Lisa Desjardins

Lisa Desjardins


Arya Stark and Lyanna Mormont are my people. Correspondent. Beats Congress at softball. Remains a faithful Chester Arthur fan.

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Quite an opening line in the WH letter to Chairman Nadler now: "As you know, your impeachment inquiry is completely baseless and has violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness. " And it ramps up from there.

NOW: @GOPLeader  McCarthy did not answer, ignored my q about whether the president should participate in impeachment hearings. (Tho he did say he spoke to POTUS twice yesterday.)

My heart and thoughts go out to all service members, civilians and families connected to the base.

@realmrdean  @JudyWoodruffSincere  thanks for the feedback. Please let me know where you feel I went wrong or was biased . That is the last thing I want to do. (But I do reserve the right to judge known facts vs theories - for all politicians of all stripes.)

BIG UPDATE: Monday's hearing will be longer than this. Dem staffers involved just told reporters there *will be* opening statements (20 min.) and at least one 90-minute round of leadership/staff questions. See next tweet for the full plan.

Deleted tweet bc it was out-of-date and left out two parts of Monday’s hearing that were announced after I tweeted.

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From sources all over the Capitol: - POTUS DOES have right to enter the House chamber, at anytime. - That includes if they are out of session, technically. - But he can't speak from podium or dais w/out express House permission. I can't believe I'm writing all this.

THIS. HHS inspector gen report on separated kids: - The process increased trauma - Some kids thought their parents had abandoned them - Separated kids sometimes isolated themselves, even refusing to eat - HHS was not prepared for this level of trauma

NOW: Police and staff are keeping all seats for the public empty. No more public inside. There is a line outside, unclear if this is temporary. This is why you hear no more protests.

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SCHUMER: The president slammed the table, asked Speaker Pelosi if she would support his wall and when she said no, he walked out and said "we have nothing to talk about".

BREAKING: Sen GOP plans first floor vote on Kavanaugh for Saturday, 12 noon. That will be procedural vote. Unclear if GOP has 50. Committee vote to happen tomorrow 9:30 as planned.

Wow. That was an incredible moment as a reporter asked @NancyPelosi , as she was exiting news conf., if she hates the president. She immediately pushed back, hard, at the idea. Here’s what it looked like from the side.

Memorandum of Phone Conversation: call was 9:03 - 9:33 Estimated time it would take to say all of the words released in the memo: 11 minutes. Checked by the great @mike_melia  in our broadcast software (time of spoken words matters a lot on TV) from @NewsHour 

NOW: Waiting outside Kavanaugh hearing room. A silent but rather clear protest. (Re: abortion.)

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