Published: Tue, November 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Former US ambassador to Ukraine testifies

Former US ambassador to Ukraine testifies

Trump is alleged to have used United States military aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former U.S. vice president Joe Biden, a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election.

A whistleblower's complaint about that call led to the impeachment inquiry.

Sandy's testimony could fill in gaps about the withholding of military aid to Ukraine for several months, a process in which the OMB played a critical role.

Throughout the week, three officials testified before Congress in the first round of public impeachment hearings.

The official in Kyiv also said that he was told President Trump cared more about the investigations than about Ukraine.

During the lunch Mr Sondland used his mobile phone to place the call to Mr Trump.

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Mr Trump says his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was "perfect".

"If Ukrainians took a partisan position, they would significantly undermine the possibility of future bipartisan support", he said.

"The president in real-time is attacking you", Schiff said. Former EU Ambassador Gordon Sondlond then "proceeded to discuss the deliverable required in order to get the meeting and alluded to investigations".

Republican congressman Devin Nunes on Sunday dismissed government officials who are concerned about Rudy Giuliani's foreign policy in Ukraine, condemned the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and called members of the media "freaks".

He later added, "We kept coming out of there, saying, 'Look, we understand there's a policy disagreement, people in the State Department didn't like that the president had a special envoy, [they] didn't like that the European Union investor was going over to Ukraine, they didn't like that Rudy Giuliani was investigating what was happening in Ukraine, but tough".

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