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CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, hosts this hourlong weekday afternoon program, which mixes Tapper's interests with headlines from around the country and the world, headlines that span politics, money, sports and popular culture. "The Lead" also concentrates on bringing stories that aren't found on front pages -- buried leads -- to the forefront.

Latest Episodes

WH tries damage control after Mulvaney admits quid pro quo; Trump: Energy Secy Perry leaving post at end of year; Trump praises ceasefire as violence still unfolds;

GOP won't rule out impeachment after Mulvaney's admission; Trump deflects, distracts after Mulvaney admits quid pro quo; WaPo: Diplomat says Biden's office dismissed concerns about Hunter Biden's work in 2015; Rick Perry resigns as questions grow over conversations with Giuliani about Ukraine; Sources: Pompeo frustrated at criticism directed at him; Despite claims of a ceasefire, deadly violence continues; Turkey's President to meet Russian President Putin in days; McConnell Op-ed: Withdrawing from Syria is a grave mistake; Trump on Syria violence: "Sometimes you have to let them fight"; Hillary Clinton seems to suggest Russians "grooming" Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for third-party 2020 run; Rep. Gabbard responds to Clinton, calls her "queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption"; Hillary Clinton calls 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein a "Russian asset"; Former news anchors demand investigation into NBC covering up sexual misconduct; Ronan Farrow discusses bombshell reporting on Lauer, Weinstein; NASA astronauts conduct first all-female space walk;

37 MIN7 h ago
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WH tries damage control after Mulvaney admits quid pro quo; Trump: Energy Secy Perry leaving post at end of year; Trump praises ceasefire as violence still unfolds;

White House admits Trump directed officials to work with Giuliani; White House admits to quid pro quo with Ukraine; Bloomberg: Energy Secy. Perry tells Trump he's resigning; Lawmakers mourn death of Rep. Elijah Cummings;

Mulvaney admits to quid pro quo with Ukraine: "Get over it. There's going to be political influence in foreign policy"; Source: Trump legal team "baffled" by Mulvaney briefing;House lawyer drives Dems impeachment strategy;Trump: U.S. and Turkey agree to ceasefire in Syria; Turkey: "Not a ceasefire" in Syria, just a "pause"; Romney rips Trump's Syria strategy, calls for public hearings;Adm. McRaven: Our republic is under attack from the President; Trump: Kurdish allies of the U.S. are not "angels";Warren's campaign says she's reviewing options for funding "Medicare for all"; Biden on Warren: She needs to tell truth on funding "Medicare for all";Trump to host G7 at his Florida golf resort;

36 MIN1 d ago
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White House admits Trump directed officials to work with Giuliani; White House admits to quid pro quo with Ukraine; Bloomberg: Energy Secy. Perry tells Trump he's resigning; Lawmakers mourn death of Rep. Elijah Cummings;

Counterintelligence probe of Giuliani hinges on ties to Ukraine, wealthy foreigners & WH; Pelosi: Trump had a "meltdown" in meeting on Syria; Trump's letter to Erdogan: "Don't be a tough guy! Don't be a fool!"

Federal investigations of Rudy Giuliani includes counterintelligence probe; Democrats speak after meeting with Trump at WH; Trump claims Turkey's invasion of Northern Syria "has nothing to do with us"; House voted 354-60 on resolution condemning Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria; Former senior aide: Pompeo silent when asked to support ambassador targeted by Giuliani; Former senior Pompeo adviser ends testimony after 5 hours; Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine expected to testify Tuesday; Former WH, admin officials paint damning picture of Ukraine push; Trump's letter to Erdogan: "don't be a tough guy! Don't be a fool!"

38 MIN2 d ago
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Counterintelligence probe of Giuliani hinges on ties to Ukraine, wealthy foreigners & WH; Pelosi: Trump had a "meltdown" in meeting on Syria; Trump's letter to Erdogan: "Don't be a tough guy! Don't be a fool!"

