The Murky Origins Of The Ukraine Pressure Campaign, And Other News: Your Prime Week In Review

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
December 14, 2019 9:00 a.m.

The House made history this week, bestowing upon President Trump the unhappy honor of becoming the fourth American president to face impeachment.

Next week, we will be watching for a full House vote on the articles of impeachment, which include abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Amid all that action, we’ll have yet another Democratic debate on Thursday.

Finally, as Rudy Giuliani continues to peddle fantastical allegations against Joe Biden, “America’s mayor” went to Washington Friday for a White House visit.

Here’s what happened in Prime this week.

  • Just how far back does the Trump-Ukraine pressure campaign go?
  • Before there was Duncan Hunter, there was Duke Cunningham.
  • As one voting rights fight winds down, another rages on.
  • Republican dissent evaporated in the impeachment fight. Here’s why.
  • Here’s where the concern in the U.S. constitution about foreign influence comes from.
  • “This entire exercise comes down to whether or not a President can solicit bribes from foreign heads of state, whether he or she can demand that foreign governments intervene in U.S. presidential elections to help them hold on to power. You either think that is okay or you don’t,” writes Josh Marshall
  • We’re getting some hints what will happen in the Senate.
  • If there’s a missed opportunity here, it’s that the Democrats spent 99.9% of their time talking to their own witnesses and repeating the very damning facts against the president,” writes one reader.
  • “I do fear that Democrats are failing to appreciate the necessity of explaining very slowly and clearly what has happened every single time the cameras start rolling,” writes another.
  • DOJ IG Horowitz appeared before Congress Wednesday, and let a lot of erroneous statements by senators go unchecked.
  • Robert Mueller’s report’s conclusions was repeatedly mischaracterized during impeachment hearings this week.
  • Donald Trump Jr. killed an endangered Mongolian sheep.
  • Will the UK as we know it even exist in ten years?
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