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Camila Morrone on the fascination with her, Leonardo DiCaprio’s relationship: ‘I probably would be curious about it, too’

Camila Morrone has drawn a great deal of attention recently for her relationship with movie star Leonardo DiCaprio.

Morrone, 22, spoke with the Los Angeles Times about her romance with DiCaprio, 45, and how the age difference is of no importance to her.

“There’s so many relationships in Hollywood — and in the history of the world — where people have large age gaps,” the actress said. “I just think anyone should be able to date who they want to date.”

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DiCaprio and Marrone reportedly started dating in 2018. (Getty)

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In July, the actress posted a photo to Instagram of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart with the simple caption, “A love like this.” The stars faced a 25-year age gap, which according to the outlet, led Marrone’s followers to believe she was hitting back at those who criticized the couple’s age difference. However, per the Times, the actress noted that this simply wasn’t the case nor her intention with the photograph.

Marrone also echoed a similar sentiment about the social media post in an interview with Vanity Fair three months later, saying: “I’ve been starting to show my sense of humor more. People will always have awful things to say because there’s a sense of entitlement and safety behind the screen, but trust me, you don’t need to be that angry.”

“I probably would be curious about it, too,” admitted Morrone of the public’s interest in her and DiCaprio’s relationship.

But for now, her focus is on her burgeoning acting career, such as her acclaimed role in the indie “Mickey and the Bear,” which is trickling into theaters nationwide.

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“I think more and more now that people are seeing the film, I’m slowly getting an identity outside of that,” Morrone said. “Which is frustrating, because I feel like there should always be an identity besides who you’re dating.”

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“I understand the association, but I’m confident that will continue to slip away and be less of a conversation,” she added.

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3 people arrested in Kentucky after allegedly selling baby for $2G: police

Three people have been arrested in Kentucky after their alleged involvement in the selling and purchase of a baby for $2,000, police said on Tuesday.

Police said they made the arrests after receiving a tip from officials at a Bowling Green elementary school on Monday that a woman had given away a child.

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Authorities spoke with the mother, Maria Domingo Perez (right), who first gave a conflicting statement to police but eventually told officers that she gave her baby to a man and a woman, a news release said.  (Warren County Regional Jail)

Authorities spoke with the mother, Maria Domingo Perez, who first gave a conflicting statement to police but eventually told officers she gave her baby to a man and a woman, according to a press release.

Bowling Green Police said Pascual Jose Manuel and Catarina Felipe Jose told detectives that they gave Domingo Perez $2,000 for the baby.

Social services has taken custody of the baby and Domingo Perez’s four other children, the press release said.

All three people believed to be involved in the transaction have been charged with the selling and purchasing of a child for adoption, which is a felony.

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The investigation is ongoing.

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Tucker Carlson battles with guest over why Kamala Harris’ campaign failed

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An interview on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” grew contentious Tuesday as the host discussed Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination and the idea that race was responsible for her campaign’s failure.

Carlson opened his show Tuesday with a monologue covering the hype surrounding Harris, her downfall, media cheerleading and their reaction to her announcement Tuesday.  He also addressed recent comments in which she questioned whether or not America is ready for an African-American woman to be president.

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“You know, essentially, is America ready for a woman and a woman of color to be president of the United States?” Harris told “Axios on HBO” in late October in speaking about her electability.

Carlson then asked his guest Quentin James, the founder of The Collective PAC, to explain, “How Kamala Harris losing to Joe Biden among black voters is evidence that America is racist?”

James who called Carlson’s monologue “extremely disrespectful” clashed with the host immediately, blamed institutional racism on Harris’ exit and accused Carlson of hosting “white supremacy” on his show.

“It is the fact that black voters would rather put the question mark of ‘What will white voters do? Will white voters be OK with the black candidate? Maybe not. Maybe it’s only safe to vote for the white guy.’ And that is the country we live in,” James said. “And that is why Kamala Harris was forced out of this campaign, because of institutional racism, the white supremacy we hear on your show just about every week, Tucker.”

“You’re going to have to at least make points that logical people can understand,” Carlson responded. “And I’m going to ask you to explain them.”

