Ex-New York congressman Chris Collins sentenced to 26 months for insider-trading tip to son

Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins arrives at federal court for sentencing Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. A disgraced and highly emotional former New York congressman Chris Collins was sentenced Friday to 26 months in prison for an illegal stock tip that he gave his son from the White House lawn about a biopharmaceutical company’s failed drug trial. The judge sentenced Collins to 26 months each for one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and one count of lying to the FBI. Once he fin


Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins arrives at federal court for sentencing Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York.
A disgraced and highly emotional former New York congressman Chris Collins was sentenced Friday to 26 months in prison for an illegal stock tip that he gave his son from the White House lawn about a biopharmaceutical company’s failed drug trial.
The judge sentenced Collins to 26 months each for one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and one count of lying to the FBI.
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Ex-New York congressman Chris Collins sentenced to 26 months for insider-trading tip to son

Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins arrives at federal court for sentencing Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York.

A disgraced and highly emotional former New York congressman Chris Collins was sentenced Friday to 26 months in prison for an illegal stock tip that he gave his son from the White House lawn about a biopharmaceutical company’s failed drug trial.

The sentence from Judge Vernon Broderick in U.S. District Court in Manhattan came 14 months after the Republican Collins won re-election to the House for a fourth term in his Buffalo-area district while under indictment in the case and claiming he had done nothing wrong.

“My life has been shattered. My reputation has been shattered,” Collins said through tears before he received his sentence. “But mostly my family has been shattered.”

Collins, clad in a dark blue suit and matching tie, said nothing as he left the courthouse, walking straight into a van that was parked outside.

Collins must surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on March 17. His attorneys requested that Collins be sent to a federal prison camp in Pensacola.

The judge sentenced Collins to 26 months each for one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and one count of lying to the FBI. Broderick ruled that the terms would run concurrently.

Collins was also ordered to pay a $200,000 fine and one year supervised release.

Federal sentencing guidelines had suggested a prison term of between 46 and 57 months for the wealthy entrepreneur Collins, who served on the board of the drug company whose information he illicitly shared with his son, Cameron.

But prosecutors asked Broderick to impose a prison sentence of nearly five years, saying that in committing his crime and later lying about them to the FBI and the public, “Collins came to embody the cynical idea that those in power who make the laws are not required to follow them.”

Defense lawyers had requested a sentence of probation for Collins, 69, who was the first member of Congress to endorse President Donald Trump’s first bid for the White House.

During the sentencing hearing, a sobbing Collins expressed shame and regret and pleaded for mercy for his son. Cameron Collins, who also pleaded guilty in the case, is due to be sentenced next Thursday.

“I have no excuse. I have tarnished my reputation,” Collins said. “People feel sorry for me. They shouldn’t.”

He apologized to his former colleagues in Congress, his former constituents and his friends in his community. And he repeatedly lamented the impact his actions have had on his family. “It’s hard to look at my wife, who got her credit card purchase declined because I’m her husband,” Collins said of his spouse, who sat behind him in the courtroom.”

Collins’s attorneys acknowledged that the former congressman had made mistakes. But they maintained that he is a “fundamentally good and decent human being.”

Federal prosecutors, however, said during the hearing that Collins’s actions were “totally gratuitous.”

Collins pleaded guilty October 1 to conspiring to commit securities fraud, and to making false statements to the FBI about the frantic calls he made to Cameron in June 2017 during a Congressional picnic at the White House.

Collins had learned minutes earlier from the CEO of Innate Immunotherapeutics that a multiple sclerois drug made by that Australian biotech firm had failed to perform as hoped for in clinical trials.

Once he finally got Cameron on the line, Collins warned his son about the failed drug results, which had not yet been made public.

Collins, who in addition to being an Innate board member was a major shareholder in the company, was barred from sharing non-public information about the firm.

Cameron, his fiancee, her parents and a number of others then sold off their Innate shares in the days after Collins spoke to his son, avoiding big losses before the stock price plunged by 92 percent when the test results were made public.

Ten months later, FBI agents showed up at Collins’ house and asked him about tradiing activity in Innate around the time of the drug results being released.

“Collins elected to speak with the agents, and to lie to them in order to divert law enforcement from the trail of evidence showing that he and Cameron had committed insider trading,” prosecutors wrote.

Collins originally claimed he had not told anyone about the results of the drug tests after receiving them.

Collins submitted his resignation from his Buffalo-area seat in Congress a day before his guilty plea, which came after more than a year of claiming he had done nothing wrong.

Collins himself did not sell any Innate shares before the drug trial results were made public.

