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Deepening divide turns impeachment into a partisan brawl


December 9, 2019

J. Scott Applewhite • Associated Press

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the president violated the Constitution, leaving Democrats with no other choice but to impeach.

WASHINGTON – Almost from the moment that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her lieutenants decided this fall to pursue the impeachment of President Donald Trump, they made a fateful judgment: If the president intended to do nothing but stonewall and subvert their inquiry, they were not going to be the ones politely sticking to lofty traditions.

Trump's lawyers have made a similarly cold calculation. After a year of defying without consequence Congress' attempts to investigate the president's conduct, they have no intention of taking part in what they view as an illegitimate impeachment, initially conducted without a formal House vote, in a break with recent precedent.


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