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EU Ambassador set to testify Thursday in impeachment inquiry

October 11, 2019
Manu Raju, Katelyn Polantz | CNN
US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, a key witness within the State Department and to the President's action in the ongoing impeachment inquiry, intends to testify to the House under subpoena next Thursday, according to his lawyers.
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Witness in Trump-Ukraine Matter Ordered Not to Speak in Impeachment Inquiry

October 8, 2019
Michael Schmidt, Nicholas Fandos | The New York Times
The Trump administration directed a top American diplomat involved in its pressure campaign on Ukraine not to appear Tuesday morning for a scheduled interview in the House’s impeachment inquiry.
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What role did Rick Perry play in the Trump-Ukraine incidents at the heart of the impeachment inquiry?

October 8, 2019
Abby Livingston | Texas Tribune
One of the greatest marvels of the Trump presidency is how, given his boisterous, 14-year run as governor of Texas, Rick Perry has been one of the few senior administration officials to mostly avoid controversy. But nothing has quite engulfed so many players across the federal government as the sprawling controversy involving allegations that President Trump implicitly threatened to withhold military aid from the Ukrainian president if his government did not investigate the business activities of Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.
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‘A presidency of one’: Key federal agencies increasingly compelled to benefit Trump

October 2, 2019
Philip Rucker, Robert Costa | The Washington Post
As the impeachment drama has unfolded over the past week, a series of disclosures has illuminated President Trump’s command over key federal agencies, revealing how he has compelled them to pursue his personal and political goals, investigate his enemies and lend legitimacy to his theories about the 2016 election.
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Kurt Volker, Trump’s Envoy for Ukraine, Resigns

September 28, 2019
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Kurt D. Volker, the State Department’s special envoy for Ukraine who got caught in the middle of the pressure campaign by President Trump and his lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to find damaging information about Democrats, abruptly resigned his post on Friday.
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Trump Says He Wants ‘Complete Deal’ With China

September 21, 2019
Vivian Salama, William Mauldin | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump rejected suggestions that the U.S. would accept a partial trade agreement with China, saying his administration is “looking for a complete deal.”
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What attacks on Saudi oil sites mean for the U.S. and Iran

September 19, 2019
Yamiche Alcindor | PBS NewsHour
In Riyadh on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia showcased evidence it says proves Iran’s involvement in weekend airstrikes on two major Saudi oil facilities. Iran denies the claim, and given the strained relations between the two countries, how should the U.S. respond?
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Robert O’Brien ‘Looks the Part,’ but Has Spent Little Time Playing It

September 19, 2019
Michael Crowley, Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman | The New York Times
Even his many critics conceded that the former national security adviser John R. Bolton brought useful credentials to the job: decades of foreign policy experience and a keen grasp of how the gears of government turn.
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Trump Names Robert O’Brien as National Security Adviser

September 18, 2019
Vivian Salama | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump named Robert C. O’Brien as his new national security adviser, picking a top hostage-affairs official for the high-profile White House role. Mr. Trump tweeted the announcement Wednesday morning, writing “I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!”
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