Prosecutors said Collins has a net worth of $13.8 million and has nearly $7 million owed to him. His personal assets include “a baseball and coin collection each of which is worth $1 million.”

One of Collins’ lawyers, in a sentencing filing last week, said, “He has paid a heavy price for his crimes.”

“Chris’ ruinous decision to tip his son was isolated, spontaneous, and emotionally driven,” the lawyers wrote in the filing, which included letters of support for Collins from former House Speaker John Boehner, and other past and current GOP members of Congress.

Boehner, in his letter to the judge, said of Collins, “I know this experience has been mortifying for him.”

“I continue to believe he is a good man who loves his family and his country,” Boehner wrote.


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Ukraine launches probes into possible surveillance of ex-US ambassador Yovanovitch and suspected hack of Burisma

Ambassador to Ukraine, arrives back from a break in the House Intelligence Committee hearing on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump in Longworth Building on Friday, November 15, 2019. Among the documents were messages from a Republican congressional candidate in Connecticut named Robert Hyde, who suggested that he was monitoring Yovanovitch in Ukraine. Trump himself had asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to “look into” the Bidens in a July 25 phone call that eventually helped lau


Ambassador to Ukraine, arrives back from a break in the House Intelligence Committee hearing on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump in Longworth Building on Friday, November 15, 2019.
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Ukraine launches probes into possible surveillance of ex-US ambassador Yovanovitch and suspected hack of Burisma

Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, arrives back from a break in the House Intelligence Committee hearing on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump in Longworth Building on Friday, November 15, 2019.

Ukraine authorities announced investigations Thursday into whether former U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was illegally monitored by private U.S. citizens, as well as the reported hacking of a Ukrainian natural gas company by Russian operatives.

Both probes involve entities that are at the center of President Donald Trump’s impeachment, which is about to head to trial in the Senate.

The investigation into possible surveillance of Yovanovitch, who was ousted by Trump in May amid what she called a “smear campaign” orchestrated by the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, stems from a trove of new documentary evidence released by House Democrats as part of the impeachment process, the Ukraine Ministry of Internal Affairs said.

Among the documents were messages from a Republican congressional candidate in Connecticut named Robert Hyde, who suggested that he was monitoring Yovanovitch in Ukraine.

That evidence was provided to the House by Lev Parnas, who was assisting Giuliani in efforts to get Ukraine to announce investigations involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Trump himself had asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to “look into” the Bidens in a July 25 phone call that eventually helped launch the impeachment probe.

Hunter Biden had served on the board of Ukraine natural gas company Burisma Holdings while his father was vice president. Trump and his allies have accused Joe Biden, who had pushed for Ukraine to fire a prosecutor there, of abusing his office to protect his son or have his family profit off the vice presidency. Those allegations are unsubstantiated and the Bidens have not been credibly accused of wrongdoing.

“Ukraine’s position is not to interfere in the domestic affairs of the United States of America,” the Internal Affairs Ministry said in a statement Thursday. “However, the published references cited by the Washington Post contain a possible violation of the law of Ukraine and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which protects the rights of a diplomat on the territory of the foreign country.”

“Ukraine cannot ignore such illegal activities on the territory of its own state,” the statement added.

Minutes later, the ministry announced a probe into a recent hack on “several” Ukrainian companies, including Burisma, in which employees’ personal data and executives’ emails were stolen.

“It is noted that the hacker attack is probably committed by the Russian special services,” the ministry said.

The statement also said Ukraine’s National Police has reached out to the FBI for help acquiring information, and that it is inviting the FBI to join a joint international investigation team.

Parnas, a Ukraine-born businessman living in Florida, was arrested at an airport in October with a one-way ticket out of the U.S., and charged with campaign-finance violations in U.S. court in Manhattan. His associate, Igor Fruman, was also arrested. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Parnas has previously said he was willing to testify as part of Trump’s impeachment saga in Congress.

House Democrats voted Dec. 18 to impeach Trump on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — both of which stem from his efforts to have Ukraine announce a probe into the Bidens, as well as a debunked conspiracy theory about the 2016 election.

The articles of impeachment were formally transmitted to the Senate on Wednesday, after being withheld for weeks by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was trying to pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to make concessions about the trial rules. McConnell says that a trial on whether to convict Trump of the charges and remove him from office — an unlikely prospect in the GOP-held chamber — is expected to begin early next week.

But Tuesday evening, the Democratic chairs of multiple House committees shared the new evidence from Parnas, which includes copies of handwritten letters, phone records and other back-channel communications with multiple figures.

Hyde’s messages to Parnas are included in the tranche of files.

