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Democrats Release Deposition Of Their Star Witness In Impeachment Inquiry

House Democrats on Wednesday released a transcript of a deposition from Bill Taylor, the U.S. diplomat who Democrats consider one of their top witnesses in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. In his Oct. 22 deposition, Taylor testified at length about his work with two other diplomats, EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, and former Ukraine special envoy Kurt Volker, as ...

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Schiff Announces Impeachment Hearings Schedule, Says ‘More To Come’

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday that three diplomats will testify next week as part of the first wave of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Schiff announced on Twitter that William Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, will testify in a ...

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House Democrats Release Transcripts of Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland Depositions

House Democrats on Tuesday released transcripts of closed-door depositions with two key witnesses in the Trump impeachment push, former Ukrainian special envoy Kurt Volker and EU ambassador Gordon Sondland. Volker and Sondland were questioned on Oct. 3 and Oct. 17, respectively, about their interactions in recent months with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Ukrainian officials. Democrats began on Monday releasing ...

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Giuliani Associate Will Cooperate With Democrats’ Impeachment Inquiry

An associate of Rudy Giuliani’s who was indicted in October on campaign finance charges will cooperate with the House Democrats’ impeachment probe, his attorneys said Monday. Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian-American businessman, made the decision in part because he was “very upset by President Trump’s plainly false statement that he did not know him,” his lawyer told The New York Times. ...

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Whistleblower Willing To Submit Written Answers To House Republicans, Lawyer Says

The intelligence community whistleblower who filed a complaint against President Donald Trump is willing to answer questions from Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee in writing, his lawyer said Sunday. The attorney, Mark Zaid, said that he reached out on Saturday to Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, to offer to provide written answers under ...

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First Batch Of Mueller Probe Interview Notes Have Been Released

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The Justice Department and FBI on Saturday released the first batch of notes from interviews conducted in the special counsel’s investigation with three key witnesses: Rick Gates, Steve Bannon and Michael Cohen. The agencies provided CNN and BuzzFeed News with heavily redacted summaries of six interviews with the Trump associates. Gates, who served as deputy to Trump campaign chairman Paul ...

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Report: Christopher Steele Also Meddled In The Russia-Brexit Investigation

British authorities have included information from Christopher Steele, the author of the anti-Trump dossier, in a highly-anticipated report about possible Russian meddling in the 2016 Brexit referendum, according to a report. The Guardian reports that Steele, a former MI6 officer, provided research to the British parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), which has investigated possible Kremlin interference in British politics ...

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Lawyers For Whistle-blower Threaten Journalists to Avert Speculation About Client’s Identity

A lawyer for the CIA analyst who sparked the impeachment push against President Donald Trump says he is not limiting future legal options against news outlets or individuals who identify the whistleblower, should they be physically harmed. “I am not going to be limiting any future options that may exist,” Andrew Bakaj told the Daily Caller News Foundation Friday. Bakaj ...

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WH Official Testifies He Was ‘Not Concerned That Anything Illegal Was Discussed’ On Ukraine Call

Timothy Morrison, the White House’s senior director for European affairs, told Congress on Thursday that he did not believe ‘anything illegal’ transpired in a phone call between President Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky. Morrison is the second White House official who listened in on the July 25 phone call to testify as part of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. According to Morrison’s prepared ...

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Former CIA Acting Director Praises ‘Deep State’ For Role In Trump Impeachment Push

Former CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin expressed gratitude Wednesday for the so-called “deep state,” and its role in the impeachment push against President Donald Trump. McLaughlin embraced the controversial term when asked during an event with other former intelligence officials whether the CIA whistleblower complaint that has sparked an impeachment inquiry feeds into Trump’s complaints that the “deep state” is ...

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Andrew McCabe Flatly Refuses To Discuss FBI Verification Of The Steele Dossier

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe refused to say Wednesday what parts of the Steele dossier the FBI verified before using the salacious document in surveillance warrant applications to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. McCabe, a CNN analyst, appeared on a panel with former CIA officials John Brennan, John McLaughlin and Michael Morell to discuss the intelligence ...

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One Of Erdogan’s Biggest Allies Contributed To Ilhan Omar’s Campaign

An official with a Turkish-American advocacy group contributed $1,500 to Rep. Ilhan Omar last month, campaign records show. He also met with the Minnesota Democrat. Omar was scrutinized over votes she cast Tuesday that are seen as favorable to the Turkish government. Omar was the only House Democrat to vote against imposing sanctions against Turkey. She was also one of ...

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John Ratcliffe: Change In Status Of Durham Investigation Is ‘Not A Coincidence’

Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe said Sunday that it “is not a coincidence” the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation morphed into a criminal matter just as the Justice Department’s inspector general is set to release a report of FBI surveillance abuse against the Trump campaign. Ratcliffe was responding to reports that John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, ...

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Judge Orders DOJ To Give Mueller Grand Jury Material To House Democrats

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Justice Department to provide grand jury materials from the special counsel’s investigation to the House Judiciary Committee, in what will be hailed as a major legal win for congressional Democrats. Judge Beryl Howell set Oct. 30 as the deadline for DOJ to provide grand jury information cited in the special counsel’s report, which ...

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CNN Fails To Disclose Key Facts About Andrew McCabe In Interview About DOJ Criminal Investigation

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CNN interviewed Andrew McCabe on Friday about developments in a Justice Department criminal investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, but the network failed to disclose that the former FBI deputy director is suing the Justice Department and is under criminal investigation himself. Interviewed by CNN’s Jim Sciutto, McCabe, a CNN analyst, was largely critical of the investigation, which ...

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