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‘Knots Landing’ stars initially didn’t know premise: ‘I thought it was about Andy Griffith and a houseboat’

In Hollywood, when a formula proves itself to be successful, it’s often replicated or developed into a different property. Such was the case with “Knots Landing,” a spinoff of the wildly popular television series “Dallas” that premiered in December 1979 and ran for 14 seasons and 344 episodes before its ending in May 1993.

“Knots Landing” surrounded the ebb-and-flow lives of four married couples who converged on a fictitious southern California cul-de-sac known as Seaview Circle.

The series’ three leading ladies – Donna Mills, 79, Joan Van Ark, 76, and Michele Lee, 77 – captured the hearts of women in households throughout America and ushered in a new way of storytelling that allowed mothers and women of different backgrounds to connect.

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Joan Van Ark, left, Michele Lee, right, and Donna Mills attending the Hollywood Museum’s 40th Anniversary Of “Knots Landing” tribute on Jan.18 in Hollywood, Calif. (Harmony Gerber/Getty Images)

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However, what ballooned into a tribute-worthy series with a history all its own began as a confusing concept that some within the cast couldn’t grasp, at least initially.

“I went on the show in the second year and I didn’t… I had never seen the show. I thought it was a show about a houseboat with Andy Griffith,” Mills told Fox News exclusively on Saturday night at the 40th-anniversary lobby tribute at the famed Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles.

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“But then, when I got on the show, I said, ‘This show could be really good,’” she continued.

“It was not serialized at that point. They did a separate episode every week, and I said to them, I said, ‘You gotta put a hook at the end, and get them back next week.’ And, they ended up doing that and that’s when the show started to really blossom and really take off.”

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“Knots Landing” co-stars (from left) Donna Mills, Michele Lee and Joan Van Ark posing for a portrait in Los Angeles, in July 2019. (Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)

Michele Lee, who played Karen on “Knots,” told Fox News she’s most proud of the show’s overall ability to pivot with the times. She also enjoyed the “everyday people” dichotomy of its existence.

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“That show had a wonderful sense of humor about it, as well as… a pretty good look at a world and America as it changed,” Lee said. “I always like to say that we changed as America changed. And so, it wasn’t about rich people up on a hill and our need to be wealthy, right, it was everyday people – except for maybe some of us,” she quipped. “But, everyday people living around a cul-de-sac, loving our neighbors and hating our neighbors.”

Lee came clean and admitted that at first glance she also wasn’t sure of the direction the show was readying itself to take. However, she noted that paying attention to the characters in “Dallas” helped her compartmentalize the role she ultimately played. Lee said off the bat, she wasn’t sure she could even play Karen but made a point to note the character’s transcendent personality, which showcased her as a strong woman.

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“At first I didn’t know what the h— the show was about,” she explained when asked if she had reservations going in about the show’s chances of success. “And then, when I read it, I thought, ‘Oh, I don’t know if I could do this. This woman is just so out there.’ She’s banging down doors and being rather ‘ridiculous’ in the way she’s handling the world around her.’”

Lee maintained: “But then, I saw ‘Dallas,’ and I thought, oh, that’s what it’s about. It’s like ‘Dallas,’ except we weren’t, because we were more everyday people. And certainly, my character was really… she was someone who was so right about the place women were, or should be in the world, that she was the Rock of Gibraltar of the show and it was one of the things that I loved about my character.”

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The ladies of Seaview Circle saw their show as one worthy of recognition 40 years after its first episode aired. When asked about its ability to connect with its audience, the consensus was unanimous – “Knots Landing” managed to do it on a level that changed the course forever.

“I’ll tell you, when there’s relatability in a show where they say, ‘Hey, that’s just like…’ – ‘This Is Us’ right now is doing it,” Van Ark compared. “It’s the relatability that maybe people didn’t relate as well to ‘Dallas,’ which was a wonderful, incredible, iconic show. But, with ‘Knots Landing,’ there was many storylines and many fights and many marriages and dates – family dynamic on a different level… and it was rich, it was deep and relatable, and that’s why it went so long.”

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“What’s so great right now is that the ‘Housewives’… the ensemble shows with ensemble women is coming to the forefront,” she added.

