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‘I want the best for you’: Botham Jean’s brother hugs Amber Guyger after her sentencing

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It was a moving moment when Brandt Jean asked the judge if he could hug Amber Guyger, the former Dallas cop who shot and killed his brother. USA TODAY

It’s a moment very rare in the annals of crime history: A man hugging the killer of his own brother in the courtroom where she was convicted, wishing her the best.

That’s the scene that played out in a Dallas courtroom Wednesday. In the moments following the sentencing of Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who shot and killed a black neighbor after she accidentally walked into his apartment, the victim’s brother had forgiveness in his heart. 

Botham Jean was killed while eating ice cream in his own apartment, after Guyger mistakenly opened the door to his apartment and mistook him for an intruder. But his younger brother, Brandt Jean, didn’t wish Guyger any ill will on Wednesday.

In fact, he wished Guyger nothing but the best and, holding back tears, he asked the presiding judge if he could hug the woman convicted of murder in the killing of his brother. Guyger, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison

“I don’t know if this is possible,” the 18-year-old said in a video of the moment posted by WFAA-TV’s Mike Leslie, “but can I give her a hug, please? Please?”

After a pause, Judge Tammy Kemp said yes. 

Guyger and Brandt Jean embraced in the courtroom for nearly a minute. Kemp also hugged Guyger before she was led from the courtroom.

“If you truly are sorry, I know… I can speak for myself, I forgive you,” he said before the hug. “And I know if you go to God and ask him, he will forgive you. 

“Again, I’m speaking for myself, not even on behalf of my family, but I love you, just like anyone else. I’m not going to say I hope you rot and die just like my brother did, but I, personally, want the best for you.

Sobs were audible throughout the courtroom as the two hugged and Kemp could be seen wiping tears away. 

“I wasn’t going to ever say this in front of my family or anyone, but I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you, because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want you to do. And the best would be, give your life to Christ. I’m going to say anything else.

“I think giving your life to Christ would be the best thing that Botham would want you to do.”

Contributing: John Bacon, USA TODAY; The Associated Press.

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Dem megadonor Ed Buck hit with additional federal drug charges in two overdose deaths

A federal grand jury in California has indicted wealthy Democratic megadonor Ed Buck on drug charges in connection with two overdose deaths at his West Hollywood apartment.

The indictment returned Wednesday charges Buck with distributing methamphetamine resulting in the deaths of Timothy Dean in January and Gemmel Moore in 2017. Buck had previously been charged in Moore’s death after his arrest last month.

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Federal prosecutors said Buck, 65, preyed on vulnerable gay black men and pressured them to let him inject them with drugs as part of a sexual ritual.

Buck also is charged with providing meth to three more men, including one who overdosed twice in a week last month before escaping Buck’s home to get help and another man who said Buck threatened him with a power saw in December if he didn’t leave his apartment

Family members of the victims had criticized local prosecutors for not charging Buck in the deaths. Moore’s mother and her supporters have said Buck got favorable treatment because of his status and reputation and that the victims were ignored because they were gay black men, drug users and often sex workers.

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The indictment returned Wednesday in U.S. District Court charges wealthy Democratic megadonor Ed Buck, center, with distributing methamphetamine resulting in the deaths of Timothy Dean, right, in January and Gemmel Moore, left, in 2017. (AP-AP-FB)

“If white gay men had been dying in a black man’s house or anybody’s house, rather, this case would have been taken a lot more seriously,” said Jasmyne Cannick, a communications strategist who spearheaded the effort to get justice for Moore. “Ed Buck knew who he was preying on, and he knew that people would not care. Or he thought that people would not care.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reopened the case after Dean’s death Jan. 7. In July, the U.S. attorney’s office took the case after sheriff’s detectives approached a federal task force investigating opioid overdoses.

Buck was arrested Sept. 17  and hit with state charges of operating a drug house. Two days later, federal prosecutors charged him with distributing methamphetamine resulting in Moore’s death.

The federal charges bring a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years if Buck is convicted. A defense lawyer has previously said Buck, 65, denies a role in both deaths.