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The host and guest continued to go back and forth, with Carlson asking James to address the issue and provide examples to back up his analysis and James arguing that he was.

“I don’t want to have a conversation about your super shallow racial views, I want to ask real questions about politics,” Carlson said, ending the interview.

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House Committee Report: Trump Misused Power, Obstructed Congress

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump seriously misused the power of his office for personal political gain by seeking foreign intervention in the American election process and obstructed Congress by stonewalling efforts to investigate, a House report released Tuesday concluded in findings that form the basis for possible impeachment.

The 300-page report from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee does not render a judgment on whether Trump’s actions stemming from a July 25 phone call with Ukraine rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” warranting impeachment. That is for Congress to decide. But it details “significant misconduct” by the president that the House Judiciary Committee will begin to assess Wednesday.

“The evidence that we have found is really quite overwhelming that the president used the power of his office to secure political favors and abuse the trust American people put in him and jeopardize our security,” Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told The Associated Press.

“It was a difficult decision to go down this road, because it’s so consequential for the country,” he said. But “the president was the author of his own impeachment inquiry by repeatedly seeking foreign help in his election campaigns.”

Schiff added: “Americans need to understand that this president is putting his personal political interests above theirs. And that it’s endangering the country.”

In a statement, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “Chairman Schiff and the Democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump.” She said the report “reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing.”

The president, at a NATO meeting in London, called the impeachment effort by rival Democrats “unpatriotic,” and said he wouldn’t be watching Wednesday’s hearing.

The “Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report” provides a detailed, stunning, account of a shadow diplomacy run by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, resulting in layers of allegations that can be distilled into specific acts, like bribery or obstruction, and the more amorphous allegation that Trump abused his power by putting his interests above the nation.

Based on two months of investigation sparked by a still-anonymous government whistleblower’s complaint, the report relies heavily on testimony from current and former U.S. officials who defied White House orders not to appear.

The inquiry found that Trump “solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection,” Schiff wrote in the report’s preface. In doing so, the president “sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security,” the report said. When Congress began investigating, it added, Trump obstructed the investigation like no other president in history.

Along with revelations from earlier testimony, the report included previously unreleased cell phone records raising fresh questions about Giuliani’s interactions with the top Republican on the intelligence panel, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, and the White House. Nunes declined to comment.

The House intelligence panel voted later Tuesday, in a party-line tally, to send the document to the Judiciary Committee.

Republicans defended the president in their own 123-page rebuttal claiming Trump never intended to pressure Ukraine when he asked for a “favor” — investigations of Democrats and Joe Biden. They say the military aid the White House was withholding was not being used as leverage, as Democrats claim — and besides, the $400 million was ultimately released, although only after a congressional outcry. Democrats, they argue, just want to undo the 2016 election.

For Republicans falling in line behind Trump, the inquiry is simply a “hoax.” Trump criticized the House for pushing forward with the proceedings while he was overseas, a breach of political decorum that traditionally leaves partisan differences at the water’s edge.

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy called on Democrats to end the impeachment “nightmare.” He said, “They’re concerned if they do not impeach this president they cant beat him in an election.”

The report will lay the foundation for the Judiciary Committee to assess potential articles of impeachment, presenting a history-making test of political judgment with a case that is dividing Congress and the country.

In prefacing it, Schiff drew deeply from history, citing George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and other Founding Fathers, to explain grounds for impeachment “as a remedy of last resort.”

Democrats once hoped to sway Republicans to consider Trump’s removal, but they are now facing a ever-hardening partisan split over the swift-moving proceedings on impeaching the president.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces a critical moment of her leadership as she steers the process ahead after initially resisting the impeachment inquiry, warning it was too divisive for the country and required bipartisan support.

Possible grounds for impeachment are focused on whether Trump abused his office as he pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open investigations into Trump’s political rivals. At the time, Trump was withholding $400 million in military aid, jeopardizing key support as Ukraine faces an aggressive Russia at its border.

The report also accuses Trump of becoming the “first and only″ president in U.S. history to “openly and indiscriminately” defy House’s constitutional authority to conduct the impeachment proceedings by instructing officials not to comply with subpoenas for documents and testimony.

