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President Trump compares impeachment process to 'a lynching'
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump compared the impeachment process to "a lynching" on Twitter Tuesday morning.A check of his previous tweets and public statements showed that this appeared to be the first time he has used the term as president."So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights," he wrote. "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching. But we will WIN!"Criticism of the president’s...
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Top diplomat who raised concerns about Ukraine aid in texts testifies in impeachment probe
rarrarorro/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- William Taylor, the top diplomat in Ukraine who privately raised concerns about whether nearly $400 million in U.S. aid to Ukraine was being withheld for political purposes, arrived to face questions from House impeachment investigators Tuesday.Democrats, who view him as one of their most important witnesses, have worked to secure his testimony for weeks after Kurt Volker, the former U.S. envoy to Ukraine, shared text message exchanges with Taylor and other officials with Congress earlier this month.It wasn't clear whether Taylor was appearing under subpoena.In the exchanges provided to Congress, Taylor and other diplomats discussed a potential...
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'When you're in a hole, stop digging': Clinton lawyer Greg Craig to Trump
Official Whte House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian (WASHINGTON) -- The man who was responsible for providing legal advice to former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment inquiry told ABC News' "The Investigation" podcast that President Donald Trump’s strategy to combat his own impeachment inquiry is “doing enormous damage to him.” "When you're in a hole, stop digging," said Greg Craig, who served as assistant to the president and special counsel during the Clinton impeachment, directing his comments toward the president and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. House Democrats are currently charging forward with an impeachment probe into Trump after...
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GOP senators critical of Trump over Ukraine dealings, Syria
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's longtime ally, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, said he would not rule out the possibility of impeachment if new evidence emerges from an investigative probe that is looking into Trump's dealings with Ukraine. "Sure, I mean show me something that is a crime," the Republican from South Carolina said during an interview that aired on Axios on HBO Sunday. "If you could show me that, you know, Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo outside the phone call -- that would be very disturbing."Graham was speaking about...
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State Dept. officials comply with House impeachment subpoenas, defying White House order
Kiyoshi Tanno/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The White House has ordered administration officials not to comply with subpoenas from the three House committees that have launched an impeachment probe against President Donald Trump. For the most part, from the Office of Management and Budget to the Department of Energy to the vice president's office, officials have abided by that command. But five current and former officials from the State Department have not. Defying the White House directive and instead complying with the House subpoena, they have each testified about Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani's effort to pressure Ukraine's new president...
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'She's not a Russian agent': Trump defends Rep. Tulsi Gabbard in Hillary Clinton spat
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump defended Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Monday afternoon, after Hillary Clinton said in a podcast interview last week -- without naming names -- that a female 2020 candidate is a "favorite of the Russians.""I think they've got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate," Clinton told David Plouffe on "Campaign HQ," a podcast run by the 2008 Obama campaign manager. Clinton also called the candidate "the favorite of the Russians."Clinton does not mention the congresswoman from Hawaii by name and there...
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Dems table House Republicans' push to censure Schiff for impeachment probe comments
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- House Republicans on Monday pushed for a vote to censure Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee leading the Democrats' impeachment probe of President Donald Trump, but Democrats successfully tabled the motion in a 218-185 party line vote. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., who made headlines this weekend after criticizing some of the president's actions and endorsing additional investigation, did not vote. The vote to censure -- a statement of disapproval with no legal consequences -- was part of an overall White House and GOP effort to discredit the probe as unfair."It will be...
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Trump rails against impeachment probe, asks why he has to focus on this 'crap'
Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour (WASHINGTON) -- Blasting the Democrats as "vicious" and the ongoing impeachment probe as a "phony investigation," President Donald Trump on Monday continued to question the validity of the entire effort, even suggesting it was Rep. Adam Schiff who fed information to the whistleblower. "All they have is a whistleblower who has disappeared. Where is he? He is gone. Then they have the second whistleblower, the second whistleblower, where is he? He disappeared. Then they have an informant, oh, the informant, where is he?" Trump said in an exchange with ABC News White House...
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Trump defends choosing Doral as initial G-7 site, was willing to give it 'for free'
felixmizioznikov/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to host next year's Group of 7 summit at the Trump National Doral Miami -- a decision he reversed over the weekend after both Republicans and Democrats objected -- claiming the site was chosen for its convenience and not because it would have benefited him personally. "I was willing to do this for free. And it would've been the greatest G-7 ever," Trump told reporters at a White House Cabinet meeting. “It’s not because it’s mine,” he said. “It’s a beautiful place, it’s new, it’s been totally rebuilt. It’s...
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Julián Castro makes a fundraising plea to keep his 2020 race alive
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Julián Castro took to Twitter on Monday to make a plea for $800,000 in an attempt to qualify for the fifth Democratic debate in November. In what he called a "critical moment," the former housing and urban development secretary took to the internet as other Democratic candidates have done, including Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas.If he doesn't raise $800,000 by Oct. 31, he explained, his "campaign will be silenced for good."Last month, Castro made a similar plea."I don't say this lightly: if I don't make the next debate stage, it will...
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'Facebook has changed': Mark Zuckerberg unleashes plan to battle 2020 election interference
iStock (NEW YORK) -- Facebook executives including CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared new initiatives to help defend against election interference on the platform ahead of the 2020 presidential elections after the fallout over the 2016 elections."The bottom line here is that elections have changed significantly since 2016, and Facebook has changed too," Zuckerberg told reporters Monday, adding that the social media giant is "proactively going after some of the biggest threats out there" in ways that he says are "more advanced than what any other company is doing.""We have a big responsibility to secure our platforms and stay ahead of these...
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Trump: US never agreed to protect Syrian Kurd allies 'for the rest of their lives'
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead (WASHINGTON) -- “We never agreed to protect the Kurds for the rest of their lives," President Donald Trump said while speaking to reporters at the White House for over an hour during a Cabinet meeting Monday afternoon."We have a good relationship with the Kurds, but we never agreed to protect the Kurds. We have supported them for three and half to four years. We never agreed to protect the Kurds for the rest of their lives," Trump said.Trump has been fighting back against bipartisan criticism for his decision earlier this month to pull...
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