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- The president told reporters on Thursday that Ukraine and China should "investigate" the biden. At the beginning of May, released from imprisonment for three months, she was given the ultimatum to leave her post implicitly or to take consequences A former White House official told Pompeo not to interfere with her probe.
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that he was at a conference call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump called on Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. During the July call, White House officials postponed a call to a highly classified computer system, severely restricting access. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en Ukraine should launch an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden and publicly expose what he is accused of alleging in the democratization of the House Democrats against the Ukrainian president in July.
"I would say President Zelensky, if it were so I would initiate an investigation of the Biden," he said, referring to the Ukrainian leader.
On Thursday, Trump told reporters on the White House lawn that the Chinese president may want to investigate Biden and his son.
"Sure, it's something we should think about," he said.
His comments came when Kurt Volker, the former Special Envoy, who abruptly resigned last week, came to the House of Representatives for an interview on his dealings with Ukraine.
Also On Thursday, the Pentagon announced it had started releasing $ 250 million in June to Congress approved aid to Ukraine. At the end of July, on July 25 or 26, the White House Administration and Budget Office ordered a payout break. Mr. Trump's conversation with Zelensky took place on July 25th.
On Wednesday, Mr. Trump angrily smashed Democrats heading the impeachment investigation and the whistleblower whose complaint prompted him to do so, accusing a house chairman of the betrayal and saying only "legitimate." Whistleblowers should be eligible for protection against retaliation.
Volker concludes statement of the house
19:12: Kurt Volker, former Special Representative for Ukraine, ended the statement after 9.5 hours behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee Thursday. – Rebecca Kaplan
Ex-USA. Ambassador to Ukraine has received ultimatum to leave, says source
18:42: A former official told CBS News that it was former US ambassador to the Ukraine, Marie "Masha" Yovanovitch, who realized in the spring that it was the White House Had problem with her. She was given the ultimatum to leave her post in Kiev tacitly or face consequences, the official said. Giuliani also said that he had personally discussed the matter with Pompeo. Pompeo agreed to the removal, but has not replaced it since.
Despite extraordinary targeted political attacks in Ukraine and Donald Trump Jr., Pompeo never publicly defended Yovanovitch, which caused much concern in the foreign service. Yovanovitch is a three-time ambassador and highly respected among other diplomats.
The former official told CBS News that the fact that someone as senior as a US ambassador might be exposed to political goals has sparked scares by the State Department.
] "It's about nobody reporting," said a high-ranking foreign service official. "There has been no word of defense or support."
"These are career professions and they do not make politics, they serve their country just like the military, this is not Obama's ambassador, this is the US Ambassador"
The official said the government "politicized the Foreign Office. But this is another level. "
It is ultimately up to the State Department to decide whether to allow Yovanovitch to appear before Congress next week. It is still being negotiated how the expected deposit should occur. Among these details is the question of who will be in the room with her when she answers questions. Foreign Ministry lawyers would represent the administration, not Yovanovitch.
"Masha still needs a permit," said this high-ranking Foreign Service Officer.
George Kent, deputy secretary in the European and Eurasian bureau, is also expected to be deposed. Kent's e-mail exchange, which in March 2019 expressed concern over the politically-motivated attacks on Yovanovitch, was revealed in documents submitted to the US State Department's Inspector General on Wednesday and received by CBS News. – Margaret Brennan
Top Counterespionage Commends Whistleblower Protection
17:05 pm: Strong whistleblower protection for secret service employees The highest US counter-intelligence officer is to prevent the fight against potential espionage threats by the best opponents of the country. He weighed amidst the attacks of the president and his allies on the anonymous intelligence whistleblower.
