5 things you need to know now - Giuliani reportedly negotiated to represent former Ukraine prosecutor
Nov. 27, 2019
5 things you need to know now
1. Giuliani reportedly negotiated to represent former Ukraine prosecutor
President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani reportedly negotiated to represent Ukraine's former lead prosecutor Yuri Lutsenko earlier this year for more than $200,00. The sides discussed an arrangement in which Giuliani's company would receive payment from Lutsenko to represent him as he tried to recover what he believed were assets stolen by the Ukrainian government. The negotiations reportedly occurred simultaneously with conversations between Giuliani and Lutsenko concering the former's efforts to dig up dirt on the Ukraine-based actions of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, as well as any information on unfounded allegations that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 general election. The negotiations reportedly went far enough that legal agreements were drafted, but there was never any resolution, and no evidence exists suggesting Giuliani was paid by Lutsenko.
2. Official says 2 OMB staffers resigned over Ukraine aid hold
Mark Sandy, a career official with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), told lawmakers earlier this month that two staffers resigned over the agency's handling of security aid to Ukraine, a transcript of his testimony released Tuesday shows. Sandy appeared before House impeachment investigators on Nov. 16, becoming the first and so far only OMB employee to testify. President Trump's decision to hold $400 million in aid to Ukraine is at the center of the impeachment inquiry, with witnesses testifying that he did so for political reasons. Sandy did not name the employees who voiced their concerns, only saying that one "expressed some frustrations about not understanding the reason for the hold" and the other had a "dissenting opinion" about the aid being frozen in relation to the Impoundment Control Act, which makes it illegal to withhold aid already approved by Congress.
3. DHS unable to accurately track separated migrant families due to tech deficiencies
A new report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found that the DHS never had any proper information technology systems in place to track the number of separated migrant families under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. Customs and Border Protection officials, per the inspector general, were aware of the technological deficiencies as early as November 2017, but the policy was enacted in May 2018 without the CBP having adequately addressed the issues. The agency did adopt other methods to record and track separations, but they led to widespread errors. "Because of these IT deficiencies, we could not confirm the total number of families DHS separated during the Zero Tolerance period," the report reads.
4. Biden maintains lead in latest 2020 Democratic primary polls
Former Vice President Joe Biden is maintaining his lead in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, according to the latest polls from CNN and Quinnipiac. Biden leads the pack with 28 percent support in the new CNN poll released Wednesday, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) earned 17 percent support, Warren earned 14 percent support, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg earned 11 percent support. Buttigieg climbed into double digits for the first time in this poll, while Warren saw a five-point decline. This decline for Warren was within the margin of error, and Biden also saw a dip in support. But this comes after a Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday showed Warren falling 14 percentage points. Biden regained his lead in this Quinnipiac poll with 24 percent support.
5. Jimmy Carter released from hospital after brain surgery
Former President Jimmy Carter has been released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta following a successful brain surgery. Carter, who is the oldest living ex-president ever at 95, underwent a procedure earlier this month to "relieve pressure on his brain, caused by bleeding due to his recent falls." The Carter Center said Wednesday he is returning home for Thanksgiving, where he will continue his recovery. "The Carters are grateful for all the prayers, cards, and notes they have received and hope everyone will join them in enjoying a special Thanksgiving," the Carter Center said.
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