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Trump's actions on Ukraine 'an impeachable offense,' says House Dem on Intelligence Committee
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Two members of the House Intelligence Committee responded to developments over the weekend in the impeachment inquiry, including State Department official David Holmes' closed door testimony, and looked toward next week's impeachment hearings in an interview on ABC's "This Week.""I don't think the evidence has been building at all," said Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah. "I think the evidence is crumbling. I think the Democrats know they're in trouble on this, which is why we keep moving the goalposts.""Let's get real clear on what we're talking about here: What we're talking about here is that the president...
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John Bel Edwards, the Deep South's only Democratic governor, wins reelection in Louisiana
chokkicx/iStock (NEW ORLEANS) -- In the Deep South, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards will stave off a challenge from a Donald Trump-backed GOP rival to win reelection in Louisiana's tight gubernatorial race.Edwards leads GOP candidate Eddie Rispone, 50.7% to 49.3%, late Saturday, according to unofficial results from Louisiana's secretary of state's office at the time of the call.The result is seen as a stinging blow to the president, who bet heavily on Rispone. It's the second time this week a Trump-backed candidate has lost a major race.The runoff election came amid a looming impeachment investigation that seeped into the state's...
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In closed-door testimony, US diplomat says he heard Trump question the EU ambassador on Ukraine 'investigation'
narvikk/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- A State Department official, who was subpoenaed to testify amid the House impeachment probe, told lawmakers that President Donald Trump asked EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland in a phone call about the status of an investigation he requested from the Ukrainian president.David Holmes, the U.S. diplomat in Kiev, Ukraine, appeared for a closed-door deposition with House impeachment investigators on Friday. The hearing took place immediately following the House Intelligence Committee's questioning of former Ukraine Amb. Marie Yovanovitch in the second public hearing amid the impeachment probe.Holmes, fielding questions from investigators behind closed doors for six hours, described the...
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White House officials were concerned by 'unusual' reference in Trump’s call to Ukraine’s president
Luka Banda/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- An adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, who listened to President Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, found the president’s reference to investigations into a potential 2020 political opponent and the 2016 election "unusual and inappropriate.""I certainly noted that the mention of those specific investigations seemed unusual as compared to other discussions with foreign leaders," Jennifer Williams, the official in the vice president's office, told impeachment investigators, according to a transcript of her deposition released by the three House committees leading the impeachment probe."I guess for me," Williams continued, "it shed some light on...
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White House official arrives to give closed-door testimony, against orders
bboserup/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The first Office of Management and Budget official to break ranks amid the House's impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump arrived Saturday for his closed-door testimony.Mark Sandy, a career White House official and former OMB director, is testifying under subpoena -- against White House orders.Acting White House budget chief Russ Vought, along with Michael Duffey, an official with oversight over national security spending, have both refused to comply with congressional subpoenas to testify in the impeachment inquiry. And the agency has spurned repeated demands and subpoenas from House Democrats seeking documents and records relevant to their probe...
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Takeaways from Marie Yovanovitch testimony
Luka Banda/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Marie "Masha" Yovanovitch, a longtime career diplomat, was serving as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine last spring when she was abruptly ordered home and told that she had lost the confidence of the president. President Donald Trump in a subsequent phone call to Ukraine’s president called her "bad news" and said "she’s going to go through some things."On Friday, she got the chance to tell her side of the story as part of the ongoing House impeachment proceedings.Here are five key takeaways:Yovanovitch directly disputed conspiracy theories embraced by Trump Yovanovitch repeatedly knocked down suggestions by Republicans that...
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The attorneys asking questions at the public impeachment hearings
Luka Banda/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The first week of public hearings of the House impeachment inquiry featured many faces familiar to viewers who have been paying close attention and the faces of two attorneys, who may have been unfamiliar.Under the rules set for these hearings, Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., are given 45 minutes each to establish the hearing's narrative. However, they are allowed to yield that time to counsel -- but not to other members of the committee. They both yielded large chunks of their time Wednesday and Friday to attorneys.On behalf of the Democrats,...
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Trump issues pardons for service members accused of war crimes
Maher Legal Services PC (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump has intervened in the cases of three American service members convicted or accused of war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq by issuing two pardons and maintaining the rank of one of the service members who'd been demoted.Army Lt. Clint Lorance, who had been imprisoned at the U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was released later on Friday night and reunited with family members, according to an advocate for his release.A White House statement issued Friday night announced Trump's actions in the cases of Lorance, Army Green Beret Maj. Matt Golsteyn...
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In NC, legal actions could have a big impact in the upcoming 2020 election
3dfoto/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- In North Carolina, a closely-watched swing state that for years has had lawsuits winding through the courts amid partisan claims of voter disenfranchisement, a new series of legal actions could have a big impact in the upcoming 2020 election. On Friday afternoon, the state Senate approved the newly-redrawn GOP maps, setting up the congressional split to be 8-5 GOP control, as opposed to the current 10-3 Republican advantage. With the passage of this new map, two Republican districts, the 2nd and the 6th would shift into more urban territory, likely weakening the Republican advantage. These two seats...
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Impeachment hearings day 2: Former ambassador to Ukraine describes why Trump recalling her damaged US interests
Matt Anderson/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was abruptly recalled from her post overseas, is testified Friday in the second public impeachment hearing. After fielding questions from impeachment investigators behind closed doors last month, she offered details of her account of efforts to publicly discredit her and remove her from her post by some of the president's political allies. Missed the more than six hours of testimony? Catch up on key takeaways from Friday's hearing and the hearing earlier this week. Here is how the hearing unfolded. 3:21 p.m. The hearing has ended, thus...
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5 key takeaways from testimony by former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch
Luka Banda/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Marie "Masha" Yovanovitch, a longtime career diplomat, was serving as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine last spring when she was abruptly ordered home and told that she had lost the confidence of the president. President Donald Trump in a subsequent phone call to Ukraine’s president called her "bad news" and said "she’s going to go through some things." On Friday, she got the chance to tell her side of the story as part of the ongoing House impeachment inquiry. Here are three takeaways: Yovanovitch directly disputed conspiracy theories embraced by Trump. Yovanovitch repeatedly knocked down suggestions by...
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The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur enters race to fill California Rep. Katie Hill's seat
ABC News (LOS ANGELES) -- The special election to fill California Rep. Katie Hill's vacant seat is shaping up, with Cenk Uygur, the founder and host of liberal media company The Young Turks, announcing his bid for the seat, joining George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign aide who was convicted in the Mueller probe, and former Rep. Steve Knight, the Republican incumbent Hill defeated in 2018."I'm going to represent those people in a way they have not seen before. I will not be a standard politician. I will fight for them. I'm going to fight to get money of of...
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