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Pompeo misses subpoena deadline to turn over Ukraine documents in impeachment inquiry

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged he was listening to President Trump’s phone call with the Ukraine president, Volodymyr Zelensky. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo failed to comply with a Friday deadline to turn over Ukraine-related documents to House Democrats leading an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to an official on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

The State Department’s delay in producing reams of documents related to the agency’s dealings with Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, and Ukrainian leaders comes amid an increasingly high-stakes standoff between the executive branch and Congress. Democrats are investigating allegations that Trump used the power of his office to press a foreign government for damaging information about a top political rival.

“Secretary Pompeo has failed to meet the deadline to produce documents required by the subpoena. However, the State Department has contacted the Committees on this matter and we hope the Department will cooperate in full promptly,” said the committee official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. 

The committee source said negotiations were ongoing and lawmakers expected to proceed with testimony for several State Department witnesses next week.  

The White House indicated on Friday that it would not cooperate with any document requests unless and until the full House votes to authorize the impeachment inquiry. It was not clear if Pompeo’s delay was related to the White House directive or if the State Department was working with the committee to comply. The State Department press office did not respond to a request for comment.

Volker: Trump said Ukraine was full of ‘terrible people’ who ‘tried to take me down’

Pompeo launched a broadside against the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry earlier this week, suggesting he would fight their request to depose five State Department employees involved in the Ukraine controversy. Democrats accused him of “stonewalling” the proceedings and seeking to intimidate witnesses.

On Thursday, former State Department official Kurt Volker, Trump’s ex-envoy to Ukraine, testified for more than nine hours behind closed doors. He shared text messages and other information that shed new light on Trump’s efforts to press Ukrainian leaders to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Biden is a leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

On Friday, the House Intelligence Committee questioned Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general, about a whistleblower complaint that brought Trump’s requests about Biden to light. 

The State Department’s failure to turn over documents on Friday came amid an escalating showdown between House Democrats and the White House. Earlier in the day, House Democrats subpoenaed the White House for documents relating to the Ukraine scandal and demanded information from Vice President Mike Pence on his involvement in the controversy. 

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Ohio University suspends all fraternities amid hazing allegations

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Ohio University said Thursday it had suspended all of its fraternities following claims of widespread hazing.

The suspension is effective immediately and includes all five Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters at the campus in Athens, about 70 miles southeast of Columbus.

“The swift action being taken in light of the allegations that have surfaced affirms Ohio University’s commitment to the health and safety of our students.,” the statement read.

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Earlier this week, the school issued a cease and desist order to the ACACIA and Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternities after receiving allegations of hazing new members, The Post student newspaper reported.

Administrators received more allegations Wednesday against five other chapters, prompting the suspensions.

“These troubling allegations, which will be thoroughly investigated, indicate a potentially escalating systemic culture within our IFC organizations, and Ohio University will not put at risk the health and safety of our students,” Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones said in a letter.

All chapter meetings, events and activities are suspended until further notice. In May, Sigma Pi was expelled from the university for hazing, alcohol and drug use, and other student conduct code violations after the alleged hazing of 18-year-old Collin Wiant, who died in November.

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A lawsuit by Wiant’s family alleges he died of asphyxiation after ingesting nitrous oxide provided to and forced on him by fraternity members. Sigma Pi denied those allegations and said Wiant wasn’t a pledge when he died. The fraternity said Wiant was removed from the pledging process weeks earlier because of a sexual-assault allegation.

The letter from Hall-Jones said each chapter is expected to develop and implement a plan to ensure its culture is aligned with that of the national organization and the school student code of conduct.

Failure to comply could result in disciplinary action, she said.

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Judson Horras, President and CEO of the North American Interfraternity Conference told WJW-TV a suspension “that impacts students not accused of misconduct is not the right approach to address this critical issue. It disincentivizes students who are following the rules.”

He said the university should bring “bring all parties to the table to seek a path forward that places the highest priority on the health and safety of students, while respecting the rights of those that live up to the standards of fraternal excellence.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pompeo fails to meet House subpoena deadline to produce Ukraine documents

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UFO investigations expert claims group could have physical evidence to make ‘some sort of definitive conclusion’

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A former Pentagon official who now works for a UFO investigations organization claimed some of the material his group has reviewed could be the real deal.

