WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was talking so loudly that Ambassador Gordon Sondland had to hold the phone from his ear, which allowed others at a restaurant in Kyiv to overhear a conversation about “investigations” that’s now part of the impeachment inquiry. That’s according to a person familiar with testimony under way in a closed-door briefing at the Capitol. Investigators were interviewing David Holmes, the political counselor at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, Friday in the impeachment inquiry.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ousted U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch described to Trump impeachment investigators Friday how she felt threatened upon learning that President Donald Trump had promised Ukraine’s leader she was “going to go through some things.” Trump focused even greater national attention on the House hearing by becoming a participant. He tweeted fresh criticism of Yovanovitch, saying that things “turned bad” everywhere she served — a comment quickly displayed in the hearing room.
UNDATED (AP) — Ukraine may be at the center of a major geopolitical battle, but it’s feeling increasingly alone and abandoned by its U.S. backers amid the impeachment drama unfolding in Washington. The erosion of Washington’s readiness to protect its Eastern European ally leaves Ukraine vulnerable to mounting Russian pressure. Facing that reality, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is reaching out to Russia directly in a bid to end the conflict before things get worse.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy who shot five fellow students _ killing two _ before turning the gun on himself at a Southern California high school has died. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow died at about 3:30 p.m. Friday at a hospital with his mother present. The shooting at Saugus High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita was captured on security video and took 16 seconds, Investigators say they still don’t have a motive.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, has been found guilty at his trial in federal court in Washington. Stone was convicted Friday. He was charged in a seven-count indictment that alleged he lied to lawmakers about WikiLeaks, tampered with witnesses and obstructed a House intelligence committee probe.