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New York City subway fall leaves woman dead, another injured: ‘You could hear bones crunching’

One woman was killed and another was injured after falling in between train cars at a New York City subway station early Sunday in what one person described as a “terrible” thing to witness.

The incident happened around 12:20 a.m. on Sunday at the Broadway Junction subway station in Brooklyn, the New York Police Department said.

A preliminary investigation revealed the two women, ages 23 and 24, had walked off a southbound “A” train together and were walking on the platform, near the edge, as the train was leaving the station. Police said the two women then fell off the platform and in between two train cars as the train was moving.

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A man who was in the station at the time, Kwame Martin, 33, told the New York Post the pair were wearing high heels and “visibly intoxicated” as they stumbled and fell in between the two train cars.

“Her friend tried to catch her but the weight was too much for her and they both fell on the tracks between the two train cars. Then the A train started leaving the station,” Martin said. “You could hear them screaming as the train rode over them. You could hear bones crunching.”

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One woman was killed and another was injured after falling in between two subway cars early Sunday, according to the NYPD. (iStock)

Martin said that people on the platform did what they could to try to get the train to stop, hitting the emergency red button, but “it was terrible.”

The NYPD  said that officers from the 73 Precinct/Transit District 33 that is located in the station responded and found the 23-year-old woman “unconscious and unresponsive,” while the 24-year-old woman remained conscious.

“You could hear [the women] moaning under the train,” Martin told the Post, adding that first responders then “took the train apart” to get to the two women.

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The 23-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, while the 24-year-old was transported to Brookdale Hospital in stable condition. Authorities were withholding the identity of the 23-year-old woman, pending notification of her family.

Law enforcement sources told The Post the women “appeared to be highly intoxicated” before falling.

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The incident caused “extensive delays” to subway service through the area for several hours, according to the MTA.

The incident remains under investigation, the NYPD said.

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‘Big Brother’ Spain contestant says she was sexually assaulted, forced by producers to watch footage

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A female contestant on Spain’s version of “Big Brother,” known as “Gran Hermano” in the European country, says she was sexually assaulted by a male contestant on the show and was made to watch footage of the incident by producers.

Carlota Prado, 26, detailed her allegations in the Spain-based publication El Confidencial. She explains that she was sexually abused by Jose Maria Lopez, whom she was in a relationship with on the show, after a night of partying with alcohol provided to the contestants.

Lopez, 26, has denied forcing himself on Prado in late November 2017, according to the BBC. Prado, however, was shown footage the following day, allegedly depicting Lopez taking her to bed because she was very intoxicated. After he tried to initiate sex, she reportedly said “No I can’t,” before passing out. Lopez is accused of forcing intercourse with her anyway.

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The following morning, Lopez and Prado had breakfast together and he explained to her that he simply took care of her the night before after she got too drunk. Soon after, producers made the decision to banish Lopez from the house due to his conduct and to confront Prado with footage of the alleged incident.

The BBC notes that she was called into the show’s Diary Room, where contestants conduct solo interviews. Producers played the footage of the previous night’s events, prompting Prado to sob and ask that the video be stopped. However, she alleges it continued to play despite her numerous pleas.

Prado asked if she could speak with Lopez, but was denied given that he’d been banished. The outlet reports she was discouraged from talking about the incident with her other housemates as well but was given support from a psychologist by the team behind the scenes as well as time in a hotel room to process the incident.

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The producers behind “Gran Hermano” did not show the footage to anyone else and turned it over to authorities afterward. Still, they have been criticized for not acting faster to possibly prevent the abuse from happening as well as the sensational way in which they revealed the incident to Prado.

“They allowed him to stay by my side many hours when they had sufficient proof to get him out immediately and then decide what to do with him,” she told the Spanish-language newspaper El Confidencial (via People).

She added: “I cannot understand how the program allowed this.”

A statement provided to the BBC through Endemol Shine Group, the company behind the “Big Brother” format, said that protocols are in place for these kinds of situations and that they were followed once “the production team on duty overnight became suspicious of an incident and escalated it to the show’s executive producers.”

