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Republicans can ignore this historic testimony at their peril

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"Was there a 'quid pro quo?' As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes." - Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland

There are moments that you immediately recognize as historic. The moments that you know will be played on a loop in history documentaries and quoted in textbooks. Today's impeachment hearing and that above quote specifically, will be studied for decades to come. The picture is now crystal clear: the President and his allies abused the power of the United States government to extort a vulnerable foreign power in pursuit of investigations that would help his 2020 election campaign.

There is now little doubt that Donald Trump will be the third President in American history to be impeached in the House of Representatives. Although he's unlikely to be convicted and removed from office by the Senate, Republican Senators will have to make that decision amid scrutiny from voters and under the weight of overwhelming evidence that the President they support is a crook.

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

Ambassador Sondland entered the hearing room on the heels of longtime Trump Advisor Roger Stone's conviction for lying to Congress. Sondland is a wealthy man with everything on the line if he lied to Congress after having already revised his previous testimony. On the other hand, Sondland had nothing to lose, and a place on the right side of history to gain, if he told the truth. Sondland opted for the latter and brought receipts implicating........

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