- * Battle for national opinion begins ahead of Wednesday hearings* Ex-national security adviser John Bolton signs book deal* How Trump’s hardball tactics put the constitution in perilDonald Trump in Atlanta on Friday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/APThe whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump will not testify in public, House intelligence chair Adam Schiff said.“The committee ... will not facilitate efforts by President Trump and his allies in Congress to threaten
- The Israeli military on Wednesday said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria, carrying out a “wide-scale” strike in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before.After the Syrian military fired an air defense missile, the Israeli military said a number of Syrian aerial defense batteries were destroyed.The strikes further burst into the open what’s been a long shadow war between Israel and its archenemy Iran.
- Before he flew to Thailand on a fake Bangladeshi passport and then crossed into Malaysia, Mohammed Imran was one of the most influential Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.In late 2017, at the peak of a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, Imran paid traffickers $4,720 to be smuggled into Malaysia in search of a better life.Malaysia has become home to more than 100,000 Rohingya refugees, the second-highest number in the world after Banglades
- Syrian anti-aircraft defences on Wednesday intercepted a "heavy attack" by Israeli warplanes over the capital Damascus, state media said."At 1:20 am (2320 GMT) on Wednesday, Israeli warplanes... targeted the vicinity of the city of Damascus with a number of missiles," SANA news agency quoted a military source as saying.An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several large explosions.
- After nearly 12 hours of testimony, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff concluded Day 3 of public impeachment inquiry hearings with impassioned remarks.
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has shared with three prominent Republicans that he wants to resign and run for Senate next year in Kansas, Time reports.The Republicans told Time that Pompeo's original plan was to stay at the State Department until next spring, but because of the House impeachment inquiry, he's thinking about making an early -- and hopefully smooth -- exit. They do not know if Pompeo has discussed any of this with Trump.Pompeo's concern is that the longer he stays in the Trump ad
Trump impeachment: US military officer on Trump 'bribery' says conversation was 'inappropriate'A decorated US military officer, his chest shining with medals, has testified that Donald Trump’s controversial phone call with the leader of Ukraine was both inappropriate and improper, and that he reported his concerns immediately.Lt Col Alexander Vindman, 44, whose family moved to the US from the Soviet Union four decades ago, emotionally told an impeachment hearing that he felt empowered to speak out, and to even challenge the most powerful man in the world, because of the soil on whic
In a Freudian slip, Nunes accidentally referred to Volker and Morrison as 'your witnesses' to Democrats, a telling sign of how badly this impeachment hearing is going for the GOPVindman and Williams directly listened in on the phone call at the center of the inquiry. Volker and Morrison witnessed Trump's shadow Ukraine policy.
Trump impeachment: Republicans didn't like the message – so they turned their fire on the messengerBy the time Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman left the House Ways and Means Committee hearing room on Tuesday, it was clear that Republicans were not pleased with what the 44-year-old combat veteran had to say when he testified during the first of two sessions on Tuesday, the third day of impeachment hearings before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.They didn't like that Lt Col Vindman, a Ukraine expert detailed to the National Security Council, had worn his Army dress unif
- As the White House’sTwitter account blasted out a tweet on Tuesday disparaging a key impeachment witness, GOP Rep. Chris Stewart took a decidedly different tack.“So as one military family to another, thank you and your brothers for your service,” the Utah Republican added.Stewart’s unwillingness to lob personal attacks on Vindman, a decorated war hero and top national security aide, reflects a broader sentiment that has emerged in the House GOP conference as Democrats hav
- Police say the girl, whose remains were found at a softball field in Smyrna, Delaware, was 2 to 5 years old.
- Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that Former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker took apart the ‘entire case’ for impeachment.
- Allegations of corruption in Ukraine levelled at Joe Biden were “not credible”, a witness called by Republican politicians has told the impeachment inquiry.In comments that appeared to debunk one of the conspiracy theories Republicans have often cited to try and undermine the former vice president, Kurt Volker told member of Congress he did not believe it.
Volker Testifies He Was Unaware of ‘Any Linkage’ Between Delayed Military Aid to Ukraine and Biden InvestigationFormer U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker testified to Congress on Tuesday that he was unaware of "any linkage" between the Trump administration's hold on U.S. military aid to Ukraine and an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden.“No one had ever said that to me — and I never conveyed such a linkage to the Ukrainians,” Volker told the House Intelligence Committee.Volker emphasized that he was "not in the loop" as far as the administration's alleged effor
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats have begun to refer to what President Trump did as bribery. A better word might be extortion: Our view
- House impeachment sham is a hyperpartisan process intended to nullify a presidential election, writes Adam Brandon, president of FreedomWorks.