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People notes that an investigating judge has decided to open a criminal case into the incident between Lopez and Prado.

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The “What happened in your state last week?” Megathread, Week 49

Welcome to the ‘What happened in your state last week’ thread, where you can post any local political news stories that you find important in the comments. This is a weekly thread posted every Monday, in order to facilitate more discussion on local issues on r/politics. Since this is intended to be a thread about local politics, top-level comments that are exclusively about national issues will not be allowed. When commenting, please include the state you’re living in, and don’t forget to link sources. Also, please actually describe what happened. “I live in X, you know what happened” isn’t helpful to users and will be removed.

If someone from your state made a news round-up that you think is insufficient, feel free to comment to that round-up with further news stories. Enjoy discussion, and review our civility guidelines before engaging with others.

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Man punches Walmart holiday shopper for ‘taking too long’ in checkout line, police say

What a magical time of year.

Despite most Walmart brawls taking place on Black Friday, a 69-year-old man in Florida waited until Dec. 4 to take out his aggressions on holiday shoppers at a Cape Coral location.

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Police say Henry Harvey and his wife were waiting in line at the retailer around 7:15 p.m., when Harvey “became angry over the customers in front of them taking too long to check out at the register,” per a news release.

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Cape Coral Police say Henry Harvey (inset) punched a customer “in the head” following an argument in the checkout line.​​​​​ (Cape Coral Police (inset); Google Maps)

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Harvey and another customer then got into a verbal argument, which turned physical when Harvey punched the victim in the head. The victim was not seriously injured, police say.

Harvey then left the Walmart and went home, where police apprehended the 69-year-old and placed him under arrest. He was charged with battery.

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Harvey’s altercation is just one of several reported amid the holiday shopping season, after separate fights were observed breaking out in Walmart locations in California, Tennessee and Texas.

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Colorado backcountry skier killed in ‘very wide’ avalanche, first death of the season

A backcountry skier became the first death of the avalanche season in Colorado on Sunday, when she was buried by a “very wide” slide, according to officials.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that authorities received a 911 call around 2:45 p.m. that a backcountry skier had been caught in an avalanche near Cameron Pass on Highway 14, located about 70 miles west of Fort Collins.

“Other members of the party had dug the skier out and called for help,” the sheriff’s office said.

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The skier, a 29-year-old woman from Fort Collins, was not breathing after the avalanche and she was declared dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

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The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has said that new snow has increased avalanche danger across Colorado’s Front Range. (Colorado Avalanche Information Center.)

Deputies from Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and rescue resources from neighboring Jackson County responded to the scene, and the 29-year-old’s body was later removed from the mountain by responders.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) said the avalanche happened on south Diamond Peak at 11,400 feet, where there was a “moderate” risk for avalanches at the time.

“The avalanche was described as 2 to 3 feet deep, very wide, and running close to 500 feet vertically,” the agency said.

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Strong winds and up to eight inches of new snow has increased the avalanche danger across the Front Range, according to the CAIC. As of Monday, there is a “considerable” risk for avalanches in the region where Sunday’s deadly slide took place.

“Dangerous conditions exist in the backcountry. Avoid steep northerly and east-facing slopes, especially those that are receiving wind-drifted snow,” the CAIC said. “This includes traveling underneath of these slopes and on adjacent connected terrain.”

There have been at least 185 avalanches in the state so far this season, according to FOX31.

Last season in Colorado was a particularly busy one for avalanches, with the CAIC saying at the time that plentiful snow caused conditions not seen in half a century. Two backcountry skiers died in February when they were buried in an avalanche near the town of Crested Butte in an area known as “Death Pass.”

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The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that the 29-year-old’s identity, as well as cause and nature of death, will be released by the Larimer County Coroner’s Office at a later time.

The CAIC said that staff will visit the site on Dec. 9 to update their report on the deadly incident.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of the deceased, and to everyone affected by this accident,” the agency said.

