Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said Monday that House investigators will transmit a report on President Trump’s conduct in the Ukraine controversy to the Judiciary Committee shortly after Congress returns from Thanksgiving recess next week.

In a letter to colleagues, Schiff underscored that stonewalling by the White House could form the basis for a separate article of impeachment.

Meanwhile, a federal judge ruled that former White House counsel Donald McGahn must comply with a House subpoena, in a ruling that has implications for witnesses that might be sought in the impeachment inquiry.

Democrats are seeking to build a case that Trump leveraged military assistance and an Oval Office meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in exchange for investigations of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, and a debunked theory alleging Ukrainian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

●White House review turns up emails showing extensive effort to justify Trump’s decision to block Ukraine military aid.

●Schiff says Democrats will press forward despite lack of testimony from key impeachment witnesses.

●Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) denies allegation that he met with top Ukrainian prosecutor about Bidens.

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Schiff calls McGahn ruling ‘a very significant victory for congressional oversight’

Schiff said Monday’s McGahn decision makes “absolutely clear” that “absolute immunity is not a legitimate basis by which to prohibit senior White House officials from testifying before Congress.”

“Today’s McGahn ruling is a very significant victory for congressional oversight, and for the American people,” Schiff said in a statement.

He added: “To those witnesses who hide behind fallacious claims of absolute immunity, this ruling shows again how meritless their position remains. The witnesses who have defied Congress at the behest of the president will have to decide whether their duty is to the country, or to a president who believes that he is above the law.”

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Democrats hail McGahn decision, while White House says it will appeal

In a statement, the White House panned the McGahn decision, arguing that it “contradicts longstanding legal precedent established by Administrations of both political parties.”

“We will appeal and are confident that the important constitutional principle advanced by the Administration will be vindicated,” the statement reads.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), meanwhile, welcomed the decision and said he expects McGahn to “follow his legal obligations and promptly appear” before his panel.

“I am pleased the court has recognized that the Trump Administration has no grounds to withhold critical witness testimony from the House during its impeachment inquiry,” Nadler said. “Don McGahn is a central witness to allegations that President Trump obstructed Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, and the Administration’s claim that officials can claim ‘absolute immunity’ from Congressional subpoenas has no basis in law, as the court recognized today.”

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Supreme Court blocks House committee from immediately reviewing Trump’s financial records

The Supreme Court on Monday blocked a House committee from immediately reviewing Trump’s financial records, after the president’s lawyers agreed to an expedited review of a lower-court ruling granting access.

The court’s action signals that, even as Congress considers impeaching Trump, the court will undertake a more complete consideration of the legal powers of Congress and state prosecutors to investigate the president while he is in office.

The court instructed Trump’s lawyers to file a petition by Dec. 5 stating why the court should accept the case for full briefing and oral argument. If the petition is eventually denied, the lower-court ruling will go into effect. If accepted, the case probably will be heard this term, with a decision before the court adjourns at the end of June.

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McGahn must comply with House subpoena, court rules

McGahn must comply with a House subpoena, a federal court ruled Monday, finding that top presidential advisers cannot ignore congressional demands for information and raising the possibility that McGahn could be forced to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry.

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of Washington found no basis for a White House claim that the former counsel is “absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony,” most likely setting the stage for a historic separation-of-powers confrontation between the government’s executive and legislative branches.

The House Judiciary Committee went to court in August to enforce its subpoena for McGahn, whom lawmakers consider the “most important” witness in whether Trump obstructed justice in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

The Justice Department, which is representing McGahn, said it will appeal Jackson’s ruling.

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Investigators scrutinize Giuliani firm and donations to Trump super PAC as part of broad probe

The federal investigation into two associates of Rudolph W. Giuliani is exploring a wide range of potential crimes — including wire fraud and failure to register as a foreign agent — as prosecutors dig into the pair’s interactions with the president’s personal lawyer and the main pro-Trump super PAC, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Giuliani’s dealings with the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, are being investigated by federal prosecutors at the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan. That office has filed campaign finance charges against Parnas and Fruman, accusing them of conspiracy and making false statements to the Federal Election Commission.

According to people familiar with the ongoing case, investigators are scrutinizing Giuliani’s consulting business and eyeing donations made to America First Action, the main pro-Trump super PAC set up by his advisers and allies after his election, as well as its affiliated nonprofit group.

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Trump praises Giuliani, takes aim at Pelosi, media

During a White House meeting with visiting Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Trump continued to defend Giuliani and take shots at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Trump described Giuliani, a former mayor of New York who is heavily enmeshed in the Ukraine controversy, as “a great guy.”

“Rudy is the best mayor in the history of New York,” Trump told reporters, as Borissov looked on. “Rudy is a great crime fighter, corruption fighter.”

Trump said the media was not treating Giuliani fairly.

Trump took aim at Pelosi for not having moved trade legislation through the House yet as impeachment proceedings continue.

“She’s incapable of moving it,” Trump said, referring to the new deal with Canada and Mexico.

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Schiff says report will be sent to Judiciary Committee soon after lawmakers return next week

Schiff said Monday that the House investigators will transmit a report on Trump’s conduct to the Judiciary Committee shortly after Congress returns from Thanksgiving recess next week.

In a letter to colleagues, Schiff said that the report would cite instances of White House stonewalling in addition to detailing testimony from witnesses. That, he indicated, could be the basis for a separate article of impeachment.

“We will catalogue the instances of noncompliance with lawful subpoenas as part of our report to the Judiciary Committee, which will allow that Committee to consider whether an article of impeachment based on obstruction of Congress is warranted along with an article or articles based on this underlying conduct or other presidential misconduct,” Schiff wrote.

Schiff left little doubt in the letter about his view of the severity of Trump’s actions, which Republicans have continued to play down.

