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  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 21, 2019

    Hale Defends Work of Marie Yovanovitch

    Under Secretary of State David Hale defended former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, calling her an “exceptional officer doing exceptional work.” He testified that President Donald Trump’s tweets targeting the diplomat were “wrong.”

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 21, 2019

    Hale Defends Work of Marie Yovanovitch

    Under Secretary of State David Hale defended former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, calling her an “exceptional officer doing exceptional work.” He testified that President Donald Trump’s tweets targeting the diplomat were “wrong.”

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 19, 2019

    Diplomat Says of Trump Ukraine Call: ‘I Remember It Vividly'

    The phone call State Department official David Holmes overheard between President Donald Trump and Ambassador Gordon Sondland lasted just two minutes. But it won’t be easily forgotten. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Holmes told Trump impeachment investigators, “someone calling the President from a mobile phone at a restaurant, and then having a conversation of this level of candor, colorful...

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 16, 2019

    ‘Very Intimidating': Marie Yovanovitch Responds to Trump's Real-Time Tweet Attack During Impeachment Hearing

    House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff interrupted the impeachment hearing Friday morning to give the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine a chance to answer President Donald Trump’s real-time attacks on her on Twitter. Schiff took over the questioning to read aloud Trump’s broadside against the former ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, as she was testifying. “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” Trump tweeted...

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 16, 2019

    Yovanovitch: Why Was It ‘Necessary to Smear My Reputation?

    Former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch asked whether it was necessary for President Donald Trump to smear her reputation, following questioning from Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio.

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 10, 2019

    Over 100,000 Greet Japan's Emperor at Enthronement Parade

    Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako waved and smiled from an open car in a parade Sunday marking Naruhito’s enthronement as more than 100,000 delighted well-wishers cheered, waved small flags and took photos from packed sidewalks. Security was extremely tight, with police setting up 40 checkpoints leading to the parade area. Selfie sticks, bottles and banners — and even shouting...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Nov 9, 2019

    Iran Says Case Open on Ex-FBI Agent Missing There Since 2007

    Iran is acknowledging for the first time it has an open case before its Revolutionary Court over the 2007 disappearance of a former FBI agent on an unauthorized CIA mission to the country, renewing questions over what happened to him. In a filing to the United Nations, Iran said the case over Robert Levinson was “on going,” without elaborating.

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 8, 2019

    The Words Trump Had to Hear: Investigations, Biden, Clinton

    There were three words President Donald Trump wanted to hear from the Ukraine president: Investigations, Biden, Clinton. That’s according to the transcript, released Thursday, of an impeachment inquiry interview with career State Department official George Kent. “Potus wanted nothing less than President Zelenskiy to go to the microphone and say investigations, Biden and Clinton,” Kent testified. “Basically there needed to...

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 8, 2019

    Diplomat Testified That Putin, Orban Poisoned Trump's Views on Ukraine

    A senior U.S. diplomat told Congress that he was briefed on conversations President Donald Trump had with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban in which the two foreign leaders talked Trump into a negative view about Ukraine and its new leader. George Kent, a senior State Department official responsible for Europe, told House investigators that Putin...

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 8, 2019

    Kent Testimony: Trump Actions “Injurious To The Rule Of Law”

    Transcript of key State Department official’s testimony reveals more damaging evidence against President Trump.

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 8, 2019

    Senior US Envoy in Syria Highly Critical of Troop Withdrawal

    A senior State Department envoy has written a highly critical assessment of the Trump administration’s abrupt withdrawal of troops from northeast Syria, U.S. officials said Thursday. Two officials familiar with the matter said the internal memo by the top American diplomat in northern Syria, William Roebuck, takes the administration to task for not doing enough to prevent Turkey’s invasion of...

  • CONGRESS Nov 6, 2019

    Impeachment Reversal: Diplomat Now Acknowledges Quid Pro Quo

    “I now do recall.” With that stunning reversal, diplomat Gordon Sondland handed House impeachment investigators another key piece of corroborating testimony Tuesday. He acknowledged what Democrats contend was a clear quid pro quo, pushed by President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, with Ukraine.

  • Israel Nov 4, 2019

    In Fading Ritual, WWII Rescuer Reunites With Jews She Saved

    One by one, the 40 descendants of a group of Israeli siblings leaned down and hugged the elderly Greek woman to whom they owe their very existence, as she sat in her wheelchair and wiped away tears streaking down her wrinkled face. Clutching the hands of those she hid, fed and protected as a teenager more than 75 years ago,...

  • Europe Oct 28, 2019

    White House Told in May of Ukraine President Zelenskiy's Concern About Giuliani, Sondland

    The White House was alerted as early as mid-May — earlier than previously known — that a budding pressure campaign by Rudy Giuliani and Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, was rattling the new Ukrainian president, two people with knowledge of the matter tell NBC News. Alarm bells went off at the National Security Council when the White House’s top...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 24, 2019

    Current, Former National Security Council Staff Slated for Impeachment Interviews

    The three House committees leading an impeachment investigation are scheduled to hear from current and former staff of the National Security Council next week, according to four people familiar with the inquiry’s schedule. Closed-door interviews are tentatively scheduled with Charles Kupperman, a deputy to national security adviser John Bolton, and Tim Morrison, NSC’s current Russia and Europe director. Kupperman and...

  • CONGRESS Oct 23, 2019

    U.S. Diplomat Tells Congress: ‘I Became Increasingly Concerned'

    William Taylor, a top diplomat to Ukraine, testified to Congress on Tuesday that President Donald Trump withheld security aid in exchange for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s investigation into the Biden family.

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 16, 2019

    Parents of British Teen Killed in Crash With Diplomat's Wife Reject Trump Offer to Meet Her

    The family of a British teenager killed in a wrong-way crash involving the wife of an American diplomat said President Donald Trump dropped a “bombshell” during a meeting at the White House, revealing that the woman was waiting to meet them in the room next door, NBC News reported. Their lawyer said the way the meeting was proposed was “so...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 15, 2019

    George Kent, State Department's Ukraine Expert, Testifies in Impeachment Inquiry

    George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state in the European and Eurasian Bureau, is testifying to Congress behind closed doors as part of the Democrats’ impeachment probe into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Kent arrived on Capitol Hill under a congressional subpoena after the State Department ordered several former and current administration officials not to appear for scheduled...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 15, 2019

    Former White House Adviser Strongly Objected to Ukrainian Ambassador's Ouster: Source

    Fiona Hill, a former White House adviser on Russia, told House impeachment investigators behind closed doors Monday that she had strongly and repeatedly objected to the ouster earlier this year of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, according to a person familiar with the testimony. Yovanovitch testified Friday that President Donald Trump pressured the State Department to fire her. Hill...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 14, 2019

    Ambassador Sondland to Testify ‘No Quid Pro Quo' Denial Came From Trump

    A U.S. ambassador is expected to tell Congress that his text message reassuring another envoy that there was no quid pro quo in their interactions with Ukraine was based solely on what President Donald Trump told him, according to a person familiar with his coming testimony in the impeachment probe. Gordon Sondland, Trump’s hand-picked ambassador to the European Union, is...

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