Impeachment inquiry: More witnesses to testify on Trump

Televised hearings enter second week, with more witnesses due to give evidence on Trump’s handling of Ukraine affair. Washington is preparing for another week of high-profile hearings at the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump. Eight key witnesses are due to give evidence on the impeachment inquiry. Trump is accused of having withheld aid to his Ukrainian counterpart because he wanted to bring down his political rival Joe Biden. Meanwhile, Trump has continued attacking the inquiry on Twitter. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Washington, DC.

Read More

Actor and Trump backer Jon Voight honoured with national medal

Voight is one of Trump’s few vocal Hollywood supporters, and has hailed him as ‘the greatest president of this century’. Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, singer and musician Alison Krauss and mystery writer James Patterson are among the artists and philanthropists being honoured by President Donald Trump for their contributions to the arts or the humanities, the first recipients of prestigious national medals since Trump took office. The White House announced four recipients of the National Medal of Arts and four of the National Humanities Medal in a statement on Sunday…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Writer sues Trump for calling her sex assault claim a lie

President Trump denied ever meeting E Jean Carroll, who says Trump raped her in a dressing room of a department store. An advice columnist who has accused President Donald Trump of raping her in a New York City department store dressing room in the 1990s has sued him, saying he defamed her by calling her a liar whom he had never even met. E Jean Carroll’s lawsuit, filed Monday in New York, said Trump “smeared her integrity, honesty and dignity – all in the national press” when he responded to…

Read More

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…

Read More

Trump impeachment inquiry: All the latest updates

US House set to hold first formal vote on impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives is scheduled on Thursday to hold its first vote in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. The measure calls for public hearings and the release of transcripts from closed-door proceedings. It also outlines what rights Republican politicians and Trump himself would have to participate as the process moves ahead. The impeachment inquiry focuses on a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to…

Read More

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…

Read More

Trump says al-Baghdadi’s ‘number one replacement’ is dead

Without giving a name, Trump says the individual expected to replace al-Baghdadi as ISIL’s leader has been killed. US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the person likely to be first in line to replace the slain leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has also been “terminated”. “Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi‘s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops. Most likely would have taken the top spot – Now he is also Dead!” Trump tweeted. Trump did not identify…

Read More

China’s tech firms fight for survival under Trump’s blacklist

Despite warning of lower profits after the US blacklisting, firms like SenseTime and Megvii are pressing ahead. The co-founder of China’s SenseTime Group Ltd. was visiting New York to encourage more collaboration with the U.S. on artificial intelligence when he heard the news: The Trump administration had blacklisted his company. So much for more cooperation. Xu Bing, the 29-year-old co-founder, knew SenseTime was at risk given rising tensions between China and the U.S., but the timing took him by surprise. He was spending a few days showing off his latest…

Read More

Trump impeachment inquiry: Six things that happened last week

More subpoenas, a court victory for Democrats and a protest by Republicans: this week in the Trump impeachment probe. Washington, DC – The impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump gained momentum this week as a top US diplomat in Ukraine linked the president to a pressure campaign aimed at forcing President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to investigate the 2016 and 2020 US elections. Tensions escalated between House Democrats leading the inquiry and Republicans trying to defend Trump. Republicans attempted and failed to censure Representative Adam Schiff, who is leading the Democratic…

Read More

For first time, Biden declares that Trump must be impeached

The Democratic presidential hopeful departs from usual campaign pitch to deliver blistering speech against Trump. US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Wednesday for the first time that President Donald Trump must be impeached for abusing the powers of his office to help his own reelection. Biden made the remarks as part of a blistering 25-minute speech in New Hampshire, departing from his usual campaign pitch and signalling that he will aggressively confront Trump as the president faces an impeachment inquiry rooted in his unfounded accusations that the former…

Read More

US judge rejects Trump challenge to release of his tax returns

Judge said immunity claim at odds with constitution, but appeals court blocked any handover of records for now. A US federal judge on Monday emphatically rejected President Donald Trump‘s challenge to the release of his tax returns to New York prosecutors, saying the president’s broad claim of immunity from all criminal investigations is at odds with the Constitution of the United States. But an appeals court blocked any handover of the records for now. The developments escalate the president’s battle to keep his finances under wraps, despite having promised during…

Read More

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…

Read More