With a 232-to-196 vote that almost perfectly tracked party lines, the House approved a resolution on Thursday that articulates guidelines for the impeachment inquiry, including procedures for public hearings,
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Two State Department foreign service officers with experience in Ukraine, Catherine M. Croft and Christopher J. Anderson, are testifying Wednesday before the House committees running the impeachment inquiry, reports the New York Times.
Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, is testifying Tuesday before the three House committees handling the impeachment inquiry, reports the New York Times.
President Trump announced on Sunday that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, was dead following an American military operation in Syria this weekend, reports the New York Times.
Lawyers representing former national security adviser John Bolton have discussed the potential for a closed-door deposition with the three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry, according to CNN.
House Republicans staged a protest which caused a five-hour delay in the impeachment inquiry deposition of Laura K. Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, reports the New York Times. The Republicans forced their way into a secure room of the House Intelligence Committee, which forced an appearance by the House sergeant-at-arms.
During closed-door testimony to Congress yesterday, William B. Taylor Jr., the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, detailed President Trump’s personal role in an effort to withhold security aid to Ukraine until President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly announced investigations involving the Biden family, reports the New York Times.
In conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, President Trump was repeatedly told that Ukraine was a hopelessly corrupt country, according to the Washington Post.
CNN reports that a convoy has successfully transported American military personnel from Syria into Iraq as part of President Trump’s withdrawal from Syria. The New York Times reports that Trump is now leaning in favor of a Pentagon plan to keep approximately 200 American troops in Syria, in part to prevent other parties from gaining access to oil fields.
President Trump confirmed that Energy Secretary Rick Perry would resign by the end of the year, reports Politico. Trump told reporters “We already have his replacement” and added, “Rick has done a fantastic job. But it was time.” The replacement has not yet been publicly identified.