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U.S. Congress votes to restrain Trump on Iran

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:40 AM

'There are a lot of countries in the world where one person makes the decision. They're called dictators,' says Representative Steny Hoyer

TRUMP. President Donald Trump speaks from the White House on January 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump takes impeachment victory lap after 'terrible ordeal'

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:35 PM

In his first public comments since being acquitted by the Senate, President Donald Trump says he has been 'put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people'

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks at the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast on February 6, 2020 in Washington,DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi rips copy of Trump speech

Feb 05, 2020 - 12:54 PM

The tension between Trump and his Democratic nemesis was palpable from the outset, as Pelosi extended her hand for a handshake – and the president failed to return the favor

TEARING. US Vice President Mike Pence claps as Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi appears to rip a copy of US President Donald Trump speech after he delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump trial opens with clash over witnesses

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:58 AM

Flexing his solid 53-47 majority, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell makes clear he would summarily block any Democratic attempts to change his rules

TRIAL OPENS. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) heads toward the Senate Chamber before the start of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump brief assails impeachment, demands immediate acquittal

Jan 21, 2020 - 2:49 AM

(UPDATED) One source working with the president's legal team says impeachment process was 'illegitimate from the start,' adding, 'The president did nothing wrong'

IMPEACHMENT HEARING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. lawmakers urge action on 'crimes against humanity' in China

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'The Commission believes Chinese authorities may be committing crimes against humanity against the Uighur people and other Turkic Muslims,' says the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

'CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.' This photo taken on September 11, 2019 shows a woman walking in an ethnic Uighur neighborhood in Aksu in the region of Xinjiang. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Putin says Trump impeachment based on 'made-up grounds'

Dec 19, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Putin describes the events in the US legislature as 'simply the continuation of a internal political fight' between Democrats and Republicans

'MADE-UP.' Russian President Vladimir Putin calls the grounds for impeaching US President Donald Trump "made-up."

House votes on impeaching Trump for abuse of office

Dec 19, 2019 - 12:28 AM

The Democratic majority in the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is expected to approve two articles of impeachment

HOUSE VOTES. In this file photo taken on November 01, 2019 The sun shines over the US Capitol Building on an autumn afternoon in Washington DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

House panel approves Trump charges, sets up impeachment vote

Dec 13, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Democrats and Republicans in the House Judiciary Committee vote along strict party lines, 23 to 17

IMPEACHMENT DEBATE. Chairman and Democratic Representative Jerry Nadlertakes part in the House Judiciary Committee's vote on House Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on December 13, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump impeachment debate opens with fiery partisan battle

Dec 12, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Lawmakers in the televised hearing appear focused on speaking to voters, whose sentiment will be crucial if, as expected, US President Donald Trump goes on trial in the US Senate in January

DEBATE. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee meets during the markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill on December 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

Obstruction, abuse of power charges unveiled in Trump impeachment

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The charges, if approved by the House of Representatives in a vote expected next week, would make Trump only the third US president to be impeached and placed on trial in the Senate

IMPEACHMENT CHARGES. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, (C) (D-NY), flanked by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (L), House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (R) (D-CA), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (2nd R) (D-NY), House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (2nd L) (D-CA), and House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (3rd R) (D-NY), announces articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump during a press conference at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, December 10, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. House passes Uighur bill urging sanctions on Chinese officials

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:03 AM

The legislation adds to tensions between the two superpowers just as they are locked in negotiations to finalize a "phase one" deal to resolve their protracted trade war

REPRESSION. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Hong Kong rights bill clears US Congress, heads to Trump

Nov 21, 2019 - 10:13 AM

The White House says US President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure

People are detained by police near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. Pro-democracy demonstrators holed up in a Hong Kong university campus set the main entrance ablaze November 18 to prevent surrounding police moving in, after officers warned they may use live rounds if confronted by deadly weapons.  DALE DE LA REY / AFP

U.S. Senate passes Hong Kong rights bill

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:37 AM

(UPDATED) China shoots back that it would 'have to take strong countermeasures to defend our national sovereignty, security and development interests' if the US carried on making 'wrong decisions'

ARRESTED. Police drag a protester along a road after they detained her during as attempt to escape the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

U.S. officials tell impeachment probe of concerns over Trump-Ukraine call

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:14 AM

'It is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a US citizen and a political opponent,' says Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, one of the witnesses

DAY 3. National Security Council Ukraine expert Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman testifies during the House Intelligence Committee hearing, into President Donald Trump's alleged efforts to tie US aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 19, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trump says will 'strongly consider' testifying in impeachment probe

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:10 PM

But it is unclear what kind of testimony US President Donald Trump has in mind

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (not shown) in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 2, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Key moments from Day Two of Trump impeachment hearing

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:41 AM

(UPDATED) Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before US Congress about intimidation from Trump and the 'smear campaign' against her

Former US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill on November 15, 2019 in Washington DC. - Public impeachment hearings resume Friday with the testimony of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who says she was ousted because the Trump administration believed she would not go along with plans to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden, a potential Trump White House rival in 2020. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP)

Ousted U.S. envoy testifies at Trump impeachment hearing

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:43 PM

Earlier witnesses in the inquiry said US envoy Marie Yovanovitch was removed after a smear campaign involving Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Yovanovitch will now tell her side of the story.

