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. How are we supposed to get through it all? The GCDP is here to help with a weekly infosheet focused on key takeaways from the week including links so you can dig deeper if that’s your thing. Download it each week here or subscribe to get it in your inbox each weekend.
Let’s get to it:
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.