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Historic public impeachment hearing about to begin: Live updates

rarrarorro/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The first, historic public impeachment hearing was about to begin Wednesday as Democrats hoped to make their case to millions of Americans watching on television that President Donald Trump’s conduct is so serious he deserves to be removed from office.After 16 closed-door interviews over the past month, Democrats are calling two star witnesses…read more »

Impeachment showdown takes center stage at first public hearing

rarrarorro/iStock(WASHINGTON) — As the public hearings phase of the impeachment inquiry begins Wednesday following 16 closed-door interviews over the past month, Democrats are calling two star witnesses to testify in open session: Ambassador William Taylor, the United States’ top diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, the State Department’s top career…read more »

Trump to welcome Erdogan as friend despite tensions in US-Turkish relations

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead(WASHINGTON) — Despite high tensions in U.S.-Turkish relations over more than half a dozen issues, President Donald Trump will host Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House Wednesday in what is expected to be another friendly meeting between the two leaders. To his critics in Washington, including…read more »

Rep. Elijah Cummings’ widow running for his congressional seat

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, is running for her late husband’s congressional seat. Her campaign officially launched Tuesday in Baltimore. Earlier this week, in an interview with The Baltimore Sun published on Monday, Rockeymoore Cummings, the Maryland Democratic Party chairwoman, made clear her intention to run on…read more »

Impeachment hearings: A look at who’s scheduled to appear next week

Luka Banda/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The House Intelligence Committee will hold public impeachment hearings with eight additional witnesses next week, the panel announced Tuesday night, on the eve of the first public hearings in the Ukraine impeachment inquiry.As lawmakers prepare to hear from former ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and State Department official George Kent on Wednesday,…read more »

The facts behind GOP claims about Ukraine and 2016 likely to surface this week

Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour(WASHINGTON) — In session after session behind closed doors last month, House Republicans repeatedly suggested that President Donald Trump’s push for Ukraine to launch a series of criminal investigations into Joe Biden and alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election was about rooting out corruption, not investigating his political…read more »