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WH Counsel: 'That's Fake, That's Not the Real Call'

President Trump's legal team launches its defense in the Senate impeachment trial

(Newser) - Enter the defense. President Trump's legal team, led by personal lawyer Jay Sekulow and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, gave a two-hour presentation Saturday morning against impeaching the president, the Washington Post reports. This after House managers, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, argued that Trump had abused his power...

Pompeo: NPR Host 'Lied to Me'

The Secretary of State reacts to story about his expletive-filled rant

(Newser) - Mike Pompeo lashed out at an NPR host and "the media" Saturday after making a testy appearance on All Things Considered, USA Today reports. The Secretary of State accused the host, Mary Louise Kelly, of lying to him, though he didn't deny unloading on her afterward in an...

ABC: Trump Orders Envoy Fired in Recording

'Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. ... Take her out,' president seemingly said of ex-ambassador

(Newser) - President Trump has repeatedly said he doesn't know Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two associates of Rudy Giuliani who helped the ex-mayor investigate Joe Biden in Ukraine, and who were arrested in October . Parnas has since said he feels betrayed by Trump, which prompted him to turn over a...

Lev Parnas Explains His Decision to Talk

Former Giuliani associate says he felt betrayed by lack of support after arrest

(Newser) - Former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas is continuing his public accusations against President Trump's Ukraine maneuvers. On Wednesday, Parnas made big news by appearing on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show and asserting that Trump himself knew all about the pressure being put on Ukraine's president to announce an...

FBI Visits Man Who Texted About Tailing Ambassador

Documents show Robert Hyde-Lev Parnas messages about watching Marie Yovanovitch

(Newser) - FBI agents on Thursday went to the home of Robert Hyde, the GOP congressional candidate whose newly released text messages suggested he was keeping former US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch under surveillance. Agents next went to Hyde's office, out of which he runs his landscaping business and Connecticut campaign, CNN...

Government Watchdog: Yes, Trump Violated the Law

As the impeachment trial starts, another big piece of information

(Newser) - The Senate may not yet have decided whether to convict President Trump, but as the POTUS' impeachment trial begins , a congressional watchdog has determined his administration did indeed break the law. The Government Accountability Office, which is nonpartisan and reports to Congress, says the White House's freeze on military...

Ukraine Opens Investigation Into Ambassador Allegations

Giuliani associates texted about tailing Marie Yovanovitch

(Newser) - Did associates of Rudy Giuliani in Ukraine have then-ambassador Marie Yovanovitch followed there? That's one of the accusations to surface in relation to one of those associates, Lev Parnas . Much is unclear about the accusation, but on Thursday, Ukraine said it would investigate, reports NBC News . The allegation arose...

Parnas: I Delivered Threat Over Biden Investigation

Giuilani associate says Trump 'knew exactly what was going on'

(Newser) - Lev Parnas, the Rudy Giuliani associate indicted for campaign finance violations, dropped more than one bombshell in an MSNBC interview Wednesday night. The Florida businessman told Rachel Maddow that he pressured Ukraine's president to dig up dirt on Joe and Hunter Biden—and President Trump "knew exactly what...

Dems Out With New Wave of Impeachment Evidence

Documents suggest ambassador to Ukraine was being followed, note suggests prodding Zelensky

(Newser) - House Democrats have released a trove of documents they obtained from Lev Parnas, a close associate of President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, including a handwritten note that mentions asking Ukraine's president to investigate "the Biden case." The documents, obtained as part of the impeachment investigation,...

Protests Erupt After Iran Admits Guilt

And Ukraine is demanding a full apology over downed passenger plane that killed 176 people

(Newser) - Iran's admission that it "unintentionally" shot down a passenger jet this week, killing all 176 on board, hasn't exactly eased tensions. Thousands of angry protesters hit the streets in Iran on Saturday and faced tear gas from riot police, the New York Times reports. Videos show some...

They'd Just Tied the Knot. After the Celebration, a Doomed Flight

Arash Pourzarabi, Pouneh Gorji had flown to Iran from Canada to get married

(Newser) - Among the 176 people killed when Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 crashed after taking off from Tehran, 63 of them were Canadians , and among that smaller group was a couple who'd just gotten married days before, CNN reports. "They were basically the kindest souls that I know, honestly,...

Trump: Iran May Have Mistakenly Shot Down Jet

'I have my suspicions,' he says

(Newser) - Ukraine has its doubts about Iran's explanation that a mechanical failure brought down a Ukrainian passenger jet near Tehran this week. Now, the US does, too. The AP quotes two anonymous US officials who say it is "highly likely" that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed the Boeing 737...

Ukraine Not Ruling Out Missile in Jet Crash

'Too many things are unclear,' says one official about Iranian tragedy

(Newser) - Iran says it's confident that some kind of mechanical failure brought down a Ukrainian passenger jet near Tehran this week. Ukraine, however, isn't so sure. Its investigators are looking into the possibility that a missile or perhaps an explosion inside the jet as part of a terrorist attack...

Boeing Won't Get Black Box From Iran After 737 Crash

Involvement of US, Canada and Ukraine in investigation isn't clear

(Newser) - Even as the leaders of Canada and Ukraine pledged Wednesday to find the cause of the 737-800 crash that killed 176 people near Tehran, Iran announced that it would not turn over the airliner's flight recorders to Boeing. "We will not give the black boxes to the manufacturer...

Iran Plane Crash Killed 63 Canadians

Plane was carrying 167 passengers from 7 countries, and 9 crew

(Newser) - Two lucky souls who bought tickets for Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 from Tehran, Iran, to Kyiv ultimately didn't board the plane. Ukrainian officials say all 176 people aboard—including 63 Canadians— were killed when the plane crashed six miles from Imam Khomeini airport shortly after 6am local time...

Ukraine Aid Freeze Came From the Top, Emails Show

Site gets a look at unredacted documents

(Newser) - When the Defense Department warned that holding up military aid to Ukraine might be illegal, an OMB official let the Pentagon know where the order was coming from. There was "clear direction from POTUS to continue to hold," Michael Duffy wrote, CNN reports that a new review of...

'Explosive' White House Email on Ukraine Aid Released

Hold on aid was ordered 91 minutes after Trump call

(Newser) - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says an "explosive" email proves that new witnesses are needed at President Trump's impeachment trial. The email obtained by the Center for Public Integrity shows that White House officials asked for aid to Ukraine to be withheld just 91 minutes after the president'...

White House Changes Trump Phone-Call Rules

Now fewer people will be allowed to listen in

(Newser) - President Trump's phone calls with foreign leaders just got a little more private, CNN reports. According to White House officials, the approved-listener list has fallen to a handful of top administration officials appointed by Trump. Seems national security adviser Robert O'Brien gets to approve the list and listen...

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...

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,...

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