10 things you need to know today: November 8, 2019

Official says Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Biden and Clinton, Michael Bloomberg prepares for a possible presidential run, and more

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent
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1. Official testified Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate Biden, Clinton

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent told impeachment investigators that President Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the 2016 U.S. election, according to a transcript of his closed-door deposition released Thursday. Kent, who oversaw Ukraine policy, said Trump also demanded Ukraine focus on two of his biggest rivals, 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading Democratic candidate in 2020. Trump "wanted nothing less than President Zelensky to go to a microphone and say investigations, Biden, and Clinton," Kent told House impeachment investigators. Kent also testified that Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, led a smear campaign to undermine former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, using "assertions and allegations against former Ambassador Yovanovitch" that "were without basis, untrue, period."

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