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January 15, 2020

Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani who worked to open doors for him in Ukraine, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that his actions weren't a secret.

"President Trump knew exactly what was going on," he said. "He was aware of all my movements. I wouldn't do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or the president. I have no intent, I have no reason to speak to any of these officials."

Parnas was arrested last fall and charged with campaign finance violations. Along with his business partner Igor Fruman, Parnas helped set up meetings for Giuliani with Ukrainian officials while Giuliani was looking to dig up dirt on a Trump political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden. Trump's attempt to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into launching an investigation into the Bidens and the Democratic National Committee is central to the impeachment articles passed by the House.

Zelensky and other leaders "have no reason to speak to me," Parnas told Maddow, adding, "Who am I? They were told to meet with me. And that's the secret they're trying to keep. I was on the ground doing their work." Catherine Garcia

January 9, 2020

The House voted on Thursday to approve a measure that limits President Trump's military actions against Iran.

The resolution, introduced by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), passed with a vote of 224 to 194. It directs Trump to seek approval from Congress before ordering any further military action against Iran. "If our loved ones are going to be sent to fight in any protracted war, the president owes the American people a conversation," Slotkin said, adding that her measure "allows us to start that debate as our founders intended." Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) has introduced a similar proposal in the Senate.

The vote came one week after Trump authorized an airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and just two days after Iran responded by firing missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops. Catherine Garcia

December 31, 2019

Anger over U.S. airstrikes Sunday against Iran-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah boiled over in Baghdad on Tuesday as militia supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy complex and set fire to a reception area, The Associated Press reports. Iraqi officials say the U.S. ambassador and other staff evacuated the embassy as militia supporters started gathering outside, but the security forces who remained fired tear gas at the dozens of protesters who breached a side gate. AP reporters at the scene also heard sounds of gunfire and saw U.S. troops on the embassy roof with guns pointed at the attackers.

Leaders of several Iran-backed militias were in the crowd at the embassy shouting "Down, Down U.S.A." and "Death to America." Sunday's airstrikes killed 25 Kataib Hezbollah militants, a response, U.S. officials said, to an attack Friday that left one U.S. contractor dead. The attack on the U.S. Embassy followed funerals for the militants in a Baghdad neighborhood. Before breaking down the side gate, protesters smashed security cameras, torched three empty trailers used by security guards, and spray-painted "Closed in the name of the people" on the embassy gates. Peter Weber

December 29, 2019

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) revealed on Sunday that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The 79-year-old civil rights icon said he has been "in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights — for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now. While I am clear-eyed about my prognosis, doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of cancer treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance."

Lewis is serving his 17th term in office, and said he will continue to work as he undergoes treatment. "I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God's grace I will be back on the front lines soon," he said.

As a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis participated in several civil rights protests during the 1960s, and police officers fractured his skull after he marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 from former President Barack Obama, who tweeted on Sunday: "If there's one thing I love about [Lewis], it's his incomparable will to fight. I know he's got a lot more of that left in him. Praying for you, my friend." Catherine Garcia

December 18, 2019

In the wake of President Trump's impeachment, the White House released a statement blasting the process as being "illegitimate" and a "sham."

The House approved both articles of impeachment on Wednesday night, primarily along party lines. "Today marks the culmination in the House of one of the most shameful political episodes in the history of our nation," the White House said. "Without receiving a single Republican vote, and without providing any proof of wrongdoing, Democrats pushed illegitimate articles of impeachment against the president through the House of Representatives."

The statement went on to declare that Trump "did absolutely nothing wrong," and has been denied "fundamental fairness and due process under the law." The impeachment was sparked by Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and the White House accused Democrats of using the impeachment to "improperly influence the 2020 election." Catherine Garcia

December 18, 2019

The House of Representatives on Wednesday night voted 230-197 to impeach President Trump on the first article, abuse of power.

Trump is the third president to be impeached, after Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998.

Lawmakers will soon vote on the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress.

Two conservative Democrats, Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), voted no, as expected. The vote to impeach has triggered a trial in the Republican-led Senate, which is expected to start in January. Catherine Garcia

December 12, 2019

After a session that lasted more than 14 hours, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Thursday night abruptly postponed the panel's vote on articles of impeachment against President Trump.

Lawmakers had planned on voting Thursday, but Nadler delayed what is expected to be the approval of charges against Trump until Friday morning. "I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these last two days and to search their consciences before we cast our final votes," Nadler said.

The committee's ranking member, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), was furious, saying Democrats moved the vote to the morning because they want a "prime time hit," adding, "That was the most bush league play I have ever seen in life." Democrats told NBC News they want the vote to take place in the day so Trump can't say they carried out the impeachment under cover of darkness. The full House is expected to debate and vote on the articles next week. Catherine Garcia

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