The House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry has ripped open a rift running through Donald Trump’s three-year tenure as president: the divide between his political hires and the professional class of officials who make up the vast majority of the federal bureaucracy.

Several times, the president has blasted those supplying some of the most damning testimony as “Never Trumpers” — never mind that there’s scant evidence any of them have expressed political views.

The bulk of more than 100 hours and 3,500 pages of testimony, along with emails, text messages and the president’s own words and those of his chief of staff, thus far has indicated that Trump indeed withheld a White House visit, and then military aid, in exchange for a commitment by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation of his political foes.

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