“’Knots’ did that way back when. But, we were ahead of our time and it still works and it works even better now because women are becoming empowered and getting equal pay for equal work.”

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San Francisco 49ers win NFC Championship over Green Bay Packers

The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers, 37-20, on Sunday to win the NFC Championship.

The 49ers will meet the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. next month for a chance to claim the title of NFL champions.

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The San Francisco 49ers celebrates after interception by defensive back Emmanuel Moseley (41) during the first half of the NFL NFC Championship football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

It was on the back of Raheem Mostert that the 49ers were able to defeat the Packers. Mostert had a breakout performance with 220 rushing yards on 29 carries with four rushing touchdowns.

Mostert set a team record for most rushing yards in a playoff game, which was previously set by quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The running back was so dominant that 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo only had to throw the ball eight times. He was 6-for-8 with 77 passing yards.

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Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Billy Turner, right, recovers a loose ball next to San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw (57) and Nick Bosa during the first half of the NFL NFC Championship football game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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Deebo Samuel had two catches for 46 yards, George Kittle had one catch for 19 yards, Kendrick Bourne had one catch for six yards and Mostert had two catches for six yards.

The 49ers’ defense was dominant for most of the game. The Packers failed to score a single point in the first half of the game. They forced Aaron Rodgers to throw two interceptions and fumble the ball three times, losing one of them early in the game.

Rodgers finished 31-for-39 with 326 passing yards and two touchdown passes. One pass was to Aaron Jones and the other was to Jace Sternberger. Jones also had a rushing touchdown to go along with his 56 rushing yards.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of the NFL NFC Championship football game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt York)

But the Packers had no answer for Mostert. He scored three times in the first half and put the finishing touches on the game with a 22-yard scamper for the final nail in the coffin for San Francisco.

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The 49ers will play for a championship for the first time since the 2012 season. Kaepernick led the Niners against the Baltimore Ravens, but lost the game 34-31.

San Francisco were last champions of the NFL world in the 1994 season when Steve Young and Jerry Rice were leading the offense.

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Missouri couple married 65 years dies on the same day

A Missouri husband and wife who had been married for 65 years died just hours apart from each other Saturday, holding hands in adjacent beds at a nursing home in St. Louis.

Jack Morisson met his future wife, Harriet, when he was a bus driver chauffeuring her father on a trip with a drum and bugle corps.

Harriet was accompanying her dad on that trip and went on her first date with Jack on Halloween 1955.

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Six months later, the couple was married and went on to run V-K Bus Lines together while raising their two sons and their niece.

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Jack and Harriet Morrison died on the same day at a St. Louis-area nursing home. The Morrison’s beds were placed next to each other in their final hours, allowing them to hold hands, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. (Sue Wagener via AP)

Family and friends recalled the romance between Jack and Harriet. Sue Wagener, their niece who grew up with the couple, said Jack would make coffee for Harriet daily, wait for her at the salon for hours when she’d get her hair permed and run errands with her all the time, according to reports by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The couple also traveled the world together, going to Europe and Australia, through their work with the Moolah Shriners, a fraternal order devoted to philanthropy.

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In this May 2006 photo provided by Sue Wagener shows Jack and Harriet Morrison at their 50th wedding anniversary party. (Photo Courtesy Sue Wagener via AP)

About a year ago, Harriet tripped while walking their dog, breaking her pelvis and hip, Wagener said. She had dementia and moved into The Woodlands of Arnold nursing home and rehabilitation center.

Jack was having trouble living at home and eventually moved into a villa at the Woodlands in May. In September, he also fell, breaking his neck. He then moved into the nursing home, four doors down the hall from his wife.

“Some days she knew him; other days she didn’t,” Wagener said.

On Christmas Eve, Wagener told Jack that Harriet had stopped eating and drinking. He barely ate or drank after that.

About 11 p.m. on Jan. 10, she got a call from a nurse saying Harriet appeared close to death. The nurse asked if staff could move furniture out of Jack’s room so the couple could be together. Wagener said there was nothing she’d love more.

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Jack, 86, died first.

Harriet, 83, later the same day.

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Trump impeachment trial could hurt this 2020 Dem’s chances the most, reporter says

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How will this week’s Senate impeachment proceedings affect next month’s Iowa caucuses? By sending Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., back to Washington to serve as jurors in President Trump’s trial.

