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Stephen Miller planted anti-Rubio stories in Breitbart during 2016 campaign, leaked emails show

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Hijacking this to share a gold nugget from the article:

Asked for comment, Hogan Gidley, a spokesperson for the White House, did not address the SPLC report or the emails but instead suggested that criticism of Miller was anti-Semitic, because Miller is Jewish.

The SPLC’s coverage did not include any references to Miller’s religion.

Um. You know that people from all religions can be asshats, and that criticizing them for being an asshat isn’t the same thing as criticizing them because of their religion, right Hogan?

These poor, moronic snowflakes. lol

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Impeachment Hearings Live Updates: Vindman and Williams Testify

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Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, a senior aide to Vice President Mike Pence, are scheduled to testify Tuesday morning. Kurt D. Volker, the special envoy to Ukraine, and Timothy Morrison, a senior national security aide, will appear in the afternoon.CreditCredit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

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Two senior national security officials at the White House challenged Mr. Trump’s description of his call with the Ukraine president as “perfect,” testifying on Tuesday about how concerned they were as they listened in real time to Mr. Trump appealing for investigations into a political rival.

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a decorated Iraq war veteran and the top Ukraine official at the National Security Council, testified that he was so disturbed by the call that he reported it to the council’s top lawyer.

“What I heard was inappropriate, and I reported my concerns to Mr. Eisenberg,” Colonel Vindman said in a halting statement, referring to John Eisenberg, the top lawyer at the National Security Council. “It is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen and political opponent.”

Anticipating attacks from critics, Colonel Vindman said he expressed his concerns “in official channels” through his chain of command, adding that “my intent was to raise these concerns because they had significant national security implications for our country.”

Jennifer Williams, a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence, said she found the president’s call unusual because it included discussion of a “domestic political matter.”

The pair is kicking off three days of testimony from nine diplomats and national security officials as Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee continue to build their case that Mr. Trump tried to extort Ukraine by withholding security aid until the government agreed to announce investigations into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden.

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Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman preparing to testify Tuesday before Congress.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Colonel Vindman used his opening statement before impeachment investigators to denounce the attacks leveled by President Trump and his allies against those who have appeared, or are scheduled to testify, in the impeachment inquiry.

“The vile character attacks on these distinguished and honorable public servants is reprehensible,” Colonel Vindman said.

His remarks came after Mr. Trump has lashed out repeatedly against witnesses in the impeachment inquiry, disparaging their records and calling them “Never Trumpers” who are trying to take him down. Amid the threats, the Army has been assessing potential security threats to Colonel Vindman and his brother Yevgeny, who also works at the National Security Council. There have also been discussions about moving the Vindmans and their families on to a military base for their protection, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.

The colonel, who came to the United States as a refugee at the age of 3, referred to his family’s history in Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, noting that in Russia, “offering public testimony involving the president would surely cost me my life.”

“Dad, my sitting here today, in the U.S. Capitol talking to our elected officials, is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to the United States of America in search of a better life for our family,” Colonel Vindman said. “Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth.

Colonel Vindman was one of the officials who listened in to Mr. Trump’s July 25 phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine and privately expressed concerns about it. On Tuesday, he was to testify that Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, was among the “disruptive actors” who were “promoting false information that undermined the United States’ Ukraine policy.”

He said the National Security Council and other agencies, including the State Department, “grew increasingly concerned about the impact that such information was having on our country’s ability to achieve our national security objectives.”

The lawyer for Ms. Williams told lawmakers that she could not answer questions about a September 18 call between Vice President Mike Pence and the president of Ukraine because the White House has determined that it was classified.

In her closed-door deposition, Ms. Williams answered questions about the call, telling lawmakers that the two had a “very positive” discussion and that there was no discussion about investigations that Mr. Trump wanted.

Ms. Williams said on Tuesday that she would be willing to answer questions in a classified setting or in writing to the committee.

