Liveblog - Impeachment Inquiry Aftermath

After Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House of Representatives will launch a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump, new information has surfaced and more will sure follow. The Trump campaign has began fundraising off it.

“To fight back, President Trump is launching the Official Impeachment Defense Task Force,” the campaign wrote in an email to supporters. “This task force will be made up of only President Trump’s most LOYAL supporters.”

The Hill:

The email asks the recipients to contribute $45 or an amount they choose.

Trump put together another video essentially mocking the Democratic Party:

We will continue to update this blog as more information becomes available.

The liveblog has ended.
  • Lunatics take to Fox

    Rudy being Rude:

  • Another bombshell report from WaPo-

    President Trump’s attempt to pressure the leader of Ukraine followed a months-long fight inside the administration that sidelined national security officials and empowered political loyalists — including the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani — to exploit the U.S. relationship with Kiev, current and former U.S. officials said.

    The sequence, which began early this year, involved the abrupt removal of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, the circumvention of senior officials on the National Security Council, and the suspension of hundreds of millions of dollars of aid administered by the Defense and State departments — all as key officials from these agencies struggled to piece together Giuliani’s activities from news reports.

    More to follow on this one later.

  • The number has grown to 200

    Per Politico:

    However, Senate Democrats not so much:

    Senate Democrats are divided over whether to throw their full support behind the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump, with some senators saying they want more information before taking an official position.

  • White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham released a statement:

  • President Donald Trump said Tuesday he had authorized the release of the “complete, fully declassified and unredacted” transcript of a July phone call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is at the center of questions stemming from reports that Trump pressured him to investigate the family of former Vice President Joe Biden.

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