Published: Wed, November 06, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

House committees request Mick Mulvaney deposition as part of impeachment inquiry

House committees request Mick Mulvaney deposition as part of impeachment inquiry

Scott Perry of Pennsylvania if that skepticism existed before Giuliani might have imparted some of his opinions on Trump, Volker replied: "Well, what I can say is that when I briefed the President and then participated in his meeting with [former Ukraine] President Poroshenko in September 2017, it was already clear then that he had a very skeptical view of Ukraine".

The House Intelligence Committee has released two more transcripts of closed-door testimony related to the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Trump went on Twitter on Tuesday morning to retweet some of his previous commentary on the impeachment inquiry.

Mr. Sondland, an OR hotelier appointed to the European Union post after donating $1-million to Mr. Trump's inaugural committee, had previously claimed he could not remember key conversations about the bartering of military aid for the investigations.

The revised testimony is also significant because Mr Sondland is the first witness to assist the impeachment inquiry who is considered a Trump acolyte. After that sit-down, Mr. Sondland pulled aside Andriy Yermak, one of the Ukrainian President's top advisers.

"I said that resumption of USA aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks", Sondland writes, noting that he now recalls a September 1 meeting in which he told that to an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Sonland revealed during an updated testimony in which his memory had been refreshed that "he told a top Ukrainian official that the country likely would not receive American military aid unless it publicly committed to investigations President Trump wanted".

Mulvaney has emerged as a central figure in the impeachment inquiry, including his statement at an October 17 news conference that the White House had withheld security assistance for Ukraine.

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Sondland had said he only talked broadly during that meeting about investigations by Ukraine. "No amount of salacious media-biased headlines, which are clearly created to influence the narrative, change the fact that the President has done nothing wrong", she said.

William Taylor, the acting United States ambassador to Ukraine, had repeatedly questioned Mr Sondland in text messages about a quid pro quo, a Latin phrase meaning an exchange of favours.

At one point, Mr. Zelensky agreed to give a broad statement promising to investigate corruption. Mr. Volker edited it to add an explicit reference to probing Burisma, the text messages showed.

While Rudy Giuliani's role in pressing various Ukrainian officials for political dirt is well known by now, the text message log makes clear that USA and Ukrainian diplomats recognized as much in the moment. Can anyone hope to succeed with the Giuliani-Biden issue swirling for the next 18 months?

John Eisenberg, a White House lawyer suspected of involvement in the Ukraine scandal, and Robert Blair, assistant to the president and senior advisor to Mr Mulvaney, were among four officials who ignored calls to testify on Monday.

The Kentucky Republican told reporters Tuesday that "if it were today, I don't think there's any question" that any impeachment trial "would not lead to a removal".

On Tuesday, Republicans said they were considering installing Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a boisterous Trump supporter, on the House Intelligence Committee as it prepares to hold public hearings. "You need to go big or go home. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy", Mulvaney said at the time, although he later contradicted himself.

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