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This courtroom sketch depicts from left, attorney Kevin Downing, Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman, and attorney Thomas Zehnle standing before U.S. Judge Michael Nachmanoff, at federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Parnas and Fruman, two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump's lawyer and the Ukraine investigation, were charged with federal campaign finance violations. The charges relate to a $325,000 donation to a group supporting President Donald Trump's reelection. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)
October 10, 2019 - 5:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two Florida businessmen tied to Rudy Giuliani leveraged a flurry of GOP political donations in a campaign to force the removal of U.S. ambassador to Ukraine as part of a conspiracy with an unnamed Ukrainian official who wanted her gone. An indictment...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch, speaks in Kyiv, Ukraine. Yovanovitch was removed from her post after insisting that a request to Ukrainian officials to investigate President Donald Trump’s political rival be conveyed through official channels, according to a fellow former diplomat. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
October 10, 2019 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was removed from her post after insisting that Rudy Giuliani's requests to Ukrainian officials for investigations be relayed through official channels, according to a former diplomat who has spoken with her. The ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch,...
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October 10, 2019 - 4:05 pm
DENVER (AP) — A simple yes-or-no question keeps tripping up Senate Republicans: Should the president ask foreign countries to investigate political rivals? A month ago the question was a legal and constitutional no-brainer. It's illegal to accept foreign help in a political campaign, an action that...
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Supporters of LGBTQ rights hold placards in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington. The Supreme Court heard arguments in its first cases on LGBT rights since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
October 10, 2019 - 3:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nine Democratic presidential candidates are taking a detour from a 2020 campaign roiled by the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump to make a play for support within a key party constituency: LGBTQ voters. Leading candidates Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren will be joined...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, then-Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gowdy swore he’d had enough of Washington. Disgusted by what he’d seen, the former South Carolina congressman retired from office last year, declaring his skills are better used "in a courtroom than in Congress." Now he’s coming back for impeachment. A former prosecutor who led the House investigation into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Gowdy is poised to join President Donald Trump’s legal team. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
October 10, 2019 - 2:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy retired last year, swearing he'd had enough of Washington. Now he's coming back for impeachment. The Republican is a former prosecutor who led the House investigation into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. He is poised to join President...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019, file photo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks at the California GOP fall convention in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
October 10, 2019 - 2:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have subpoenaed Energy Secretary Rick Perry as part of their impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees sent Perry a subpoena Thursday asking him to provide...
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October 10, 2019 - 12:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former national security adviser to President Donald Trump says he never witnessed any improper solicitation of foreign leaders when he served in the administration. Retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster says he listened to most calls and meetings with foreign leaders while he served...
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FILE - This Aug. 1, 2018, file photo shows Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, in Portsmouth, N.H. As Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials in the spring of 2019 to investigate one of Donald Trump’s main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet Republic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
October 10, 2019 - 11:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan says two associates of Rudy Giuliani who are accused of trying to buy influence over U.S. policy...
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Police Officers stand guard as Extinction Rebellion demonstrators peacefully block an entrance at City Airport in London, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Some hundreds of climate change activists are in London during a fourth day of world protests by the Extinction Rebellion movement to demand more urgent actions to counter global warming. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
October 10, 2019 - 10:52 am
LONDON (AP) — Protestors have brought traffic to a standstill in New York City's Times Square and an activist in London climbed atop a plane as climate change demonstrators enter a fourth day of rallies. A video streamed by the group Extinction Rebellion showed the activist clinging Thursday to the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2010 file photo, Atul Gupta, of the Gupta family, is seen outside magistrates courts in Johannesburg. The U.S. Treasury Department has on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 imposed sanctions on members of the Gupta family who face wide-ranging corruption allegations in South Africa during former president Jacob Zuma's tenure. Outrage in South Africa over the Guptas' relationship with Zuma led the ruling African National Congress party to pressure Zuma to resign in early 2018. (AP Photo)
October 10, 2019 - 10:01 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday imposed sanctions on members of the Gupta family who face wide-ranging corruption allegations in South Africa during former president Jacob Zuma's tenure. The U.S. said it had placed Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta and close associate Salim...
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