Donald Trump's presidency has been upended by an explosive whistleblower complaint that has snowballed into a fast-moving impeachment inquiry. The scandal has ensnared dozens of people on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and poses the most immediate threat to Trump's presidency yet. What is impeachment? How did we get here? And what could happen next? We hope this guide will help answer these questions. There's even a table of contents below so you can jump to a specific section. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Donald Trump's presidency has been upended by an explosive whistleblower complaint that has snowballed into a fast-moving impeachment inquiry, ensnaring dozens of people on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and posing the most immediate threat to Trump's presidency yet. What is impeachment? Impeachment doesn't mean automatic removal from office. The impeachment process can be thought of as somewhat analogous to a criminal proceeding, even though impeachable offenses don't have to be criminal offenses. The House, like a grand jury, collects evidence, hears testimony, and drafts articles of impeachment — or charges — against the president.
Now that a majority of the House
has voted to impeach the president on a charge of abusing his office and a charge of obstructing Congress, the Senate holds a trial where both sides present their cases and senators act as jurors. If two-thirds of senators vote to convict the president on the charges brought by the House, the president is removed from office. How did we get here? And what could happen next? We hope this guide will help answer these questions. We highly recommend you read the entirety of this story so you can be as informed as possible, but you can also jump to a specific section from the table of contents below. Table of contents
First, here's a 60-second explanation of what's going on:
In early September,
an anonymous whistleblower complaint lodged by a member of the intelligence community said that in a series of events culminating in a July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump used "the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election."
detailed concerns that Trump, days after withholding a nearly $400 million military-aid package, used the call with Zelensky to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Hunter Biden served on the board of
Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian oil-and-gas company, from 2014 to 2019. Trump and his allies have, without evidence, accused Biden of using his power as vice president to urge Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma in order to protect Hunter.
The whistleblower's complaint has been corroborated by the White House's summary notes of the July 25 call, White House officials themselves, and
the sworn testimony of several career diplomatic and national-security officials.
testified under oath that the Trump administration explicitly conditioned lifting the hold of the military aid to Ukraine on Zelensky publicly announcing investigations into Burisma and a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election to benefit Hillary Clinton.
On Friday, December 13, the House Judiciary Committee
approved two articles of impeachment charging Trump with abusing his office and obstructing Congress.
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Here are the key players, broken down by group. Click on their names to learn more about their role in the Trump-Ukraine scandal and impeachment inquiry:
White House officials: President , who asked Zelensky to do him "a favor" related to an investigation into Burisma and the 2016 election. Donald Trump Vice President , whom Trump used as a conduit to further get the message across to Ukraine that it needed to investigate corruption to get US support. Mike Pence , a State Department official detailed to the Vice President's office who listened in on the July 25 call and testified before Congress. Jennifer Williams , the acting chief of staff, who in a press briefing undermined Trump's impeachment defense by confirming that the administration withheld the aid in exchange for an investigation Mick Mulvaney into the Democratic National Committee server. , the White House counsel and the White House's first line of legal defense against the impeachment inquiry. Pat Cipollone Army Lt. Col. , an expert on Eastern European affairs on the National Security Council who listened to the July 25 call and raised concerns about it to his superiors. Alexander Vindman Current and former Trump administration officials: Secretary of State , who was also on the July 25 call with Ukraine. Pompeo is also accused of misrepresenting his involvement in the matter and obstructing congressional investigations into it. Mike Pompeo , the former national security adviser, who is said to have pushed back on the idea of conditioning assistance to Ukraine for investigations. He could soon testify before Congress. John Bolton Former NSC senior director for Eurasian and Russian affairs who gave powerful testimony to Congress about the efforts to pressure Ukraine into announcing investigations into the Bidens. Fiona Hill, Attorney General , whom Trump entangled in the impeachment inquiry by asking Ukraine to work with