Democrats have new evidence in impeachment case but do Republicans want to hear it?

(CNN)House Democrats say new evidence could still come to light about President Donald Trump’s dealings in Ukraine during his Senate impeachment trial, but several Senate Republicans appear to be throwing cold water on allowing any additional material to be presented in the Senate. The messages also include texts from Parnas asking a GOP fundraiser Joseph Ahearn, the chief fundraiser for Trump super PAC America First Action, to “pass on the message” that the US needs an ambassador to the Ukraine who is loyal to Trump in the weeks he removed Yovanovich from her post. The new Parnas documents ratcheted up the push from Democrats for the Senate to allow documents to be obtained during the trial that the Trump administration …

Senate Democrats practice negotiation as impeachment trial looms

Washington (CNN)Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has now made clear what he needs heading into the first big week of Senate negotiations over President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial: four Republican senators to join with Democrats. Reminder: The House voted to impeach Trump, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn’t sent the articles over to the Senate, which is where the decision over whether to remove the President will be made. Where Trump’s head is at The President left Washington with a political crisis. He’s returning to a military one, following his greenlight for the US strike that killed top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last week — but his attention remains focused on impeachment. CNN’s Kevin Liptak, Kaitlan Collins and Pamela Brown report: …

READ: House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler’s opening statement for impeachment hearing

Washington (CNN)The House Judiciary Committee held its first impeachment hearing into President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from New York, led the hearing. “That call was part of a concerted effort by the President, and by his men, to solicit a personal advantage in the next election—this time, in the form of an investigation of his political adversaries by a foreign government. “To obtain that private, political advantage, President Trump withheld both an official White House meeting from the newly elected president of a fragile democracy and vital military aid from a vulnerable ally. “When Congress found out about this scheme and began to investigate, President Trump took extraordinary and unprecedented steps to cover up …

Possible impeachment witness Kupperman tries to keep lawsuit afloat

Washington (CNN)Attorneys for Charles Kupperman, the former deputy national security adviser who hasn’t testified about President Donald Trump and Ukraine after he tied up his House subpoena in court, are doing what they can to keep his lawsuit alive. “Even if the House Defendants are immune from suit, the Speech or Debate Clause does not here apply to the Sergeant-at-Arms,” Kupperman’s attorney, Charles Cooper, wrote on Wednesday. He notes the White House has no opinion on whether Irving should be added to the case, but the House might respond at a later time. Kupperman had already sued the chairs of the House investigative committees, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Trump. Kupperman filed his case after receiving a House subpoena and …