Liveblog - Impeachment Updates: 11-12-19

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The first public hearings begin Wednesday. A leaked GOP talking points memo shows House Republicans will focus on these key items to discredit the Democratic Party’s impeachment inquiry.

The July 25 call summary — the best evidence of the conversation — shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure;

President Zelensky and President Trump have both said there was no pressure on the call;

The Ukrainian government was not aware of a hold on U.S. security assistance at the time of the July 25 call; and

President Trump met with President Zelensky and U.S. security assistance flowed to Ukraine in September 2019 — both of which occurred without Ukraine investigating President Trump’s political rivals.”

Axios:

Allegedly, Trump will release another memo (we don’t call them transcripts here because they’re not transcripts) on another call he had with the president of Ukraine:

He’s a bit cranky this morning:

Join us tomorrow morning, bright and early, for a day of impeachment hearings.

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    For the entire article, check Politico

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