Ambassador Gordon Sondland declared to impeachment investigators Wednesday that President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani explicitly sought a "quid pro quo" with Ukraine, leveraging an Oval Office visit for political investigations of Democrats. But he also came to believe the trade involved much more.

Stone was convicted of all seven counts in a federal indictment that accused him of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election.

Democrats rammed a package of ground rules for their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump through a sharply divided House on Thursday, the chamber's first formal vote in a fight that could stretch into the 2020 election year.

Some South Carolina congressmen have a point: Democrats could have launched their inquiry into an intelligence agent’s whistleblower complaint about Trump without using the term “impeachment.” And probably should have. The right thing to do in a situation like this is to gather all the facts, and then decide what to do. As congressman Joe Cunningham suggested.

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