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(Reuters) – A witness testified at Wednesday’s first public impeachment hearing that President Donald Trump seemed to care more about his own political interests than about Ukraine’s welfare as the U.S. leader assessed ties with that country. Ambassador Bill Taylor, charge d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, testifies during a House Intelligence Committee hearing
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans and Democrats in Congress set battle lines on Tuesday ahead of televised hearings on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, drawing a vow from the Democrat leading the probe to thwart “sham investigations” into presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s family. The hearings, due to start at 10 a.m. Wednesday and continue
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(Reuters) – Former U.S. Representative Mark Sanford of South Carolina has abandoned his long-shot bid to challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2020, he said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) questions U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on President Obama’s executive action on immigration as
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans said on Monday that weeks of closed-door impeachment testimony have not established that U.S. President Donald Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate his political rivals for his own benefit or that he has committed an impeachable offense. U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a Veterans Day Parade and Wreath Laying
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prominent U.S. Representative Peter King on Monday said he will not seek re-election next year and will retire from Congress after his current term expires, marking the 20th House Republican to announce plans to leave. FILE PHOTO: Rep. Peter King (R-NY) arrives for closed meeting of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans said Friday they are moving Representative Jim Jordan, one of President Donald Trump’s most tenacious defenders, onto the congressional committee that will hold public hearings next week on Trump’s possible impeachment. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) speaks to members of the news media during the ongoing impeachment inquiry
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democrats launch the public phase of their impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump next week, with open, televised hearings set for Wednesday and Friday in the House of Representatives. The committee room in the Longworth House Office Building where the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An official on the White House’s National Security Council said he heard the U.S. ambassador to the European Union press Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden and his son, according to a transcript released on Friday by Democrats leading the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. Alexander Vindman, a U.S. Army lieutenant
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An aggressive push by President Donald Trump’s Republican allies to unmask an anonymous whistleblower who ignited the impeachment inquiry could help shore up voter support for Trump, as Congress enters a critical new phase of televised hearings, party officials and strategists say. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump departs for travel to
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. diplomat told congressional investigators that President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani conducted a “campaign full of lies” against the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine before she was recalled from her post, according to a transcript of his testimony released on Thursday. George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state,
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Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during the reauthorization of Freedom Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (This November 6 story is refiled to fix typing error in first paragraph) WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic U.S. senators asked President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prosecutors pulled back the curtain on Roger Stone’s private dealings with President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign on Wednesday, portraying the president’s longtime adviser as a liar who misled Congress about his outreach efforts to the WikiLeaks website to protect Trump from looking bad. Prosecution and defense lawyers delivered opening statements to
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters after the weekly Senate policy lunches at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., October 29, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Twitter’s argument behind its recent decision to ban political ads boils down to the
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. diplomat Gordon Sondland told a Ukrainian official his country would likely not get nearly $400 million in security aid unless they pursued investigations demanded by President Donald Trump, revising earlier testimony to the Trump impeachment inquiry. Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, who initially testified in October to the
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Testimony by two of the “three amigos” charged with running Ukraine policy for President Donald Trump will be made public on Tuesday, as Democratic-led congressional committees release more transcripts from their impeachment investigation. FILE PHOTO – U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to reporters during a break in
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lev Parnas, an indicted Ukrainian-American businessman who has ties to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is now prepared to comply with requests for records and testimony from congressional impeachment investigators, his lawyer told Reuters on Monday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has coffee with Ukrainian-American businessman
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. diplomats told lawmakers the State Department was being used for domestic political purposes under President Donald Trump and warned that would hurt American interests, according to transcripts released on Monday in Congress’ impeachment investigation. The transcripts were the first released from the closed-door inquiry by the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. official whose whistleblower complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump offered to communicate directly with Republicans on the intelligence committee leading the inquiry, his lawyers said on Sunday. The action was in response to Republican efforts, led by Trump, to unmask the whistleblower, a member of the
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. official whose whistleblower complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump offered to communicate directly with Republicans on the intelligence committee leading the inquiry, his lawyers said on Sunday. The action was in response to Republican efforts, led by Trump, to unmask the whistleblower, a member of the
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