Published: Fri, October 04, 2019

Treason, civil war, Trump ramps up rhetoric on Twitter

Treason, civil war, Trump ramps up rhetoric on Twitter

Kinzinger endorsed Trump during a meeting with editors from Shaw Media newspapers in November prior to the election, but he was also critical of the president's Twitter comments.

Maguire broke with Trump and his Republican supporters last week during an open hearing on Capitol Hill, defending the whistleblower and the intelligence committee watchdog who exposed contacts with Ukraine that could help lead to the President's impeachment.

US President Donald Trump meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the InterContinental Barclay New York hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, September 25, 2019, in New York.

The inspector general for the director of national intelligence deemed the whistleblower complaint credible and urgent, while the top USA intelligence officer said the whistleblower acted in good faith. The phone call with Zelenskiy came after Trump froze almost $400 million in aid meant to help Ukraine deal with an insurgency by Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.

The Republican president has increasingly lashed out at political opponents since House Democrats announced on Tuesday they would pursue an impeachment inquiry. Trump said electing a Democrat would jeopardize seniors' access to health care.

A U.S. intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint citing a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

Mark Zaid, an attorney for the whistleblower, responded to this story on Twitter by saying, "We won't comment on identifying info but if true, give me a break!"

Schiff told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that he expected the whistleblower to testify "very soon," once security measures are in place to protect their identity.

House investigators are set to take the first witness testimony from two people mentioned in the whistleblower's complaint.

The whistleblower is at the center of a fast-moving scandal in Washington surrounding a complaint made about Trump's communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The whistleblower also said that White House officials then moved to "lock down" the details by putting all the records of it on a separate computer system.

"In my mind, it's several weeks", House Judiciary Committee member David Cicilline told reporters last week. House Democrats also have sought material from the White House and Justice Department.

Vance's office has agreed to not seek to enforce the subpoena until October 7, or two business days after the judge rules on Trump's challenge, whichever comes first.

Schiff said any effort by Trump to stonewall the probe could be used to impeach him for obstructing Congress.

He has said he believes no foreign government should have an influence on the US election, nor should an American president utilize his power to affect an election, calling the action wrong and one that should not be defended.

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