“Certainly all of them are equally affected in terms of their time,” McClatchy White House Correspondent Michael Wilner said on “Fox Report.” “You could argue that Amy Klobuchar is probably most affected by this. She had been rising in the polls.”

Wilner said Sanders and Warren were more prepared with their “surrogates” but Klobuchar could have used more time campaigning in person.

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“Bernie and Elizabeth… have really met a lot of Iowans and Klobuchar would have liked to shake more hands at this point,” Wilner said.

The correspondent noted that the situation helped frontrunner Joe Biden, but the sitting senators have argued they were doing their duty.

“Joe Biden is already doing quite well there as it is,” Wilner said. “Of course, it should be said that these other candidates… have made the argument that they have a job to do and that it’s their constitutional duty to be in Washington. And so, you’ll be hearing that argument.”

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Wilner said the candidates will still be visible due to the impeachment coverage.

“All of the reporters on Capitol Hill are going to be asking them what they think of the developments of the day, so they will have plenty of earned airtime,” he said.

Fox News’ Jon Scott contributed to this report.

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal endorses Bernie Sanders for president

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., officially endorsed presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Sunday, announcing that she would campaign alongside him in Des Moines, Iowa, before the crucial state caucuses just over two weeks away.

Jayapal, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has also been named the national health policy chair to Sanders’ campaign.

Her endorsement came on the heels of fellow co-chair Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., announcing his support for Sanders.

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Jayapal was the lead sponsor of the House “Medicare-for-all” bill. The progressive Democrat’s support could bolster Sanders’ status among women, analysts have said.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Capitol Hill in June 2019. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images, File)

Jayapal’s announcement followed weeks of controversy swirling around Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. — who also courted the congresswoman’s support for her 2020 campaign, but to no avail — after Warren said Sanders told her in 2018 that he did not believe a woman would win the presidential race. Sanders denied it.

Iowa Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen announced Saturday that she’s supporting Warren.

“I’m all in for @BernieSanders for President!,” Jayapal tweeted Sunday. “Bernie has the bold passion, authenticity & clarity that working people across this country desperately need. We are building the progressive movement that will bring justice & opportunity & transform our country. Join us!”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., a member of the progressive “Squad” in the House, called Jayapal’s support a “really big deal.”

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Sanders, in a statement Sunday, called Jayapal a “brilliant leader for progressive ideas” and added, “She’s led the fight against Trump’s racism, sexism, and xenophobia.”

He also said, “Together, we will create the political revolution to not only defeat Donald Trump but build a working-class movement that transforms this country so it works for all of us.”

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2 more bodies found on Tijuana property where California couple turned up dead, investigators say

Two more bodies turned up at a house in Tijuana, Mexico, where a missing California landlord and his wife were found buried, allegedly killed by their son-in-law, according to investigators.

The second set of bodies — one male and the other female — was discovered in a state of advanced decomposition, the attorney general’s office for the state of Baja California, just south of San Diego, said late Saturday.

All four bodies were covered in lime when found, investigators said.

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Maria Teresa Lopez, 65, and Jesus Ruben Lopez Guillen, 70, were reported missing by their daughter in Garden Grove, Calif. (Garden Grove Police Department)

Jesus Ruben Lopez Guillen, 70, and his wife Maria Teresa Lopez, 65, of Garden Grove, Calif., a couple with dual U.S.-Mexico citizenship, vanished Jan. 10 after they crossed the border to collect more than $6,700 in rent from tenants of two houses they owned in Tijuana.

Their bodies turned up in one of the houses, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, citing Mexican investigators.

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Their daughter, Norma Lopez, who lived with them in California, reported them missing.

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The suspect, known as Santiago N., 36, had a criminal record in the U.S., and was deported in 2012. (Attorney General’s Office, State of Baja California, Mexico)

The suspect, known as Santiago N., 36, had a criminal record in the U.S., and was deported in 2012.

He had been living at the property in Tijuana and supposedly had collected rent on their behalf.

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The house in Mexico where a missing California landlord and his wife were found buried, allegedly killed by their son-in-law. (Attorney General’s Office, State of Baja California, Mexico)

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The motive for the killings appeared to be a dispute over rent payments, The Associated Press reported.

