Pence attacks 'hard-left' Democrats in rant against socialism – live updates

Vice-president criticizes Green New Deal and Medicare for All and claims choice in next election is between ‘freedom and socialism’

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The Democratic-led House oversight committee has issued a warning to Donald Trump’s counsel, demanding that the White House turn over documents related to security clearances for some of the president’s close advisers.

Elijah Cummings, the committee’s chairman, penned a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone on Friday, giving a deadline of Monday to comply with its request. The move comes in the wake of reports that Trump personally ordered his former chief of staff to grant Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and secret adviser, top-level security clearance against the guidance of intelligence officials.

8.46pm GMT

Hello! Sabrina Siddiqui here, taking over for the next couple of hours on this Friday evening.

It’s been a wild week, between Michael Cohen’s testimony and the president’s second rendezvous with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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Source: theguardian