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Schumer vows 'we will not back down' at Senate's Trump impeachment trial, as GOP shoots down Dems' amendments

The Senate entered an unusual closed session late Tuesday, after the chamber handed President Trump amajor win by voting along party lines to effectively kill threeproposals from Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to subpoena White House, State Department, and Office of Management and Budget documents -- even as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made some tweaks that were likely to assuage Democrats' concerns over scheduling.

Senate impeachment trial set to begin as Trump adds last-minute reinforcements to defense team

After an opening salvoof back-and-forth arguments from President Trump's attorneys and Democrats'impeachment managerson Monday,Senate impeachment trialproceedings are set to begin at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday with the expectation they will stretch well into a wildnight on Capitol Hill -- even as key procedural questions, including the timeline for debate and whether additional witnesses will testify,remainundecided and hotly contentious.

James Comey focus of FBI leak investigation, report says

The Justice Department is investigating whether then-FBI Director James Comey illegally leaked secret information concerning a Russian document to The New York Times and The Washington Post, the Times reported late Thursday.

House Republicans demand FISA court explain Carter Page surveillance, other missteps

House Oversight Committee Republicans on Thursday sent a series of interrogatories directly to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court(FISC), Fox News has learned, in a major new intervention that highlights the secret court's growing credibility crisis following Department of Justice Inspector General (DOJ IG) Michael Horowitz's damning report earlier this year.

Giuliani associate nixes Dems' claims diplomat was stalked -- but claims to implicate Trump, Pence

Lev Parnas, the indictedassociate of President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, on Wednesday night undercut House Democrats' explosive new suggestionthat the Trump teamhadformer U.S. ambassador to UkraineMarieYovanovitch under surveillance --saying in a televisedinterview that text messages that seemingly suggestedYovanovitch was being secretly monitored were in reality just the ramblings of a "drunk.

Giuliani associate nixes Dems' suggestions diplomat was stalked -- but claims to implicate Trump, Pence

Lev Parnas, the indictedassociate of President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, on Wednesday night undercut House Democrats' explosive new suggestionthat the Trump teamhadformer U.S. ambassador to UkraineMarieYovanovitch under surveillance --saying in a televisedinterview that text messages that seemingly suggestedYovanovitch was being secretly monitored were in reality just the ramblings of a "drunk.

FISA court adviser, ex-Obama DOJ official, calls FBI's proposed reforms 'insufficient' in point-by-point rebuke

David Kris, who has been appointed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to oversee the FBI's proposed surveillance reformson Wednesday alerted the court that the bureau's proposals are "insufficient" and must be dramatically "expanded" -- even declaring that FBI Director Christopher Wray needs to discuss the importance of accuracy and transparency before the FISC every time he "visits a field office in 2020.

Trump, at Ohio rally, says Democrats would have leaked Soleimani attack plans

President Trump was headlining his first campaign rally of the election year Thursday in Ohio flush with cash, chafing at a potential Senate impeachment trial and aiming to capitalize on his order to take outIranian commadner Qassem Soleimani after the military leader was said to have orchestrated an attack on the U.S.

GOP Sen. Mike Lee furiously slams 'worst military briefing' ever on Iran, as meeting divides lawmakers

Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee declared in a heatedpress conference Wednesday afternoon thatnational security officials had just delivered the "worst military briefing" he had ever seen on Capitol Hill, even claiming that one official had warned during the "lame" and "insane" meetingthat Congress shouldn't debate whether additional military action against Iran would be appropriate.

McConnell takes shot at Warren's 'rush to judgment' over Soleimani killing

Speaking on the Senate floor Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a thinly-veiled shot at Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who hasquestioned in recent days whether President Trump ordered last week's drone strike on Iranian Gen.Qassem Soleimanito distract from his pending impeachment trial.

Warren: 'Reasonable' to ask if Trump killed Soleimani over impeachment

Elizabeth Warren drew rebukes from conservatives after she pointedly refused to criticize Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an interview Sunday, saying instead that the former leader of the terroristicQudsForce was a "high-ranking official for the government of Iran" and forcefully arguing he shouldn't have been killed.

McCabe apologized for misleading investigators on leak, transcripts show

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe apologized for lying to federal investigators concerning an October 2016 leak to The Wall Street Journalabout the Hillary Clinton email probe,newly released transcripts show -- underscoring McCabe's legal jeopardy as U.S.

Trump vows Iraq 'will not be a Benghazi' after Iran-backed embassy raid

Speaking to reporters just hours after dozens of Iran-backed Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, President Trumpon Tuesday night vowed that the situation"will not be a Benghazi" -- a pointed reference to the deadly 2012 embassy attack in Libya on the Obama administration's watch, after officials at the embassy had requested enhanced security for weeks.

Susan Collins, vulnerable GOP senator, open to impeachment witnesses

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a 67-year-old centrist who is among the nation's most vulnerable Republicans in Congress,said Monday she was open to calling witnesses as part of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump -- but added thatit would be "premature" to decide who should be called until senators see the evidence that is presented.