CNN/NYT to host Democratic Debate tonight at 8PM; Several Republicans raising questions about Giuliani's actions; VP Pence heads to Turkey after Trump slaps new sanctions; Hunter Biden: I did nothing improper, but had "poor judgement";

Sources: Giuliani will defy subpoena for Ukraine docs; Budget Office does not plan to comply with document subpoena; OMB does not comply with document subpoena; Source: Trump's ex-Russia adviser said Bolton thought Giuliani was a "hand grenade" ready to explode; Democrats question another key witness behind closed doors as republicans attack the process; U.S. Official: Turkish-backed forces come close to U.S. troops; Void left by U.S. troops in Syria being filled by Russia; 12 Democrats face off tonight in crucial Ohio debate; Warren preps for first debate since becoming a front-runner; Hours away from twelve Democratic candidates taking the stage;

36 MIN3 d ago
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CNN/NYT to host Democratic Debate tonight at 8PM; Several Republicans raising questions about Giuliani's actions; VP Pence heads to Turkey after Trump slaps new sanctions; Hunter Biden: I did nothing improper, but had "poor judgement";

Trump's former Russia advisor testifying on Capitol Hill; Trump says he'll impose economic sanctions against Turkish officials for Syria incursion; Trump directs attacks on Twitter at Dems, FOX, critics of his strategy on Syria

Source: in today's testimony, Trump's ex-Russia advisor praised the ousted ambassador targeted by Giuliani; NYT: former Trump adviser will testify Giuliani ran "shadow diplomacy" in Ukraine to aid Trump; Trump: "small footprint" of U.S. forces to remain in southern Syria to disrupt "remnants of ISIS"; Kurdish leader: U.S. "leaving us to be slaughtered"; McConnell slams Trump's withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria; Retired four-star gen: Trump has "blood on his hands"; Joe Biden's son Hunter to give first TV interview on day of debate; Once a toss-up, Dems fear Ohio leaning Republican; Cop who shot & killed woman in her Texas home resigns, may face charges

37 MIN4 d ago
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Trump's former Russia advisor testifying on Capitol Hill; Trump says he'll impose economic sanctions against Turkish officials for Syria incursion; Trump directs attacks on Twitter at Dems, FOX, critics of his strategy on Syria

Judges rule against Trump Admin three times in one day; Dem Chairs: Subpoena issued to Yovanovitch after White House, State Dept told her not to testify;

NYT: Former Ambassador to Ukraine testifies Trump pressured State Department to remove her; NYT: Former Ukraine Amb. blames Trump, Giuliani for her removal; NYT: Yovanovitch testifies Trump fired her based on "false claims by people with clearly questionable motives"; Sources: National Security Adviser to slash career NSC staff and add political appointees; Source: President Trump sent WSJ Op-ed "Ukraine smoke and mirrors" to all senators; U.S. Official: Turkish artillery fire hit just hundreds of meters away from U.S. Special Forces in Syria ISIS claims responsibility for car bombing in Northern Syria; Trump threatens "powerful sanctions" against Turkey; Why did Trump pull U.S. troops in Syria now?; 2020 Dems take on LGBTQ issues at CNN Town Hall; Wildfire rips through Northern L.A.; 100,000 residents evacuate;

37 MIN1 w ago
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Judges rule against Trump Admin three times in one day; Dem Chairs: Subpoena issued to Yovanovitch after White House, State Dept told her not to testify;

Two men tied to Giuliani's efforts to investigate Biden arrested; Perry subpoenaed for docs in House impeachment inquiry; Giuliani's associates charged with campaign finance violation; Death toll rises as Turkey ramps up attacks on U.S. allies;

Sources: Giuliani associates arrested while trying to leave U.S.; Prosecutors: Investigation involving Giuliani associates ongoing; Two men who helped Giuliani's efforts to dig up dirt on Biden in Ukraine under arrest; Giuliani associates to be held on$1 Million bond; Secretary Perry subpoenaed in House impeachment inquiry; Campaign finance records indicate Giuliani associates funneled money to campaign of former GOP Rep Pete Sessions; Conway: WH's response to impeachment inquiry "was trash"; Conway: Trump's pattern of prioritizing himself is impeachable; Sources: Feds looking at Giuliani's financial ties to arrested associates; Only fraction of GOP express concern over Trump Ukraine call; GOP anger grows over Trump's decision to pull troops in Syria;

