Nov 1, 2019

Nancy Pelosi expects public impeachment hearings to start this month

Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Sha Hanting/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Bloomberg on Friday that she expects the impeachment inquiry's public hearings to start this month, but she said the House has no deadline to conduct its probe.

The big picture: Pelosi said it's possible the inquiry could stretch into 2020, depending on the details that emerge, according to Bloomberg. She also said the committees conducting the inquiry could continue with closed-door hearings, so long as they're "productive."

  • The speaker said, "We have not made any decisions on if the president will be impeached," adding, "There has to be clarity" in the case for impeachment, and that Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky "changed everything in the public mind."

Go deeper: Trump impeachment starts more partisan than Bill Clinton's

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The cracks in Trump’s GOP shield

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President Trump’s mockery of coronavirus masks, his false claims about the dangers of voting by mail and his insinuations that a cable TV nemesis was involved in a murder are testing more high-profile Republicans' willingness to look the other way.

The big picture: Republicans learned a long time ago how dangerous it is to alienate Trump’s base — which is why any hint of disagreement, even a whisper, is so remarkable when it happens.

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U.S. cities crack down on protesters

The scene near the 5th police precinct during a demonstration calling for justice for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Saturday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

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Clashes erupted between law enforcement and protesters in several major U.S. cities Saturday night as demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black men spread across the country.

The big picture: Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.