President Donald Trump said on Monday it is a foregone conclusion that the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote to impeach him over his request that Ukraine investigate a political rival as he exhorted his fellow Republicans to rally to his defense.
Trump and administration officials had denied for weeks that they had demanded a "quid pro quo" - a Latin phrase meaning a favor for a favor - for delivering the US aid, a key part of a controversy that has triggered an impeachment inquiry in the House against the Republican president.
Mulvaney called the prediction "just absurd" and said Wallace's Republican source "clearly doesn't know what they're talking about".
Trump reversed course late Saturday after he was told by conservative allies that Republicans were struggling to defend him on multiple fronts.
And while the president rarely has words of praise for Democrats, he did laud them for being "vicious" and "stick [ing] together" when it comes to impeachment and other matters.
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Perry faces a Friday deadline to comply with a House subpoena regarding information about Ukraine. Perry said Thursday morning he was one day closer to stepping down "but it ain't today".
"This Scam going on right now by the Democrats against the Republican Party, and me, was all about a flawless phone call I had with the Ukrainian President", Trump said on Twitter on Sunday night. That did nothing to allay concerns that the Republican president has used his office to enrich his business interests.
Trump, speaking to reporters at length in the White House during a meeting with cabinet officials, also praised Democrats, who he said have done a better job at sticking together when it comes to their messaging. "We have some that are great fighters, but they have to get tougher and fight, because the Democrats are trying to hurt the Republican Party before the election", Trump said.
The diplomats note that morale has suffered from a combination of factors, including a constant threat of budget cuts, mass departures of senior staffers, repeated allegations of staffers being a part of a "deep state", the president's dismissal of the former US ambassador to Ukraine, and the abandonment of multiple allies in the Middle East.
Democrats say the closed-door depositions are necessary so witnesses don't have the advantage of hearing one another's testimony.
Mulvaney said Sunday that Trump was "honestly surprised at the level of pushback" on his choice of Doral.
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Similar protests turned violent in other towns in Catalonia, which has seen a rise in separatist sentiment over the past decade. Police made 29 arrests in Barcelona , the Catalan capital, during a raging street battle Tuesday night.
Trump has acknowledged many central facts of the call, maintaining that none of it amounted to wrongdoing or a demand for a "quid pro quo", a Latin phrase meaning a favor in exchange for a favor.
On Sunday White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney revealed President Trump "still considers himself to be in the hospitality business". Mulvaney walked back the comments in a statement the same day.
"I think they want to".
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Laura Cooper, who oversees the Pentagon's Ukraine policy, and Alexander Vindman, a Europe adviser on the National Security Council, are scheduled to testify on Thursday, the official involved in the inquiry said.
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CITY star Sergio Aguero has been involved in a nasty vehicle crash ahead of this weekend's clash with Crystal Palace . The striker was not involved in Argentina's set-up over the global break and remained in the north-west instead.