanation of his dealings with Ukraine situation changed the dynamics. Pelosi’s formal request for an inquiry “adds an impetus to the investigations of the Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment inquiries, and other panels.”

Ukraine scandal unites Democrats

“You had all of a sudden this kind of galloping series of events where it became ‘no I didn’t,’ ‘what if I did,’ ‘so what,’” Neal said. “I think the consensus of the caucus has reached a new stage based on what happened with Ukraine.”

Rank-and-file lawmakers said the consensus in the Democratic Caucus meant that the investigations would be handled expeditiously.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a progressive member of the Judiciary Committee, said the main difference she gleaned is that impeachment will now be the top priority. She said members aren’t aware of how the process will change.

“I think we still have to work all of those details out,” said Jayapal, D-Wash. “So this is not something that’s going to drag out for months. It is going to be expeditious. It’s going to be quick.”

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., a member of the Intelligence Committee, said he didn’t hear any opposition during the caucus meeting.

“I think that because she has been so, kind of, reluctant to go down this path, she had tremendous credibility,” he said. “When we’ve had previous discussions on this topic, there was always dissent. It was vocal. And this time there wasn’t that dissent.”

AOC: There’s emphasis on speed

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, said the big change is “the emphasis” that speed up the process.  

“I think the party’s unified and that there’s power behind that,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “The weight behind that adds an urgency and an expeditiousness to the investigation that I don’t believe we’ll have seen previously.”

More about congressional investigations of President Donald Trump:

Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump over Ukraine scandal

House Democrats will launch an impeachment inquiry. Here’s what we know so far

Biden calls for Trump to face impeachment if he doesn’t comply with Congressional inquiries

Trump says he’ll release transcript of call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

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