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  • Governor: 2 Police Officers Die After Hawaii Shooting

    Hawaii’s governor says two police officers have died after a shooting in Honolulu on Sunday.

    The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that officers had responded to an assault call when they encountered a male with a firearm, who then opened fire, striking two officers.

    “Our entire state mourns the loss of two Honolulu Police officers killed in the line of duty this morning,” Governor David Ige said in a statement.

    The neighborhood where the shooting occurred is at the far end of the Waikiki Beach between the Honolulu Zoo and the famed Diamond Head State Monument. The area would be packed with tourists and locals, especially on a weekend.

    “It sounded like a lot of shots, or a lot of popping, loud noises going on,” said Honolulu resident Peter Murray. “So hope everybody is all right. Some people got hurt today.”

    “We grieve with HPD and other first-responders who put their lives on the line to keep us safe,” said Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine.

    A home the suspected gunman was believed to be inside caught fire and was quickly engulfed by flames. The fire at the home has since spread to several neighboring homes and a parked police vehicle.

    The Honolulu Fire Department was battling the blazes.

    No arrests have been made.

    Police have closed several streets nearby. The public has been asked to avoid the area.

     

    20/01/2020

  • Thousands Camp in Guatemala as Mexico Blocks Migrant Path

    The bridge spanning the Suchiate River between Mexico and Guatemala was open again for business Sunday, but few migrants crossed after a failed attempt by thousands of Central Americans to barge through the previous day.

    More than 2,000 migrants spent the night in Tecun Uman, on the Guatemalan side of the border, uncertain of their next steps. Many got that far by traveling in caravan for greater safety and, they hoped, success in reaching the United States.

    Mexico, pressured by the U.S. to halt the northward flow of migrants, is offering those who turn themselves over to authorities temporary jobs in southern Mexico, likely in agriculture or construction. But many of the migrants would rather pass through the country to try to start a new life in the U.S.

    Volunteers spooned out a hot breakfast of beans, eggs, tortillas and coffee on Sunday to a line of migrants that stretched around the Senor de las Tres Caidas church, a blue and white Spanish colonial-style structure with a bell perched on top that’s in the heart of Tecun Uman.

    “We improvised this shelter because the other one was crowded,” said Alfredo Camarena, vicar of the Catholic church.

    Camarena estimated that more than 2,000 migrants spent the night in his church, in shelters or on the streets, and that several hundred more would arrive in the coming days.

    Mexican national guardsmen on Saturday slammed shut a metal fence that reads “Welcome to Mexico” to block the path of thousands of Central American migrants who attempted to push their way across the Rodolfo Robles Bridge.

    Beyond the fence, on the Mexican side of the border, Mexican troops in riot gear formed a human wall to reinforce the barrier as the crowd pressed forward.

    Mexican Gen. Vicente Hernandez stood beyond the green bars, flanked by guardsmen, with an offer: Turn yourselves over to us, and the Mexican government will find you jobs.

    “There are opportunities for all,” he promised.

    Migrants looking for permission to stay in Mexico passed through in groups of 20. As the day wore on, around 300 turned themselves over to Mexican immigration.

    At a less frequently used border crossing called El Ceibo, nestled among national parks near the city of Tenosique in Mexico’s Tabasco state, Guatemala’s human rights defender’s office reported Sunday that around 300 people opted to turn themselves over to Mexican authorities for processing.

    Mexico’s offer of employment, and not just legal status, represents a new twist in the country’s efforts to find humane solutions to the mostly Central American migrants who are fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries.

    Under threat of trade and other sanctions from the U.S., Mexico has stepped up efforts in recent months to prevent migrants from reaching their desired final destination: the U.S. Over the weekend, Mexican immigration officials deployed drones to look for migrants trying to sneak into the country. The National Guard presence was also heavier than usual.

    As the latest caravans approached Mexico on Friday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador suggested that Mexico might be able to accommodate the migrants longer-term.

