Trump tears into Schumer, says his impeachment focus left NY unprepared for coronavirus

President Trump tore into Sen. Chuck Schumer on Thursday, calling the top Democrat a “bad” senator whose focus on impeachment left New York “completely unprepared” for the coronavirus. “No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would likely win,” Trump taunted in a letter. “If...
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Trump drops Elaine McCusker’s Pentagon nomination in impeachment fallout

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday formally withdrew Elaine McCusker’s nomination to be Pentagon comptroller in fallout from President Donald Trump’s impeachment. McCusker, currently acting comptroller and chief financial officer of the Defense Department, fought Trump’s decision last year to stall $250 million in Ukraine military aid. Emails documenting her objections leaked to a...
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Trump readies ‘comeback’ message for State of the Union

President Trump is preparing what his aides say will be an optimistic and unifying State of the Union address on Tuesday night. When he speaks at 9:10 p.m., allies expect Trump to avoid dwelling on his Senate impeachment trial, which ends with a final vote on acquittal Wednesday. Instead, Trump will take a victory lap...
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White House readies ‘unifying’ State of the Union amid impeachment

President Trump’s aides are writing a “positive” and “unifying” State of the Union speech despite Trump’s recent fiery rally remarks against Democrats who impeached him. A senior administration official told reporters Friday that the speech in the House of Representatives will have a “very optimistic tone,” despite likely occurring just after a final vote to...
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Lamar Alexander opposes impeachment trial witnesses in crushing blow to Democrats

Sen. Lamar Alexander said late Thursday that he will oppose calling witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, deflating Democrats. The Tennessee Republican’s decision means the trial could end in acquittal as early as Friday night. Alexander, who is retiring, said in a statement that Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate Democrats including Joe Biden was “inappropriate”...
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Swing vote Lamar Alexander to unveil Trump witness decision

Critical swing-vote Sen. Lamar Alexander says he will announce Thursday night whether he’s voting to call witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial. The retiring Tennessee Republican’s stance could dictate the outcome of a high-stakes vote on Friday and determine if Trump’s trial ends quickly or is extended weeks with witnesses. Republicans are optimistic that Alexander...
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