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Biden campaign accused of deceptive editing in new anti-Trump ad

The Trump campaign is accusingformer Vice President Joe Biden’s team of deceptively editing a video for a new ad to make it appear like a U.N. General Assemblyaudience was laughing uproariously at President Trump when he touted his administration’s accomplishments in a speech last year.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, in reversal, pleads guilty in campaign funds case

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., pleaded guilty on Tuesday tomisusing campaign funds, marking a major reversal for the lawmaker who for more than a year called the criminal charges brought against him and his wife a “witch hunt” aimed at driving the six-term Republican from office inthe Democrat-controlled state.

Booker defends his flagging campaign, refuses PAC funds

2020 Democratic presidential primary hopeful Cory Booker defended his flagging campaign on Sunday and pleaded with voters to support his White House run after he swore off taking money from political action committees.

Sen. Kennedy claims former Ukraine leader 'actively' worked with Hillary Clinton in 2016

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., on Sunday walked back an erroneous comment he made last weekend touting the debunked theory that Ukraine hacked the Democratic National Committee's emails in 2016, but then quickly followed that up with another unproven theory accusing former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of actively working for Hillary Clinton in her 2016 president run.

Bloomberg pilfers top Harris campaign aide

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s entry into the 2020 presidential race has stolen away a lot of media space from other challengers, but now he’s stealing away staffers from his fellow Democratic hopefuls as well.

GOP senator 'very comfortable' with Trump making decision on Navy SEAL's fate

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., defended President Trump taking action on reviewing the case of disgraced Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher – saying he was “very comfortable” with the president making the final choice on whether Gallagher will keep his rankdespite objections from top naval brass.

Swalwell defends speed of impeachment hearings, says US is 'on the clock' to make sure elections are protected

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., defended on Sunday the hasty pace on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump – arguing that with the 2020 presidential election less than a year away, and the start of Democratic primaries only a few months ahead, it is pertinent to discover whether Trump asked a foreign government to interfere in the country’s election process.

Sen. John Kennedy slams Pelosi for using impeachment as a 'routine political weapon'

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., on Sunday slammed the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump for chasing after a ‘red herring’ when trying to determine whether the president tied foreign aid to Ukraine to an investigation into his political rivals and attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Pence's national security adviser says he heard 'nothing wrong or improper' on Trump-Zelensky call

Vice President Mike Pence’s national security adviser – and the supervisor of one of the people who testified Tuesday in the House’s impeachment inquiry – said he heard “nothing wrong or improper” during the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is at the heart of the impeachment probe.

House approves stopgap spending bill to avert shutdown for another few weeks

House lawmakers took time away from the ongoing impeachment inquiry on Tuesday to pass astopgap funding bill – giving negotiators through Dec. 20 to try to hash out details of more than $1.4 trillion worth of unfinished spending legislation and avert a holiday-season government shutdown.

Ron Johnson casts doubt on Vindman testimony, says NSC official fits 'profile' of Never-Trumper

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., sent a letter on Monday to the ranking Republicans on the House Intelligence and Oversight Committees in which he detailed his account of White House meetings with Senate lawmakers about releasing foreign aid to Ukraine -- andcast doubt on one of the inquiry’s key witnesses just a day before the official’s planned testimony.

Trump administration eases US stance toward Israeli settlements in West Bank

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that theU.S. government will ease its stance on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, in the latest move by theTrump administrationto bolster Israel's positionand undermine Palestinian claims regarding land sought for a future state.

Pelosi warns Trump not to intimidate whistleblower: 'You're in my wheelhouse'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gave strict orders to President Trump not to “intimidate” the whistleblower who sparked the House impeachment inquiry into the president – telling Trump that he was in her “wheelhouse” if he attempted to go after the person.

Pelosi invites Trump to testify, warns him not to intimidate whistleblower

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gave strict orders Sunday to President Trump not to “intimidate” the whistleblower who sparked the House impeachment inquiry– while challenging the president to testify before Congress himself if he wants to set the record straight.

Ratcliffe on IG report: Doesn't take 500 pages to say everything was done right

Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, said on Sunday that he believes the upcoming Inspector General report on the origins of the 2016 counterintelligence investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign is going to be damning evidence of wrongdoing by FBI and Justice Department officials and could lead to a full-fledged criminal investigation.

