House Democrats released documents that reveal new details about Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine, including ominous efforts to track the U.S. ambassador posted there. Plus frenemies Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren faced off in the Iowa debate, and another firing in the Astros scandal.
Here's what we're watching this Wednesday morning.
House Democrats released a new cache of documents related to President Donald Trump’s impeachment probe that show a letter from his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani requesting a private meeting with the president-elect of Ukraine with Trump’s “knowledge and consent.”
It bolsters Democrats' argument that Giuliani was doing Trump's bidding in Ukraine by trying to dig up dirt on political rival Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.
The evidence also includes menacing text messages that suggest there was an operation tracking Marie Yovanovitch, then the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. She was later removed from her post at Giuliani’s urging.
The new documents were released just before the impeachment is expected to proceed full steam ahead.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the House will vote Wednesday to send the two articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate.
But remarkably, Iran's foreign minister also acknowledged that the population "were lied to" for days about their military accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet.
"Today, the American soldier is in danger, tomorrow the European soldier could be in danger," Rouhani said, according to a translation by The Associated Press. He did not elaborate on what this could mean in practical terms.
"We won't mention the reason, but there have been many tweets about climbing inside large musical instrument cases. A warning after any unfortunate accident would be too late, so we ask everyone not to try it," the Japanese company said in a post on its Twitter account.
Sage advice by any standard...
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