36 MIN1 w ago
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Two men tied to Giuliani's efforts to investigate Biden arrested; Perry subpoenaed for docs in House impeachment inquiry; Giuliani's associates charged with campaign finance violation; Death toll rises as Turkey ramps up attacks on U.S. allies;

Democrats planning new phase in impeachment investigation; Trump rails against impeachment probe as WH stonewalls Dems; Turkey sends ground troops into Syria; For the first time, Biden calls for Trump to be impeached;

Dems plan wave of subpoenas despite Trump stonewalling; Speaker Pelosi still resisting calls for impeachment inquiry vote; Trump tweets attack on impeachment probe, whistleblower; Trump Admin launches war against impeachment inquiry; Trump predicts impeachment fight could go to Supreme Court; Trump, without evidence, says whistleblower in "cahoots" with Rep Schiff; Whistleblower may secretly be deposed on Capitol Hill; Turkey sends ground forces into Syria after Trump moves U.S. troops out; U.S. Official: Turkey's attacks already hurting fight against ISIS; After heart attack, Sanders will cut back on campaign events; Warren takes the lead over Biden in new Quinnipiac poll.

37 MIN1 w ago
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Democrats planning new phase in impeachment investigation; Trump rails against impeachment probe as WH stonewalls Dems; Turkey sends ground troops into Syria; For the first time, Biden calls for Trump to be impeached;

Dems to subpoena key witness after Trump Admin blocks testimony; House Democrats, Trump GOP allies clash over need for vote for formalize impeachment inquiry; U.S. troops withdraw from Syria as Turkey prepares offensive; NBA Commissioner "not ap

Source on WH strategy: "The days of playing nice are done"; Sources: WH officials scrambled immediately after Ukraine call; Sources: At least one official alerted White House's National Security lawyers about Trump-Ukraine call; Source: WH reached out to lawyers for impeachment counsel, including former Rep Trey Gowdy; Source: Gordon Sondland called Trump before texting diplomat there was no quid pro quo & asking not to discuss over text; Schiff: State Dept withholding more relevant texts, emails from Gordon Sonland's personal device; GOP Sen Graham says he'll invite Giuliani to come testify before Senate Judiciary Committee; Top House lawyer: Trump could be impeached for lying to American public; House lawyer takes fight over Mueller docs to federal court; NYT: WH Official called Trump-Ukraine call "crazy" & "frightening"; Washington Post poll: 58% of Americans support decision to start impeachment probe; Washington Post poll: Support for impeachment investigation surges among inde...

36 MIN1 w ago
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Dems to subpoena key witness after Trump Admin blocks testimony; House Democrats, Trump GOP allies clash over need for vote for formalize impeachment inquiry; U.S. troops withdraw from Syria as Turkey prepares offensive; NBA Commissioner "not ap

Democrats issue new subpoenas in impeachment inquiry; Most republicans not criticizing Trump for urging China & Ukraine to investigate Bidens; Trump makes numerous false claims in barrage of tweets Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Rick Perry: I asked Trump to call Ukraine on energy, not Bidens; Two key witnesses testify in impeachment inquiry this week; Trump unleashes on Dems & whistleblowers in twitter rant; Source: Mulvaney said Trump would win 45 states if impeached; Some republican allies dismiss Trumps request to China and Ukraine as a joke; Portman now forth GOP senator to criticize Trump for asking China & Ukraine to investigate Biden; Trump: whistleblower got Ukraine call "completely wrong"; Fact: WH transcript aligns with whistleblower complaint; Trump: Schiff & Pelosi should be impeached; Fact: House members cannot be impeached; Sources: Dems considering disguising whistleblowers face and voice if they testify before congress; Trump pulls U.S. troops from northern Syria leaving Kurds vulnerable to Turkish military forces, some in GOP say he's abandoning allies; Nikki Haley: Trump leaving U.S. allies "to die"; Trump: "I'm not siding with anybody" on decision to move troops; Trump threatens to oblite...