For Democrats marching into what is now a largely partisan process, the political challenge if they proceed is to craft the impeachment articles in a way that will draw the most support from their ranks and not expose Pelosi’s majority to messy divisions, especially as Republicans stand lockstep with the president.

While liberal Democrats are pushing the party to go further and incorporate the findings from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and other actions by Trump, more centrist and moderate Democrats prefer to stick with the Ukraine matter as a simpler narrative that Americans understand.

Trump’s campaign is spending robustly to run ads against front-line freshmen lawmakers, many from districts Trump won in 2016 but that flipped in 2018 to give Democrats the House majority. Pelosi will be protective of these lawmakers as the proceedings unfold.

Hearing from legal experts at Wednesday’s session, Democrats could begin drafting articles of impeachment against the president in a matter of days. The Judiciary Committee could vote next week and the full House Could vote by Christmas. Then it moves to the Senate for a trial in 2020.

The White House declined an invitation to participate Wednesday, with counsel Pat Cipollone denouncing the proceedings as a “baseless and highly partisan inquiry.”

Trump had previously suggested he might be willing to offer written testimony under certain conditions, though aides suggested they did not anticipate Democrats would ever agree to them.

Cipollone, who will brief Senate Republicans on Wednesday, left open the question of whether White House officials would participate in additional House hearings.

Republicans on the committee, led by Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, plan to use procedural moves to stall the process and portray the inquiry as unfair to the president.

House rules provide the president and his attorneys the right to cross-examine witnesses and review evidence before the committee, but little ability to bring forward witnesses of their own.

Associated Press writers Zeke Miller, Colleen Long, Eric Tucker and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.

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Tucker Carlson: Kamala Harris’ ‘synthetic’ campaign was proof the media can ‘sell almost anything’

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Tucker Carlson looked back on Sen. Kamala Harris’, D-Calif., 2020 presidential campaign Tuesday, calling it proof that the mainstream media can sell the public almost anything, at least for a little while.

During his opening monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host posited that Harris’ bid to unseat President Trump was, “for a brief, but electric moment, the single most profound and transformative — if entirely scripted and corporate — political movement in the history of this country.”

He pointed to numerous political pundits and cable news hosts who heralded Harris’ campaign, which kicked off in January with a large rally in Oakland.

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne said at the time that Harris sounded like former President Barack Obama, while CNN’s Kyung Lah claimed Harris “wants to speak truth and to defend the America she says she knows and believes in.”

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MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell had called Harris “one of the top-tier candidates” and his colleague Chris Matthews claimed Trump “must be envious as hell” of her rally crowds.

To those and other commentators, Carlson said their comments are “a measure of the media’s ability — at least in the short term — to sell almost anything, even something as synthetic … as the Kamala Harris For President campaign.

Carlson noted that, early in the race, Harris appeared to dominate a debate via a viral exchange with former Vice President Joe Biden. The former Delaware senator had recently discussed his work with segregationist former Sens. James Eastland, D-Miss., and Herman Talmadge, D-Ga. In 1975, Biden had worked with the late Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., on an anti-busing measure.

During that debate, Harris told Biden she had been a student at a then-recently-integrated school and had depended on busing.

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In the wake of the exchange, Carlson said, Harris enjoyed a fleeting spike in support.

“But soon, it evaporated. Voters realized that making Joe Biden look bad isn’t actually much of an accomplishment — it’s not that hard,” he said.

During his monologue, Carlson added that Harris had blamed her campaign woes on the “elephant in the room” — in that American may not be ready for “a woman, and a woman of color, to be president of the United States.”

“Joe Biden, who is white, is getting far more support from black voters than Kamala Harris ever did — so that means that America is racist? How exactly does that work?” the host asked.

“Logic is bigotry.”

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Brit Hume says Democrats’ pursuit of impeachment is ‘slightly unserious’

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Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume assessed the impeachment inquiry Tuesday, calling Democrats’ quest to impeach President Trump “slightly unserious.”

“The failure to subpoena [national security adviser] John Bolton, who is widely believed to be potentially the most important witness they could call, the fact that they did not even subpoena him,” Hume said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum. “Why didn’t they? They didn’t because they thought it would take too much time to prevail to get him to testify because they’d have to go to court to enforce their subpoena. Well, that’s what you would do if you were very serious.”

