A counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine told lawmakers that he was shocked to overhear a phone call in which a top diplomat assured President Trump that Ukrainian officials would pursue an investigation of interest to the U.S. commander in chief.
Using her most aggressive language yet, Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of committing “bribery” by seeking to use U.S. military aid as leverage to pressure the Ukrainian government to conduct investigations that could politically benefit the president.
The first day of public impeachment hearings unearthed new evidence potentially implicating President Trump more directly in a scheme to center American policy toward Ukraine on political investigations.
The House will begin the public phase of its impeachment inquiry with Democrats and Republicans prepared to offer competing narratives of whether President Trump inappropriately pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.
The House GOP's emerging plan to save Trump is to turn the blame on three of his deputies: E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and, possibly, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
President Trump wanted Attorney General Bill Barr to hold a news conference declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival.
The results of Tuesday’s off-year elections have left Republicans stumbling and increasingly uncertain about their own political fates next year, as they’re increasingly tied to an embattled and unpopular president.