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This courtroom sketch depicts from left, attorney Kevin Downing, Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman, and attorney Thomas Zehnle standing before U.S. Judge Michael Nachmanoff, at federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Parnas and Fruman, two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump's lawyer and the Ukraine investigation, were charged with federal campaign finance violations. The charges relate to a $325,000 donation to a group supporting President Donald Trump's reelection. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)
October 10, 2019 - 9:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Businessmen with ties to Rudy Giuliani lobbied a U.S. congressman in 2018 for help ousting the American ambassador to Ukraine around the same time they committed to raising money for the lawmaker. An indictment unsealed Thursday identified the lawmaker only as "Congressman 1." But...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch, speaks in Kyiv, Ukraine. Yovanovitch was removed from her post after insisting that a request to Ukrainian officials to investigate President Donald Trump’s political rival be conveyed through official channels, according to a fellow former diplomat. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
October 10, 2019 - 8:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was removed from her post after insisting that Rudy Giuliani's requests to Ukrainian officials for investigations be relayed through official channels, according to a former diplomat who has spoken with her. The ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch,...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, then-Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gowdy swore he’d had enough of Washington. Disgusted by what he’d seen, the former South Carolina congressman retired from office last year, declaring his skills are better used "in a courtroom than in Congress." Now he’s coming back for impeachment. A former prosecutor who led the House investigation into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Gowdy is poised to join President Donald Trump’s legal team. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
October 10, 2019 - 5:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy retired last year, swearing he'd had enough of Washington. Now he's coming back for impeachment. The Republican is a former prosecutor who led the House investigation into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. He is poised to join President...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019, file photo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks at the California GOP fall convention in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
October 10, 2019 - 5:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have subpoenaed Energy Secretary Rick Perry as part of their impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees sent Perry a subpoena Thursday asking him to provide...
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October 10, 2019 - 3:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former national security adviser to President Donald Trump says he never witnessed any improper solicitation of foreign leaders when he served in the administration. Retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster says he listened to most calls and meetings with foreign leaders while he served...
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Police Officers stand guard as Extinction Rebellion demonstrators peacefully block an entrance at City Airport in London, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Some hundreds of climate change activists are in London during a fourth day of world protests by the Extinction Rebellion movement to demand more urgent actions to counter global warming. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
October 10, 2019 - 2:22 pm
LONDON (AP) — Protesters in New York City brought traffic to a standstill in the city's busiest hub and an activist in London climbed atop a plane as climate change demonstrators entered the fourth day of rallies around the world. Protesters transported a green boat on a trailer into Times Square...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2010 file photo, Atul Gupta, of the Gupta family, is seen outside magistrates courts in Johannesburg. The U.S. Treasury Department has on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 imposed sanctions on members of the Gupta family who face wide-ranging corruption allegations in South Africa during former president Jacob Zuma's tenure. Outrage in South Africa over the Guptas' relationship with Zuma led the ruling African National Congress party to pressure Zuma to resign in early 2018. (AP Photo)
October 10, 2019 - 1:01 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday imposed sanctions on members of the Gupta family who face wide-ranging corruption allegations in South Africa during former president Jacob Zuma's tenure. The U.S. said it had placed Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta and close associate Salim...
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during talks with journalists in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Ukrainian President is holding an all-day "media marathon" in a Kyiv food court amid growing questions about his actions as president. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
October 10, 2019 - 9:05 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president insisted Thursday that he faced "no blackmail" from President Donald Trump in their phone call that helped spark an impeachment inquiry, distancing himself from the U.S. political drama and trying to claw back his own credibility. Volodymyr Zelenskiy said...
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President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on "transparency in Federal guidance and enforcement" in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 10, 2019 - 8:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are following impeachment proceedings closely and are slightly more likely to approve than disapprove of the inquiry itself. But the public is more closely split over whether President Donald Trump should be removed from office. Several polls published since House...
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From left, counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, and Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley, listen as President Donald Trump speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Florida. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
October 10, 2019 - 6:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — They've skipped the high-profile Sunday TV shows and avoided driveway chat sessions with reporters. Few who are typically eager to defend the president have appeared at all on television this month. White House officials close to President Donald Trump are pulling off a...
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