37 MIN1 w ago
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Democrats issue new subpoenas in impeachment inquiry; Most republicans not criticizing Trump for urging China & Ukraine to investigate Bidens; Trump makes numerous false claims in barrage of tweets Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Latest Episodes

WH tries damage control after Mulvaney admits quid pro quo; Trump: Energy Secy Perry leaving post at end of year; Trump praises ceasefire as violence still unfolds;

GOP won't rule out impeachment after Mulvaney's admission; Trump deflects, distracts after Mulvaney admits quid pro quo; WaPo: Diplomat says Biden's office dismissed concerns about Hunter Biden's work in 2015; Rick Perry resigns as questions grow over conversations with Giuliani about Ukraine; Sources: Pompeo frustrated at criticism directed at him; Despite claims of a ceasefire, deadly violence continues; Turkey's President to meet Russian President Putin in days; McConnell Op-ed: Withdrawing from Syria is a grave mistake; Trump on Syria violence: "Sometimes you have to let them fight"; Hillary Clinton seems to suggest Russians "grooming" Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for third-party 2020 run; Rep. Gabbard responds to Clinton, calls her "queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption"; Hillary Clinton calls 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein a "Russian asset"; Former news anchors demand investigation into NBC covering up sexual misconduct; Ronan Farrow discusses bombshell reporting on Lauer, Weinstein; NASA astronauts conduct first all-female space walk;

37 MIN7 h ago
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WH tries damage control after Mulvaney admits quid pro quo; Trump: Energy Secy Perry leaving post at end of year; Trump praises ceasefire as violence still unfolds;

White House admits Trump directed officials to work with Giuliani; White House admits to quid pro quo with Ukraine; Bloomberg: Energy Secy. Perry tells Trump he's resigning; Lawmakers mourn death of Rep. Elijah Cummings;

Mulvaney admits to quid pro quo with Ukraine: "Get over it. There's going to be political influence in foreign policy"; Source: Trump legal team "baffled" by Mulvaney briefing;House lawyer drives Dems impeachment strategy;Trump: U.S. and Turkey agree to ceasefire in Syria; Turkey: "Not a ceasefire" in Syria, just a "pause"; Romney rips Trump's Syria strategy, calls for public hearings;Adm. McRaven: Our republic is under attack from the President; Trump: Kurdish allies of the U.S. are not "angels";Warren's campaign says she's reviewing options for funding "Medicare for all"; Biden on Warren: She needs to tell truth on funding "Medicare for all";Trump to host G7 at his Florida golf resort;

36 MIN1 d ago
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White House admits Trump directed officials to work with Giuliani; White House admits to quid pro quo with Ukraine; Bloomberg: Energy Secy. Perry tells Trump he's resigning; Lawmakers mourn death of Rep. Elijah Cummings;

Counterintelligence probe of Giuliani hinges on ties to Ukraine, wealthy foreigners & WH; Pelosi: Trump had a "meltdown" in meeting on Syria; Trump's letter to Erdogan: "Don't be a tough guy! Don't be a fool!"

Federal investigations of Rudy Giuliani includes counterintelligence probe; Democrats speak after meeting with Trump at WH; Trump claims Turkey's invasion of Northern Syria "has nothing to do with us"; House voted 354-60 on resolution condemning Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria; Former senior aide: Pompeo silent when asked to support ambassador targeted by Giuliani; Former senior Pompeo adviser ends testimony after 5 hours; Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine expected to testify Tuesday; Former WH, admin officials paint damning picture of Ukraine push; Trump's letter to Erdogan: "don't be a tough guy! Don't be a fool!"

38 MIN2 d ago
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Counterintelligence probe of Giuliani hinges on ties to Ukraine, wealthy foreigners & WH; Pelosi: Trump had a "meltdown" in meeting on Syria; Trump's letter to Erdogan: "Don't be a tough guy! Don't be a fool!"