Barr on corruption investigations and requesting that Barr William Barr hold a press conference clearing Trump of wrongdoing. Secretary of Energy , whom Trump tried to blame for the Ukraine call after the fact. Perry is set to leave the administration at the end of this year. Rick Perry Pentagon official who testified on November 20 that the DOD was aware of the freeze placed on the aid to Ukraine by late July, almost a month earlier than had been previously reported. Laura Cooper, Intelligence community officials: Acting Director of National Intelligence , who transmitted the whistleblower complaint to Congress and was the first witness to testify publicly about its contents. Joseph Maguire , the intelligence community inspector general, whom the whistleblower initially filed their complaint to. Michael Atkinson The . anonymous whistleblower Current and former diplomats: , the former US special representative for Ukraine, who gave critical testimony to Congress about the extent of Trump's personal lawyer Kurt Volker Rudy Giuliani's involvement in the Trump-Ukraine saga. , the US ambassador to the European Union, a Trump appointee Gordon Sondland who testified that the pressure on Ukraine to investigate the Bidens was "insidious" and at least improper, if not illegal. , the acting ambassador to Ukraine, a Vietnam veteran and career diplomat who gave Bill Taylor explosive and damning testimony to Congress that it was his "clear understanding" that "security assistance money would not come until" Zelensky "committed to pursue the investigation." , the former US ambassador to Ukraine, a career diplomat who gave powerful and damning testimony that Trump and Giuliani pushed her out of her position for standing in the way of their efforts to compel Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. Marie Yovanovitch , a political counselor at the US embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine who publicly testified along Hill about Giuliani and Sondland's efforts to trade military aid for Ukraine announcing investigations into Burisma. David Holmes Ukrainians: President , a former comedian and first-time president who was elected this April on a platform of cleaning up corruption in Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelensky and Viktor Shokin , former Ukrainian prosecutors-general who were involved in the investigations into Burisma Holdings. Yuriy Lutsenko Members of Congress: Rep. , the House Intelligence Committee chairman, the person taking charge of the impeachment inquiry, subpoenaing witnesses, and holding hearings. Adam Schiff House Speaker , who is guiding the trajectory of the impeachment inquiry in the House and recently called for a vote on a resolution to Nancy Pelosi formalize the terms of the inquiry's public phase. Senate Majority Leader , who would set the agenda for an impeachment trial in the Senate. Mitch McConnell Others: Former Vice President , a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who ran point on US-Ukraine relations in the Obama administration. Joe Biden , Joe Biden's eldest son, who served on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings from 2014 to 2019. Hunter Biden , Trump's personal attorney who served as an unofficial envoy to Ukraine and roped various diplomats into his efforts to demand that Ukraine investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election He's now the focus of a Rudy Giuliani federal investigation. and Lev Parnas , two business associates of Giuliani's who were recently charged with federal campaign-finance violations in connection with their Ukrainian lobbying work. Parnas is Igor Fruman cooperating with the impeachment inquiry.
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Asking a foreign government for material campaign aid is not only unprecedented from a US president, but it could even violate campaign finance laws against soliciting campaign contributions or help from foreign nationals.
Beyond the immediate threat to Trump and those in his inner orbit,
the Trump-Ukraine scandal could have lasting geopolitical consequences that reverberate for years to come.
Ukraine is highly dependent on American military aid to defend itself from incursions from Russia. Ukraine has been engaged in a hot war with Russia, a US adversary, since 2014, when Russia invaded and annexed the peninsula of Crimea, a contested territory.
In his testimony to Congress, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an expert on Eastern European affairs on the National Security Council,
expressed concern about the military and political implications of the administration withholding the aid.
Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, also testified that the US withholding aid and signaling less support for Ukraine
could further embolden Russia to take more aggressive military action and contribute to further destabilization of the region.
The possible outcomes
The impeachment process traditionally begins in the House Judiciary Committee, which on Friday passed two articles of impeachment against Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
On Wednesday, the full House of Representatives voted to pass the abuse of power article by a vote of 230 to 197 to 1 and the obstruction of Congress article by a vote of 229 to 198 to 1.
