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CNN's Political Director David Chalian and his colleagues bring you a daily update on impeachment proceedings, every evening, Monday through Friday. Stay informed on all the latest developments, as they unfold.

CNN's Political Director David Chalian and his colleagues bring you a daily update on impeachment proceedings, every evening, Monday through Friday. Stay informed on all the latest developments, as they unfold.
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CNN's Political Director David Chalian and his colleagues bring you a daily update on impeachment proceedings, every evening, Monday through Friday. Stay informed on all the latest developments, as they unfold.

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It's just a policy disagreement, says Trump lawyer

1/28/2020
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President Trump's attorney, Jay Sekulow, presented a 'dire warning' in the final day of opening arguments. He asserted that impeaching Trump would impair "our constitutional republic" for "generations." Now, the focus shifts to the senators as they prepare to submit questions and vote on witnesses. Will new revelations from Ambassador John Bolton's forthcoming book upend the President's glide path toward a speedy acquittal? CNN political director David Chalian discusses the state of play on...

Duration:00:17:58

'Impeachment is hell,' says Trump lawyer

1/27/2020
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He led the effort to impeach President Clinton, but now Ken Starr says 'like war, impeachment is hell.' Starr was one of several members of President Trump's legal team to speak at the Senate trial a day after the New York Times reported on Ambassador John Bolton's forthcoming book. According to the Times, Bolton alleges that Trump explicitly linked security assistance to Ukraine with an investigation into the Bidens. The bombshell revelation intensifies the fight over witnesses. CNN...

Duration:00:14:15

Trump lawyers say Democrats want to overthrow an election

1/25/2020
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Now it's the President's turn. After Democratic House managers wrapped up their opening argument Friday night - at one point, calling Trump a 'dictator' - President Trump's legal team took to the Senate floor. They accused Democrats of trying to undermine both the 2016 and 2020 elections. Jay Sekulow, the president's lawyer, underscored the lack of hard evidence, claiming the impeachment charges required the ability to 'read minds.' CNN senior writer Zach Wolf analyzes the latest...

Duration:00:14:31

Democrats underscore national security

1/24/2020
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It's all about national security. That's the message House managers hammered home on their final day of opening arguments. Their performance has been praised - even by some Republican colleagues - but have they changed any minds? And who are they trying to convince - GOP senators or American voters? Plus, as President Trump's defense team prepares to take center stage, CNN political director David Chalian previews their strategy with CNN legal analyst Jack Quinn and CNN White House...

Duration:00:15:58

Democrats use the GOP's words against them

1/23/2020
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The House managers are methodically building their case. Congressman Jerry Nadler took centerstage today and focused on President Trump's alleged abuse of power. He even cited commentary from President Trump defenders like Senator Lindsey Graham and Attorney General Bill Barr. CNN national security reporter Jeremy Herb calls in to provide color on today's session. Plus, CNN political director David Chalian dissects the Democrats case with CNN legal analyst Carrie Cordero. via Knit

Duration:00:15:05

Democrats begin their case

1/22/2020
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President Trump is officially on trial. Lead House manager Adam Schiff began his opening argument today by emphasizing abuse of power and appealing to the Senate's 'common sense.' CNN congressional reporter Lauren Fox describes the historic scene and provides insight on the Democrats' ongoing search for four moderate Republicans to aid their quest for documents and witnesses. Plus, CNN legal analyst Shan Wu evaluates the arguments set forth by both sides with CNN political director David...

Duration:00:16:55

McConnell feels the heat from within GOP

1/21/2020
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The Senate Majority Leader is famously unflappable, but Mitch McConnell yielded to pressure from moderates within the Republican party and changed his rules resolution at the last minute. Yet Democrats remain outraged, calling McConnell's proposal a "national disgrace." Is a fair trial possible? CNN political director David Chalian gets the latest updates on the contentious debate from CNN Politics congressional reporter Alex Rogers. Plus, CNN legal analyst Michael Zeldin explains how the...

Duration:00:17:29

Americans want to hear from witnesses, poll reveals

1/20/2020
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A new CNN poll reveals that most Americans want to hear from witnesses at the Senate trial. But will Republicans be able to resist the political pressure and rally behind President Trump's desire for a speedy acquittal? And what role will Alan Dershowtiz play on Trump's defense team? Meanwhile, Congressman Adam Schiff alleges that the intelligence community is holding up pertinent information on the Ukraine investigation because they don't want to damage the Trump administration. CNN...

Duration:00:15:59

The trial rules are still in limbo

1/17/2020
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President Trump has made some high-profile additions to his legal team - including Ken Starr, the independent counsel who oversaw the investigation that led to Bill Clinton's impeachment. But what rules will govern the trial? CNN political director David Chalian dives into the state of play with CNN reporter Haley Byrd. Plus, Sarah Wire, the chair of the Standing Committee of Correspondents, provides insight on the fight for full press access at the trial. via Knit

Duration:00:21:46

For just the third time in history...

