The Lead with Jake Tapper

The Lead with Jake Tapper

CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, hosts this hourlong weekday afternoon program, which mixes Tapper's interests with headlines from around the country and the world, headlines that span politics, money, sports and popular culture. "The Lead" also concentrates on bringing stories that aren't found on front pages -- buried leads -- to the forefront.... Show More

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Source: in today's testimony, Trump's ex-Russia advisor praised the ousted ambassador targeted by Giuliani; NYT: former Trump adviser will testify Giuliani ran "shadow diplomacy" in Ukraine to aid Trump; Trump: "small footprint" of U.S. forces to remain in southern Syria to disrupt "remnants of ISIS"; Kurdish leader: U.S. "leaving us to be slaughtered"; McConnell slams Trump's withdrawal ... Read more

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NYT: Former Ambassador to Ukraine testifies Trump pressured State Department to remove her; NYT: Former Ukraine Amb. blames Trump, Giuliani for her removal; NYT: Yovanovitch testifies Trump fired her based on "false claims by people with clearly questionable motives"; Sources: National Security Adviser to slash career NSC staff and add political appointees; Source: President Trump sent WSJ Op-ed "Ukraine smoke and mirro... Read more

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Sources: Giuliani associates arrested while trying to leave U.S.; Prosecutors: Investigation involving Giuliani associates ongoing; Two men who helped Giuliani's efforts to dig up dirt on Biden in Ukraine under arrest; Giuliani associates to be held on$1 Million bond; Secretary Perry subpoenaed in House impeachment inquiry; Campaign finance records indicate Giuliani associates funneled money to campaign of former GOP Rep Pete S... Read more

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Dems plan wave of subpoenas despite Trump stonewalling; Speaker Pelosi still resisting calls for impeachment inquiry vote; Trump tweets attack on impeachment probe, whistleblower; Trump Admin launches war against impeachment inquiry; Trump predicts impeachment fight could go to Supreme Court; Trump, without evidence, says whistleblower in "cahoots" with Rep Schiff; Whistleblower may secretly be deposed on Capitol Hill; Turk... Read more

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Source on WH strategy: "The days of playing nice are done"; Sources: WH officials scrambled immediately after Ukraine call; Sources: At least one official alerted White House's National Security lawyers about Trump-Ukraine call; Source: WH reached out to lawyers for impeachment counsel, including former Rep Trey Gowdy; Source: Gordon Sondland called Trump before texting diplomat there was no quid pro quo & asking no... Read more

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Rick Perry: I asked Trump to call Ukraine on energy, not Bidens; Two key witnesses testify in impeachment inquiry this week; Trump unleashes on Dems & whistleblowers in twitter rant; Source: Mulvaney said Trump would win 45 states if impeached; Some republican allies dismiss Trumps request to China and Ukraine as a joke; Portman now forth GOP senator to criticize Trump for asking China & Ukraine to investigate Biden; Trump:... Read more

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Trump claims Biden probe just about rooting out corruption, but cannot name any other corruption probes he's ordered; Trump claims he's investigating corruption, not his rivals; Sources: Trump promised China's president he'd be silent on Hong Kong democracy protests while trade talks continued; House Dems ask VP Pence to turn over Ukraine docs; Trump can't name a corruption investigation he's requested that ... Read more

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Pence on Biden: Must be "above the appearance of impropriety"; First witness in Ukraine probe testifies before 3 House Cmtes; Schiff clarifies after saying committee had no contact with whistleblower; Schiff: Trump's invitation to foreign leaders today "repugnant"; Giuliani says some of the conspiracy theory documents about Bidens, Ukraine Ambassador originated with him; Trump publicly urges another foreign powe... Read more

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Trump: Only "legitimate" whistleblowers should be protected; Trump falsely claims whistleblower is "dishonest" & "inaccurate"; Now: State Dept Inspector General holding "urgent" briefing on Capitol Hill over Ukraine; House Democrats: Stonewalling by Trump Administration may be considered obstruction; Lineup announced for CNN/NYT Dem Presidential Debate; Trump froze Ukraine aid in June, demanded a... Read more

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Trump on impeachment inquiry: I always cooperate, but "this is a hoax"; Trump without evidence, claims Intel Chair Schiff helped "write it"; Now: State Dept Inspector General holding "urgent" briefing on Capitol Hill over Ukraine; Trump attacks Democrats for focusing on "bullshit"; Putin defends Trump over impeachment inquiry, says "nothing wrong" with Trump-Ukraine call; Putin jokes that Rus... Read more

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Trump's first supporter in Congress resigns, pleads guilty in corruption case; Pompeo pushes back on Dem effort to depose State Dept Officials; Source: President Trump would "go on random tangents" about Mueller probe in calls with foreign leaders; GOP Sen Grassley defends whistleblower who sounded alarm on Trump; WSJ: AG Barr complained to Trump in April about Giuliani; Barr facing questions about his actions as Attorn... Read more

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Dems fire back, warn Pompeo to stop "intimidating" witnesses; Ukraine's Pres: "No one can put pressure on me"; Ukraine's Pres: I never met or spoke to Giuliani; Trump adviser: Inquiry "nothing less than a coup d'état"; Trump adviser compares House Dems to China, Russia, N Korea; Source: Secy of State Pompeo was on Trump's call with Ukraine; Trump allies & advisers entangled in impeachment... Read more

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WH admits for first time its lawyers directed moving call transcript to highly secure system; Trump attacks whistleblower who sounded alarm on Trump's call for Ukraine to investigate Biden; Sources: Dems could impeach Trump by Thanksgiving; Schiff: Intel Cmte preparing for hearings as soon as next week, subpoenas going out "expeditiously"; Intel Dem: Giuliani, Barr likely to be called to testify; Schiff: subpoenas, hear... Read more

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Trump compares whistleblower's sources to "spies," makes reference to executions like the old days; Whistleblower alleges White House cover-up; John Dean reacts to whistleblower complaint; Whistleblower: WH officials were "deeply disturbed" by president's conduct on the call with Ukraine via Knit

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Trump holds first news conference since impeachment inquiry; Whistleblower complaint about Trump delivered to congress; via Knit

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Now: Pelosi meets with house Dems as impeachment momentum grows; Schiff: whistleblower wants to speak to house intel committee; Biden: if Trump continues to obstruct, impeach him; Source: Pelosi told Dems: "Here we are. A moment of truth"; Sources: Pelosi said "We will have an impeachment inquiry"; Democrats leave meeting on Trump impeachment inquiry vi... Read more

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Trump, without evidence, claims if a republican ever did what Biden did, they'd be getting "the electric chair"; Trump: I didn't pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden, but it "would have been okay" if I did; Intel chair: "We may have crossed the rubicon" on impeachment; Mitt Romney: Trump's call could be "troubling"; as few republicans condemn Trump's call; Axelrod: Trump call "im... Read more

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Trump: "somebody ought to look into" Joe Biden & Ukraine; First TV interview with fmr State Dept. analyst who quit when WH blocked his climate testimony; Shocking video of car plowing through Illinois mall; Patriots release Antonio Brown amid rape allegations; Very sick undocumented kids & adults can now apply to stay in the U.S. to get care via Knit Read more

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Watchdog: Acting Intel Chief, WH & Justice Dept stopping me from providing info about whistleblower's complaint; WaPo: Trump's "promise" to foreign leader sparked alarm; Sources: White House & Justice Dept advised DNI to withhold whistleblower complaint from Congress; Wash Post: Trump's "promise" to foreign leader so troubling it sparked whistleblower complaint; Buttigieg: Trump Admin "muzzli... Read more

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