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The Democrat-led House Intelligence Committee voted late Tuesday to adopt and issue its scathing report on the findings from the panel’s impeachment inquiry, accusing President Trump of misusing his office to seek foreign help in the 2020 presidential race.

The 13-9 party-line vote on the 300-page report was a necessary step before the document could be transferred to the House Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to begin taking up the case with its first formal impeachment hearing Wednesday morning.

Hume questioned the message that Democrats were pushing, noting that if the president’s actions were dire, they’d pursue every opportunity to impeach him.

“But if you’re up against a timetable and the timetable clearly is the upcoming election season, which as you know, if you’re dealing with something this grave, you think, you know, you’d take whatever steps you had to to get the best evidence available,” Hume said. “And that’s not happening here.”

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“So, I mean, this is something slightly unserious about the way this has been pursued,” Hume added.

Fox News Ronn Blitzer and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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‘The View’ dishes on Twitter feud between the Conways, Sunny Hostin predicts a divorce

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The daytime stars of “The View” speculated Tuesday on what they called the “really sick relationship” between Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and her husband George Conway after he took direct aim at his wife on Twitter, with one host predicting they will split up.

On Monday, Kellyanne Conway had some fun at the expense of former Vice President Joe Biden after a 2017 video clip showed him describing how children would rub his leg hair back when he was a lifeguard at a Delaware pool in his younger days.

“I got hairy legs that turned … blonde in the sun. And the kids used to come up and reach into the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and watch the hair come back up again,” Biden recalled. He then said he “learned about kids jumping on my lap, and I loved kids jumping on my lap.”

Conway hit the 2020 Democratic frontrunner, insisting “Sleepy Joe is Creepy Joe.”

“We need Ukraine’s help to defeat THIS guy?” the White House aide asked.

Minutes later, her husband responded: “Your boss apparently thought so.”

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“Now, what’s going on with those two?” Joy Behar opened the discussion.

“They’re gonna get a divorce,” Sunny Hostin replied.

Guest host Ronan Farrow called the public feud between the Conways “delightful,” laughing about how Kellyanne Conway often “disparages” her husband during interviews and claiming that she “does not understand” the concept of “off the record.”

Meanwhile, Meghan McCain pulled no punches in her assessment of the couple.

“I think that they have a really sick relationship,” McCain said. “I think this is a sick thing to do. You have four kids at home and they’re going to read this someday … The idea that me and my husband would be somehow feuding with each other over our work, I just think it’s gross. I don’t know why America has to be subjected to their marital problems.”

“It’s divorce in plain sight!” Hostin doubled down. “That’s what it is. It’s divorce negotiations in plain sight.”

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Behar, however, had a different theory.

“I think it gets them hot, I do,” Behar told the panel, sparking some laughter from the audience. “I think it turns them on. They love it!”

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report. 

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Trump Inflames the Trade Wars, Again

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LONDON — President Trump left the global economy unsettled on Tuesday when he threatened NATO allies and suggested that he could wait a year to reach a trade agreement with China, sending stock markets swooning.

In comments to reporters sandwiched between meetings with fellow leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Mr. Trump said a trade deal with China might not be finalized until after the 2020 presidential election in November. Earlier this fall, he hinted that a deal was near completion, signaling that the trade war could be winding down.

But this week, peace no longer seems at hand. Beyond Mr. Trump’s downbeat assessment of the conflict with China, his administration is considering tariffs as high as 100 percent on French items including wines, cheeses and handbags. He promised to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel from Brazil and Argentina. And he raised fresh doubts about international negotiations that were supposed to defuse a growing conflict over how American technology companies are taxed in Europe.

The president’s affinity for using unpredictability as a negotiating tactic has angered trading partners and at times roiled financial markets — including on Tuesday, when stocks dropped in Europe and the United States after Mr. Trump’s trade comments. The S&P 500 index fell about 0.7 percent Tuesday, after a similar decline Monday.

“In some ways I like the idea of waiting until after the election for the China deal,” Mr. Trump told reporters during a 52-minute appearance in London with Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general. He added: “But they want to make a deal now, and we’ll see whether or not the deal’s going to be right. It’s got to be right.”

