What's Next: Depositions turn to the White House

Monday, 28 Oct, 2019

Kelly's comments come after the new acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, boldly confirmed and then denied earlier this month that Trump froze almost $400 million in USA security aid to Ukraine to apply pressure to the Ukrainian government for an investigation into corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter.

Democrats offered no details of the testimony, however, and it was not clear what Reeker may have corroborated.

"I don't think it alters the trajectory of our politics in any way necessarily, but without question, for the president it's a huge win".

Other Republicans, like Utah Sen.

The chairmen also said Kupperman's defiance of the subpoena would constitute evidence in a contempt proceeding as well as additional evidence of Trump's obstruction of the inquiry. "He just wants to come back into the action like everybody else does".

The White House on Saturday released a statement from Trump denying that Kelly ever delivered that warning, in his first public rift with a former chief of staff.

Mr Trump offered vivid and sometimes grisly details about the raid and the Islamic State leader's demise, which he claimed was "bigger" than the 2011 U.S. killing of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

On Tuesday, lawmakers hope to hear from Alexander Vindman, the White House National Security Council's top Ukraine expert.

In early February of 1998 as Ken Starr assured reporters his behind-closed-doors impeachment inquiry was moving expeditiously and Bill Clinton was announcing he had no intention of stepping down, CNN and Time conducted a poll asking whether Americans supported impeachment. "We will continue the fight relentlessly against Daesh, with our partners, adapting ourselves to the new regional circumstances", French Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Twitter, using another term for IS.

Mr Kupperman's filing says that "an erroneous judgment to abide by the president's assertion of testimonial immunity would unlawfully impede the House from carrying out one of its most important core constitutional responsibilities" - the power of impeachment - and would subject Mr Kupperman to "potential criminal liability for contempt of Congress".

Senate majority leader Republican Mitch McConnell, who also strongly condemned the troop withdrawal, said on Sunday he applauded the news and was grateful "to President Trump and his team for their leadership".

The difference now is that impeachment has poisoned any kind of relationship Trump has with Democrats, meaning two branches of government essentially aren't talking to each other. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), though The Times didn't mention the impeachment procedures against Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. The Senate now has 53 Republicans and 45 Democrats, plus two independents who caucus with the Democrats.

But many were quick to point out that Baghdadi's death did not put an end to Islamic State and that Mr Trump had no strategy for the region. But it also comes as the USA military is pulling back in Syria, a move analysts warn could allow for an ISIS resurgence.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday night that the lawyer, Robert Luskin, had told the outlet his client had answered in the affirmative when a House member asked if Trump's demand that Ukraine investigate 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden and Ukraine's alleged election interference in 2016 in exchange for a White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky amounted to quid pro quo.

Another said, "Still pretty awesome how many former, and current, administration officials acknowledge that the president is basically a toddler who must be babysat to prevent him from getting into big trouble".