WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are incensed over lead House prosecutor Adam Schiff's closing argument in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. That includes key moderate Republicans whose votes on the two articles of impeachment aren't known. Schiff had the chamber rapt with most of his closing remarks, in which he said keeping Trump in office would be a wound from which the nation wouldn't recover. Then he mentioned a CBS News report that the White House has told wavering Republicans that if they voted against the president, they'd have their heads on a “pike.” No Republican has confirmed that.
NEW YORK (AP) — An associate of Rudy Giuliani has provided congressional investigators with a recording of President Donald Trump saying he wanted to get rid of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s ouster a year later emerged as an issue in Trump's impeachment. ABC News reported on the recording Friday and said Trump was talking with a small group that included Lev Parnas, an associate of Giuliani. Parnas' lawyer tells The Associated Press he turned over the recording to the House Intelligence Committee. The recording appears to contradict the president's statements that he did not know Parnas, a key figure in the investigation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons plans to transfer the warden in charge of the jail where Jeffrey Epstein took his own life to another correctional facility, despite an ongoing investigation into the financier’s death. That’s according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke Friday to The Associated Press. The people said the bureau is planning to move Lamine N’Diaye to a leadership role at FCI Fort Dix, a low-security prison in New Jersey. It comes months after Attorney General William Barr ordered N’Diaye be reassigned to a desk post in Pennsylvania. Epstein killed himself in August while awaiting trial on charges he sexually abused girls.
NEW YORK (AP) — "Do the Right Thing" actress Rosie Perez says fellow screen star Annabella Sciorra told her in the mid-1990s that Harvey Weinstein had raped her but that she couldn't go the police because he would “destroy” her. The judge at Weinstein's rape trial decided Friday to let Perez take the stand, over objections from the former Hollywood mogul's lawyers. Sciorra testified on Thursday that Weinstein attacked her and that Perez was one of a few people she told back then. Weinstein denies ever having nonconsensual sex.
UNDATED (AP) — The new virus from China has the world on edge because it’s a close cousin to viruses that killed hundreds in separate outbreaks. While it’s too early to tell if this latest threat will prove as deadly, health authorities are drawing on lessons from that grim past. The severely ill are the first spotted in an outbreak. But one key to stopping the virus will be learning about milder cases or those without symptoms, people who might unknowingly spread it. Meanwhile, the hunt for a vaccine has begun.