(Washington, DC-AP) – The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing President Trump of “witness intimidation, in real time.”
During a break in testimony in the latest public House impeachment hearing, California Democrat Adam Schiff suggested that a tweet from Trump, during the hearing, was designed to have a chilling effect on witness testimony. Trump attacked testimony from former U.S.-Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
Trump tweeted, “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.” Asked to respond to the tweet, Yovanovitch defended her long service as a U.S. diplomat. She said — “I actually think that where I’ve served over the years, I and others have demonstrably made things better, for the U.S. as well as for the countries that I’ve served in.”
Yovanovitch also said it is important for Ukraine to “move out of Russia’s orbit.” The veteran diplomat said Russian influences have fueled considerable corruption in Ukraine. She alleged that “foreign and corrupt interests” have “hijacked” U.S.-Ukraine policy. She also argued that the State Department has been “hollowed out from within.”
Yovanovitch was recalled earlier this year after running afoul of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was conducting unofficial diplomacy in Ukraine. Giuliani was pressuring Ukraine to launch an investigation of Democrats.
(Washington, DC-AP) – A federal jury says President Trump’s confidante Roger Stone is guilty on all seven counts. Stone was brought to trial as part of the Mueller investigation for his attempts to learn what information WikiLeaks had on hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 election.
Stone was charged with lying to Congress, obstruction of justice and witness intimidation. The jury deliberated for less than two days.
The 67-year-old Stone could face up to 50 years in prison. Stone’s attorneys had argued that he was not intentionally dishonest.
They also claimed the case against their client was politically motivated. Stone has been a longtime friend and adviser to Donald Trump since well before he decided to run for president in 2016.
(Portland, OR-AP) – A federal judge is blocking a Trump administration policy that denies visas to immigrants without health insurance. The decision is based on claims by immigrant activists that the policy would separate immigrant families.
The White House says the policy is aimed at protecting American taxpayers from having to foot the bill for immigrants’ health care.
(Washington, DC) – Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is appearing to confirm that the Trump Administration withheld military aid to Ukraine partly over a request to open an investigation into a debunked conspiracy theory of the DNC server.
He said it was one of three conditions for the release of the money.
Mulvaney said politics always influences policy. House Democrats opened an impeachment inquiry over President Trump asking Ukraine’s president for favors, including that nation’s involvement in the 2016 election and looking into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
President Trump has said there was no quid pro quo. Mulvaney, however, said this is business as usual in foreign policy.
(Washington, DC-AP) – Senator Lindsey Graham is warning Turkey about moving troops into northern Syria. The South Carolina Republican said Turkey would face “sanctions from hell” by Congress.
He noted that sanctions would be wide, deep and devastating. There are growing concerns about Turkey plotting movements into northern Syria since President Trump announced plans to remove U.S. troops from the war-torn region. Graham chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.
And Both of Alaska’s senators are joining with other Republicans in Congress to condemn Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Northern Syria. S
enator Lisa Murkowski called the move “abrupt and unsettling,” saying that it betrays U.S. alliances with Kurdish forces and give ISIS an opportunity to grow again. Senator Dan Sullivan said the President’s decision will lead to a power vacuum that could be filled by “Russian and Iranian proxies.”
(Washington, DC-AP) — A second whistleblower is coming forward in the Ukraine scandal. Attorneys representing the first whistleblower whose complaint about President Trump’s dealings with the Ukraine confirmed to NBC News today they represent “multiple” clients.
Attorney Andrew Bakaj said his firm is working with the whistleblowers in connection with the August 12th disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General.
The original complaint triggered an impeachment inquiry by House Democrats into claims the President pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his Democratic political rival Joe Biden and his son.
Trump calls the impeachment inquiry a hoax.
(Washington, DC-AP) – President Trump has signed a budget bill to avoid a government shutdown. The White House says Trump signed the short-term spending bill Friday, which will extend government funding through November 21st.
The Senate approved the measure Thursday after it had passed the House earlier this month. The government was set to run out of money at the end of this month.
(AP) – House Democrats pursing an impeachment inquiry against President Trump are issuing a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
As part of the probe, the Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees are demanding documents concerning the administration’s contacts with the Ukrainian government.
The inquiry follows a whistleblower complaint that Trump asked for a political favor from Ukraine’s new president. Lawmakers are investigating whether Trump’s actions jeopardized national security and the U.S. elections process.
(Washington, DC-AP) – Lawmakers have their hands on the big whistleblower report that prompted a formal House impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The White House delivered the report to Capitol Hill this afternoon.
The whistleblower complaint involved President Trump’s July phone conversation with the president of Ukraine. A White House transcript of the call shows Trump asked the Ukrainian leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who had some business dealings in Ukraine.
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In earlier remarks, Trump said he put “no pressure” on the Ukrainian leader. Trump withheld nearly 400-million-dollars in aid to Ukraine but the aid was subsequently released.
(Washington, DC-AP) – Nancy Pelosi is criticizing the Trump administration’s plans to send arms troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Pelosi said that the White House is trying to circumvent the bipartisan will of Congress.
The Pentagon announced it would send more troops and enhanced air and missile defense systems to the two countries to respond to a drone attack on Saudi oil facilities.