Investigators said Santiago confessed that he buried them on one of their properties.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Chiefs’ Andy Reid gets another shot at NFL title: Why fans believe he’s perfect for Miami

Andy Reid gets another shot at an NFL title as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans to win the AFC Championship on Sunday.

Many NFL fans said Reid was the perfect coach to head to Miami — pointing to his apparently vast collection of cabana wear.

Twitter users posted several photos of Reid in floral garb that would make a Key West regular envious.

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It will be the second time Reid has led a team to the NFL’s final weekend. He’s served as head coach of two teams – the Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles.

With the Eagles, Reid had an incredible team in 2004. Philadelphia had Donovan McNabb at quarterback, Brian Westbrook at running back, wide receivers Terrell Owens and Todd Pinkston along with a defense led by Jevon Kearse, Lito Sheppard and Brian Dawkins.

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Philadelphia won the NFC Championship that season and matched up with the New England Patriots in the title game, only to lose 24-21.

Reid’s returning to the big game for the first time since the 2004 season thanks to a high-flying offense led by Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.

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The Chiefs finished the 2019 season as AFC West champions for the fourth consecutive season, having a 12-4 record.

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Warren Slams Bloomberg For Delaying FEC Report Until After Super Tuesday

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) went after fellow Democratic presidential candidate and billionaire Michael Bloomberg on Sunday for deciding to bypass campaigning in early primary states while asking the Federal Election Commission to push his financial disclosure deadline until after those states vote.

Warren’s comments came just days after the FEC granted Bloomberg’s request to delay publicly disclosing his finances until March 20, which is well after voters in over a dozen states cast their votes in the primary election. All presidential candidates must disclose their investments and streams of income, though Bloomberg is the only Democratic candidate to have not yet filed the paperwork. 

The timing of the delay matters because the former New York City mayor has decided against campaigning in early voting states to instead invest his money in later states. The FEC delay means that Bloomberg is denying early state voters important information about his finances and how he spends his money.

“If he has entanglements with China, serious conflicts of interest, business interests in other parts of the world or other corporations, when are we going to know about that? Not until after Super Tuesday,” Warren said Sunday at the We the People 2020 forum moderated by HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel and Kevin Robillard in Des Moines, Iowa. “That is not how democracy is supposed to work.”

The Bloomberg campaign did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. 

Warren was asked at the forum whether she’d take Bloomberg’s money in the general election if she won the Democratic nomination, referring to the billionaire’s recent comments that he’d spend big to help whoever is the nominee beat President Donald Trump, even if that nominee is not Bloomberg himself. While the senator did not completely reject the notion that she’d embrace Bloomberg’s efforts, she stressed that she is running a grassroots campaign and will not sell special access ― something she has declared before.

“He wants to put money into getting a Democrat elected? Good for him,” Warren said. “But understand this: I do not sell access to my time. I don’t spend time sucking up to billionaires. People want to make a contribution, that’s great. But I’m going to keep fighting the fight I’m fighting, and that is a fight to make this government work, to make this democracy work, not just for a thinner and thinner slice at the top [but] to make it work for everyone. That’s why I’m here.” 

Warren has criticized Bloomberg several times as she makes an issue of the advantages of the billionaire class, an integral part of her presidential campaign thanks to her proposed wealth tax that would levy an annual two-cent tax on net worth over $50 million and a 6% tax on fortunes over $1 billion.

In November, the senator accused him of trying to “buy the nomination” after he paid for at least $37 million in campaign ads over a two-week period. In December, she appeared for an interview that aired on Bloomberg’s own media network, Bloomberg TV, and said she was deeply “concerned” that the billionaire had already spent so much on the presidential race and alluded that he was only doing so to save money on his taxes.

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Singer David Olney, 71, dead after after suffering heart attack while performing

Folk singer-songwriter David Olney has died after he suffered an apparent heart attack Saturday while performing at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, a fellow performer said. Olney was 71.

Amy Rigby, who was with Olney at the time, shared the news on Facebook.