Hunter Biden fires back after PI claims secret bank records 'verify' $156M counterfeiting scheme

Hunter Biden's attorneys fired backMondayafter a private investigation firm again attempted to stage a highly unusualinterventionin his ongoing child-custody dispute in Arkansas, this time claiming its investigators have lawfully obtained access to Biden's bank account records and confirmed his involvement in a massive, $156 million "counterfeiting scheme.

Strzok claims anti-Trump texts protected by 1st Amendment, administration violated his rights

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who is suing the government in a bid for reinstatement, argued in a court filing in Washington, D.C. federal district court onMonday that his politically charged anti-Trump messages were protected by the First Amendment -- even though he sent them on bureau-issued phones while playing leading roles in the probes into both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Hunter Biden is subject of criminal probes, says PI firm hinting at more incriminating details

Hunter Biden, the 49-year-old son of former Vice President Joe Biden, has been dodging discovery requests in connection with a paternity case in Arkansas, and is"the subject of more than onecriminal investigation involving fraud, money laundering and a counterfeiting scheme," a private investigation firm claimed this weekin a bizarre court filing.

Remaining 2020 Dems take stage day after impeachment vote

Withless than seven weeks to go until Iowa’s caucuses kick off and just a day after House Democrats voted to impeach President Trump,a winnowed field of Democratic presidential contenders tookthe debate stage for a sixth and final time in 2019.

Democrats' debate erupts as candidates spar over donors; Yang slams Trump 'obsession'

Long-simmering tensions boiled over at the 2020 presidential Democratic primary debate Thursday night, as a one-on-one sparring match erupted between Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren over their fundraising-- just minutes after Andrew Yang slammed Democrats' "obsession" with President Trump and impeachment.

McConnell: 'Impasse' over Trump impeachment trial, as Dems depart from precedent

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,incredulously declared on the Senate floor late Thursday that the Senate and House Democrats were at an "impasse" over whether the House would transmit its articles of impeachment against President Trump to the GOP-controlled Senate for a constitutionally mandatedtrial.

Impeachment vote may have undercut Dems' efforts to subpoena White House officials

Within minutes of thevote to impeach President Trump Wednesday night, theD.C. Circuit Court of Appeals demanded that House Democrats explain whether the development undercut their legal demands for testimony from White House Counsel Don McGahnand for documents from the Trump White House and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

As final impeachment vote nears, swing-district Dems fall in line

With just hours to go until the House Rules Committee meets Tuesday in a marathon session to set the ground rules on this week's final impeachment vote, many of the moderate Democrats in districtsPresident Trump won in 2016 have started to fall in line in favor of impeachment.

House panel to hold key impeachment vote, after day of all-out sparring and intrigue

House Judiciary Committee Democrats were set to hold a key vote to adopt the two articles of impeachment against President Trump, following an ongoingall-day marathon hearing in which seemingly no topic -- from Hunter Biden's drug useto a Republican congressman's past drunken-driving arrest -- was off-limits.

Republicans erupt as Nadler suddenly postpones impeachment vote near midnight

Republicans erupted with unbridled fury and frustration late Thursday as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., abruptly wrapped up an all-daymarathon hearing on the adoption of twoarticles of impeachment against President Trump by delaying a planned vote on the matter until Fridaymorning.

Trump, at Pennsylvania rally, says 'stupid' impeachment indirectly led to USMCA deal

PresidentTrump was headlining a rally in the key swing state of Pennsylvania on a momentous day in his presidency after House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against him, even as they also handed him a breakthroughpolitical victory by finally approving his new trade deal to replace theNorth American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

All eyes on Durham after rebuke of IG Horowitz's findings

In the hours after U.S. Attorney John Durhamannounced Monday that he did not "agree" with key findings by Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, speculation swirled over what Durham has uncovered in his ongoing review into potential surveillance abuses against President Trump's team.

White House, in fiery letter, declares Trump won’t participate in House Judiciary impeachment hearing

The White House announced in a fiery letter Sunday night thatPresident Trump and his lawyerswon't participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearingscheduled for Wednesday -- even accusing the panel's Democratic chairman, Jerry Nadler, of "purposely" schedulingthe proceedings when Trump would be attending theNATO Leaders' Meeting in London.

No mention of Bidens, Burisma while Ukraine military aid was held up, State official testifies

David Hale, the State Department’s No. 3 official, testified in a Nov. 6closed-door depositionthat no one in the Trump administration or any "government channel" ever mentioned former Vice President Joe Biden or his son Hunteras a reason for withholding aid from Ukraine, according to a transcript of his remarks released late Monday by House Democrats in their impeachment inquiry.

Day One of public impeachment hearings puts pressure on moderate Dems

All eyes were on moderate House Democrats in swing districts Wednesday night, after the first day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry againstPresident Trump wrapped up with some new revelations-- but also highlighted weaknesses in Democrats' key witnesses, who relied primarily on second-hand information.

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.