Trump impeachment hearings updates: Judiciary panel takes over

New phase of Trump impeachment inquiry kicks off with first hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. Investigation refresher The inquiry centres on a call between Trump and Ukraine’s president in which Trump asks for a probe into the Bidens. Trump also wanted a probe into a conspiracy theory about the 2016 elections. At the time of the call, Trump was withholding $391m in military aid from Ukraine, and conditioned a White House meeting on the probes, according to witnesses. US House Democrats entered a new phase of the impeachment inquiry of President…

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HOTTOPIC: How come Donald Trump won if Hillary Clinton got more votes?

Many Americans wonder why Donald Trump became president after the 2016 election, since Hillary Clinton got more votes overall.                     Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to CuriousKidsUS@theconversation.com. How come Donald Trump won if Hillary Clinton got more votes? Ellen T., 8, Cambridge, Massachusetts In fact, Clinton got as many votes in 2016 as Barack Obama did in 2012. Hers were concentrated in fewer…

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Impeachment: What is it and how Trump can be impeached

How does it work? Which presidents have been impeached? A guide to US impeachment process. Amid controversy over a summer phone call between US President Donald Trump and the new leader of Ukraine, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered a formal impeachment inquiry of the US president in September. “No one is above the law,” she said as she announced the House was moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of Trump. Pelosi, a Democrat, had earlier resisted calls to begin impeachment proceedings, urging restraint as House committees aggressively investigated Trump, a…

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2020 campaign shows the more women run, the more they are treated like candidates – not tokens

Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon When Victoria Woodhull ran for president in 1872, she was depicted as “Mrs. Satan” in a political cartoon. When Sen. Margaret Chase Smith sought the Republican nomination in 1964, one columnist labeled her too old – at 66 – while others insisted she was attractive “for her age.” When Hillary Clinton sought the Democratic nomination in 2008 and the presidency in 2016, she was unable to escape gender-based tropes characterizing her as “calculating” and “power hungry.” But in observing the 2020 Democratic presidential primary…

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Trump impeachment inquiry: Fiona Hill, David Holmes to testify

Hearing marks last scheduled day of marathon sessions by Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee. Members of the United States House Intelligence Committee will question an official from the US embassy in Ukraine on Thursday as they seek to learn more about a phone call in which he says he overheard President Donald Trump ask about the status of an “investigation” into a political rival. The public impeachment hearing marks the last scheduled day of marathon sessions by the Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee focused on whether Trump wrongfully pressured Ukraine’s President Volodymyr…

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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.

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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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US National Security officials objected to stopping Ukraine aid

Democrats release new batch of testimony from Trump impeachment inquiry before public hearings. The view among the national security officials was unanimous: Military aid to Ukraine should not be stopped. But the White House’s acting chief of staff thought otherwise. That was the testimony of Laura Cooper, a Defense Department official, whose deposition was released Monday in the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. “My sense is that all of the senior leaders of the US national security departments and agencies were all unified in their – in their…

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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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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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Canada’s Justin Trudeau wins a minority government – what next?

Trudeau’s Liberals could work with the New Democratic Party in an ad hoc way to form a government, analysts say. Toronto, Canada – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term on Monday, but he lost his majority in Canada’s parliament. Now Canadians are watching closely to see what he’ll do next. Speeches in the early hours of Tuesday morning saw party leaders speaking over one another and striking a victorious tone. “I have heard you, my friends,” Trudeau said. “You are sending our Liberal team back to work,…

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Democrats’ 2020 race has a new shadow: Hillary Clinton

Her recent fracas with Gabbard and other headlines signal the former first lady remains a political lightning rod. Some Democrats are putting up caution signs for Hillary Clinton as she wades back into presidential politics by casting 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard as a “Russian asset”, mocking President Donald Trump‘s dealings with a foreign leader and drawing counterattacks from both. Bernie Sanders, who lost the 2016 nomination to Clinton and is running again in 2020, took to Twitter with implicit criticisms of his erstwhile rival. “People can disagree on issues,” Sanders…

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