“David Olney, a beautiful man, a legend, a songwriting poet died last night,” she wrote. “I was sitting next to him in the round, had been so honored and looking forward to getting to trade songs with him and Scott Miller. Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized and shut his eyes.”

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“He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on, wearing the coolest hat and a beautiful rust suede jacket we laughed about because it was raining like hell outside the boathouse where we were playing- I just want the picture to be as graceful and dignified as it was, because it at first looked like he was just taking a moment,” Rigby’s statement continued. “Scott Miller had the presence of mind to say we needed to revive him. Doctors in the audience and 30A folks were all working so hard to get him to come to.”

Rigby said it was a difficult post to make because she “can’t really believe” that her fellow musician has passed.

“I am so sorry for his wife and family and friends and all the people who loved him and his music,” Rigby, 61 concluded. “Even those who never heard of him. We all lost someone important last night.”

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David Olney, seen here performing in Denver in 2015, died after suffering a heart attack Saturday. (Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, File)

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Miller, who was also on stage, also wrote about the event on Facebook.

“Last night we lost David Olney, one of the finest songwriters I have had the pleasure of playing with and knowing,” he wrote. “When I did my first show with him (maybe 5-6 years ago) my friend Robin Williams said, ‘Oh, you are in for a treat’ and indeed I was. What a force. What a writer. And what a nice guy.”

Miller, 51, reminisced about spending time with Olney and their mutual love of modernist poetry.

“David was playing a song when he paused, said ‘I’m sorry’ and put his chin to his chest,” Miller wrote. “He never dropped his guitar or fell off his stool. It was as easy and gentle as he was. We got him down and tried our best to revive him until the EMT’s arrived. The world lost a good one last night. But we still have his work. And it still inspires. And always will. RIP.”

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Olney released 20 albums over the course of his career.

His sounds would be covered by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury and Steve Young.

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Democrats Seek More Testimony and Evidence for Impeachment Trial

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WASHINGTON — With President Trump’s impeachment trial getting underway, Democrats are intensifying their demands for more testimony and documents that could add to the already voluminous evidence against him and bolster their case by shedding new light on several key questions.

Despite the White House strategy of blocking testimony from top officials and rejecting demands for documents, the Senate will have in front of it considerable evidence that Mr. Trump eagerly sought to persuade Ukraine’s new president to pursue investigations into two matters that could benefit him in his re-election campaign. Those matters are dealings in Ukraine involving former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, and purported Ukrainian meddling in the American 2016 presidential election.

But in part because of the White House’s decision not to cooperate, the record of actions by Mr. Trump and his underlings is riddled with gaps — and new evidence has been surfacing at the 11th hour.

On Sunday, Representative Adam B. Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the lead House impeachment manager, said he was concerned that the C.I.A. and the National Security Agency were withholding information about Ukraine out of fear of angering the president.

“The N.S.A. in particular is withholding what are potentially relevant documents to our oversight responsibilities on Ukraine, but also withholding documents potentially relevant that the senators might want to see during the trial,” Mr. Schiff, Democrat of California, said on ABC’s “This Week,” referring to the National Security Agency.

Republicans called those complaints proof that the case against Mr. Trump was so weak that Democrats were scrambling to bolster it. “But this, to me, seems to undermine or indicate that they’re getting cold feet or have a lack of confidence in what they’ve done so far,” Senator John Cornyn of Texas said Sunday on “Face the Nation.”

Even before new information emerged in recent days — including material from Lev Parnas, who worked closely with the president’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani to seek damaging information about the Bidens and to impugn the United States’ ambassador in Kyiv — the Senate’s 100 jurors faced unanswered questions that go to the heart of the matter.

What exactly did John R. Bolton, then the White House’s national security adviser, see and hear last year that convinced him a group of diplomats and aides were cooking up a geopolitical “drug deal” involving Ukraine?

How often and how thoroughly did Mr. Giuliani, the chief engineer of the pressure campaign, brief the president on what he was up to? What has Mr. Trump said behind closed doors about his order to freeze military aid to Ukraine?

Democrats in the Senate want to call Mr. Bolton to the stand, compel the testimony of three other top Trump aides, including the acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and obtain the records that the administration has withheld. But they would need the support of at least four Republican senators to do so.

