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  • Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman stand as they take a break in hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
    Republicans assail Army officer who reported Trump phone call

    A career Army officer testified Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine was “improper,” as Republicans tried to undercut the national security official with pointed exchanges questioning his loyalty to the U.S. during a remarkable day in the impeachment hearings.

  • Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, center, leaves after reviewing his testimony in a closed-door interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in the impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump's efforts to press Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden. (Susan Walsh/AP)
    Transcript of Army officer’s Ukraine testimony against Trump released

    In closed-door transcripts released by House impeachment investigators on Friday, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer assigned to the National Security Council, was one of two White House officials who detailed an extraordinary series of meetings and interactions before and after a July phone call in which Trump asked new Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate political rival Joe Biden and Ukraine’s role in the 2016 U.S. election. At the same time, the U.S. was withholding military aid to the country.

  • Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council, center, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, to appear before a House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Committee on Oversight and Reform joint interview with the transcript to be part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.(Patrick Semansky/AP)
    Army officer says he raised concerns about Trump and Ukraine

    Defying White House orders, an Army officer serving with President Donald Trump’s National Security Council testified to impeachment investigators Tuesday that he twice raised concerns over the administration’s push to have Ukraine investigate Democrats and Joe Biden.

  • A coalition convoy stops to test fire M2 machine guns and an MK19 grenade launcher in the Middle Euphrates River Valley in the Deir ez-Zor province, Syria, Nov. 22, 2018. (Sgt. Matthew Crane/Army)
    Senate breaks with Trump on Afghanistan, Syria withdrawal

    The Senate has voted to oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, breaking with President Donald Trump as he has called for a drawdown of troops in those countries.

  • In this Jan. 29, 2019, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
    Senate vote rebukes Trump on Syria, Afghanistan

    In a bipartisan rebuke to President Donald Trump, the Senate voted 68-23 Thursday to advance an amendment that would oppose withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

  • The East Front of the U.S. Capitol at sunset, Monday, March 5, 2018 in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)
    Election security bill backers say delay in Congress helps Russia

    Just two months before the midterm elections bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states.

  • A poster showing a fake social media account is on display during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill, on Aug. 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony about foreign influence on social media platforms. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
    Senators ponder how to counter foreign influence operations

    Senators wrestling with how to counter Russia and other foreign influence operations heard Wednesday from experts who said that not only did Russia continue its influence campaign after the 2016 presidential election, it “stepped on the gas.”

  • Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has said that Russian hackers tried to infiltrate her Senate office computer system. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    Democratic Sen. McCaskill confirms Russian hacking attempt

    Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri says Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network, raising questions about the extent to which Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 elections.