Now, the Senate will hold a trial where Trump will either be convicted or acquitted.
For Trump to be removed from office, two-thirds of the US Senate — 67 members — must vote to convict him of articles of impeachment. Currently, the Senate consists of 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats, and two independents who caucus with Democrats. If Trump is not impeached, or impeached but not convicted in the Senate, he stays in office, and it'll be left up to the American people to reelect him or vote him out of office in 2020.
Here's a timeline of events from our past coverage:
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December 18: TRUMP IMPEACHED: House of Representatives charges the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress Trump took the stage at a campaign rally in Michigan while the House voted to impeach him: 'It doesn't really feel like we're being impeached' Trump created a bizarre split-screen moment by holding a campaign rally in a battleground state as the House voted to impeach him Trump and Republican lawmakers have compared his impeachment to Jesus' crucifixion, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the Salem witch trials December 17: Rudy Giuliani smears former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch on Twitter and baselessly accuses her of 'obstructing justice' Trump said Rudy Giuliani took a fresh trip to Ukraine in search of dirt on Joe Biden 'out of love' for the US December 16: Here are the biggest takeaways from the House Judiciary Committee's official impeachment report accusing Trump of committing 'multiple federal crimes' 'I needed Yovanovitch out of the way': Rudy Giuliani made a dangerous admission about his role in ousting a former US ambassador December 15: 30 House Democrats are pushing for Rep. Justin Amash to be an impeachment manager in Trump's Senate trial A new Fox News poll found that a majority of voters think Trump abused his power and should be impeached December 14: The New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Lindsey Graham says Trump's impeachment trial will 'die quickly' in the Senate December 13: House Judiciary Committee passes 2 articles of impeachment against Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress December 12: Mitch McConnell says he's 'taking his cues' from Trump's lawyers as the GOP mulls a strategy for an impeachment trial Here are all the major newspaper editorial boards that support impeaching Trump December 11: The public servants Trump smeared as 'traitors' and 'human scum' are Time magazine's 2019 'Guardians of the Year' Republicans are homing in on 3 main defenses of Trump amid the Ukraine scandal. Here's why none of them hold up. December 10: House Democrats unveil 2 articles of impeachment against Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress December 9: Republicans hijacked the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearings and turned them into a circus December 8: 'This a trap that Giuliani and Trump literally walked into': Russia may know more about the Ukraine scandal than we do December 6: White House says it won't participate in Trump impeachment hearing Nancy Pelosi made her case for articles of impeachment at a CNN town hall. Here are the 5 biggest takeaways. December 5: Nancy Pelosi says House will move forward with articles of impeachment against Trump Nancy Pelosi lambasted a reporter for asking if she hated the president, then stormed offstage: 'Don't mess with me when it comes to words like that' Joe Biden tore into an Iowa voter who claimed he sent his son Hunter to work in Ukraine, calling him a 'damn liar' and challenging him to a push-up contest December 4: The biggest takeaways from the House Judiciary Committee's first public impeachment hearing 3 legal experts forcefully testified on Wednesday that Trump abused his power and should be impeached The GOP's only impeachment witness on Wednesday contradicted his own previous testimony Progressive impeachment legal witness Pamela Karlan unexpectedly cited Brett Kavanaugh to argue foreign nationals shouldn't interfere in US elections One of the nation's top constitutional experts unloaded on Trump in Wednesday's impeachment hearing, saying he committed 'impeachable high crimes' and abused power December 3: GOP Rep. Devin Nunes' phone calls with Giuliani and one of his indicted Ukraine associates showed up in the House's impeachment report House Intelligence Committee's impeachment report found that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine and obstructed Congress' impeachment inquiry December 2: Ukraine's president rejected one of Trump's main defenses for withholding military aid, but denied there was a quid pro quo November 28: A recent court ruling could open the floodgates and