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Trump impeachment evidence overwhelming – House report

Trump impeachment evidence overwhelming – House report

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Evidence for impeaching US President Donald Trump for misconduct in office is "overwhelming", according to the panel leading the impeachment inquiry.The president placed personal political interests "above the national interests of the United States", it states in a key report to House lawmakers.Evidence of misconduct was overwhelming "and so too is the evidence of his obstruction of Congress," it adds.The report is designed to lay out the case to remove Mr Trump from office.He denies any wrongdoing, and has described the inquiry as a witch-hunt.Before the draft report was released, the Republican president attacked the Democrat-led investigation as "very unpatriotic".Following publication, White Ho...
Trump and his lawyers will not attend ‘unfair’ impeachment hearing

Trump and his lawyers will not attend ‘unfair’ impeachment hearing

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US President Donald Trump and his lawyers will not attend an impeachment hearing this week because it lacks "fundamental fairness", the White House has said.Rejecting the call to face the Democrat-led congressional investigation on Wednesday, presidential counsel Pat Cipollone lambasted the "baseless and highly partisan inquiry". In a letter to Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Mr Cipollone accused him of "no doubt purposely" scheduling the hearing when he knew Mr Trump would be attending a NATO summit in London. ...
China furious as Trump signs law backing Hong Kong protesters

China furious as Trump signs law backing Hong Kong protesters

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Donald Trump has signed into law legislation effectively backing civil rights protesters in Hong Kong.Beijing has reacted with fury, summoning US ambassador Terry Branstad to demand that the United States immediately stop interfering in its internal affairs and stop causing further damage to bilateral relations. The bill requires the US State Department to certify, at least annually, that Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to justify favourable US trading terms. It also threatens sanctions for human rights violations.A second bill banning the export of teargas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and stun guns to the Hong Kong police was also signed by President Trump.In a statement he said: "I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong. They are being e...
Impeachment inquiry: Trump directed Ukraine pressure – Sondland

Impeachment inquiry: Trump directed Ukraine pressure – Sondland

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Media playback is unsupported on your device A top US diplomat has told an impeachment inquiry that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to put pressure on Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden.Ambassador Gordon Sondland said the instruction came from Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.The inquiry is assessing if Mr Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine as a precondition. He denies any wrongdoing. It is illegal in the US to seek foreign help to gain electoral advantage.Mr Biden is one of top contenders for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election. Mr Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU, told the latest hearing in the US House of Representatives that Mr Giuliani had sought a public statement f...
FDA nominee ducks questions on Trump e-cigarette flavor ban

FDA nominee ducks questions on Trump e-cigarette flavor ban

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Trump’s pick to lead FDA sidesteps questions on future of proposed ban on vaping flavorsBy MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health WriterNovember 20, 2019, 10:07 PM4 min read President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration sidestepped questions Wednesday on the future of a 2-month-old proposal to ban most flavored electronic cigarettes. Dr. Stephen Hahn told Senate lawmakers that a recent wave of underage vaping is an “urgent, important crisis” and demands “aggressive action.” But he said he is not privy to the administration’s plans for vaping flavors, which are pending. Hahn also told members of the Senate’s health committee that he had not discussed the issue with the president. The full Senate must vote on whether to confirm him to the position. Senators from both parties p