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Hakeem Jeffries responds to protester disrupting Senate impeachment trial

A protester in the Senate gallery interrupted Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., shortly before the Senate Court of Impeachment’s dinner break at 6:30 p.m., by yelling comments at the senators seated a floor below.

The comments were not audible in their in entirety, but the protester could be heard yelling “Jesus Christ” and “Schumer is the devil” before being removed.

Reporter’s Notebook: Precedent, the reason Senate rules feel ‘made up’

CQ Roll Call reporter Niels Lesniewski took a deep dive into the history of impeachment ahead of the Senate trial for President Donald Trump. He found some pertinent parallels in a 1936 impeachment case of a federal judge from Florida that involved the House adding articles of impeachment after a Senate trial began.

Watch as he takes us through the weird rabbit hole he jumped down for this archived story.

Watch: Chief Justice Roberts swears in senators, starts impeachment trial
Full swearing in ceremony for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. officially began the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history Thursday. Shortly after arriving at the Capitol, Senate President Pro Tempore Charles E. Grassley swore in the justice on the Senate rostrum.

Roberts then administered the oath to lawmakers. Alphabetically and in groups of four, the senators’ names were read by the clerk and the senators approached the Republican desk — normally used by Republican floor staff — to sign the impeachment oath book.

Rep. Billy Long fractures shoulder chasing daughter’s poodle
‘I fought the dog and the dog won,’ the congressman joked

Rep. Billy Long returned to Capitol Hill last week with a new accessory — a sling. While he was in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri, for the holidays, the congressman fractured his shoulder while “wrangling” the family puppy.

The incident occurred on Dec. 20, while Long was dog-sitting his daughter’s 6-month-old poodle named Tex. In an email exchange with Heard on the Hill, the congressman remembers picking the canine up from “doggy daycare” and sitting “with him for over an hour, and within two minutes of picking him up to go inside, he bolted under the gate” and into the middle of the street.

Watch President Trump's full statement on Iran

President Trump threatened new sanctions against Iran and called on several countries to leave the international agreement known as the JCPOA or “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” Wednesday morning in a televised address from the White House. It comes less than 24 hours after  Tehran struck U.S. military targets inside Iraq. The president said that those attacks caused “minimal damage” and no loss of life.

Hawley proposes Senate rule change forcing House to deliver impeachment articles

Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley unveiled text of a resolution seeking to change the Senate rules to make it in order to dismiss articles of impeachment starting 25 calendar days after their adoption in the House, even if the House does not appoint managers and send over the paperwork. ...
McConnell, Schumer respond to killing of Iranian Quds commander
Senate leaders spar on congressional notification of the Baghdad airstrike

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., joined senators from both parties Friday in addressing the recent killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. While the senior senators agreed they would not mourn Soleimani’s death, they differed on process. McConnell pointed to congressional briefings in the coming hours and weeks while Schumer said he received no prior notification about the operation and questioned the president’s authority to significantly increase troop levels.

‘The kids are watching’: Democrats’ impeachment message geared to future generations

It didn’t take long for a theme to emerge in the House floor debate on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The theme was simply summed up by Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.: “The kids are watching.” ...
McConnell: ‘I’m not an impartial juror’ on impeachment

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that he is “not at all impartial” on impeachment and that it is a “political process,” not a judicial process. The comments follow a call from Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, for the Kentucky senator to recuse himself from the likely impeachment trial. McConnell went on to predict that the outcome of a trial would fall along party lines.

Watch: Rules Committee takes up articles of impeachment
Members of the House Rules Committee are meeting to consider the rules governing the floor debate for H Res 755, “Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump.” The committee is made up of nine Democrats and four Republicans. ...
Gaetz's 2008 DUI resurfaces during impeachment debate

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., cited a New Yorker profile of Hunter Biden during amendment debate Thursday during the House Judiciary Committee’s markup on articles of impeachment. The profile alleged crack cocaine use by Hunter Biden, which Gaetz read out loud to the panel.

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., was quick to respond, saying, “The pot calling the kettle black is not something we should do.” The idiom was a nod to Gaetz’s 2008 arrest for driving under the influence.

Livestream: Articles of impeachment markup
The House Judiciary Committee meets to debate the language in articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Opening statements of the markup began Wednesday night. ...
Protester interrupts start of impeachment hearing

The House Judiciary Committee’s second day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump got off to a rocky start Monday morning. InfoWars host Owen Shroyer disrupted Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s opening statement shortly after...
Livestream: House Judiciary hears impeachment inquiry evidence

Members of the House Judiciary Committee hear evidence from the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Presenting are lawyers for the majority and minority sides of the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees.

Word play draws pushback at impeachment hearing

A witness in the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment inquiry hearing apologized Wednesday afternoon for comments she made during the hearing about President Donald Trump’s youngest son, Barron Trump.

Responding to a question from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Pamela Karlan, a Stanford Law professor, said, “the Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility. So while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.”

Live stream: Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment inquiry hearing
Constitutional law experts testify on impeachment

‘America, we’ve got a problem’: Isakson’s farewell warning

After 20 years in Congress, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., spoke Tuesday on the Senate floor for what might be his last time. He delivered a warning to the country and a call for bipartisanship....
Senator talks about personal experience with CBD oil
Cannabidiol oil ‘doesn't work’ for Sen. Pat Roberts‘ ‘football knees’

Federal regulation of CBD products briefly became the focus of a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, as senators questioned Trump’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration. One lawmaker described his own experience with the unregulated market for the hemp-derived product.

“I have football knees” Sen. Pat Roberts told Stephen Hahn, the nominee, before describing his “personal interest” in cannabidiol regulations.

Live: House Intelligence impeachment hearing with Fiona Hill and David Holmes

Dr. Fiona Hill, the former senior director for Europe and Russia on the National Security Council, and David Holmes, a Foreign Service officer who works for Ambassador William Taylor at the U.S Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, testify before the House Intelligence Committee Thursday.

Georgia lawmakers share bipartisan embrace on House floor

While impeachment hearings consumed the Capitol on Tuesday, about 1,000 feet away there was a rare sight: A senator listening to speeches on the House floor.

But Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., wasn't on the wrong side of the Capitol —the speeches were about him. Thirteen members of the House delegation from Georgia shared stories of how they first met the senator, moments that exemplified bipartisanship and more in an hour-long tribute organized by Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga.