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Ukrainian Protest Pressures Zelensky on Talks With Putin

Four nations plan summit this week on ending war

(Newser) - Several thousand people rallied Sunday in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to demand that the president defend the country's interests in this week's summit with Russia, Germany and France on ending the war in eastern Ukraine. Many Ukrainians are concerned that President Volodymyr Zelensky, a political novice, could... More »

House Dems Issue Report on 'the Gravest Dangers'

Democrats zero in on their target: President Trump

(Newser) - Previewing potential articles of impeachment, the House Democrats on Saturday issued a lengthy report drawing on the Founding Fathers to lay out the legal argument over the case against President Trump's actions toward Ukraine, the AP reports. The House Judiciary Committee findings don't make formal charges against Trump,... More »

Ex-CIA: Russia Knows Way More Than We Do

And that's allegedly because of President Trump's cell phone use

(Newser) - Seems President Trump is ignoring his staff and continuing to make calls on his personal cell phone—which experts say can easily be overheard by foreign powers like Russia, CNN reports. This according to several current and former US officials who say he still uses his old cell phone rather... More »

Giuliani's Phone Records Revealed in Impeachment Report

They show he was in frequent contact with Devin Nunes, White House, Lev Parnas

(Newser) - The new report from Democrats compiling evidence on impeachment revealed contact between President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the intelligence committee, the AP reports. The report released Tuesday—which, CNN reports, the House Intelligence Committee voted Tuesday night to approve... More »

Former President Weighs In on the Bidens and Ukraine

Aleksander Kwasniewski gives the AP his thoughts

(Newser) - Aleksander Kwasniewski, a former Polish president and currently a board member for Ukrainian gas company Burisma, says Hunter Biden was chosen to join its advisory board because of his name and that is simply how the world of business works, the AP reports. But Kwasniewski insisted in an interview with... More »

Giuliani Was Doing Something Else in Ukraine

But President Trump's lawyer says it's not that big a deal

(Newser) - Looks like Rudy Giuliani juggled a lot with Ukraine—trying to dig up dirt on President Trump's political enemies while pursuing private business deals worth at least $300,000 with Ukrainian officials. No deals happened, but documents show he signed a retainer agreement on his company letterhead. Asked about... More »

Apple to Russia: Don't Like Our Map? We'll Fix It

Apple agrees to label Crimea as part of Russia

(Newser) - Using the Russian edition of Apple's App Store? Your Apple Maps and Weather apps, when used in Russia, show Crimea as being part of Russia. This after Russian authorities persuaded Apple to alter its maps and make the hotly contested territory part of Russia, the BBC reports. Seems Apple... More »

Report: Trump Knew About Complaint Before Aid Released

He distances himself from Giuliani's Ukraine work

(Newser) - New allegations in the New York Times could be big news for the impeachment inquiry, if they can be proven. The Times, citing "two people familiar with the matter," reports that President Trump knew about the whistleblower's complaint when he decided to unfreeze military aid to Ukraine.... More »

Nunes Could Face His Own Ukraine Investigation

Republican denies meeting with former Ukraine prosecutor for dirt on Biden

(Newser) - An ethics investigation could await Rep. Devin Nunes after an allegation surfaced that the Republican met with a former Ukranian prosecutor in an attempt to dig up damaging information about Joe Biden. An attorney for Lev Parnas said the ex-prosecutor told Parnas that he met with Nunes in Vienna last... More »

Now in Spotlight Over Alleged Meeting With Ukrainian: Devin Nunes

Lawyer: Giuliani associate Lev Parnas will testify to Congress on alleged Nunes' meet with Shokin

(Newser) - The lawyer for a Soviet-born businessman and associate of Rudy Giuliani who was arrested last month on campaign finance charges says his client will comply with a subpoena to talk to Congress about an alleged meeting one of its own had in in late 2018 in an attempt to dig... More »

'I Want a Trial,' Says Trump. Here's What's Next

President expects Senate to clear him

(Newser) - "I want a trial." President Trump went on Fox & Friends Friday morning and said he looked forward to a Senate trial on impeachment to clear his name, reports Mediaite . After Trump made the statement, host Brian Kilmeade asked, "You want a trial?" And Trump doubled down:... More »

Trump Could Be Impeached Without a Single GOP Vote

President has been on a 'charm offensive'

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi said earlier this year that she would not be in favor of impeachment unless it was "something compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan." The House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearings over the last two weeks produced some compelling evidence of wrongdoing, according to Democrats—but the "bipartisan"... More »

Today Could Be Final Day of Impeachment Hearings

Fiona Hill, David Holmes will testify

(Newser) - Two witnesses will appear Thursday at what will be this week's final impeachment inquiry hearing—and possibly the final hearing before things move to the next stage. National Security Council official Fiona Hill, who was the White House's top expert on Russia, is expected to testify about her... More »

Official 'Destroys 2 Pillars' of Trump's Defense

Laura Cooper testifies in the impeachment inquiry

(Newser) - In a blow to GOP defenses of President Donald Trump, a Defense Department official said Wednesday the Ukrainian government asked "what was going on" with US military aid as early as July 25—the very day that Trump asked Ukraine’s president to investigate Democrats, the AP reports. Testifying... More »

Rapper Plays Key Role in Sondland's Testimony

Mention of ASAP Rocky jogs the ambassador's memory

(Newser) - Gordon Sondland has retrieved lost memories yet again—this time thanks to a rapper whose work includes songs like "Wassup" and "Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2," Slate reports. Testifying Wednesday on Capitol Hill, the US ambassador to the European Union mentioned a July 26 phone call he... More »

White House Responds to Sondland's Testimony

US ambassador to the EU testifies

(Newser) - Ken Starr called Wednesday "one of those bombshell days" after hearing US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland's testimony as part of the House impeachment inquiry. President Trump had a different take: "It's all over." Politico reports that in comments to reporters, Trump had this... More »

Impeachment Hearing 'Comes Down to One Guy'

Gordon Sondland testifies Wednesday

(Newser) - With US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland set to testify, Democrats are hoping Wednesday's impeachment hearing will deliver more bombshells than a B-52. Insiders say Sondland's testimony is that which the White House fears most, raising concerns that he might choose to plead the Fifth Amendment... More »

Tuesday's Hearings Called a 'Very Bad Day' for Trump

GOP's witnesses weren't much help, analysts say

(Newser) - Tuesday's impeachment hearings were a "great day for Republicans," President Trump tweeted —but many analysts disagree. After Lt. Col Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams, a Mike Pence aide, testified in the morning, the House Intelligence Committee heard from Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine,... More »

'Star Witness' to Testify in Impeachment Hearing

Republicans attack Vindman on eve of testimony

(Newser) - The second week of impeachment hearings kicks off Tuesday with the testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman at 9am—a man the Washington Post considers one of the Democrats' "star witnesses." Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient who is the National Security Council's top Ukraine specialist, is expected... More »

Trump Sent This Guy on a 'Secret Mission,' Sources Say

Lev Parnas was apparently working for 'the big guy'

(Newser) - "Parnas." Adjust cufflink. "Lev Parnas." Yes, the Soviet-born businessman and Rudy Giuliani associate apparently thought he was on a secret mission for President Trump to persuade Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. "Parnas viewed the assignment as a great crusade,"... More »

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