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Trump impeachment: Bolton hints at meetings inquiry doesn't know about – live Trump impeachment: Bolton hints at meetings inquiry doesn't know about – as it happened
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Lawyer for former US national security adviser says there are ‘many relevant conversations’ that House impeachment investigators don’t know aboutLawyer for former US national security adviser says there are ‘many relevant conversations’ that House impeachment investigators don’t know about
Quiet ending to a not-so-quiet day.
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg appears to have officially entered the 2020 Democratic presidential fray, but has made no formal announcement.
Lawyers for Donald Trump plan on going to the Supreme Court over an appeals court ruling that his accounting firm must hand over eight years of his tax returns to New York state prosecutors.
Yet another aide for billionaire and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Tom Steyer has resigned over misconduct allegations.
The team behind Michael Bloomberg has said that “if we run”, they would bypass the four early-voting state - Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina - and focus on doing well on Super Tuesday and beyond.
Though he has not officially announced yet , he’s already getting flack for his decision to ignore the early states.
Billionaire and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Tom Steyer has had some questionable happenings in his campaign recently. A South Carolina aide stole volunteer data from Kamala Harris’ campaign, and later resigned. And now this:Billionaire and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Tom Steyer has had some questionable happenings in his campaign recently. A South Carolina aide stole volunteer data from Kamala Harris’ campaign, and later resigned. And now this:
Lawyers for Donald Trump say they’ll be going to the Supreme Court over the matter of New York state prosecutors obtaining his tax records, the Associated Press is reporting. Lawyers for Donald Trump say they’ll be going to the supreme court over the matter of New York state prosecutors obtaining his tax records, the Associated Press is reporting.
A US appeals court ruled on Monday that Trump’s accounting firm must hand over eight years of his tax returns to New York prosecutors.A US appeals court ruled on Monday that Trump’s accounting firm must hand over eight years of his tax returns to New York prosecutors.
In a letter to US District Judge Victor Marrero on Friday, Trump’s lawyers and the state prosecutor said that they can fully brief the matter no later than 25 November if the high court agrees to review rulings against Trump by Marrero and an appeals court. That would allow the Supreme Court to decide the case in its current term. In a letter to the US district Judge Victor Marrero on Friday, Trump’s lawyers and the state prosecutor said that they can fully brief the matter no later than 25 November if the high court agrees to review rulings against Trump by Marrero and an appeals court. That would allow the supreme court to decide the case in its current term.
Michael Bloomberg is officially on the ballot in Michigan too, but still not announcement. Seriously, how hard is it to toss a tweet up announcing your run? Michael Bloomberg is officially on the ballot in Michigan too, but still no announcement. Seriously, how hard is it to toss a tweet up announcing your run?
So...are we going to get that official campaign announcement, or....?So...are we going to get that official campaign announcement, or....?
Just under the wire for Michael Bloomberg:Just under the wire for Michael Bloomberg:
Who here remembers Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, who was the chief White House physician that Donald Trump nominated for secretary of veterans affairs in 2018? That’s right, the doctor who withdrew his nomination following accusations that he once got so drunk that he wrecked a government vehicle and handed out so many prescription drugs that he was nicknamed “candyman”? (He denied all the allegations).Who here remembers Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, who was the chief White House physician that Donald Trump nominated for secretary of veterans affairs in 2018? That’s right, the doctor who withdrew his nomination following accusations that he once got so drunk that he wrecked a government vehicle and handed out so many prescription drugs that he was nicknamed “candyman”? (He denied all the allegations).
Well, it looks like Jackson is now considering a run for Congress.Well, it looks like Jackson is now considering a run for Congress.
According to Roll Call, Jackson, a Republican and a native Texan, is eyeing the 13th District, now open after Congressman Mac Thornberry announced his retirement.According to Roll Call, Jackson, a Republican and a native Texan, is eyeing the 13th District, now open after Congressman Mac Thornberry announced his retirement.
Hi all, Vivian Ho on the west coast, taking over the blog for the rest of the day. Let’s try not to get into any trouble.Hi all, Vivian Ho on the west coast, taking over the blog for the rest of the day. Let’s try not to get into any trouble.
It’s been an eventful Friday afternoon – here’s a summary of what’s been happening:It’s been an eventful Friday afternoon – here’s a summary of what’s been happening:
The transcripts of two diplomats and witnesses to the Ukraine scandal, Fiona Hill and Lt Col Alexander Vindman, were released today. Mick Mulvaney was largely implicated in both for being a key agent in withholding Ukraine’s aid.The transcripts of two diplomats and witnesses to the Ukraine scandal, Fiona Hill and Lt Col Alexander Vindman, were released today. Mick Mulvaney was largely implicated in both for being a key agent in withholding Ukraine’s aid.
Trump said that he is considering taking up an invitation from the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to attend a Russian military parade in May. He also called Michael Bloomberg “Little Michael” and said he’s not worried about the billionaire entering the race.Trump said that he is considering taking up an invitation from the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to attend a Russian military parade in May. He also called Michael Bloomberg “Little Michael” and said he’s not worried about the billionaire entering the race.
