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4:08 p.m. ET, October 16, 2019

Arraignment postponed for two Rudy Giuliani associates

Igor Fruman, left, and Lev Parnas, right
Igor Fruman, left, and Lev Parnas, right Alexandria Sheriff's Office

US District Judge Paul Oetken has postponed the arraignment and initial conference for Rudy Giuliani associates Les Parnas and Igor Fruman until Oct. 23 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The other two defendants, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin, are expected to appear Thursday at 3:30 p.m, ET in a Manhattan federal courthouse for their arraignment and initial conference.

Some background: The four men were indicted last week on two counts of conspiracy, one count of false statements to the Federal Election Commission and one count of falsification of records.

The four allegedly conducted a scheme beginning in March 2018 to evade campaign finance laws, according to the indictment unsealed by New York federal prosecutors.

3:52 p.m. ET, October 16, 2019

Michael McKinley's impeachment inquiry interview has ended

Michael McKinley, a former top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, leaves Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Michael McKinley, a former top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, leaves Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16. Andrew Harnik/AP

The behind closed-doors interview of former State Department senior adviser Michael McKinley has concluded, House members and aides tell CNN.

The House committees running the inquiry began speaking to McKinley at around 10 a.m. ET this morning.

2:31 p.m. ET, October 16, 2019

Top US diplomat in Ukraine expected to testify Tuesday

Bill Taylor attends a press-conference about US-Ukrainian relations, in Kiev, Ukraine in July 2019.
Bill Taylor attends a press-conference about US-Ukrainian relations, in Kiev, Ukraine in July 2019. STR/NurPhoto/Getty Images

The top US diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor is expected testify Tuesday before House committees in the impeachment inquiry, per a GOP source. A spokesman for the democrats declined to comment.  

Taylor was thrust into the public eye following the release of his text exchanges with former Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker and President Trump's appointee to be the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland.

In the exchanges, Taylor expressed his concerns about foreign policy moves being tied to political motives, writing that it was "crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign."

CNN reported last week that House Democrats had requested a deposition from Taylor.

More about Taylor: A source familiar with his career said Taylor took the job to be a good soldier and that from reading the public text messages, the former ambassador appeared to be doing what a professional in these circumstances would do: keeping a record of what was going on.

"He is very skilled and has many years of experience dealing with the bureaucracy. You can see in the language of the texts that he is memorializing phone calls — 'As I told you on the phone... ,' " the source said.

2:28 p.m. ET, October 16, 2019

Federal investigation of Rudy Giuliani includes counterintelligence probe

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images

For months, investigators looking into Rudy Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine have dug into everything from possible financial entanglements with alleged corrupt Ukrainian figures to counterintelligence concerns raised by some of those business ties, according to people briefed on the matter.

The counterintelligence part of the investigation indicates that FBI and criminal prosecutors in Manhattan are looking at a broader set of issues related to Giuliani, President Trump's personal attorney, than has been previously reported.

Kenneth McCallion, a New York attorney, says that investigators first approached him earlier this year to ask about Giuliani's ties to Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two Giuliani associates indicted last week on campaign-finance related charges.

McCallion says FBI counterintelligence agents in February or March asked questions about some of Giuliani's Ukrainian business dealings.

The counterintelligence probe hinges in part on whether a foreign influence operation was trying to take advantage of Giuliani's business ties in Ukraine and with wealthy foreigners to make inroads with the White House, according to one person briefed on the matter.

"I was just asked whether I or any of my clients knew of any dealings that these two guys had with Giuliani," McCallion said. "They were on the radar with regard to possible counterintelligence issues."

The indictment announced last week centers on ties between the Giuliani associates and foreigners, including a Russian national with whom they did business. The indictment doesn't mention Giuliani.

Giuliani has said he is unaware of any criminal investigation into his business dealings.

1:56 p.m. ET, October 16, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was silent after McKinley called for support for Yovanovitch

Michael McKinley, a former top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Michael McKinley, a former top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. Andrew Harnik/AP

Former State official Michael McKinley testified that he repeatedly asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a show of support for the ousted US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, but was greeted with silence, according to two sources with knowledge of his testimony.

