Pence aide testifies in Trump impeachment inquiry Nov 08, 2019 0 1669 12345 AFPWashingtonA NATIONAL security aide to Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Congress on Thursday to testify in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump as momentum in the investigation picked up ahead of next week’s open hearings.Jennifer Williams listened to Trump’s controversial July 25 phone call with Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky, and could either support or dampen allegations that Trump abused his powers by pressuring Zelensky to investigate Trump’s possible 2020 election rival.Democrats allege that Trump held up $391 million in military aid for Ukraine to force Zelensky to find dirt on Democrat Joe Biden, and also to find evidence supporting a widely discredited theory that Ukraine helped Democrats in the 2016 election.A veteran diplomat who advises Pence on Europe and Russia, Williams will be the first person from the vice president’s office to testify.“We expect her testimony will largely reflect what is already in the public record,” her lawyer Justin Shur said in a statement to US media.Trump has defended the July call as “perfect” despite a heavily edited transcript appearing to support the allegations against him.The call shows Trump asked Zelensky for a “favour” and specified that Ukraine should open probes into Biden, as well as into the unsupported tale that Ukraine helped the Democrats in 2016.That closely matched the claims of an intelligence community whistleblower, whose anonymous August complaint that Trump’s actions in the call were improper sparked the impeachment probe. RELATED ARTICLES Vietnam to repatriate 39 nationals found dead in UK refrigerated truck Nov 08, 2019 0 1083 Turkey threatens to ‘open the gates’ to Europe for migrants Nov 08, 2019 0 181 Anti-Brexit alliance targets tenth of UK election seats Nov 08, 2019 0 173 France’s Macron claims NATO suffers ‘brain death’ AFP Paris French President Emmanuel Macron said he believed NATO was undergoing “brain death,” lamenting a lack of coordination between Europe and the United States and unilateral action in Syria by key member Turkey, .. Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday rejected French President Emmanuel Macron’s view that NATO was experiencing “brain death”, saying there was no need for such “sweeping judgements”. Macron “used .. Four judges killed in vehicle attack in Afghan province Kabul: Four judges were killed in an alleged Taliban attack in Afghanistan’s central province of Logar, officials said on Thursday. The judges were on their way to Kabul from the southern province of Paktiya when their .. Sikhs await opening of corridor to sacred shrine in Pakistan Kartarpur: A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion’s holiest sites is set to open on Saturday, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of .. Indians stoned to death for marrying outside caste New Delhi: Relatives of an Indian woman who married outside her caste and fled her home to escape punishment stoned her and her husband to death after the couple returned to their village to visit family, police said on .. Italy introduces obligatory alarm system to stop child hot car deaths Rome: An Italian law seeking to prevent the death from heatstroke of children forgotten in car seats entered into force on Thursday. In Italy, and elsewhere in the world, there have been cases of children dying inside .. Police remove over 1,600 migrants from Paris tent camps Paris: Paris police cleared two migrant camps in northern Paris and the inner suburb of Saint Denis on Thursday morning. The operation came a day after Interior Minister Christophe Castaner promised to remove migrants ..