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Amazon Accuses Trump of ‘Improper Pressure’ on JEDI Contract

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Amazon said in a legal complaint unsealed on Monday that it had lost a multibillion-dollar cloud computing contract with the Pentagon because President Trump used “improper pressure” to divert it from the company to harm its chief executive, Jeff Bezos.

Amazon had been considered the front-runner for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project, known as JEDI, partly because it had built cloud services for the Central Intelligence Agency. It is also the country’s biggest cloud computing provider. But in October, the Pentagon awarded the contract to Microsoft.

Mr. Trump has openly criticized Mr. Bezos, who owns The Washington Post. The president has accused the paper of spreading “fake news.”

In its complaint, Amazon said that Mr. Trump attacked the company behind the scenes to hurt Mr. Bezos, “his perceived political enemy.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Michelle Obama on Trump impeachment push: ‘It’s surreal’

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Former first lady Michelle Obama weighed in on the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Trump Monday, calling the proceedings “surreal.”

In an interview on NBC’s “Today Show” with Jenna Bush Hager, Obama expressed optimism that the partisan divisions in the country will subside.

The daughter of former President George W. Bush asked Obama whether the country can come back from the divisive situation unfolding in Washington, D.C., as polls show Americans largely split along party lines on impeachment.

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“It’s surreal, I think,” said Obama, speaking from Vietnam, where she is on a trip to promote the education of young girls.

“For the last impeachment hearing [in 1998], a lot of young people weren’t around for that. I don’t think people know what to make of it. But do I think we can come back from it? Oh yeah.

“We’ve seen worse times, we’ve seen tough times in this country. You know, we’ve gone through depressions and wars and bombings and terrorist attacks, and we’ve gone through Jim Crow, and we’ve always come out stronger. And that’s what we have to continue to believe because what’s our choice? To ball up in a corner and call it a day? Well, that’s not fair to this next generation that’s coming before us that are counting on us to get this right,” she added.

Obama said the country should not view it as a battle of “us or them” or of Democrats versus Republicans.

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“We are all here as part of this country. We all want the same things, it’s just sometimes that gets lost in the noise,” she concluded. Her comments came as three lawyers testified Monday before the House Judiciary Committee.

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Lawmakers received the impeachment inquiry’s official findings during an unruly hearing where lawyers from both parties sparred in blunt terms over whether President Trump abused his power in dealings with Ukraine — while committee members clashed repeatedly over a process Republicans decried as a “rubber stamp.”

The hearing – which consisted of lawyers for both parties essentially making their closing arguments, including by showing video clips of key statements from witnesses, Trump and others – comes as the committee is expected to vote in the coming days on articles of impeachment.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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‘I am Jesus Christ’ video game causes stir

A yet-to-be-launched New Testament-inspired video game that lets gamers play as Jesus Christ is causing a stir.

A trailer for “I am Jesus Christ” has been grabbing plenty of attention. Posted to YouTube by Polish game developer PlayWay, the trailer indicates that “I am Jesus Christ” includes miracle-working, crucifixion and resurrection storylines.

The trailer has been viewed more than 330,000 times since it was posted to YouTube on Dec. 6.

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A crucifixion scene features in the “I am Jesus Christ” trailer. (PlayWay/YouTube)

“‘I am Jesus Christ’ is a realistic simulator game inspired by stories from the New Testament of the Bible,” explains a description on the video game distribution site Steam.  “Check if you can perform all famous miracles from the Bible like Jesus Christ. It is a simulation game and you can try to save the world as He did. Are you ready to fight with Satan in the desert, exorcising demons and curing sick people? Or calm the storm in the sea?”

The game’s subject matter has caused plenty of buzz on social media. “The features on I Am Jesus Christ are gold. ‘Realistic fight with Satan,’ tweeted @AngerBeardTV.

“I Am Jesus Christ is a real game based on the New Testament, and it begs the question ‘Are you ready to fight with Satan in the desert’?” tweeted video game website IGN.

