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The artist Jim Starlin, who invented the character, responded on Instagram.

The artist Jim Starlin, who invented the character, responded on Instagram.

January 2020: 11.00 a.m.: US security company – Russian hacker attack on Ukrainian gas company Burisma

According to a US security company, Russian agents have launched a hacking attack on the Ukrainian gas company, which is at the center of the impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump. Here you can read more about it.

12:11 a.m.: Pelosi sets impeachment vote for Wednesday

The US House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. This was announced by the chairwoman of the Congress Chamber, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, on Tuesday evening. The date was expected, but has not yet been officially confirmed. Trump had previously drawn an angry letter to Nancy Pelosi against the Democrats and their plans.

12:10 a.m.: Giuliani’s confidante received a million dollars from Ukraine

A Ukraine-born businessman with ties to US President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is currently on trial in the US. Lev Parnas was arrested along with another Giuliani employee, Igor Fruman, in October and charged with violating campaign finance laws. In order to buy access, the two donations from abroad are said to have passed on to the Republicans. Money is also said to have flowed into Donald Trump’s election campaign. They are also said to have supported Trump’s lawyer in persuading Ukraine to investigate Trump’s rival Joe Biden and his son. Both men deny the allegations. 

Now the public prosecutor’s office has presented new evidence against Parnas. According to this, his wife has received a transfer of one million dollars from a lawyer for the Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash to her account. Parnas had already received the same amount of money from a Russian account in September. It is unclear what the money was sent for. That it could have been a loan makes no sense, as the prosecutor said. Parnas had only given a fortune of just $ 450,000 when he was arrested. The native Ukrainian is under house arrest in Florida during the trial.

00.00 a.m.: Ex-Trump adviser Gates has to go to jail

A former campaign advisor to today’s US President Donald Trump has been jailed for 45 days. The sentence of a federal court in Washington against Rick Gates reported on Tuesday US media unanimously. Gates pleaded guilty to financial crimes and lied to the FBI federal police in an agreement with US Special Counsel Robert Mueller in February of last year. Gates had cooperated with Mueller in his Russia investigation. The allegations that Gates has admitted come from well before the election campaign. At that time, Gates and Trump’s later election campaign manager Paul Manafort concealed millions in lobby work for Ukraine.

Gates had testified against his former boss Manafort, who is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence. Gates also testified against Trump adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted last month of, among other things, false testimony before Congress. A sentence has not yet been announced. Six people with ties to Trump’s campaign team have been convicted or pleaded guilty since 2017.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that prosecutors had not asked for Gates to be detained. Judge Amy Berman Jackson still imposed a prison sentence. CNN reported that Gates was allowed to serve his sentence over a three-year probation period on weekends. Gates was also fined $ 20,000 and had to do 300 hours of community service. Gates said Tuesday, according to CNN, “I take full responsibility for my actions.”

Monday, December 16: 3:00 a.m.: Democrats demand testimony from Trump’s top advisors

The US is heading for the decisive vote on impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump in the House of Before this is expected to happen in the middle of the week, the Democrats have already submitted a proposal to the Republicans in the Senate for further action. 

What the Democrats are asking Republicans to do: Four senior White House officials should be heard in the Senate, including Trump’s executive chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton. This is what the Democratic minority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, wrote in a letter published on Sunday (local time) by several US media outlets to his Republican counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In it, Schumer suggested starting the procedure in the second week of January. The exact procedure in the Senate is not specified. So Schumer’s letter is an attempt to come to an understanding with the Republicans.

What McConnell Might Do: The majority leader currently seems to prefer a shorter trial without a lot of fuss over a long one with witness hearings. In such an accelerated process, the senators could decide with a simple majority to put the charges against Trump to a direct vote – i.e. without further witness hearings. He could shorten the process even further. With a simple majority, McConnell could have the impeachment dismissed. Then the proceedings would be closed. However, Trump would not be acquitted.

Which one way or another is unlikely: That Trump will be removed from office. For a conviction, a two-thirds majority – 67 of the 100 senators – would have to vote for at least one of the counts. That would require 20 Republicans in the Senate to vote with the Democrats. This is currently not foreseeable at all. The Republicans are united behind Trump. A US president has never been removed from office. 

Sunday, December 16, 6:14 p.m.: Is the majority shaky for impeachment proceedings?

US Democratic efforts to impeach President Donald Trump are approaching a climax. The House of Representatives could possibly officially open such a process (impeachment) as early as the middle of the week. A majority was actually foreseeable, because the Democrats dominate the chamber. However, according to media reports, some moderate MPs are still undecided or even against.

Trump welcomed the possible conversion of a Democratic MP to the Republicans on Twitter. US media had previously reported, citing unnamed sources, that the New Jersey MP, Jeff Van Drew, who is considered to be moderate, was planning to switch sides in the coming days. The timing would be explosive in view of the upcoming vote. Van Drew had spoken out against and voted against impeachment on the part of the president in the past.

Saturday, December 15, 9:39 a.m.: Democrat changes party because of impeachment proceedings against Trump

According to a newspaper report, a Democrat is moving to the Republicans to protest against the planned impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump. The MP Jeff Van Drew from New Jersey wants to take the step next week, reported the “New York Times”, citing people familiar with the considerations. Van Drew was one of the two House Democrats who voted against advancing a case against Trump in late October.

