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Report: John Bolton’s Book Draft Says Trump Conditioned Ukraine Aid on Biden Investigations

Bolton book ties Ukraine aid to Biden investigationPresident Donald Trump told his former national security adviser John Bolton that he would maintain a freeze on military aid to Ukraine until the country took steps to open investigations into the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former senior trump official.

The new details, drawn from draft materials prepared by Bolton for his planned book, were recounted in a bombshell report by the New York Times late on Sunday. They significantly undermine Trump’s impeachment defense and demonstrate the potential importance of Bolton’s testimony if it were to be acquired as part of the Senate’s ongoing trial.

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Video appears to show Trump ordering Marie Yovanovitch's removal

Marie Yavonowitch

Donald Trump demanded the dismissal of Marie Yovanovitch, then US ambassador to Ukraine and now a key figure in the president’s impeachment trial, according to a video recording released to the media.

The footage was reportedly taken during an April 2018 donor dinner at a hotel and released to news media by an attorney for Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Parnas and his business partner Igor Fruman are key players in Trump’s alleged campaign to pressure the government of Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, a potential election opponent for the president.

The issue is central to Trump’s ongoing impeachment trial in the US Senate.

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Trump moves to gut Obama housing discrimination rules

Trump moves to gut Obama housing discrimination rules

The Trump administration is working to roll back former President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat racial segregation — potentially making it easier for banks to deny loans to black and Hispanic people or for cities to confine poor families to minority neighborhoods.

One Trump Cabinet member, Housing secretary Ben Carson, is moving to scrap an Obama policy withholding federal funds from cities if they don’t address segregation. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed cutting back on collecting data that helps track discrimination in the mortgage market. And activists warn that a Trump financial regulator could encourage banks to invest in inner-city projects benefiting outsiders instead of local residents.

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Recording shows Trump called for firing of former Ukraine ambassador, report says

Marie Yovanowitch fired by Trump: recordingA recording of President Donald Trump calling for the firing of former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch during a private meeting that included indicted Rudy Giuliani associates was made public Friday morning while Democrats prepared to enter their final day of opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial.

"Get rid of her!" Trump appeared to say in the recording, which was reviewed and reported by ABC News. "Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it." Trump said.

The recording was allegedly made at a private dinner on April 30, 2018 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. ABC reported that the recording was made by Igor Fruman, a Belarus-born businessman. Fruman, along with Soviet-born businessman Lev Parnas, faces federal campaign finance charges.

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Trump will have hard time blocking potential Bolton trial testimony

John BoltonPresident Donald Trump would have a tough time blocking John Bolton’s testimony in his U.S. Senate impeachment trial by invoking the legal doctrine called executive privilege if his former national security adviser is subpoenaed as a witness, according to legal experts.

The Republican-controlled Senate has not yet decided whether to allow any witnesses or new evidence in the trial that will determine whether the Republican president is removed from office after being impeached on Dec. 18 by the Democratic-led House of Representatives on two charges.

Bolton refused to cooperate with the House inquiry but made a surprise announcement on Jan. 6 that he would be willing to testify in the Senate trial if subpoenaed to do so.

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Trump Admits to Withholding Evidence From Impeachment Inquiry

Trump admits to withholding evidence in impeachment President Trump appeared to admit Wednesday that he is comfortable with how his impeachment trial is playing out in the Senate—because the White House is withholding evidence about his dealings with Ukraine.

“Honestly, we have all the material. They don’t have the material,” the president told reporters in Davos, Switzerland, where he is attending the World Economic Forum, regarding the documents the White House has refused to turn over.

“When we released that conversation, all hell broke out with the Democrats because they say, wait a minute, this is much different than shifty Schiff told us, so we’re doing very well. I got to watch enough, I thought our team did a very good job,” Trump said, referencing House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who has spearheaded the House impeachment inquiry against the president.

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George Conway Unloads on Senate Republicans: ‘They Know He’s Guilty’

George Conway

When conservative lawyer George Conway appeared on MSNBC during the initial impeachment hearings back in November, he criticized House Republicans’ “incoherent” performance questioning witnesses. As President Trump’s impeachment trial gets underway in the Senate, he was back at it Wednesday morning on CNN, denouncing Senate Republicans, Trump’s lawyers and the president himself.

Conway, who is married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, began by saying the thinks the House managers “simply out-classed” Trump’s lawyers. While the Democrats were “prepared,” “thoughtful,” “factual,” “logical” and “dignified,” he said that Trump’s legal team, “on the other hand, were dissembling, and distorting and even lying.”

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