"As head of counterintelligence, I want to champion the Whistleblower Protection Act," said Bill Evanina, who served as director of National Counterintelligence and Security Center since 2014, said this week. "We believe this to be a workable, productive legislative act that encourages intelligence community members to use it to facilitate their frustration or identify wastage, fraud and abuse." – Olivia Gazis
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GOP Senator Joni Ernst heats up with voters over Trump and Biden
16:13: The President's repeated suggestion that Heads of State and Government should investigate Joe Biden is affecting some voters. In Templeton, Iowa, Republican Senator Joni Ernst was pressured Thursday morning by a woman over Mr. Trump's claim that China wants to investigate Joe Biden. "We need to talk to Xi Jinping, President Xi, and have him examined by Joe Biden "said the woman. "How does that help someone?"
The question was greeted by scattered applause in the room.
The woman who identified herself as an independent voter said, "We get conspiracy theories and we get lies and everything but what we really need to know and what we really ask of him."
"And where is When will you say enough and get up and say, "I do not support any of that," she said, berating Ernst and her Senate colleagues.
"You are still standing in silence, and your silence supports him and does not get up. You have taken an oath. You did not oath to the President. You pledged it to our country. You promised our Constitution. She said to applause.
"When will you start to get up and actually be there for us?" She said.
Ernst answered, "I can say, yes, no, whatever." The president will say what the president will do. It is up to us as members of Congress to continue to work with our allies.
When the questioner attached a request to whistleblowers, Ernst replied, "Whistleblowers have a request please let the people out there know. "- Nancy Cordes and Alan He
US State Department approves sale of spearhorses in the amount of 39.2 million USD to Ukraine
15:38: The US State Department informed Congress that it had approved a potential sale of $ 39.2 million of 150 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 10 launchers to the Ukrainian government. The spears were discussed during the July 25 call between Mr. Trump and Zelensky, the President of Ukraine.
In the call, Zelensky said he was "almost ready" to buy the rockets that could destroy Russian tanks. Zelensky's comment prompted Mr. Trump to reply that he "would ask you to do us a favor" and strengthen Ukraine's cooperation with the Ministry of Justice investigation into the origins of the millimeter probe. Mr. Trump raised the Bidens later in the call.
The State Department said the agreement, which is not final, also included training and support services.
"This proposed sale will contribute to foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of Ukraine," said the ministry in its communication to Congress. "The spear system will help Ukraine to develop its long-term defense capabilities to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity and to meet its national defense requirements." – Stefan Becket
Trump suspects that big pharma is partly behind the hoax of impeachment.
2:47 p.m.: The president, who delivered a speech on Medicare in an age community in Florida, suggested that pharmaceutical companies could be partially responsible for the impeachment fraud that bothers his presidency.
Mr. Trump said he would be "very surprised" if the Democrats' impeachment drive did not come, at least in part, from the drug companies the Trump administration is trying to lower drug prices. – Kathryn Watson
Pence defends Trump and asks the Ukrainian president to investigate Bidens.
14:02 pm: Vice President Mike Pence, who has spoken little publicly about impeachment or the Ukraine controversy, supported his boss because he had asked Zelensky to investigate the bidens.
"I believe the American people have a right to know whether the United States Vice President or his family has benefited from his position as Vice President during the last government, to look back and understand what really happened "Pence told reporters in a short talk in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Pence met Zelensky twice last month. – Kathryn Watson
Pentagon says nobody from the Ministry of Defense has been called in Ukraine.
12:26 pm Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Thursday that no one from the Ministry of Defense is in Ukraine. Trump's controversial call to the President of Ukraine.
The names of all callers are unclear. Pompeo did not seem to know the ABC News call last month, but admitted he was on the phone this week. – Kathryn Watson
McCarthy writes to Pelosi and calls for impeachment
11:57 am: Kevin McCarthy, chairman of the House Minority, sent a letter to spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi with a number of Questions on their intentions to carry out the impeachment procedure, whether they intend to vote on subjects of impeachment and whether committee members have the same powers to summon chairmen.
McCarthy said that if Pelosi answered "no" to any of his questions, she would "act in direct contradiction to all the modern impeachment of a sitting president" and create a process "that has no merit or legitimacy".
