Published: Fri, November 22, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Trump doubles down on debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory

Trump doubles down on debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory

"President Putin and the Russian security services operate like a super PAC", Hill said. "Right now, Russia's security services and their proxies have geared up to repeat their interference in the 2020 election".

Rep. Elise Stefanik has translated the impeachment hearings into a boost in her national political profile. The diplomats and national security officials testified that they repeatedly raised alarms over the administration's dealings with Ukraine and described urgent efforts to help leaders in Kyiv boost their standing with Trump in order to secure the military aid.

Theirs was the only US government entity that came to that conclusion. "We are running out of time to stop them", she testified. "In the course of this investigation, I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests".

Writing on Twitter Thursday night, Congresswoman Stefanik argued Adam Schiff, Democratic chair of the House Intelligence committee, failed to bring any evidence for impeaching President Trump. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the panel and an ardent Trump defender.

However, the White House was already aware at that point of a whistleblower complaint making its way through the intelligence community's inspector general's office and the Justice Department that alleged the president had improperly conditioned the money on the announcement of the probes.

"Needless to say, it's entirely possible for two separate nations to engage in election meddling at the same time and Republicans believe we should take meddling seriously by all foreign countries, regardless of which campaign is the target", Nunes said. Will Hurd, a moderate Republican from Texas who is retiring from Congress next year and would be a bellwether for any signs of weakness in GOP support for the president.

In direct and straightforward language, Hill offered firsthand knowledge of conversations and meetings with an array of key players including Trump's ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and former National Security Adviser John Bolton. She testified today alongside David Holmes, a staffer in the Ukrainian embassy who recounted in exhaustive detail a phone call he overheard between Trump and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, after which, Holmes said, Sondland said that the president cared only about "big stuff" like "the Biden investigation". Hill, like a variety of witnesses who've testified as part of the impeachment proceedings, wants lawmakers to know how very wrong this is. The conversation Holmes overheard was loud - and memorable.

A Foreign Service officer says he overheard a phone call between President Donald Trump and a US ambassador in which they discussed investigations requested of Ukraine.

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Republicans on the committee were generally unbowed by Hill's admonition, as they continued to press her and Holmes on the discredited allegation that Ukraine interfered on Clinton's behalf to the same extent that Russian Federation interfered on Trump's.

Trump said, "There was no quid pro quo", contradicting testimony by impeachment witnesses.

The impeachment inquiry testimony is over for now but could continue after the holiday.

In her own testimony, Hill said she came to understand that Sondland was on a "domestic political errand" and was not engaged in furthering the foreign policy of the United States. "And those two things had just diverged".

Hill told the committee that her misunderstanding of Sondland's responsibilities led to tension between the two.

Hill, who became a US citizen in 2002, told lawmakers she was the daughter of a coal miner in the northeast of England, noting it is the same region George Washington's ancestors came from.

TIME reporters are watching from the room.

Yet the witness accounts left one prominent hole that offered a lifeline for Trump and his GOP allies. None of those attempts, however, has resonated as loudly as the siren sounded this morning-not from the committee dais but from the witness table, and sung not by a Democrat but by a policy expert who worked for the president himself.

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