That decision to not offer Yovanovitch support was a key reason McKinley decided to resign his job, the sources added.

McKinley testified that while Pompeo helped restore morale at the department after then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gutted the department, he was disappointed that Pompeo did not stand up for a respected professional like Yovanovitch.

McKinley did not know the reasons why Pompeo was silent, according to sources with knowledge of his testimony so far. He said Pompeo listened to the concerns but didn’t explain his thinking.

McKinley also testified about lacking knowledge about what Rudy Giuliani was up to and said he didn’t have contact with Giuliani.

Three sources say that McKinley did not turn over documents to the committee but gave those documents to State, which has not turned them over to the House.

1:52 p.m. ET, October 16, 2019

Trump concludes press conference without talking about impeachment

President Trump concluded a press conference at the White House this afternoon with Italian president Sergio Mattarella without addressing the impeachment inquiry.

The questions that Trump did take largely focused on the situation in Syria and criticisms of the decision to pull troops out of the country.

Trump denied giving Turkey the “green light” to go into Syria, also responding to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s criticisms about his approach to the situation. 

“I didn’t give them the green light to invade,” Trump said during a joint press conference with the president of Italy at the White House. 

Trump said that if anybody saw a letter he sent to Turkey after the phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, everyone would see that he did not give them the green light. 

Asked about Graham’s recent comments about Trump’s behavior with Turkey, Trump said: “Lindsey Graham would like to stay in the Middle East for the next thousand years.” 

Trump added Graham “should focus on the judiciary (committee) with the Democrats.” 

Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

1:18 p.m. ET, October 16, 2019

Trump is speaking at the White House now

Trump is holding a joint press conference with the Italian president Sergio Mattarella.

Watch live here.

President Donald Trump arrives to a news conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, October 16.
President Donald Trump arrives to a news conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, October 16. Evan Vucci/AP

12:49 p.m. ET, October 16, 2019

Impeachment witness "commended Pompeo for restoring morale" at the State Department, GOP congressmen say

Rep. Mark Meadows and other Republicans arrive for a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Rep. Mark Meadows and other Republicans arrive for a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Susan Walsh/AP

Ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs committee Rep. Michael McCaul and Rep. Mark Meadows ��� both Republicans — spoke to reporters upon leaving former senior adviser to the Secretary of State Michael McKinley's closed-door deposition on Capitol Hill. 

The two said the testimony so far focused on “concern from a colleague about an ambassador that he held in high regard,” referring to former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. 

“Most of this is a concern by a colleague for an ambassador that he held in high regard,” Meadows said, with McCaul adding that McKinkley had “commended Pompeo for restoring morale” at the State Department, referring to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Both Meadows and McCaul reiterated the Republican position that this is not a fair process, and that Speaker Pelosi should call a vote on the floor for an impeachment inquiry. 

When asked by CNN if the two members were comfortable with the role Rudy Giuliani has played in this, McCaul answered that he needs to see “all of the evidence” before he can take a position. 

“I will reserve judgement until Mr. Giuliani comes in,” McCaul said. “I think his position is there’s an attorney-client privilege with the president of the United States... I think we need all the facts and evidence before us.”

Here's what you need to know about McKinley:

12:28 p.m. ET, October 16, 2019

Lindsey Graham plans to ask Giuliani to appear before Senate Judiciary

Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/Getty Images

Republican Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham told reporters today that he is going to write a letter to Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, asking him to appear before the committee, adding “we’ll consider whether to subpoena him and others later.”

Giuliani defied House Democrats' impeachment subpoena yesterday, according to a letter his attorney sent to Congress.

Some context: Giuliani is facing an investigation by federal prosecutors into whether his involvement with Ukraine violated federal lobbying laws, The New York Times reported last week.

Citing two people familiar with the inquiry, the paper builds on CNN's previous reporting on Thursday that Giuliani's financial dealings with two associates indicted on campaign finance-related charges were under scrutiny by investigators overseeing the case.

Law enforcement officials briefed on the matter told CNN that the FBI and prosecutors in Manhattan are examining Giuliani's involvement in the broader flow of money that has become the focus of alleged violations that are at the center of the charges against Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.