Ukraine

If you are a member of Congress and the president from your own party stands up and says "there's nobody more honorable" than you, you might be tempted to be puffed up a bit.

Unless, of course, that president is Donald Trump, the man who is the very definition of the term loose cannon.

House Democrats are set to launch a new phase of their impeachment inquiry on Thursday when former Ambassador Kurt Volker, until recently a top State Department representative to Ukraine, is scheduled to meet with investigators.

Then, on Friday, the intelligence community's inspector general, Michael Atkinson, is due on the Hill.

More witnesses are expected next week, all for depositions behind closed doors with members of Congress and their staff.

Sherrod Brown
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In Columbus on Wednesday, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) voiced his support for the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Updated at 1:38 p.m. ET

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has publicly acknowledged that he was listening to the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that has sparked an impeachment inquiry.

"I was on the phone call," Pompeo said Wednesday in Rome.

The cry for an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump began with a relative handful of voices crying out in the wilderness, but, in short order, impeachment has turned into a runaway train.

Lee Alderson in front of his barbershop in the Hilltop.
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Ohio’s U.S. representatives are splitting along party lines as Congress moves forward with an impeachment inquiry of President Trump over his soliciting of political favors from Ukraine. In Central Ohio, the physical distance is short between lawmakers sitting at different ends of that spectrum.

President Trump's White House is struggling with how to respond to the ever-growing Ukraine scandal as the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry is set to take depositions from key witnesses this week.

Updated at 7:20 p.m. ET

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, now the lead lawmaker in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, says his panel will be working through the scheduled upcoming two-week congressional recess.

"I can tell you it's going to be a very busy couple of weeks ahead," Schiff told reporters. The chairman said the committee is scheduling hearings and witness interviews, as well as working on document requests and possible subpoenas.

The whistleblower complaint released Thursday charges that White House officials attempted to limit access to potentially damaging details about President Trump's call with Ukraine's president by using a classified system reserved for highly sensitive information.

A tumultuous week in Washington has set the stage for an intense new congressional investigation into President Trump — and what could prove to be a historic clash between the White House and Congress.

The outlines are now clear about conduct that no one, including Trump, disputes: The president asked his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate the family of Vice President Joe Biden, a potential political rival in the 2020 presidential election.

Americans are split, 49%-46%, on whether they approve of Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Trump, and independents at this point are not on board, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll finds.

But the pollsters warn that the new developments could change public opinion quickly, especially with 7 in 10 saying they are paying attention to the news.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur is the co-founder of the Ukraine Caucus and said this week she now supports impeachment inquiries against President Trump.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Steve Brown discusses a whistleblower's allegations that President Trump tried to use leverage over Ukraine for political favors. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D- Toledo) joins the show to explain why this scandal pushed her towards supporting impeachmwent proceedings.

 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
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Nearly every Republican elected statewide in Ohio is an honorary chair of President Trump’s re-election team, including Gov. Mike DeWine and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

Updated at 12:08 p.m. ET

The nation's top spy told lawmakers on Thursday that he supports the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the Ukraine affair but said he struggled to deal with how to handle the case inside the Trump administration.

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire told the House intelligence committee in an open hearing that he believed the whistleblower and the spy world's inspector general had acted in good faith and that he has tried to handle a unique situation as best he could.

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