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Buck has donated tens of thousands of dollars to California candidates, including Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, and is well known in LGBTQ political circles.  According to federal records, Buck contributed more than $500,000 to Democratic groups, including $1,500 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and $2,950 to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Buck gained fame by leading a 1987 campaign to recall Republican Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham, who was ultimately convicted in an impeachment trial and kicked out of office.

Buck had been a Republican but said he switched party affiliation to Democrat because he felt the GOP was intolerant toward the gay community.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tesla Reports a Record Quarter for Its Deliveries

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Tesla reported record quarterly deliveries on Wednesday, putting the electric-car maker within reach of its goal for the year. But analysts remain skeptical that the company will show a profit for the period.

The company said it delivered 97,000 new cars in the third quarter, a rise of almost 2 percent from the previous period. Production rose to 96,155 cars, a 10 percent increase. Tesla said that it took in a record number of net orders in the quarter and that it was entering the fourth quarter with a growing backlog.

Last week, its chief executive, Elon Musk, told employees in an email that the company had “a shot” at delivering more than 100,000 vehicles in the quarter, adding that “demand is strong.”

One challenge in translating the sales into profits lies in the figures for individual models.

Tesla said it delivered 79,600 Model 3 sedans in the quarter, an increase of 2.6 percent from the second quarter. But deliveries of its larger, more established offerings — the Model S and the Model X — totaled 17,400, a decline of 250. Analysts say that is a problem for Tesla, since those vehicles often sell for $90,000 and produce far more profit than the Model 3, which sells for as little as $39,000.

Jeffrey Osborne of Cowen & Company said in a recent note to clients that unless Tesla cut costs enough to make money on the least expensive version of the Model 3, “margins are likely to continue to be under pressure and we don’t see sustainable profitability in the near to midterm.” He added that Cowen saw “a lot more that can go wrong than can go right.”

Tesla lost $408 million in the second quarter even as it reported record deliveries and a substantial increase in revenue. Its third-quarter financial report is due in the weeks ahead.

So far this year, Tesla has delivered about 255,000 cars. To reach the low end of the range it has forecast for the year — 360,000 to 400,000 — it will need to sell more than 100,000 in the fourth quarter, only a slight increase from the third quarter but a milestone it has not yet achieved.

Since introducing the Model S in 2012, Tesla has become one of the top producers of luxury cars in the United States, rivaling more established brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. But the company has yet to turn an annual profit since its founding in 2003. And automakers including Porsche, Volvo and Audi are rolling out competing electric cars at a time when Tesla is at least a year away from the next addition to its lineup, the Model Y, a roomier version of the Model 3.

Mr. Musk has promised that by next year a million Tesla vehicles will be on the road with the ability to drive themselves and operate as driverless taxis. Other automakers working on self-driving cars say it will take several more years for the technology to be put into widespread use.

Tesla is also spending heavily to build a factory in China, develop an electric pickup truck, improve customer service and expand its network of charging stations.

One handicap that Tesla has faced in the United States this year resulted from its own success. Its cumulative sales reached a threshold at the end of last year that cut the federal tax credit available to buyers by half, to $3,750. That figure was halved again on July 1, and the credit will cease at the end of this year.

There have also been concerns about the capabilities of Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assist system. Last month, the National Transportation Safety Board said Autopilot was at fault when a Tesla vehicle ran into a stopped fire truck in California in 2018. “The system was unable to immediately detect the hazard and accelerated the Tesla toward the stationary truck,” the agency said.

And on Wednesday, federal safety regulators said they were looking at a new Tesla feature called Smart Summon, which is supposed to enable a vehicle to navigate from a spot in a parking lot to a waiting driver. “Your parked car will come find you,” the company website says of the technology.

But since Tesla began adding the feature to some cars in recent days through a software update, videos have appeared in social media showing crashes or near accidents while Smart Summon was in use.

In a statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was aware of reports about Smart Summon and was “in ongoing contact with the company and we continue to gather information.” The agency’s action was reported Wednesday afternoon by Bloomberg.

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Democrats ‘living in a bubble’ with their pro-impeachment ‘hatred’ and will lose the House in 2020, top Republican says

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Democrats are so irrationally focused on impeaching President Trump they will hand the House of Representatives back to the GOP, according to National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her caucus will prevent the president from getting anything legislatively accomplished which will backfire, Rep. Emmer, R-Minn., told Neil Cavuto on “Your World.”

