(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) – 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) — 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.
(Washington, DC-AP) – A Washington attorney says his law firm is representing a second whistleblower with first-hand knowledge of President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
The lawyer said today the second whistleblower has spoken with the intelligence community’s inspector general.
A complaint filed by the first whistleblower is the basis for an impeachment inquiry into claims Trump pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his Democratic rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
(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.
(Des Moines, IA-AP) – Former Vice President Joe Biden is calling the latest news about President Trump “outrageous.”
Multiple media are reporting that Trump repeatedly asked leaders in the Ukraine to launch an investigation in Biden’s son, who worked there as a lobbyist.
Biden says Trump displays constant abuses of power never seen before in any American president and he should be investigated. Biden is also calling on Trump to release the transcript of his call with the Ukrainian president.
(AP) – The Ukrainian government is concerned Russia maybe preparing to launch a large-scale ground invasion. President Petro Poroshenko declared martial law in parts of Ukraine yesterday, a day after Russian ships attacked and seized Ukrainian vessels near the coast of Crimea. Petroshenko said Russia moved to a new state of aggression in what he called a fifth year of a hybrid war against Ukraine.
He said intelligence services have evidence Russia is preparing for a massive invasion. Russian forces moved into eastern Ukraine in early 2014 and Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed the Crimean Peninsula in March of that year. n.
(Ukraine) – A Russian journalist showed up at a news conference today in Ukraine the day after he was reportedly assassinated. It appears to be all part of a plot on the part of the Ukrainian security service.
Arkady Babchenko, along with the police agency, faked his own death in an effort to catch the people who were making death threats against him. Police reported yesterday that the Kremlin critic and veteran Russian war correspondent had been shot three times and died on his way to the hospital.
The plot had reportedly been in the works for nearly two months and even Babchenko’s family didn’t know about it. Police did make one arrest in connection with the covert operation.
(SL) –There’s no other way to put it. China is not with the sh**s (…as the kids say). After banning ‘Swish Swish’ singer Katy Perry indefinitely for wearing a disrespectful dress during a show a couple of years ago; and Gigi Hadid for her insensitive video with Buddha references, rumor has it that Chinese officials are keeping a tight eye on the model visitors.
The government is reportedly combing the social media accounts and media coverage of anyone set to appear in the show.
Harry Styles will replace Katy Perry, but the problems stretch further. Russian models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova and Ukranian model Dasha Khlystun, who booked spots in the show, were also denied visas.
Word has it that they’re also looking at media hoping to cover the show.
“We’re told fashion bloggers booked to cover the glitzy event are canceling their trips because the Chinese government won’t give them visas; TV producers are grappling with bureaucrats over permission to shoot outside the Mercedes-Benz Arena, where it’s being held (“If you’re going to China, you want to show that you are in China!” fumed an insider); and Victoria’s Secret staffers in China can’t send out press releases because they have to be approved by government officials.
“It’s just a nightmare for all the media trying to cover [the show],” said a jet-setting insider. “These TV companies are spending a fortune on it, and they don’t even know what they can shoot when they get there.”
We’re told that producers charged with coordinating the coverage for various outlets are “on the verge of nervous breakdowns.”