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Column: The first round of the Trump impeachment hearings was goons versus diplomats 14.11.2019 LA Times: Opinion

It was bracing to see William Taylor and George Kent, actual statesmen, in action.

Trump’s Ambassadors Are Uniquely Unqualified. The Ukraine Scandal Proves It. 14.11.2019 Mother Jones
Gordon Sondland would not have been any reasonable person’s first choice for a senior State Department post. Or their 20th choice. Before he found himself at the center of the Ukraine scandal, Sondland was a hotel magnate with zero relevant expertise or diplomatic experience. President Donald Trump nominated him to be ambassador to the European […]
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Democrats Begin To Make Their Case In First Day of Public Impeachment Hearings 14.11.2019 Outside the Beltway
There were few fireworks during the first day of public impeachment hearings, but the ground work for a case against the President was laid.
Opinion: Did impeachment witnesses Taylor and Kent go rogue on Trump? Of course not 14.11.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Republicans argued that impeachment witnesses refused to let Trump set foreign policy. But falling in line to serve Trump's political interests isn't part of the job.

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Republicans Spent the First Day of Impeachment Hearings in an Alternate Reality 14.11.2019 Mother Jones
The House impeachment inquiry is focused on whether President Donald Trump abused his office to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up political dirt for Trump’s personal benefit. But it also raises a much larger question: Does reality matter? That was clear at the first public impeachment hearing conducted by the House Intelligence Committee […]
Impeachment Hearing FAQ: Who will testify and how the questioning will work 14.11.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Democrats have called three career public servants to appear for the first public hearings this week in the Trump impeachment inquiry: William Taylor, George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch.
Live: House holds 1st open hearing in Trump impeachment inquiry 14.11.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent are testifying in a follow-up to their closed-door depositions. Watch live at 9 a.m. CT.
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CNN NatSec Analyst: 'Russia is Dictating What Our Foreign Policy is' 13.11.2019 NewsBusters
As impeachment frenzy continues to sweep the nation, CNN Newsroom co-hosts Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow welcomed CNN national security analyst Shawn Turner and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (under Clinton) Steven Pifer to their Tuesday show. Turner and Pifer tried to debunk the Administration's claims that they have been tougher on Russia than President Obama, because unlike Obama, Trump actually has sent the Ukrainians lethal aid in the form of Javelin anti-tank missiles and that Trump withheld the aid because, according to Mick Mulvaney, he was worried how Russia ...
Congress Begins Public Impeachment Hearings 13.11.2019 Outside the Beltway
In a few short hours, the House Intelligence Committee begins the public phase of its impeachment inquiry.
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Everything you need to know about the impeachment hearings in House Intelligence Committee this week 13.11.2019 Raw Story
The House Intelligence Committee will hold its first open hearings Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET and Raw Story will have a live stream on our website for those unable to watch on television. The second hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET on Friday. Three key witnesses are slated to appear: Top Ukraine diplomat Bill […]
Trump has wrecked US diplomacy and replaced it with ‘crony-to-crony relationships’: former ambassador 13.11.2019 Raw Story
Eric Edelman, a former official in the George W. Bush administration, shredded President Donald Trump on Tuesday for taking a wrecking ball to American diplomacy. In an interview with the New York Times, Edelman said that Trump takes a purely transactional approach to foreign policy that serves his own personal interests instead of the interests […]
Condoleezza Rice says Trump asking Ukraine to investigate Biden is ‘deeply troubling’ 12.11.2019 Raw Story
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she was “troubled” by the whistleblower’s revelations that President Donald Trump had solicited Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, calling the move “out of bounds.” This article was originally published at Salon According to Rice, who also served as national security adviser to President George W. […]
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The Ukraine impeachment inquiry begins a new phase this week: What you need to know 11.11.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
After weeks of closed-door depositions, Democrats are planning open hearings this week about the Ukraine affair. Here's where the story stands — and what's coming next.
Column: How often has Trump changed his story on Ukraine? Let us count the ways 10.11.2019 L.A. Times - World News

President Trump has changed his story on Ukraine so many times in the impeachment probe that it's hard to keep up. Here's a score card.

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Trump’s Order to Defy Subpoenas Is Itself Grounds for Impeachment 8.11.2019
Donald Trump walks through a crowd of reporters
We’re headed for a separation of powers showdown between Congress and the president.
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Gordon Sondland’s revised testimony could seal Donald Trump’s doom: Legal experts 8.11.2019 Raw Story
According to several legal experts, the revised testimony on the Ukraine scandal by Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, is highly damaging to President Trump. In his new statement, Sondland admitted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky knew he U.S. would withholding military aid until his country granted Trump’s request for an investigation of […]
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Kellyanne Conway harps on one word from damning testimony in attempt to discredit quid pro quo admission 8.11.2019 Raw Story
Kellyanne Conway, who serves as a counselor to President Donald Trump, defended the president’s declaration of “no quid pro quo” Wednesday in his solicitation of a foreign power to dig up dirt on one of his chief rivals for the White House in 2020. This article was originally published at Salon Conway was asked by […]
Kellyanne Conway harps on a single word in impeachment testimony in bungled effort to discredit the quid pro quo evidence 7.11.2019 Raw Story
Kellyanne Conway, who serves as a counselor to President Donald Trump, defended the president’s declaration of “no quid pro quo” Wednesday in his solicitation of a foreign power to dig up dirt on one of his chief rivals for the White House in 2020. Conway was asked by the hosts of “Fox & Friends” about […]
Top Ukraine diplomat Bill Taylor threatened to quit over 'nightmare' Trump demand, transcript shows 7.11.2019 LA Times: Nation

Previously disclosed text messages show William B. Taylor Jr. navigating the interests of Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, outside the normal State Department processes.

‘Snake pit’: 5 stunning revelations from ambassador Bill Taylor’s Trump-Ukraine testimony 7.11.2019 Raw Story
The release of ambassador Bill Taylor’s impeachment testimony has fleshed out some of the explosive revelations in his previously published opening statement in which he claimed that military aid to Ukraine was being withheld until the Ukrainian government agreed to announce investigations into President Donald Trump’s political rivals. While Taylor’s opening statement provided the clearest […]
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