Watch: Suspicious substance investigated outside Schiff’s office

A Capitol Police officer walks by the Rayburn office of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., after a suspicious substance was reported on Thursday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi defends ripping Trump’s speech as message to American people about SOTU falsehoods
‘I don’t need any lessons from anybody, especially the president of the United States, about dignity,’ speaker says

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday, February 6, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday defended her decision to rip up President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, saying she decided about a quarter or third of the way through the address that something had to be done to indicate to the American people that his words were not the truth.

“I tore up a manifesto of mistruths,” the California Democrat said at her weekly news conference, noting the falsehoods in Trump’s speech on Tuesday evening were “dangerous to the American people if they believe what he said.”

Unchecked power
CQ on Congress, Ep. 184

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, talks with reporters in the Senate subway before the continuation of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Watch: Romney to vote to convict Trump
The Utah Republican is the first to break ranks

Sen. Mitt Romney talks with reporters in the Senate subway on January 28, 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In an emotional floor speech, Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said he would break with his party and vote to convict Trump. The vote makes him the first person in U.S. history to vote to convict a member of his own party in an impeachment trial of a president.

Footraces, odysseys and waning decorum
View of impeachment trial from the gallery

A minor footrace for the mic occurred on the Senate floor on Jan. 30 (Screenshot/Senate Recording Studio)

Coverage of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has been famously restrictive, specifically if you're trying to capture visuals in the room. 

Watch as CQ Roll Call's Griffin Connolly breaks down some of the weird, wonky and devolving atmosphere that you're not seeing on camera. 

Strong, hateful and inspiring? — Lawmakers react to State of the Union in 3 words

President Donald Trump arrives in the House chamber to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Ink | Coronation Day

How much does impeachment cost?

A staffer carries multiple binders as he walks through the Senate Reception Room before the continuation of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Four months — that’s how long Congress has been busy impeaching and trying President Donald Trump, and it all costs money.

The process of investigating and impeaching can rack up a tab but exactly how much and how does such a lengthy process get paid for? Watch as CQ Roll Call examines where Congress finds the dough when a president’s actions are called into question and whether or not you’ll be picking up the tab. 

With Alexander a ‘no’ on witnesses, impeachment trial enters stretch run
Moderates’ queries hint at remaining hangups they have about the case

Maine Sen. Susan Collins arrives for the continuation of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Thursday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Senators used their second and final day of questioning in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump to tee up debate on whether to subpoena documents and witnesses that did not appear during the House’s inquiry. The late-night announcement that Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander will vote against additional witnesses Friday signals there likely won’t be enough votes to continue the trial much longer. 

After senators exhausted their cumulative 16-hour Q&A session with House managers and Trump’s lawyers, Alexander, who will retire at the end of this term, announced he would vote against hearing from new witnesses.

Wonky Watch: Dershowitz's ‘public interest’ defense

Alan Dershowitz, left, and Rep. Adam Schiff, right, respond to questions from senators Wednesday. (Screenshots/Senate Recording Studio)

A line of questioning that senators kept circling back to in Thursday’s session of the Senate court of impeachment was an argument made by President Donald Trump's attorney Alan Dershowitz more than 24 hours earlier.

The lawyer was answering a question from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, when he told the lawmakers-turned-jurors that a quid pro quo, by the president, is not impeachable if the president believes it “will help him get elected, in the public interest.” Shortly after, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., was given the opportunity to respond directly to the preceding arguments.