Trumps plan to shrink NSC staff alarms some

But whether a smaller, O’Brien-led NSC will have more influence on the president is far from clear. Trump has long chosen his gut instinct over policy advice. And NSC staffers fear the impeachment process, which…

Trump sees his instincts as unimpeachable as he…

With public impeachment hearings launching this week, Trump is expected to move into communications overdrive with an approach fundamentally at odds with what any traditional presidential aides would advise. By choice, he is confronting the…

Who Will Betray Trump?

From the moment Francis Rooney expressed alarm to his House colleagues that Donald Trump might have abused presidential power in his dealings with Ukraine—and more dramatically, that an impeachment inquiry could be warranted—the Florida Republican…

POLITICO Playbook: Trump’s GOP walloped

WHERE WE ARE ... DEMOCRATS captured control of the Virginia House of Delegates and state Senate, the first time they’ve controlled the entire government “in a generation,” per the WaPo. -- NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN: “For…

Sondland reverses himself on Ukraine quid pro quo

Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, added that he later told Andriy Yermak, a top Ukrainian national security adviser, that the aid would be contingent on Trump’s desired investigations. “After that large meeting, I…

The Idiot’s Guide to the Roger Stone trial

Stone’s case will also be argued in front of a jury at the same time House Democrats escalate their own impeachment investigation into Trump by collecting evidence suggesting the president pressured Ukraine to assist his…