    “We have more than 4,000 jobs available there along the southern border, and of course shelters and medical attention — everything — but on offer is work in our country,” he said during a morning press briefing.

    The offer of jobs to foreigners rankles some in Mexico, a country in which half the population lives in poverty and millions are unemployed.

    Lopez Obrador was quick to add Friday that “the same goes for our nationals, there’s a way for them to have work.”

    Despite the offer, distrust ran high among the migrants congregating just south of the Mexican border with Guatemala. Some feared they would be swiftly deported if they handed themselves over to Mexican authorities.

    A few, relying on unfounded rumors swirling among the migrants, said they suspected a more selfish motive behind Mexico’s reinforcement of its southern border.

    “We’ve heard that the president of the United States has opened the doors and that he even has work for us, and that the Mexicans don’t want to let us pass because they want to keep all the work,” said Carlos Alberto Bustillo of Honduras as he bathed in the Suchiate River.

    The Suchiate has sometimes been a point for standoffs, as migrants group together for strength in numbers, hoping that they can force their way across the bridge, or wade across the river, to avoid immigration checks in Mexico.

    The water levels of the river have been low enough this weekend to allow those who dare to simply trudge across. National Guardsmen lined the banks to warn against such undertakings, with interactions that resemble a high-stakes game of chicken.

    Honduran Darlin Mauricio Mejia joined a dozen other migrants for a splash on the banks of the Guatemalan side of the river early Sunday.

    Playfully, he shouted out to the guardsmen: asking if they could cross into Mexico to grab some mangos to eat.

    One of the guardsmen responded, curtly: “Let’s go to immigration and they’ll help you there.”

     

    20/01/2020

  • China Reports 136 New Coronavirus Cases Over the Weekend

    Chinese health officials in Wuhan report 136 new cases of a newly confirmed coronavirus in the past three days, bringing the total number of cases of the potentially deadly virus to nearly 200.

    Most of the confirmed cases are mild, but at least three deaths are reported, according to the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission. The WHO reported 139 new confirmed cases, citing China as a source.

    #China🇨🇳 has reported to WHO 139 new cases of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in #Wuhan, #Beijing and #Shenzhen over the past two days.
    This is the result of increased searching and testing for 2019-nCoV among people sick with respiratory illness. pic.twitter.com/qAuaFzYmXH

    — World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 19, 2020

    On Friday, U.S. health officials began screening passengers arriving from Wuhan at three U.S. airports: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.

    The virus is believed to have started in Wuhan. It belongs to the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold as well as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). SARS killed nearly 800 people globally during an outbreak 17 years ago. It also started in China.

    20/01/2020

  • Trump Senate Impeachment Trial to Hear Opening Arguments

    Opening arguments in the impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump begin this week in the Republican-controlled Senate. Democrats from the House of Representatives will present their case against the president with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presiding. VOA’s Arash Arabasadi reports.

    20/01/2020

  • 18+ Прослушка Гончарука, смс Луценко, Минкульт и Скрепы. Неделька. Итоги дна

    Привет. Это Итоги дна. Это НЕ РАССЛЕДОВАНИЕ. В этом выпуске есть мат, странные вставки, стремные тезисы, несмешные шутки и тихоходка.

    Этот блог не имеет никакого отношения к серьезной журналистике. Не имеет отношения к расследованию. Выражает мнение (возможно, ошибочное) ровно одного человека, одного зайца и одной тихоходки.

    Смотрите его на свой страх и риск. А лучше – не смотрите его вообще. Интересно, хоть кто-то читает этот дисклеймер?…
     

     
     
    Для поширення вашого відео чи повідомлення в Мережі Правди пишіть сюди,
    або на email: [email protected]
     
     
    Найкращі пропозиції товарів і послуг в Мережі Купуй!
     