“Some of them live in a bubble — they think they’re winning,” he said.

Emmer said the NRCC will be releasing new polling later this week, and suggested to Cavuto the surveys will show two-thirds of voters in the districts the committee is targeting to “flip” to red believe the “Democratic-majority in the House is way too obsessed with their hatred of this president,” and would rather lawmakers work on common-sense bipartisan legislation.

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“That’s why they’re going to lose the majority,” he concluded.

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In addition, Cavuto asked Emmer whether it was inappropriate for Trump to reportedly pressure Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for information to help discredit former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his Russia investigation.

Emmer rejected the idea, saying it is instead inappropriate to have a political party — the Democrats — with an “obsession” of undermining the president.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump similarly slammed Democrats over their impeachment inquiry, specifically targeting Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee.

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“It shows that Schiff is a fraud. … I think it’s a scandal that he knew before,” Trump said of a report the Ukraine whistleblower reached out to the lawmaker’s committee before filing their complaint.

“I’d go a step further. I’d say he probably helped write it… That’s a big story. He knew long before, and he helped write it too. It’s a scam.”

Referring to Schiff  — who has long claimed to have surefire evidence that Trump illegally conspired with Russians — as “Shifty Schiff,” Trump characterized Democrats’ impeachment inquiry as a “fraudulent crime on the American people.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

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Wendy Williams throws shade at her ex-husband’s alleged mistress

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Wendy Williams shared a fresh update about her personal life with her studio audience.

On Wednesday, the 55-year-old talk show host made reference to her ex-husband, Kevin Hunter, and his alleged mistress, Sharina Hudson, with whom he reportedly had a baby.

During the “Hot Topics” section of her show, Williams remembered a joke she used to tell about getting pregnant.

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“I used to say this as a joke on ‘Hot Topics’: Poke a hole in the condom and get pregnant, but that backfired on me, didn’t it?” she said, alluding to Hudson’s alleged love child. “Turnabout’s a fair game, I’m a fair game player and a straight shooter, too. Pow, pow!”

Williams then further shaded the woman.

“Life is not what you think it is behind the scenes, trust me. Homegirl is miserable,” she said as she rocked a pretend baby. “In the meantime I’m over here. That’s what you get!”

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Williams filed for divorce from Hunter in April. The couple were married for 22 years, together for 25, and they have a son, Kevin Jr. The two split because of Kevin Hunter’s reported infidelity.

In addition to their marriage, the two were business partners. Hunter was an executive producer of her namesake talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show,” but his name has since been scrubbed from the credits.

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In September during an appearance on “The View,” she took shots at Hunter about his affair and alleged love child.

“I’m not a selfish mom. I’m a very plot-ative individual. Like I will plot on you. That’s why I’m going into Season 11 and he’s changing Pampers,” she said. “Infidelity is one thing, a full baby is a whole other topic.”

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Trump Impeachment Inquiry: Latest Updates

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Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee, notified his committee of the impending subpoena on Wednesday. He said the White House had thus far ignored Congress’s voluntary requests for materials related to President Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son and any attempt by the administration to conceal his actions.

“I do not take this step lightly,” Mr. Cummings wrote. “Over the past several weeks, the committees tried several times to obtain voluntary compliance with our requests for documents, but the White House has refused to engage with — or even respond to — the committees.”

The subpoena threat came as lawmakers expected to hear a mysterious bit of new information abruptly offered up by the State Department’s independent watchdog.

Nicholas Fandos

Read on: ‘We’re Not Fooling Around’: House Democrats Tell White House Subpoena Is Coming

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During a meeting at the White House with President Sauli Niinisto of Finland, President Trump raged at his Democratic inquisitors.

With his guest sitting a few feet away, Mr. Trump angrily called Representative Adam B. Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, “a lowlife,” and said he “should resign from office in disgrace, and frankly they should look at him for treason.”

Mr. Trump repeated his complaint that Mr. Schiff had “fraudulently” distorted his words in a House hearing last week by summarizing part of the president’s July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine. (Mr. Schiff said at the time that his summary was meant “at least part in parody.” Mr. Trump routinely satirizes the words of others.)

