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- Two foreign-born men with links to the president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, were charged with financial campaign filing arrested. CBS News has learned the full content of a memo that the whistleblower received the day before the conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en Ukrainian president presided in July, Trump urged Ukraine to investigate against Joe Biden.
- Shortly after the call in July, White House officials posted a record of the call on a highly classified computer system, severely restricting access to it.
- The representative of the House of Representatives is quoted as saying that it is "crazy," "scary," and "completely devoid of content in terms of national security."
Men Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are alleged to have teamed up to "circumvent the federal laws against foreign interference" by referring to a "According to an indictment in the southern district of New York, foreign funds are intended to be candidates for a Federal and State Office be forwarded ". Two other men, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin, are also charged.
According to the indictment, both are US citizens. Parnas was born in Ukraine while Fruman was born in Belarus, prosecutors said. They are expected to appear in court on Thursday afternoon in Virginia.
An FBI official said at a New York press conference that Parnas and Fruman were arrested Wednesday night at Dulles International Airport outside of Washington as they tried to leave the country.  Both Parnas and Fruman donated to Republican campaigns and in 2018 donated $ 325,000 to America First Action, a pro-Trump Super PAC.
The House committees issued new subpoenas on Thursday demanding documents from the men. Previously, the committees had requested the voluntary handover of documents.
On Wednesday, CBS News learned the full contents of a whistleblower's apparent memo, one day after President Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July.
] The July 26th memo is based on a conversation the whistleblower had with a nameless White House official who overheard the call.
"The official described the call as" crazy "," scary "and" completely missing "substance related to national security," it states in the Message. "The official claimed that the president had used the call to persuade the Ukrainian authorities to investigate his political rivals, mainly former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter."
According to a source familiar with the matter, the memo was one of the factors that prompted the Inspector General of Intelligence to consider the official complaint made by the informant on 12 August as credible. The Inspector General said Friday behind closed doors in front of the Three House Committee, which led the impeachment investigation.
The whistleblower's lawyers pushed back reports about their client's political leanings, candidate, campaign or party, "said a statement by Mark Zaid and Andrew Bakaj." Second, our client has spent his entire government career in non-political civil servant positions in the executive branch , Third, our client in these positions has been in contact with presidential candidates of both parties in their roles as elected officials – not as candidates.
Prosecutors Announce Charges Against Giuliani Employees
13:51 pm: New York authorities will hold a press conference to discuss the charges against Parnas, Fruman, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin. See it live.
Romney responds to Trump's attacks and says he has not decided how he would vote on impeachment.
13:30: [UtahSenMittRomneyoneofthefewRepublicans criticizing this When he called the Ukrainian president, the president said he had not decided how to vote against the Senate in a possible trial.
"No," Romney said, asking if he would attend a small press conference afterwards A Round Table on the Health Consequences of Steaming in Utah.
Romney condemned the President's request to Ukraine to investigate the Biden, saying that he did not deprive In his opinion, it is okay for a president to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political issue, rival, a position that many of his Republican colleagues had trouble articulating.
After the President's Twitter attacks against him – the President demanded Romney's impeachment and called him a "pompous ass" – Romney jokingly pleaded with a reporter, "Oh, do not repeat that em!"
"First I do not follow the President on Twitter, so I do not see all of his tweets, "Romney said. "But second, in my business, if you're worried about criticism, you're in the wrong business."
(Romney actually followed the President from that date, based on his list below ].)
Romney said he had not discussed the impeachment with other senators. The congress has been on break since the end of September and returns next week. – Kathryn Watson
House Democrats summoned Giuliani staff
12:23 pm: House committees overseeing the impeachment investigation summoned submissions for documents from Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, Giuliani employees, The committees had previously asked the men to voluntarily submit a series of documents, including any documents relating to their efforts or the efforts of others to convince Ukrainian officials to investigate the Biden, the Democratic National Committee, or Hillary Clinton.
