Published: Fri, October 04, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Ukraine transcript 'so damning' that public backs impeachment, ex-Clinton adviser asserts

Ukraine transcript 'so damning' that public backs impeachment, ex-Clinton adviser asserts

The main targets of Trump's speech were Biden's two leading rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who have both campaigned for the establishment of a "Medicare for All" program under which the federal health care program would be made the universal insurer for all Americans, effectively ending private health insurance programs.

Pompeo sought to portray the call as proper, saying it was in the context of USA policymaking in Ukraine, including "taking down the Russian Federation threat", rooting out corruption in government and boosting the economy.

The California Republican said until Democrats come up with a plan for calling witnesses, allowing access to evidence and giving President Trump's attorneys the ability to be part of the proceedings, there can't be a fair impeachment inquiry.

Yovanovitch, a career member of the foreign service and who has served in ambassadorships under three presidents, was sworn in as ambassador to Ukraine in August 2016.

Kurt Volker resigned as special representative for Ukraine negotiations on Friday, the day after the public release of the whistleblower complaint that described him as trying to "contain the damage" from efforts by Giuliani to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats.

Trump once again attacked the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and said that he should be investigated for treason after Schiff jokingly embellished Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last week.

Linick showed lawmakers the packet at a closed-door session on Capitol Hill. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rolled out the party's long-awaited plan on September 19 and was welcomed by Trump. That person said the White House sent the envelope to Pompeo and it contained notes from interviews that took place in the New York City office of Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, with various Ukrainians about the debunked conspiracies.

The State Department says Volker also arranged a meeting between Giuliani and a top aide to Zelensky, Andriy Yermak, but at the request of Yermak.

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Trump allies have suggested for days that without a formal vote, the House is merely conducting standard oversight, entitling lawmakers to a lesser level of disclosure from the administration. Inside there are divider sheets marked with a Trump Hotels label.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Giuliani and others outside of the Trump Administration complained that Yovanovitch was undermining efforts to investigate the Bidens.

"In other words, no pressure", Trump added. Yovanovitch may do the same late next week. The former prosecutor general reportedly had been in contact with Giuliani, the person said.

Democrats have accused the White House of blocking congressional inquiries and refusing to respond to record requests, which has prompted the subpoena threat this week.

Joe Biden raised $15.2 million in the third quarter for his USA presidential bid as he seeks the 2020 Democratic nomination, his campaign said on Thursday.

Previously, he served as the USA ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation during the George W. Bush administration. Trump has long pursued those theories, a topic he discussed with Zelenskiy in the phone call that sparked the impeachment inquiry. Suffice it to say here that the slogan has nothing to do with "socialism", except in the fevered demagogy of the ultra-right Republicans, who also denounced Medicare, at its establishment in 1965, in the same terms.

"What we object to was the demands that were put that deeply violate fundamental principles of separation of powers", Pompeo said on Wednesday while on a visit to Italy. They are set to hold another round of talks in the United States next week.

"Proposals like Medicare for All, as well as the public options, are not just impractical, they are morally wrong because they would demote American seniors to little better than second-class status", she told reporters. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo supported the move, an administration official said. Pompeo's performance in those hearings bolstered his reputation among conservatives, eventually drawing him into Trump's orbit as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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