Published: Sat, November 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

What impeachment inquiry? America's made up its mind on Trump, polls suggest

What impeachment inquiry? America's made up its mind on Trump, polls suggest

Nevertheless, Trump once again made the false accusation Friday during a almost hour-long call-in to the "Fox & Friends" morning show in an apparent attempt to defend himself against this week's House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearings. "That was a total phony deal", Trump said.

Yovanovitch told lawmakers conducting the impeachment inquiry that she was removed due to false allegations promoted by Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer. He added that he barely knew Sondland, a wealthy hotelier from OR who contributed $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee. "And there are a lot of things that she did that I didn't like".

The president repeated his claim one day after Fiona Hill, a former Russian Federation adviser on the White House National Security Council, admonished Republicans for pushing unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Fiona Hill, former top Russian Federation advisor to the White House, and David Holmes, poltical counselor, are sworn in to provide testimony in the impeachment inquiry. I want to put that guy, with his ah - with his way, ' Trump said, chuckling.

National Security Council official Alexander Vindman briefed Yovanovitch on Trump's call with Zelensky before the call transcript was released to the public, even though Yovanovitch no longer had any responsibilities or need-to-know on Ukraine policy.

Claimed, without evidence, that he was trying to root out corruption in Ukraine when he withheld aid over the summer.

"I became aware that Mr. Giuliani, a private lawyer, was taking a direct role in Ukrainian diplomacy", Mr Holmes said. But the country remained divided over the question of whether he should be impeached as a result.

In the Senate, numerous next steps will depend on Mr Trump, whose shifting views have forced GOP senators to readjust their own.

Several other administration officials were in the loop, Sondland said.

"Rudy Giuliani was one of the great crime fighters of all time", Trump said.

Trump insists on ceasefire as a precondition for Afghan peace talks
And Mr Trump made it obvious that he was still committed to helping India and Pakistan heal this festering wound. The two leaders spoke over the phone for 25 minutes on Thursday night during Ghani's trip to the UAE.


In the call, Trump insisted he wanted the impeachment inquiry process to go to trial, suggesting he wanted to be impeached. "He is a great person, an iconic figure in this country", he said of the former NY mayor.

The president has for years been alluding to this baseless theory - the origins of which NBC News' Ben Collins traced back to far-right message boards as early as March 2017 - though he does not spell it out, perhaps because it's quite a stretch to suggest that Democrats ran a massive, worldwide conspiracy to lose the election.

Testimony indicated Trump explicitly ordered US government officials to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on matters related to Ukraine, a country deeply dependent on Washington's help to fend off Russian aggression. This came after the president removed Marie Yovanovitch as USA ambassador to Ukraine at Giuliani's urging even as the former mayor was pressing officials in Kiev to conduct the two investigations.

In particular, he singled out former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch as "the woman" and declared she was "not an angel".

CrowdStrike is partly owned by a USA citizen who was born in Russian Federation. "Are we going to be sending massive amounts of money to a country and they're corrupt and they steal the money and it goes into everybody's bank account?"

In addition, Marshall said, Trump can take his case to the American people directly through Twitter while Nixon only had recourse to occasional news conferences.

Ukraine ranked 120 out of the 180 countries measured in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index in 2018. Its score of 32 out of 100 on the index, which is widely used by companies when deciding where to do business, indicates Ukraine has serious corruption issues. Republicans control the Senate and have shown little support for removing Trump. "And I still want to see that server".

If the Democratic-led House to approve articles of impeachment - formal charges - against Trump, the Senate would then hold a trial on whether to convict Trump and remove him from office.

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