Trump impeachment inquiry public hearings: All the latest updates

House Intelligence Committee holds first public hearing as impeachment inquiry marks new phase. The impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump entered uncharted territory on Wednesday with the first public hearing of the probe. William Taylor, the top diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, are testifying in a televised hearing. The inquiry is centred on a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in which the US leader asked his Ukrainian counterpart to open an investigation…

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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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Critics say Twitter treats hate speech as being ‘public interest’

Many argue that company is unwilling to act against threats of political violence or intimidation, from Trump or others. Amid calls from some Democrats to suspend the account of United States President Donald Trump, Twitter says world leaders’ accounts are not entirely above its policies and that it will crack down on any account that violates rules. The San Francisco company is clarifying its regulations, as a number of Democratic officials say they would like to see Trump booted off the social media site that has been his favoured platform…

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President Trump’s personal tax records could soon be made public

New York state governor signs TRUST Act into law, allowing Congress access to President Trump’s state tax returns. New York state on Monday cleared the way for Democrats in the US Congress to obtain President Donald Trump‘s state tax returns, raising the possibility of fresh avenues of inquiry for legislators investigating his finances. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an amendment to a tax law that would require the commissioner of the Department of Taxation and Finance to share state income tax returns and reports when certain congressional committees request them. The…

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540 million private Facebook records found on public Internet

According to a report on Wednesday by UpGuard, a cybersecurity firm, two databases containing user data from Facebook were found on Amazon.com web servers accessible to the public on the internet. Information leaked included user ID’s, photos, Facebook friend and group lists, and interests. One of the databases is owned by the Mexican company Cultura Colectiva, which specializes in digital media, while the other is owned by a separate Facebook-integrated app, At the Pool. In these two instances, the records were publicly available because the “Amazon S3 Buckets” on which…

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