let Congress haul in all of Trump's allies who have refused to testify in the impeachment inquiry November 27: 2 US officials were so disgusted Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine that they resigned Rudy Giuliani was angling for a 6-figure business deal with a corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor while pushing him to get political dirt on the Bidens November 26: Women are the biggest supporters of impeachment and want Trump removed by an 18-point margin Trump knew about the whistleblower complaint prior to unfreezing military aid to Ukraine a bombshell new report says November 25: House impeachment investigators reportedly have secret recordings of Trump and Rudy Giuliani, given to them by Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas The US Supreme Court ruled to temporarily shield Trump's financial records from Congress 'Presidents are not kings': Judge rules that former White House counsel Don McGahn must testify before Congress related to Mueller investigation Former White House counsel Don McGahn has been ordered to testify before Congress. Experts say the court ruling may encourage Bolton and other top Trump officials to come forward in the impeachment probe. November 24: A confidential White House review reportedly found emails from top officials trying to justify Trump's Ukraine military-aid block Moderate Republicans went all in defending Trump at the impeachment hearings, which means Democrats have no chance to win them over Rudy Giuliani says he has 'files' on the Bidens that will be released 'if I disappear' November 23: State Department documents link Mike Pompeo to Rudy Giuliani in the months leading up to Yovanovitch's recall The 5 impeachment witnesses who locked down the Democrats' case against Trump Ukraine's President Zelensky said he didn't feel pressured by Trump. Here's why that's bogus. November 22: There's a huge loophole in the GOP's claim that Trump's sale of Javelin missiles to Ukraine shows his support for the country Trump essentially admitted on live TV to doing the thing he's accused of in the impeachment inquiry John Bolton says his Twitter account was 'supressed unfairly' after he left the Trump White House, and he dropped a cryptic hint that a bombshell revelation may be coming soon Here are the most important takeaways from every day of Trump's impeachment hearings November 21: Fiona Hill and David Holmes gave powerful testimony about how everything was about to 'blow up' with Trump and Ukraine. Here are the biggest takeaways from their impeachment-inquiry hearing. Former NSC official Fiona Hill gave a master class on what it means to be a non-partisan fact witness Former NSC official Fiona Hill blasted sexist attitudes about women's anger in her impeachment testimony, and people love her for it Impeachment witness Fiona Hill said she thought Gordon Sondland's testimony about Biden wasn't 'credible' Fiona Hill slams Republican lawmakers who've promoted 'politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests' Republicans are using massive signs to defend Trump so the cameras can catch them in the televised impeachment hearings November 20: A Pentagon official unexpectedly blew up Trump's defense in the Ukraine scandal and Gordon Sondland threw everyone under the bus. Here are the biggest takeaways from Wednesday's impeachment hearings. Defense Department official gives bombshell testimony that US and Ukrainian officials asked about frozen military aid on the same day as Trump's call with Zelensky Republicans are grasping at straws after EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland blew up one of their last defenses of Trump Trump's ambassador to the EU says the president ordered him against his will to work with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine Cameras captured Trump's Ukraine talking points, written in giant Sharpie letters: 'I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo.' The GOP warned Ambassador Sondland that he'd be 'smeared' by Democrats in the impeachment hearing before turning around and smearing him themselves Rapper A$AP Rocky was a surprise focal point of Ambassador Sondland's impeachment hearing testimony November 19: The GOP's own witnesses blew up their case and a Purple Heart recipient was accused of disloyalty. Here are the biggest takeaways from Tuesday's impeachment hearings. Republicans tried to smear Alexander Vindman by implying the US military officer has dual loyalty to Ukraine Kurt Volker completely reverses his previous impeachment testimony and now says he thought discussions about political investigations were 'inappropriate' Republicans called Kurt Volker to testify and he promptly shut down the right wing's biggest allegation against Joe Biden Devin Nunes used all his time