The House Intelligence Committee’s first public hearing in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry got underway Wednesday morning as two career U.S. diplomats sat down before lawmakers to answer questions about U.S. relations with Ukraine.
The two State Department witnesses — William Taylor, the charge d’affaires in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs — will tell House investigators what they know about Trump’s actions toward Ukraine, including the July phone call with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that ignited the impeachment inquiry.
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For the first time a top diplomat testified Wednesday that President Donald Trump was overheard asking about “the investigations” he wanted Ukraine to pursue that are central to the impeachment inquiry.
William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, revealed the new information as the House Intelligence Committee opened extraordinary hearings on whether the 45th president of the United States should be removed from office.
Taylor said his staff recently told him they overheard Trump when they were meeting with another diplomat, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, at a restaurant the day after Trump’s July 25 phone call with the new leader of Ukraine that sparked the impeachment investigation.
Ambassador William Taylor said Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was planning to make a public announcement about the “investigations” requested by Trump, even though he considered it a bad idea...
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At least eight deaths have been blamed on a record-breaking cold spell that still had its grip on much of the country Wednesday morning, NBC News reported.
More than 150 record-low temperatures were recorded from Texas to Maine, proving particularly punishing to areas that were enjoying relatively balmy temperatures in the days before.
The National Weather Service said the cold front brought a level of intensity that hasn't been seen for over 100 years, in 1911, when temperatures from the Plains to the East Coast plummeted to the teens and 20s shortly after those regions saw record-high temperatures near 80 degrees.
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Closing arguments began Wednesday in Roger Stone’s federal trial on charges he lied to Congress.
A veteran Republican political operative and longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, Stone was indicted in January as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian electoral tampering.
He is accused of lying to lawmakers about his attempts to communicate with the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, tampering with witnesses and obstructing a House Intelligence Committee investigation into whether the Trump presidential campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election.
Data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reveal which airlines and airports have had the most delays from January to August, 2019. They also show which carriers and airports have done a great job...
A white New York City police officer was told by a supervisor that she looks "Kardashian chic" in reference to her having a Black boyfriend, she alleged in a lawsuit filed against the city.
A 900-pound Swarovski crystal star was raised by a crane and secured to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Wednesday morning.
State Department official George Kent testified Wednesday that there is no “factual basis” to support the notion that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 elections.
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As President Trump faces the possibility of impeachments, his son is at the center of a similar situation at a Florida school.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that members of the student senate at the University of Florida have begun an impeachment inquiry into the student government president at the school, Michael Murphy. A formal resolution was delivered to Murphy as well as the senate president.
Allegations from those pushing for impeachment say that Murphy, who is the child of a Republican lobbyist who gave contributions to the Trump campaign in 2016, conspired with an official from the re-election campaign to bring both Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, to campus for an event on October 10th.
Ambassador William Taylor said in his decades of service he has never before seen foreign aid conditioned on personal or political interests of a U.S. president.
A former college exam proctor has pleaded guilty for his role in the sweeping college admissions scheme.
Igor Dvorskiy, accused of accepting bribes to rig test scores, changed his plea during an appearance Wednesday in federal court in Boston.
He was allegedly paid $200,000 to allow cheating on college entrance exams over a span of about two years. He agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering. As part of a plea deal, he has agreed to cooperate with investigators.
Spotted towering over the gray and blue suits packed into the first day of President Donald Trump’s impeachment hearing was an enormous blond wig — that of Pissi Myles, a drag performer from Asbury Park, New Jersey.
“It’s a crazy day in Washington! I’m flipping my wig over the high-energy proceedings today," Myles told NBC News. "Tensions are high, and the bar for who’s allowed in the Longworth House is very, very low.”
Myles, according to her bio, is an award-winning drag performer, comedy producer and winner of Philly Drag Wars and Miss Fish NYC who performs regularly in the New York area. Myles is also a regular performer in Fire Island Pines, a largely gay male summer vacation destination, and has a podcast, "My Gay Spooky Family."
David Ayllon, Myles’ husband and business partner, told NBC News that Myles is there covering the hearings for a new startup app called Happs.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump met Wednesday as relations between the NATO allies are at their lowest point in decades, with Turkey drifting closer to Russia and Ankara facing a Washington backlash over its offensive against Kurds in Syria.
Erdogan and Trump have a difficult agenda. They will discuss Turkey's decision to buy a Russian air defense system despite its membership in NATO and its incursion into neighboring Syria to attack Kurdish forces who have fought with the U.S. against the Islamic State group. The issues threaten to jeopardize a potentially lucrative trade deal between the two countries.
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The public impeachment inquiry hearings that started Wednesday pit a Democratic attorney who built his reputation as a federal mob and securities fraud prosecutor against a GOP House Oversight investigator who helped steer some of the most notable probes of the Obama administration.
The two attorneys with shiny resumes are hardly household names. Now, Daniel Goldman and Steve Castor find themselves front and center at the televised hearings that mark a critical new phase in the probe into whether President Donald Trump abused the power of his presidency by pressing Ukraine's leader to investigate a Trump political rival.
Goldman, the investigations chief for Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Castor, the GOP chief investigative counsel, asked the bulk of the questions of witnesses during weeks of closed-door depositions with current and former administration officials and diplomats.