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Pics from the Clinton (upper left) and Nixon impeachments

This is a not normal presidency, so expect a not normal impeachment process when the House impeachment public hearings kick off tomorrow.

The big picture: "There are consistencies in the process — televised hearings, partisan rancor and memorable speeches — but each impeachment process also stands alone," the AP reports in a useful "then and now" preview.

Investigations:

  • The Clinton and Nixon hearings featured evidence from special prosecutors and followed extensive law enforcement investigations.
  • The Trump hearings feature the House Intelligence Committee assembling its case in the absence of a special prosecutor or Justice Department investigation.

Hearings:

  • The Nixon hearings featured Senate hearings that included the famous question, "What did the president know and when did he know it?
  • For the Trump hearings, expect the fireworks in the House, where Democrats run the show. Plenty of witnesses have already gone behind closed doors, with the public rounds starting tomorrow.

Partisanship:

  • Nixon resigned in the face of likely Senate conviction, and multiple Senate Republicans told him conviction was coming.
  • For Trump, not a single House Republican voted yes on the proxy vote for an impeachment inquiry, and it's hard to fathom Senate Republicans voting to convict.

Cooperation:

  • Clinton apologized for his actions, and Nixon complied with a Supreme Court order to turn over evidence.
  • Trump has called the Ukraine call that launched the inquiry "perfect," and his administration has refused to cooperate with the inquiry.

Go deeper: GOP to argue Trump's "state of mind" on impeachment

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Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai detained on fraud charge

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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai is being detained until an April court hearing after the pro-democracy supporter was charged Thursday with fraud, per his Apple Daily news outlet.

Why it matters: The 72-year-old's arrest and denial of bail is another blow for the pro-democracy movement in the former British colony amid concerns about a fresh crackdown on activists.

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Inhofe loudly sets Trump straight on defense bill

Sen. Jim Inhofe speaks with reporters in the Capitol last month. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Senator Jim Inhofe told President Trump today he'll likely fail to get two big wishes in pending defense spending legislation, bellowing into his cellphone: "This is the only chance to get our bill passed," a source who overheard part of their conversation tells Axios.

Why it matters: Republicans are ready to test whether Trump's threats of vetoing the bill, which has passed every year for more than half a century, are empty.

Conspiracy theories blow back on Trump's White House

Sidney Powell. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

President Trump has rarely met a conspiracy theory he doesn't like, but he and other Republicans now worry the wild tales told by lawyers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood may cost them in Georgia's Senate special elections.

Why it matters: The two are telling Georgians not to vote for Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler because of a bizarre, baseless and potentially self-defeating theory: It's not worth voting because the Chinese Communist Party has rigged the voting machines.