Published: Thu, November 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Impeachment witness: Ukrainians asked about holdup of aid

Impeachment witness: Ukrainians asked about holdup of aid

The memo also reportedly encourages Republicans to defend Mr Trump by repeating his own claims: "President Zelensky and President Trump have both said there was no pressure on the call".

The inquiry and hearings "will not serve as venues for any Member to further the same sham investigations into the Bidens or into debunked conspiracies about 2016 USA election interference that President Trump pressed Ukraine to undertake for his personal political benefit", Schiff wrote in a memorandum to committee members.

The witnesses testifying are Bill Taylor, the top USA diplomat to the Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent. Republicans have so far shown little support for removing Trump from office, which would require two-thirds of senators present to vote to convict him.

The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee moves to public hearings this week in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Both raised concerns about an apparent effort by President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and other US diplomats to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations into the president's political rivals.

Three witnesses are scheduled for this week and eight more are set to testify in public next week.

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US President Donald Trump announced Monday via his Twitter account that he will be releasing the transcripts of his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy "sometime this week". None were removed from office, although Richard Nixon resigned as he faced nearly certain impeachment in 1974 over the Watergate scandal. They will be assisted by chief White House correspondent John Roberts reporting live from the White House while congressional reporters Chad Pergram and Mike Emanuel weigh in from Capitol Hill. The Intelligence Committee will stream the video on YouTube.

In her testimony, senior Pentagon official Laura Cooper detailed confusion and concern in the USA national security community after Trump's White House blocked almost $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine without explanation.

"All of the senior leaders of the U.S. national security departments and agencies were all unified in their - in their view that this assistance was essential", Cooper said, according to the transcript.

Trump has intensified his attacks on the investigation as public hearings approach.

If that occurs, the 100-seat Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial on the charges.

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