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"The Committees are investigating the extent to which President Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election and by withholding security assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression, as well as any efforts to cover up these matters", the letter says.

Trump says: "We are looking at corruption, we're not looking at politics". They're also threatening to issue a subpoena on Friday to the White House if it does not turn over documents related to Ukraine.

Pelosi last week announced that the House was beginning the formal inquiry but didn't seek the consent of the full chamber, as was done for impeachment investigations into former Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

"Given the scope, it does not appear to be a serious request but just another attempt by the Do Nothing Democrats to call attention to their partisan impeachment", Pence spokeswoman Katie Waldman said in a statement.

The re-election campaign for President Donald Trump is launching an ad blitz in early primary states targeting former Vice President Joe Biden, Politico is reporting. A trial on whether to remove him from office would then be held in the U.S. Senate. The president on Thursday went a step further in his attacks on Biden when he called on China to investigate the former vice president and his son, who had business interests there.

US senator and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Friday it was "wrong and appalling" for Trump to push other nations to investigate Biden.

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Jennifer Layden from IL also thanked the patients and family members of those that came forth to help this investigation. Officials are investigating samples taken from these patients in an effort to determine what is causing the outbreak.

An Emerson Poll of OH voters shows Biden and Sanders beating Trump in the state he won in 2016.

A number of reporters and commentators called out Rubio on Twitter for downplaying Trump's request that China investigate a political rival, and his complete refusal to deal with the substance of the comments.

Biden leads in most opinion polls among the 19 Democrats seeking the party's nomination.

The Trump administration has signaled it does not intend to cooperate with the House investigation on Ukraine, just as it has stonewalled previous requests related to allegations of obstruction of justice and efforts to obtain the President's tax returns and other financial documents.

Trump said Friday the White House would be sending a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to formally object to the inquiry.

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