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The trailer indicates that “I am Jesus Christ” includes miracle-working, crucifixion and resurrection storylines. (PlayWay/YouTube)

“I am Jesus Christ” has also received criticism. “Too far, PlayWay. Thumbs down,” wrote one commenter on PlayWay’s Facebook page, in response to the trailer. “I’m not sure how to feel about this,” wrote another.

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The trailer was posted to YouTube by Polish game developer PlayWay. (PlayWay/YouTube)

No details of the game’s release date have been posted, although the description on Steam says that it is “coming soon.”

Fox News has reached out to PlayWay with a request for comment.

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Two of Juice WRLD’s security guards arrested at Chicago airport an hour before rapper reported dead

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Two of rapper Juice WRLD‘s security guards were arrested on gun charges at Chicago’s Midway airport early Sunday morning after the 21-year-old star went into convulsions, and an hour before he was reported dead after being rushed to an area hospital.

Fox News confirmed that Christopher Long, 36, of Buena Park, Calif. was arrested on Sunday at approximately 2 a.m. with one misdemeanor count of carrying and possessing a firearm in the first-degree. The second guard in Juice WRLD’s entourage who was arrested is Henry Dean, 27, of Chicago, Ill. He was charged with one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed firearm in an airport and a second misdemeanor count of sale and/or possession of a high capacity magazine and metal piercing bullets.

Juice WRLD was reported dead at 3:14 am.

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Both men are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 30.

According to TMZ, the FBI allegedly searched the late rapper’s private jet and seized 70 pounds of marijuana from multiple suitcases found on board. However, the FBI Chicago Field Office told Fox News: “There is no confirmation there. Even the photos you might be seeing online, those are not coming from the FBI, the Dept. of Justice. Policy does not allow us to confirm any investigations or lackthereof.”

The 21-year-old rising rap star was pronounced dead after reportedly suffering a seizure after landing at Chicago’s Midway airport from Los Angeles. His death was confirmed by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in an email to Fox News.

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“The Medical Examiner’s Office has been notified of the death of Jarad A. Higgins, a 21-year-old black male of the 18500 block of Pierce Terrace in Homewood Illinois,” Natalia Derevyanny, spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said in an email.

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The statement referred to the rapper’s real name, Jarad H. Higgins. The medical examiner’s office continued that the rapper’s autopsy is expected to be completed Monday.

According to reports, Long was released after posting a $1,500 bond, while Dean was released without bond.

Fox News’ Nate Day and Robert Gearty contributed to this report. 

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Impeachment Hearing Updates: Trump Actions Pose ‘Clear And Present Danger’ To Fair Elections, Democrat Charges

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In what amounted to the opening argument in the effort to impeach President Trump, the lawyer for Judiciary Democrats told the committee that the president’s actions were “so brazen” that there was no question that he had abused his power to advance his own political interests over those of the nation.

“The evidence is overwhelming,” said Barry H. Berke, the lawyer, repeating the phrase to emphasize the point to counter in advance Republican arguments that the impeachment inquiry has been rushed and inadequate. The facts assembled in recent weeks were “uncontradicted” and “cannot be disputed,” he added, as he played video clips from witnesses who testified last month before the House Intelligence Committee.

Another Democratic lawyer, Daniel S. Goldman, the counsel for the House Intelligence Committee that gathered the evidence being presented on Monday, said that Mr. Trump continues to try to distort next year’s election with false allegations, pointing to his weekend tweet saying that Rudolph W. Giuliani, his personal lawyer, would make a report to the Justice Department about Democrats.

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“President Trump’s persistent and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country to help him cheat to win an election is a clear and present danger to our free and fair elections and to our national security,” Mr. Goldman said.

Mr. Berke placed the president’s actions with Ukraine in the context of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election on his behalf, as investigated by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Mr. Berke played a video clip of Mr. Trump that year publicly calling on “Russia, if you’re listening,” to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails, and another of him as president telling reporters he wanted Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Rather than leave the matter to voters next fall, as some Republicans have argued, Mr. Berke said the House had to act now because Mr. Trump was trying to corrupt the 2020 election. “That’s not a reason to postpone this discussion,” he said. “That’s a reason we must have this discussion.”

