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5 things to know Friday

Will President Trump participate in the House impeachment inquiry?

House Democrats have given President Donald Trump a Friday deadline to decide whether he wants to send lawyers or other representatives to participate in impeachment inquiry hearings. The White House has called the inquiry partisan and biased and declined to participate in Wednesday’s hearing with four law scholars and college professors. But Trump has until 5 p.m. EDT on Dec. 6 to decide whether to take part in the process at all. Republicans hold a 53 to 47 majority in the Senate, so Trump doesn’t expect the necessary two-thirds majority will vote to remove him. Over the past two months, House Democrats have led an impeachment inquiry into allegations Trump used the power of his office to pressure Ukraine to investigate one of his political rivals.

Kerry endorses Biden, will join former vice president in Iowa on trail

I Joe Biden’s campaign announced that ex-Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Iowa on Friday to join the former vice president on his “No Malarkey” bus tour.  The announcement comes after Kerry said he is endorsing Biden for his 2020 White House bid. Meanwhile, Biden hit a bit of a bump in the road while on his tour Thursday as he lashed out at a voter at an event, calling him “a damn liar” for accusing him of “selling access” to the presidency in Ukraine. Biden said he didn’t want to argue with the attendee, but the two continued to talk over each other. Both Biden and Kerry will campaign in New Hampshire this weekend as well.

Authorities investigate deadly Black Hawk helicopter crash

Investigators are expected to arrive in Minnesota on Friday after a Black Hawk helicopter carrying three crew members crashed south of St. Cloud, Minnesota.According to emergency scanner traffic, the helicopter took off from St. Cloud and called mayday about nine minutes after takeoff. Sky conditions at the time the helicopter took off were clear with 10-mile visibility, according to the National Weather Service’s observations at St. Cloud Regional Airport. “We do not have contact with the helicopter but we do not quite yet know what the situation is,” Minnesota National Guard Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens said after the base lost contact with the aircraft. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz later confirmed that all three crew members had died. 

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