in the impeachment hearing to try to out the Ukraine whistleblower November 18: 23 photos show the key moments of Trump's impeachment so far Ambassador Sondland said Trump doesn't 'give a s---' about Ukraine except when it benefits him personally, official testifies November 15: Marie Yovanovitch took aim at Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and top brass at the State Department in damning testimony Marie Yovanovitch gave powerful and incriminating testimony in the Trump impeachment hearing. Here are the biggest takeaways. Trump attacked Marie Yovanovitch as she testified about learning she was fired while honoring an assassinated corruption activist Experts say Trump's attacks on Marie Yovanovitch during the impeachment hearing amount to witness intimidation Marie Yovanovitch was met with resounding applause and cheers after testifying for almost 7 hours in Trump's impeachment inquiry Congressional Republicans are repeating many baseless conspiracy theories in Trump's impeachment inquiry. Here's why they're all bogus. 'Sondland told Trump that Zelensky 'loves your ass'': Official who overheard a call between Trump and a US ambassador testifies Trump asked about Ukraine investigations November 14: Fox News anchor Chris Wallace called the impeachment testimony 'very damaging' to Trump. The network earlier ran a graphic referring to Bill Taylor as a 'never Trumper.' See the viral exchange where a Republican tried calling out Trump's whistleblower during the blockbuster impeachment hearings and a Democrat had the perfect response November 13: Bill Taylor and George Kent's vivid testimony in the first open impeachment hearing blew up Trump's defense in the Ukraine scandal Bill Taylor and George Kent gave devastating testimony in the first Trump impeachment hearing. Here are the biggest takeaways. A top State Department official blew a hole through one of Trump's main talking points in the impeachment hearing Longtime diplomat Bill Taylor testifies that he had never seen a US president make foreign aid conditional on their personal or political interests Top US diplomat Bill Taylor revealed details of a previously unknown phone call between Trump and Gordon Sondland in his bombshell impeachment hearing testimony State Department official George Kent accuses Rudy Giuliani of 'infecting' US-Ukraine relations with 'false information' and a 'smear campaign' in impeachment hearing testimony November 12: Trump wants to fire the intelligence watchdog who told Congress about the whistleblower's complaint A Pentagon official's newly released testimony further devastated Trump's central impeachment defense that Ukraine aid freeze wasn't linked to search for Biden dirt Republicans are trying to shift the argument over impeachment to what was going on inside Trump's mind, after testimony tore apart defenses based on fact November 11: Aides reportedly tried to anticipate the fallout from Biden's son's dealings in Ukraine back in 2014 but were shut down because he was consumed by grief A businessman involved in Giuliani's quest for Biden dirt claims he was sent on a mission to broker a 'quid pro quo,' and his testimony could be highly damaging for Trump John Bolton's lawyer dropped an intriguing hint that shows why he could be the most dangerous witness against Trump November 10: House Intelligence members say committee has evidence of a Trump-Ukraine 'extortion scheme' November 9: House Republicans requested that Hunter Biden and the whistleblower publicly testify in impeachment hearings Here's how Trump could be impeached, removed from office, and still win re-election in 2020 November 8: Trump's former top Russia adviser Fiona Hill's impeachment testimony paints damning picture of pressure put on Ukraine Here are the biggest takeaways from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's blockbuster testimony against Trump November 7: Ukraine was about to cave to Trump's demands. Then the public found out about the whistleblower. November 6: Rudy Giuliani lawyers up as federal prosecutors investigate and the impeachment inquiry ramps up Transcript of Bill Taylor's testimony underscores extreme lengths Trump went to in urging Ukraine to investigate Bidens Adam Schiff announces public hearings in impeachment probe will begin next Wednesday November 5: Former diplomat Kurt Volker says Rudy Giuliani was a 'direct conduit' to Ukraine and demanded they publicly announce an investigation into the Bidens Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the EU, is the latest witness to confirm a quid pro quo between Trump and Ukraine November 4: An indicted businessman with ties to Rudy Giuliani is willing to comply with Trump impeachment inquiry It looks like Trump and Giuliani's efforts to intimidate and bully the former Ukrainian