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Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania says he'll vote to acquit President Donald Trump on two impeachment charges.

In a statement Tuesday, Toomey maintained that the president didn't commit an impeachable offense and that removing Trump would cause “societal upheaval.”

Toomey sided with nearly all of his fellow Republicans in advance of Wednesday's virtually certain votes to acquit Trump.

Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is expected to announce his decision later Tuesday.

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 As many Americans try to keep up with the impeachment trial and what it means for the country’s future, teachers are pulling lessons from the process in real time.


A political uproar has exploded after a New York Times report that President Trump told his former national security advisor, John Bolton, he wanted to withhold military assistance to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation of one of his political rivals. Democrats have said Bolton must testify, and even some Republicans are reportedly considering whether to call witnesses to the Senate's ongoing impeachment trial. But Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey sent mixed signals on Monday.

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On today's program: Efforts to crack down on sexual harassment in state government have stalled; a local incubator is supporting Hispanic businesses; student reporters investigate barriers to unionization at Pitt; rural hospitals are at risk of closing; and with the rules finalized, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is set to begin. 

Toomey Says Senate Trial Should Be Fair, Mum On Witnesses

Jan 17, 2020
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Pennsylvania's Republican U.S. Sen Pat Toomey said Thursday the Senate should conduct a fair impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, but he gave no indication of whether he would support calling witnesses.

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Congress is taking additional steps to prepare for the upcoming Senate impeachment trial. The newly appointed House impeachment managers, who will present the case for impeachment, are reading the articles in the Senate chamber. Senators are also being sworn in as jurors.


Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation in the U.S. House voted along party lines to impeach President Trump this week, and Pennsylvanians can see a similar divide between the state’s two U.S. Senators.

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The night before the House is scheduled to vote on articles of impeachment against President Trump, crowds gathered across southwestern Pennsylvania to show support for impeachment. Many found Trump’s actions so impeachable, they were shocked when 90.5 WESA asked why they chose to attend.

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All nine House Democrats from Pennsylvania now say they will support the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump that were scheduled for a full House vote on Wednesday.

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Pro-impeachment rallies are scheduled for Tuesday evening across Southwestern Pennsylvania – just hours before a US House vote on impeaching President Trump will take place on Wednesday. The effort will offer a response to anti-impeachment messages broadcast by Republican groups in recent months.

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The path to presidential victory runs directly through Pennsylvania. The state holds 20 electoral votes and Donald Trump’s 2016 win was decided by less than 50,000 votes, or less than one percentage point. Polls show it will be a close race again in 2020. Over the next year, WESA is following four voters at the center of this election about the big issues that will sway their decisions at the ballot box.

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, of Mt. Lebanon, said Thursday he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. House Democrats announced Tuesday that they would bring two articles of impeachment against the president, charging him with abuse of power in the Ukraine affair and obstruction of Congress.

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On today's program: a look at the impeachment process; Duquesne Light is betting on electric vehicles; and the new president of the Carnegie Museums hopes to foster more collaboration among the museums and the community.  

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Wednesday marked the beginning of the end to House Democrats' efforts to impeach President Trump. 

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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey believes that presidents should not be allowed to unilaterally ban fracking -- and in the wake of Democratic promises to do just that, recently introduced a Senate resolution emphasizing that point.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

Majority Of PA Voters Support Impeachment Inquiry, Poll Shows

Oct 31, 2019
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Fifty-seven percent of registered voters in Pennsylvania support an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to a new statewide poll from Franklin & Marshall College.

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At least five Republican Pennsylvania congressmembers are backing a GOP effort to formally censure the Democrat who chairs the committee leading an impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump.

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Less than 24 hours after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House impeachment inquiry against President Trump, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey declared his support for the investigation.

GOP Group Starts Ads Attacking 3 House Dems On Impeachment

Oct 1, 2019
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A political committee that supports House Republican candidates is using digital ads to accuse three House Democrats of backing "a radical scheme to impeach President Trump."

The ads are among the first to use House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump to target that party's congressional candidates.

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U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler had one question for House Democrats on the Judiciary Committee Thursday morning.

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A majority of House Democrats support beginning an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. 

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U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb was challenged on the issue of impeachment and gun control at a town hall in Allison Park on Tuesday evening. 

Lavish Court Spending In Poor West Virginia Triggers Scandal

Aug 14, 2018
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A $42,000 antique desk. A $32,000 blue suede sectional sofa. A $7,500 inlaid wooden floor map of West Virginia's 55 counties.

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Some advocates are worried that recent changes to Pittsburgh’s public transit system could hurt the riders that use it most. 

GOP Chief Justice Slams Republican Judicial Impeachment Move

Mar 22, 2018
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The Republican chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court expressed concern Thursday about an effort by several House Republicans to impeach four Democratic justices over their rulings in a congressional redistricting case.

GOP Lawmakers Seek To Impeach Judges Over Congressional Map

Mar 20, 2018
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Twelve Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania have signed on to resolutions seeking to impeach four Democratic justices on the state Supreme Court over rulings in a congressional redistricting case.

Did Kane Give Impeachment The Slip?

Feb 23, 2016
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A state House panel tasked with evaluating state Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s impeachability began its work Tuesday, hearing of possible complications ahead.

Democratic House Minority Leader Frank Dermody spoke to the House’s subcommittee on courts about his experience leading the 1994 impeachment of the late Rolf Larsen, a former state Supreme Court justice. He sees potential problems for this impeachment effort – namely, the fact that there’s now a definite expiration date on Kane’s tenure.

House Effort To Impeach Kane Gains Traction

Jan 27, 2016
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A state House panel is starting down a road that could end in the impeachment of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday sent to the full House a resolution that would empower a subcommittee to do a preliminary investigation into whether Kane “liable to impeachment for misbehavior in office.” The panel’s vote was unanimous.