2019年11月5日 星期二

On Politics A.M.: Ex-Ukraine Envoy Said She Felt ‘Threatened’ by Trump

House impeachment investigators released the first transcripts of their private interviews.

Good Tuesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.

  • Newly public transcripts revealed that the former United States ambassador to Ukraine told impeachment investigators last month that she felt "threatened" by President Trump after it emerged that he told the Ukrainian president she would "go through some things," adding that she is concerned to this day that she will face retaliation.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been drawn deeply into the Ukraine scandal, with a parade of his diplomats testifying. He is sticking by the president.
  • Instead of denying that the president's decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation of a political opponent was not a quid pro quo, Republicans are trying a different response to the impeachment inquiry: a quid pro quo isn't an impeachable offense.
  • The Justice Department is demanding identifying details about the senior Trump administration official who denounced the president in a New York Times Op-Ed last year under the byline Anonymous.
  • Despite low national approval ratings, Mr. Trump remains highly competitive in the battleground states likeliest to decide his re-election. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. ranks as the strongest Democrat in the swing states polled, but the findings are not great news for him, either.

Today's On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.

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