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“Our company over the last year and a half has actually obtained quite a bit of material,” Luis Elizondo of the To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science said Friday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“Some of that material — its providence is frankly hearsay, while other providence of some of this material has been substantiated.”

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Elizondo said the group is in the process of in-depth investigations of what they have obtained.

He said the experts are looking at physical, chemical and atomic properties, and will be able to piece together summaries when the work is complete.

“Really, at that point we’ll be able to make some sort of definitive conclusion,” he said.

Elizondo added all of the material the academy is doing research into will go through the “scientific process” and be peer-reviewed.

Last month, the U.S. Navy for the first time acknowledged that the three UFO videos that were released by former Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge and published by The New York Times are of real “unidentified” objects.

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“The Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those three videos as unidentified,” Navy spokesman Joseph Gradisher told The Black Vault, a website dedicated to declassified government documents.

Gradisher added that “the ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ terminology is used because it provides the basic descriptor for the sightings/observations of unauthorized/unidentified aircraft/objects that have been observed entering/operating in the airspace of various military-controlled training ranges.”

The videos in question, known as “FLIR1,” “Gimbal” and “GoFast,” were originally released to the New York Times and to The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA). In December 2017, Fox News reported that the Pentagon had secretly set up a program to investigate UFOs at the request of former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

DeLonge is a co-founder of the To The Stars Academy.

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow lands recurring role in ‘Batwoman’ TV series

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Some of her critics might say Rachel Maddow is living in a fantasy world. Now. the liberal MSNBC host is officially entering one.

Maddow announced Friday she is branching out from behind the desk at her left-leaning network to dip her toe into some superhero drama. She’ll have a role in the new TV series “Batwoman” on the CW. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

The host is set to play Vesper Fairchild, a “television and radio personality” who in the comic books had a romantic relationship with Bruce Wayne. However, Maddow herself will reportedly not “appear” on-screen but will have a presence in multiple episodes.

“Batwoman,” which debuts this Sunday, marks the first superhero television series starring an openly gay character. Batwoman made her debut with DC Comics in 2006 as a wealthy heiress who becomes inspired by Batman to join the fight against crime in Gotham City.

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As The Hollywood Reporter noted, Maddow previously wrote an introduction for a 2010 Batwoman graphic novel “Elegy.”

Maddow confirmed the casting news on Friday.

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“I know no one’s going to believe this is true, but it’s true,” Maddow wrote. “I’m ‘Vesper Fairchild’ in the new Batwoman TV show that starts this Sunday night on The CW. (My character is soooo not me; turns out playing her is one of the most fun things I’ve ever done).”

“We consider Vesper Fairchild to be the sardonic Voice of Gotham,” Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries told THR. “In addition to Rachel’s interest in Batwoman, we thought she’d be the perfect casting choice because her own hard-hitting journalism wildly contrasts Vesper’s penchant for snark, gossip and criticism of female superheroes.” 

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2nd Whistleblower May Come Forward On Trump’s Ukraine Call

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A second intelligence official with even more direct information on President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into meddling in the presidential election may come forward to Congress, The New York Times reported Friday night.

This potential whistleblower reportedly has firsthand knowledge of the White House’s interactions with Ukraine and was interviewed by the intelligence community’s inspector general during an investigation into the first whistleblower’s complaint about a July 25 call with the president of Ukraine.

The Times cited two people who had been briefed on the matter in its report.

This second intelligence official is considering bringing their own whistleblower complaint to Congress, though they haven’t yet done so.

A potential second whistleblower would further implicate Trump. The first complaint said he abused his power by pressuring Ukraine’s president to dig up information on former Vice President Joe Biden, now a Democratic presidential rival.

The report of a second government official with even more information may add fuel to the House impeachment investigation.

Also on Friday night, the House Oversight Committee issued a subpoena to the White House, ordering the Trump administration to hand over documents on its contacts with Ukraine. And earlier Friday, three House committees called on Vice President Mike Pence to submit similar documents.