    19/01/2020

  • Як в Україну кримнашиста Башарова і ко не пустили. Повчальна історія

    Ми зробили це разом! Як в Україну кримнашиста Башарова і ко не пустили. Повчальна історія. Блог про українську політику та актуальні події в нашій країні
     

     
     
    Для поширення вашого відео чи повідомлення в Мережі Правди пишіть сюди,
    або на email: [email protected]
     
     
    Найкращі пропозиції товарів і послуг в Мережі Купуй!
     

    19/01/2020

  • СБУ просить МВС захистити окупантів, замість того щоб їх не пускати в Україну

    Двом кримнашистам не лише не заборонили в’їзд, а й будуть посилено охороняти. За наші податки. Блог про українську політику та актуальні події в нашій країні
     

     
     
    Для поширення вашого відео чи повідомлення в Мережі Правди пишіть сюди,
    або на email: [email protected]
     
     
    Найкращі пропозиції товарів і послуг в Мережі Купуй!
     

    19/01/2020

  • Key Players Squabble Over Trump’s Impeachment Trial

    Key players in the impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump and his defense argued sharply Sunday whether his efforts to get Ukraine to launch investigations to benefit him politically were impeachable offenses that warranted his removal from office.

    Trump’s Senate trial formally opened last week and is set to hear opening arguments on Tuesday. But combatants in the political and legal fight over Trump’s fate waged verbal battles across the airwaves on Sunday morning news talk shows in the U.S. that offered a glimpse of the Senate drama the American public will witness in the days ahead.

    WATCH: Related video by VOA’s Arash Arabasadi:

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    Criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz, one of the team of lawyers defending Trump, told CNN’s “State of the Union” show that he will tell the 100 members of the Senate, who are acting as jurors deciding Trump’s fate, that “even if the facts as presented are true, it would not rise to the level of impeachment” to convict Trump and oust him from office.

    The lawmakers will be deciding whether Trump committed “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the standard the U.S. Constitution set for removing a president from office. As the trial nears, the Republican-majority Senate remains highly unlikely to convict Trump, a Republican, since a two-thirds vote against Trump would be necessary to oust him from the White House.

    FILE – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and U.S. President Donald Trump face reporters during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Sept. 25, 2019.

    Trump last July asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to launch an investigation of one of his top 2020 Democratic challengers, former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden’s work for a Ukrainian natural gas company, and a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine sought to undermine Trump’s 2016 campaign.  The phone call between the two leaders happened at the same time Trump was temporarily blocking release of $391 million in military aid Kyiv wanted to help fight pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

    Dershowitz argued that Trump’s actions did not amount to criminal conduct. He said that “if my argument prevails” and the Senate decides no impeachable offenses occurred, “There’s no need for witnesses” at Trump’s Senate trial and “the Senate should vote to acquit [Trump] or dismiss” the case against him.

    FILE – House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 3, 2019.

    Congressman Adam Schiff, the leader of seven House of Representative managers prosecuting the case against Trump, told ABC News’ “This Week” show, “The facts aren’t seriously contested, that the president withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to an ally at war with Russia, withheld a White House meeting that the president of Ukraine desperately sought to establish with his country and with his adversary the support of the United States in order to coerce Ukraine to helping him cheat in the next election.”

    Schiff added, “They really can’t contest those facts. So the only thing really new about the president’s defense is that they’re now arguing that because they can’t contest the facts that the president cannot be impeached for abusing the power of his office.”

    On Saturday, both the House lawmakers pushing for Trump’s conviction, and Trump’s defenders, filed legal arguments in the case.

    The House managers said it was clear that the “evidence overwhelmingly establishes” that Trump is guilty of both charges in the two articles of impeachment he is facing.

    FILE – President Donald Trump listens to a question during an event on prayer in public schools, in the Oval Office of the White House, Jan. 16, 2020, in Washington.

    Meanwhile, Trump’s legal team called the impeachment effort against him “a dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president.”

    His lawyers called the impeachment effort “a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election, now just months  away.”

    But Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee that heard weeks of testimony about Trump and his aides’ attempts to pressure Ukraine for the Biden investigations, said the White House legal stance is “surprising in that It doesn’t really offer much new beyond the failed arguments we heard in the House.”

