Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Official says he heard United States envoy push for Biden probe

Official says he heard United States envoy push for Biden probe

"The question whether the President's authority must give way in the face of a congressional subpoena-the determination Mr. Kupperman has asked this Court to make-is central to the question whether the House may take adverse action against Mr. Mulvaney, as threatened".

The hundreds of pages of transcripts showed the investigation's deep reach into the White House ahead of next week's public hearings.

In a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Republicans listed the anonymous whistleblower, former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden, former USA special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, high-ranking State Department official David Hale and Tim Morrison, the top Russian Federation and Europe adviser on the National Security Council. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said three State Department witnesses will appear in two hearings Wednesday and Friday: the US ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, career department official George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch, the former USA ambassador to Ukraine.

Trump says he will release an account of another phone call with Ukraine's leader.

They said Sondland specifically pushed Ukrainian officials in July 10 meetings for a Biden-focused investigation in exchange for a high-profile meeting between Trump and Zelensky. "I'll give you a second transcript because I actually had two calls with the president of Ukraine".

The president's July call with Zelensky led to the whistleblower complaint that prompted Democratic lawmakers to launch their impeachment probe.

There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden in Ukraine.

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The whistleblower complaint alleges Trump pressured Zelenskiy, during a July 25 phone call, to investigate Biden and his son.

Schiff added, "This inquiry is not, and will not serve, however, as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit, or to facilitate the President's effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm".

"We have another transcript coming out which is very important", Trump said.

Trump has denied doing anything improper.

President Donald Trump reiterated on Saturday that the congressional impeachment investigation into his dealings with the Ukraine is a "witch hunt" while calling for former Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be called as witnesses in the inquiry.

Mulvaney confirmed during a White House press briefing last month that Trump froze almost $400 million in U.S. security aid to Ukraine partially to pressure the country into investigating Democrats. The call took place months before the July conversation at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

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