“A fair trial, everyone understands, involves evidence,” Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Evidence would be documents and witnesses. We know the president has refused to provide documentation beyond the July 25 telephone memo. And he’s refused to provide basic witnesses who actually heard what happened on that conversation and saw what happened afterwards.”

Here are some of the key questions that more witness testimony or additional documents could address:

Some Trump allies have tried to suggest that Mr. Giuliani was a rogue actor pursuing his own interests in Ukraine. But Mr. Giuliani said last spring, as he planned a trip to Ukraine to press for investigations into the Bidens, that his efforts had Mr. Trump’s full support and that the president “basically knows what I’m doing.”

Mr. Trump has called Mr. Giuliani a “crime fighter” who was “seeking out corruption” because he was “very, very incensed at the horrible things that he saw.” He also said Mr. Giuliani had the right to look into whether the Ukrainians helped sow the seeds for the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Mr. Giuliani has insisted that his conversations with Mr. Trump are protected by attorney-client privilege. He has pointed out that Kurt D. Volker, then Mr. Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine, put him in touch with a top Ukrainian aide whom he met in August in Madrid.

Unquestionably, Mr. Trump sought to vest Mr. Giuliani with at least some informal authority to operate on his behalf. He urged President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, during a phone call on July 25, to consult Mr. Giuliani about the investigations he wanted. And he urged his own diplomats and aides involved with Ukraine to consult with Mr. Giuliani after they returned from Mr. Zelensky’s inauguration in May.

Among them was Gordon D. Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union, who testified that Mr. Trump instructed him to “talk to Rudy” about Ukraine, and said that Mr. Giuliani had made it clear to him that he spoke for the president.

In a letter in May from Mr. Giuliani that Mr. Parnas turned over last week to House investigators, the president’s lawyer told Mr. Zelensky that he was acting with Mr. Trump’s “knowledge and consent.” Mr. Parnas, who faces felony charges involving campaign finance violations, said in interviews that Ukrainian officials met with him because Mr. Giuliani assured them that he represented both him and Mr. Trump.

But virtually nothing is known about the substance of communications between Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Trump, although they appear to have spoken regularly. Mr. Mulvaney told associates that he would leave the room whenever the men would talk in order to preserve attorney-client privilege.

Whether the president decided to withhold nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine for his own political gain, at the expense of the nation’s strategic foreign policy interests, is at the crux of the case against him. His decision thwarted the will of Congress, undercut an American ally enmeshed in a war with Russia and, according to a report last week by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, violated American law.

During the House inquiry, Mr. Sondland testified that he had informed Ukraine that it would most likely not receive the aid unless it was willing to commit to carrying out the investigations Mr. Trump wanted. But he also testified that Mr. Trump insisted to him there was no “quid pro quo” — although only after the aid freeze had become public and the president had been told about the whistle-blower complaint setting out details of the pressure campaign.

Democrats in the Senate are seeking testimony from four other witnesses who played key roles in White House deliberations about the suspension in aid: Mr. Bolton; Mr. Mulvaney; Robert B. Blair, a senior adviser to Mr. Mulvaney, and Michael Duffey, the associate director of the Office of Management and Budget.

The New York Times reported last month that many administration officials involved in carrying out the aid freeze were kept in the dark about the president’s motivations.

Mr. Mulvaney said at a news conference in October that the aid had been withheld in part because Mr. Trump wanted an investigation into a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, had interfered in the 2016 election. Mr. Mulvaney later said that was not true, and that the aid was withheld only because of concerns about Ukraine’s willingness to battle corruption and about whether other nations were providing their fair share of aid to Ukraine.

In mid-August, Mr. Bolton unsuccessfully tried to persuade Mr. Trump to lift the freeze. In an Oval Office meeting later that month, Mr. Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper asked the president to release the funds but were rebuffed.

Mr. Duffey, a political appointee, enforced the hold on the aid after taking control of the funds from a career budget officer, Mark Sandy — a highly unusual move.

On July 25, after days of exchanges about the topic but also just 90 minutes after Mr. Trump and Mr. Zelensky held their fateful telephone conversation, Mr. Duffey reiterated to Defense Department officials in an email that no funds should be disbursed — instructions he said should be “closely held” because of “the sensitive nature of the request.”

