CAFE Insider 11/4: House Rules

Show Notes

In this episode of the CAFE Insider podcast, “House Rules,” co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram break down the latest developments:

— The impeachment inquiry into President Trump passed a significant milestone with the first formal vote on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday, shifting the impeachment process into a more public phase.

— House investigators continue to depose witnesses in closed-door hearings as the DC District Court is deciding in two separate cases whether former Trump officials have “absolute immunity” from congressional subpoenas.

— While historical parallels are rarely exact, a look at past presidential impeachment inquiries may help the House Judiciary Committee to shape the articles of impeachment in the next stage of the process.

— On Saturday, the Justice Department complied with a court order and released its first installment of primary-source documents related to then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which include stunning admissions from key figures in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

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  • “What is a Leap Year?,” NBC News, 2/17/19
  • Election countdown 2020 tracker


  • Trump’s tweet on 10/31 announcing that he will make Palm Beach, Florida his permanent residence
  • Trump’s tweet on 11/1 complaining about New York City’s leadership
  • “Trump, Lifelong New Yorker, Declares Himself a Resident of Florida,” The New York Times, 10/31/19


  • The Justice Department’s first installment of primary documents related to Mueller’s investigation (“302 reports”), 11/1/19
  • The Mueller Report’s Secret Memos,” BuzzFeed, 11/2/19
  • “Internal Mueller documents show Trump campaign chief pushed unproven theory Ukraine hacked Democrats,” The Washington Post, 11/2/19
  • “Feds release Flynn interview notes,” Politico, 11/1/19 (court filing here)


  • House resolution (H.Res.660), resolution fact sheet, and House Judiciary Committee impeachment inquiry procedures, 10/31/19
  • “A Divided House Endorses Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump,” The New York Times, 10/31/19
  • “What’s in the House Resolution on Impeachment?,” Lawfare, 10/30/19
  • “Pelosi will get more out of today’s impeachment inquiry vote than Republicans. Here’s why,” The Washington Post, 10/31/19
  • “Democrats pivot from private inquiry of Trump to public case for impeachment,” The Washington Post, 11/2/19
  • “Kellyanne Conway calls Democrats’ bluff on impeachment, claims ‘they don’t have the votes’” Fox News, 10/31/19
  • “Defining Impeachment Down,” The Wall Street Journal, 10/31/19
  • Glengarry Glen Ross,” 1992 film referenced in Preet’s October 30th CAFE Insider Note


  • Trump’s tweet alleging that House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff will modify deposition transcripts, 11/3/19
  • “Trump’s awful new ‘transcript’ tweets demonstrate how his propaganda works,” The Washington Post, 11/4/19
  • “House Democrats Release Transcripts of Yovanovitch, McKinley Impeachment Testimony,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/4/19
  • Director for European Affairs for the U.S. National Security Council, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s Opening Statement, 10/29/19
  • “Trump allies attack loyalty of impeachment inquiry witness because he was born in Ukraine,” The Washington Post, 10/29/19
  • “White House official who heard Trump’s call with Ukraine leader testified that he was told to keep quiet,” The Washington Post, 11/1/19
  • “White House official on Ukraine call wasn’t concerned ‘anything illegal’ occurred,” CBS News, 10/31/19 (includes Opening Statement of Timothy Morrison, outgoing senior director of European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council and a deputy assistant to the president)
  • Stay Tuned with PreetThe Prosecution (with Patrick Fitzgerald), 6/7/18
  • Tracker of requests or subpoenas for documents and witness testimony, The New York Times
  • “John Bolton’s former deputy asks judge to resolve conflicting demands for House impeachment testimony,” The Washington Post, 10/31/19


  • The Atlantic Senior Politics Editor, Yoni Appelbaum’s Twitter thread about Robert Bork’s adamant support of presidential impeachment in 1998
  • “How Robert Bork’s Failed Nomination Led to a Changed Supreme Court,”, 10/28/18