“Wow. Can’t believe Trumo [sic] hasn’t fired this b—-. I’ll get right in that,” Hyde said of Yovanovitch in a March 23 text to Parnas, the documents show.

“She [sic] under heavy protection outside Kiev,” Hyde said. He goes on to describe Yovanovitch’s location, her communications and her security level.

Hyde, in a Sinclair Media interview that aired Wednesday, denied having eyes on Yovanovitch, claiming, “I thought we were playing.”

“It’s kind of unfortunate the left had to get their panties in a bunch,” Hyde said.

Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano urged Hyde to end his congressional campaign, saying his antics are not helping Trump.

“His campaign is a distraction for the Democrats to raise money and falsely label all Republicans with his antics,” Romano tweeted.


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FBI visits home of Robert Hyde, Trump donor at center of Ukraine ambassador spy scandal

FBI agents on Thursday visited the Connecticut home and business of Robert Hyde, a Republican congressional candidate whose purported surveillance of the U.S. ambassador in Ukraine last year has become an issue in the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The Senate on Thursday began its impeachment trial of Trump. A neighbor of Hyde told NBC that one FBI agent arrived at Hyde’s residence before dawn and parked on the street in front of the home. The neighbor spoke to the FBI agent and said to


FBI agents on Thursday visited the Connecticut home and business of Robert Hyde, a Republican congressional candidate whose purported surveillance of the U.S. ambassador in Ukraine last year has become an issue in the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The Senate on Thursday began its impeachment trial of Trump.
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FBI visits home of Robert Hyde, Trump donor at center of Ukraine ambassador spy scandal

FBI agents on Thursday visited the Connecticut home and business of Robert Hyde, a Republican congressional candidate whose purported surveillance of the U.S. ambassador in Ukraine last year has become an issue in the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The visits came on the same day that Ukrainian officials said they had opened an investigation into Hyde’s claims to Lev Parnas, a then-associate of Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, that he was tracking the movements of American ambassador Marie Yovanovitch last year when she was still posted in Kyiv.

Parnas and Giuliani last year were engaged in an effort to oust Yovanovitch as part of a broader push to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, the current front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Senate on Thursday began its impeachment trial of Trump. The House of Representatives a month earlier impeached the president in connection with his withholding of congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine while he was pressuring that country’s new president to announce a probe of Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukraine gas company. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

An FBI spokesman in New Haven confirmed the visits to Hyde’s home in Simsbury, and to his business in Avon on Thursday morning, after they were first reported by CNN.

Hyde’s congressional campaign is based in the same office as his landscaping company.

Hyde, who is seeking to win the GOP nomination to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Jahana Hayes in Connecticut’s 5th District, began donating to Trump and to the Republican National Committee in September 2016.

A message for Hyde, 40, left by CNBC was not immediately returned.

A senior law enforcement official told NBC News that the visits were not to conduct a court-authorized search but did not elaborate on the FBI’s reason for the visits.

A neighbor of Hyde told NBC that one FBI agent arrived at Hyde’s residence before dawn and parked on the street in front of the home.

The neighbor spoke to the FBI agent and said to the best of his knowledge, the agent did not enter Hyde’s home.

Hyde’s communications with Parnas over the text messaging service WhatsApp were disclosed in a set of documents released Tuesday by House Democrats as part of the impeachment process. Parnas, who has been criminally charged with campaign finance violations, turned over those documents to the House.

In a March 23 text message to Parnas, Hyde had written of Yovanovitch, “Wow. Can’t believe Trumo [sic] hasn’t fired this b—-. I’ll get right in that.”

“She [sic] under heavy protection outside Kiev,” Hyde texted.

He went on to describe Yovanovitch’s location, her communications and her security level.

“They are moving her tomorrow,” Hyde wrote Parnas on May 25.

Later that same day, Hyde texted: “She’s talked to three people. Her phone is off. Computer is off.”

And then, “She’s next to the embassy.”


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Former GOP Rep. Chris Collins set to be sentenced in insider trading case

Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) exits federal court on October 1, 2019 in New York City. Disgraced former Rep. Chris Collins faces sentencing Friday in the insider-trading case that led him to give up his seat in Congress. ET in federal court in lower Manhattan. Chris Collins himself did not trade Innate stock after learning about the test results. The younger Collins and Stephen Zarsky, his fiancee’s father, will be sentenced next week in the insider trading case.


Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) exits federal court on October 1, 2019 in New York City.
Disgraced former Rep. Chris Collins faces sentencing Friday in the insider-trading case that led him to give up his seat in Congress.
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Chris Collins himself did not trade Innate stock after learning about the test results.
The younger Collins and Stephen Zarsky, his fiancee’s father, will be sentenced next week in the insider trading case.
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Former GOP Rep. Chris Collins set to be sentenced in insider trading case

Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) exits federal court on October 1, 2019 in New York City.

Disgraced former Rep. Chris Collins faces sentencing Friday in the insider-trading case that led him to give up his seat in Congress.

U.S. Judge Vernon Broderick is scheduled to announce the sentence at 2:30 p.m. ET in federal court in lower Manhattan.

Federal prosecutors want Broderick to sentence Collins to nearly five years in prison — the top end of the federal guidelines range — to set an example that will “promote respect for the law, in light of the lack of respect that Collins has shown for it.”

But Collins’ lawyers have asked for probation.

“He has paid a heavy price for his crimes,” one of his attorneys wrote in a court filing last week, claiming Collins is “now too ashamed to spend significant time in the community he loves.”

Probation officers had recommended a sentence of a year and a day in prison, along with a $200,000 fine and a term of supervised release.

Collins, 69, was the first member of Congress to support then-candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 White House bid. Despite pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and making false statements, Collins has retained some support in his upstate New York district — and from high-profile Republicans like former House Speaker John Boehner — who have vouched for Collins’ character in letters to the judge.

Collins pleaded guilty in October to tipping off his son Cameron in a phone call from the White House lawn about the results of an Australian biotech company’s failed drug trial before the test results became public.

After the test was revealed, the stock price of the company — in which Collins was a leading investor and board member — tanked by more than 90%.

A day before Collins switched his plea to guilty, he submitted his resignation from Congress.

Cameron Collins saved nearly $600,000 by dumping his stock in the company, Innate Immunotherapeutics, before it disclosed the bad news. Chris Collins himself did not trade Innate stock after learning about the test results.

The younger Collins and Stephen Zarsky, his fiancee’s father, will be sentenced next week in the insider trading case.


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House votes to send Trump impeachment articles to Senate for trial

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a resolution sending articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a trial on whether to convict him and remove him from office. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to sign a copy of the resolution later Wednesday during an engrossment ceremony with the newly announced team of Democratic House impeachment managers. Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate is expected to begin Tuesday, according to Senate Majority


The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a resolution sending articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a trial on whether to convict him and remove him from office.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to sign a copy of the resolution later Wednesday during an engrossment ceremony with the newly announced team of Democratic House impeachment managers.
Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate is expected to begin Tuesday, according to Senate Majority
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House votes to send Trump impeachment articles to Senate for trial

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a resolution sending articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a trial on whether to convict him and remove him from office.

The resolution passed the House nearly along party lines in a 228-193 vote. No Republicans voted for the resolution.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to sign a copy of the resolution later Wednesday during an engrossment ceremony with the newly announced team of Democratic House impeachment managers.

The two articles of impeachment — for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — will then be marched over to the Senate, where they will be officially transmitted to Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams.

The House started voting on the resolution shortly after Trump signed a phase one trade deal with China.

House Democrats voted Dec. 18 to impeach Trump on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, both related to his efforts to have Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announce probes involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as a debunked conspiracy theory about the 2016 election.

Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate is expected to begin Tuesday, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Earlier Wednesday, Pelosi unveiled the seven House Democrats who will serve as impeachment managers in the impeachment trial in the Senate.

House managers will essentially act as prosecutors in the Senate trial, laying out the evidence that House investigators have collected and making their arguments for voting Trump out of office, while Trump’s team of lawyers defends him.

The 100 senators, in turn, will act as jurors as they consider how they will vote on the two articles of impeachment against Trump that the House passed last month. It is highly unlikely that two-thirds of the GOP-majority Senate will vote to convict a Republican president and remove him from office. No Senate Republicans have said they will vote to convict.

Trump is just the third U.S. president ever to be impeached.

The vote to pass the resolution came after Pelosi withheld the articles for weeks in a gambit to get assurances about how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s chamber will conduct the trial.

But McConnell, R-Ky., made no concessions to the Democrats, and rejected their requests to approve witnesses before the trial was set to start.

“This was a sham impeachment from the beginning and never anything more than Democrats trying to interfere in an election that is now less than ten months away,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.


