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House Releases Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump

On Dec. 10, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D.-N.Y.) submitted a resolution of impeachment against President Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors. The first article was abuse of power, and the second was obstruction of Congress. The document is available here and below.

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Summary of Michael McKinley’s Deposition Testimony

Editor’s note: This is one of many summaries of depositions released by House impeachment investigators. The others are available here.

Former Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State Michael McKinley testified before Congress in the ongoing impeachment inquiry on Oct. 16. Below is a summary of his testimony, as compiled from the transcript of his deposition.

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Amb. William Taylor Testifies Before Impeachment Inquiry

Amb. William B. Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified on Tuesday before three House committees conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Trump's efforts to have the government of Ukraine interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential elections. Taylor's opening statement is available here and below.

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White House Sought to Restrict Fiona Hill Deposition

The deputy counsel to President Trump responded to a letter from counsel for Fiona Hill, the former Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs for the National Security Council. The White House letter argues that Hill should not discuss any classified information or any details subject to executive privilege during her deposition before three House Committees handling the impeachment inquiry. The letter can be found here and below.

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Office of the Director of National Intelligence Releases Section 702 Documents and Opinions

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released partially redacted documents related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s (FISC) authorization of the 2018 certifications under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The FISC initially approved most parts of the certification, but ruled that other aspects of the FBI protocols concerning information regarding U.S. persons were inadequate.

The Ukraine Connection

House Chairmen Request Documents from Vice President Pence

The chairmen of three House committees—Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence—requested the production of several documents from Vice President Mike Pence related to his involvement in the Ukraine scandal. The chairmens’ letter references recent news reports that sparked questions about Pence’s role in the administration’s pressuring of the Ukrainian government. The letter is available here and below.

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Congress Releases Ukraine-Related Text Messages

Thursday evening, the chairmen of the three House Committees—Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence—released text messages provided by Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy for Ukraine, as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s efforts to encourage Ukrainian officials to initiate an investigation of his possible political opponents in the 2020 presidential election.

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New Filings in President Trump’s Lawsuit against Manhattan District Attorney

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York released a series of documents revealing that President Trump is suing both Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and the accounting firm Mazars over an attempt to obtain his tax returns. The complaint filed by lawyers of Trump suggests the request is unconstitutional since a sitting President cannot be criminally investigated. The court documents can be found here and below.

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