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July 25 forecast: Sunny, with cloud of impeachment for Trump

Dec. 2, 2019 12:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The forecast for July 25 was typical for Washington: sunny, mid-80s. President Donald Trump had good reason to be feeling bright and sunny himself. It was the morning after Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony at the conclusion of the Russia investigation, and Trump and his...

July 25 forecast: Sunny, with cloud of impeachment for Trump

Nov. 30, 2019 11:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The forecast for July 25 was typical for Washington: sunny, mid-80s. President Donald Trump had good reason to be feeling bright and sunny himself. It was the morning after Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony at the conclusion of the Russia investigation, and Trump and his...

Trump knew of whistleblower before releasing Ukraine aid

Nov. 28, 2019 12:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was briefed on the whistleblower complaint about his dealings with Ukraine before the White House released nearly $400 million in military aid to Kyiv, officials say, shedding new light on events that triggered the impeachment inquiry. Trump was told about the...

Mystery grows over Trump administration hold on Lebanon aid

Nov. 22, 2019 2:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for Ukraine at...

The Trump impeachment hearings highlight immigrants’ stories

Nov. 22, 2019 10:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One came from northeast England. Another came from the former Soviet Union. A third was born in Canada to parents who’d fled the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Several witnesses who testified in the House impeachment inquiry this week chose to highlight their immigrant backgrounds,...

Former Trump adviser undercuts GOP impeachment defenses

Nov. 22, 2019 12:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House official said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s top European envoy was sent on a “domestic political errand" seeking investigations of Democrats, stunning testimony that dismantled a main line of the president’s defense in the impeachment...

Absent witnesses close to Trump hover over impeachment

Nov. 21, 2019 7:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They are the ghosts of the House impeachment hearings. Vice President Mike Pence. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. Rudy Giuliani. And perhaps most tantalizingly, the mustachioed John Bolton, President Donald...

The Latest: Impeachment hearings wrap up for the week

Nov. 21, 2019 4:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have made their closing arguments as they end the final impeachment hearing of the week...

‘On whose authority?’: What to watch in impeachment hearings

Nov. 21, 2019 10:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They owned the White House’s policy on Ukraine. Or so they thought. Gradually, administration officials on both sides of the Atlantic understood that President Donald Trump was using a back channel headed by Rudy Giuliani to push Ukraine for investigations of Democrats. Former...

Sondland’s opening statement at House impeachment hearing

Nov. 20, 2019 2:12 PM EST

Text of the opening statement by Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, to the House Intelligence Committee at an impeachment hearing Wednesday. The statement was released by the committee: Thank you Mr. Chairman for the opportunity to speak again to the Members of this...