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Here are the House impeachment managers — and what they will do in Trump’s Senate trial

Pelosi selected seven House Democrats to serve as impeachment managers, essentially acting as prosecutors during Trump’s Senate trial. Seven managers were also appointed during the 1868 impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, for instance, while there were 13 Republican managers from the House Judiciary Committee Republicans in Bill Clinton’s 1998 Senate trial. Here’s what to know about the House managers in Trump’s impeachment trial:Adam SchiffPelosi tapped the chairman of the House Intelligence C


Pelosi selected seven House Democrats to serve as impeachment managers, essentially acting as prosecutors during Trump’s Senate trial.
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Here are the House impeachment managers — and what they will do in Trump's Senate trial

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announces impeachment managers for the articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill January 15, 2020, in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski | AFP | Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday unveiled the team of Democrats who will make the case for President Donald Trump’s conviction and removal from office. Pelosi selected seven House Democrats to serve as impeachment managers, essentially acting as prosecutors during Trump’s Senate trial. They will lay out the evidence that House investigators have collected and make their arguments for voting Trump out of office, while Trump’s lawyers defend him. The 100 senators, in turn, will act as jurors as they consider how they will vote on the two articles of impeachment that the House passed on Dec. 18. It is highly unlikely that two-thirds of the GOP-majority Senate will vote to convict and remove a Republican president. No Senate Republicans have said they will vote to convict. Trump is just the third U.S. president ever to be impeached.

Some of the rules for impeachment are mandated in the Constitution, while others are based on precedent. Seven managers were also appointed during the 1868 impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, for instance, while there were 13 Republican managers from the House Judiciary Committee Republicans in Bill Clinton’s 1998 Senate trial. No matter the outcome of the trial, “he’s been impeached forever,” Pelosi said before announcing the managers at a press conference Wednesday. “They can never erase that.” House Democrats voted to impeach Trump on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, both related to his efforts to have Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announce probes involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as a debunked conspiracy theory about the 2016 election. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement that “the naming of these managers does not change a single thing.” Trump “has done nothing wrong,” Grisham said. “He looks forward to having the due process rights in the Senate that Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats denied to him, and expects to be fully exonerated.” Here’s what to know about the House managers in Trump’s impeachment trial:

Adam Schiff

Pelosi tapped the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to be the lead prosecutor in Trump’s Senate trial. Schiff was already seen as a leading figure in the impeachment inquiry. His attacks on Trump and his approach to running the House impeachment proceedings have made him a target of scathing criticism from Republicans and the president himself. “I am humbled by the responsibility of serving as the lead House Manager in the Senate impeachment trial,” the California congressman said in a statement. “It is a solemn responsibility and one that I will undertake with the seriousness that the task requires.” Schiff and other Democrats have demanded that the Senate trial allow witnesses to come forward. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked McConnell to approve four witnesses, including former national security advisor John Bolton and White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, in advance of the trial. McConnell refused, saying he wants the trial to mirror Clinton’s, in which senators waited until the proceedings had already started to debate whether to call witnesses. “Americans overwhelmingly want a fair trial in the Senate, fair to the President and fair to the people. Senators must demand to see and hear the full evidence, including the documents and witnesses the President has blocked,” Schiff said in his statement. “Only then can they faithfully discharge their own Constitutional duties to be fair and impartial jurors.”

Jerrold Nadler

The congressman from New York is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He has said that Trump “richly deserves impeachment” since the end of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Nadler oversaw an impeachment hearing in his committee in early December, when a panel of experts debated whether Trump’s Ukraine dealings met the bar for charges. Three of those witnesses said Trump committed impeachable offenses, while one disagreed. “There is an overwhelming case, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the president betrayed the country by withholding federal funds appropriated by Congress, breaking the law in doing so, in order to extort a foreign government into intervening in our election to embarrass a political opponent,” Nadler said at Wednesday’s press conference.

Zoe Lofgren

Lofgren, a 13-term congresswoman from California, chairs the House Administration Committee — which, as Pelosi points out, has jurisdiction over legislation relating to federal elections. Lofgren served on the Judiciary Committee in 1998, when Clinton was impeached in the House for lying about an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. When she herself was an intern, Lofgren reportedly helped the same committee draft impeachment charges against Richard Nixon. Lofgren is seen as a more even-keeled and judicious member of the team than some of her more vocal colleagues. Unlike many other Democrats. Lofgren had been skeptical about moving forward with impeachment proceedings against Trump following the release of the Mueller report.

Hakeem Jeffries

Jeffries, the No. 5 Democrat in the House, chairs his party’s caucus in the chamber, which crafts and controls party policy. Jeffries has represented his New York district in Congress since 2013. He previously worked as a litigator. “The evidence is overwhelming that Donald Trump corruptly abused his power” by pressuring Ukraine to announce the Biden probe, Jeffries said Wednesday. “In America, no one is above the law.”

