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Yovanovitch describes weakened State Department, questions ‘smear’ campaign

November 16, 2019
Yamiche Alcindor, Lisa Desjardins | The PBS NewsHour
Marie Yovanovitch, who served as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine until she was abruptly recalled in May of this year, testified publicly as part of the impeachment inquiry on Friday. As Yovanovitch answered questions about why President Trump had dismissed her, Trump took to Twitter to launch new attacks against her.
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Impeachment witness provides firsthand account of hearing Trump demand ‘investigation’ of Bidens by Ukraine

November 16, 2019
Karoun Demirjian, Rachael Bade, Toluse Olorunnipa, John Hudson | The Washington Post
President Trump specifically inquired about political investigations he wanted carried out by Ukraine during a July phone call with a top U.S. diplomat who then told colleagues that the president was most interested in a probe into former vice president Joe Biden and his son, a State Department aide said Friday in closed-door testimony that could significantly advance House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
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Trump confidant Roger Stone convicted on all counts

November 16, 2019
Garrett Haake | NBC News
Roger Stone, a longtime Trump associate, was found guilty of seven felonies related to the 2016 presidential campaign on Friday.
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Rough Transcript of Trump’s First Phone Call With Ukrainian Leader Released

November 16, 2019
Mark Mazzetti, Eileen Sullivan | The New York Times
President Trump on Friday released a memorandum of an April telephone conversation he had with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that differed from a summary of the call released by the White House months ago.
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Trump Intervenes in War Crimes Cases Against Three U.S. Military Members

November 16, 2019
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump intervened in war crime cases against three members of the U.S. military on Friday, issuing pardons for two and restoring the rank of a third, all despite Pentagon concerns that such actions could undermine the military justice system.
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Trump talks Russia probe audit with attorney general and White House counsel in Oval Office meeting

November 15, 2019
Kaitlan Collins, Jim Acosta | CNN
President Donald Trump met with Attorney General William Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone in an Oval Office meeting Thursday afternoon in which the so-called Horowitz report came up in conversation, two sources told CNN.
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White House and Pentagon prepare for Trump to issue pardons in war-crimes cases, officials say

November 15, 2019
Josh Dawsey, Dan Lamothe | The Washington Post
President Trump is expected to intervene in three military justice cases involving service members charged with war crimes any day, issuing pardons or otherwise clearing them of wrongdoing and preventing the U.S. military from bringing the same charges again, three U.S. officials said Thursday.
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Despite tensions over Syria, Trump offers Erdogan a warm welcome

November 14, 2019
Amna Nawaz | The PBS NewsHour
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Washington Wednesday, prompting protests by Kurdish Americans and others outside the White House. Erdogan received a warm welcome from President Trump, but some Republicans in the Senate expressed concern about the friendly treatment only weeks after the Turkish military aggression in Syria that both parties in Congress decried.
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