Here are the latest stories making headlines in conservative politics today:
Pompeo confirms he was on Ukraine call; Biden’s son’s 2013 trip to China and private equity fund now being scrutinized; Latest poll shows majority of Americans in favor of impeachment; the US and North Korea to resume nuclear talks; AG Barr to ramp up probe of FBI, CIA activities against Trump in 2016; Dow drops hard amid US manufacturing decline.
Pompeo Confirms he was Present on Trump-Ukraine Phone Call
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that he was present along with President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, listening in during a July 25 phone call between the two leaders that has launched an impeachment inquiry.
“I was on the phone call,” Pompeo confirmed on Wednesday, during a conference in Italy.
Biden’s Son’s 2013 Trip to China and Private Equity Fund Now Being Scrutinized
A 2013 trip to China in which, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, landed a deal forming a private equity fund in China is under scrutiny.
Allegedly, Hunter Biden invested $420,000, a 10% interest, in the $4.2 million capitalization of the fund. However, President Trump claims it was $1.5 billion.
Nonetheless, the trip has raised questions about Hunter Biden’s participation in both Ukraine and China while his father was vice president.
In particular, Hunter Biden, with no expertise in the industry, was awarded a $50,000 per month salary and a board position with a company in Ukraine.
Latest Poll Shows More Americans Favor Impeachment Than Not
The latest poll from Politico/Morning Consult found that 46% of respondents are in favor of Congress beginning impeachment proceedings, versus 43 percent who say they should not.
Earlier this week, a Monmouth University national poll found 52% of respondents against impeachment, versus 44% in favor. A CBS poll last week found 55% in favor of an impeachment probe, versus 45% against.
US and North Korea Agree to Resume Nuclear Talks, then Pyongyang Launches a Missile
The United States and North Korea agreed yesterday to resume nuclear talks, however, North Korea proceeded to fire off another ballistic missile earlier today from an underwater launch platform.
Even though the missile wasn’t launched from a submarine, US officials say the goal and design of the weapon is a submarine-launch ballistic missile.
The missile landed in waters off Japan.
AG Barr to Ramp up Probe of FBI, CIA Activities Against Trump in 2016
US Attorney General William Barr is planning to ramp up his investigation of FBI and CIA surveillance activities of the Trump campaign in 2016, according to the Washington Post.
“As the Department of Justice has previously announced, a team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham is investigating the origins of the U.S. counterintelligence probe of the Trump 2016 presidential campaign,” DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement.
“Mr. Durham is gathering information from numerous sources, including a number of foreign countries. At Attorney General Barr’s request, the President has contacted other countries to ask them to introduce the Attorney General and Mr. Durham to appropriate officials.”
Dow Drops Nearly 350 Points over US Manufacturing Decline
As manufacturing in the US had its worse month since June 2009, the month the Great Recession ended, the Dow dropped nearly 350 points as economists read it as a sign that the trade war with China is hurting American manufacturing.