House impeachment investigators release two more transcripts of State Department officials

Joanna Estrada
November 19, 2019

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff asked Yovanovitch about Trump's latest attacks on her during her testimony Friday.

United States President Donald Trump has tweeted that he "likes" the idea of testifying in his own impeachment inquiry, even though he insists he is innocent. He said Trump often operates as a team of one.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shake hands during a meeting in NY on September 25. How is it that foreign corrupt interests can manipulate our government?

US President Donald Trump, at the weekend, was at Walter Reed National Medical Center for medical tests, his ninth visit to the hospital since taking office. Democrats are looking into whether Trump abused his power in part by withholding $391 million in aid to Ukraine as leverage to get Kiev to investigate Biden.

Holmes joined Sondland and others during the lunch meeting and told investigators Trump was talking so loudly he could hear the president clearly on the ambassador's phone.

Burisma is the gas company that hired Hunter Biden. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former Vice President Joe Biden.

He knew nothing about the Ukrainian backchannel, his aides say. "There was no ambiguity".

When the White House produced a rough transcript later that day, she put it in the vice-president's briefing materials.

President Trump spent about two hours at Walter Reed Medical Center on Saturday for what he called "phase one of my yearly physical" in a tweet on Sunday.

Conflicting reports from US officials describe the meeting, on one hand, as diplomatic and, on the other, as concerning.

Pence's aides have spent recent weeks trying to distance him from the impeachment inquiry, as Pence himself insists the president did nothing wrong.

The White House has instructed officials not to appear, and most have received congressional subpoenas to compel their testimony.

Trump has slammed Vindman as a "Never Trumper" who he was unfamiliar with.

The Republican president has dismissed it as a "witch hunt".

Republicans are certain to mount a more aggressive attack on all the witnesses as the inquiry reaches closer into the White House and they try to protect Trump.

Vindman said he reported the call to NSC lawyers.

All four witnesses were previously deposed in closed-door meetings with the House intelligence committee, which is leading the investigation of whether Trump abused the power of his office by soliciting foreign interference from Ukraine in the 2020 USA election.

Pushing back against accusations from the Republican President that the process has been stacked against him, Ms Pelosi said Mr Trump is welcome to appear or answer questions in writing, if he chooses.

Conceivably this week could wrap up the Democrats' investigation and see them prepare the evidence collected to send to the House Judiciary Committee to draw up articles of impeachment. "He's gonna do it", Sondland said, adding that Zelenskiy would do "anything you ask him to".

"There's one witness, one witness that they won't bring in front of us, they won't bring in front of the American people, and that's the guy who started it all, the whistle-blower", Republican Jim Jordan said on November 13.

Ellen Weintraub, the Federal Election Commission chairwoman, has said this year that it is illegal for anyone to ask for, accept or receive "anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a US election".

Trump told reporters last week that he knew "nothing" about the call with Sondland.

David Hale, the undersecretary of state for political affairs at the State Department, testifies on November 21 at 9 a.m.

Diplomat David Holmes will testify on Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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