“Over the course of our inquiry, we have uncovered a months-long effort in which President Trump again sought foreign interference in our elections for his personal and political benefit at the expense of our national interest,” Schiff wrote.

“As the evidence conclusively shows, President Trump conditioned official acts — a White House meeting desperately desired by the new Ukrainian president and critical U.S. military assistance — on Ukraine announcing sham, politically-motivated investigations that would help President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.”

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Eight GOP lawmakers targeted with mobile billboards

A pair of liberal groups are targeting eight House Republicans with mobile billboards in their congressional districts that claim that Trump committed bribery and ask those constituents to urge support for impeachment.

The billboards, which are commissioned by MoveOn and Need to Impeach, are slated to travel in the eight districts through Wednesday, while most lawmakers are home for Thanksgiving recess.

Those being targeted include Reps. Mark Amodei (Nev.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Will Hurd (Tex.), Scott Perry (Pa.), Chip Roy (Tex.), Francis Rooney (Fla.), David Schweikert (Ariz.) and Elise Stefanik (N.Y.).

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Trump says he still has confidence in Mick Mulvaney

Trump said Monday that he remains confident in acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

“Yes, I do. Yes, of course,” Trump said in response to a question as he departed an event with Conan the military dog.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that a confidential White House review of Trump’s decision to place a hold on military aid to Ukraine has turned up hundreds of documents that reveal extensive efforts to generate an after-the-fact justification for the decision and a debate over whether the delay was legal, according to three people familiar with the records.

The research by the White House Counsel’s Office, which was triggered by a congressional impeachment inquiry announced in September, includes early August email exchanges between Mulvaney and White House budget officials seeking to provide an explanation for withholding the funds after the president had already ordered a hold in mid-July on the nearly $400 million in security assistance, according to the three people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal White House deliberations.

Last month, Mulvaney acknowledged to reporters a quid pro quo related to the withheld military aid, a statement he later tried to walk back.

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Trump introduces Conan the military dog

With impeachment proceedings continuing to dominate headlines, Trump sought to change the subject Monday by hosting at the White House the military dog who cornered Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s late leader, in a tunnel in northern Syria last month.

Trump presented Conan to the White House press corps in a hastily arranged event in the Rose Garden.

“This is the ultimate fighter, the ultimate everything,” Trump said.

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Speier draws parallel with Nixon and public support

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said Monday that she does not worry about any polls showing a slight dip in public support as House Democrats continue moving toward impeachment.

“Remember, when Richard Nixon was being investigated with all those 51 days of hearings that they had on Watergate, he was not being opposed by the American people until the end,” Speier, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said during an MSNBC appearance.

Speier said that after hours of testimony in the impeachment inquiry, a “mountain of evidence” shows that Trump attempted to bribe the Ukrainian president into investigating the Bidens, adding that the Constitution is “very clear about impeachment.”

“It was specifically meant to deal with a president who was placing his personal interests in front of the country’s interests,” she said. “And that certainly appears to be what the president was doing.”

Speier also addressed the argument that impeachment is unnecessary with the 2020 presidential election less than a year away, likening Trump to a cheating high school senior.

“If someone cheats on a test and is a senior in high school, do you let him have a pass because he is about to graduate?” she asked. “It is a violation of the Constitution, and that is what we’re here to protect.”

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Graham defends his probe of Hunter Biden’s Ukraine activities

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday sought to defend his probe of Hunter Biden’s business activities in Ukraine at the same time that House Democrats are investigating Trump’s pressure on the country’s leadership.

“I’m doing this because somebody needs to do it,” Graham said during an appearance on Fox News Radio. “We’re not going to allow a system in America where only one side gets looked at.”

Graham requested new documents Thursday from the State Department, attempting to uncover additional information related to Hunter Biden’s activities when he served on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

Trump has pressed Zelensky to investigate those activities, as well as a claim that Joe Biden, as vice president, put pressure on Ukraine to fire its lead prosecutor to protect his son. That claim has been widely disputed by people familiar with the investigation.

Joe Biden lashed out at Graham, a longtime friend, during a television interview on Friday, saying he was “embarrassed by what you’re doing.”

Graham told host Brian Kilmeade that he was disappointed in Biden’s reaction.

“My friendship with Joe Biden — if it can’t withstand me doing my job, then it’s not the friendship I thought,” Graham said.

He echoed those sentiments shortly afterward on Twitter.

“I love Joe Biden as a person but we are not going to give a pass to what is obviously a conflict of interest,” Graham tweeted. “I believe Hunter Biden’s association on the Burisma board doesn’t pass the smell test. If a Republican was in the same position, they’d certainly be investigated!”

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Zeldin tees off on Schiff, cites his aspirations to be a screenwriter

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) renewed GOP attacks on Schiff during a Monday appearance on Fox News, claiming that the leader of the impeachment inquiry is motivated by “bad intentions.”

“He always aspired to be a fiction writer,” Zeldin said of Schiff. “He wanted to be a screenwriter, and now he has the opportunity to write the world’s greatest parody.”

One of Trump’s most steadfast defenders in the impeachment probe, Zeldin claimed Schiff loves the opportunity for “story time” during opening and closing statements of the impeachment hearings.

He suggested Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are enjoying the impeachment effort, saying it’s “a party” behind closed doors.

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McCarthy releases video touting Trump’s presidency

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) released a campaign-style video touting Trump’s presidency and accusing Democrats of trying to “undo the 21016 election” and impeach Trump “regardless of the facts.”

“What if I told you he won the election?” the narrator says in the 35-second spot, which includes footage of election night in 2016. “That he spoke for millions who didn’t have a voice. That there are some who hate him. Resist him. Investigate him and want to impeach him regardless of the facts. What if I told you that despite their attempts to undo the 2016 election he is getting things done for you?”