"Their clients are private individuals who are not executive employees, and can not evade Congressional requests for documents and information necessary to conduct our investigation," the committee chairmen said. "You are legally obliged to comply with the attached summons."
The subpoenas set a deadline of October 16 for the couple to produce the documents. The Chairmen also said that they expect the men to testify before the committee "at a later date".
State Department official monitoring Ukraine's policy will be deposed on Tuesday.
12:00 pm: George Kent, Ministry of Foreign Affairs It is planned that the Congress will release official supervision of Ukraine policy in a closed session on Tuesday. Kent, who served as deputy chief of mission in Kiev from 2015 to 2018, was not mentioned in the whistleblower complaint. He was originally supposed to appear on October 7th.
Around the same time as Ukrainian military aid was released in mid-September, Kent commented on US efforts to secure access to reliable radio news for Ukrainians in order to counter the spread of Russian propaganda with air waves along the border between the two both countries. In his speech, Kent noted that since 2014, the US has provided "more than $ 3 billion in aid to the Ukraine in several areas, including security."
Kent is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Foreign Ministry Office
Barr was informed in February of the case of Giuliani employees
10:52 pm: Attorney General William Barr was briefly arrested in February informed of his confirmation of the case by Giuliani's employees.
The lawyer General has received additional information in recent weeks and fully supports the case. The Attorney General did not have to approve the charge because the case had not progressed so much that he had to interfere. – Paula Reid
Two foreign-born men who helped Rudy Giuliani arrest in Ukraine on charges of financial indictment
9:58 pm: CBS News has confirmed that two foreign-born Men Who Helped The president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was arrested in his investigative efforts against Joe and Hunter Biden on charges of campaign funding.
According to an official of the Ministry of Justice, the men Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were charged on charges of "The US law firm in Manhattan has plotted to" circumvent the federal laws against foreign interference by offering a program to transfer foreign funds to candidates for Federal and state offices "to gain potential influence among the candidates and the government.
Both men donated to Republican campaigns and in 2018 donated $ 325,000 to America First Action, a pro-Trump Super PAC. In a statement, an AFA spokesman stated that it had "paid this contribution to a separate bank account" [and] it was not used for any purpose and the funds remain on this separate account until these matters are resolved.
Giuliani has pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden's efforts to overthrow a former Ukrainian Attorney General as Vice President, without evidence that the Attorney General investigated a Ukrainian gas company with links to Hunter Biden.
– Paula Reid, Grace Segers, Kathryn Watson
The Ukrainian president said he did not know that assistance had come in July.
7:24: In a press conference in Kiev, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told CBS News that he did not know that hundreds of millions of dollars of military aid were being held back when he was arrested on 25 July Trump spoke.
The White House stopped at this time to help Ukraine, though this aid was finally released. During the phone conversation, Mr. Trump Zelensky, whose country relies heavily on US aid to counter Russia, asked to examine the biden. – Kathryn Watson
House Democrats demand testimony from Fiona Hill, former senior adviser to the NSC Russia
Wednesday, 23:11 pm: The Democratic chairmen of the House's committees have intelligence, foreign affairs and oversight Asked Fiona Hill to comment on the committees at 10:00 on 14 October. Hill was a member of the National Security Council from 2017 until last August and specializes in European and Russian affairs.
This is not a summons but an application for her appearance and documents related to her time as senior director of the National Security Council (NSC) for Russia. The chairpersons asked for materials related to the call between Mr. Trump and Mr. Zelensky, for the identity of the persons involved in the call, including the persons who listened to him and the persons who transcribed him.
Hill left NSC for the private sector in June. She was replaced by Tim Morrison. – Arden Farhi
Trey Gowdy Joins Trump's External Legal Team
Wednesday, 19:39: Former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy joins the president's external legal team as "Advisor to the President," Attorney Jay Sekulov said on Wednesday, his intervention will serve the president well, " Sekulow said, "Trey's law-abiding is well known and his service on Capitol Hill will be a great asset to our team."