The Republican presentation to the committee is focused more on the actions of the Democrats than on Mr. Trump’s, arguing that the president has been the target of an illegitimate, partisan witch hunt.

Stephen Castor, the lawyer representing Republicans on the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, devoted the majority of his prepared testimony to how the Democrats have conducted their inquiry and, in his view, distorted the facts to fit their preconceived narrative.

“This unfair process reflects the degree to which Democrats are obsessed with impeaching President Trump by any means necessary,” Mr. Castor told lawmakers. “The Democrats went searching for a set of facts on which to impeach the president — the emoluments clause, the president’s business and financial records, the Mueller report and allegations of obstruction there — before settling on Ukraine.”

Mr. Castor maintained that Mr. Trump was not pursuing his own interests, but was only concerned about corruption in Ukraine. “He was asking for assistance in helping our country move forward from the divisiveness of the Russia collusion investigation,” Mr. Castor said.

He noted that President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has not said he felt pressured and asserted that he did not know at the time he talked with Mr. Trump on the telephone on July 25 that the president had suspended American aid.

“If President Trump was truly orchestrating a pressure campaign to force Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden, one would think that Ukraine would have felt some pressure,” he said.

The White House refused to participate in Monday’s hearing, arguing that it was tilted against Mr. Trump and part of an illegitimate effort to overturn his election. But that did not stop Mr. Trump himself from participating — at least via social media.

After posting or reposting nearly 100 messages on Twitter on Sunday, most of them complaining about the impeachment effort and assailing Democrats, the president began lobbing digital missiles on Monday as the hearing progressed.

He also reposted approvingly a message by Buck Sexton, a conservative radio host: “Simply mind boggling that here we are, heading into year 4 of the Trump presidency, in a time of tremendous American economic prosperity and relative peace, and Democrats are *STILL* trying to ram Russia/Ukraine hysteria down the throats of normal Americans, like total psychos.”

Mr. Trump added: “True!”

The House Judiciary Committee opened a new phase in the impeachment inquiry on Monday as Democrats accused President Trump of violating his oath of office by pursuing his own political interests above those of the nation.

“President Trump put himself before country,” Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said, repeating the phrase five times during his opening statement as the panel prepared to hear evidence.

His Republican counterpart, Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, said the Democrats were out to get “a president they don’t like” from the moment he took office regardless of the evidence. “They spent two years trying to figure out what do we impeach him on,” he said.

Republicans have lodged repeated complaints about the way Mr. Nadler is running the hearing and the larger impeachment process, raising parliamentary points and forcing party-line votes.

Among other things, Republicans pressed Mr. Nadler repeatedly to schedule a hearing day that they would be allowed to organize, including calling witnesses of their choice. Mr. Nadler said he would think about it, but made no commitment.

They objected to the content of Mr. Berke’s presentation, arguing that it violated the committee’s rules of decorum against making disparaging remarks about the president. Mr. Nadler shut down the criticisms, noting that those rules do not apply to staff lawyers.

Republicans also complained that the lawyers making the opening presentations had not been sworn in under oath and that committee Republicans had not received until last weekend 8,000 pages of information from the House investigation, giving them little time to digest them before Monday’s hearing.

“Mr. Chairman, if this was a court of law, you’d be facing sanctions,” Representative Guy Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania told Mr. Nadler.

“The gentleman will suspend and not make a speech,” Mr. Nadler scolded.

Republicans also used the moment to jab at Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for not presenting the evidence his panel gathered himself.

“The author of the Schiff report is not here,” Mr. Collins said. “Instead he is sending his staff to do his job for him. I guess that’s what you get when you’re making up impeachment as you go.”

The hearing may be an important factor in shaping the articles of impeachment that House Democrats are drafting against Mr. Trump amid an intense debate about how expansive the charges of high crimes and misdemeanors should be.

