Trump launches black voter initiative with message of economic growth

President Donald Trump plugged his economic agenda in a campaign-style event for African-American voters, saying their support is an important part of his 2020 re-election bid. “We’ve done more for African-Americans in three years than the broken Washington establishment has done in 30 years,” Trump told roughly 400 supporters Friday during the Black Voices for Trump launch in Atlanta. Criminal justice reforms, low unemployment, tax cuts and support for military veterans and law enforcement were among the points the president and his supporters raised throughout the event at the Georgia…

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Trump impeachment inquiry: 10 developments you may have missed

Transcripts, scheduled public hearings and more depositions: What happened this week in the Trump impeachment inquiry? Democrats leading the House of Representatives’s impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump took a significant step this week, announcing the first public hearings of the probe. The hearings, scheduled for next week, come after House investigators released the transcripts from closed-door sessions with a number of key witnesses. This week’s developments also included a witness revising his testimony after his memory was “refreshed”, and a report that Trump sought a public declaration from…

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Public hearings in Trump impeachment inquiry to begin next week

House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff says three State Department officials will be the first to testify publicly. House Democrats leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump‘s dealings with Ukraine will begin public hearings next week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said on Wednesday. The hearings will mark a new, and potentially significant, phase of the impeachment inquiry, which Democrats launched in September. While a House panel has been hearing testimonies in closed-door sessions from several officials in recent weeks, this will be the first time the entirety of…

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Trump whistle-blower offers to take written questions

Lawyer says offer is in response to Republican efforts, led by President Trump, to unmask the whistle-blower. The United States official, whose whistle-blower complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, has offered to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans, his lawyers said. The surprise offer on Sunday, made to Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the intelligence committee leading the inquiry, would allow Republicans to ask questions of the whistle-blower without having to go through the committee’s Democratic chairman, Adam Schiff. Lawyer Mark Zaid said the…

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Army officer who listened to Trump’s Ukraine call voiced concerns

Alexander Vindman, Trump’s top adviser on Ukraine, is set to testify he raised concerns over the Trump-Zelenskyy call. US President Donald Trump‘s top adviser on Ukraine is set to testify on Tuesday that he told a government lawyer about concerns that US national security could be undermined after a phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president. Alexander Vindman, an Army lieutenant colonel and former diplomat who later became the director of European affairs on the National Security Council (NSC), said he had listened in on Trump’s July 25 call with…

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Democrats set Thursday vote on US House path to impeachment probe

Pelosi says the step is being taken to ‘to eliminate any doubt’ over the legitimacy of the Trump impeachment inquiry. Democrats in the United States House of Representatives set a Thursday vote to lay out next steps for their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, even as officials past and present refuse to cooperate. Trump and his fellow Republicans have spent weeks branding the probe illegitimate because the full Democratic-led House had not authorised it. If the measure passes the House, Democrats are likely to argue that it neutralises those…

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Felicity Huffman begins two-week sentence in US college scandal

Huffman was the first parent sentenced in the US college admissions scandal. American actress Felicity Huffman reported on Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that underscored the lengths some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities. Huffman’s husband, actor William H Macy, dropped her off at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, a low-security prison for women in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to TASC Group, which represents Huffman. The prison has been described by…

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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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Writer says Trump sexually assaulted her in mid-1990s

US president denies ever meeting E Jean Carroll, who said Trump assaulted her in a dressing room of a department store. An advice columnist for Elle fashion magazine said in an account published Friday that US President Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the dressing room of a New York department store more than two decades ago. Trump reacted with a statement saying he had never met E Jean Carroll, and that the incident “never happened”. According to Carroll, the assault occurred in either 1995 or 1996, when Trump was…

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Ex-Stanford coach avoids prison in college admissions scandal

John Vandemoer is the first to be sentenced in a sweeping case, which has ensnared celebrities and business executives. A former Stanford University sailing coach avoided prison on Wednesday in the first sentencing to result from the United States college admissions scandal after admitting he took bribes to help children of wealthy parents gain admission to the school. John Vandemoer, 41, was sentenced by US District Judge Rya Zobel in Boston to six months of home confinement, rejecting prosecutors’ request for a 13-month prison term after he pleaded guilty in…

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George Nader arrested on child pornography charges

Nader, a well-connected Middle East fixer, accused of having sexually explicit pictures of children on his mobile phone. George Nader, a well-connected Middle East fixer for Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign and a witness in the Russia meddling probe, was arrested for possessing child pornography, the US Justice Department said. A Lebanese-American businessman, Nader was arrested at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Monday on charges of “transporting visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” the department said. The arrest was based on a 13-month-old sealed…

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