“Everyone was in the loop.”

That was Mr. Sondland’s characterization of who knew what about the push to win a commitment from the Ukrainians to announce the investigations. He testified that several top officials, including Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Mulvaney, knew that Mr. Trump would extend an Oval Office invitation to Mr. Zelensky only if Ukraine publicly announced the investigations.

Fiona Hill, at the time the top Russia specialist on the National Security Council, testified that at a White House meeting on July 10, Mr. Sondland said that he had a deal with Mr. Mulvaney: an Oval Office invitation for Mr. Zelensky in exchange for a public statement that the inquiries were underway.

Although the State Department refused Mr. Sondland’s request for documents to support his testimony, he produced several emails to back up his assertions. On July 18, he wrote a group of officials — including Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. Pompeo, Mr. Bolton and Rick Perry, then the energy secretary — that Mr. Zelensky was ready to promise the president in their upcoming phone call that his prosecutors would “turn over every stone.”

Mr. Pompeo was among the officials who listened the July 25 phone call, in which Mr. Trump raised with Mr. Zelensky the need to investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election and Mr. Zelensky seemed to agree.

In August, Mr. Sondland wrote Mr. Pompeo that Mr. Zelensky would deliver a public statement that “will hopefully make the boss happy enough to authorize an invitation” because it would include “specifics.” That meant, he testified, that Mr. Zelensky would name Burisma, a Ukrainian company that had hired Hunter Biden, as an investigative target, along with the 2016 election.

A number of State Department witnesses blamed Mr. Giuliani for Mr. Trump’s animus toward Ukraine, saying they struggled mightily to counteract his influence. But there are indications that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary helped solidify Mr. Trump’s views.

Mr. Volker, the envoy to Ukraine, testified that the president’s negative opinion of Ukraine was “very deeply rooted” and evident as far back as September 2017, when Mr. Trump met Mr. Zelensky’s predecessor Petro O. Poroshenko in the Oval Office.

One explanation is that Mr. Trump blamed the Ukrainians for helping to expose the financial misdeeds of Paul Manafort, who was forced to resign as Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman in August 2016 and is now in prison for his crimes. In an Oval Office meeting on May 23, Mr. Trump insisted to his aides that Ukrainians were “terrible people” who “tried to take me down.”

But George P. Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, testified that Mr. Trump’s view of Mr. Zelensky and Ukraine had darkened in the interval between that meeting and his first phone call with the Ukraine leader a month earlier, in which he congratulated him on his victory.

In the interim, Mr. Putin reportedly disparaged Mr. Zelensky to Mr. Trump in a phone call on May 3. And Mr. Trump held an Oval Office meeting with Mr. Orban, who is antagonistic toward Mr. Zelensky. No transcripts of those conversations have been released. Mr. Kent attributed the shift in Mr. Trump’s attitude to the combined influence of those two foreign leaders and Mr. Giuliani.

A group of government lawyers is charged with monitoring White House and National Security Council decisions for unethical or illegal behavior. The top-ranking lawyers involved in the Ukraine affair were John A. Eisenberg at the National Security Council and Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel.

Two security council staff members — Ms. Hill and Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman — told Mr. Eisenberg they feared that Mr. Sondland was improperly pressuring Ukraine to benefit Mr. Trump politically. Ms. Hill testified that Mr. Bolton had ordered her to tell Mr. Eisenberg that he did not want any part of “whatever drug deal” that Mr. Sondland and Mr. Mulvaney were cooking up.

According to people familiar with the situation, Mr. Eisenberg shared those concerns with Mr. Cipollone, his superior, but rejected Mr. Cipollone’s advice that he bring them up with the president.

Colonel Vindman also reported concerns about the president’s July 25 phone call. Mr. Eisenberg warned him not to discuss the call with others and ordered that access be restricted to the reconstructed transcript. A person briefed on his actions said officials misinterpreted that directive as an order to put the transcript on the White House’s most secure computer.

Mr. Eisenberg eventually alerted the Justice Department to the July 25 call, but only weeks later, after the C.I.A.’s top lawyer informed him that a C.I.A. officer had filed an anonymous complaint about it.

Ben Protess contributed reporting from New York. Kitty Bennett contributed research.

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