CNN/NYT to host Democratic Debate tonight at 8PM; Several Republicans raising questions about Giuliani's actions; VP Pence heads to Turkey after Trump slaps new sanctions; Hunter Biden: I did nothing improper, but had "poor judgement";

Sources: Giuliani will defy subpoena for Ukraine docs; Budget Office does not plan to comply with document subpoena; OMB does not comply with document subpoena; Source: Trump's ex-Russia adviser said Bolton thought Giuliani was a "hand grenade" ready to explode; Democrats question another key witness behind closed doors as republicans attack the process; U.S. Official: Turkish-backed forces come close to U.S. troops; Void left by U.S. troops in Syria being filled by Russia; 12 Democrats face off tonight in crucial Ohio debate; Warren preps for first debate since becoming a front-runner; Hours away from twelve Democratic candidates taking the stage;

36 MIN3 d ago
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CNN/NYT to host Democratic Debate tonight at 8PM; Several Republicans raising questions about Giuliani's actions; VP Pence heads to Turkey after Trump slaps new sanctions; Hunter Biden: I did nothing improper, but had "poor judgement";

Trump's former Russia advisor testifying on Capitol Hill; Trump says he'll impose economic sanctions against Turkish officials for Syria incursion; Trump directs attacks on Twitter at Dems, FOX, critics of his strategy on Syria

Source: in today's testimony, Trump's ex-Russia advisor praised the ousted ambassador targeted by Giuliani; NYT: former Trump adviser will testify Giuliani ran "shadow diplomacy" in Ukraine to aid Trump; Trump: "small footprint" of U.S. forces to remain in southern Syria to disrupt "remnants of ISIS"; Kurdish leader: U.S. "leaving us to be slaughtered"; McConnell slams Trump's withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria; Retired four-star gen: Trump has "blood on his hands"; Joe Biden's son Hunter to give first TV interview on day of debate; Once a toss-up, Dems fear Ohio leaning Republican; Cop who shot & killed woman in her Texas home resigns, may face charges

37 MIN4 d ago
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Trump's former Russia advisor testifying on Capitol Hill; Trump says he'll impose economic sanctions against Turkish officials for Syria incursion; Trump directs attacks on Twitter at Dems, FOX, critics of his strategy on Syria

Judges rule against Trump Admin three times in one day; Dem Chairs: Subpoena issued to Yovanovitch after White House, State Dept told her not to testify;

NYT: Former Ambassador to Ukraine testifies Trump pressured State Department to remove her; NYT: Former Ukraine Amb. blames Trump, Giuliani for her removal; NYT: Yovanovitch testifies Trump fired her based on "false claims by people with clearly questionable motives"; Sources: National Security Adviser to slash career NSC staff and add political appointees; Source: President Trump sent WSJ Op-ed "Ukraine smoke and mirrors" to all senators; U.S. Official: Turkish artillery fire hit just hundreds of meters away from U.S. Special Forces in Syria ISIS claims responsibility for car bombing in Northern Syria; Trump threatens "powerful sanctions" against Turkey; Why did Trump pull U.S. troops in Syria now?; 2020 Dems take on LGBTQ issues at CNN Town Hall; Wildfire rips through Northern L.A.; 100,000 residents evacuate;

37 MIN1 w ago
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Judges rule against Trump Admin three times in one day; Dem Chairs: Subpoena issued to Yovanovitch after White House, State Dept told her not to testify;

Two men tied to Giuliani's efforts to investigate Biden arrested; Perry subpoenaed for docs in House impeachment inquiry; Giuliani's associates charged with campaign finance violation; Death toll rises as Turkey ramps up attacks on U.S. allies;

Sources: Giuliani associates arrested while trying to leave U.S.; Prosecutors: Investigation involving Giuliani associates ongoing; Two men who helped Giuliani's efforts to dig up dirt on Biden in Ukraine under arrest; Giuliani associates to be held on$1 Million bond; Secretary Perry subpoenaed in House impeachment inquiry; Campaign finance records indicate Giuliani associates funneled money to campaign of former GOP Rep Pete Sessions; Conway: WH's response to impeachment inquiry "was trash"; Conway: Trump's pattern of prioritizing himself is impeachable; Sources: Feds looking at Giuliani's financial ties to arrested associates; Only fraction of GOP express concern over Trump Ukraine call; GOP anger grows over Trump's decision to pull troops in Syria;