Val Demings

The Florida representative, one of the most junior members of Congress on the management team, had served as the first female chief of the Orlando Police Department before running for political office. She made headlines during Mueller’s testimony before Congress last year, when she asked if Trump’s written responses to the special counsel’s questions “showed that he wasn’t always being truthful.” Mueller replied: “I would say generally.” Demings serves on the House Judiciary and Intelligence panels. “I understand that the politics of impeachment are difficult for many Senators. But I have not written off the Senate. Each Senator still has the power to do the right thing,” Demings tweeted Wednesday.

Jason Crow

While some members were widely expected to be recruited to the team of House managers, Crow seems to have flown in under the radar. Crow, an Army veteran, was elected to the House in 2018, defeating Republican incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman and flipping the suburban Denver district for the Democrats for the first time since it was drawn in the early 1980s. Crow, a lawyer, serves on the House Armed Services Committee. Unlike some other freshman Democrats who won Republican-leaning districts in 2018, Crow has not been afraid to declare his support for Trump’s impeachment. He co-authored an op-ed in September with other freshman Democrats, saying if the allegations about Trump’s Ukraine dealings are true, then “we believe these actions represent an impeachable offense.”

Sylvia Garcia


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House delivers Trump impeachment articles to the Senate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stands with House managers prior to signing the two articles of impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump during an engrossment ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 15, 2020. Articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump that the House of Representatives passed last month were officially transmitted to the Senate on Wednesday, paving the way for a trial to begin as early as next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said h


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stands with House managers prior to signing the two articles of impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump during an engrossment ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 15, 2020.
Articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump that the House of Representatives passed last month were officially transmitted to the Senate on Wednesday, paving the way for a trial to begin as early as next week.
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House delivers Trump impeachment articles to the Senate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stands with House managers prior to signing the two articles of impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump during an engrossment ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 15, 2020.

Articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump that the House of Representatives passed last month were officially transmitted to the Senate on Wednesday, paving the way for a trial to begin as early as next week.

Before the articles made their way across the U.S. Capitol building to the Senate chamber, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., signed a resolution that allowed her to officially designate the House members who will serve as managers of the impeachment trial.

The resolution also allowed the House to appropriate funds for the trial itself.

Let it be “very clear,” Pelosi said before signing the document, “that this president will be held accountable.”

The resolution passed the House nearly along party lines in a 228-193 vote earlier Wednesday. No Republicans voted for it.

House Democrats voted Dec. 18 to impeach Trump on articles — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — related to his efforts to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announce probes involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as a debunked conspiracy theory about the 2016 election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he thinks the impeachment trial could begin as soon as Tuesday.

He and other Republicans received the articles in the Senate chamber.

“I’m confident that this body can rise above short term-ism and factional fever, and serve the long-term best interests of our nation,” McConnell said on the Senate floor when once the articles were brought over.

Earlier Wednesday, Pelosi unveiled the seven House Democrats who will serve as impeachment managers in the trial in the Senate.

House managers will essentially act as prosecutors in the Senate trial, laying out the evidence that House investigators have collected and making their case that the senators should vote Trump out of office, while Trump’s team of lawyers defends him.

The 100 senators, in turn, will act as jurors as they consider how they will vote on the two articles of impeachment against Trump that the House passed last month. It is highly unlikely that two-thirds of the GOP-majority Senate will vote to convict a Republican president and remove him from office. No Senate Republicans have said they will vote to convict.

Trump is just the third U.S. president ever to be impeached. He has denied any wrongdoing.


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Here are the top moments from the seventh Democratic debate

The rivals in the debate – former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Iran takes center-stage in debate openingDemocratic presidential hopefuls Former Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate of the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa on January 14, 2020. Former Vice President Joe Biden (L) reacts as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) makes


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Here are the top moments from the seventh Democratic debate

Tom Steyer (L-R), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) await the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate at Drake University on January 14, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Spencer Platt | Getty Images

Six Democratic presidential contenders took the stage Tuesday for the final time before nominating contests start, and tensions cracked through a field that has resisted attacks for much of the primary race. The rivals in the debate – former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and billionaire Tom Steyer – spent two hours at Drake University in the last debate before the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. Biden maintains a lead in national polls, but surveys in the Hawkeye State have found four candidates have a real chance to win the most delegates there on Feb. 3, and contenders used their last chance to distance themselves from their competitors. The debate came amid tension between the two chambers of Congress as a Senate trial for President Donald Trump’s impeachment looms next week. At the same time, pressure has climbed in the Middle East, following Iranian retaliation for the U.S. killing of the country’s top general, Qasem Soleimani. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced new sanctions last week on Iran’s metal exports and eight senior Iranian officials. Here are the night’s top moments.

