National Romney ramps up rhetoric on Trump, but what's his next move?

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Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, in testimony to House lawmakers about the whistleblower complaint on President Trump's controversial phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart, could not explain what accounted for the 18-day window between the July 25 call and the August 12 complaint filing - or when exactly the whistleblower contacted a key Democrat's staff, sources familiar with the testimony told Fox News. During the phone call, which occurred in July, the US President called on his counterpart to re-open an investigation into the business activity of Hunter Biden - the son of the former vice-president, and Democratic 2020 hopeful Joe Biden.

Mr Trump has attacked Mr Schiff for his characterisation of a call the president held with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and he has said, without evidence, that Mr Schiff helped draft a whistleblower complaint at the heart of the inquiry. When the only USA citizen that President Trump highlights for China to investigate is his political opponent in the middle of the Democratic nomination process, credulity is strained by suggesting that it's not for political reasons, he said in a statement he posted on Twitter on Friday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a Trump ally, said on Saturday the State Department had issued an initial response to a request by the House Foreign Affairs Committee for documents tied to USA contacts with the Ukrainian government.

An MSNBC guest speculated Saturday that impeachment could be used to make Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) president.

The Republican leader, a steadfast defender of President Donald Trump, made only momentary references to impeachment during public appearances Monday.

"Not only are the Do Nothing Democrats interfering in the 2020 Election, but they are continuing to interfere in the 2016 Election".

"Like other whistle-blowers have done before and since under Republican and Democratic-controlled committees, the whistle-blower contacted the committee for guidance on how to report possible wrongdoing within the jurisdiction of the intelligence community", Patrick Boland, a spokesman for Schiff, told the New York Times.

Walsh told Tapper that he is "not accusing this President of treason", but he said Trump has betrayed the nation. Walsh had previously said he supports Trump's impeachment and said again on Sunday that congressional Republicans should also "get behind" it.

As evidenced both verbally and photographically, Romney and Trump have never had the best relationship. "I received a general readout via our Chargé and my own State Department staffer, as well as from Mr. Yermak".

"China should start an investigation into the Bidens", Trump said after being asked about trade negotiations with the country. Trump has called the impeachment investigation a "hoax" and accused the media and Democrats of corruption.

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