Turkish FM: Russian-made missile system no threat to NATO or allies

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

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Turkey’s foreign minister is saying his country’s use of a Russian missile defense system poses no threat to NATO or its allies. On Thursday, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu called for NATO to form a working group and address the claim the Russian S-400 missile system isn’t compatible with U.S. made F-35 fighter jets.

Turkey received a delivery of the missile system last summer, which prompted the Department of Defense to kick it out of the F-35 program.

NATO’s secretary general said the organization will do whatever it can to find a way to solve the issue.

“Let me just briefly say that Turkey is really an important ally for many reasons: for their contributions to NATO missions and operations, but also bordering Iraq and Syria,” stated Jens Stoltenberg. “Of course, the enormous progress we have been able to make liberating all the territory that ISIS controlled until recently.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sideline of the conference on Libya at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Turkish Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

Recent reports said Russia has shipped more than 120 surface-to-air missiles to Turkey, along with additional equipment. A number of other countries are also reportedly interested in the missile system, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt.

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Republicans fume over Dem threat of new impeachment articles: ‘Time to cut them off’

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Reaction and analysis from Trump 2020 campaign adviser Jenna Ellis.

Republicans ratcheted up their accusations that Democrats are overplaying their impeachment hand after court filings from the House Judiciary Committee indicated the two articles of impeachment adopted last week may only be the beginning.

GOP lawmakers already were fuming at Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her surprise decision to delay transmitting the articles to the Senate in a bid to extract favorable terms for President Trump's trial. But in the latest twist, the Democrat-led Judiciary panel referenced the possibility of yet additional impeachment articles in briefs filed Monday related to their quest for testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn and secret grand jury material from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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If the court allows them to obtain the information they seek, their attorney wrote, "new articles of impeachment" could be considered based on the evidence. GOP lawmakers reacted with stunned disbelief.

"Democrats are treating impeachment as an open bar tab," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., tweeted Monday afternoon. "Time to cut them off, take their car keys away (put GOP in control of the House), and end this insanity."

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who sits on the House Judiciary Committee that filed the briefs, reacted by saying, "You've got to be kidding."

He added: "It’s gone from the Kangaroo Court Impeachment… …to the Keystone Cops Impeachment(s).. Will Pelosi send the Articles from the last Impeachment before drafting the next ones?!"

The notion of new articles of impeachment was floated as the committee justified their need to have McGahn testify and acquire Mueller's secret grand jury information. Previously, they had argued that their ongoing impeachment investigation presented an urgent need for both — but with the House already voting to impeach Trump, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals gave them until Monday afternoon to explain why the case was still relevant and should not be dismissed as moot.

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"If this material reveals new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered by the Articles adopted by the House, the Committee will proceed accordingly–including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment," committee attorney Douglas Letter wrote in the grand jury material case.

Letter used nearly identical language pertaining to McGahn's testimony in his brief in that case.

Trump last week was impeached on accusations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, related to his efforts to pressure Ukraine to launch politically beneficial investigations, all while withholding military aid (though Trump has maintained there was no "quid pro quo").

The latest filings did not detail what potential additional articles could be considered. Regardless, the briefs stated that even if McGahn’s testimony or the grand jury material do not lead to new articles of impeachment, they could be used in an upcoming Senate trial in relation to the obstruction of Congress allegations that Trump is currently facing.

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Adam Schiff tells CNN he took Trump’s Guatemala remarks as ‘veiled threat’ against him

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Wednesday that he interpreted a remark by President Trump a day earlier as a “veiled threat” against him.

Trump had said Tuesday, during a news conference with Guatemala's president, that he believed it was unfair that Schiff couldn't be prosecuted over his conduct during the impeachment inquiry, adding that Guatemala has a "tougher" judicial system.

“When you have a guy like shifty Schiff go out and make up a statement I made – He said this is what I said but I never said it, he totally made it up," Trump said. "In Guatemala, they handle things much … tougher than that and because of immunity … he can’t be prosecuted.”

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Schiff told CNN's Dana Bash he took the comments very seriously.

“This is a president, after all, who has said of people who blow the whistle on him that they’re traitors and spies and should be treated as traitors and spies used to be – We used to execute traitors and spies," Schiff said. “This is not a president above threatening anyone who gets in his way."

He said Trump’s undertone was a reference to Guatemala’s “violent history.”

“He is not going to intimidate me," Schiff added.

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Schiff said he isn’t the first or last person who will be threatened by the president, but stressed it’s the kind of behavior “Americans should not accept in the Oval Office.”

The House voted to impeach the president Wednesday.

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