Volker denied that was the case, noting that Ukrainian leaders did not even know the aid was being withheld and that they believed their relationship with the U.S. was moving along satisfactorily, without them having done anything Trump mentioned in his notorious July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. When Volker repeatedly declined to agree to Schiff's characterization of events, Schiff said, "Ambassador, you're making this much more complicated than it has to be." The interview took place Oct. 3 in a secure room in the U.S. Capitol. While the session covered several topics, the issue of an alleged quid pro quo — U.S. military aid in exchange for a Ukrainian investigation of the Bidens and a public announcement that such an investigation was underway — was a significant part of the discussion.
— but she’ll have to find new representation, a Manhattan federal court judge ruled Wednesday. Giuffre — who claims she was leant to the firebrand attorney for sex by disgraced dead financier Jeffrey Epstein — sued Dershowitz in April after he publicly denounced her as a “serial perjurer” a “serial liar” and a “serial prostitute”... Dershowitz claims Giuffre plotted with her lawyers to extort him, and that he also possesses a recorded phone call in which Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, allegedly conceded his client may be wrong about having sex with Dershowitz.
According to the Department of Justice, a now-busted online hub for child pornography had strict instructions for its users: “Do not upload adult porn.” Welcome to Video, a site which allegedly hosted hundreds of thousands of videos of child sexual exploitation, was the target of a DOJ investigation and takedown announced Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced the arrest of more than 300 site users across the world, 53 of which were in the U.S., and charges for a 23-year-old South Korean man, identified as Jong Woo Son, for acting as the site’s administrator. The DOJ called Welcome to Video the world’s “largest dark web child porn marketplace.”
Dural Reece Ragsdale, 71, known as "Uncle Raggy" on his now shuttered YouTube channel, turned himself in to the Tishimingo County Jail Monday afternoon. He was charged with fondling, a felony. Ragsdale was indicted by a Tishimingo grand jury last month. District Attorney John Weddle said, according to the indictment, the abuse occurred sometime between Jan. 1, 1974, and Dec. 31, 1975. The victim was under the age of 14 at the time.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a measure Wednesday that would allow the state to pursue charges against people who have received a presidential pardon — a law seen as a direct shot at President Donald Trump... The New York Assembly and Senate passed the bill to end the so-called "double jeopardy loophole" in May. The newly signed law creates a narrow exception in the state's double jeopardy law, which prohibits the prosecution of a person who's been tried for the same crime by the federal government.
The social media giant today confirmed it will keep an offending tweet on the site if it is 'newsworthy' - but apply a label to it and halt it from being spread further. It follows Twitter's previous decision to not delete tweets from politicians that break the rules - including promoting violence or terrorism - if they are in the public interest.
The award comes several months after a Wisconsin judge ruled that Leonard Pozner had been defamed by an author of a book promoting claims that the 2012 school shooting was a government-led hoax... Mr. Pozner is also one of several family members of Sandy Hook victims pursuing defamation lawsuits against Alex Jones
Omar's campaign committee, which raised a total of $1,084,098.84 in the third quarter, spent $493,389.80 during this time. The E Street Group, a firm run by political consultant Tim Mynett, Omar's alleged lover, received more money from the campaign than any other vendor.
The Omar campaign paid the E Street Group $149,812.64 between July 1 and Sept. 30, its filings show. That accounts for around 30 percent of Omar's total campaign disbursements over the same period. Her campaign has over $1.5 million cash on hand...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans on Wednesday that he expects Speaker Nancy Pelosi to approve articles of impeachment as early as Thanksgiving, according to five people familiar with Wednesday’s party lunch. McConnell then surmised that the Senate could deal with the trial by Christmas, concluding the impeachment proceedings before the Democratic presidential primaries begin. While they said there’s no deal between Pelosi and McConnell, Republican senators believe it’s in both parties’ interest to move quickly.
A top U.S. diplomat and expert on Ukraine testified to Congress yesterday that the Obama administration — with former Vice President Joe Biden as its point man — orchestrated the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating a company connected to the Biden family, sources familiar with the testimony told The Federalist.
The testimony of George Kent, a State Department official who works on the agency’s Ukraine portfolio, directly contradicts claims that the Obama administration was merely following the lead of the so-called international community in demanding the firing of Viktor Shokin, a controversial Ukrainian prosecutor who was reportedly investigating Burisma, a global energy company long suspected of corruption and money laundering...
The UAW GM National council will meet and review the details of the tentative deal on Thursday, and then vote whether to recommend it for full ratification, according to the union. The strike will continue until the vote and approval.
Spain’s government said Wednesday it would do whatever it takes to stamp out violence in Catalonia, where clashes between regional independence supporters and police have injured more than 200 people in two days... Many people in Catalonia have long fought for it to break away from Spain and become a new European country. Demonstrations have traditionally been peaceful, but not always. Violent clashes erupted in Barcelona and other Catalan towns after Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday handed nine separatist Catalan leaders lengthy prison sentences for their part in an October 2017 effort to achieve independence.
In a fiery statement, China’s Foreign Ministry has accused US lawmakers of a “political plot” to undermine Beijing after the US House of Representatives approved a measure in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is now heading to the US Senate where it has bipartisan support.