A lawyer for the White House’s budget office resigned partly because of concerns over Donald Trump’s freeze on military aid to Ukraine

A lawyer for the White House’s budget office resigned partly because of concerns over Donald Trump’s freeze on military aid to Ukraine, a longtime career official from the office has testified to Congress behind closed doors.

Mark Sandy of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) told the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry that an individual in the office’s legal division quit in part over issues with the suspension of security assistance to Ukraine, according to a transcript of his deposition released on Tuesday.

President Trump meanwhile gave his latest 2020 campaign rally in Florida on Tuesday night, denouncing the investigation into his quid pro quo call with Volodymyr Zelensky as “bulls***” and encouraging his supporters to chant the word in defiance.

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“Had to evacuate uni because of an earthquake,” one student tweeted. Another person called the powerful quake “nasty”.

“The president has a choice to make: he can take this opportunity to be represented in the impeachment hearings or he can stop complaining about the process,” Mr Nadler said in his letter. “I hope that he chooses to participate. We will discuss whether your alleged actions warrant the House’s exercising its authority to adopt articles of impeachment.”

‘The priority is to save people’s lives,’ said Prime Minister Edi Rama, who declared Wednesday a national day of mourning and announced a 30-day state of emergency for Durres and Thumane, where the earthquake damage is at its worst. 

Festivities planned for Albania’s Independence Day celebration have been cancelled on November 28 and 29.