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The Trump administration blocks diplomat from testifying

WASHINGTON (AP) — For solely the fourth time in U.S. historical past, the House of Representatives has began a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are attempting to find out if President Donald Trump violated his oath of workplace by asking a overseas nation to research a political opponent.

Here’s a fast abstract of the newest information.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

— The Trump administration blocked a U.S. diplomat from testifying behind closed doorways concerning the president’s dealings with Ukraine. Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, had been scheduled for an interview earlier than a joint House committee taking depositions within the impeachment probe.

— As House Democrats hearth off extra subpoenas, the White House has launched a high-stakes technique to counter the impeachment risk to Trump: Stall. Obfuscate. Attack. Repeat.

— House Democrats unveiled broad laws Tuesday to guard the nation’s elections as they examine whether or not Trump inappropriately solicited overseas election assist from Ukraine forward of the 2020 vote.

— As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officers final spring to research one in every of Trump’s principal political rivals, a bunch of people with ties to the president and his private lawyer had been additionally lively within the former Soviet republic.

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WHAT’S NEXT

Attention turns as to whether the administration will attempt to block Marie Yovanovitch, the previous U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, from chatting with House investigators. Yovanovitch was recalled from the publish early and is scheduled to be deposed Friday.

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NUMBERS THAT MATTER

Four hours, 32 minutes and 24 seconds — the time it took Sondland to answer a textual content message from Bill Taylor, an embassy officer in Ukraine, who voiced considerations that U.S. navy assist to the nation was being held as much as “help with a political campaign.”

According to data launched by the Democratic chairmen of House committees operating the impeachment probe, Taylor’s textual content was time-stamped 12:47:11 a.m. Sept. 9.

Before responding, Sondland known as Trump for assurances that there was no promised commerce of favors, based on an individual acquainted with the alternate. Sondland then responded “Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear no quid pro quo’s of any kind.” That textual content was time-stamped 5:19:35 a.m., greater than 4 hours after Taylor’s textual content.

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WORTH WATCHING

Democratic House freshmen who flipped Republican seats in 2018 discover themselves in perilous waters as they head dwelling to their districts after becoming a member of the decision for Trump’s impeachment.

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