Former Ukraine Envoy Kurt Volker told lawmakers on Nov. 19 before the House Intelligence Committee that he believes there was no bribery, extortion, or quid pro quo in the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine. Volker, one of the four witnesses to testify in the impeachment inquiry hearings on Tuesday, offered testimony that served to underscore issues
Vice President Mike Pence’s national security adviser issued a statement on Nov. 19 disputing his subordinate Jennifer Williams’s claims that the president’s call with Ukraine was “unusual.” Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg noted that he had listened in on the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and felt that “nothing wrong
The FBI’s use of informants has multiple problems, according to a report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General (IG) released on Nov. 19. Some of the major issues highlighted by the IG, Michael Horowitz, are delays in properly vetting the informants and a lack of record-keeping when there are problems with them. “The FBI’s vetting processes
National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, at an impeachment hearing on Nov. 19, repeatedly refused to name the person in the intelligence community to whom he had relayed the details of a call between President Donald Trump and the leader of Ukraine. Vindman and his attorney invoked a rule meant to shield the
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) won a vote on Nov. 19 that essentially assures that she will become the next chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Maloney, 73, became acting chairwoman following the death of Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) last month. Maloney has had her own health issues, being hospitalized less than two weeks
More independent voters oppose the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump than those who support it, according to a series of recent polls. Support or opposition for the inquiry is sharply divided along party lines, with most Democrats in support of the effort and most Republicans opposed to it. Among independents, though, there are higher
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale said during a House Intelligence Committee deposition that aid to Lebanon was withheld at the same time and in the same way as the aid to Ukraine, suggesting that it appeared to be normal. The committee released a transcript of the deposition (pdf) on Monday evening.
A little more than one-third of campus Republicans across the country feel comfortable sharing their political opinions with their professors, a new poll conducted by the Institute of Politics at Harvard University says. According to the Harvard youth poll released Monday, young Democrats and Republicans feel “overwhelmingly and nearly equally comfortable” when they share their
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he couldn’t imagine any a situation where the Republican-controlled Senate convicts and removes President Trump from office. “I can’t imagine a scenario under which President Trump would be removed from office with 67 votes in the Senate,” McConnell told reporters in Kentucky, USA Today reported on Monday.
White House officials on Tuesday issued a response to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, saying he had nothing more than disagreements on policy in Ukraine, as the White House sets policy “not unelected bureaucrats.” Vindman, who serves on the National Security Council, told the House Intelligence Committee that he was
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman faced questioning from the House Intelligence Committee’s Republican counsel Steve Castor during Tuesday’s impeachment hearing on whether he was asked by Ukraine to become the country’s defense minister. Vindman, an official in the National Security Council, said that Alex Danylyuk, a former aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, asked him in
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) sparked confusion during the open impeachment hearing on Tuesday by blocking a line of questioning pursued by his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) Schiff, who has said he doesn’t know who the person is who filed a complaint against President Donald Trump, interjected when Nunes tried getting
Republicans in October have been able to haul in $25 million in fundraising as House Democrats lead an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to a report. The Republican National Committee (RNC) told the Washington Examiner that the $25.3 million raised in October is nearly triple what was raised in October 2017, and it is
Aides in the Obama administration left notes for incoming Trump administration aides including some that read “you will fail,” according to White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. Grisham told a radio host about the story during an interview on Nov. 19. “We came into the White House. I’ll tell you something, every office was filled
Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill has criticized former Vice President Joe Biden after he claimed that President Trump was “not fit to command” U.S. troops. The criticism comes after the president pardoned three U.S. military personnel who were accused of war crimes, including killing a suspected Taliban bomb-maker, taking photographs of an ISIS terrorist’s corpse,