Pompeo, Mike

Sondland Says He Followed Trump’s Orders to Pressure Ukraine

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — An ambassador at the center of the House impeachment inquiry testified on Wednesday that he was following President Trump’s orders, with the full knowledge of other top administration officials, when he pressured the Ukrainians to conduct investigations into Mr. Trump’s political rivals in what he called a clear […]

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Sondland Kept Pompeo Informed on Ukraine Pressure Campaign

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Gordon D. Sondland, the diplomat at the center of the House impeachment inquiry, kept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo apprised of key developments in the campaign to pressure Ukraine’s leader into public commitments that would satisfy President Trump, two people briefed on the matter said. Mr. Sondland informed […]

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How the State Dept.’s Dissenters Incited a Revolt, Then a Rallying Cry

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — State Department Foreign Service officers usually express their views in formal diplomatic cables, but these days they are using closed Facebook groups and encrypted apps to convey their pride in Marie L. Yovanovitch, the ousted ambassador to Ukraine, whose House testimony opened the floodgates on the impeachment inquiry […]

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Pompeo Faces Political Peril and Diplomats’ Revolt in Impeachment Inquiry

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — As President Trump’s first C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo was briefed by agency officials on the extensive evidence — including American intercepts of conversations between participants — showing that Russian hackers working for the government of Vladimir V. Putin had interfered in the 2016 American presidential campaign. In May […]

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William Taylor, ‘Model’ Diplomat, Is at Center of Impeachment Inquiry

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked William B. Taylor Jr., a highly respected former diplomat, to become America’s top diplomat in Ukraine in June, Mr. Taylor initially hesitated. He had left government after decades of service and was serving as the executive vice president of the United […]

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Pence, Thrown Into Turkey Negotiations, Pleases Few With Erdogan Agreement

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence’s most notable public appearances recently have been as a warm-up act for President Trump at his rallies. His big-ticket projects include low-visibility roles leading the National Space Council and the Commission on Election Integrity, and serving as something of a traveling Trump administration salesman, […]

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Ex-Aide Saw Gordon Sondland as a Potential National Security Risk

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — A former top White House foreign policy adviser told House impeachment investigators this week that she viewed Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, as a potential national security risk because he was so unprepared for his job, according to two people familiar with […]

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Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday. Mr. Bolton got […]

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Ex-Trump Aide Fiona Hill to Testify on Pressure to Oust Ambassador to Ukraine

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Fiona Hill, President Trump’s former top Russia and Europe adviser, headed to Capitol Hill on Monday morning where she is prepared to testify that she and other officials objected strenuously to the removal of the ambassador to Ukraine, only to be disregarded. Ms. Hill, who stepped down from […]

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What Happened in the Trump Impeachment Inquiry This Week

NYT > U.S. > Politics Developments in the House impeachment inquiry were fast and furious this week. It was hard to keep up, even for those of us who are paid to do it. Here’s a breakdown of important articles you may have missed. Video President Trump’s public call on China for help that could […]

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