DAY 2. Former US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill on November 15, 2019 in Washington DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump asks Supreme Court to protect his tax returns

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:39 AM

The US president's attorneys argue that Trump enjoys immunity both from prosecution and from any acts of investigation

CHRISTMAS EVE. US President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone as he answers calls from people calling into the NORAD Santa tracker phone line in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on December 24, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. Congress can still seek Trump tax records, court decides

Nov 14, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The decision marked the second time an appeals court has denied Donald Trump's attempt to avoid a House subpoena that calls for him to turn over 8 years of accounting documents

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Pence aide testifies in Trump impeachment inquiry

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:57 PM

A veteran diplomat who advises Vice President Mike Pence on Europe and Russia, Jennifer Williams will be the first person from the vice president's office to testify

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. Jennifer Williams, (L), Foreign Service Officer at the State Department is escorted to a closed-door deposition, on November 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. House formalizes Trump impeachment process in landmark vote

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:38 PM

The chamber votes along party lines, 232 to 196, to pass a resolution that lays out rules for the next stages of the impeachment process

AFTER VOTING. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi gavels the close of a vote by the US House of Representatives on a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry centered on US President Donald Trump October 31, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Pool/AFP

Trump rallies Republicans as impeachment probe goes public

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:11 PM

'If we don't hold this president accountable, we could be ceding our ability to hold any president accountable,' says Jim McGovern, chariman of the House Rules Committee

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

New impeachment witness shakes White House

Oct 30, 2019 - 12:05 AM

National Security Council Ukraine expert Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is the first witness to have personally listened in on the July 25 phone call at the core of the impeachment inquiry

WITNESS. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, arrives at a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees October 29, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. diplomat: Trump pushed for Ukraine probe of firm linked to Biden son

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:30 PM

US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland tells Congress that in May, President Donald Trump ordered diplomats to involve his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in discussions about Ukraine policy

PROBE. US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrives at a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees October 17. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump demands whistleblower testify, as ex-aide talks to Congress

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:53 PM

US President Donald Trump faces a new setback with his former top Russia advisor, Fiona Hill, sitting for a closed-door deposition before Capitol Hill lawmakers

PROBE. Fiona Hill, former Special Assistant to US President Donald Trump and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the United States National Security Council, arrives on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Hill is expected to testify in connection with the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images/AFP

Zuckerberg to testify in U.S. Congress on Facebook digital currency plan

Oct 10, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The Facebook chief will be the sole witness at the October 23 hearing on 'An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors'

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP


U.S. Democrats subpoena Pentagon docs in impeachment inquiry

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:44 AM

The chairmen of 3 House panels leading the impeachment investigation are seeking information related to President Donald Trump pressing his Ukrainian counterpart to uncover dirt on 2020 US presidential contender Joe Biden

SUBPOENA. This photo shows the US Capitol on December 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says unsure if he'll cooperate with Congress on impeachment

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:00 AM

President Donald Trump once again denies that he's done anything wrong in his relations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, insisting that his only interest is 'looking at corruption'

UNSURE. US President Donald Trump gives a statement before boarding to Washington at Morristown Airport on August 04, 2019. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Zuckerberg meets Trump, senators; nixes breaking up Facebook

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The world's biggest social network is facing a myriad of regulatory and legal questions surrounding issues like competition, digital privacy, censorship and transparency in political advertising

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to a meeting with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) on September 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg also met with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to discuss internet regulation. Zach Gibson/Getty Images/AFP Zach Gibson / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

China rebukes Washington after HK activists make Congress plea

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:43 PM

China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang calls for the US to 'stop interfering in Hong Kong's affairs in any form'

CONGRESS PLEA. Secretary-General of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the 'Umbrella Movement' Joshua Wong (L), and pro-democracy activist and Cantopop singer Denise Ho (R) wait for the beginning of a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China September 17, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Pelosi vows to thwart U.S.-UK trade deal if Brexit risks Irish peace

Aug 15, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Any trade agreement needs the green light from US Congress, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – Trump's political nemesis on Capitol Hill – has made clear she would not play ball if the Irish peace deal were put at risk

Mueller to Congress: Trump was not exonerated

Jul 24, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'The finding indicates that the president was not exculpated from the acts that he allegedly committed,' Robert Mueller tells the House Judiciary Committee

MUELLER REPORT. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says minority congresswomen should 'apologize to America'

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:16 PM

US President Donald Trump's comments come a week after he sparked a firestorm of outrage when he attacked the left-leaning lawmakers with a series of tweets saying they should 'go back' to their countries of origin

US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 5, 2019. - Trump travels to Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Ilhan Omar, U.S. congresswoman in eye of political storm

Jul 19, 2019 - 10:22 AM

The Somali-born Muslim lawmaker came to the United States as a child and eventually won a seat in Congress