McCarthy is a staunch ally of the president and has condemned the impeachment trial. In an interview with "60 Minutes," which was released on Sunday, McCarthy said that "President has not done anything in this phone call, which can not be explained," and referred to Mr. Trump's call with Zelensky.
Trump suggests that Ukraine and China investigate the Bidens
10:36 pm: Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn before leaving for Florida, Trump suggested that China and Ukraine investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden at House South Lawn, which Zelensky specifically states Mr. Trump replied:
"Well, I would think, if they were honest, they would launch a full Bidens investigation," Mr. Trump said. "It's a very simple answer, you should examine the Bidens, because how does a newly formed company – and all these companies, if you look at China and incidentally also China – should start an investigation of the Bidens " Because that, what happened in China is as bad as what happened in Ukraine. So, I would say, President Zelensky, if it were me, I would recommend starting an inquiry into the bid, since nobody has any doubt that they are not falsified.
Giuliani Tweets Text Messages Between Himself and Volker  10:21 am: Mr. Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has a text exchange on Thursday morning between him and former US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker tweeted submission today.
Volker, who resigned last week, is a key figure in the whistleblower complaint. The complaint stated that the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, joined the day after his call Mr. Trump met with Zelensky The State Department announced this summer that Volker Giuliani had been linked to Ukrainian presidential advisor Andriy Yermak at the request of Yermak. The text messages posted by Giuliani on Twitter show Volker trying to arrange a meeting between Yermak and To arrange Giuliani.
Pentagon was instructed to suspend financing of Ukraine by July 25
10:19 am: The Ministry of Defense announced that it had begun releasing $ 250 million in June approved aid for Ukraine, and the White House Administration and Budget Office ordered a withdrawal pause on July 25 or 26 , President Trump's conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky took place on July 25.
CBS News confirmed last week that Mr. Trump had ordered Reigning Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to withhold clearance of aid at least a week before his call to Zelensky.
The Pentagon has been approved By the end of the fiscal year, September 30, $ 214 million had been committed out of the approved $ 250 million.
The remainder will be disbursed as part of a continued Congressional resolution allowing the Commission to seek assistance The Treasury Department continues to pay out funds beyond the end of the fiscal year. – David Martin
Kurt Volker appears before the House Committees
9:00 Kurt Volker, former US Special Representative to Ukraine, will appear in a closed deposit before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Volker, quoted in the whistleblower complaint, stepped down last week.
The complaint alleges that Volker went to Kiev at the end of July, met with Zelensky and other Ukrainian politicians, and "reportedly gave advice to the Ukrainian leadership on how to address the demands the President had made on Mr. Zelenskyy. "Navigates."
The Australian Ambassador says Australia will assist in investigating the origins of Russia's investigation
8:29 am: Joe Hockey, the Australian ambassador to the US, wrote a letter GOP Senator Lindsey Graham said that Australia's Attorney General William Barr will assist in his investigation into the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
"I can assure you that the Australian Government I find we have publicly talked about our willingness to cooperate," Hockey said in his letter to Graham, citing a May letter to Barr in which Hock pointed out They offered the support of Australia.
Graham sent a letter to the Prime Ministers of Australia, the United Kingdom and Italy on Wednesday requesting that these governments work with Barr in his investigation. Graham quoted a New York Times report released this week stating that Barr was seeking help from these governments.
Pelosi says the referendum vote in the House of Representatives is not inevitable.
8:01 am: In an Interview with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, Pelosi, said that impeachment in parliament is not essential.
"I do not think so, no, I think we just go ahead and follow the facts," Pelosi said when asked if the House would definitely vote on impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump. She added that voting would not be "fair" for the constitution. – Grace Segers
Trump Tweets on Fox News Report
07:01: Mr. Trump tweeted about a report released Wednesday in Fox News stating that former Ukrainian Attorney General Viktor Shokin Giuliani had told him should not investigate any biogas company affiliated with Biden's son.
