WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have subpoenaed acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney in their impeachment probe, demanding his testimony on Friday as they investigate President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Even so, Mulvaney isn’t expected to appear because the White House instructed its officials not to comply. Mulvaney said last month that the administration’s decision to hold up military aid was linked to Trump’s demand that Ukraine investigate Democrats. He later walked back his remarks.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat is highly critical of the Trump administration’s hasty exit from northeast Syria. He says the U.S. did not do enough to protect U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters there. And he fears that the steps to protect Syria’s oil sends the message the U.S. is only interested in Mideast oil. Two officials familiar with the matter say the internal memo by the top American diplomat in northern Syria says the administration did not do enough to prevent Turkey’s invasion of the region.
LA MORA, Mexico (AP) — Clad in shirt sleeves, suits or modest dresses, about 500 mourners embrace in grief under white tents erected in La Mora, a hamlet of about 300 people who consider themselves Mormon but are not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some wept, and some sang hymns, as a mother and two sons were laid to rest in a single grave dug out of the rocky soil Thursday at the first funeral for the victims of a drug cartel ambush that left nine American women and children dead.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is opening the door to a 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, warning that the current field of candidates is ill equipped to defeat President Donald Trump. The former New York City mayor hasn’t made a final decision on whether to jump into the race. Former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick have also quietly had conversations with supporters urging them to consider a run, but neither appears likely to enter the race.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions released an ad on social media stressing his support for President Donald Trump as he announced his bid for his old Senate seat. In the ad released Thursday night, Sessions says, “the president’s doing a great job for America and Alabama and he has my strong support.” Trump has been upset with Sessions ever since the then-attorney general recused himself from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.