Iran takes center-stage in debate opening

Democratic presidential hopefuls Former Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate of the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa on January 14, 2020. Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty Images

The contenders first faced questions about their credentials to handle the rising specter of war in the Middle East following the U.S. killing of Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani, earlier this month. Candidates have tried to leverage their foreign policy records to garner support amid the sharpened focus on Iran. Sanders defended his decision as a House member to vote for a military force authorization in Afghanistan, and again attempted to distance his record on Iraq from Biden’s. “I took to the floor, I did everything I could to prevent that war. Joe saw it differently,” he said. Klobuchar, asked whether she would remove forces from the Middle East, said she would “leave some troops there.” Warren, meanwhile, contended that “we need to get our combat troops out.” Buttigieg, an Afghanistan veteran, criticized the president for sending more troops to the region. Biden, when asked the same question, said he would leave troops in the Middle East if he became president, adding that “we’re in a position where we’re going to have to pull our forces out” because of the U.S. decision to kill Soleimani. “Frankly I think [Trump] flat-out lied” about the reason the president authorized the strike, Biden said.

‘Other than that, you like him?’

Former Vice President Joe Biden (L) reacts as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) makes a point during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Drake University on January 14, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Six candidates out of the field qualified for the first Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register. Scott Olson | Getty Images

One of the night’s biggest laughs came from Sanders as Biden aimed to contrast his foreign policy vision from Trump’s. Asked whether he would meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the former vice president said he would not without “preconditions.” Trump has held two summits with Kim as he pushes Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs — which Biden said gave North Korea the “legitimacy” wanted. “I would not meet with the, quote, Supreme Leader who said, ‘Joe Biden is a rabid dog, he should be beaten to death with a stick,'” Biden said, citing a comment last year from North Korea’s state news agency. “Other than that, you like him?” Sanders interjected, about the ruler whose regime stifles free expression and opposition and carries out executions. Laughter broke out in response. “Other than that, I like him, and he got a love letter from Trump after that,” Biden responded.

Sanders and Warren square off over USMCA

Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa on January 14, 2020. Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty Images

Progressive rivals Warren and Sanders sparred over their trade policy. While most Democrats vying to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020 have criticized his protectionist trade policies and trade war with China, Warren and Sanders have both said they are open to using tariffs in some ways. And while Democrats and Republicans alike have championed the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA, as a beneficial update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, Warren and Sanders have been more critical of it. Still both carved out distinctions between their policies on the debate stage Tuesday night. Warren has said she would vote to approve the USMCA. Sanders, asked about the Trump-brokered deal, said he would refuse to back the trilateral trade agreement, noting the lack of support for the deal from environmental organizations. “Every major environmental organization has said no to this new trade agreement because it does not even have the phrase ‘climate change’ in it,” he said. Warren, however, said the USMCA “will give some relief” to U.S. farmers and workers. “I believe we accept that relief, we try to help the people who need help, and we get up the next day and fight for a better trade deal.” Sanders responded that retooling existing trade deals is no easy task. “I believe if this deal is passed, it will set us back a number of years,” he said.

Warren zings her male rivals

Democratic presidential hopefuls Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (L), former Vice President Joe Biden (C) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate of the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa on January 14, 2020. Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty Images

The strength of female candidates became a topic of discussion after a day of controversy over Warren’s claim that Sanders had told her in a private meeting before she announced her White House bid that a woman couldn’t win the presidency. Sanders denied that he said it, pointing to his record and a video on YouTube as evidence. Warren, in turn, pointed out that the women on stage had done better in elections than their male rivals. “Anybody who knows me knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman could not be the president of the United States,” Sanders said. The Vermont senator, who identifies as a democratic socialist, added that in 2015 he chose to hold off on announcing his candidacy for president, until Warren told him she would not run in the 2016 election. Warren, in her response to Sanders, pivoted away from her private conversation with Sanders, instead choosing to focus on the records of the women on stage. “Look at the men on this stage,” Warren said. “Collectively they have lost 10 elections. The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women. Amy and me.”

Warren and Sanders don’t shake hands at the end


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Things get tense between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders at Democratic debate

Things got testy between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday night. As the candidates shuffled off the stage to mingle with supporters, Warren approached Sanders but declined to shake his outstretched hand. The exchange between Warren and Sanders was inaudible and lasted just a few seconds, but it was captured on video. Spokesmen for Warren, Sanders and Steyer’s campaigns did not immediately respond to CNBC’s inquiries about the exchange. “Look at the men on this stage,” War


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Things get tense between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders at Democratic debate

Democratic presidential hopefuls Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (L), former Vice President Joe Biden (C) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate of the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa on January 14, 2020.

