Thursday, October 17, 2019: Ambassador Testifies Trump Directed Him to Work With Giuliani on Ukraine

10.17.2019 - By Inside Politics

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Critical testimony today as House Democrats build their abuse of power impeachment case. A Trump campaign donor turned ambassador tells Congress the President personally directed him to work with Rudy Giuliani - and that Giuliani tied Ukraine's hope for a White House meeting to its willingness to investigate the Bidens.

Plus, VP Pence lobbies Turkey to halt its military operation in Syria -- as the President bristles at both Republicans and Democrats who say he is making America weaker and handing a gift to Russia, Iran and ISIS.

And Congress loses a unique, booming voice: Elijah Cummings was a son of sharecroppers who rose to be chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee. The Baltimore icon died this morning at the age of 68.

Today's Panel: CNN's Dana Bash, Michael Bender with The Wall Street Journal, CNN's Kylie Atwood, Asma Khalid with NPR and Julie Hirschfeld Davis with The New York Times

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