    “So the only thing really new about the president’s defense is that they’re now arguing that because they can’t contest the facts that the president cannot be impeached for abusing the power of his office,” Schiff said. “That’s the argument I suppose you have to make if the facts are so dead set against you. You have to rely on an argument that even if he abused his office in this horrendous way that it’s not impeachable. You had to go so far out of the mainstream to find someone to make that argument you had to leave the realm of constitutional law scholars and go to criminal defense lawyers.”

    FILE – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., signs the resolution to transmit the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 15, 2020.

    The Senate has yet to decide whether it will hear witnesses in the impeachment trial, with new testimony opposed by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

    Democrats want to subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and others to testify about their knowledge of Trump’s Ukraine actions. Trump eventually released the Ukraine military aid in September after a 55-day delay without Zelenskiy launching the Biden investigations, which Republicans say is proof that Trump did not engage in a reciprocal quid pro quo deal — the military aid in exchange for the investigations to help him politically.

    “We’ll be fighting for a fair trial,” Schiff said. “That is really the foundation on which this all rests. If the Senate decides, if Senator McConnell prevails and there are no witnesses, it will be the first impeachment trial in history that goes to conclusion without witnesses.”

    He said, “We don’t know what witnesses will be allowed or even if we’ll be allowed witnesses. The threshold issue here is, will there be a fair trial? Will the senators allow the House to call witnesses, to introduce documents. That is the foundational issue on which everything else rests. There is one thing the public is overwhelmingly in support of and that is a fair trial.”

    One of Trump’s staunchest Senate defenders, Sen. Lindsey Graham, on the “Fox News Sunday” show, called the impeachment effort “a partisan railroad job. It’s the first impeachment in history where there’s no allegation of a crime by the president.”

    He said if Democrats demand to hear testimony from Bolton, Mulvaney and others, Trump will seek to invoke executive privilege against their testimony to protect the sanctity of private White House conversations.

    “Clearly to me any president would ask for executive privilege regarding these witnesses,” Graham said, adding that if they were that important to the House case against Trump, Democrats should have sought their testimony during the House investigation.

    Democrats did seek more testimony from White House aides, but Trump ordered them to not cooperate with the impeachment investigation; several aides complied with Trump’s edict while others did not. Democrats dropped their efforts to compel some testimony out of a fear that it would result in a lengthy legal battle that could have been tied up in U.S. for months.

    Trump is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago retreat along the Atlantic Ocean in Florida. Late Saturday, he resumed his almost daily attacks on the Democrats’ impeachment campaign against him, saying on Twitter, “What a disgrace this Impeachment Scam is for our great Country!” 

    “Nancy Pelosi said, it’s not a question of proof, it’s a question of allegations! Oh really?” @JudgeJeanine@FoxNews What a disgrace this Impeachment Scam is for our great Country!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2020

    But Graham predicted that Trump would be exonerated ahead of the president’s annual State of the Union address set for Feb. 4.

    “His mood is to go to the State of the Union with this behind him and talk about what he wants to do for the next, rest of 2020 and what he wants to do for the next four years,” Graham said on Fox. “He is very much comfortable with the idea that this is going to turn out well for him.”

    Trump’s Senate impeachment trial is only the third such event in the nearly 2 1/2 centuries of U.S. history. Two other presidents — Andrew Johnson in the mid-19th century and Bill Clinton two decades ago — were impeached by the House but acquitted in Senate trials and remained in office. A fourth U.S. president, Richard Nixon in the mid-1970s, faced almost certain impeachment in the Watergate political scandal, but resigned before the House acted.
     

    19/01/2020

  • Водохреща у Києві  – занурення у 16 фото

    Освячення дніпровських вод для українських військовослужбовців відбулося вперше в столиці

    19/01/2020

  • Катастрофа PS572: Іран передумав віддавати Україні чорні скриньки

    Іран наразі не планує передавати чорні скриньки Києву. Про це заявив голова відділу розслідування інцидентів Організації цивільної авіації Ірану Хасан Резаїфер 19 січня, передає іранська державна новинна агенція IRNA.