The president also said Tuesday that he might impose new import taxes on goods from Germany and any other NATO ally that did not fully pay its dues to the organization, an inaccurate description of how the military alliance is maintained. Member states are expected to maintain robust military spending, but they do not pay dues.

He then renewed a threat, which his administration made in a formal trade investigation concluded on Monday, to place tariffs of up to 100 percent on some French exports. That would be in response to a new French tax on online economic activity, which will hit American giants like Amazon and Facebook. His administration has threatened similar actions in response to digital tax pushes in Italy, Turkey and Austria.

“They’re American companies,” Mr. Trump said. “We want to tax American companies. That’s important. We want to tax them, not somebody else.”

The threat of such draconian tariffs, which were spearheaded by Robert Lighthizer, the United States trade representative, raised speculation that the Trump administration could abandon the tax talks taking place through the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. However, the Treasury Department, which is leading those negotiations, is expected to proceed with them.

The events of recent days seem to have put an end to weeks of relative calm and record highs in the stock market, after more than a year of tumult largely caused by Mr. Trump’s decisions to impose tariffs on a variety of products, including $250 billion of imports from China.

The jolt to the stock market this week stood out after three straight months of placid trading and incremental gains. Measures of global policy uncertainty, while still historically elevated, had dipped this fall as Mr. Trump suggested a breakthrough with China was near. Farmers, who have been hurt by Chinese retaliatory tariffs against the United States, had reported a surge of economic optimism in November, according to an index compiled by Purdue University.

While some analysts argued that Mr. Trump’s bravado was a negotiating tactic that markets should ignore, others said the falling stock prices were a sign that investors had been too optimistic about the trade war. European leaders warned that they would retaliate if Mr. Trump levied tariffs on French goods, blaming him for escalating what is becoming a multinational fight over the taxation of tech companies. Some economic forecasters warned that Mr. Trump was risking the health of the global economy.

“It is remarkable how President Trump seems impervious to the delicate state of an economic expansion that is clearly long in the tooth,” Bernard Baumohl, the chief global economist for the Economic Outlook Group, wrote in a research note. He called Mr. Trump’s trade remarks “disheartening to say the least.”

Business groups expressed alarm about Mr. Trump’s China comments.

“We want and need to see a deal as soon as possible,” said David French, the senior vice president for government relations for the National Retail Federation. “The tariffs continue to hurt U.S. businesses, workers and consumers and are a substantial drag on the U.S. economy.”

But delaying a China deal could have political benefits for Mr. Trump, some analysts said.

“Any deal reached now will be subject to scrutiny for the next 12 months and the harsh disinfectant of sunlight during the general election cycle,” said Henrietta Treyz, the director of economic policy research at Veda Partners, an investment advisory firm. “Trade wars are political — right now, President Trump has the benefit of widespread bipartisan U.S. voter opposition to China and a robust consumer spending cycle.”

Mr. Trump’s trademark volatility was on full display Tuesday. At points, he seemed to suggest tensions with trading partners like France and even the long standoff with China could be easily resolved. At others, he suggested that he would make final deals only when he felt like it, and that more tariffs could be on the way in the interim. At one point, he said he would not settle for an “even” agreement with China — only one that favored the United States.

Administration officials sounded increasingly pessimistic that a first phase of any China deal would be reached anytime soon.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday that he believed holding off on a deal until after the election would give Mr. Trump more leverage in negotiations — assuming he won.

“Because once the election occurs — and the president seems to be in very good shape for the election — once it occurs and he’s back in, now that’s no longer a distraction that can detract from our negotiating position,” Mr. Ross told CNBC.

Mr. Ross said that the agreement in principle that Mr. Trump promoted in October was at the “40,000-foot level,” but that coming to terms on details such as what American agriculture products China would buy and how the deal would be enforced had proved to be more challenging. He said that barring a breakthrough, additional tariffs scheduled to be imposed on Dec. 15 would go into effect.

“We don’t have a breakthrough until it’s in black and white, on paper — signed, sealed and delivered,” he said.