There is no evidence that Biden relied on the Ukrainian government to dismiss Shokin for investigating the company, or even that Shokin was investigating the company.
"The controversy surrounding Ukraine continues this morning as new documents received by @ FoxNews show that a former Ukrainian prosecutor said he was forced to look back into a company affiliated with Hunter Biden "@MariaBartiromo Has anyone other than Fake News Protectors any doubts?" Trump quoted Fox Business presenter Maria Bartiromo.
Giuliani's record of his conversation with Shokin was part of a document issued by the US State Department's Inspector General on Wednesday
Giuliani has previously accused the former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko told Shokin to stop investigating the gas company.
However, Poroshenko denies the allegations that he has instructed Shokin to stop investigating the company was generally considered ineffective and corrupt, and the Ukrainian parliament voted in favor He was dismissed and the international community had expressed concerns about his work. – Grace Segers and Erin Lyall
Giuliani confirm that documents that were made available to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are from him.
6:12 pm: In interviews on Fox News and CNN, Giuliani confirmed that some of the documents relating to Ukraine submitted to the State Department's Inspector General came from him. The Foreign Ministry's IG held a meeting with congressional workers on Wednesday to share the documents with allegations of Biden's wrongdoing.
At a Capitol Hill meeting, the IG presented participants with a pack of "hallucinatory, propagandistic" materials and articles According to Democrat Representative Jamie Raskin and the congressional a few months ago, Ukraine, Biden, Giuliani, Trump hotels and others Affairs.
Given the controversy surrounding Ukraine, Inspector General Steve Linick decided it was best to share the materials with Congress.
The cover page claimed – in calligraphy – that it was sent by the White House, but nobody really knows who sent the materials. Raskin said he would investigate the "disturbing" materials, but told reporters, "It feels like a completely irrelevant distraction from the work at hand."
An advisor to the Senate called the briefing "strange."
In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Giuliani said the IG's meeting with the Democrats had failed because they received an "absolutely terrific" account of how Biden is allegedly guilty.
"What they got pushed down is absolutely complete It's a joke that I even have to describe it to you," Giuliani said about informing the IG. – Nancy Cordes, Stefan Becket, and Grace Segers
The whistleblower's lawyer said no one was involved in drafting a complaint.
Wednesday, 9:22 pm: Mark Zaid, one of the whistleblower's attorneys, said his client wrote a draft "We can absolutely confirm that the whistleblower wrote the complaint completely himself," Zaid said in a statement , "Andrew Bakaj, lead adviser, gave guidance on the procedure but was not involved in drafting the document and did not check it in advance."
Zaid said no one in the legal team had seen the complaint until then. She was released by the committee, adding that "no member or congressional staff has entered or reviewed the complaint before being presented to the Inspector General." – Olivia Gazis and Stefan Becket
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Whistleblower Lawyer: Customer Never Talked to Vessel About Complaint
Wednesday, 16:10 pm: Mark Zaid, a lawyer who represents the whistleblower, said in a statement that his client never complained Have discussed ship.
"I can assert unequivocally that neither a member of the legal department nor the whistleblower ever met or talked to Congressman Schiff about this issue, Zaid said.
Zaid also said that there is no contact between the Legal Department and the Congress gave up almost a month after filing the complaint with the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Intelligence Committee on September 9.
In his earlier statement, a spokesman for the committee said the whistleblower "contacted the committee for advice" and the staff advised the person to appoint a lawyer and the i nspector general – Olivia Gazis
Statement by the House Intelligence Committee on the New York Times report
Wednesday, 15:05 pm: A spokesman for Ship and the House Intelligence Committee made a statement in which a New York Times reports that d Whistleblower asked a colleague to appeal to the committee before filing the complaint:
"Like other whistleblowers who have previously worked under republican and democratically controlled committees, the whistleblower turned to the committee to Reporting Guidelines Possible misconduct in the intelligence community: This is regularly the case due to the unique oversight role and responsibilities of the committee. In line with the committee's long-standing procedures, the committee's staff recommended that the whistleblower contact a General Inspector and contact a lawyer.
