Tag: Ukraine

Pompeo Lashes Out at Reporter and Challenges Her to Find Ukraine on a Map

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, apparently angered by a reporter’s questions about the Trump administration’s firing of the United States ambassador to Ukraine, lashed out at her after the interview, cursing and challenging her to find Ukraine on a map, according to the reporter. Mr. Pompeo, who is known for his bombast, occasional thin skin […]

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Trump Tries to Upstage Drama in the Senate With His Own Programming

WASHINGTON — On the chilly grounds of the National Mall, within sight of the gleaming white Capitol where he is on trial for high crimes and misdemeanors, President Trump on Friday rallied abortion opponents gathered for their annual march and equated their battle with his own. “They are coming after me,” Mr. Trump declared about […]

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Now Testifying for the Prosecution: President Trump

WASHINGTON — The House managers prosecuting President Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors have failed so far to persuade Senate Republicans to let them call new witnesses in his impeachment trial. But in their own way, they have come up with a star witness they can bring to the floor: Mr. Trump himself. Barred at […]

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In Defense of Donald Trump

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Monday, President Trump’s chief lawyers in his impeachment trial, Jay Sekulow and Pat Cipollone, submitted a 110-page brief to the Senate laying out the case for his acquittal. The articles of impeachment, they say, are […]

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Trump Acts Like a Politician. That’s Not an Impeachable Offense.

The way things look, President Trump will almost certainly not be removed from office. The precedents set by the articles of impeachment, however, will endure far longer. And regrettably, the House of Representatives has transformed presidential impeachment from a constitutional parachute — an emergency measure to save the Republic in free-fall — into a parliamentary […]

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Two Legal Teams With Contrasting Strategies Face Off in the Capitol

WASHINGTON — When President Trump’s impeachment trial opened this week, the Democratic House managers prosecuting the case piled their table high with binders and notepads. Only a few rested on the defense table. The contrasting amount of material the two legal teams brought into the Senate chamber to support their initial arguments foreshadowed a broader […]

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Emails Show Budget Office Working to Carry Out Ukraine Aid Freeze

The same morning last July when President Trump had his fateful call with Ukraine’s president, White House officials were working behind the scenes to impose the freeze sought by the president on military assistance to Ukraine, reviewing the legal wording they would use to implement the hold, emails released late Tuesday night show. The emails […]

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The Moderates’ Impeachment Moment

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher After nearly 12 hours of vicious debate, the Senate voted early Wednesday to adopt the rules that will govern the rest of the impeachment trial. But in a Republican-controlled chamber, why weren’t they the rules that Senator […]

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Ukraine Said No to Trump’s Political Hit Job. Will G.O.P. Senators Say Yes?

Senate Republicans are threatening to give President Trump what even a foreign government knew was inappropriate: the dirtying of a political rival. What an irony it would be if Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial itself yielded the very result for which he is being impeached: the corruption of America’s election integrity by the baseless denigration of […]

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Iran Acknowledges It Fired 2 Missiles at Ukrainian Jet

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Iran acknowledged on Tuesday that its forces had fired two surface-to-air missiles at a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed this month near Tehran, confirming for the first time that more than one missile was launched at the jet. The Iranian authorities also asked officials in the United States and France to send […]

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The Last Impeachment Trial

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher As President Trump’s impeachment trial begins in earnest this afternoon, we look back two decades to a time when Google was in its infancy, Y2K was stoking anxiety and partisanship in Congress was not quite so entrenched. […]

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Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial Begins, But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

Technically, the Senate trial for the impeachment of President Donald Trump began last week with a number of procedural steps being taken by House Democrats and Senate Republicans. But Tuesday officially marked the start of the actual trial part, during which witnesses are typically called further evidence is presented to bolster each side’s case. MORE: […]

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Struggle Between N.S.A. and Congress Over Ukraine Records Breaks Into Open

A long-simmering conflict between the National Security Agency and the House Intelligence Committee broke into the open on Sunday when the committee’s chairman, Representative Adam B. Schiff, accused the agency of withholding critical intelligence from his panel, including some that might be useful in the impeachment trial of President Trump. Since last fall, the committee […]

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Bodies of Ukrainians Killed in Iran Plane Crash Are Returned Home

MOSCOW — In a solemn ceremony at an airport in Ukraine on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelensky paid his respects to the 11 citizens from his country who were killed when Iran’s military mistakenly shot down a passenger jet in Tehran this month. Mr. Zelensky has grappled with the diplomacy around the downing of the plane, […]

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Ukraine’s President Said He’d Fight Corruption. Resistance Is Fierce.

KYIV, Ukraine — Kateryna Rozhkova, the first deputy governor of Ukraine’s central bank, had just about learned to live with the hundreds of protesters banging metal rods and drums outside her office when they started gathering every morning outside her house. If that wasn’t enough, just before Christmas, a brass ensemble showed up at her […]

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Trump’s Defense Team Calls Impeachment Charges ‘Brazen’ as Democrats Make Legal Case

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s legal defense team strenuously denied on Saturday that he had committed impeachable acts, denouncing the charges against him as a “brazen and unlawful” attempt to cost him re-election as House Democrats laid out in meticulous detail their case that he should be removed from office. In the first legal filings for […]

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