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Trump Says He Would ‘Strongly Consider’ Testifying at His Impeachment Inquiry

VOA News By Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Monday he would "strongly consider" testifying at the House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry targeting him for allegedly abusing his office. "Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!" Trump said on Twitter. In an interview Sunday on the news show "Face the Nation," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that if Trump "has information that is exculpatory — that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame — then we look forward…
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US Quietly Reduces Troop Force in Afghanistan by 2,000

VOA News By Ayaz Gul ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - The top American commander in Afghanistan revealed Monday the size of troop force in the country has quietly been reduced by 2,000 over the last year, insisting remaining military personnel  are still capable of reaching their stated objectives. The revelation by Gen. Austin Scott Miller, means the number of residual force now stands at roughly 12,000 soldiers. They are tasked with fighting terrorist groups, including al-Qaida and Islamic State, as well as training, advising and assisting Afghan forces battling Taliban ;   “Unbeknownst to the public as part of our optimization, over the…
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Censure: When Congress Punishes One of Its Own

VOA News By Katherine Gypson CAPITOL HILL - When the Congress seeks to condemn the actions of a president, a cabinet member, a lawmaker or a judge, lawmakers can vote on a motion to "censure" the individual. Censure is a formal reprimand less severe than removing an official from their job. It requires a simple majority vote in either chamber of Congress, instead of the two-thirds majority required to remove a lawmaker from office. What is the censure process? The Constitution gives each house of Congress the ability to punish its members for disorderly behavior or criminal misconduct through a reprimand,…
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White House Admits Quid Pro Quo Between Trump and Ukraine

VOA NEWS By Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON - The White House admitted Thursday that President Donald Trump froze $400 million in badly needed military aid to Ukraine to pressure it into investigating Democrats and the 2016 presidential election. The stunning revelation by acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney came after Trump spent weeks denying there was any quid pro quo with Ukraine. Mulvaney told reporters at the White House the money for Ukraine was being held up because of Trump’s concerns over corruption in Ukraine and suspicions it was involved in the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee e-mails in 2016.…
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Trump Rallies Supporters in Texas

VOA News By Patsy Widakuswara DALLAS, TEXAS - President Donald Trump was in Texas Thursday, where he held a campaign rally in the city of Dallas to drum up support in a state that until recently could be counted on to vote Republican. In front of an enthusiastic crowd, Trump boasted about the brokered cease-fire deal reached with Turkey, whereby Ankara agreed to temporarily suspend its military operation in Syria to allow Kurdish forces to retreat from a designated safe zone. “Turkey is going to be happy, the Kurds are going to be happy, ISIS is going to be unhappy,” Trump said,…
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Case for Obstruction by White House Is Building, Schiff Says

By VOA News The case for obstruction by the Trump administration continues to build, House Democrat Adam Schiff says, after senior members and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani defied subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry. Vice President Mike Pence's office called the Democratic-led House inquiry "self-proclaimed" and the subpoena "too broad." The Pentagon also says it is "unable to comply" at this time for legal reasons. The White House budget office also rejected the request, and Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, also said no to the subpoena for documents related to his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. "This appears to…
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Impeachment Likely Topic at Next Democratic Debate

VOA News By Jim Malone WASHINGTON - A dozen Democratic presidential candidates will be on stage for the party’s next primary debate Tuesday on the campus of Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. This will be the fourth Democratic debate since June and will feature the largest group on stage for a single ; Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund investor and environmental activist, will join the ten Democrats who took part in the previous debate in September. It is likely that the impeachment inquiry targeting President Donald Trump will be a major focus of discussion on…
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US Senate Panel Report Calls for Plan to Prevent Meddling in 2020 Presidential Election

By VOA News The Senate Intelligence Committee has issued a bipartisan report that calls on the government and private industry to prevent social media sites from being used to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, as they were in 2016. The report, released Tuesday after more than two years of investigating foreign electoral meddling, found the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency "sought to influence the 2016 presidential election by harming Hillary Clinton’s chances of success and supporting Donald Trump at the direction of the Kremlin." The finding is consistent with evidence uncovered by the intelligence community after the 2016 election in which…
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Kurt Volker Set to Testify in Inquiry of Trump’s Ukraine Dealings

By VOA News Former special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker is set to testify before House committees Thursday about his involvement in President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. He is expected to speak behind closed doors to the Intelligence, Oversight and Reform, and Foreign Affairs committees. Volker has served as a special envoy to Ukraine since he was appointed to the job by then-secretary of state Rex Tillerson. Volker was in public service for more than 20 years, starting as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency in 1986. After that followed time in the foreign service, serving overseas in London,…
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AG Barr Draws Democratic Fire for Handling of Trump Whistleblower Complaint

VOA News By Masood Farivar WASHINGTON - In March, special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr without answering the most tantalizing question: Did President Donald Trump attempt to obstruct the investigation into whether Russians meddled with the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor. Barr, the savvy veteran Republican lawyer, wasted no time in answering that question for the public: He and his deputy concluded there was no evidence of obstruction. Barr’s tactics triggered widespread criticism from the Democrats. But that maneuver enabled Trump to claim he had been totally exonerated in the investigation. Now, Barr…
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