Public hearings in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump began on November 13. On December 18, the House voted to impeach the president on two articles. On January 16, the Senate accepted the articles and were sworn in by the Chief Justice of the United States as jurors. Even as these somber steps were occurring, new evidence was brought forward into an already complex case. After a nearly complete party-line vote to exclude witnesses or subpoenaed documents, the Senate voted 52-48 on Feb. 5, 2020 to acquit President Trump. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah was the only Republican voting to convict – and the first senator ever to vote against a president of his own party in an impeachment vote. So that’s over now. We produced 12 weeks of coverage to help Greenville Democrats and friends digest and understand all the information thrown at us. We hope it was a useful exercise. We’ll leave it up for a while for archival purposes..
Impeachment Week 12 (Feb. 3): It’s our last issue and we look at the aftermath of the vote to acquit Donald Trump even as most senators publicly admitted the case against him had been proved. In the words of Bette Davis: ‘Buckle your seat belts, we’re in for a bumpy ride.” Download Week 12.PDF.
Impeachment Week 11 (Jan. 28): With the failure of the vote to allow witnesses, the trial of Donald J. Trump, president of the United States, wheezes to a close. A final vote comes Wednesday, but there are no surprises left – at least not in the Senate. The House may subpoena John Bolton, new damning emails were released under court order just hours after the Senate adjourned that the DOJ had been withholding. More info may come out, old crimes come to light, maybe some new ones. But clearly nothing will happen until we get to the voting booth on Nov. 3. Download Week 11 PDF.
Impeachment Week 10 (Jan. 21): The Democratic House managers laid out their case with clarity and detail over a three-day period. As much as talking to the Senate, they were appealing to the viewing public. And also to the four-six potentially persuadable Senators who might vote to hear witnesses. That still seams like a longshot. On Saturday, the Trump defenders laid out their case in a two-hour rehashing of several debunked theories. For those weary of watching, there’s a little Easter egg in this week’s publication. Download Week 10 PDF.
Impeachment Week Nine (Jan. 13): This week set the stage for the Trial of Donald John Trump, president of the United States. Still more evidence came out which makes the hearing of witnesses even more critical. Will that happen? Download Week Nine PDF.
Impeachment Week Eight (Dec. 30): With new evidence coming out daily in the form of unredacted emails and more, we try to organize everything that’s been learned in a timeline based on House testimony. And tell the story of the last six months through three videos. Download Week Eight PDF.
Impeachment Week Seven (Dec. 23): Congress is on break, so we’re taking this time to catch our breath and recap what’s led us to this place. This week, we look at the two months from the Trump-Zelensky phone call to the whistleblower complaint and finally the Impeachment Inquiry. Links and video to catch you up. Download Week Seven PDF.
Impeachment Week Six (Dec. 16): Impeachment comes. The day the president has earned arrived with all the ranting, raving, and vitriol we expected. What we perhaps didn’t expect was an intransigent Senate digging in its heels on trial rules such as calling witnesses and McConnell and Graham announcing they won’t even pretend to be fair jurors. Download Week Six PDF.
Impeachment Week Five (Dec. 9): Partisanship was on full display as the House Judiciary Committee took up three days of hearings and markup of the two articles of impeachment. In the end, the vote to send the articles to the full house for a vote – only the fourth time in history this has occurred – was straight down party lines. Download Week Five.
Impeachment Week Four (Dec. 2): The Constitution took center stage in Judiciary Committee hearings this week, as Constitutional scholars and law professors attempted to put the current events into context. The Intelligence Committee released a 300-page report of its findings, and Republicans followed with their minority report. But the two most memorable moments of the week belong to Speaker Pelosi. Download Week Four.
Impeachment Week Three (Nov. 25): There was a lot of significant activity even without any hearings on the schedule. A federal court judge ruled that “the president is not a king” and that could open the door a lot of key testimony (think Pompeo, Mulvaney, McGahn). Emails also drew a straight line between Rudy Guiliani and Mike Pompeo. And that’s not all Rudy was in the news for. Download Week Three.
Impeachment Week Two (Nov. 18): The facts of what happened haven’t been in serious doubt for weeks. But the Republican defenses have been based more on defending the president’s motives. Testimony from National Security officials, State Department envoys, and White House officials seemed to blow all that up. This week we focus on the key defense talking points and the specific testimony that refuted them. Download Week Two PDF
Impeachment Week One (Nov. 11): Republican conspiracy theories, what anti-corruption really looks like, a first-hand witness is revealed, Pelosi names the crime, Trump attacks witness while she’s testifying, and why the Javelin missiles are not on Ukraine’s front line. Download the PDF.