Tag: House of Representatives

‘We Followed the President’s Orders’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, has evolved from a loyal Trump campaign donor to a witness central to the impeachment inquiry. But his testimony has been contradicted on multiple occasions. […]

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U.S. Bill Supporting Hong Kong Rights Heads to Trump’s Desk

A bill compelling the United States to support pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong could arrive on President Trump’s desk as soon as Thursday morning, potentially complicating the administration’s talks with China to end the trade war. The bill, passed by the Senate on Tuesday, would require the government to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible […]

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Sondland Has Implicated the President and His Top Men

ImageGordon Sondland testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.Credit…Damon Winter/The New York Times “Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret.” Those are the damning words of President Trump’s handpicked ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who on Wednesday morning directly implicated not only Mr. Trump, but also several top members of […]

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Impeachment Hearing Updates: Gordon Sondland Heads to Capitol Hill

Here’s what you need to know: The basics: Who, what, when and how to watch. Who: Gordon D. Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, will appear by himself in the morning session. Laura K. Cooper, a deputy assistant defense secretary, and David Hale, the under secretary of state for political affairs, will testify together […]

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What to Watch For in Day 4 of the Trump Impeachment Inquiry Hearings

The House impeachment hearings hit a critical moment on Wednesday with the appearance of perhaps the most significant witness on the public schedule. Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor now serving as ambassador to the European Union, will be asked about his role in pressuring Ukraine to open investigations into Democrats and any link to […]

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Colonel Vindman’s America

ImageCredit…Damon Winter/The New York Times As the House of Representatives’s impeachment inquiry enters its second week of public hearings, a recurring theme has emerged: Veteran government officials, conditioned by years of training to believe that America’s leaders act solely in the best interests of the nation, come to understand only reluctantly what now seems beyond […]

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Man Who Threatened to ‘Put a Bullet’ in Rep. Omar Pleads Guilty

It began with a hate-filled call to Representative Ilhan Omar’s Washington office in March, officials said. “Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood?” Patrick W. Carlineo Jr. asked a member of Ms. Omar’s staff on that call, according to a criminal complaint. “Why are you working for her, she’s a [expletive] terrorist. Somebody ought to […]

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White House Attacks Its Ukraine Expert as He Says Trump Call Was ‘Inappropriate’

WASHINGTON — The White House attacked its own top Ukraine expert on Tuesday as he offered sworn testimony before the House’s impeachment inquiry that President Trump’s request to Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic rivals had been “inappropriate” and validated his “worst fear” that American policy toward that country would veer off course. On the opening […]

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House Moves to Stave Off Another Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday voted to extend government funding for another month, rushing to ward off a government shutdown and setting up a pre-Christmas clash over spending just as the House is likely to be considering whether to impeach President Trump. With just days before funding for the entire government is set to […]

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Who Is Tim Morrison? Hawkish Aide Loyal to Trump Will Testify

WASHINGTON — Tim Morrison, a hawkish senior national security aide and Trump loyalist in the White House, may be the best chance Republicans have for an impeachment witness who helps back up their defense of President Trump. Mr. Morrison, a longtime arms control expert who worked in Republican congressional offices for more than a decade, […]

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House Democrats Adopt a Sharper, Simpler Vocabulary

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, confident that public support is growing for their impeachment inquiry as they head into a second week of nationally televised hearings, are sharpening their tone as they make their case that President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine in a bid to force its leader to investigate his political rivals. Quid […]

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Impeachment Hearings Updates: Vindman, Williams and Others Head to Capitol Hill

Here’s what you need to know: ImageLt. Col. Alexander Vindman arriving for an interview with the House committees leading the impeachment investigation in October.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times The basics: Who, what, when and how to watch Who: Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, […]

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Who Is Alexander Vindman? White House Aide Reported Ukraine Concerns

As the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, Army Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman became so concerned during a July 25 phone call in which President Trump asked Ukraine’s president for help with political investigations that he reported his alarm to a superior. On Tuesday, Colonel Vindman will testify in the public phase […]

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Congratulations, You’re a Congresswoman. Now What?

There are not many people whom @RepSpanberger lets boss her around, but one of them, somehow, is Lois Frankel, a 71-year-old, 5-foot-3 four-term congresswoman from Florida who has a way of waving away protestations with a brisk, cheerful air, somewhere between “Don’t be ridiculous” and “This’ll be great.” Last fall, it was Frankel who told […]

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House investigating whether President Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller

The House of Representatives is now investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller in written answers he provided in the Russia investigation, the House’s general counsel said in federal court Monday. The House of Representatives is now investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller in written answers […]

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Republicans Shift Defense of Trump, While He Attacks Another Witness

WASHINGTON — House Republicans, bracing for another week of impeachment hearings, tried to shift their emphasis in defending the president on Sunday, arguing that he had done nothing wrong because his plans for Ukraine to investigate his political rivals never came to fruition, and he eventually released military aid he had been withholding from that […]

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How to Dislodge the Brute in the White House

Chuck Hardwick, lifelong Republican, former Pfizer executive, now retired in Florida, voted for Donald Trump in 2016, but not without misgivings. He’d met him in the 1980s and noted a “consuming ego.” Still, elections are about choices, and he disliked the “scheming” Clintons. He was mad at the media for first mocking Trump during the […]

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Did Trump Commit ‘Bribery’? Pelosi’s Impeachment Accusation, Explained

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week explicitly accused President Trump of “bribery,” suggesting after hearings in the impeachment investigation opened that he is guilty of one of the few specific offenses listed in the Constitution as a basis for impeaching and removing a president. “The devastating testimony corroborated evidence of bribery uncovered in […]

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Compelling Testimony, but No Minds Changed So Far

WASHINGTON — After hours of testimony in the first impeachment hearing in decades, William B. Taylor Jr. on Wednesday afternoon finally got down to the heart of the issue dividing Congress over President Trump’s conduct. “Holding up of security assistance that would go to a country that is fighting aggression from Russia for no good […]

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A Public Hearing, and a Feud Over Ukraine

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The House of Representatives opened historic impeachment hearings on Wednesday, with William B. Taylor Jr. and George P. Kent, senior career civil servants, caught in the crossfire. Democrats underscored the constitutional import of the proceedings, while […]

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What We Learned From the First Day of Public Impeachment Hearings

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives held its inaugural open impeachment hearing on Wednesday, taking public testimony for the first time since endorsing the formal inquiry into allegations against President Trump. William B. Taylor Jr., the top United States diplomat in Ukraine, and George P. Kent, a senior State Department official in charge of Ukraine […]

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