Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump downplays moment as impeachment hearings open

Trump downplays moment as impeachment hearings open

Republicans staffers on the House Intelligence Committee have distributed an 18-page memo to GOP committee members describing what they call "key points of evidence from the Democrats" closed-door "impeachment inquiry'".

Sondland's solo testimony underscores that Democrats want him to clarify his previous testimony related to what Trump told him about Ukraine, which has been contradicted by others, including USA diplomat Bill Taylor, who is testifying publicly on Wednesday.

Witnesses begin their testimonies on Wednesday.

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press.

In their release announcing the new slate of hearings, Democrats said they had accepted "all of the Minority requests that are within the scope of the impeachment inquiry", ruling out public hearings with either Hunter Biden, the former vice president's son, who Republicans had sought to question about his ties to a Ukrainian energy company. It will specifically examine whether or not he threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine until they agreed to investigate Joe Biden and his son for corruption ahead of the upcoming Presidential Election.

A third central defence in the memo reportedly stated that "the Ukrainian government was not aware of the hold on U.S. assistance", despite the White House reportedly withholding military aid to the country.

The anonymous whistleblower first alerted officials to concerns about the Trump phone call with Zelenskiy.

An Axios report suggests "the memo fails to consider counterarguments that Democratic members have been making in the media for weeks" such as reports that top officials involved in Ukraine policy, Bill Taylor and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, "were under the impression that there was a quid pro quo involving the aid".

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Schiff, in his note to panel members, wrote that 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".

Trump is the fourth US president to face impeachment.

The top Republican on the panel, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, said Trump had a "perfectly good reason" for wanting to investigate the role of Democrats in 2016 election interference, giving airtime to a theory that runs counter to mainstream US intelligence which found that Russian Federation intervened and favored Trump. While this measure would certainly be historic and significant, any move to ousting Trump from office would nearly definitely fail in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and branded the investigation a hoax.

"I will give you a second transcript, because I had two calls with the president of Ukraine".

Trump disclosed this in a tweet.

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

At its core, the inquiry stems from Trump's July 25 phone call when he asked Ukraine's newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, for "a favor".

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