Schiff cuts off GOP congresswoman who brings up his 'parody' of Trump-Zelensky call

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., cut off Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., during Wednesday’s public hearing in the House impeachment inquiry as the Republican lawmaker tried to bring up Schiff’s controversial parody of President Trump’s July phone call with the Ukrainian president.

Roger Stone's lawyers argue reasonable doubt in closing arguments, as prosecutors say he deliberately lied

Closing arguments in the trial of colorful former Trump confidant Roger Stonetook place Wednesday, with prosecutors arguing that the longtime political operative intentionally lied to Congress and worked to undermine thelegislative branch's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, while Stone’s lawyers argued that there was reasonable doubt that he lied to lawmakers.

Trump, Erdogan meet at White House amid strained relations, impeachment inquiry

With relations between Washington and Ankara facing historic strains, President Trump on Wednesday held a high-stakes meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan just weeks after the latter ordered a controversial invasion of northern Syria following the withdrawal of U.S.

Trump 'vented' anger about intelligence community inspector general, source says

President Trump “vented” his frustration with Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson after Atkinson reported a whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Congress, but no moves were made within the White House to fire Atkinson, a senior administration official told Fox News Tuesday.

Giuliani associate told Ukrainians to investigate Bidens, lawyer says

An associate of Rudy Giuliani traveled to Kiev shortly before the inauguration of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to demand the new administration publically announce an investigation into 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, or else Vice President Mike Pence would not attend the swearing-in of the new president and the United States would freeze aid to the Eastern European nation.

Adam Schiff: John Bolton is 'key witness' in impeachment inquiry

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said that President Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton is a “very important” witness in the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry into the president.

Al-Baghdadi kill: How the daring military operation went down

The suicide of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was preceded by a largescale U.S. Special Operations forces raid on a compound in northern Syria’s Idlib Province, where the terrorist leader was thought to be hiding.

Amash: Trump using US troops like 'paid mercenaries'

Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich., continued on Sunday his criticism of President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. military forces from northern Syria, saying the president is using troops as “paid mercenaries” and questioning the role Congress should play in decision making.

President Trump says Turkey's invasion of Syria is 'not our problem'

President Trump on Wednesday once again defended his decision to remove U.S. military forces from northern Syria – saying before a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the White House that Turkey’s invasion of Syria is “not our problem.

Warren blasts fellow 2020 candidates for 'hobnobbing with the rich and powerful,' swears off big-dollar donors

Hours before Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate and just days after she swore off big fundraisers, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., announced that she would no longer be accepting campaign donations of more than $200 from big businesses and challenged her fellow White House hopefuls to be more transparent about how they’re funding their own campaigns.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz kicked out of impeachment inquiry hearing

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., an ardent supporter of President Trump, got the boot on Monday when he tried to sit in on the testimony of a former top National Security Council expert on Russia who was appearing on Capitol Hill as part of the House impeachment inquiry into the president.

Gabbard threatens to boycott Ohio debate, claims DNC is 'rigging' primaries

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is threatening to boycott next week’s Democratic presidential debate amid accusations that the Democratic National Committee and the media are “rigging” the 2020 primary elections against dark horse candidates like herself.

Turkey’s Syria assault triggers war within GOP, as Trump battles neocon wing

Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria following President Trump’s unexpected pullback of troops from the border region has reignited a fight within the Republican Party over America's role in the Middle East-- and seen the president face withering criticism from some of his otherwise staunchest allies in Congress.

Trump defends decision to withdraw troops from Syria amid GOP criticism

President Trump vigorously defended on Monday his decision to withdrawUnited States troops from northern Syria ahead of a planned invasion of the region by Turkey, even as his Republican allies in both the Senate and House vehemently criticized the move.

House Dems subpoena Pentagon, White House budget office in impeachment inquiry

The chairmen of three powerful House committees on Monday issued subpoenas to the Pentagon and the White House Office of Management and Budget for documents relating to President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in the latest escalation of Democrats'impeachment inquiry.

Pelosi accuses White House of 'cover-up' over Ukraine call

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., responded Thursday to allegations that the Trump White House soughtto limit access to the written record of a now-controversial call between the president and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky by calling it “a cover-up” -- suggesting the Democratic caucus will plow ahead with its impeachment inquiry.

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