Former Trump adviser opposed ambassador's firing

Clay Curtis
October 15, 2019

A former White Home adviser on Russian Federation has instructed Home impeachment investigators that she had strongly and repeatedly objected to the ouster of the US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.

Mulvaney also took part in the "rogue operation with legal implications".

"I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up", Ms Hill said Mr Bolton told her, according to Politico.

"I don't know Fiona and can't figure out what she is talking about", Giuliani said in reaction to Hill's testimony, according to The Washington Post.

She quoted Bolton as saying in one conversation that Giuliani was "a hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up".

Hill's lawyer, Lee Wolosky, tweeted Monday morning that his client was subpoenaed by Democrats ahead of her testimony.

The impeachment inquiry focuses on a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden's son Hunter.

The survey also found that support for impeachment grew rapidly following news of the whistleblower complaint about Trump's effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Democrats are seeking information related to Trump pressing his Ukrainian counterpart to uncover dirt on 2020 US presidential contender Joe Biden, while allegedly conditioning nearly $400 million in USA military aid on that favor. Yovanovitch testified to the impeachment investigators Friday that Trump pressured the State Department to fire her.

Congressional Democrats believe the president was holding up military aid to use as leverage to pressure Ukraine and advance his domestic political interests before next year's United States presidential election, which could see Trump and Biden vying for the White House. At the time, the State Department has called the allegation an "outright fabrication" that "does not correspond to reality". "Our first order of business was to agree that we must have a bipartisan, bicameral joint resolution to overturn the President's unsafe decision in Syria immediately", Pelosi wrote in a tweet, adding that Congress must also pass a "stronger sanctions package than what the White House is suggesting". He is set to tell lawmakers that he did understand the administration was offering Zelenskiy a White House visit in exchange for a public statement committing to investigations that Trump wanted, according to the person, who demanded anonymity to discuss remarks not yet given.

Michael McKinley, the former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is expected to testify behind closed doors on Wednesday, according to two officials working on the impeachment inquiry. Democrats say Congress is well within its power as the legislative branch to conduct oversight of the president and it is Republicans, having grown tired of Trump's actions, who may be in the greater political bind over a vote.

Trump signed a short-term bill last month amid disputes between Republicans and Democrats over funding levels for the military and border security that funds the government at current levels through November 21. Quid pro quo is a Latin term meaning a favor for a favor.

George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state whose portfolio includes Ukraine, arrived for a sworn interview with the House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs committees.

According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, Schiff has pulled back his preference for the whistleblower to testify after it was revealed on October 2 that the whistleblower had contact with a Schiff aide prior to filing the complaint on August 12.

"She would have access - and would have been involved in - senior discussions on Russian Federation and other issues, with visibility in internal discussions within the White House on Russian Federation and Ukraine", Cohen added.

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