Published: Sat, November 09, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Trump says he may release April Ukraine call

Trump says he may release April Ukraine call

Williams did not raise concerns about the call with her superiors.

"I think she may have been as direct as saying that Gordon Sondland lies about conversations that occur in the Oval Office", he said.

George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, revealed during his closed-door testimony before House impeachment investigators last month that there was a lot of lying going when it came to Ukraine.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has snubbed the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry, skipping his deposition as Democrats wrap up closed-door interviews and move into a public phase of the investigation.

Trump denies wrongdoing and has since released what the White House claims to be an unredacted transcript of the call.

Trump "wanted nothing less than President Zelensky to go to a microphone and say investigations, Biden and Clinton", Kent told House impeachment inquiry. The second hearing, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15, could include testimony from former USA ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, NBC News reported.

Lawmakers are seeking to find out how much Pence knew about efforts by Trump and those around him to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as foreign interference in the 2016 USA election. According to Hill's account of events, Bolton instructed her to notify the National Security Council of the Trump administration's activities, calling them a "drug deal".

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The Washington Post, citing people familiar with Bolton's views, said he is willing to testify but wants to see how a court battle between Congress and the White House over the constitutionality of the subpoenas shakes out first.

They are trying to determine whether Trump froze $391 million USA in security assistance for Ukraine to put pressure on Zelensky to conduct the investigation, misusing U.S. foreign policy for his personal gain.

A quid pro quo is not necessary to prove high crimes or misdemeanours, which is the standard the US Constitution requires for the impeachment of a president.

The public impeachment hearings for U.S. President Doanld Trump will start on November 13 and will include testimony from witnesses who previously gave their account of what happened on the a phone call with Ukraine.

"I am appointing [Jim Jordan] to the Intelligence Committee-which has now become the Impeachment Committee- where he will continue fighting for fairness and truth", Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced in a tweet.

Schiff said he regretted telling the public in mid-September: "We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower".

Democrats are also expected to try to use the hearings to show that Trump obstructed justice - the basis of another possible article of impeachment - by detailing how he has blocked some witnesses from appearing and otherwise refused to cooperate with their probe.

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