36 MIN1 w ago
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Two men tied to Giuliani's efforts to investigate Biden arrested; Perry subpoenaed for docs in House impeachment inquiry; Giuliani's associates charged with campaign finance violation; Death toll rises as Turkey ramps up attacks on U.S. allies;

Democrats planning new phase in impeachment investigation; Trump rails against impeachment probe as WH stonewalls Dems; Turkey sends ground troops into Syria; For the first time, Biden calls for Trump to be impeached;

Dems plan wave of subpoenas despite Trump stonewalling; Speaker Pelosi still resisting calls for impeachment inquiry vote; Trump tweets attack on impeachment probe, whistleblower; Trump Admin launches war against impeachment inquiry; Trump predicts impeachment fight could go to Supreme Court; Trump, without evidence, says whistleblower in "cahoots" with Rep Schiff; Whistleblower may secretly be deposed on Capitol Hill; Turkey sends ground forces into Syria after Trump moves U.S. troops out; U.S. Official: Turkey's attacks already hurting fight against ISIS; After heart attack, Sanders will cut back on campaign events; Warren takes the lead over Biden in new Quinnipiac poll.

37 MIN1 w ago
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Democrats planning new phase in impeachment investigation; Trump rails against impeachment probe as WH stonewalls Dems; Turkey sends ground troops into Syria; For the first time, Biden calls for Trump to be impeached;

Dems to subpoena key witness after Trump Admin blocks testimony; House Democrats, Trump GOP allies clash over need for vote for formalize impeachment inquiry; U.S. troops withdraw from Syria as Turkey prepares offensive; NBA Commissioner "not ap

Source on WH strategy: "The days of playing nice are done"; Sources: WH officials scrambled immediately after Ukraine call; Sources: At least one official alerted White House's National Security lawyers about Trump-Ukraine call; Source: WH reached out to lawyers for impeachment counsel, including former Rep Trey Gowdy; Source: Gordon Sondland called Trump before texting diplomat there was no quid pro quo & asking not to discuss over text; Schiff: State Dept withholding more relevant texts, emails from Gordon Sonland's personal device; GOP Sen Graham says he'll invite Giuliani to come testify before Senate Judiciary Committee; Top House lawyer: Trump could be impeached for lying to American public; House lawyer takes fight over Mueller docs to federal court; NYT: WH Official called Trump-Ukraine call "crazy" & "frightening"; Washington Post poll: 58% of Americans support decision to start impeachment probe; Washington Post poll: Support for impeachment investigation surges among inde...

36 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Dems to subpoena key witness after Trump Admin blocks testimony; House Democrats, Trump GOP allies clash over need for vote for formalize impeachment inquiry; U.S. troops withdraw from Syria as Turkey prepares offensive; NBA Commissioner "not ap

Democrats issue new subpoenas in impeachment inquiry; Most republicans not criticizing Trump for urging China & Ukraine to investigate Bidens; Trump makes numerous false claims in barrage of tweets Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Rick Perry: I asked Trump to call Ukraine on energy, not Bidens; Two key witnesses testify in impeachment inquiry this week; Trump unleashes on Dems & whistleblowers in twitter rant; Source: Mulvaney said Trump would win 45 states if impeached; Some republican allies dismiss Trumps request to China and Ukraine as a joke; Portman now forth GOP senator to criticize Trump for asking China & Ukraine to investigate Biden; Trump: whistleblower got Ukraine call "completely wrong"; Fact: WH transcript aligns with whistleblower complaint; Trump: Schiff & Pelosi should be impeached; Fact: House members cannot be impeached; Sources: Dems considering disguising whistleblowers face and voice if they testify before congress; Trump pulls U.S. troops from northern Syria leaving Kurds vulnerable to Turkish military forces, some in GOP say he's abandoning allies; Nikki Haley: Trump leaving U.S. allies "to die"; Trump: "I'm not siding with anybody" on decision to move troops; Trump threatens to oblite...

37 MIN1 w ago
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Democrats issue new subpoenas in impeachment inquiry; Most republicans not criticizing Trump for urging China & Ukraine to investigate Bidens; Trump makes numerous false claims in barrage of tweets Saturday, Sunday, Monday