Dec 19, 2019

Putin calls Trump impeachment process "far-fetched"

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that House Democrats' impeachment process against President Trump is "far-fetched" and predicted that the president will be acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate, the AP reports.

The big picture: Putin also echoed a Republican talking point during his annual press conference in Moscow, saying that "the party that lost the [2016 presidential] election, the Democratic Party, is trying to achieve results by other means" via impeachment.

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House Democrats' drama on delivering Trump's impeachment articles

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Some House Democrats are pushing to delay sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate — a potentially powerful weapon that could delay President Trump's trial.

Why it matters: It's leverage to get Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to agree to provisions, such as witnesses, that Senate Democrats want and McConnell initially rejected.

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20 Years of Putin: Tracing his rise from KGB to Kremlin

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Twenty years ago today, on New Year's Eve 1999, a political newcomer and former KGB operative named Vladimir Putin suddenly assumed the Russian presidency.

Part 1 of our "20 Years of Putin" special report focuses on his rise, his early years and his escalating antagonism with the West. It's based on conversations with Mikhail Khodorkovsky — the oligarch whose imprisonment in 2003 revealed Putin's ruthlessness to the world — three former U.S. ambassadors to Moscow, leading experts and former chiefs of the Pentagon and CIA. Read part 2.

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Trump impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

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Donald Trump is now the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

The big picture: The legislative ending seems clear — he's headed for acquittal in the Senate as early as next month and won't be removed from office. But this seals his place in history.

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