Democrats appear poised to accuse Mr. Trump of abuse of power and bribery for pressuring Ukraine to help him incriminate Democratic rivals while withholding American security aid. They also expect to charge him with obstructing the congressional investigation by defying subpoenas, blocking current and former administration officials from testifying, and trying to intimidate those who have.

Less clear is whether they will include charges of obstruction of justice for trying to impede the Russia investigation by Mr. Mueller. In his report last spring, Mr. Mueller submitted evidence of 10 instances of possible obstruction but said he could not judge whether they were illegal. Attorney General William P. Barr, a Trump appointee, declared that the president’s actions were not illegal, but Democrats dismiss his judgment as skewed and partisan.

Mr. Nadler said he and his fellow Democrats would not decide the shape of the articles of impeachment until after hearing evidence on Monday.

“There are possible drafts that various people are writing,” Mr. Nadler said on “State of the Union” on CNN on Sunday. “But the fact is we’re not going to make any decision as to how broad the articles should be — as to what they contain, what the wording is — until after the hearing.”

  • The president and his advisers repeatedly pressured Mr. Zelensky of Ukraine and his government to investigate people and issues of political concern to Mr. Trump, including Mr. Biden. Here’s a timeline of events since January.

  • A C.I.A. officer who was once detailed to the White House filed a whistle-blower complaint on Mr. Trump’s interactions with Mr. Zelensky. Read the complaint.

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Who Are the Main Characters in the Whistle-Blower’s Complaint?

President Trump’s personal lawyer. The prosecutor general of Ukraine. Joe Biden’s son. These are just some of the names mentioned in the whistle-blower’s complaint. What were their roles? We break it down.

Congressman: “Sir, let me repeat my question: Did you ever speak to the president about this complaint?” Congress is investigating allegations that President Trump pushed a foreign government to dig up dirt on his Democratic rivals. “It’s just a Democrat witch hunt. Here we go again.” At the heart of an impeachment inquiry is a nine-page whistle-blower complaint that names over two dozen people. Not counting the president himself, these are the people that appear the most: First, Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani. According to documents and interviews, Giuliani has been involved in shadowy diplomacy on behalf of the president’s interests. He encouraged Ukrainian officials to investigate the Biden family’s activities in the country, plus other avenues that could benefit Trump like whether the Ukrainians intentionally helped the Democrats during the 2016 election. It was an agenda he also pushed on TV. “So you did ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden.” “Of course I did!” A person Giuliani worked with, Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s former prosecutor general. He pushed for investigations that would also benefit Giuliani and Trump. Lutsenko also discussed conspiracy theories about the Bidens in the U.S. media. But he later walked back his allegations, saying there was no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens. This is where Hunter Biden comes in, the former vice president’s son. He served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company run by this guy, who’s had some issues with the law. While Biden was in office, he along with others, called for the dismissal of Lutsenko’s predecessor, a prosecutor named Viktor Shokin, whose office was overseeing investigations into the company that Hunter Biden was involved with. Shokin was later voted out by the Ukrainian government. Lutsenko replaced him, but was widely criticized for corruption himself. When a new president took office in May, Volodymyr Zelensky, Zelensky said that he’d replace Lutsenko. Giuliani and Trump? Not happy. They viewed Lutsenko as their ally. During a July 25 call between Trump and the new Ukrainian president, Trump defended him, saying, “I heard you had a prosecutor who is very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair.” In that phone call, Trump also allegedly asked his counterpart to continue the investigation into Joe Biden, who is his main rival in the 2020 election. Zelensky has publicly denied feeling pressured by Trump. “In other words, no pressure.” And then finally, Attorney General William Barr, who also came up in the July 25 call. In the reconstructed transcript, Trump repeatedly suggested that Zelensky’s administration could work with Barr and Giuliani to investigate the Bidens and other matters of political interest to Trump. Since the whistle-blower complaint was made public, Democrats have criticized Barr for dismissing allegations that Trump had violated campaign finance laws during his call with Zelensky and not passing along the complaint to Congress. House Democrats have now subpoenaed several people mentioned in the complaint, as an impeachment inquiry into the president’s conduct continues.

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