Katie Rogers reported from London, and Jim Tankersley and Alan Rappeport from Washington. Matt Phillips contributed reporting from New York, Keith Bradsher from Shanghai and Ana Swanson from Boston.

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A Mysterious ‘-1’ and Other Call Records Show How Giuliani Pressured Ukraine

WASHINGTON — In the two days before President Trump forced out the American ambassador to Ukraine in April, his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani was on the phone with the White House more than a dozen times.

Phone records cited in the impeachment report released Tuesday by the House Intelligence Committee illustrate the sprawling reach of Mr. Giuliani’s campaign first to remove the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch, then to force Ukraine’s new government to announce criminal investigations for Mr. Trump’s political gain.

That effort accelerated through the spring and summer into a full-court press to force Ukraine’s new president to accede to Mr. Trump’s wishes or risk losing $391 million in military assistance desperately needed to hold off Russian-led forces waging a separatist war in eastern Ukraine.

From March 26 to Aug. 8, as he developed an irregular foreign policy channel that eventually sidelined both National Security Council and State Department aides, Mr. Giuliani — who is not a government employee — was in touch with top-ranking officials, the newly revealed call records suggested.

He reached out to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; the national security adviser at the time, John R. Bolton; Representative Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee itself; midlevel White House officials; the Fox News host Sean Hannity; a conservative columnist; an associate who has been charged in a scheme related to Ms. Yovanovitch’s ouster; and the owner of a mysterious number, “-1.”

Investigators are trying to determine whether the unidentified phone number belongs to Mr. Trump, said Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California, who leads the House Intelligence Committee. If so, the phone calls with Mr. Giuliani could be further evidence of the president’s direct involvement in the Ukraine affair.

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Democrats on three House committees on Tuesday released a report documenting the impeachment case against President Trump.

The report gave no indication of what conversations took place or how investigators obtained the telephone records, which were apparently produced in response to a subpoena to AT&T. Nonetheless, the timing and volume of the calls buttressed testimony by witnesses who portrayed Mr. Giuliani at the center of a shadow foreign policy that dismayed and baffled many in the administration.

The call records showed “considerable coordination among the parties, including the White House” to falsely portray Ms. Yovanovitch as disloyal to the president and to manipulate administration policy for his personal benefit, Mr. Schiff told reporters.

The report detailed a game of phone tag between the -1 phone number and Mr. Giuliani on Aug. 8. That same week, Mr. Giuliani was vigorously pressing State Department officials to persuade President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations into the Biden family and whether Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.

Mr. Giuliani missed calls from -1 on Aug. 8 to two of his cellphones. Mr. Giuliani then called the White House switchboard and the White House Situation Room, before connecting with -1.

Circumstantial evidence shows that some of the -1 calls involved Mr. Trump, Mr. Schiff said, adding that his committee was working “to find out definitively.”

House investigators suspect that the number may belong to Mr. Trump in part because of phone records used as evidence in the criminal case against Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime friend and former campaign adviser who was convicted last month of seven felonies, including lying to Congress. Mr. Stone, who talked directly to Mr. Trump, received a call from a number listed only as -1, the records from his trial show.

Mr. Schiff declined to say how the committee obtained the phone records.

Mr. Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine are under intense scrutiny by federal prosecutors as well as congressional investigators. Prosecutors in New York are looking into whether he violated foreign lobbying laws in trying to oust the American ambassador and also scrutinizing any financial dealings he might have pursued with Ukrainian officials. Two of his associates — including one whose records were also in the House report, Lev Parnas — have been indicted on charges of violating campaign finance laws and other infractions.

State Department phone records cited in the House report show Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Pompeo spoke on March 26 and 28. In an interview in late November, Mr. Giuliani said he spoke to Mr. Pompeo to give him the results of his Ukraine research, including the role he believes that Ukrainians played trying to disrupt Mr. Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

At the time, Mr. Pompeo was under pressure from both Mr. Giuliani and the White House to remove Ms. Yovanovitch from her post. A month later, she was recalled to Washington, even though multiple high-ranking State Department officials testified that she had done nothing wrong.

The records of Mr. Giuliani’s calls also suggest that Mr. Nunes may have played a deeper role than was previously known in Mr. Giuliani’s efforts to manipulate the administration’s policy toward Ukraine.

