Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Mikhaila Fogel
Monday, September 30, 2019, 4:13 PM

The House Committees on Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight and Reform have subpoeaned President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani for documents related to his contacts with Ukraine in connection with their impeachment inquiry, according to a committee press release.

Rep. Adam Schiff said that the House Intelligence Committee has reached a deal to hear testimony from the anonymous intelligence community whistleblower, whose complaint set off a firestorm leading to the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, reports the Washington Post. The whistleblower’s attorneys, meanwhile, have said that no date or time has been set for the testimony.

President Trump warned on Twitter that Democrat-led impeachment proceedings against him could spark civil war, says the Associated Press. Trump also appeared to ponder on Twitter whether Schiff should be arrested for treason for his recent statements about the president’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to CNBC.

Tom Bossert, Trump's former homeland security adviser, said that the president was repeatedly warned that there was no basis for the conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered with the 2016 presidential election on behalf of the Democrats, reports the New York Times. Bossert claims that aids gave Trump these warnings long before Trump brought up the issue with Zelensky during the now-infamous phone call on July 25.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman denied in an interview with “60 Minutes” that he had any involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite a CIA assessment that found he authorized the slaying, says the Post. In what seemed to be an attempt to appease Western critics, the crown prince, however, stated that he takes “full responsibility” for the crime because it was committed by members of the Saudi government.

China has quietly doubled the number of troops stationed in Hong Kong, reports Reuters.

Several individuals in Kashmir have reported abuse by Indian army soldiers, according to the Post. The Indian military has denied the accusations.

The Times published an extensive and chilling report on the massive increase in online images of child sex abuse.

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Benjamin Wittes reported that the FBI did not know that Trump had told the Russians he didn’t care about election interference.

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Jacob Schulz shared a subpoena issued by three congressional committees—Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence—for testimony from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Austin Carson warned of the dangers of a loyalist Director of National Intelligence.

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