More impeachment testimony, Pence in Turkey, post-debate action: 5 things you need to know Wednesday

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Published 3:51 a.m. ET Oct. 16, 2019 | Updated 7:59 a.m. ET Oct. 16, 2019



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Ex-State official to testify in impeachment inquiry

A newly resigned former senior adviser to the secretary of State is scheduled to appear in a closed session Wednesday as part of the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. P. Michael McKinley resigned from his post just last week after a career that spanned decades and included posts as U.S. ambassador to Brazil and Afghanistan. The Washington Post reported that his resignation came amid low morale within the State Department and worries that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was not supporting those wrapped up in the controversy over Ukraine, allegations Pompeo has denied. McKinley’s testimony Wednesday will come after a busy day Tuesday that included Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, ignoring a subpoena and refusing to turn over documents related to the inquiry. Also, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly rejected calls by Trump and his GOP allies to hold a full vote on whether to authorize the inquiry. The impeachment probe is looking at whether Trump abused his office for his own political gain and whether he used military aid to pressure Ukraine to gather dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden. 



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Pence, Pompeo head to Turkey, hope to get ceasefire deal

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Turkey Wednesday to try to reach a ceasefire deal, according to President Donald Trump.  Pence will lead a delegation that will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and they will meet Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey pressed on with its incursions into Syria on Tuesday despite the Trump administration’s demands for a ceasefire and the United States’ imposition of economic sanctions and a threat to punish Turkish officials. The crisis began last week when Erdogan told Trump he planned to invade Syria and Trump announced the withdrawal of a small contingent of U.S. troops stationed on the Syria-Turkey border. Trump’s decision sparked a bipartisan backlash and international outrage, largely because it seemed to give Erdogan a green light to attack the Kurdish fighters that have been key U.S. allies in the fight against Islamic State terrorists.



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President Donald Trump says Vice President Mike Pence will be traveling to Turkey on Wednesday to try to reach a ceasefire deal. (Oct. 15)
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Some Democrats head back on the campaign trail after Tuesday’s debate

There is no rest for the weary for four of the Democratic presidential candidates who were at the party’s debate in the key battleground state of Ohio Tuesday. Former Vice President Joe Biden; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala Harris will all attend campaign events in Iowa on Wednesday. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar will start a two-day swing in New Hampshire before making her own trip to Iowa this weekend.  Looking back at the fourth Democratic debate, the stage hosted a record 12 candidates battling it out over a series of key issues, including, for the first time, the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Another notable development saw the focus of shots and attacks shifting away from Biden and more to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, which is surely in response to her mounting support in recent national polls.     



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