MOSCOW — Amid the uproar over President Trump’s call to the leader of Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Friday that it hoped the contents of Mr. Trump’s phone conversations with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia would not be made public — a disclosure that would likely generate far more attention. Mr. Trump’s conversations with Mr. Putin have been an enduring mystery and a subject of intense interest, given the evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Mr. Trump, who has adopted a friendlier stance toward Moscow than his predecessors. Two days after the White House released a reconstruction of Mr. Trump’s call with the Ukrainian leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitri S. Peskov was asked if he worried about the confidentiality of the American president’s contacts with Mr. Putin. “We would like to hope that we would not see such situations in our bilateral relations, which already have plenty of quite … [Read more...] about Kremlin Says It Hopes Putin’s Calls With Trump Won’t Be Made Public
WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that the House would initiate a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump, charging him with betraying his oath of office and the nation’s security by seeking to enlist a foreign power to tarnish a rival for his own political gain. Ms. Pelosi’s declaration, after months of reticence by Democrats who had feared the political consequences of impeaching a president many of them long ago concluded was unfit for office, was a stunning turn that set the stage for a history-making and exceedingly bitter confrontation between the Democrat-led House and a defiant president who has thumbed his nose at institutional norms. “The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution,” Ms. Pelosi said in a brief speech invoking the nation’s founding principles. Mr. Trump, she added, “must be held accountable — no one is above the law.” She said the … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump
Donald Trump’s resort on the west coast of Ireland was paid €100,000 (£89,000) by the Irish state to provide food to police officers protecting the US president during a two-night visit this year, it has emerged. The Trump-owned hotel and golf course at Doonbeg received the largest slice of a bill for accommodation and food that came to more than €900,000. The expenditure covered police deployed across County Clare in June. Trump’s visit to Doonbeg was his first since he was elected president in 2016 and involved about 3,820 members of the Irish police service, the Garda Síochána, working overtime at a cost of €7.49m. The Trump Organization bought the resort, which has fairways designed by the Australian golfer Greg Norman, in 2014. It has spent €40m, including the purchase price, on expanding and upgrading facilities that include a spa, restaurants and cottages. Trump has visited six times, calling the resort “terrific” … [Read more...] about Ireland paid Trump’s resort €100k for hosting officers protecting him
Donald Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry and looks in trouble. Why? Democrats in the House of Representatives are moving forward with an impeachment inquiry to explore whether the US president should effectively be put on trial by the US Congress and, if convicted, removed from office. The key accusation is that Trump put pressure on a foreign government to dish up dirt on one of the leading Democratic candidates to challenge him in next year’s presidential election, the former vice-president Joe Biden. Under US election law, it is illegal to seek the help of foreign entities for personal political gain. Trump’s efforts to solicit information on Biden appears to fall squarely into that category, and though sitting presidents cannot be charged with a criminal offense they can be impeached by Congress. Haven’t we been down this road before? Yes we have. Between May 2017 and March 2019 Trump tied himself up in knots over the inquiry by the special counsel Robert … [Read more...] about Trump-Ukraine scandal: what did the whistleblower say and how serious is it?
Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer who is deeply implicated in the unfolding impeachment scandal around the US president’s attempts to solicit the help of Ukraine in his bid for re-election, suggested on Sunday he may not cooperate with the congressional committee leading the inquiry in its present form. The former mayor of New York set out a belligerent stance towards Democrats in Congress by telling ABC’ s This Week he would not co-operate with Adam Schiff, chair of the House intelligence committee. Giuliani accused Schiff of being guided by partisan politics rather than a search for the truth, a talking point that is becoming a key line of defense for Trump and his beleaguered lawyer. “I wouldn’t cooperate with Adam Schiff,” Giuliani said. “I think Adam Schiff should be removed. If they remove Adam Schiff, if they put a neutral person who hasn’t prejudged the case…” Later, Giuliani changed his line slightly to … [Read more...] about Giuliani leads Trump counter-attack over Ukraine and impeachment