Ilhan Omar, Democratic congressional candidate, poses for a selfie with a supporter and her son while campaigning in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 13, 2018. Somali-American state legislator Ilhan Omar claimed victory in her primary in Minnesota in August, putting her on track to become one of the first female Muslim members of the US House of Representatives. Kerem YUCEL / AFP

U.S. House votes to condemn Trump's 'racist comments'

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Democrats hold a majority in the 435-member House but are outnumbered by Republicans in the Senate, where the resolution is unlikely to be considered

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the members of the media as she makes her way to the House chamber to vote on a resolution denouncing comments by President Trump targeting four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color on July 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. The resolution passed 240-187, with Republicans Will Hurd (R-TX), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Fred Upton (R-MI) Susan Brooks (R-IN) and independent Justin Amash (I-MI) joining Democrats. Pete Marovich/Getty Images/AFP  Pete Marovich / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP AFP

Robert Mueller to testify in U.S. Congress on Russia probe

Jun 26, 2019 - 12:07 PM

The former US special counsel agrees to testify in public on July 17 about his report into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election

TESTIFYING. This file photo taken on May 16, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller. Photo by Brendan Smalowski

Trump sues banks in bid to block Congress subpoenas

Apr 30, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The suit accuses Congress of stepping beyond its law-making mandate into law enforcement, and says the subpoenas violate the privacy rights of Donald Trump and his family

TRUMP'S NEW SUIT. US President Donald Trump speaks to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the US State Department in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

[ANALYSIS] How Congress can and will follow up on a redacted Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Here are some of the ways the US House of Representatives will likely follow up with more investigation

CAPITOL BUILDING. By Noclip/Wikemedia Commons

Trump ex-lawyer has no proof of Russia collusion but 'suspicions'

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:54 PM

Michael Cohen believes Donald Trump had advance knowledge of a June 2016 meeting between campaign members, including his son, and Russians peddling 'dirt' on election rival Hillary Clinton

TESTIMONY. Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 27, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. House strikes down Trump's border emergency

Feb 27, 2019 - 8:42 AM

US President Donald Trump's emergency declaration now goes to the Republican-held Senate

US President Donald Trump arrives to deliver the State of the Union address, alongside Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence,at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

War of words rages as Pelosi blocks Trump's speech to Congress

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Trump tell reporters, the 'State of the Union speech has been cancelled by Nancy Pelosi because she doesn't want to hear the truth' about border security, adding that he is considering an 'alternative' for the speech

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on January 17, 2019 shows a photo taken on January 9, 2019, of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi , in Washington, DC and a photo taken on January 14, 2019, of US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump insisted January 23, 2019 that his State of the Union speech next week will take place in the chamber of the lower house of Congress, regardless of the Democratic speaker's attempt to disinvite him. The spat about where the annual political set-piece will be staged is a sideshow to the struggle between the White House and Democrats in Congress over the now 33-day partial government shutdown.Trump wrote to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying: "It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!"  SAUL LOEB, Jim WATSON / AFP

Ex-Trump lawyer to testify to Congress in February

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:24 AM

'I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired,' Michael Cohen says in a statement

COHEN. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 US President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen arrives at US Federal Court in New York. File photo by Corey Sipkin/AFP

America's youngest congresswoman launches term with radical plan

Jan 06, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposes taxing the ultra-wealthy up to 70 percent

YOUNGEST WOMAN. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) takes a photo with Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) prior to the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Democrats seize U.S. House control, but shutdown impasse remains

Jan 04, 2019 - 12:32 PM

(UPDATED) After a historic opening session of the 116th Congress, lawmakers take aim at a bipartisan priority of ending an embarrassing partial government shutdown

DIVIDED CONGRESS. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds up the gavel in the House of Representatives during the opening session of the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill January 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

It's official: Divided government arrives on Capitol Hill

Jan 03, 2019 - 2:13 PM

January 3 brings an end to US President Donald Trump's one-party rule in Washington, a massive boost for Democrats who felt deflated after Trump's 2016 victory

US CONGRESS. This photo shows the US Capitol on December 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump warns U.S. government shutdown could last a 'long time'

Jan 03, 2019 - 8:33 AM

One day before Democrats take over the House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump shows no signs of backing away from his insistence that Congress cough up $5.6 billion for his 'beautiful' southern wall

TRUMP. A partial shutdown of the US government enters a 12th day Wednesday, January 2, 2019 as President Donald Trump prepares to meet top Democratic and Republican lawmakers in a bid to break the impasse over his demand for funding for a border wall with Mexico. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Trump signals retreat on wall funding, but shutdown threat remains

Dec 19, 2018 - 3:30 PM

'The president asked every one of his cabinet secretaries to look for funding that can be used to protect our borders,' White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House January 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Washington careens toward government shutdown with no deal in sight

Dec 18, 2018 - 8:22 AM

The White House appears dug in on Donald Trump's call for Congress to budget $5 billion in 2019 to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border that he insists will check illegal immigration

LATE NIGHT. Night view of Capitol Hill on January 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Trump calls for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to be jailed

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:26 AM

US President Donald Trump also praises another former advisor, Roger Stone, for refusing to testify against him

COHEN. Donald Trump file photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP. Michael Cohen file photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP