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September 26, 2019

New details about the Trump impeachment inquiry are unfolding. We have the latest.

by M J Farah
Thursday, Sep 26, 2019
Good morning.
By Melina Delkic
President Trump holding a news conference during the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.   Doug Mills/The New York Times
New revelations as Trump impeachment fight heats up
Less than a day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, the White House released a log detailing a call between Mr. Trump and the Ukrainian leader, and allowed lawmakers to view a whistle-blower’s complaint. We break the developments down for you:
■ In a July 25 phone call, Mr. Trump urged the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to consider investigating Joe Biden, the former vice president, and alluded to American aid to Ukraine. (Note: The linkage was not explicit, and the document was not verbatim.) Read the log for yourself.
■ A whistle-blower complaint filed by an anonymous intelligence officer, as described by members of Congress who saw it under strict security, conveys concerns about how the White House handled the phone records and identifies multiple witnesses. The inspector general for the intelligence community concluded that the conversation meant the president may have illegally solicited a foreign campaign contribution.
■ A Justice Department official told The Times that after the whistle-blower raised concerns, the inspector general and the acting director of national intelligence referred the complaint for a possible criminal investigation into the president’s actions. The Justice Department concluded that there was no basis for a criminal investigation into Mr. Trump’s behavior.
■ On Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Trump appeared alongside Mr. Zelensky on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. “We had, I think, a good phone call. It was normal. We spoke about many things,” Mr. Zelensky said of their conversation. “Nobody pushed me,” he added. Then Mr. Trump jumped in, “In other words, no pressure.”
What’s next? The acting director of national intelligence will testify before a House committee today. The number of House members supporting impeachment reached a majority last night, and Democrats plan to spend the next few weeks building a strong case against Mr. Trump. Here’s an explanation of how the impeachment process works. (It has never resulted in the removal of an American president from office.)

Source: nytimes.com

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