But Mr. Trump, who in a morning Twitter post said that Democrats are focused on “BULLSHIT,” chose to censor himself in a critique of Mr. Schiff, who said on Wednesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may try to “interfere with witnesses” ordered to testify before Congress.

“That guy couldn’t carry his blank strap,” Mr. Trump said, unfavorably comparing Mr. Schiff to Mr. Pompeo. Mr. Trump seemed to be avoiding the words “jock strap” and using a common insult about masculinity.

Of the whistle-blower who lodged a formal complaint about Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, Mr. Trump said: “I think a whistle-blower should be protected, if the whistle-blower is legitimate.”

At a second appearance with Mr. Niinisto not much later, Mr. Trump became increasingly angry while responding to questions about the impeachment investigation, complaining that it was part of a “hoax” that has been perpetrated against him since he took office, and threatening vaguely to bring “a major lawsuit” in retaliation. He went after Mr. Schiff anew, and blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi, charging that she “hands out subpoenas like they’re cookies.”

— Michael Crowley

The C.I.A. officer who filed the whistle-blower complaint first had a colleague convey concerns about President Trump to the C.I.A.’s top lawyer. But concerned about how that avenue for airing his allegations was unfolding, the officer then approached a House Intelligence Committee aide about his allegations.

The early account by the future whistle-blower shows how determined he was to make known his allegations against Mr. Trump. It also explains how Mr. Schiff knew to press for the complaint when the Trump administration initially blocked lawmakers from seeing it.

The House staff member, following the committee’s procedures, suggested the officer find a lawyer to advise him and file a whistle-blower complaint. The aide shared some of what the officer conveyed to Mr. Schiff. The aide did not share the whistle-blower’s identity with Mr. Schiff or anyone else, an official said.

Mr. Trump wasted no time in trying to use the revelation about the whistle-blower’s attempt to alert Congress to try to denigrate his complaint. In a news conference in the East Room of the White House after this article was published, Mr. Trump called it a scandal that Mr. Schiff knew the outlines of the whistle-blower’s accusations before he filed his complaint.

“Big stuff. That’s a big story,” Mr. Trump said, waving a copy of the article in the air. “He knew long before and helped write it, too. It’s a scam,” the president added, accusing Mr. Schiff of helping the whistle-blower write his complaint. There is no evidence that Mr. Schiff did, and his spokesman said he saw no part of the complaint before it was filed.

— Julian E. Barnes

Read on: Schiff, House Intel Chairman, Got Early Warning of Whistle-Blower’s Accusations

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The State Department’s independent watchdog arrived on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon to privately deliver to lawmakers a mysterious set of documents he said related to the State Department and Ukraine. Democrats were preparing for another possible bombshell that, some whispered, might show top administration officials had tried to obstruct their work.

Instead, they got a packet of assorted news clippings and conspiratorial memos about Democratic malfeasance in Ukraine that the State Department’s inspector general, Steven A. Linick, said had been delivered to Mr. Pompeo earlier this year from someone purporting to be at the White House. A legal adviser at the department then handed it on to Mr. Linick’s office at the time.

Lawmakers and officials familiar with the briefing and material said Mr. Linick made clear he did not assign credibility to the roughly 40 pages of material and doubted its actual provenance, but he thought lawmakers should have it in light of their investigative work.

The material came in an aged manilla envelope that listed “The White House” as the return address. It contained several folders that appeared to have come from a Trump hotel.

Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland, called the material an “irrelevant distraction from the matter at hand.”

“It is very clear what it is,” he told reporters. “It is a package of propaganda, misinformation and conspiracy theories. The real question is where did it come from and how did it end up in our laps?”

But there were also intriguing potential leads. Among the documents were what appeared to be notes of interviews involving Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, and Ukrainian officials about the Bidens.

— Nicholas Fandos and Catie Edmondson

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“I was on the phone call,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a news conference in Rome — the first time he has addressed the topic publicly since reports surfaced that he had heard the exchange.

He did not elaborate on the conversation and did not answer a question about whether anything in it had raised a red flag for him.

Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on Wednesday for Mr. Pompeo to recuse himself from “all Ukraine-related matters,” saying Mr. Pompeo had a conflict of interest because he was among the Trump administration officials on the call. Mr. Menendez’s request followed a letter from the three House Democrats overseeing the impeachment inquiry who on Tuesday informed the deputy secretary of state, John Sullivan, that they would deal with him because they said Mr. Pompeo had a conflict of interest and could be called as a potential witness.

An anonymous whistle-blower within the government filed a complaint in August, citing the call and other factors as information that “the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”

The complaint, made public last week, says that White House officials, rather than storing a record of the conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, in the usual computer system, attempted to “lock down” information on it, placing it in a more secure system, accessible to fewer people. The whistle-blower asserted this was done because they “understood the gravity of what had transpired in the call.”

— Jason Horowitz, Richard Pérez-Peña and Eileen Sullivan

Read on: Pompeo Confirms He Listened to Trump’s Call to Ukraine President

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Document: Read the Whistle-Blower Complaint

The complaint filed by an intelligence officer about President Trump’s interactions with the leader of Ukraine.

The book, which was adapted in an article in The New York Times, discusses a series of ideas that Mr. Trump raised with aides in his quest to fortify the border. Besides the moat, the article also discussed that he mused about shooting migrants in the legs to slow them down.

Mr. Trump called the report obviously “fake,” because, he erroneously said, it was the work of The Washington Post. The authors are reporters for The New York Times.

— Michael Crowley

Senator Mitch McConnell’s comment this week that the Senate would be forced to “take up” articles of impeachment from the House had the capital in a swirl, bracing for a full-blown Senate trial of President Trump. But as things now stand, any trial would probably be swift, ending in dismissal of the accusations.

While the focus was on the statement by Mr. McConnell, the majority leader, that the Senate would have “no choice” but to begin an impeachment proceeding, it was his next line that might have been more telling: “How long you are on it is a whole different matter.”

The fusty rules of the Senate make clear that Republicans could not unilaterally stonewall articles of impeachment of Mr. Trump as they did the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick B. Garland. But Mr. McConnell’s declaration suggests the Republican-controlled Senate could move expeditiously to toss them out if Republicans conclude the House impeachment is meritless, or a strictly partisan affair.

— Carl Hulse

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Echoes of Benghazi Criticism and Anger Confront Pompeo in Ukraine Inquiry

WASHINGTON — As a member of Congress, Mike Pompeo drove the Republican inquiry into the killing of a United States ambassador in Benghazi, Libya, and made clear there was no place for politics in American diplomacy. Nor, he said, would he tolerate “dithering” by an Obama administration State Department that he called “deeply obstructive of getting the American people the facts that they needed.”

Now, as secretary of state, Mr. Pompeo is facing a political crisis that directly challenges his leadership of the department he once excoriated. He is accused by House Democrats of blocking their impeachment inquiry by resisting the release of information to Congress that may shed light on the Trump administration’s shadow foreign policy with Ukraine.

And career diplomats, some of whom blame the Trump administration for dismembering the Foreign Service and undercutting American diplomacy, are expected to be among the first witnesses telling their stories to Congress during its inquiry.

“In many ways this seems to be a situation where he’s reaping what he sowed,” said Derek Chollet, the executive vice president of the German Marshall Fund, who served in both the State and Defense Departments under President Barack Obama.

During the Benghazi hearings in 2016, Mr. Pompeo bombarded Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with questions about whether the State Department had failed to put adequate security on the ground, leading to the death of an American ambassador. Now Mr. Pompeo is being asked whether his State Department was part of an effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

The details are different, but lawmakers in both cases accused the State Department of obstruction and not supporting its diplomats.

With the tables turned, the House Foreign Affairs Committee is expected on Thursday to query Kurt D. Volker, a longtime diplomat, former ambassador to NATO and, until last week, the Trump administration’s special envoy for Ukraine.

Mr. Volker is the man who put Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, in touch with the new government in Kiev, though he appeared to have deep reservations about how Ukraine policy was veering off course. His testimony is expected to be followed over the coming days by that of Marie L. Yovanovitch, who was recalled early as the American ambassador to Ukraine and dismissed by Mr. Trump as “bad news,” someone he promised would “go through some things.”

Both will be asked whether they had evidence that Mr. Trump or his representatives were dangling American support — and suspending congressionally approved military assistance — to get political dirt from the Ukrainian government to undercut the presidential campaign of Mr. Biden.

