Roberts Draws Barrage of Calls to High Court: Impeachment Update

24. ledna 2020, 22:04
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Roberts Draws Barrage of Calls to High Court: Impeachment Update(Bloomberg) -- House managers will wrap up their case against President Donald Trump on Friday, completing three days of arguments in the Senate impeachment trial. Trump’s lawyers are set to begin presenting his defense on Saturday.Here are the latest developments:Roberts Draws Barrage of Calls to High Court (3:58 p.m.)The Supreme Court is getting a barrage of calls from the public while Chief Justice John Roberts presides over Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate.Social media posts have been urging people to call the Supreme Court about various aspects of the impeachment trial -- and Roberts’ handling of it. Posts on Twitter say Roberts should back Democratic demands for witness testimony and enforce rules requiring senators to remain in their seats.The court has received a “higher than usual number of calls,” Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.Unlike congressional offices and the White House, the Supreme Court isn’t designed to respond to public opinion and doesn’t have a public-comment line. The court’s public information office has been fielding calls and telling people they can send emails or contact their congressional representatives, Arberg said.Roberts has largely played a ministerial role at the Senate. His most notable moment came during the first night, when he told both sides to tone down their language and “remember where they are.”Roberts’ extra duties at the Senate may be slowing down the court’s work. The court indicated Friday it won’t issue opinions when the justices take the bench Monday before beginning a four-week recess. The court has released only four opinions in argued cases this term, down from eight at a comparable point last year.Pompeo Repeatedly Declines to Defend Envoy (1:33 p.m.)Secretary of State Michael Pompeo refused to defend his ousted ambassador to Ukraine despite being pressed multiple times, maintaining his long-running refusal to mention former envoy Marie Yovanovitch by name.“I’ve defended every single person on this team,” Pompeo told National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, when asked why he hadn’t stood up for Yovanovitch. “I’ve done what’s right for every single person on this team.”Asked to point to any remarks regarding Yovanovitch, he replied, “I’ve said all I’m going to say today.”Over the course of the impeachment saga, Pompeo has consistently declined to offer public support for Yovanovitch, a widely praised diplomat. She was recalled from her post in May after a sustained campaign to oust her by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer.Trump Lawyers to Begin Defense on Saturday (12:44 p.m.)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the trial will resume at 10 a.m. Saturday and run for “several hours,” as Trump’s lawyers deliver their opening presentation in the president’s defense.Trump on Tape Sought Envoy’s Ouster: ABC (12:02 p.m.)A recording appears to show President Donald Trump saying he wanted Marie Yovanovitch removed as ambassador to Ukraine, ABC News reported without providing the audio.“Get rid of her,” a voice that appears to be Trump’s is heard saying on the recording, ABC reported. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. OK? Do it.”If accurate, the recording backs up testimony in the House impeachment hearings that Trump had Yovanovitch removed because she was viewed as an obstacle to his efforts to press Ukraine into investigating Democrat Joe Biden and his son. She was recalled in May 2019.The president reportedly made the remarks at an April 2018 dinner at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, where Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, associates of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, were in attendance, ABC said.The president’s comments appeared to be prompted by comments that the network attributed to Parnas, who said that “we gotta get rid of the ambassador” because she is telling people “he’s gonna get impeached, just wait.”Trump has denied knowing Parnas beyond taking a few photographs at fundraising events. Parnas has said that his activities in Ukraine with Giuliani were approved by Trump.Parnas and Fruman were indicted by federal prosecutors on campaign finance charges as part of an alleged scheme to circumvent laws against straw donations and funneling foreign contributions to political candidates.The White House and Giuliani didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. -- Josh WingroveTrump Likely to Object If Mulvaney Called (11:12 a.m.)Trump probably would object to testimony from acting White House Chief of Číst celý článek >>> Přeložit do en

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