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After House GOP’s 5 Hour Delay, Impeachment Inquiry Testimony Begins, Concludes 3 1/2 Hours Later

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(CNN) — After about three and a half hours of testimony, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper has left the Capitol.

Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, told reporters that Cooper’s testimony included an (already public) timeline on the aid to Ukraine. He added that the aid was suspended on July 18 and reinstated on Sept. 11.

“Ukrainians didn’t know about it until way late in the process,” Jordan said.

What happened earlier: Before Cooper was scheduled to testify behind closed doors today, a group of Republicans stormed the room, known as the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, in protest.

The Republicans involved were barred from today’s closed testimony because they are not on the three committees leading the impeachment inquiry.

The roughly two-dozen House Republicans entered the SCIF to rail against the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry, a political stunt ratcheting up the GOP complaints about the process that delayed today’s scheduled deposition for five hours.

A committee official told CNN that the House Republican members violated House deposition rules by entering the SCIF.


(CNN) — Laura Cooper, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, has started her testimony in the House impeachment inquiry.

Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda told reporters Cooper did not give an opening statement and they went straight into questions.

The reason for the delay: Roughly two-dozen House Republicans stormed the closed-door deposition in secure House Intelligence Committee spaces to rail against the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry, a political stunt ratcheting up the GOP complaints about the process that delayed today’s scheduled deposition for five hours.

Live, continuing coverage of the impeachment inquiry below.

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Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.

In choosing Harris, Biden is embracing a former rival from the Democratic primary who is familiar with the unique rigor of a national campaign. Harris, a 55-year-old first-term senator, is also one of the party’s most prominent figures and quickly became a top contender for the No. 2 spot after her own White House campaign ended.

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Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.

In choosing Harris, Biden is embracing a former rival from the Democratic primary who is familiar with the unique rigor of a national campaign. Harris, a 55-year-old first-term senator, is also one of the party’s most prominent figures and quickly became a top contender for the No. 2 spot after her own White House campaign ended.

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Britain Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

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Britain has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong dispute following the introduction of China’s national security law.

Britain says the new national security law in Hong Kong breaches agreements made before the handover of the former British colony.

Speaking on Sunday, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC that it was clear the Uighur minority in China had suffered abuses of their human rights.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that the government has “concerns about the treatment of the Uyghur minority obviously, about the human rights abuses,” he promised a “tough” yet balanced approach towards the world’s second largest economy, without abandoning the UK’s “policy of engagement.”

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will arrive in London later today for talks with government officials.

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