Mr. Pompeo has often said that the Trump administration has not been tested by a true foreign crisis and that sooner or later one was coming. Now he is caught in the middle of a domestic one. He will be pressed to explain what he knew — after acknowledging that he listened in on a July 25 phone call between Mr. Trump and the newly elected president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky — and how he reacted when he heard his boss seek political help.

“I was on the phone call,” he said Wednesday, but ignored a question about what he thought about Mr. Trump’s requests.

That admission was a marked change. In interviews in recent weeks, Mr. Pompeo repeatedly evaded questions about the content of the call between the two presidents, and never volunteered that he had listened in.

In an interview on Sept. 22, days before the White House released a transcript of the call, Mr. Pompeo suggested that he was unaware of the details, telling Martha Raddatz of ABC that he had not seen the whistle-blower report and then describing American policy toward Ukraine in traditional terms, without reference to the favors Mr. Trump sought.

The Benghazi hearings that first brought national attention to Mr. Pompeo, then a conservative congressman from Kansas, investigated systematic security failings after four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, were killed in an attack on a diplomatic outpost and a nearby C.I.A. annex in 2012. The two-year congressional inquiry — one of the most bitterly partisan in history — concluded that the State Department and the C.I.A. did not appreciate the high security risk in Benghazi, but found no evidence that Mrs. Clinton was directly to blame.

Like the Benghazi hearings, the impeachment proceedings, opened last week by House Democrats, are as immersed in diplomacy as they are in political intrigue. In recent days Mr. Pompeo’s role in the Ukraine chain of events has become increasingly clearer — and ever closer to the center of the controversy.

His presence on the call with Mr. Zelensky was unusual, though not improper: Past secretaries of state have occasionally joined such calls, and often sit in on face-to-face meetings between presidents and foreign leaders.

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Kurt D. Volker, who resigned last week as the Trump administration’s special envoy for Ukraine, is expected to testify before a House panel on Thursday.CreditInna Sokolovskaya/EPA, via Shutterstock

But the questions are swirling about what role Mr. Pompeo may have played, if any, in Mr. Giuliani’s outreach campaign to top Ukrainian government officials. The effort bypassed career State Department diplomats, and Mr. Pompeo is nothing if not territorial — meaning he most likely would have objected to such dealings unless he was under instructions to allow them to proceed.

Then there is the question of the recall of Ms. Yovanovitch back to Washington after she was accused of being a disloyal envoy and was disparaged by the president’s son Donald Trump Jr.

The Foreign Affairs Committee is interested, and American diplomats, who declined to be named, say that Foreign Service officers have been in contact with the committee’s staff. A three-time ambassador, Ms. Yovanovitch has inspired considerable loyalty among her colleagues, many of whom seem ready to stand up in her defense.

Mr. Pompeo accused the House Democrats this week of directly contacting State Department officials and said they had been urged not to report the outreach.

That led to a sharp retort from three committee chairmen — Eliot L. Engel of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Adam B. Schiff of the Intelligence Committee and Elijah E. Cummings of the Oversight and Reform Committee — reminding Mr. Pompeo that it is a crime to obstruct a congressional inquiry “by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication.”

For his part, Mr. Pompeo has cast the State Department’s actions as above reproach.

“To the best of my knowledge, so from what I’ve seen so far, each of the actions that were undertaken by State Department officials was entirely appropriate,” Mr. Pompeo said on Sept. 26 in New York.

On Wednesday, he said American policy toward Ukraine would remain focused on pushing back against Russia, strengthening ties between Washington and Kiev, and rooting out corruption in Ukraine.

“It’s what the State Department officials that I’ve had the privilege to lead have been engaged in,” Mr. Pompeo said on Wednesday while on a diplomatic visit to Rome, “and it’s what we will continue to do, even while all this noise is going on.”

Officials close to Mr. Pompeo have described him as angry over Mr. Giuliani’s pressure campaign for the Ukrainian government to open an investigation into whether Mr. Biden, as vice president, had forced out a top prosecutor in order to shut down an inquiry that might have implicated his son Hunter Biden.

