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Bolton a No-Show at Impeachment Hearing

Former national security adviser may be waiting for court to weigh in

(Newser) - John Bolton was a no-show for his requested appearance before the House impeachment panel Thursday, but sources tell the Washington Post that if a court clears the way for him to appear, the former national security adviser is willing to defy the White House's order that he not do... More »

WaPo: Barr Turned Down Trump Press Conference Request

Sources say president asked Barr to declare no laws were broken in Ukraine call

(Newser) - As the controversy over President Trump's phone call with Ukraine's president deepened, Trump found out that there was something Attorney General William Barr wouldn't do for him, insiders say. The Washington Post , citing "people familiar with the matter," reports that Trump asked Barr to hold... More »

Top Ukraine Envoy's Testimony Released

William Taylor told lawmakers he threatened to quit over Trump's Ukraine demand

(Newser) - The transcript of William Taylor's testimony in the Trump impeachment inquiry was released Wednesday, and the Los Angeles Times reports it reveals that Taylor, the top US official in Ukraine, threatened to quit over President Trump's demand that "President Zelensky ... state publicly that Ukraine will investigate Burisma... More »

Impeachment Inquiry: Major New Phase Starts in 7 Days

Rep. Adam Schiff announces first public hearings

(Newser) - Mark your calendars: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Wednesday announced what the AP calls a "major new phase" of the impeachment inquiry. Public impeachment hearings will begin next Wednesday, Schiff said. Politico reports first up will be William Taylor , the top US diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy... More »

Diplomat Revises His Impeachment Testimony

Gordon Sondland now acknowledges threat to hold up aid unless Ukraine did investigation

(Newser) - The House panels conducting the impeachment inquiry released the testimony of two key players on Tuesday and sent word they want to hear from White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Axios sees a notable development in the transcript for Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union. Sondland testified... More »

Rand Paul Starts a New Chant at Trump Rally

'Do your job!' is plea to media to print whistleblower's name

(Newser) - Rand Paul didn't just speak in support of President Trump at a Monday night rally in Kentucky, he got the crowd revved up with a whole new chant: "Do your job!" The chant emerged after Paul implored the media to identify the whistleblower who instigated the Trump... More »

First Transcripts From Impeachment Inquiry Are Out

Testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, Michael McKinley released

(Newser) - The first transcripts from closed-door testimony in the impeachment inquiry have been released. House investigators on Monday released the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, and of Michael McKinley, a former State Department adviser. Republicans have been demanding the move, notes the AP , saying that Democrats have... More »

Monday's Impeachment Depositions Won't Take Long

4 White House officials will be no-shows

(Newser) - Four White House officials are scheduled to testify Monday in the House impeachment inquiry, but it won't take long to sum up their words: All four will be no-shows, reports CNN . The White House told the men to skip, arguing in part that subpoenas weren't valid because the... More »

Trump: Naming Whistleblower Would Be 'Public Service'

'You know who it is,' he tells reporters

(Newser) - President Trump is fond of attacking the press—but on Sunday, he asked the media to do something for him. The president, speaking to reporters outside the White House, urged them to name the whistleblower who reported his "perfecto" phone call with Ukraine's president, leading to the impeachment... More »

Whistleblower's Lawyer to GOP: We'll Give You Answers

Mark Zaid extends the offer to Rep. Devin Nunes

(Newser) - A lawyer for the whistleblower who raised alarms about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine said Sunday his client is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans, the AP reports. The surprise offer, made to Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, would... More »

Republicans 'Name' Trump Whistleblower

But others want the whistleblower's identity kept secret

(Newser) - Is the Trump whistleblower's identity already an open secret? That's what some Republican lawmakers and conservative media outlets are saying as they call for the whistleblower to be subpoenaed or outright exposed, the Wall Street Journal reports. But outlets that name the individual lack hard evidence other than... More »

House Investigators to Perry: You're Up. Perry: Nope

Spokeswoman for energy secretary says he'll only 'partake' in impeachment inquiry if it's public

(Newser) - The first member of Trump's Cabinet has been summoned to testify in the impeachment inquiry on the president—and it looks like he may not be going. A source tells the AP that Rick Perry's House appearance is set for Wednesday, but the energy secretary has already ignored... More »

In Impeachment Numbers, Some Good News for Trump

Republican voters oppose his conviction, and GOP lawmakers seem to agree

(Newser) - The House has cleared the way for a formal impeachment inquiry, and Nancy Pelosi expects things to get started soon. “I would assume there would be public hearings in November,” Pelosi said at a roundtable forum with Bloomberg journalists. She did not, however, add any specifics beyond that,... More »

Trump Wants to Read the Ukraine Transcript to the US

President tells 'Washington Examiner' he might read Ukraine call transcript aloud on live TV

(Newser) - As impeachment proceedings rumble on, President Trump says he'll keep fighting back against allegations that his phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky was inappropriate. And as part of his strategy, he's mulling using T-shirts and what Fox News calls an "FDR-esque" tactic. On Thursday, the Washington ... More »

Former NSC Aide Didn't Think Quid Pro Quo on Ukraine Call Was Illegal

Tim Morrison, who just quit his post, testified for more than 8 hours

(Newser) - A former top White House official confirmed Thursday that military aid to Ukraine was held up by President Trump's demand for the ally to investigate Democrats and Joe Biden, but he testified he saw nothing illegal about the quid pro quo at the center of the impeachment inquiry. Tim... More »

These Are the 2 Democrats Who Voted No

Collin Peterson and Jeff Van Drew went against party in impeachment inquiry

(Newser) - Why are a bunch of people tweeting about #2dems ? Because two Democrats voted against the House impeachment inquiry, and they're coming under fire for their "nay" votes. Reps. Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Jefferson Van Drew (NJ), both moderates who represent swing districts Trump won in 2016,... More »

Trump Responds to House Vote on Impeachment

Calls it a 'witch hunt' as daughter Ivanka defends him, too

(Newser) - Right about the time the House voted to approve the rules for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry, President Trump took to Twitter with a familiar criticism. "The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!" he tweeted Thursday. And he wasn't the only Trump to share the... More »

First Vote Related to Impeachment in the Books

House approves ground rules for process

(Newser) - The first formal vote in the House related to the impeachment investigation of President Trump is in the books. In a largely party-line vote, 232-196, the House on Thursday approved the ground rules for the public phase of the investigation. This vote doesn't address whether Trump did or did... More »

Top Trump Adviser Quits

Tim Morrison, adviser on Russian and European affairs, steps down

(Newser) - President Donald Trump's top adviser for Russian and European affairs is leaving his job at the White House, a day before he's scheduled to testify before the House impeachment investigators, a senior administration official said Wednesday. Tim Morrison owes his job at the National Security Council to Trump,... More »

Impeachment Probe to John Bolton: You're Up

The former Trump adviser is invited to testify

(Newser) - Calling John Bolton: You're wanted in the House impeachment probe. Yes, the AP reports that Democratic House investigators have asked the former national security adviser to testify next Thursday. Bolton would be the heaviest hitter in the inquiry so far if he does. He's also a key player... More »

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