ambassador went much further than publicly known Ukraine is firing the prosecutor who discussed a probe of the Bidens with Giuliani Trump's ex-Ukraine envoy said she felt 'shocked' and threatened when Trump told Ukraine's president she was 'going to go through some things' November 3: The whistleblower at the heart of the impeachment inquiry has offered to answer written questions from House Republicans, lawyer says October 31: Former White House official testified that military aid to Ukraine was held up by Trump's demand to investigate Joe Biden House passes resolution formalizing impeachment inquiry into Trump as GOP continues to slam process Former national security adviser John Bolton asked to testify in House impeachment inquiry October 29: House Democrats took an important step in the impeachment inquiry, throwing a wrench into the GOP's biggest defense A top White House official is about to blow a hole through Trump's main defense about the Ukraine call October 24: It looks like the Trump administration's pressure campaign against Ukraine may have gone further than freezing military aid Intelligence veterans say Republicans storming a secure congressional facility was a 'thuggish' and 'offensive' stunt that risked national security October 23: House Republicans stormed a closed-door impeachment hearing and refused to leave — and Trump approved of it Ukraine just threw a huge wrench into Trump's key defense denying a quid pro quo October 22: Trump's Ukraine envoy gave 'damning' testimony to Congress that prompted 'sighs and gasps' from people in the room Putin and Hungary reportedly 'poisoned' Trump's view on Ukraine and reinforced his belief that the country was 'hopelessly corrupt' October 19: 8 Trump officials made stunning revelations about how the president and Giuliani weaponized the State Department October 17: Mick Mulvaney publicly confirms Trump held up Ukraine aid for political gain Gordon Sondland, a central figure in the Ukraine scandal, threw Trump and Giuliani under the bus in his opening statement to Congress October 15: Trump's White House counsel Pat Cipollone is the first line of defense when it comes to batting back House Democrats' impeachment inquiry The floodgates are opening as Trump officials publicly defy his orders and more whistleblowers come out of the shadows October 14: FBI officials were 'rattled' and 'blindsided' by Trump's call for Ukraine to manufacture dirt on Joe Biden Prosecutors are scouring Rudy Giuliani's bank records and business dealings in Ukraine as part of a widening criminal investigation October 11: Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Rudy Giuliani violated foreign lobbying laws in Ukraine Ex-Ukraine envoy says she was fired on 'unfounded' and 'false' grounds after standing up to Trump and Giuliani A federal court ordered Trump's accounting firm to turn over 8 years of his taxes to Congress October 10: 2 of Rudy Giuliani's associates who prosecutors say helped him dig up dirt on Joe Biden have been charged with campaign finance violations A White House adviser is flip-flopping on whether China gave him information on Joe Biden's son after Trump asked Beijing to investigate the Bidens October 8: White House says Trump 'cannot permit his administration' to cooperate with the 'partisan and unconstitutional' impeachment inquiry A White House official who listened in on Trump's Ukraine call described it as 'crazy' and 'frightening' The State Department blocked Ambassador Gordon Sondland from testifying to Congress about the Ukraine scandal October 5: Trump is reportedly blaming Rick Perry for his infamous call with the Ukrainian president House Democrats subpoena the White House and Mike Pence as part of impeachment inquiry October 4: A 2nd intelligence official is considering filing a whistleblower complaint about Trump and Ukraine Trump brought up Joe Biden during a June phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping Trump reportedly personally ordered the removal of ambassador to Ukraine after people said she was impeding Biden investigations Newly revealed text messages show Trump diplomats' internal turmoil over his pressure on Ukraine October 3: Trump's conspiracies are reaching a fever pitch amid revelations that the whistleblower went to Congress before filing their complaint There's a 2nd whistleblower complaint no one's talking about, and it could be as damaging to Trump as the Ukraine scandal Trump's top diplomat in Ukraine said in a text message that it was 'crazy' to withhold aid in exchange 'for help with a political campaign' 2 top Trump deputies drafted a statement for Ukraine's president committing him to pursuing political investigations for Trump October 2: The Trump whistleblower told the House Intelligence Committee about their concerns before