"The Committee has never reviewed or received the complaint in advance, and the Office of the Director of the National Intelligence Service refused, at the behest of the White House, to refer the matter or content of the complaint to the Committee, although this was required by law and deemed "credible" and "of grave concern" by the Inspector General of Intelligence. The committee received the complaint only the night before the public hearing of the acting Director of the National Intelligence Service before the committee – more than three weeks after the statutory deadline by which the committee should have received the complaint.
"The whistleblower should be The committee expects them to be fully protected despite the President's threats and that these facts about the President's abuse of power can only come to light through their courage. The Committee – and the nation – rely on courageous members intelligence agencies to sound the alarm and use established channels. "
Trump says he will cooperate with summoning the house.
Wednesday, 14:43: At his press conference in the East Room, Mr. Trump said he would cooperate with a subpoena threatening to release three House committees if the White House does not have a Friday deadline for surrender of documents.
"Well, I always work together," Mr. Trump said before immediately launching a defense of the demand and reiterating several issues on Wednesday from his availability in the press.
"We will work with Shifty Ship and Pelosi and all, and we'll see what happens," Trump said, referring to the chairman of the intelligence committee. He called the controversy over the whistleblower complaint "a fraudulent crime on the American people."
He again humiliated the whistleblower who wrote the complaint, "I have great respect for whistleblowers, but only if they are real."
Asked about a New York Times report that the whistleblower had turned to a House Committee employee before submitting the complaint, Mr. Trump said it was "a scandal" and said Schiff had "probably helped the whistleblower
"He knew beforehand, and he also helped write it," Mr. Trump said about the vessel, misclassifying the Times report – Grace Seger's
trump doubled Criticism of Ship, Whistleblower
Mittwoch, 13:02 Uhr : Der Präsident grüßte den finnischen Präsidenten Sauli Niinistö am Mittwoch im Oval Office. Herr Trump wiederholte seinen Vorschlag, dass Schiff, ein kalifornischer Demokrat, Verrat begangen habe, indem er ihn kürzlich in einer Anhörung umformulierte Oval Office, wie Niinistö weiterblickte.
In einer verwirrenden Aussage behauptete Herr Trump, Schiff könne Pompeos "leeren" Riemen nicht einmal halten. Der Präsident wird am Mittwochnachmittag eine gemeinsame Pressekonferenz mit dem finnischen Staatschef abhalten. – Kathryn Watson
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Schiff: Trumps Whistleblower kommentiert eine "Aufstachelung zur Gewalt"
Mittwoch, 11:35 Uhr: Der Vorsitzende des Geheimdienstausschusses, Adam Schiff, sagte, dass die Äußerungen von Herrn Trump, die den Whistleblower herabsetzen, einer" Aufstachelung zur Gewalt "gleichkommen.
" Dies ist eine eklatante Anstrengung, Zeugen einzuschüchtern. Es ist eine Anstiftung zu Gewalt ", sagte Schiff in einer gemeinsamen Pressekonferenz mit der Sprecherin Nancy Pelosi.
Mr. Trump hat wiederholt erklärt, er wolle die Identität des Whistleblowers wissen, und er habe vorgeschlagen, dass der Whistleblower ein Partisanendarsteller sei.
Schiff kritisierte auch Pompeo, der sich gegen die im Whistleblower erwähnten Äußerungen mehrerer aktueller und ehemaliger Beamter des Außenministeriums aus dem Kongress aussprach Beschwerde.
Schiff sagte, jeder Versuch, sich in die Untersuchung des Kongresses einzumischen, werde als Beweis für eine Behinderung angesehen einen ausländischen Führer dazu zu zwingen, Schmutz zu erzeugen, den er gegen einen politischen Gegner verwenden kann, und dass er den Fall der Behinderung verschärft, wenn er sich so verhält ", sagte Schiff. – Grace Segers