U.S. congressional committees conducting an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump met on Thursday for the first time with a top adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, one of the last witnesses to testify behind closed doors before public hearings start next week.
Jennifer Williams, a top adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, arrived on Capitol Hill Thursday to testify in the House impeachment probe against the president, as a string of other administration officials have refused to do so.
Lawmakers want to know what Pence knew about efforts by Trump - and those around him - to pressure Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Williams - a career foreign service officer who was on the July 25th call between Trump and Ukraine - is one of the last witnesses to testify behind closed doors before public hearings start next week.
As Williams was arriving on Capitol Hill, President Trump was lashing out on Twitter… after a report by the Washington Post said he wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a news conference to say that no laws were broken on Trump's July 25th phone call with the President of Ukraine when he asked for a favor - the subject of the impeachment probe on Capitol Hill.
In a Tweet, Trump wrote: "The degenerate Washington Post MADE UP the story about me asking Bill Barr to hold a news conference.
Never happened, and there were no sources!" According to the Post, Barr did not comply with the request.
Democrats in the House are trying to determine if Trump abused his power, questioning whether Trump withheld $391 million in aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating the Bidens and alleged interference by Ukraine in the 2016 election.
Trump denies any wrongdoing.
Democrats have been releasing transcripts of previous closed-door interviews this week including from top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, Ambassador Bill Taylor.
Taylor corroborated many of the allegations against Trump, and described an explicit quid pro quo involving U.S. military aid to Ukraine.
Taylor will testify in televised hearings next week.
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Dr. Fauci met with President-elect Joe Biden's transition team on Thursday. Fauci will continue in his role under the Biden administration at the National Institutes of Health. Fauci said they discussed “a variety of Covid-related topics.” Fauci said he has spoken previously with Biden's incoming White House chief of staff, Ron Klain. Fauci added that his Thursday meeting will likely be the first of a series of transition meetings with the team.
A group of Indian-Americans protested against Pakistan on 26/11 anniversary. Indian-Americans held a memorial gathering outside Capitol Hill for victims of the attack. Protesters sponsored a digital mobile billboard truck displaying 'we demand justice'. The billboard truck was seen outside Pakistan and Turkish embassies. Protesters also put up anti-Pakistan banners and raised slogans in Washington. 10 terrorists carried out 12 coordinated shooting, bombing attacks lasting four days in Mumbai. The terrorists belonged to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). At least 166 people, including six Americans and nine terrorists, were killed. Over 300 others were injured in the attacks which began on November 26, 2008.
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A group of Indian-Americans and other community organisations held a memorial gathering outside the Capitol Hill for the victims of the deadly 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai. A truck with a billboard, reading "We Demand Justice" was seen outside Pakistan and Turkish embassies in Washington, DC on the eve of Mumbai terror attack anniversary. Displaying anti-Pakistan banners and shouting slogans like "We want justice", the protesters on November 25 evening (Wednesday) said that twelve years have passed and Pakistan is yet to take any action on those who orchestrated the attack. Instead the prime accused live freely in Pakistan. Community activist Krishna Reddy said, "We are here on the anniversary of 26/11, when terrorists from Pakistan came to Mumbai and killed many innocent people, including six Americans as well, they just looked at the passport of the Americans and killed them. So the US intelligence knows that this has been done and controlled by Pakistani intelligence directly." "I urge the incoming administration not to give any kind of financial aid to Pakistan, nor in Afghanistan, until Pakistan takes action against the perpetrators of this crime and gives justice to those who lost lives," Krishna added. "We have gathered here today to remind the US government that it's been 12 years since the heinous act of terror was committed, I hope that the new administration takes every step possible to bring the perpetrators to justice", said another activist Mahindra Sapa. Earlier today, the Indian American group also sponsored a digital mobile billboard truck carrying "we demand justice" that was seen outside the Pakistan and Turkish embassies in DC.
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