Colonel Vindman arrived at the hearing room in his dark blue Army dress uniform with military ribbons on his chest. Democrats are betting that Mr. Trump’s defenders will have a difficult time dismissing the testimony of a Ukrainian-American immigrant who received a Purple Heart after being wounded in Iraq by a roadside bomb.

Colonel Vindman’s testimony was filled with declarations of duty and patriotism as he described his concern at learning that Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, was leading a pressure campaign on Ukraine to announce the investigations that Mr. Trump wanted.

“The uniform I wear today is that of the United States Army,” he said. “We do not serve any particular political party, we serve the nation. I am humbled to come before you today as one of many who serve in the most distinguished and able military in the world.”

Republicans were hoping to portray Colonel Vindman’s strong opinions about the president’s call with Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, as just that — his own opinions about a telephone call for which a reconstructed transcript has already been released. They have signaled they intend to point out that the president makes no mention of security aid during the call.

In his opening statement, Colonel Vindman insisted that he did not have a partisan motivation when he reported his concerns about the pressure campaign on Ukraine to his superior.

“My only thought was to act properly and to carry out duty,” he said. “I focused on what I have done throughout my career, promoting America’s national security interests.”

Kurt D. Volker, President Trump’s special envoy for Ukraine, will testify Tuesday afternoon that he was out of the loop as Mr. Giuliani effectively sought to pressure Ukraine for investigations of the Bidens. Other witnesses, however, have challenged Mr. Volker’s testimony, describing him as a member of a trio known inside the Trump administration as the “three amigos,” who were running a shadow foreign policy on Ukraine with Rick Perry, the energy secretary, and Gordon D. Sondland, a Trump megadonor and the United States ambassador to the European Union.

Mr. Volker will be joined on the afternoon panel by Timothy Morrison, a longtime Republican congressional aide who has previously testified about a conversation between the president and Mr. Sondland in which Mr. Trump insisted that Ukraine must publicly announce investigations.

But Republicans plan to focus on Mr. Morrison’s assessment of the president’s July 25 call with Mr. Zelensky. Mr. Morrison told lawmakers that he heard nothing illegal as he listened to the call, though he was concerned that it could leak and cause political problems.

  • Mr. Trump repeatedly pressured Mr. Zelensky to investigate people and issues of political concern to Mr. Trump, including the former vice president. 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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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.CreditCredit…Illustration by The New York Times

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Toilet Signs Give The Scoop On Pee And Poop

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A German toilet suggests “Please help us divide” — although doesn’t it all end up in the same place at the end of the day?

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World Toilet Day — that’s today, Tuesday, November 19 — is no joke. (Although clearly the German toilets pictured above have a sense of humor.)

This day in honor of the loo was created by Jack Sim, a Singapore entrepreneur who founded the World Toilet Organization in 2001. In 2013, it was declared an official U.N. day. The aim is to raise awareness about the need for more toilets. And there’s a lot of need.

According to the World Health Organization, two billion people “still do not have basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines.” That’s 300 million people fewer than last year, but it still works out to about 1 in 4 people without any kind of toilet at all.

The U.N. is calling for “adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all” by the year 2030.

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But just because you have a toilet doesn’t mean that all is well.

Toilets can be a bit confusing for some folks. Perhaps you’re used to a squat toilet, which usually involves planting your feet on either side and hovering over a toilet bowl that’s set in to the ground. Or peeing into a drain or hole in the ground.

So you might not understand the ins and outs of a white porcelain throne with a built-in flusher.

That’s where toilet signs come in.

The images may seem unusual to some — um, why is that guy standing on the toilet lid to do his business?

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Caitlin Farley submitted this photo of a sign from Iceland after a toilet sign callout from NPR. Farley is a medical anthropologist who did her research in Indonesia, where standing over a squat toilet is common. “So I found this sign inside the toilet stall at the Strokkur Geysir in Iceland really interesting,” Farley says. Caitlin Farley hide caption

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Caitlin Farley submitted this photo of a sign from Iceland after a toilet sign callout from NPR. Farley is a medical anthropologist who did her research in Indonesia, where standing over a squat toilet is common. “So I found this sign inside the toilet stall at the Strokkur Geysir in Iceland really interesting,” Farley says.

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But the signs perform an important function, says Hope Randall, a communications officer at PATH, a nonprofit focused on global health, including water and sanitation.

Signs can help communicate healthy and safe hygiene practices, she says.

“We need to break the poo taboo,” Randall says. “Poop is not a sexy topic, so it’s an inherent communications challenge.”

So what is the best kind of sign to communicate how to use toilets?

“There can’t really be one answer,” Randall says. “Just like toilets, there’s no one-size-fits-all message to motivate people to change behavior.”

Doug Lansky has seen many such signs. He’s the author of Signspotting, a series of books on funny warning and advice signs. Toilets are an especially popular topic.

Signs often encourage sitting instead of squatting, Lansky has found. But both he and Randall point out that research has indicated that our intestines may function better in a squatting position.

“Plus, it’s more hygienic to squat,” Lansky says. “Squatters think it’s gross that we put our butts on the same seat that other people put their butts on.”

Some signs advise against the practice of open defecation. According to UNICEF, the phrase refers to “the practice whereby people go out in fields, bushes, forests, open bodies of water or other open spaces rather than using the toilet to defecate.” This type of toileting puts people at risk of disease from the germs in human feces.

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Signs also address the issue of gender — or in the tweet below, illustrate that all genders are welcome.

And then there are the signs that warn against multitasking with a toilet.

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Melody Schreiber (@m_scribe on Twitter) is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C.

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Virginia DMV: Unhelmeted Motorcyclist Deaths at Decade High

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“Our goal is to always see traffic fatalities decreasing from year to year, so when the trend is upward, we need to redouble our efforts,” Holcomb said. “That means every driver out there needs to look twice for motorcycles, avoid distractions and never drive impaired. And every motorcycle rider needs to wear the proper gear, obey speed limits and ride within their abilities.”

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Jada Pinkett Smith gets emotional talking about ‘complex’ Tupac Shakur relationship:

Jada Pinkett Smith became emotional while recalling her past relationship with late rapper Tupac Shakur on the latest episode of her Facebook Watch series, “Red Table Talk.”

The 48-year-old host sat down with Robyn Crawford to discuss the guest’s new tell-all book, “A Song For You,” about her love affair with the late Whitney Houston. During the discussion, Crawford recalled a time in which Houston allegedly suspected her of sleeping with a backup dancer. In a fit of rage, she claims Houston tore up a Bible that the duo used to write messages to one another.

JADA PINKETT SMITH ON HER AND DEMI MOORE’S SHARED CHILDHOOD STRUGGLES: WE BOTH HAVE ‘CODEPENDENCY ISSUES’

“I understood because of the complex relationship I’ve had with Pac,” Smith interjected. “In those moments of his, ‘Whose that?!’ knowing damn well there ain’t nothing like that between us.”

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Tupac Shakur was close friends with Jada Pinkett Smith prior to his death.  (AP)

Pinkett Smith and the rapper, born Lesane Parish Crooks, met at the Baltimore School for the Arts in Maryland in the late 1980s and became close friends. Pinkett Smith told People in 2017 that the two were never romantic.

JADA PINKETT SMITH REVEALS WILL SMITH MARRIAGE IS ONLY RECENTLY FEELING LIKE AN ‘ADULT RELATIONSHIP’

“Him feeling like, ‘You’re the only stability I got. I can’t afford for you to put that attention elsewhere. I need that stability.’ So for him, it was… we were an anchor for each other. So any time he felt like that anchor was threatened… oh my god,” she continued of her friendship with the late rapper.

The star seemed to be choking up a bit as she remembered him.

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Shakur was shot and killed on Sept. 7, 1996, in Las Vegas at age 25. Prior to his death, Smith says the duo met in Baltimore and developed a relationship based on survival rather than romance. In 2017, she admitted on a SiriusXM radio interview that she was a drug dealer when they met.

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San Francisco 49ers’ Richard Sherman donates $5,000 to help youth football team get to nationals

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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman helped make the dreams of a Southern California youth football team come true with his donation Monday.

The Hub City 6U football team, based in Compton, went undefeated during their season and were invited to participate in the National Youth Championship in Florida next month, but the families did not have enough money to cover the costs.

DENVER BRONCOS’ ANDY JANOVICH SUFFERS GRUESOME INJURY TRYING TO BRACE HIMSELF FALLING DOWN

A GoFundMe was set up to try and raise enough money. The team had been looking for $15,000 to cover the expenses by the Dec. 1 deadline.

“Our boys are all very excited to go and deserve this chance at greatness as they are the first 6u from their chapter to be invited to such a selective event. To play they are required to keep grades a minimum of 3.1 in which all of our boys have met and exceeded. We are strong advocates of education first!” the description on the GoFundMe said.

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“They have been training months before the season, attending training camp and putting extra time at the park, and practicing 3 days a week during the season. They have created a brotherly bond like no other and all love each other. We plan on trying to keep the team together as long as possible because our boys are truly amazing and our team is full of very talented children that have been developing so well throughout every season they play.”

Sherman, a Compton native himself, saw a FOX LA tweet on the team and inquired as to how he can donate to help out.

He then found out about the GoFundMe and decided to donate $5,000 to the program.

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As of Tuesday, the squad had raised $28,945 and counting.

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Alexander Vindman, Jennifer Williams Testify In Public Impeachment Inquiry Hearing

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Four more people will testify Tuesday during public hearings in the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump.

Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the director for European affairs at the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, a top special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence for Europe and Russia affairs, will testify Tuesday morning. 

Kurt Volker, the former State Department special envoy to Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, who was one of the top Russia experts for the National Security Council, will testify Tuesday afternoon.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and the committee’s top Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), will direct the questioning.

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Impeachment Hearings: Live Updates as Vindman and Williams Begin Testimony

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Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, a senior aide to Vice President Mike Pence, are scheduled to testify Tuesday morning. Kurt D. Volker, the special envoy to Ukraine, and Timothy Morrison, a senior national security aide, will appear in the afternoon.CreditCredit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Here’s what you need to know:

Two senior national security officials at the White House will challenge President Trump’s description of his call with the Ukraine president as “perfect,” during Tuesday’s impeachment hearing by recalling their growing sense of alarm as they listened in real time to Mr. Trump appeal for investigations into a political rival.

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a decorated Iraq war veteran and the top Ukraine official at the National Security Council, is expected to testify that he was so disturbed by the call that he reported it to the council’s top lawyer. Jennifer Williams, a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence, will also testify that she found the president’s call “unusual and inappropriate.”

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The pair will kick off three days of testimony from nine diplomats and national security officials as Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee continue to build their case that Mr. Trump tried to extort Ukraine by withholding security aid until the government agreed to announce investigations into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden.

Colonel Vindman arrived at the hearing room in his dark blue Army dress uniform with military ribbons on his chest. Democrats are betting that Mr. Trump’s defenders will have a difficult time dismissing the testimony of a Ukrainian-American immigrant who received a Purple Heart after being wounded in Iraq by a roadside bomb.

Colonel Vindman’s previous testimony was filled with declarations of duty and patriotism as he described his concern at learning that Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, was leading a pressure campaign on Ukraine to announce the investigations that Mr. Trump wanted. Colonel Vindman is expected to say that at the direction of John R. Bolton, the president’s national security adviser at the time, he wrote a memorandum urging that security aid for Ukraine be restarted, but Mr. Trump refused to sign it.

Republicans are hoping to portray Colonel Vindman’s strong opinions about the president’s call with Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, as just that — his own opinions about a telephone call for which a reconstructed transcript has already been released. They intend to point out that the president makes no mention of security aid during the call.

Colonel Vindman has been the subject of character attacks by Mr. Trump’s allies since he testified privately in the impeachment inquiry. The campaign against him has become so intense that the Army has been assessing potential security threats to Colonel Vindman and his brother Yevgeny, who also works at the National Security Council. There have also been discussions about moving the Vindmans and their families on to a military base for their protection, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.

Kurt D. Volker, President Trump’s special envoy for Ukraine, will testify Tuesday afternoon that he was out of the loop as Mr. Giuliani effectively sought to pressure Ukraine for investigations of the Bidens. Other witnesses, however, have challenged Mr. Volker’s testimony, describing him as a member of a trio known inside the Trump administration as the “three amigos,” who were running a shadow foreign policy on Ukraine with Rick Perry, the energy secretary, and Gordon D. Sondland, a Trump megadonor and the United States ambassador to the European Union.

Mr. Volker will be joined on the afternoon panel by Timothy Morrison, a longtime Republican congressional aide who has previously testified about a conversation between the president and Mr. Sondland in which Mr. Trump insisted that Ukraine must publicly announce investigations.

But Republicans plan to focus on Mr. Morrison’s assessment of the president’s July 25 call with Mr. Zelensky. Mr. Morrison told lawmakers that he heard nothing illegal as he listened to the call, though he was concerned that it could leak and cause political problems.

  • Mr. Trump repeatedly pressured Mr. Zelensky to investigate people and issues of political concern to Mr. Trump, including the former vice president. 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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McCarthy hits ABC for failing to expose Epstein: Could ‘have done something to save some children’s lives’

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If ABC had done more to expose the Jeffrey Epstein story, they might have been able to save children from being sexually abused and trafficked, said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.

McCarthy was discussing the leaked footage of reporter Amy Robach saying the network killed her story on Epstein three years ago. He said he’s sent a letter to ABC demanding answers.

“I have questions for ABC. We’re talking about human trafficking, modern-day slavery with young men and women,” McCarthy said. “And we had Epstein, a very powerful man, who’d already pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from a minor and served time … so powerful that ABC may have stopped a story three years prior. How many minors would we have helped, prior?”

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“Now we’re learning that ABC stopped a story that could have come out even earlier, that may have done something to save some children’s lives,” McCarthy added. “Who’s the voice for them? So I sent a letter to ABC and I expect to get some answers.”

McCarthy said ABC seems more concerned with the identity of the leaker than with discovering why the story was buried in the first place. He claimed the network has a “moral authority” to determine if they did everything they could to expose the truth.

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“What I found from ABC – they are doing more to find out who the leaker is, to find out if they were wrong – that somebody influenced them, that the story didn’t run sooner,” he said.

“[Robach] also had a witness come forward that had pictures — that had [Bill] Clinton involved and others,” McCarthy added. “I’m not talking about the editorial authority of ABC. But I think they have a moral authority to answer these questions. What outside influence stopped this story because would another victim come forward again? Would we have stopped and saved other young women and men from human trafficking?”

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He also called for a congressional investigation into ABC if they don’t respond to his letter in a timely manner.

“I expect to hear back from them. And if not, I think we should have hearings on this,” McCarthy said.

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LIVE UPDATES: Day 3 Of Public Impeachment Inquiry Testimony

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Four more people will testify Tuesday during public hearings in the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump.

Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the director for European affairs at the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, a top special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence for Europe and Russia affairs, will testify Tuesday morning. 

Kurt Volker, the former State Department special envoy to Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, who was one of the top Russia experts for the National Security Council, will testify Tuesday afternoon.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and the committee’s top Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), will direct the questioning.

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