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Resignation rocks Trump scandal

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump's special representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, has resigned.

New York Post reports, the US special envoy to Ukraine resigned from his post Saturday (AEST), a day after his name surfaced in the White House whistleblower complaint as a liaison between President Trump and the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Volker met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to tender his resignation, the Arizona State Free Press reported.

According to the whistleblower complaint, Volker and Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, tried to advise the Ukrainian government on how to navigate demands that Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, made regarding a potential investigation into the son of Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden.

Kurt Volker, special envoy to Ukraine has resigned. Picture: Twitter.
Kurt Volker, special envoy to Ukraine has resigned. Picture: Twitter.

Democrats are moving forward with impeachment proceedings against Trump, alleging he illegally used his office to pressure Ukraine to dig dirt on a political rival.

Trump has denied wrongdoing and has complained the White House source who gave the whistleblower information is a "spy."

CNN confirmed Volker's resignation, which was first reported by the Phoenix-based school newspaper. Volker is executive director of the McCain Institute, which is based at Arizona State.

 

OPPONENTS CLOSE IN ON TRUMP

 

Impeachment hearings against Donald Trump could start as early as next week, according to reports.

That news comes as critics of the US President form an unlikely new form of attack on the Republican leader and more allegations emerge.

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee claimed today that the panel could begin impeachment hearings targeting President Trump as early as next week.

Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to the media after Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified before the House Intelligence Committee. Picture: AP
Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to the media after Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified before the House Intelligence Committee. Picture: AP

New York Post reports, California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN there would be a "busy couple weeks" ahead even though the rest of the House will be on a two-week recess, with many holding town halls to hear from their constituents about impeachment and other issues.

"I expect subpoenas," Schiff said, adding that the process will proceed as "expeditiously as possible."

If the White House stonewalls Congress, Schiff said, "It will strengthen the case on obstruction."

The panel announced their intention to remain in DC after Trump called for Schiff to resign and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Attorney General William Barr of having "gone rogue."

President Donald Trump speaks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday. Picture: AP
President Donald Trump speaks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday. Picture: AP

 

NEW 'LIDDLE' DRAMA FOR TRUMP

 

President Trump provided his army of critics with more ammunition as he took potshots at Schiff on Twitter. A grammatically incorrect post had many lining up the former reality TV star.

"He doesn't know the difference between a hypen and an apostrophe," one Twitter user replied.

"Great to see you focusing on priorities," another wrote.

"You're facing an 'abuse of power' scandal and you're upset about this," wrote another.

Various other uses attacked Trump over his misspelling of the word describing.

Meanwhile, further reports emerged of another whistleblower with possible evidence that the President allegedly attempted to corrupt a tax audit.

According to the Huffington Post, the whistleblower has come forward to claim Trump tried to corrupt an Internal Revenue Service audit of his personal tax returns.

A whistleblower's complaint about Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he asked for a "favour" and then urged his counterpart to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter is the subject of the impeachment moves against the President.

Trump said the call was "perfect" and insisted he did nothing wrong.

Democrats allege that he used the power of his office to pressure Zelensky to probe a political rival, and then tried to cover it up.

Parts of this article first appeared in the New York Post and are republished here with permission.


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