    «Бортові самописці з українського «Боїнгу» перебувають в руках Ірану і ми не плануємо їх відсилати», – цитують ЗМІ слова Резаїфера

    Агенція Reuters наводить його заяву про те, що наразі іранські фахівці намагаються розшифрувати інформацію з чорних скриньок самотужки.

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    «В іншому разі ми розглядаємо варіанти (відправити їх до – ред.) України чи Франції, проте поки що не ухвалено жодного рішення щодо відправлення їх до іншої країни», – передають журналісти слова чиновника.

    18 січня Хасан Резаїфер заявляв, що Іран планує передати Україні чорні скриньки з літака «Міжнародних авіаліній України». Як зазначала новинна агенція Tasnim, таке рішення було пов’язано з тим, що іранські фахівці нібито не могли зчитати дані з самописців.

     

    17 січня Офіс генерального прокурора повторно звернувся до іранських служб із проханням надати чорні скриньки.

    Літак Boeing 737-800NG авіакомпанії «Міжнародні авіалінії України» рейсу PS752 з Тегерану до Києва зазнав катастрофи невдовзі після вильоту з міжнародного аеропорту столиці Ірану вранці 8 січня. Загинули всі 176 людей, які були в літаку, – 167 пасажирів і 9 членів екіпажу. Серед загиблих – громадяни семи країн, у тому числі 11 українців (усі 9 членів екіпажу і 2 пасажирів). Уранці 11 січня в Ірані після кількох днів заперечень офіційно визнали свою вину за збиття українського літака силами своєї протиповітряної оборони, яке назвали помилковим, і взяли на себе повну відповідальність.

    Читайте також: Баканов: для СБУ розслідування причин катастрофи літака «МАУ» є пріоритетом

    19 січня в аеропорту «Бориспіль» відбулася церемонія прощання з громадянами України, які загинули внаслідок авіакатастрофи.

    19/01/2020

  • Баканов: для СБУ розслідування причин катастрофи літака «МАУ» є пріоритетом

    Розслідування причинно-наслідкового ланцюга подій катастрофи рейсу PS572 є пріоритетом для Служби безпеки, заявив голова СБУ Іван Баканов. Його слова наводить пресслужба відомства в день повернення до України тіл загиблих членів екіпажу та пасажирів-українців.

    Баканов взяв участь у церемонії прощання із загиблими, яка пройшла в аеропорту «Бориспіль». На події були присутні також президент України Володимир Зеленський, прем’єр-міністр Олексій Гончарук, генеральний прокурор Руслан Рябошапка та представники уряду.

    «Жахлива трагедія в Ірані забрала життя одинадцяти наших співвітчизників. І суспільство вимагає відповідей щодо дійсних причин цього горя та притягнення усіх винних до відповідальності. Для СБУ розслідування та встановлення причинно-наслідкового ланцюгу подій цієї катастрофи є пріоритетом», – заявив Баканов.

     

    Він додав, що всі країни мають працювати разом, «аби мінімізувати в майбутньому навіть теоретичний ризик повторення подібних жахливих трагедій».

    Служба безпеки України висловила співчуття родинам та близьким загиблих. Свої співчуття висловив також офіс президента Володимира Зеленського.

    13 січня Служба безпеки України на виконання доручення Офісу генпрокурора порушила три кримінальні провадження щодо катастрофи українського літака в Ірані. Провадження стосуються порушення правил безпеки руху та експлуатації повітряного транспорту, умисного вбивства та умисного знищення майна.

