Dec 15, 2019

NYT editorial board the latest to back Trump's impeachment

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The New York Times editorial board became on Saturday the latest to support the impeachment of President Trump, with an article simply headlined: "Impeach."

[T]he story told by the two articles of impeachment approved on Friday morning by the House Judiciary Committee is short, simple and damning"
— Excerpt from the New York Times editorial board op-ed
"President Donald Trump abused the power of his office by strong-arming Ukraine, a vulnerable ally, holding up hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid until it agreed to help him influence the 2020 election by digging up dirt on a political rival.
When caught in the act, he rejected the very idea that a president could be required by Congress to explain and justify his actions, showing 'unprecedented, categorical and indiscriminate defiance' in the face of multiple subpoenas. He made it impossible for Congress to carry out fully its constitutionally mandated oversight role, and, in doing so, he violated the separation of powers, a safeguard of the American republic."
— New York Times editorial board

The state of play: Other boards at leading news outlets including the Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and the New York Daily News have called this month for the president to be impeached in the wake of the impeachment inquiry hearings.

Yes, but: Politico notes outlets in swing states have yet to back such action — and papers that have spoken out "remain largely on the coasts or are geared toward national audiences."

  • The Wall Street Journal called House Democrats’ case against Trump "weak" and "damaging to constitutional norms."

Flashback: The number of boards backing Trump's impeachment is much less than the 115-plus newspaper boards that called for then-President Clinton’s resignation in 1998.

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Key takeaways from the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment report

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee released its full, 658-page impeachment report early Monday outlining the reasons behind the two articles of impeachment against President Trump to be considered in the House ahead of a vote, expected Wednesday.

He has engaged in a pattern of misconduct that will continue if left unchecked. Accordingly, President Trump should be impeached and removed from office."
— Excerpt from House Judiciary Committee report
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Read: The full House Judiciary Committee impeachment report

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The House Judiciary Committee released its full report on the impeachment case against President Trump early Monday.

Why it matters: The 658-page report highlights the reasons behind the two articles of impeachment against Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Its publication is required so the House can consider the articles ahead of a vote, expected Wednesday.

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The road to Trump's impeachment

Trump and Zelensky shake hands during a meeting in New York in September. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

In six months, a phone call between President Trump and Ukraine's president escalated into a full-blown crisis that is culminating in Trump's impeachment.

What's next: Assuming the House approves articles of impeachment later tonight, Trump will face a trial in the Senate next month — which is likely to end in his acquittal, since Senate Republicans have already been openly dismissive about the merits of the case against him.

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