On April 10, Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Nunes traded short calls before Mr. Giuliani reached Mr. Nunes and the two spoke for about three minutes.

While the subject of their conversation is not known, they were most likely speaking about Ukraine, the report suggested. In the days beforehand, Mr. Giuliani said on Fox News that Ukraine had improperly interfered in the 2016 election and posted on Twitter citing criticism of Ms. Yovanovitch and accusing Ukrainian officials of interfering in American politics.

During the impeachment hearings, Mr. Nunes led the defense of Mr. Trump, repeatedly raising questions about Ukraine’s role in the 2016 election and urging an investigation into Hunter Biden, the younger son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who was hired onto the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Mr. Schiff raised questions about Mr. Nunes’s role. “It is, I think, deeply concerning that at a time when the president of the United States was using the power of his office to dig up dirt on a political rival, that there may be evidence that there were members of Congress complicit in that activity,” Mr. Schiff said.

Mr. Nunes ignored questions about the call records in the Capitol, and his spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. But Republican leaders backed him on Tuesday. “Devin Nunes has a right to talk to anybody,” Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the top Republican in the House, told reporters.

Mr. Giuliani also spoke with current and former members of Mr. Nunes’s staff, including Kashyap Patel, who left Mr. Nunes’s office in February and joined the National Security Council staff to work on issues involving the United Nations and other international organizations. The two men had a 25-minute call on May 10, according to the records, despite the fact that Mr. Bolton, then the national security adviser, had said that no one in his office should be talking to Mr. Giuliani, according to congressional testimony.

Mr. Patel had no formal responsibility for Ukraine policy, and Fiona Hill, then a senior aide to Mr. Bolton, had raised questions about whether he was straying from his official portfolio. She asked Charles Kupperman, then Mr. Bolton’s top deputy, in late May whether Mr. Patel had assumed a role in Ukraine matters but received no answer, according to the impeachment report.

After The New York Times published an article in October about Ms. Hill’s testimony, Mr. Patel filed a defamation lawsuit against the news organization. In that lawsuit, Mr. Patel denied he “played a role in shadow foreign policy” aimed at pushing Ukraine to pursue investigations sought by Mr. Trump.

A National Security Council spokesman declined to comment when asked about Mr. Giuliani’s phone call with Mr. Patel.

Nicholas Fandos and Kenneth P. Vogel contributed reporting.

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Kamala Harris zings Trump after he mocks her 2020 race exit: ‘I’ll see you at your trial’

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., swiped President Trump on Tuesday after he mocked her sudden exit from the 2020 campaign trail.

Trump, who in the past has expressed glee when would-be Democratic opponents exit the 2020 race, had some fun at Harris’ expense on Tuesday evening after his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, tweeted about Harris leaving the race.

“Too bad. We will miss you Kamala Harris!” Trump tweeted.

Moments later,  Harris shot back.

“Don’t worry, Mr. President. I’ll see you at your trial,” Harris told Trump, referring to a potential impeachment trial of the president in the Senate.

Several senators running for president will likely be required to leave the campaign trail to participate as jurors weighing whether Trump should be removed from office.

Other senators seeking the Democratic nomination are Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

Harris announced earlier Tuesday that she was suspending her candidacy for the Democratic nomination amid sinking poll numbers and fundraising.

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“In good faith, I can’t tell you, my supporters and volunteers, that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do,” Harris wrote in an email to supporters. “So, to you my supporters, it is with deep regret — but also with deep gratitude — that I am suspending my campaign today.”

Harris entered the race in January as a top contender and had a breakout moment in the first debate thanks to a memorable clash with former Vice President Joe Biden over his record on school desegregation and busing.

But she struggled to shine through in subsequent debates and has seen her poll numbers plunge in recent months. Last month, Harris dramatically cut her staff in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House, to focus on Iowa.

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The Harris campaign was also hemorrhaging money, spending more than what was coming in, amid tough media coverage about the campaign’s struggles. She becomes one of the biggest names to drop out of the crowded 2020 primary field following the withdrawal of former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, another Democrat who entered the race to great fanfare but later struggled

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report. 

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