Diplomat says there was a ‘quid pro quo’: A Trump meeting if Ukraine opened probes

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Pence and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney were among those whom Ambassador Gordon Sondland said were aware of the pressure on Ukraine for investigations that could damage President Trump’s political opponents.
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In clear and unequivocal language, the E.U. ambassador implicated President Trump and other senior officials in the effort to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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FBI seeks interview with whistleblower who triggered impeachment inquiry

A special agent with the bureau’s Washington Field Office first contacted one of the whistleblower’s attorneys last month, and the FBI and the legal team have traded messages since, said people familiar with the matter.
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