Things got testy between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday night.

First, Sanders denied during the Democratic debate that he told that a woman could not be president, pointing to his record and a video on YouTube as evidence.

Warren, in turn, pointed out that the women on stage had done better in elections than their male rivals.

The exchange came after a day of controversy over Warren’s claim that Sanders had told her in a private meeting before she announced her White House bid that a woman couldn’t win the presidency. Sanders denied that he said it.

That tension appear to spill past the end of the debate.

As the candidates shuffled off the stage to mingle with supporters, Warren approached Sanders but declined to shake his outstretched hand. She spoke a few words, causing Sanders to furrow his brow and appear to say “what?” before raising his hands and responding.

Sanders then raised both his hands higher and turned away from Warren to shake hands with Tom Steyer, another candidate who was standing close by.

The exchange between Warren and Sanders was inaudible and lasted just a few seconds, but it was captured on video.

According to NBC News, Steyer said he didn’t know what the two said and that he “was trying to get out of the way as fast as possible.”

Spokesmen for Warren, Sanders and Steyer’s campaigns did not immediately respond to CNBC’s inquiries about the exchange.

“Anybody who knows me knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman could not be the president of the United States,” Sanders said.

The Vermont senator, who identifies as a democratic socialist, added that in 2015 he chose to hold off on announcing his candidacy for president, until Warren told him she would not run in the 2016 election.

“Warren decided not to run and I did. I ran afterwards,” he said.

Sanders said that if any of the men or women on Tuesday’s debate stage – Warren and Sen. Amy Klobuchar were the only women there, as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard didn’t qualify – win the nomination, “I will do everything in my power to make sure they are elected in order to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of our country.”

Warren, in her response to Sanders, pivoted away from her private conversation with Sanders, instead choosing to focus on the records of the women on stage.

“Look at the men on this stage,” Warren said. “Collectively they have lost 10 elections. The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women. Amy and me.”

The Massachusetts senator also said that she’s “the only person on this stage who has beaten an incumbent Republican anytime in the past 30 years.”

“We need a candidate who will excite all parts of the Democratic party, bring everyone in, and give everyone a democrat to believe in,” she said.

Sanders disputed her claim by saying he had indeed defeated an incumbent Republican in a congressional race – 30 years ago.

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Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren square off over Trump’s USMCA trade deal

Progressive Democratic candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders sparred over their trade policy disagreements at the seventh presidential primary debate Tuesday. And while Democrats and Republicans alike have championed the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA, as a beneficial update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, Warren and Sanders have been more critical of it. Sanders, asked about the Trump-brokered deal, said he would refuse to back the trilateral trade deal, despite pre


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Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren square off over Trump's USMCA trade deal

Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa on January 14, 2020.

Progressive Democratic candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders sparred over their trade policy disagreements at the seventh presidential primary debate Tuesday.

While most Democrats vying to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020 have criticized his protectionist trade policies and trade war with China, Warren and Sanders have both said they are open to using tariffs in some ways.

And while Democrats and Republicans alike have championed the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA, as a beneficial update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, Warren and Sanders have been more critical of it.

Still both carved out distinctions between their policies on the debate stage Tuesday night. Warren has said she would vote to approve the USMCA.

Sanders, asked about the Trump-brokered deal, said he would refuse to back the trilateral trade deal, despite previously saying it made some “modest improvements.”

“We can do much better than a Trump-led trade deal,” Sanders said, claiming that USMCA will exacerbate job loss through outsourcing.

Sanders also noted the lack of support for the deal from environmental organizations. “Every major environmental organization has said no to this new trade agreement because it does not even have the phrase ‘climate change’ in it.”

“I will not vote for a trade agreement that does not incorporate very very strong principles to significantly lower fossil fuel emissions in the world,” he said.

Warren began by touting her populist bona fides, saying she had opposed prior trade deals.

“But we have farmers here in Iowa who are hurting,” she said, “and they are hurting because of Donald Trump” and his trade wars.

The USMCA, she said, “will give some relief” to U.S. farmers and workers: “I believe we accept that relief, we try to help the people who need help, and we get up the next day and fight for a better trade deal.”

Sanders responded that retooling existing trade deals is no easy task. “I believe if this deal is passed, it will set us back a number of years,” he said.


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