Gowdy, a former federal attorney, was a key figure in the Republicans' yearlong investigation into the 2012 attack on the US Benghazi Consulate decided against applying for re-election in the 2018 intermediate elections – Paula Reid
Giuliani argues that whistleblower memo discredits appeal
Wednesday, 18:03 Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, told CBS News that he believed the whistleblower's memo was discredited nd the official of the White House who discussed the Ukraine call.
"That poor little sissy was all worried, this guy was visibly shaken." I think a 5 year old would not be visibly shaken by that, no one threatened anyone, "Giuliani said. "I hope he is in a mental hospital."
He also criticized the description of the call as "lack of substance in the context of national security" and said: "Half of the call concerned European relations and how much Europe pays, perhaps he heard another conversation." – Weijia Jiang
The whistleblower's attorneys claim that the client has spent a career in "unpolitical" roles.
Wednesday, 17:17: Whistleblower's legal team made a statement clarifying their clients' background and career as a response to reports of the person's political inclinations.
"First, our client has never worked for or advised a political candidate, campaign, or party," states Mark Zaid and Andrew Bakaj. "Second, our client has spent his entire government career in non-political civil servant positions in the executive branch." Third, our client in these positions has been in contact with presidential candidates of both parties in their roles as elected officials rather than candidates. "
One familiar with the matter CBS News reported that the whistleblower had a "prior working relationship with a current 2020 Democratic presidential candidate". – Stefan Becket
Trump says ship should be "prosecuted" and "charged"
Wednesday, 16:22: Speaking to White House reporters, Mr. Trump repeated several allegations about his call to Zelensky and said the call was "perfect." He also continued his criticism of the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff.
"There are people who claim he should be prosecuted for what he did … he should definitely be charged," Trump said of the ship. The deputies are not subject to impeachment.
Mr. Trump also suggested keeping details of his call to Zelensky secret because of the danger of leakages to the press.
"I suppose these were leaks," Trump said. "Because this city is like the leaky capital of the world." The call's log has been moved to a more secure server than is typical of most calls between the president and foreign leaders.
Mr. Trump also repeated his concern about a "spy" who was listening to important calls.
"We could have a spy, and I do not want spies when I negotiate with China and Syria," he said. "I do not want spies in the White House." – Grace Seger's
whistleblower had an "earlier working relationship" with the current Democratic candidate. Source:
Wednesday, 16:20: The Whistleblower is a Registered Democrat with a "Previous Working Relationship with a Current Democratic Presidential Candidate for 2020," a source familiar with the affair told CBS News Legislators which candidate the whistleblower was associated with in 2020, out of fear that this might reveal the identity of the whistleblower.
The nature of the "previous working relationship" remains unclear. The Washington Examiner first reported that the whistleblower had a "professional relationship" with a Democratic candidate.
Read the full story here. – Arden Farhi and Kathryn Watson
Read the whistleblower's memo about Trump's call in Ukraine, as described in CBS News.
Wednesday, 15:06: CBS News has learned the full content one day, after Mr. Trump spoke to the Ukrainian president in July, it seems to be a memo.
The memo of July 26 is based on a conversation that the whistleblower has had with a nameless White House official listening to the call.
According to a source familiar with the matter, the memo was one of the factors that led the Inspector General of Intelligence to declare the official complaint made by the whistleblower on 12 August credible. The Inspector General said on Friday behind closed doors in front of the three-member committee that led the impeachment investigation.
Read the full memo as described in the CBS News here. – Arden Farhi
Biden calls for the first time the impeachment of Trump
Wednesday, 13:50: The former vice president spoke in New Hampshire and spoke for the first time that the President "should be charged".
"Donald Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation, and committed lucrative acts," Biden said. "He should be charged."
Read the full story here .