But caught between his loyalty to the president and his instinct to defend the State Department, Mr. Pompeo has never discussed the issue directly.

Mr. Pompeo’s supporters also say he recalled Ms. Yovanovitch out of concern for her safety as anger mounted against her in Kiev, where she had also criticized government corruption under the former Ukrainian president, Petro O. Poroshenko.

In neither case, however, did Mr. Pompeo speak out publicly to defend his diplomat or protect the State Department’s well-established turf in foreign affairs.

Not until Tuesday, in the middle of a visit to the Italian president’s official residence, did Mr. Pompeo come out swinging. But his broadside was aimed at the House Democrats who have demanded sworn testimony from Ms. Yovanovitch, Mr. Volker and three other State Department staff members.

Those depositions, initially scheduled to take place less than a week after they were compelled, amounted to “an attempt to intimidate, bully and treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State,” Mr. Pompeo wrote in a letter to Mr. Engel, Democrat of New York.

The Democrats now see Mr. Pompeo as another potential witness in the investigation and said that any attempts to block testimony or State Department documents “may infer that he is trying to cover up illicit activity and misconduct.”

“This would be a blatant cover-up and a clear abuse of power,” they said.

It was the latest move in an inquiry that promises to be part investigation, part political theater — just like the Benghazi hearings.

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Gutfeld on Trump’s reaction to the Ukrainian witch hunt

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Kick a guy for three years, and he’s bound to kick back.

Yeah, President Trump is pissed. Why the hell not? The media spent 36 months creating a hurricane of hysteria. Now, they rush to their fainting couches when he comes out fighting. Sorry, his reaction is real. Media outrage is not.

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If you’re still looking for proof of how the media manipulates you, NewsBusters revealed that the networks devoted seven hours to the whistleblower’s complaint while giving 46 minutes to Hunter Biden’s sweetheart deal.

Two allegations: one treated like Watergate, the other, water under the bridge. You’d think Hunter would become the “huntee” after making $50,000 a month for having the right dad.

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Nope. The media’s brave firemen put that story out as soon as they saw smoke.

Of course, the media will say you can’t compare what Hunter and Trump did. They’re right. Corruption is actually worse than talking about it.

And you just know the press is already working overtime to dismiss this huge story about House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., getting the whistleblower’s claim first!

How will they preserve their feverish fantasy? Maybe Adam can write it for them.

So now you got an angry president, happily cultivated by a small group of semi-literates working in one marginal pseudo-profession, all hoping to throw a country into crisis in an era where everyone has jobs and peaceful times.

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Why? They hate the guy. But it’s also their business model. Without division, there are no dividends.

How can you face your friends at the Hamptons if you’re not demonizing Trump? Better to be cool than to be correct, country be damned.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on Oct. 2, 2019.

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Air Force test-launches intercontinental ballistic missile in California

The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday it had launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The missile lifted off at 1:13 a.m. from the base northwest of Los Angeles and sent a test reentry vehicle on a 4,200-mile flight over the Pacific Ocean to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

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An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch early Wednesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Michael Peterson/U.S. Air Force via AP)

The launch was conducted by a team of airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.

“The flight test program demonstrates one part of the operational capability of the ICBM weapon system,” Col. Omar Colbert, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander, said in a statement. “The Minuteman III is nearly 50 years old, and continued test launches are essential in ensuring its reliability until the mid-2030s when the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent is fully in place. Most importantly, this visible message of national security serves to assure our partners and dissuade potential aggressors.”

The Air Force said its missile launch was planned six months to a year in advance, calling the timing with North Korea’s launch a coincidence. The launches were about 12 hours apart.

The Air Force also keeps 400 nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles on alert at bases in North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Dozens of Air Force B-2 and B-52 bombers are also capable of delivering nuclear warheads.

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South Korea’s military said that North Korea fired a ballistic missile from the sea on Wednesday, suggesting that Pyongyang may have tested an underwater-launched missile for the first time in three years ahead of a planned resumption of nuclear talks with the United States this weekend.

South Korean military radars detected the North Korean missile flying about 280 miles at a maximum altitude of 565 miles after liftoff from a site about 10.5 miles off the North’s eastern coastal town of Wonsan, Defense Minister Jeong kyeong-doo told lawmakers.

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