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ICIG complaint alleges Trump-Ukraine whistleblower may be soliciting illicit donations

EXCLUSIVE: Anewly filed complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) alleges that the whistleblower whose allegations touched off the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry may have violated federal law by indirectly soliciting more than aquarter-million dollars from mostly anonymous sources via a GoFundMe page.

Yovanovitch communicated with Dem staffer on 'delicate' issue after complaint, emails show, despite testimony

Former U.S. Ambassador to UkraineMarie Yovanovitch, a key witness in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, communicated via her personal email account with a Democratic congressional staffer concerning a "quite delicate" and "time-sensitive" matter -- just two days after the whistleblower complaint was filed, and a month before the complaint became public, emails obtained by Fox News showed.

Trump celebrates judicial appointment milestone with onetime rivals

Speaking to lawmakers and Justice Department officials at the White House on Wednesday,President Trumpcelebrated the appointment of his 150th federal judges, which he called a"profoundly historic milestone and a truly momentous achievement.

GOP's Bevin refuses to concede as Kentucky gubernatorial race goes down to the wire

Republican incumbent Gov. MattBevin was narrowly defeatedTuesday evening in governor's raceinKentucky, wherePresident Trump hadcalled for an "angry majority" of GOP voters -- a nod to Richard Nixon's “silent majority"and Ronald Reagan's“moral majority" -- to send a powerful message to Democrats heading into the 2020 election season.

Whistleblower now willing to take Republican questions, lawyer abruptly announces

Responding to a torrent of complaints from Republicans that the impeachment inquiry against President Trump is secretive and one-sided, alawyer forthe anonymous whistleblowerwho raised alarms about the presidents' dealings with Ukraine said Sunday his client is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans.

Rep. Jordan rejects whistleblower's offer to provide written answers to GOP questions

Responding to a torrent of complaints from Republicans that the impeachment inquiry against President Trump is secretive and one-sided, alawyer forthe anonymous whistleblowerwho raised alarms about the presidents' dealings with Ukraine said Sunday his client is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans.

Top Dem struggles to explain why Clinton impeachment bad, Trump impeachment good

Rep. Eliot Engel, theDemocratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, forcefully opposed the impeachment proceedings against former President Bill Clinton -- but in an interview Sunday, he struggled to explain why the current inquiry against President Trump is meaningfully different.

Second Democratic aide sentenced in Kavanaugh doxxing case

A second aide to New Hampshire DemocratSen. Maggie Hassan has been sentenced in a scheme to break into Hassan's office to obtain andpublicly postthe personal informationof several Republican politicians amid the contentious confirmation hearings for now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Michael Horowitz: Finalizing of FISA probe report 'nearing completion'

Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz told Senate and House lawmakers Thursday that the process of finalizing his report into potentialForeign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses ahead of the 2016 presidential election was "nearing completion," according to a letter obtained by Fox News.

Diplomat Bill Taylor testifies Trump used Ukraine aid, White House meeting as leverage for probes

Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor testified unequivocally Tuesday that President Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate both election interference and a company linked to former Vice President Joe Biden's son -- and was willing to hold up military aid and a White House meeting to get a public announcement from the country that the probes were underway.

McConnell chides Trump for calling impeachment inquiry a 'lynching'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday called President Donald Trump's use of the word "lynching" to describe the House impeachment investigation "unfortunate," even as some Republicans have accused their Democratic colleagues of flagrant hypocrisy on the issue.

House votes to set aside resolution censuring Adam Schiff

The Democratic-led House of Representatives voted Monday evening to table, or set aside, a resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for his handling of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Dems storm out of Syria meeting with Trump: 'We have to pray for his health'

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced at anews conference outside the White House on Wednesday that they had just walked out of a meeting with President Trump on Syria policy, after he apparently called Pelosi a "third-rate politician" and angrily suggested the Democrats probably appreciated communist Islamic State terroristsin the Middle East.

Dems' presidential debate could put spotlight on Biden's business dealings, as Warren surges

Tuesday night's presidential debate gives the three Democratic front-runners a chance to answer recent doubts about their campaigns, while nine other candidates — the largest lineup on a single stage, topping the 11 GOP candidates who assembled in 2016— get a new shot at the spotlight in hopes of rising or at least remaining relevant.

Hunter Biden's past business associations come under scrutiny, as Dem debate looms

Hunter Biden's past business dealingsat home and abroad are increasingly coming under scrutiny, as the former vice president's son is set to break his silence in a nationally televised interview this week -- and 12 Democratic presidential candidatesare preparing to debate Tuesday evening in Ohio.

