Published: Sun, November 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sondland said he was acting on Trump’s orders, aide told investigators

Sondland said he was acting on Trump’s orders, aide told investigators

"Every time you went to check to see whether he had, in fact, talked to the president, you found that he had talked to the president?" one lawmaker wondered, according to a transcript of Morrison's testimony released Saturday.

"I and others sat in astonishment", Taylor said.

Morrison, who announced October 30 he would be stepping down from the NSC, was brought to the White House by then-national security adviser John Bolton.

The aid was released on September 11 after the White House was made aware of a whistle-blower complaint about the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the beginning of the House impeachment inquiry on September 24, following a whistleblower's account that Trump leveraged aid for Ukraine to get investigations of Hunter Biden's activities in the country.

But Morrison said he did not recall Burisma being mentioned.

Even though he feared the conversation leaking, Morrison broke with colleagues in telling House investigators that he heard nothing "improper" on Trump's call with Zelensky.

The agency itself has rejected repeated subpoenas for documents related to House Democrats' investigation into whether the Trump administration withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure the country to launch an investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden, for political gain. Vice President Mike Pence and Sen.

Mr Ropp says that weapons aid, in the form of javelin missile launchers and 50 caliber snipers have been largely useless in battling Russian military because combat tanks are used scarcely by Moscow's forces and heavy-duty weaponry doesn't allow for more mobile combat.

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Morrison said that at a September 11 meeting at the White House that Trump was persuaded to release the money.

Sandy's name had barely come up in previous testimony.

Holmes described hearing Trump ask about the status of the investigations and heard Sondland affirm that Zelensky had agreed to his request. The link between Trump's call and the White House's holding back of security aid is the central question in the impeachment inquiry.

Republicans in Congress should pay attention to the nonpartisan career public servants who spoke on Capitol Hill last week, and to their insistence that what they have witnessed in our foreign policy with Ukraine this year is without precedent - and moreover, wrong.

Sharpening the arguments, both sides are preparing for an intense lineup of public hearings in the coming week.

Ever since Mr Putin made the decision to annex the Crimea region in 2014, the United States has waded in making the region a key battleground for political influence as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies aim to defy Russia's encroachment on Western territory in Eastern Europe. "Ukrainians were fighting Russians and counted on not only the training and weapons but also the assurance and US support".

"Supporting Ukraine is the right thing to do", Yovanovitch testified.

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