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    Літак Boeing 737-800NG авіакомпанії «Міжнародні авіалінії України» рейсу PS752 з Тегерану до Києва зазнав катастрофи невдовзі після вильоту з міжнародного аеропорту столиці Ірану вранці 8 січня. Загинули всі 176 людей, які були в літаку, – 167 пасажирів і 9 членів екіпажу. Серед загиблих – громадяни семи країн, у тому числі 11 українців (усі 9 членів екіпажу і 2 пасажирів). Уранці 11 січня в Ірані після кількох днів заперечень офіційно визнали свою вину за збиття українського літака силами своєї протиповітряної оборони, яке назвали помилковим, і взяли на себе повну відповідальність.

    19 січня в аеропорту «Бориспіль» відбулася церемонія прощання з громадянами України, які загинули внаслідок авіакатастрофи.

    19/01/2020

  • Один військовий загинув протягом доби на Донбасі, 10 поранені – штаб

    Один український військовослужбовець 18 січня загинув внаслідок обстрілів бойовиків на Донбасі, ще десятеро отримали поранення, повідомляє штаб Операції об’єднаних сил.

    За даними штабу, незаконні збройні угруповання шість разів протягом доби порушували режим припинення вогню, в тому числі із застосування забороненого Мінськими домовленостями озброєння та безпілотників.

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    «Чотири ворожі обстріли було зафіксовано у районі відповідальності оперативно-тактичного угруповання «Схід», а саме: поблизу населеного пункту Піски – зі стрілецької зброї; поруч з Красногорівкою – зі станкового протитанкового гранатомету – 16 пострілів та озброєння БМП-1; неподалік Павлополя – з БПЛА противник скинув два гранатометні постріли ВОГ-17 калібру 30 міліметрів; в районі населеного пункту Василівка – зі стрілецької зброї», – йдеться у зведенні.

     

    Крім того, обстріли з мінометів калібру 120 міліметрів, великокаліберних кулеметів та іншої стрілецької зброї зафіксували поблизу Оріхового в районі оперативно-тактичного угруповання «Північ».

    З початку доби в штабі ООС не фіксували обстрілів з боку бойовиків та втрат серед українських військових.

    Незаконне збройне угруповання «ДНР» звинувачувало Об’єднані сили в обстрілі окупованої ним території напередодні. Аналогічне угруповання «ЛНР» таких заяв наразі не робило.

     

    Збройний конфлікт на Донбасі триває від 2014 року після російської окупації Криму. Україна і Захід звинувачують Росію у збройній підтримці бойовиків. Кремль відкидає ці звинувачення і заявляє, що на Донбасі можуть перебувати хіба що російські «добровольці».

    За даними ООН, від березня 2014-го до 31 жовтня 2019 року унаслідок збройного конфлікту на Донбасі загинули 13 000 – 13 200 людей.

    19/01/2020

  • Washington’s Growing Soul Food Scene

    What we now call soul food originally came out of black culture in the southern United States. At its core, soul food is a hearty, spicy food rich with the calories and protein African Americans needed to make it through long days of hard work, first as slaves on plantations and then after Emancipation working as sharecroppers on farms in the rural south.  But over time soul food has become high cuisine and it’s at the heart of some great Washington, DC, restaurants. VOA’s Unshin Lee reports.

    19/01/2020

  • Key Quotes from US House Impeachment Memo 

    Here are highlights from the 111-page House Impeachment Brief filed Saturday afternoon.

    On impeachment: 

    “President Trump has demonstrated his continued willingness to corrupt free and fair elections, betray our national security, and subvert the constitutional separation of powers—all for personal gain.”

    “The Senate should convict and remove President Trump to avoid serious and long-term damage to our democratic values and the Nation’s security.

    “If the Senate permits President Trump to remain in office, he and future leaders would be emboldened to welcome, and even enlist, foreign interference in elections for years to come.”

    “Unless he is removed from office, he will continue to endanger our national security, jeopardize the integrity of our elections, and undermine our core constitutional principles.”

    On the abuse of power article of impeachment:

    “President Trump abused the power of the Presidency by pressuring a foreign government to interfere in an American election on his behalf.”

