Trump impeachment inquiry: What is happening this week?

As Congress returns from recess, US House Democrats plan to ramp up their impeachment probe into President Donald Trump. The Democratic-led US House of Representatives will ramp up its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump this week as Congress returns after a two-week recess, with closed-door testimony from current and former administration officials looming. The impeachment inquiry focuses on a July 25 phone call in which Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a top contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his businessman…

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2 men tied to Trump lawyer Giuliani arrested on campaign charges

Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman are accused of conspiring to ‘funnel foreign money to candidates for federal and state office’. Two Florida businessmen associated with US President Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been arrested over violations of campaign finance laws, a spokesman for the Manhattan US Attorney’s office said on Thursday. The businessmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested in connection with a New York case involving campaign finance laws, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said. The two men had been planning to fly…

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Second Trump whistle-blower on Ukraine comes forward

Official has information backing original whistle-blower’s complaint about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, lawyer says. Trump and his supporters have rejected the accusations that he did anything improper [Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP] A second whistle-blower in the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has come forward, according to the lawyer representing the first one. Mark Zaid told The Associated Press news agency in a text message on Sunday that the second whistle-blower, who also works in intelligence, has spoken to the intelligence community’s internal watchdog. The lawyer said the second person did…

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Trump attempts to discredit whistle-blower in impeachment probe

Trump denounces impeachment investigation against him as a ‘coup’ as more witnesses are called to testify. President Donald Trump has denounced an impeachment investigation against him as a “coup”. A war of words between House Democrats and a key member of his cabinet has erupted in Washington, DC, as more witnesses are being called to testify in an impeachment inquiry. Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Washington, DC.

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Trump lawyer Giuliani subpoenaed in impeachment inquiry

House Democrats subpoena Rudy Giuliani for documents related to his communication with Ukrainian officials. House Democrats have subpoenaed US President Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for documents related to his interactions with Ukrainian officials. The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform panels announced the subpoena on Monday as they examine Trump’s efforts to have Ukraine investigate political rival Joe Biden and his family. Giuliani assisted in that effort. The committees are investigating the matter, the subject of a now-public whistle-blower’s complaint, as part of an impeachment inquiry…

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Trump impeachment inquiry: All the latest updates

All the latest updates as US House launches official impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump. Trump arrives at Lima Allen Airport [File: Evan Vucci/AP Photo] Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that the US House of Representatives will launch a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, acquiescing to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election year clash between Congress and the president. The announcement came amid reports that Trump may have abused his presidential powers and sought help from a foreign government…

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Odessa shooting: Gunman fired from job, called FBI before rampage

Police say 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator ‘was on a long spiral down’ before Saturday’s mass shooting in West Texas. The gunman who killed seven people in a spate of violence after a routine traffic stop in West Texas had just been fired from his job and called both police and the FBI before the shooting began, authorities said on Monday. Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator had been fired Saturday from Journey Oilfield Services. He said both Ator and the company called 911 after the firing…

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Opioid epidemic: Judge holds Johnson & Johnson liable for $572m

The Oklahoma case was the first to go to trial out of thousands of lawsuits filed by state and local governments. A United States judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson liable for fueling an opioid epidemic in the state of Oklahoma by deceptively marketing painkillers, and ordered the drugmaker to pay damages of $572m. Judge Thad Balkman of Cleveland County District Court in Norman, Oklahoma delivered his decision in a lawsuit alleging that Johnson & Johnson’s marketing practices fueled the opioid epidemic by flooding the market with painkillers. Shares…

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Prisons chief removed after Epstein suicide

US Attorney General William Barr shakes up prisons bureau after the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein inside a federal jail. United States Attorney General William Barr on Monday announced a new leadership team at the federal Bureau of Prisons in a shakeup of the agency following financier Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide inside a federal jail in New York. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, a veteran of the Bureau of Prisons, will return to the agency to serve as its director, Barr said. He named another former agency official, Thomas Kane, to serve as her…

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Flesh-eating bacteria making headlines, but cases are ‘rare’

Touted prominently this summer is news and educational information about current Eastern coastal algae blooms and flesh-eating bacteria. Many beaches have been closed due to high risk of infection or death. Ecowatch.com in June shared: “Vibrio vulnificus is an ‘opportunistic pathogen’ … The bacteria thrive in warm salty and brackish waters and enter humans either through breaks in the skin or after being consumed with raw seafood. Up to one-third of people with vibrio vulnificus will die from the infection, which can cause a flesh-eating and commonly fatal bacteria known…

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When ICE Hit Mississippi, Its Citizens Showed Up for Immigrant Families

The Mississippi immigration raid detained hundreds and left children stranded on the first day of school. It also evoked a massive humanitarian response in a state not traditionally friendly to immigrants. When federal agents engineered the nation’s largest single-state immigration raid at multiple chicken processing plants in Mississippi, a scrappy network of immigrant activists knew their work was about to get much harder. Mississippi has never been a hotbed for immigration advocacy, despite a growing immigrant population working in its food processing and hospitality industries. The small band of migrant…

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What an American Terrorist Looks Like

Despite racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating, data shows that most American terrorists are resentful White men inspired by White supremacist and misogynist rhetoric.   “Invasion.” President Trump has used that very word about immigration at the southern border 19 times at rallies since he took office, according to a recent USA Today analysis. And six tweets between October 2018 and June 2019 use the word “invasion” that way. An arrest affidavit for 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, the man charged in the Aug. 3 mass shooting in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that…

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Trump rolls out measures against documented immigrants

New hardline policy targets documented immigrants who apply for government benefits such as food and housing. US President Donald Trump‘s administration has rolled out another new hardline policy aimed at migrants, this time documented immigrants who apply for government benefits such as food and housing. The new policy was announced after a series of raids arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in food processing plants in Mississippi. Although the government said is will pursue employers who hire such workers, none of the employers in the Mississippi raids has been arrested or…

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Divided Under Trump: The Strange Death of American Civility

We investigate how the toxic partisan divisions of the Trump era have eroded civil norms vital for US democracy. Watch ‘Part 2: What does it mean to be American?’ above Watch ‘Part 1: Democrats vs Republicans’ below The United States seems more disunited than at any point in recent history – its politics so undermined by partisan divisions that consensus on almost anything is impossible to achieve. Toxic partisanship between Democrats and Republicans – the nation’s two main parties – has soared under President Donald Trump‘s administration – worsening since the…

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Trump condemns white supremacy after El Paso mass shooting

US president pledges to provide resources to law enforcement agencies to ‘disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism’. President Donald Trump says the United States must “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy” after a mass shooting in the state of Texas that authorities said appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime. A gunman on Saturday killed 20 people, including six Mexican citizens, at a Walmart store in El Paso, close to the border with Mexico. Just a few hours later, another gunman in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people. Dozens of others were wounded…

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