Trump impeachment inquiry: All the latest updates

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that the United States House of Representatives would launch a formal
impeachment inquiry against President
Donald Trump, acquiescing to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election-year clash between Congress and the president.
The announcement came amid reports that Trump may have abused his presidential powers and sought help from a foreign government to undermine former Vice President Joe Biden, the current Democratic frontrunner, and help his own re-election.
In a summer phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Trump asked for help investigating Biden, according to a White House-released summary of the call. In the days before the call, Trump ordered advisers to freeze $400m in military aid for Ukraine - prompting speculation that he was holding out the money as leverage for information on Biden. Trump has denied that charge but acknowledged he blocked the funds, later released.
The Trump-Ukraine phone call is part of the whistle-blower's complaint that was released this week.
A whistle-blower complaint from within the intelligence community, released publicly on Thursday, described Volker as trying to "contain the damage" from efforts by Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats.

Volker, who had served in the position on a part-time, unpaid basis since 2017, had sought to help Ukraine's government resolve its confrontation with Russia-sponsored separatists.
The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Volker's resignation was first reported by the State Press, a student-run publication at Arizona State University, which backs a think-tank where Volker serves as executive director.
US House panel to hear from inspector general on whistle-blower complaint
A House committee will hear closed-door testimony from the intelligence community's inspector general on October 4, a congressional official said on Friday.
The hearing before the House Intelligence Committee relates to the whistle-blower report alleging Trump abused his office in attempting to solicit Ukraine's interference in the 2020 US election for his political benefit.
The inspector general, Michael Atkinson, a Trump appointee, determined that the whistle-blower's report was credible.
Atkinson was also concerned that Trump potentially exposed himself to "serious national security and counter-intelligence risks" when he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son during a July 25 phone call, according to a Justice Department legal opinion.
House panel subpoenas Pompeo for Ukraine documents
Three Democratic-led US House of Representatives Committees announced a subpoena on Friday for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, seeking to compel him to hand over documents concerning contact with the Ukrainian government.
The House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight Committees also scheduled depositions for five State Department officials over the next two weeks, including former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Ambassador Kurt Volker, the US Special Representative for Ukraine, and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union.
Trump ad claims Dems trying to 'steal' election
Trump accused Democrats of trying to "steal" the 2020 election in a new television ad, as he fends off an impeachment probe by House Democrats.

The ad also attacked Democratic front-runner Joe Biden, highlighting his efforts to make US aid to Ukraine contingent on that country firing its chief prosecutor. The ad claims that the fired prosecutor was investigating the former vice president's son.
In fact, the prosecutor had failed to pursue any major anti-corruption investigations, leaving Ukraine's international donors deeply frustrated. In pressing for the prosecutor's ouster, Biden was representing the official position of the US government, which was shared by other Western allies and many in Ukraine.
Trump's reelection campaign said the new ad is the subject of a $10 million buy, with $2 million coming from the Republican National Committee.
Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign manager, says, "This is a Joe Biden scandal and the Democrats are trying to use it to steal the election."
Conway: Trump is the most 'battle-tested person I know'
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway dismissed a question of whether the White House was organizing an impeachment war room, saying the president is "the most battle-tested person I've ever met."

US House could kick off impeachment hearings next week: CNN
The US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee could open hearings as early as next week in its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, CNN reported on Friday, citing an interview with the panel's chairman.

"We will move as expeditiously as possible," Adam Schiff said, according to the broadcaster. "But we have to see what witnesses are going to make themselves available and what witnesses are going to require compulsion."
Schiff said subpoenas could be issued and depositions taken as early as next week as well, CNN reported.
White House lawyers directed sealing of phone transcript
The White House on Friday confirmed a key detail in the intelligence whistle-blower's complaint alleging that Trump abused the power of his office.
A senior administration official acknowledged to the Associated Press that the rough transcript of Trump's July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was moved to a highly classified system maintained by the National Security Council at the direction of lawyers. The motivation and timing of the move remained unclear.

White House attorneys were made aware of concerns about Trump's comments on the call before the intelligence community whistle-blower sent his allegations to the inspector general.
Biden: Let's be clear Trump is trying to hijack this election
Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted on Friday, "Let's be clear, President Trump is trying to hijack this election."

He added, "This isn't a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. This is a national issue."



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