- Inside the hearing room, U.S. Republican lawmakers repeatedly thanked Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman for his military service on Tuesday before challenging his testimony about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.Vindman, a decorated Iraq war veteran serving as the White House National Security Council's top Ukraine expert, testified before lawmakers in an ongoing impeachment inquiry led by House Democrats.Vindman testified that Trump's request that Ukraine investigate a dom
- (Bloomberg) -- Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn defied his negative ratings to draw level with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a crucial television debate ahead of the U.K.’s general election.The opposition leader, who’s been lagging behind Johnson in personal approval scores, effectively tied with the premier in a snap poll on which candidate won the clash Tuesday night. The pound remained lower after the survey.The YouGov/Sky News poll of 1,600 people gave Johnson a narrow victory, with
- Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating Rudy Giuliani's business dealings, including whether he failed to register as a foreign agent.
- Vindman and Williams directly listened in on the phone call at the center of the inquiry. Volker and Morrison witnessed Trump's shadow Ukraine policy.
- Tim Morrison, a former National Security Council official, explained why he was not comfortable with what Gordon Sondland, the United States Ambassador to the European Union, had told him.
Kurt Volker completely reverses his previous impeachment testimony and now says he thought discussions about political investigations were 'inappropriate'Volker has been accused of working with Rudy Giuliani and the US ambassador to the EU to pressure Ukraine to investigate Trump's political opponents.
- Douglas Haig, 57, of Mesa, Arizona, became the first and only person arrested and charged in connection with the Oct. 1, 2017, massacre, which ended when the gunman, Stephen Paddock, killed himself.Haig told reporters following his arrest early last year that none of the surplus military ammunition he sold to Paddock in September 2017 was ever fired during the killing spree, which ranks as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.The case against Haig stemmed from the federal investiga
Trump claims first lady thought he'd had heart attack because of 'sick' media coverage of medical visitDonald Trump claimed the first lady thought he had had a heart attack after the "sick" media reported on his unscheduled visit to a medical centre.The president was unexpectedly taken to the Walter Reed Medical Centre on Saturday in a visit that was not listed on his official engagements and which came just nine months after his annual physical.
Trump news: Witnesses describe 'improper' Ukraine call as president mocks veteran's military uniformThe third day of public testimony in the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump yielded witnesses who largely propped up Democrats' allegations that the president sought to use his public office to coerce the Ukrainian government into investigating Joe Biden — and even some testimony from witnesses seen as sympathetic to Republicans saying that Mr Biden was not known to have done anything wrong.Throughout the marathon of hearings, Washington heard from National Security Council official
GLAAD Commends Chick-fil-A for Dropping Donations to Christian Groups But Demands Franchise Change ‘Anti-LGBTQ’ BrandOn Monday, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation commended Chick-fil-A for its decision to halt donations to several Christian charities but demanded the fast-food chain do more to change its "anti-LGBTQ" brand.GLAAD said it "greet[s] today's announcement with cautious optimism" but warned that the Georgia-based company still has work to do to fix its tarnished image with the LGBTQ community."In addition to refraining from financially supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations, Chick-fil
Special envoy Kurt Volker says 'most people' didn't see the distinction between Burisma and investigating former Vice President BidenSpecial envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker said during questioning that "others didn't see the distinction" between Burisma and investigating former Vice President Biden.
- The American Medical Association (AMA) on Tuesday called for a total ban on all e-cigarette and vaping products that are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as smoking cessation tools.The AMA is urging regulators and legislators at the state and local levels to ban the sale and distribution of all e-cigarette and vaping products, and stipulates that those products should only be available by prescription.
- A House Democratic panel on Tuesday recommended that Rep. Carolyn Maloney lead the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee, and if the party’s caucus goes along, the veteran New York lawmaker would have an influential role in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.House Democrats planned a vote Wednesday on the recommendation.The steering committee includes members selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Its recommendations are usually, but not always, endorsed by
- The FBI wished it had taken swifter action as Beijing recruited U.S.-based researchers to transfer intellectual property from American laboratories, a senior official at the agency said on Tuesday during Senate testimony.The admission by John Brown, assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at the FBI, backed up a Senate subcommittee report that found federal agencies had responded too slowly as China recruited the researchers, leaving U.S. taxpayers unwittingly funding the rise of
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