Sunday shows — New impeachment phase dominates

The House impeachment inquiry shifts to a new public phase, with testimony scheduled from three witnesses starting Wednesday.

The topic dominated the Sunday political shows, with key Democrats and Republicans weighing in.

Read The Hill's complete coverage below.

 

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Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump
By REBECCA KLAR 
 
Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierSenator-jurors who may not be impartial? Remove them for cause Poll: 69 percent of Americans say they are watching impeachment closely The Hill's Morning Report — Impeachment face-off; Dems go after Buttigieg in debate MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said the public phase of the impeachment inquiry is more likely to sway Americans than the Mueller report did because of what she called the clear nature of President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE’s bribery.
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Swalwell: Depositions provided evidence of an 'extortion scheme'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Enes Kanter sees political stardom — after NBA and WWE Swalwell pens op-ed comparing Trump impeachment to XYZ Affair MORE (D-Calif.) said depositions in the House's impeachment inquiry have already established an “extortion scheme” by the White House.
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Speier defends Democrats' decision to keep whistleblower out of public hearings
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said  on ABC “This Week” that the Republicans’ request for the whistleblower to testify is grounded in the House minority “making an issue of anything that they think will give them some gravitas.” 
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Intelligence panel Republican: 'How we treat this whistleblower will impact whistleblowers in the future'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHouse Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts Hurd says Democrats, media are being manipulated by Iran Bottom Line MORE (R-Texas), a former CIA officer who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday defended the whistleblower whose complaint helped spark the impeachment inquiry into President Trump even as he blasted Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Senate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial The Memo: Day One shows conflicting narratives on impeachment MORE’s (D-Calif.) handling of the probe.
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Klobuchar: 'I have seen no reason why' Hunter Biden would need to testify
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Sanders holds four-point lead on Biden in new California poll MORE (D-Minn.), a 2020 White House hopeful, said on Sunday that she hasn’t seen any reason why former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump says impeachment lawyers were 'really good' MORE’s son Hunter would need to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, as Republicans have requested.
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House Democrat: 'I think we will end up calling' some witnesses on GOP list
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday” that some witnesses requested by Ranking Member Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism MORE (R-Calif.) would likely be called in the House’s impeachment inquiry.
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Johnson dismisses testimony from White House officials contradicting Trump as 'just their impression'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonBiden campaign releases video to explain 'what really happened in Ukraine' Trump lawyers urge senators to swiftly acquit Trump in impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Barr asks Apple to unlock Pensacola shooter's phone | Tech industry rallies behind Google in Supreme Court fight | Congress struggles to set rules for cyber warfare with Iran | Blog site Boing Boing hacked MORE (R-Wis.) on Sunday dismissed testimony from current and former White House officials that contradicted President Trump, saying it was “just their impression” of the situation.
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Rand Paul says Trump has 'every right' to withhold Ukraine aid over corruption
By JUSTIN WISE
 
Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Juan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump Mitch McConnell may win the impeachment and lose the Senate MORE (R-Ky.), a vocal ally of President Trump, on Sunday dismissed allegations that the White House committed a quid pro quo in its dealings with Ukraine, arguing that the president has "every right" to withhold aid from a country where he believes corruption is taking place. 
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Top Armed Services Republican: Trump's Ukraine call 'inappropriate' not 'impeachable'
By REBECCA KLAR 
 
Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryBroad, bipartisan rebuke for proposal to pull troops from Africa Lawmakers push back at Pentagon's possible Africa drawdown GOP senator on Trump soliciting foreign interference: 'Those are just statements' MORE (Texas), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said Sunday that President Trump’s call with Ukraine's president, which is at the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, was “inappropriate” but not “impeachable.”
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GOP senator on asking foreign countries to investigate Americans: 'It depends on the circumstances'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) said Sunday that President Trump could have been "over the line" to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, but added that it “depends on the circumstances.”
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Alan Dershowitz: Congress is trying to 'create crimes out of nothing'
By TAL AXELROD 
 
Attorney Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzBarr wrote 2018 memo contradicting Trump's claim that abuse of power is not impeachable Brent Budowsky: McConnell, Roberts and Trump on trial Trump lawyer argues Democrats have 'absolutely no case' in first impeachment trial remarks MORE warned that Americans should be “frightened” of the House’s impeachment investigation, accusing Democrats of trying to “create crimes out of nothing.”
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Brown confirms he won't enter 2020 race: 'I think it's a good field'
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSunday shows - All eyes on Senate impeachment trial Senate Democrat: 'Fine' to hear from Hunter Biden Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE (D-Ohio) confirmed once again on Sunday that he has no plans to enter to 2020 presidential primary race and dismissed concerns others have expressed about the candidates in the race.
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Paul dismisses Bevin loss, touts 'red wave' in other Kentucky races
By REBECCA KLAR 
 
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) dismissed incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's apparent loss in Kentucky as an individual loss and not an indication of a larger shift in Kentucky politics. 
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Joint chiefs chairman: Fewer than 1,000 troops will remain in Syria
By REBECCA KLAR 
 
“The footprint will be small, but the objective will remain the same: the enduring defeat of ISIS,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said in an interview on ABC's “This Week.”
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