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Impeachment live updates: Trump lashes out at Democrats, evangelical magazine as timing of Senate trial remains in limbo – the washington post, the washington post

Impeachment live updates: Trump lashes out at Democrats, evangelical magazine as timing of Senate trial remains in limbo – the washington post, the washington post


President Trump lashed out Friday at Democrats and an evangelical magazine that has called for his removal from office, as the timing and scope of his impeachment trial in the Senate remained in limbo and he prepared to head to Florida for the holidays.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is refraining from transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky .) sets rules for the trial that are accepted by Senate Democrats.

Trump continued to lash out at Democrats in the wake of the move, which could push a trial centered on his conduct toward Ukraine further into an election year and deny Trump the swift acquittal his is seeking from the Republican-led Senate.

Trump to sign defense bill before heading to Mar-a-Lago

With the timing of his impeachment trial in limbo, Trump is scheduled to sign a $ billion defense policy bill Friday night at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland before flying on Air Force One to Florida, where he will stay at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach over the holidays.

Trump indicated that he would sign the defense bill after striking a deal with House Democrats that permits the creation of a Space Fo rce as the sixth branch of the military, one of his top oppos at the Pentagon, in exchange for extending weeks of paid parental leave to more than 2 million federal workers , a victory for Democratic lawmakers.

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump proclaimed the bill “BIG!”

“I will be signing our Billion Dollar Defense Spending Bill today, ”he said. “It will include weeks Paid Parental Leave, gives our troops a raise, importantly creates the SPACE FORCE, SOUTHERN BORDER WALL FUNDING, repeals “Cadillac Tax” on Health Plans , raises smoking age to (**********************************************************! BIG! ”

Some of the provisions mentioned by Trump are actually included in a separate $ 1.4 trillion spending package approved by Congress this week.

The two bills that are part of that package include one focused on defense spending that incorporates border-wall funding, and the other focused on non-defense spending that incorporates the health-care tax provision and smoking-age provision.

Trump has no other public events on his Friday schedule.

ByJohn Wagner and Mike DeBonis

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Law professor asserts Trump won’t be ‘impeached’ if House holds onto articles

Republicans have se ized on a notion advanced by a law professor called by Democrats to testify during the impeachment inquiry that technically Trump would not be “impeached” if the House does not send articles of impeachment to the Senate.

) “Impeachment as contemplated by the Constitution does not consist merely of the vote by the House, but of the process of sending the articles to the Senate for trial,” Harvard University law professor Noah Feldman wrote in a a Bloomberg columnon Thursday. “Both parts are necessary to make an impeachment under the Constitution … If the articles are not transmitted, Trump could legitimately say that he was not truly impeached at all.”

Feldman’s argument received pushback from other legal scholars, including Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard.

In atweeton Thursday night, Tribe said Feldman is “making a clever but wholly mistaken point” about the possibility that Trump won’t be impeached.

“Under Art. I, Sec. 2, Clause 5, he was impeached on Dec 20, 088506. He will forever remain impeached. Period, ”Tribe wrote.

After his tweet, Tribe and Feldman continued to argue over what Tribe characterized as an“ academic dispute ”through tweets directed at one another.

ByJohn Wagner

December 20,
at 7 : 45 AM EST

Pence seeks to contrast work of House, Senate

Vice President Pence sought Friday to contrast the Democratic-led House’s work on impeachment with the confirmation of federal judges in the Republican -led Senate.

“While Democrats in the House wasted all their time this week on a partisan impeachment, the Senate confirmed new judges ma king that a total of 738 amazing judges picked by President @realDonaldTrump! ”Pence tweeted.

In addition to impeaching Trump in recent days, the House also passed legislation on trade with Canada and Mexico sought by Trump, a $ 1.4 trillion spending package that staves off a looming shutdown and funds the federal government through September, and a $ billion defense bill that Trump is scheduled to sign Friday night.

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Ivanka Trump says her father has been ‘energized’ by impeachment

Iva nka Trump, the president’s daughter and a White House adviser, said in an interview broadcast Friday that her father has been “energized” by being impeached by the Democratic-led House.

“He’s energized as are 64 million plus voters who elected him to office, ”Ivanka Trump said. “This is historic … in many ways including the fact that it is the first purely partisan impeachment.”

The interview was conducted for an upcoming broadcast of CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Aportion airedFriday on “CBS This Morning. ”

“ Face the Nation ”host Margaret Brennan pressed Ivanka Trump on her characterization, noting that the president sounded angry in a six-page letter sent to Pelosi in advance of his impeachment.

“I don’t think the words are mutually exclusive,” Ivanka Trump said. “You can be angry at a process that is unjust. So there can be anger, anger at the opportunity costs to the Americans we’re all here serving and what could have gotten done. Angry at the waste of time. Angry at the collateral damage. Angry, but it’s still energizing, and it focuses you and really draws into relief the stark contrasts in specifically. ”

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