US President Donald Trump has fired Deputy Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs John Rood, the Associated Press and TASS reported.
A senior official confirmed last year that Ukraine has made sufficient progress in fighting corruption to merit the release of $ 250 million from Congress by the Trump administration in a conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Closing out their case, House Democrats warned in Donald Trump's impeachment trial that the president will persist in abusing his power and endangering American democracy unless Congress intervenes to remove him before the 2020 election.
They then implored Republican senators to allow new testimony before rendering a final verdict.
President Donald Trump railed behind closed doors on Dec. 19 about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to delay sending articles of impeachment to the Republican Senate, putting an expected trial in limbo.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a staunch Trump GOP ally, emerged from a White House meeting with the president with a message.
Donald Trump on Wednesday became the third U.S. president in the 245-year history of the United States to be impeached as the House of Representatives formally charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, as Reuters reports, "in a historic step that will inflame partisan tensions across a deeply divided America".
A U.S. Justice Department review of the origins of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now a criminal investigation, a person familiar with the matter said on Oct. 24
The person, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, declined to say whether a grand jury had been convened in the investigation.