Tag: House Committee on Intelligence

Trump’s Impeachment Blockade Crumbles as Witnesses Agree to Talk

WASHINGTON — The White House’s trenchant declaration to House impeachment investigators last week was unequivocal: No more witnesses or documents for a “totally compromised kangaroo court.” But just a week later, it has become clear that President Trump’s attempts to stonewall the Democrat-led inquiry that has imperiled his presidency and ensnared much of his inner […]

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Adam Schiff Is the Congressman Trump Wants You to Hate

The paradox of Adam Schiff is this: He is depicted by some Republicans as a fanatical partisan, with President Trump suggesting that he is a “radical left” “lowlife” who should be arrested for treason, yet in real life Schiff is a cerebral and mild-mannered moderate. But perhaps there’s a logic to Trump’s venom: Schiff’s mild […]

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Giuliani Defies Subpoena for Ukraine Documents

WASHINGTON — Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, escalated his battle with Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday by defying a congressional subpoena for documents about his rogue campaign that pressured Ukraine’s president to dig up dirt on President Trump’s political rivals. In a letter to the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Giuliani’s lawyer, Jon A. Sale, […]

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House Impeachment Investigators Subpoena Rick Perry on Ukraine

WASHINGTON — House investigators pounded the Trump administration and its allies on Thursday with new subpoenas, aggressively challenging a White House pledge to starve their impeachment inquiry of evidence and witnesses with fresh demands for documents from Rick Perry, the energy secretary, and testimony from two associates of Rudolph W. Giuliani. The subpoena to Mr. […]

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House Impeachment Investigators Subpoena Giuliani Associates Under Indictment

WASHINGTON — House investigators issued subpoenas on Thursday to compel two associates of Rudolph W. Giuliani to sit for depositions in the impeachment inquiry, just hours after the men were indicted on campaign finance charges that touched on their work in Ukraine. Three chairmen leading the investigation of President Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to […]

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Undeterred by White House Threat, Democrats Push Impeachment Inquiry Ahead

WASHINGTON — House Democrats prepared on Wednesday to force the Trump administration anew to answer questions in their impeachment investigation, one day after President Trump and the White House declared that they would defy Congress in one of the most extraordinary assertions of executive authority in modern times. House chairmen leading the impeachment inquiry planned […]

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How Will the House Respond to Trump’s Constitutional Escalation?

The defiant letter sent from the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the heads of three House committees adds another large brick to the wall of obstruction against efforts by the House to investigate President Trump. It is largely cloaked in procedural language and includes wide-ranging criticisms of the House’s approach […]

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2nd Official Is Weighing Whether to Blow the Whistle on Trump’s Ukraine Dealings

WASHINGTON — A second intelligence official who was alarmed by President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine is weighing whether to file his own formal whistle-blower complaint and testify to Congress, according to two people briefed on the matter. The official has more direct information about the events than the first whistle-blower, whose complaint that Mr. Trump […]

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Impeachment Investigators Subpoena White House and Ask Pence for Documents on Ukraine

WASHINGTON — House impeachment investigators widened the reach of their inquiry on Friday, subpoenaing the White House for a vast trove of documents and requesting more from Vice President Mike Pence in a bid to better understand President Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. The subpoena, signed by the House Oversight […]

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Adam Schiff Is the Right Man for the Moment

President Trump and House Republicans are trying to cast the House Intelligence Committee chairman, Adam Schiff of California, as the lead villain in a partisan impeachment reality show. The president has road-tested some nicknames, called for Mr. Schiff’s resignation and accused him of treason, and is now trying to spin out a new conspiracy theory, […]

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Impeachment Investigators Question Intelligence Watchdog About Whistle-Blower

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee on Friday questioned the intelligence community watchdog who first fielded the whistle-blower complaint that has spurred a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, as Democrats sought to uncover more evidence of a politically motivated White House pressure campaign on Ukraine. Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general, had received […]

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Trump Denies Quid Pro Quo for Ukraine, but Envoys Had Their Doubts

WASHINGTON — President Trump has repeatedly denied that there was any quid pro quo attached to his pressure on Ukraine to investigate his political enemies, but a new batch of text messages released late Thursday night indicated that his own representatives saw it differently. Envoys representing Mr. Trump sought to leverage the power of his […]

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Trump Saw No Quid Pro Quo for Ukraine, but Envoys Had Their Doubts

WASHINGTON — President Trump has repeatedly denied that there was any quid pro quo attached to his pressure on Ukraine to investigate his political enemies, but a new batch of text messages released late Thursday night indicated that his own representatives saw it differently. Envoys representing Mr. Trump sought to leverage the power of his […]

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How the Law Protects Intelligence Whistle-Blowers, and Leaves Them at Risk

WASHINGTON — President Trump has threateningly targeted the whistle-blower who brought to light how he pressured Ukraine’s leader to open investigations that could benefit him politically, not only portraying the whistle-blower as a spy but also expressing a desire to “interview and learn everything about” him. As the House pursues an impeachment inquiry, Mr. Trump’s […]

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Schiff, House Intel Chairman, Got Early Account of Whistle-Blower’s Accusations

WASHINGTON — The Democratic head of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, learned about the outlines of a C.I.A. officer’s concerns that President Trump had abused his power days before the officer filed a whistle-blower complaint, according to a spokesman and current and former American officials. The early account by the […]

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House Subpoenas Giuliani, Trump’s Lawyer, for Ukraine Records

WASHINGTON — House Democrats investigating whether to impeach President Trump issued a subpoena on Monday demanding that Rudolph W. Giuliani, his private lawyer, produce communications and other records related to his attempts to pressure Ukraine to investigate the president’s Democratic rivals. The new demands of Mr. Giuliani and separate requests sent to three of his […]

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Former Trump Security Adviser Says He’s ‘Deeply Disturbed’ by Ukraine Call

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s first homeland security adviser said on Sunday that he was “deeply disturbed” by Mr. Trump’s effort to pressure a foreign leader to investigate his political rival, while Democrats moved forward with their rapidly evolving impeachment inquiry into the president. The comments by Thomas P. Bossert, who served Mr. Trump as homeland […]

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Note to the Impeachment Investigators: Trump Rarely Acts Alone

President Trump’s assaults on democracy are rarely solo endeavors. His schemes often entangle, by chance or by choice, an array of accomplices, enablers, observers and victims — many of whom will need to be heard from as House members begin investigating the Ukraine scandal as part of the impeachment inquiry announced last week. “There is […]

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Complaint in Hand, Democrats Aim for a Fast, and Focused, Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — A crucial cache of evidence in hand, House Democrats moved quickly on Thursday with an impeachment inquiry they said would be focused tightly on President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, using an incendiary whistle-blower complaint as a road map for their investigation. The complaint landed like a bombshell on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning […]

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Why I Was Wrong to Oppose Impeachment

Earlier this year on these pages I argued against moving forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump. From my experience as press secretary to President Bill Clinton, I believed impeaching Mr. Trump could backfire politically for Democrats. More important, I believed impeachment proceedings at that time could have jeopardized a bigger political and policy prize […]

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