4:12 p.m.: US Judicial Committee approves charges against Trump

The Judiciary Committee in the US House of Representatives has spoken out in favor of initiating official impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump. The panel accepted both charges of possible impeachment of the president with a majority of Democrats. Trump should therefore answer for abuse of power and obstruction of the investigations of Congress. The vote is a recommendation to the plenary session of the House of Representatives. There, the MPs could vote on the points before Christmas and thus formally open impeachment proceedings against Trump.

Justice Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said, “No matter how popular he may be, no matter how good or bad the results of his policies, no president should be a dictator in the United States.” The Republicans accuse the Democrats of undoing Trump’s 2016 election victory and wanting to prevent his re-election next year. “The Democrats have never accepted the will of the American people,” criticized Republican MP Jim Jordan. His party friend Louie Gohmert said: “That’s how it went under Stalin.”

The Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives. It is therefore very likely that if there is a vote in the plenary session of the Chamber, sufficient votes will be gathered for the official opening of the impeachment proceedings. However, that does not mean that Trump would actually be removed from office.

After the vote in the House of Representatives, the process continues in the Senate, where Trump’s Republicans have a majority. There could already be a trial against Trump in January. A conviction and removal from office by the Senate, for which a two-thirds majority of 67 of the 100 senators would need, is currently considered highly unlikely. That would require at least 20 Republican senators to side with the Democrats.

9.36 a.m.: Giuliani middleman recently received $ 1 million from Russia

The middleman of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani in the Ukraine affair received a payment of 1 million US dollars from Russia weeks before his arrest and hid it from investigators until the end. The accused Lev Parnas should therefore be in custody until his trial, the responsible US federal attorneys now requested in a letter to the court. The risk of flight is “extremely high”. Several US media report on this. Parnas is currently under house arrest. 

Parnas and his co-defendant Igor Fruman were arrested in October shortly before he left for Vienna. Both US citizens had one-way tickets only, shortly before they had disregarded summons to hearings in the US Congress. There they should have testified about their activities for Giuliani and Trump. There is evidence that both were in contact with Trump, for Giuliani they worked in the Ukraine on the dirt campaign against the US ambassador and Trump’s rival Joe Biden.

Now they are charged with covering up payments from abroad and using them to buy political influence from US Republicans. Both deny the allegations. But Trump’s lawyer Giuliani also received several hundred thousand US dollars from Parnas. That’s why he is also being screened by investigators. While Giuliani is continuing the campaign in Ukraine, Parnas has already handed over documents and video material to Congress and asks to be allowed to cooperate in the investigation.

Thursday, December 12, 8:45 a.m.: Trump can be staged as a comic mass murderer

Donald Trump’s campaign team has published a short video on Twitter showing the US President as the comic villain Thanos from the Marvel series “Avengers”. “I’m inevitable,” says the cartoon Trump there before the Democrats around Nancy Pelosi are swept away.

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The video caused quite a stir, among other things because Thanos is a particularly brutal villain in the Marvel Comics who wiped out half of all living things in the universe. 

The artist Jim Starlin, who invented the character, responded on Instagram. At first he was injured because “this inflated fool” was using his work to “caress his infantile ego”. But then he realized that the “leader of my country and the free world enjoys comparing himself to a mass murderer”. – “How sick is that?”

Another dubious message for Trump: Thanos is stopped and killed by the superheroes in the story at the end. 

8.28 a.m.: Republicans: Impeachment process starts in January

The Republicans in the US Senate assume that the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump will start right in the new year. “A Senate trial will have to be our first item on the agenda in January,” said Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. At the same time, he accused the opposition Democrats of having conducted the “most careless and unfair impeachment investigation in modern history” in the House of Representatives.

“If the House of Representatives continues on its destructive path and sends us impeachment articles, the Senate will take them up next year and hold a fair trial,” McConnell said.

7.25 a.m.: Republicans speak of vendetta against Trump

The Republicans in the US House of Representatives have accused the Democrats of a campaign of revenge in the planned impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. At the committee meeting, the leading Republican on the judiciary committee, Doug Collins, criticized the fact that the Democrats had been vendetta since Trump’s election victory three years ago. They wanted to get rid of Trump by impeachment before he won the election again next year. Democratic committee chairman Jerrold Nadler unsuccessfully called on his Republican colleagues to support the charges against Trump.

The Judiciary Committee first looked at the charges against the Republican president presented by the Democrats the day before. These points are prerequisites for impeachment. The Democrats accuse Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of the Congressional investigation. “If we don’t respond to President Trump’s abuse of power, the abuse will continue,” said Nadler. Trump endangers national security and the integrity of the US elections.

December 12, 5:08 p.m .: Next meeting of the committee on Thursday

The Democrats in the US House of Representatives are pushing ahead with preparations for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump: Another meeting of the Justice Committee is scheduled for Thursday. Then the committee could vote on the charges, making a recommendation to the House of Representatives plenary. The President is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of the investigations of the Congress.

Should the MPs also approve the charges in plenary with a majority, impeachment proceedings against Trump would be formally opened. This vote should be due next week, so before Christmas. A majority is foreseeable, because the Democrats dominate the House of Representatives. / P

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