About 8.9 million viewers watched the opening arguments in President Trump's Senate impeachment trial on Wednesday, Reuters reported Thursday, citing Nielsen ratings data. It's roughly 2 million fewer viewers than the 11 million who watched the trial on Tuesday, according to the Nielsen data.
The ratings include viewership from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST on ABC, CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and Fox News, according to Reuters. On Wednesday, Democrats laid out their argument on why Trump should be removed from office.
The data, however, found that the audience shrunk by about 19 percent from Tuesday which was largely taken up by procedural matters, according to Reuters.
At least two of the FBI's surveillance applications to secretly monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page lacked probable cause, according to a newly declassified summary of a Justice Department assessment released Thursday by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). The DOJ's admission essentially means that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant authorizations to surveil Page, when stripped of the FBI's misinformation, did not meet the necessary legal threshold and should never have been issued.
The June 2017 Page FISA warrant renewal, which was among the two deemed invalid by the DOJ, was approved by then-Acting FBI Director (and now CNN contributor) Andrew McCabe, as well as former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The April 2017 warrant renewal was approved by then-FBI Director James Comey. read more
Protesters in Puerto Rico called for Gov. Wanda Vazquez to resign Monday -- blaming her for squandered emergency supplies found locked up in a warehouse over the weekend. read more
Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff appears to have mischaracterized a text message exchange between two players in the Ukraine saga, according to documents obtained by POLITICO.
The issue arose when Schiff sent a letter to Judiciary Chairman Nadler last week summarizing a trove of evidence from Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of Rudy Giuliani. In one section of the letter, Schiff claims that Parnas "continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky," citing a specific text message exchange where Parnas tells Giuliani: "trying to get us mr Z." The remainder of the exchange " which was attached to Schiff's letter " was redacted.
But an unredacted version of the exchange shows that Parnas was referring to Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma, followed by a text message to Giuliani that states: "mr Z answers my brother." That suggests Parnas was referring to Zlochevsky not Zelensky.
On Feb. 11, 1999 " one day before President Clinton was acquitted in his impeachment trial before the Senate " Sen. Schumer penned a passionate letter, outlining why the process had taken an unfair toll on the nation. He noted that the president believed he had not crossed a line, and praised the large threshold needed to get a conviction in the Senate. Though the individual details are different, many of the points crafted by Schumer more than 20 years ago echo GOP arguments against the impeachment of President Trump:
"It has shaken me that we stand at the brink of removing a President " not because of a popular groundswell to remove him and not because of the magnitude of the wrongs he's committed " but because conditions in late 20th century America has made it possible for a small group of people who hate the President and hate his policies to very cleverly and very doggedly exploit the institutions of freedom that we hold dear and almost succeed in undoing him."