Democratic leader Pelosi outlines Trump ‘shakedown’ of Ukraine Oct 22, 2019 0 616 12345 DPAWashingtonDemocratic leader Nancy Pelosi released an outline of what she termed President Donald Trump’s “shakedown” of Ukrainian leaders for his own personal gain as the Democrats pursue an impeachment inquiry of Trump.The four-page document, which outlines the opposition lawmakers’ case against the president, comes ahead of a week of closed-door depositions from Trump administration officials as the Democrats continue the impeachment probe.The outline does not release new information but highlights the line of attack against the president.The inquiry is looking into a possible effort by Trump to withhold military aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden, a Democratic candidate vying to unseat Trump in the 2020 election.Trump also wanted Ukraine to investigate a debunked right-wing conspiracy theory about the 2016 election.Pelosi’s outline says Trump “betrayed his oath of office by using the US government and outside actors to advance his scheme to shake down the Ukrainian government to interfere in the 2020 elections.” The outline cites text messages between Taylor, US ambassador to the EU Gordan Sondland and former US envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker.Meanwhile, Republicans are moving to censure congressman Adam Schiff, a leader of impeachment probe, accusing him of lying to the public. RELATED ARTICLES Modi eyes easy victory as two Indian states vote Oct 22, 2019 0 752 Canadians vote in tight poll as Trudeau aims to cling to power Oct 22, 2019 0 1210 UK’s Johnson ploughs on after speaker blocks new Brexit deal vote Oct 22, 2019 0 245 Philippine police recommend drug charges against ex-chief Manila: Philippine police recommended graft and drug charges against its former chief on Monday over a new scandal that has put President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-narcotics crackdown under the spotlight. The police .. Thai king strips royal consort of all titles: Palace Bangkok: Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his 34-year-old consort of all titles for “disloyalty” and apparent “ambition” to match the Queen’s position, a royal command issued late on Monday said, less .. China says no one can stop Taiwan ‘reunification’ with the mainland AFP Beijing China’s defence minister made an uncompromising call on Monday for the “reunification” of Taiwan with the mainland, telling a high level defence forum that the process was something “no force” could stop. .. Bangladesh MP ‘hired lookalikes’ for univ exams Dhaka: A Bangladeshi lawmaker has been expelled from university after allegedly hiring as many as eight lookalikes to take exams in her place, officials said on Monday. Tamanna Nusrat, from the ruling Awami League .. ‘No Syria-type pullout planned for Afghanistan’ AFP Kabul Afghans should not misconstrue America’s sudden and contentious withdrawal from parts of Syria as a precursor to a similar move in Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday. The US last week .. US envoy consults Russia, China, EU on ending Afghan war Washington: The US negotiator whose talks with the Taliban was halted by President Donald Trump is meeting with Russia, China and European allies on ending Afghanistan’s war, the State Department said on Monday. Zalmay .. Prominent Pakistani journalist quits amid media freedom concerns Islamabad: A prominent Pakistani journalist known for his critical articles about the country’s powerful military has quit his job amid mounting concerns about the pressure exerted by authorities on the press. There ..