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Unusual Standoff Delays Start of Impeachment Hearing

GOP's Matt Gaetz tries to sit in on testimony of Fiona Hill, but is ordered to leave

(Newser) - The Trump impeachment hearings continued Monday with the closed-door testimony of a former National Security Council staffer named Fiona Hill. But not before an unusual standoff between pro-Trump Republican Matt Gaetz and Democrat Adam Schiff, who is leading the inquiry. Gaetz showed up Monday morning and tried to sit in... More »

Trump Envoy on Why He Wrote 'No Quid Pro Quo'

Gordon Sondland is slated to testify on Thursday

(Newser) - Looks like Congress will be served a fresh platter of denial and innocence when Gordon Sondland is deposed on Thursday, the Washington Post reports. The US ambassador to the European Union, now a key player in the Ukraine drama, appears poised to say he sent a text message denying a... More »

Parents Say the FBI Let Their Son Die

Michigan parents grieve over son who died amid counterterror work

(Newser) - "You murdered our son. Don't ever talk to us again." That's what Michigan resident Theresa Reilly told an FBI agent after her son turned up dead—the end of a strange and tragic tale in US counterterrorism, writes Brett Forrest at the Wall Street Journal . Billy... More »

Ex-Ambassador to Ukraine Speaks Out

Marie Yovanovitch says Trump pressured State Department to remove her over 'false claims'

(Newser) - The former American ambassador to Ukraine says President Trump himself pressured the State Department to remove her from that post over "false claims," reports NBC News . Marie Yovanovitch was testifying behind closed doors Friday to House impeachment investigators, but her opening remarks were made available to multiple outlets.... More »

Trump Says He 'Didn't Know' Giuliani Associates

'Now it's possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody'

(Newser) - President Trump says he doesn't know two Rudy Giuliani associates arrested for campaign finance violations —although photos posted on social media show that he has definitely met Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas. The Florida businessmen also posted a picture of themselves having breakfast with Donald Trump Jr. last... More »

They Helped Giuliani in Ukraine. Now They're in Handcuffs

Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman arrested on campaign finance violations

(Newser) - Two Florida businessmen tied to President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been arrested on campaign finance violations resulting from a $325,000 donation to a political action committee supporting Trump's reelection. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman—both involved in the push to get Ukraine to investigate Joe... More »

As Facebook Turns Down Biden, Warren Makes Big Claim

Senator suggests social media site will help elect Trump

(Newser) - Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have refused to pull a Trump campaign ad claiming Joe Biden offered $1 billion in aid to Ukraine if the country removed a prosecutor investigating a company linked to Biden's son. CNN refused the grainy, 30-second ad released Sept. 27, citing false claims, reports the... More »

Report: Official Said Trump's Ukraine Call Was 'Crazy'

Whistleblower listed 3 reasons why he might be accused of anti-Trump bias

(Newser) - New details have surfaced from the whistleblower complaint that sparked the Trump impeachment inquiry. In a memo reviewed by the New York Times , the whistleblower wrote that a White House official who listened to President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president found the conversation "crazy"... More »

Key Witness in Ukraine Controversy Will Not Testify

State Department orders ambassador Gordon Sondland not to speak to House panels

(Newser) - The White House is blocking the testimony of a key witness in the Ukraine controversy, reports Politico . The State Department has ordered Gordon Sondland, the American ambassador to the EU, not to show up for a Tuesday deposition with House investigators. “Ambassador Sondland is profoundly disappointed that he will... More »

Democrats Widen Search for Info About Ukraine

They subpoena Pentagon, OMB for documents related to held-up financial aid

(Newser) - House Democrats issued more subpoenas on Monday about the White House decision to delay aid to Ukraine. The leaders of three House committees sent letters to defense chief Mark Esper and acting Office of Management and Budget director Russell Vought demanding any documents related to the financial aid, reports the... More »

For This New Tourist Site, You Need a Hazmat Suit

Ukraine makes Chernobyl control room open for short visits

(Newser) - Not every vacation requires you to receive not one but two tests for radiation exposure, but not every vacation involves a visit to the control room at Chernobyl. Officials in Ukraine are now letting tourists make five-minute visits to the room where the infamous meltdown took place in 1986, reports... More »

Trump Accuses Pelosi of Treason

He says House speaker, other Democrats 'must be impeached'

(Newser) - President Trump is continuing to fight back against the impeachment inquiry by calling for his critics to be impeached. After calling for Mitt Romney's impeachment on Saturday—and continuing to hammer him Sunday —the president called for the impeachment of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday night, accusing... More »

Trump Really Hammers Mitt

Romney's criticism of the president had an effect, apparently

(Newser) - President Trump is really going after Mitt Romney. In tweets on Sunday, the president kept hammering the Utah senator after calling for his impeachment the day before, Fox News reports. "The Democrats are lucky that they don’t have any Mitt Romney types," Trump tweeted . "They may... More »

Ukraine Call Was Perry's Idea, Trump Says

Energy secretary wasn't named in White House detailing of Zelensky conversation

(Newser) - President Trump didn't really want to call Ukraine's president in the first place, he has told Republican members of Congress, but Rick Perry wanted him to. Trump told lawmakers this in a conference call Friday, Axios reports, saying that Perry asked him to talk to President Volodymyr Zelensky... More »

Texts Show Pressure Put on Ukraine to Launch Probe

House Democrats released a series of text messages provided by Kurt Volker

(Newser) - Text messages provided to the House Intelligence Committee by former US Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker were released by Democrats late Thursday night—and NBC News sees them as "explicitly linking" a potential White House meeting between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with a Ukraine probe... More »

Ex-Ukraine Envoy Answers Lawmakers in All-Day Session

Kurt Volker voluntarily answers questions

(Newser) - The former special envoy to Ukraine met behind closed doors with congressional investigators Tuesday looking into whether President Trump leaned on Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden. Kurt Volker resigned last week after being cited in a whistleblower complaint that prompted the House to begin its impeachment inquiry. He came... More »

Pence Is Drawn Into Ukraine Controversy

VP skipped leader's inauguration amid Trump pressure

(Newser) - As President Trump's anger over the Ukraine story grows, his second-in-command is being drawn into the controversy as well. The Washington Post reports that Trump used Mike Pence to ratchet up pressure on Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky in a few different ways. For starters, Trump ordered Pence to skip... More »

Schiff Got Early Heads-Up About Whistleblower's Concerns

Leading Trump to accuse the House Intel chair of helping to craft the complaint

(Newser) - The whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Trump's Ukraine phone call contacted a House Intelligence Committee aide before formally making that complaint, sources tell the New York Times . The CIA officer first had a colleague convey his concerns about the call to the CIA's top lawyer; then,... More »

Accused of Intimidation, Pompeo Makes an Admission

Yes, 'I was on the call'

(Newser) - A little more than a week after saying he had just been handed "a report about a IC whistle-blower complaint, none of which I've seen," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Wednesday that he was on the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President... More »

Pompeo Pushes Back on House Democrats, Hard

Says State Dept. officials will not be appearing for scheduled depositions

(Newser) - On Friday, the House panels conducting the impeachment inquiry requested that five current and former State Department officials appear this week and next for depositions. On Tuesday, Mike Pompeo made clear that won't happen, the Washington Post reports. The secretary of state sent a letter to House Foreign Affairs... More »

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