GOP stands by Trump, gingerly, after diplomat's testimony

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GOP stands by Trump, gingerly, after diplomat's testimony

The protest by Republican lawmakers on Wednesday captured national attention, drawing the focus away from the testimony of a top USA diplomat who told lawmakers just a day earlier that he was told President Donald Trump was withholding military aid from Ukraine unless the country's president pledged to investigate Democrats.

The lawmakers were echoing objections made by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone in an October 8 letter to top House Democrats that said Trump's lawyers must be allowed to call and cross-examine witnesses, access evidence, and be afforded other "basic rights guaranteed to all Americans".

Donald Trump launched a relatively lackluster attack on Wednesday morning against the impeachment inquiry into his dealings with Ukraine and the devastating testimony on Capitol Hill the previous day of the most senior U.S. diplomat in Kyiv, Bill Taylor.

Democrats accuse him of illegally pressuring Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political rival, but Mr Trump and his supporters say he has done nothing wrong.

"And you would have to read it with a member of Democratic staff, that is unprecedented and unfair", she said. Trump's lawyers have been excluded.

Roughly two dozen House Republicans delayed a witness deposition in the ongoing impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, storming the secure hearing room and demanding to take part, raising security concerns about the sensitive space. In that case, Senate Republicans might well opt for the immediate verdict, or even a short trial to rebut the public case made in the House and to humiliate Schiff and Nancy Pelosi over it.

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Former Sen. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton arrive at the West Front of the Capitol on January 20, 2017, in Washington, for the inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump.

In an interview, Welch, who is a member of the oversight and intelligence committees, said members of the Republican Party also violated security protocols when they demonstrated in the committee room. Lieu said that the Republican effort to enter the secure area without authorization was an "attack on the investigation".

Michael Duffey, a politically appointed official in the White House budget office, was also scheduled to testify behind closed doors Wednesday but is not expected to appear after Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought announced that his office wouldn't cooperate with the probe.

President Trump's biggest allies in the Senate are looking to quickly quash articles of impeachment that the Democratic-controlled House might pass in the coming months. But they all do the same job: they're created to a specification so that nobody can eavesdrop on what's being said.

He claimed the current impeachment probe sets a risky precedent that will forever change the office of the president.

Now, 20 years on Adam Schiff is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and his political benefactors-the Clintons, are still seeking revenge, refusing to let the past stay in the past.

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"This resolution puts the Senate on record condemning the House".

He claimed Republicans had been locked out of the impeachment inquiry so far, called for transcripts to be released, and said the process was an attempt to overthrow the result of the 2016 election.

According to several experts, no.

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"Trump has no standing whatsoever to insist that the House do impeachment the way he would like it done", Bowman said. A two-thirds majority of the Senate would be required to remove the president. "The show is following Gaetz's efforts to combat the impeachment process".

At several subsequent points, Trump and his officials make clear to the Ukrainians that they still want the investigations.

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