House Republicans appointed Jim Jordan, a Republican representative from Ohio, to the House intelligence committee. Jordan’s new spot will allow him to grill witnesses as public impeachment hearings are set to begin next week.House Republicans appointed Jim Jordan, a Republican representative from Ohio, to the House intelligence committee. Jordan’s new spot will allow him to grill witnesses as public impeachment hearings are set to begin next week.
A lawyer for the former US national security adviser John Bolton said there are more Trump-Ukraine-related meetings and conversations that Congress does not know about, according to a report from the New York Times.A lawyer for the former US national security adviser John Bolton said there are more Trump-Ukraine-related meetings and conversations that Congress does not know about, according to a report from the New York Times.
Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, testified against Trump ally Roger Stone in court today. Bannon said that Stone was the “axis” between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks.Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, testified against Trump ally Roger Stone in court today. Bannon said that Stone was the “axis” between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks.
Ben Carson: It takes “a lot of courage” to be a Trump supporterBen Carson: It takes “a lot of courage” to be a Trump supporter
At the Black Voices for Trump coalition rally in Atlanta this afternoon, Housing and Urban Development secretary Ben Carson warmed up the crowd by thanking the crowd for their “courage”.At the Black Voices for Trump coalition rally in Atlanta this afternoon, Housing and Urban Development secretary Ben Carson warmed up the crowd by thanking the crowd for their “courage”.
“In our society today, it takes a lot of courage to say that you’re supporting President Trump.” he said. The kind of “manipulation” and “intimidation” that comes with being a Trump supporter, he said, has been going on “since we’ve been in America”, citing slavery and Jim Crow laws.“In our society today, it takes a lot of courage to say that you’re supporting President Trump.” he said. The kind of “manipulation” and “intimidation” that comes with being a Trump supporter, he said, has been going on “since we’ve been in America”, citing slavery and Jim Crow laws.
Side note: In 2016, 8% of black Americans voted for Trump, compared to 89% who voted for Hillary Clinton. He predicted that he would win 95 percent of the black vote.Side note: In 2016, 8% of black Americans voted for Trump, compared to 89% who voted for Hillary Clinton. He predicted that he would win 95 percent of the black vote.
Bloomberg has a 5pm deadline today to file for the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama, but he (and presumably his staff) have yet to be seen. *eyes emoji*Bloomberg has a 5pm deadline today to file for the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama, but he (and presumably his staff) have yet to be seen. *eyes emoji*
Forbes released an estimate of the net worth of the Trump siblings using property records, court documents and government filings. Ivanka reigns on top, in part thanks to her marriage to Jared Kushner. Her wealth is estimated to be $375m. Don Jr. and Eric are estimated to be worth about $25m each.Forbes released an estimate of the net worth of the Trump siblings using property records, court documents and government filings. Ivanka reigns on top, in part thanks to her marriage to Jared Kushner. Her wealth is estimated to be $375m. Don Jr. and Eric are estimated to be worth about $25m each.
Tiffany, 26, and Barron, 13, have yet to inherit much from their father. Their older siblings have gotten most of their cash by serving as executives at the Trump Organization. Ivanka’s serving as vice president of the organization got her $25m. Her now-defunct fashion line, at its peak, got her $10 million a year at the height of its popularity.Tiffany, 26, and Barron, 13, have yet to inherit much from their father. Their older siblings have gotten most of their cash by serving as executives at the Trump Organization. Ivanka’s serving as vice president of the organization got her $25m. Her now-defunct fashion line, at its peak, got her $10 million a year at the height of its popularity.
All Melania has gotten is “a small Trump Tower apartment… worth $1.5m”. Womp womp.All Melania has gotten is “a small Trump Tower apartment… worth $1.5m”. Womp womp.
Biden on Bloomberg: I welcome him in the raceBiden on Bloomberg: I welcome him in the race
Former vice president and presidential candidate Joe Biden said that he welcomes former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg into the race.Former vice president and presidential candidate Joe Biden said that he welcomes former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg into the race.
Bloomberg’s still-unofficial entry into the Democratic primary has been seen as a sign the billionaire believes Biden won’t be able to muster a promising campaign against progressive Democrats. Earlier in the year, there had been whispers that Bloomberg was gearing up for a race but was carefully watching Biden’s moves to see if he would run.Bloomberg’s still-unofficial entry into the Democratic primary has been seen as a sign the billionaire believes Biden won’t be able to muster a promising campaign against progressive Democrats. Earlier in the year, there had been whispers that Bloomberg was gearing up for a race but was carefully watching Biden’s moves to see if he would run.
He announced in March that he would not be seeking the Democratic candidacy, a month before Biden launched his campaign April.He announced in March that he would not be seeking the Democratic candidacy, a month before Biden launched his campaign April.