1/16/2020
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It's official. For just the third time in American history, the President of the United States faces an impeachment trial in the Senate. The pomp and circumstance of the carefully choreographed day underscore its importance. Meanwhile, the fight over witnesses and documentary evidence grows as Lev Parnas provides new details about the pressure campaign to get Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. But is he credible? CNN political director David Chalian contextualizes a consequential day in the...

Duration:00:22:24

Explosive evidence emerges as impeachment moves to Senate

1/15/2020
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It's been a whirlwind 24 hours. Yesterday, explosive new evidence from Lev Parnas - the Ukrainian-American businessman with ties to Rudy Giuliani - suggested that the then-ambassador to Ukraine was under surveillance before she was quickly fired by the Trump administration. Last night, the Democratic presidential contenders rallied around the President's impeachment. And this morning, the House members who'll 'prosecute' the impeachment case were unveiled. CNN senior writer Zach Wolf dives...

Duration:00:21:35

Senate trial set for next week

1/14/2020
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Speaker Pelosi is finally ready to transmit the articles of impeachment. The House will vote on impeachment managers tomorrow, setting up a Senate trial next week. Will it overshadow the 2020 election? Will a Trump acquittal boost his chances at reelection? Plus, CNN political director David Chalian previews the first Democratic debate of the year with CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash. via Knit

Duration:00:17:52

The President angles for a dismissal

1/13/2020
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The impeachment drama is about to enter a new phase: the Senate trial. But the fight over what rules will govern the proceedings continues. The White House now wants to preserve the option of moving to swiftly dismiss the charges against President Donald Trump after opening arguments. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is working to keep his conference unified. CNN political director David Chalian and CNN senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny also delve into the 2020 race...

Duration:00:20:09

Finally, the Senate trial is coming

1/10/2020
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After a contentious standoff, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi finally signaled that she will transmit the articles of impeachment, which will likely trigger the Senate trial next week. What did the Democrats gain with their delay? CNN political director David Chalian and CNN national security reporter Jeremy Herb discuss the mood among moderate GOP Senators. Plus, CNN political commentator Karen Finney - who worked in the Clinton administration during the last presidential impeachment -...

Duration:00:20:32

Is Pelosi's slow-play paying off?

1/9/2020
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The Speaker of the House is taking her time. Despite pressure to transmit the articles of impeachment, Nancy Pelosi announced that she'll act "soon" when she's "ready." Meanwhile, President Trump is contemplating who should defend him at the Senate trial. Plus, what potential witness might be the most damaging to the president? CNN political director David Chalian unpacks a day of consequential developments with CNN Politics congressional reporter Alex Rogers and CNN national security &...

Duration:00:22:13

Pelosi and McConnell continue high-stakes staring match

1/8/2020
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They're both political heavyweights and neither seem prepared to budge. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi continues to hold on to the articles of impeachment, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to commit to witnesses at the trial. Who's winning the waiting game? Plus, might new information emerge that damages President Trump's defense? CNN political director David Chalian analyzes the political back-and-forth with CNN reporter & producer Marshall Cohen and CNN legal analyst...

Duration:00:21:38

McConnell keeps his party in line

1/7/2020
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The Senate majority leader is unflappable. Despite pressure stemming from both John Bolton's willingness to testify and constant criticism from Democratic leaders, Mitch McConnell is confident he can start the impeachment trial without committing to witnesses. Plus, will Senators from either party cross party lines when it comes to setting the trial rules? CNN political director David Chalian examines what the Senate trial will look like with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King and...

Duration:00:21:15

John Bolton has something to say on impeachment

1/6/2020
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Ambassador John Bolton shocked the world today. The former National Security Advisor, who reportedly described the Trump administration's efforts to pressure Ukraine as a 'drug deal,' announced that he was willing to testify at the upcoming Senate trial if he's subpoenaed. What might he reveal? And why is he speaking out now? Plus, will the GOP outmaneuver Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she continues to refuse to transmit the articles of impeachment? CNN political director David Chalian dives into...

Duration:00:19:55

Impeachment and the 2020 election

1/2/2020
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Two major political dramas are overlapping - the impeachment of President Trump and the 2020 presidential race. How do these two historic events impact each other? How will the Senate trial affect the individual Democratic candidates as they gear up for the primaries and caucuses? And which party will leverage impeachment most effectively in order to drive voters to the polls? CNN political director David Chalian and CNN political reporter Dan Merica delve into political consequences of an...

Duration:00:19:14

How we got here

12/30/2019
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President Donald Trump made history when he became just the third U.S. president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. This week, CNN political director David Chalian and CNN senior writer Zach Wolf revisit the dramatic moments that led up to this consequential event, providing important context and analysis along the way. via Knit

Duration:00:24:24