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Sunday December 22nd, 2019 morning edition

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According to newly released documents, the White House moved to freeze military aid to Ukraine less than two hours after President Donald Trump’s July 25th call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The documents were obtained with a FOIA request by the Center for Public Integrity and published Friday night.

“Given the sensitive nature of the request, I appreciate your keeping that information closely held to those who need to know to execute direction.”.

On September 11, Duffey wrote another email informing Department of Defense Comptroller Elaine McCusker that the aid would be released.

He said that he was “glad to have this behind us.”.

The documents add more clarity to the timeline of the Ukraine pressure campaign and to events specifically occurring around the July 25 call, which touched off the whistleblower complaint and eventually, entire impeachment inquiry.

Trump has continued to insist, despite multiple witness testimonies, that there was no quid pro quo, or exchange of bogus investigations that he pushed for from Zelensky on the call for the $391 million in military aid. »

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Universal Notifies Theaters 'Cats' Is Being Updated With "Improved Visual Effects"

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On Friday — the movie's opening day — Universal notified thousands of theaters they will be receiving an updated version of Tom Hooper's troubled film with "some improved visual effects," according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

The move is unheard of for a finished title already in release, according to cinema operators and Hollywood studio executives.

The studio is asking that theaters replace the current print of Cats as soon as possible. »

Former Trump Official Anthony Scaramucci Names Four Witnesses Whose Senate Testimony Would Force President To Resign

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Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said President Donald Trump would be forced to resign if the Senate were to call any one of four people to testify in the upcoming impeachment trial.

At the start of the discussion, Scaramucci went after Senate Republicans, whom he accused of "allowing" Trump to break the law.

"He's going to be scoundrel No. 1 because he's going to leave before that testimony is brought," Scaramucci concluded. »