    “President Trump illegally ordered the Office of Management and Budget to withhold $391 million in taxpayer-funded military and other security assistance to Ukraine.”

    “The evidence is clear that President Trump conditioned release of the vital military assistance on Ukraine’s announcement of the sham investigations.”

    “Overwhelming evidence demonstrates that the announcement of investigations on which President Trump conditioned the official acts had no legitimate policy rationale, and instead were corruptly intended to assist his 2020 reelection campaign.”

    On the obstruction of justice article of impeachment:

    “President Trump personally demanded that his top aides refuse to testify in response to subpoenas, and nine Administration officials followed his directive and continue to defy subpoenas for testimony.”

    “The Senate should convict President Trump for his categorical obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry and ensure that this President, and any future President, cannot commit impeachable offenses and then avoid accountability by covering them up.”

    19/01/2020

  • ICE Ups Ante in Standoff with NYC: ‘This Is Not a Request’

    Federal authorities are turning to a new tactic in the escalating conflict over New York City’s so-called sanctuary policies, issuing four “immigration subpoenas” to the city for information about inmates wanted for deportation.

    “This is not a request — it’s a demand,” Henry Lucero, a senior U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official, told The Associated Press. “This is a last resort for us. Dangerous criminals are being released every single day in New York.”

    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration said Saturday the city would review the subpoenas.

    “New York City will not change the policies that have made us the safest big city in America,” spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said in an email.

    Mounting frustration

    The development comes days after ICE sent similar subpoenas to the city of Denver, a move that reflected the agency’s mounting frustration with jurisdictions that do not honor deportation “detainers” or provide any details about defendants going in and out of local custody.

    The subpoenas sent to New York seek information about three inmates — including a man wanted for homicide in El Salvador — who were recently released despite immigration officials requesting the city turn them over for deportation.

    The fourth subpoena asks for information about a Guyanese man charged this month with sexually assaulting and killing Maria Fuertas, a 92-year-old Queens woman.

    That case became a flashpoint in the conflict after ICE officials said the city had released the woman’s alleged attacker, Reeaz Khan, 21, on earlier assault charges rather than turn him over for deportation. Khan was charged with murder Jan. 10 and remains in custody.

    New York City police say they didn’t receive a detainer request for Khan, though ICE insists it was sent. Either way, the city would not have turned him over under the terms of New York’s local ordinance governing how police work with immigration officials.

    Hours before the subpoenas were issued on Friday, the acting ICE director, Matthew Albence, told a news conference in Manhattan that city leaders had blood on their hands in Fuertas’ death.

    “It is this city’s sanctuary policies that are the sole reason this criminal was allowed to roam the streets freely and end an innocent woman’s life,” Albence said.

    ‘Absolutely shameful’

    Goldstein said in an email Saturday that “the Trump administration’s attempt to exploit this tragedy are absolutely shameful.”

    De Blasio has accused ICE of employing “scare tactics” and spreading lies. He said on Twitter this week that the city has passed “common-sense laws about immigration enforcement that have driven crime to record lows.”

    City officials in Denver said they would not comply with the requests, saying the subpoenas could be “viewed as an effort to intimidate officers into help enforcing civil immigration law.”

    “The documents appear to be a request for information related to alleged violations of civil immigration law,” Chad Sublet, Senior Counsel to the Department of Safety in Denver, wrote in a letter to ICE officials.

    Court order next?

    But Lucero, ICE’s acting deputy executive associate director for enforcement and removal operations, said the agency may consult with federal prosecutors to obtain a court order compelling the city’s compliance. “A judge can hold them in contempt,” he told The AP.

    Meanwhile, ICE is considering expanding its use of immigration subpoenas in other sanctuary jurisdictions.

    “Like any law enforcement agency, we are used to modifying our tactics as criminals shift their strategies,” Lucero said in a statement. “But it’s disheartening that we must change our practices and jump through so many hoops with partners who are restricted by sanctuary laws passed by politicians with a dangerous agenda.”

    19/01/2020