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Section: New Republic (USA)

      How Gordon Sondland Broke the Media’s Savior Complex
      Nov21

      How Gordon Sondland Broke the Media’s Savior Complex

      If Hollywood producers were to cast a foil to Donald Trump, they seemingly could not have done better than the witnesses who testified during the first three days of the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearings. There was George Kent in his three-piece suit and colorful bowtie and Alexander Vindman in his full military...

      Gordon Sondland Rips Out the Heart of Trump’s Defense
      Nov21

      Gordon Sondland Rips Out the Heart of Trump’s Defense

      What did President Donald Trump know, and when did he know it? According to Gordon Sondland, he knew everything about the Ukraine scheme, and he knew it all along. The U.S. ambassador to the European Union confirmed the core allegations that ignited the impeachment inquiry: that Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani tried to coerce the...

      Trump’s Ukraine Defenders Are Caught in an Existential Crisis
      Nov20

      Trump’s Ukraine Defenders Are Caught in an Existential Crisis

      In the White House’s telling of events, the two staffers who testified on Tuesday morning weren’t credible and also cleared the president of any wrongdoing. “We have learned nothing new in today’s illegitimate ‘impeachment’ proceedings,” the White House said in a statement. “However, buried among the witnesses’...

      Trump’s Ukraine Defenders Spend the Day in the Grip of an Existential Crisis
      Nov20

      Trump’s Ukraine Defenders Spend the Day in the Grip of an Existential Crisis

      In the White House’s telling of events, the two staffers who testified on Tuesday morning weren’t credible and also cleared the president of any wrongdoing. “We have learned nothing new in today’s illegitimate ‘impeachment’ proceedings,” the White House said in a statement. “However, buried among the witnesses’...

      Trump Enforces Omertà With Latest Round of Pardons
      Nov18

      Trump Enforces Omertà With Latest Round of Pardons

      President Donald Trump closed out the first week of impeachment hearings with a self-inflicted wound. Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testified on Friday morning that she felt “intimidated” by Trump’s remark in a phone call with the Ukrainian president that she was “bad news” and “going to go through some things.”...

      Donald Trump and the Absolute Power Presidency
      Nov18

      Donald Trump and the Absolute Power Presidency

      Those who tuned into last week’s congressional testimony from Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, heard an awkward phrase over and over again: that political appointees “serve at the pleasure of the president.” For most of those present, the idea that President Donald Trump can lawfully remove ambassadors and other top...

      The Media Is Hopelessly Addicted to Donald Trump
      Nov15

      The Media Is Hopelessly Addicted to Donald Trump

      The impeachment hearings got their first made-for-TV moment during ousted Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch’s testimony, thanks to a cameo from President Trump. Early in Yovanovitch’s testimony, the president lashed out in a tweet denigrating her service in Somalia and Ukraine. This was an opening for House Intelligence Chair...

      Come on Down and Testify, Donald Trump!
      Nov15

      Come on Down and Testify, Donald Trump!

      Ohio Representative Jim Jordan spent most of Wednesday’s impeachment hearings criticizing the witnesses who testified, the Democratic lawmakers who called them, and the inquiry itself. He also reiterated a common demand among President Donald Trump’s allies: bring forward the anonymous civil servant whose complaint helped surface the...

      The Empty Suits of the Impeachment Hearing
      Nov14

      The Empty Suits of the Impeachment Hearing

      Career diplomats are not known for making fashion statements, but perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the House Intelligence Committee’s first day of impeachment hearings was what the two witnesses wore. George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, was resplendent in a three-piece suit and bright bowtie—a...

      Paul Manafort’s Lurid Shadow Hangs Over  Impeachment
      Nov14

      Paul Manafort’s Lurid Shadow Hangs Over Impeachment

      The commencement of public impeachment hearings has already yielded all manner of questions, details—and inane Republican theatrics—centered on the revelation that President Donald Trump tried to extort Ukraine into launching an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. This is all unprecedented: It’s the first time that a sitting...