Trump impeachment committee ‘has evidence of extortion scheme involving president’ and Ukraine

Trump impeachment committee ‘has evidence of extortion scheme involving president’ and UkrainePoliticians have evidence of an “extortion scheme” by Donald Trump to try to pressure a foreign government to investigate his opponents, a member of the House intelligence committee has said ahead of public impeachment hearings beginning this week.Democratic congressman Eric Swalwell told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on Sunday that there was already ample evidence that the president had abused his office.


Turkey begins deporting foreign jihadists

Turkey begins deporting foreign jihadistsTurkey deported three foreign jihadists on Monday, with more than 20 Europeans including French and Germans in the process of being expelled to their countries of origin. Turkey has criticised Western countries for refusing to repatriate their citizens who left to join the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria and Iraq, and stripping some of them of their citizenship. Greek police said they rejected the man and sent him back to Turkey.


How Trump’s impeachment will unroll

How Trump's impeachment will unrollThe start of open hearings in the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump on Wednesday will give the American public their first chance to witness live the explosive showdown between Democrats and Republicans over the US leader’s future. The hearing before the House Intelligence Committee marks the second phase of the impeachment investigation into allegations that Trump abused his powers by seeking help for his 2020 reelection campaign from Ukraine. Trump is under threat of becoming only the third president in US history to be impeached — formally charged with violating his duties as president or committing crimes, and placed on trial in the Senate.


Joe Biden aides reportedly worry their meetings are too congratulatory

Joe Biden aides reportedly worry their meetings are too congratulatoryFormer Vice President Joe Biden seems to feel his 2020 run may be faltering. His campaign aides still reportedly don’t want to tell him that.Biden’s presidential campaign has all the trappings of a winning run: An experienced, beloved politician with a tragically heroic backstory, Edward-Isaac Dovere describes in The Atlantic. But polls and fundraising totals are showing Biden isn’t thriving the way he’d hope, and his staffers are reportedly struggling to claim otherwise.”Biden’s campaign lives in a dual reality,” in which he’s simultaneously winning most polls and yet still “being written off as finished,” Dovere writes. Biden aides chalk a lot of that rhetoric up to the media, making “vaguely Trumpian” complaints in which they claim reporters “cover only bad news about Biden and fail to understand what actual heartland voters want,” Dovere continues.Yet behind the scenes, Biden is “aware that there are issues with the campaign, especially as it relates to money,” one staffer said. His Iowa organization is smaller than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and even South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s, and fundraising shortfalls have turned into cutbacks on TV and online ads. That fact has led some aides to “feel like they’re just spinning one another in staff meetings about how well things are going,” some tell The Atlantic — and even Biden himself is reportedly “realizing with dread that the race might be slipping away.”When asked about his supposedly falling campaign, Biden unequivocally defended his fundraising and organizing. Read more at The Atlantic.More stories from theweek.com The coming death of just about every rock legend The president has already confessed to his crimes Why are 2020 Democrats so weird?


Turkey starts returning IS fighters, deports US national

Turkey starts returning IS fighters, deports US nationalTurkey on Monday deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for the Islamic State and made plans to expel other foreign nationals as the government began a new push to send back captured foreign fighters to their home countries, a Turkish official said. The move comes just over a week after the Turkish interior minister said Turkey was not a “hotel” for IS fighters and criticized Western nations for their reluctance to take back citizens who had joined the ranks of the extremist militant group as it sought to establish a “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria.