Commentary: The rule of checks and balances hasn’t always worked

By Arthur E. Sowers Kirsten Carlson’s DSN commentary (Feb. 23), “Impeachment didn’t work. How else can Congress keep Trump in check?”, presented a story about how our government works and how it was meant to let voters hold officials accountable. Unfortunately her piece was more like a story about a glass of water but the […]

Trump ousts ambassador who testified in impeachment inquiry

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has ousted Gordon Sondland, his ambassador to the European Union, who delivered damaging testimony during the impeachment inquiry. Sondland said in a statement Friday that Trump intends to recall him effectively immediately. The action came just hours after Alexander Vindman, the decorated soldier and national security aide who played a […]

After acquittal, Trump unleashes fury at impeachment

WASHINGTON — Exulting in his impeachment acquittal, President Donald Trump took a scorched-earth victory lap Thursday, unleashing his fury against those who tried to remove him from office while looking ahead to his reelection campaign. Trump, speaking to a room full of supporters at the White House, declared the impeachment proceedings a “disgrace” and complained […]

Split Senate acquits Trump in impeachment

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country, tested civic norms and fed the tumultuous 2020 race for the White House. A majority of senators expressed unease with Trump’s pressure campaign on […]

Trump trial closing arguments aim at voters, history

WASHINGTON — Closing arguments in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial unfolded Monday more for history than to sway votes, one final chance to influence public opinion and set the record ahead of his expected acquittal in the Republican-led Senate. The House Democratic prosecutors drew on history, the Founding Fathers and common sense to urge senators […]

Commentary: Bye, democracy; Hello, King Donald the First

By Dick Polman Back in December of 2015, on the cusp of the 2016 presidential primaries, when candidate Trump was previewing his Putinesque behavior, I warned in a column that “we’re in danger of embracing a very American version of autocracy…Do we really want to flirt with autocracy?” A fatally thin margin of voters in […]

Senate rejects witnesses in Trump trial, ensuring acquittal

WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected the idea of summoning witnesses for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial late Friday, all but ensuring his acquittal. But senators considered pushing off final voting on his fate to next week. The vote on allowing new witnesses was defeated 51-49 on a near party-line vote. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine […]

Trump trial end in sight as vote nears on more witnesses

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump seems headed for acquittal in his impeachment trial after Sen. Lamar Alexander’s decision to stick with fellow Republicans and oppose Democratic efforts to call more witnesses and keep the Senate trial going for weeks or even months. A vote on witnesses, expected today, could lead to an abrupt end and […]

Dershowitz says his Trump impeachment defense distorted

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz now says his headline-dominating argument against impeaching the president has been distorted. Meanwhile, Trump’s Senate trial headed into a final day of questions and answers before a vote on whether or not to call witnesses — a decision that could send the proceedings to weeks of […]

Trump defenders: Ukraine trade no grounds for impeachment

WASHINGTON — In a striking shift from President Donald Trump’s claims of “perfect” dealings with Ukraine, his defenders asserted Wednesday at his Senate trial that a trade of U.S. military aid for political favors — even if proven — could not be grounds for his impeachment. Trump’s defense spotlighted retired professor Alan Dershowitz, a member […]