Carter Page frustrated he hasn't been interviewed in IG probe

Former Trump campaign advisorCarter Page confirmed to Fox News on Thursday that he has not been interviewed by the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz as part of his probe into potential surveillance abuses by intelligence officials in the run-up to the 2016 elections.

Whistleblower lawyer acknowledges client had 'contact' with presidential candidates

Mark Zaid, one of the attorneys representing the whistleblower at the center of Democrats' impeachment inquiry, acknowledged in a statement on Wednesday that the whistleblower "has come into contact with presidential candidates from both parties" -- but insisted that the contact involved the politicians' roles as "elected officials – not as candidates.

Republicans want whistleblower's sources, as inconsistencies in complaint emerge

Top Republicans on Thursday pushed toidentify the White House officials who allegedly told a whistleblower of misconduct by the Trump administration, as Democrats ramped up their impeachment inquiry andaudio emerged of President Trump referring to the whistleblower as "close to a spy.

Trump turns tables on Biden amid impeachment push, claims Dems threatened Ukraine

A defiantPresident Trump said during a press conference in New York Wednesday that he wants"full transparency" not only over the "so-called whistleblower"allegations leveled against him,but also "from Joe Biden and his son Hunter on the millions of dollars that have been quickly and easily taken out of Ukraine and China.

WH to release document showing intel community watchdog found whistleblower had 'political bias'

The White House is working as quickly as it can to release to Congress a whistleblower complaint involving President Trump's conversations with the leader of Ukraine, as long as it's legally possible,a senior administration official told Fox News late Tuesday-- hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initiated formal impeachment proceedings by alleging that the administration was hiding the complaint.

WH to release document showing intel community watchdog found whistleblower had 'political bias,' official says

The White House is working as quickly as it can to release to Congress a whistleblower complaint involving President Trump's conversations with the leader of Ukraine, as long as it's legally possible,a senior administration official told Fox News late Tuesday-- hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initiated formal impeachment proceedings by alleging that the administration was hiding the complaint.

Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry against Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced theformalization of an impeachment inquiry into President Trump Tuesday evening, saying "the president must be held accountable" for his "betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and the betrayal of the integrity of our elections.

Flurry of House Dems back impeachment inquiry, as caucus plans to discuss Ukraine whistleblower matter

Just a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly suggested she was warming to the idea of impeaching President Trump, a slew of key swing-district Democrats late Monday threw support behind an impeachment inquiry -- asleaders of the House Democrats scheduled a meeting for Tuesday afternoon on how to handle an explosivewhistleblower complaint concerning the president's phone call with the Ukrainian president this past summer.

Flurry of House Dems back impeachment inquiry, amid bombshell reports Trump withheld Ukraine aid

Just a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly suggested she was warming to the idea of impeaching President Trump, a slew of key swing-district Democrats late Monday threw support behind an impeachment inquiry -- asleaders of the House Democrats scheduled a meeting for Tuesday afternoon on how to handle an explosivewhistleblower complaint concerning the president's phone call with the Ukrainian president this past summer.

McCabe memo indicates Rosenstein was serious about wearing White House wire

A newly releasedtwo-page memo written by then-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeoutlined howformer Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein proposed wearing a wire in the White House "to collect additional evidence on the president’s true intentions," and thought the scheme was plausible because "he was not searched when he entered the White House.

Clinton, Obama silent on Ed Buck donations after Dem megadonor's arrest

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama still aren't saying what they'll do with money they received from Democratic megadonorEd Buck, even after he was charged Tuesday with running a drug house where two men died of overdoses -- and months after other top Democrats have already tossed aside Buck's contributions.

RNC raises record-setting $23.5M in August, as GOP momentum builds

EXCLUSIVE:The Republican National Committee (RNC) is expected to announce this week that it raised a record-setting$23.5 million in August and had$53.8 million cash-on-hand as of the end of that month -- signaling growing GOP momentum heading into the 2020 elections.

NYT updates Kavanaugh 'bombshell' to note accuser doesn't recall alleged assault

The New York Times late Sunday made a major revision to a supposed bombshell piece concerning a new allegation of alleged sexual assault bySupreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh -- hours after virtually all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates had cited the original article as a reason to impeach Kavanaugh.

Debate turns into melee over health care, Obama, socialism as Dems struggle to show unity

Long-simmering policy disputes between Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and a slew of other candidates exploded into the open during Thursday night's Democratic primary debate, as the candidates -- often with raised voices -- laid bare their fundamental disagreements on "Medicare-for-all," immigration and more.

Trump-shaped 9th Circuit hands White House major win on asylum policy

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- long a liberal bastion that has been aggressively reshapedinto a more moderate court by the Trump administration -- handed the president a major win late Monday, lifting a nationwide injunction on his asylum policy.

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