filing an official complaint The State Department's watchdog will tell Congress about efforts to intimidate officials from cooperating with the Trump impeachment inquiry Mike Pompeo made at least 4 significantly misleading statements about his role in the Trump-Ukraine phone call Trump used Mike Pence to tell Ukraine the US would withhold military aid while demanding that it investigate corruption Pompeo confirms he was on Trump's Ukraine call after previously dodging questions about it October 1: Trump's false theory that whistleblower requirements changed just before the complaint over his Ukraine call got shut down by the intelligence watchdog The White House is 'paralyzed' and 'teetering on the edge of a cliff' as it grapples with Ukraine fallout and 'Hurricane Rudy' 'Pure insanity': Intelligence veterans are floored by Barr's 'off the books' overtures to foreign officials about the Russia probe September 30: Mike Pompeo reportedly took part in Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president Trump pressed Australia's prime minister to help Attorney General Barr investigate the origins of the Russia probe Former Ukrainian prosecutor says Giuliani repeatedly pushed him to investigate the Bidens September 27: A top State Department official at the center of the Ukraine whistleblower complaint just resigned Justice Department veterans say Trump could be accused of breaking 4 laws in the Ukraine whistleblower scandal Rudy Giuliani claims that he's 'the real whistleblower' and that no one will know the real story on Trump and Ukraine 'if I get killed' 'Lawyer up': DOJ veterans have one piece of advice for Trump and Giuliani amid the Ukraine whistleblower scandal September 26: Read the full declassified whistleblower complaint about a phone call between Trump and Ukraine's president Here are the biggest moments from acting DNI Joseph Maguire's testimony to Congress about an explosive whistleblower complaint against Trump Whistleblower says White House officials were 'deeply disturbed' by Trump's call with Ukraine's president and worried they 'had witnessed the president abuse his office for personal gain' Acting DNI Joseph Maguire undermined the GOP's entire argument against the whistleblower in one sentence The White House has a complete transcript of Ukraine call but hid it in a possible abuse of power, whistleblower complaint says Trump suggested the whistleblower who filed a complaint against him is guilty of treason, which is punishable by death The whistleblower who filed an explosive complaint against Trump is reportedly a CIA officer once assigned to the White House The US's top intelligence watchdog found Trump's conduct so alarming it could expose him to blackmail September 25: The Trump whistleblower raised concerns that the White House handled records of the call with Ukraine's president in an 'unusual' way Trump mentioned a wild conspiracy theory about the DNC and the Russia probe in his phone call with Ukraine's president Ukrainian officials say Trump would only talk to Zelensky 'if they would discuss the Biden case' in their July phone call Nancy Pelosi brought a combative attitude to a phone call with Trump before launching an impeachment inquiry The notes on Trump's call with Ukraine's president hint at a quid pro quo over investigating Joe Biden's son The US's top spy agency referred the Trump whistleblower complaint to the DOJ for criminal investigation. The DOJ decided not to investigate. September 24: Trump aides were so afraid he'd pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden that they tried to derail his call with the Ukrainian president Trump tried to negotiate with Pelosi on the whistleblower complaint after she announced an impeachment inquiry. Pelosi told him to take a hike. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just announced the House will launch a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump amid whistleblower scandal Trump confirms he withheld military aid from Ukraine before pressing Zelensky to probe Biden September 23: Trump reportedly slammed the brakes on a $400 million military-aid package to Ukraine days before he asked its president to investigate Joe Biden September 19: 'DEFCON 1': US officials are rocked by a whistleblower complaint involving Trump's talks with a foreign leader September 18: The US's top spy agency just dropped a big hint that an 'urgent' whistleblower complaint involves Trump or someone close to him A major whistleblower complaint at the US's top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a 'promise' to a foreign leader September 14: The acting director of national intelligence is withholding a mysterious whistleblower complaint of 'urgent concern' that may involve Trump
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