Government employees who work in intelligence may submit whistleblower complaints with a level of protection from criminal prosecution and retribution under the Whistleblower Protection Act.

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Pompeo fails to meet House subpoena deadline to produce Ukraine documents

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Travis Scott addresses Kylie Jenner cheating allegations: ‘Simply not true’

Days after news swirled that he and Kylie Jenner are taking a break, Travis Scott is speaking out.

On Friday, the “Astroworld” rapper broke his silence to address rumors that he cheated.

“It’s really affecting when u see false things said about u once again these false stories about me cheating are just simply not true,” Scott, 28, wrote on his Instagram Story.

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He continued, “Focusing on life, music, and family at this moment is what’s real.”

On Tuesday, several reports revealed that Jenner, 22, was seeking some space from Scott, with whom she shares a 1-year-old daughter, Stormi.

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“They are taking some time but not done,” a source close to Jenner told People magazine at the time.

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The insider added that the pair “still have some trust issues but their problems have stemmed more from the stress of their lifestyles.”

On Thursday, the Kylie Cosmetics mogul also spoke out, wasting no time putting to rest rumors that she recently rekindled a relationship with ex-boyfriend Tyga.

“The Internet makes everything 100 times more dramatic than what it really is. There was no ‘2am date with Tyga’. You see me drop two of my friends off at a studio that he happened to be at,” the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians star wrote on Twitter.

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She added: “Travis and i are on great terms and our main focus right now is Stormi ‼️ our friendship and our daughter is priority.”

The two reportedly first met at Coachella in 2017 and have been dating ever since, according to People.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report

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Some inside government ‘hell-bent on destroying this president,’ Hogan Gidley says

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Some figures inside the federal government are determined to undermine President Trump and remove him from office, according to White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley.

The fierce opposition to Trump holding office came long before he was even sworn in, Gidley said Friday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“The fact is, Donald Trump has done nothing wrong and the Democrats know it — and also, he deserves due process just like any American citizen would,” he said.

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“The Democrats can’t void that simply because they hate him so much or because they want to overturn the election of 2016.”

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Gidley pointed to protests against then-candidate Trump and said the current outcry against the president is nothing new.

“They wanted him out before he was actually sworn in,” he said.

“It’s very clear that there are people inside the government hell-bent on destroying this president and taking him down — they try it every single day.”

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Gidley also said the Democrats appear to have suddenly pivoted from the most important topic being gun control or immigration to the impeachment inquiry.

“All they can see is hatred for this president — blood red, trying to attack him.”

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Rep. Hurd says whistleblower should be protected, wants Giuliani to explain role and the focus on Russia

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Rep. William Hurd, R-Texas, appeared on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Friday and addressed the growing Ukraine controversy — in particular, the whistleblower and President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani‘s role.

“I think we should be protecting the whistleblower because they made some allegations and they’re just that, allegations about wrongdoing, that we should pursue,” Hurd said.

The congressman went on to address Giuliani’s interview with MacCallum earlier in the show.

“I think Mayor Giuliani’s perspective on this and understanding what he’s doing and what does ‘disrupting the world’ actually mean and how is he going about doing that is important perspective,” Hurd said.

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Earlier in the show, Giuliani claimed that Obama should have reacted in a more effective way to a 2015 New York Times story highlighting the Bidens’ interactions in Ukraine.

Hurd was reacting to MacCallum pressing Giuliani on his involvement in investigating Ukraine. “Why are you the president’s personal attorney? … What’s your mission?” MacCallum asked.

“To disrupt the world,” Giuliani responded. “My mission is to defend my client in the best traditions of the legal profession.”

Hurd also said he’s like to hear from former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, in committee hearings, and would like to focus on Ukraine’s relationship with Russia.

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“I wish we were talking about how are we working with Ukraine to push out the Russians,” Hurd said. “The Russians invaded that country. … That’s the whole reason we’re having these conversations and that’s where I think we should be talking about U.S. foreign policy to show the rest of the world that if the Russians did something like that again … we’d be there to back people up.”

Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.

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