Ivanka Trump Says Whistleblower's Name Not Relevant to Impeachment Probe on President

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2019

Lawmakers are seeking to find out how much Pence knew about efforts by Trump and those around him to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as foreign interference in the 2016 USA election.

Kent told investigators that that was his understanding of what Trump wanted Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to say in order to unlock USA military aid, as relayed to the official by others, including those in direct contact with the president.

John Eisenberg, the lawyer with whom Vindman spoke, has been called to testify, but is among the White House officials who've refused and aren't expected to appear.

Vindman had access to the more secure system, he said, but "it was not functioning properly" and he had to "go analog" and offer annotations on paper, rather than editing the document in the way he usually did.

Bolton's office and his attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

They want to question Mulvaney about whether he was directly involved with President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani to withhold almost $400 million in USA military aid to Ukraine.

While the appearance drew praise from Trump, it also raised alarms from critics already wary of his independence after Barr released a letter summarizing the reports' conclusions, which Mueller later complained "did not fully capture the context, nature and substance" of the full report and led to "public confusion about critical aspects of the results of" the investigation.

Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service officer detailed to Mr Pence's office from the State Department, was one of several White House aides who were listening in on a July phone call between Mr Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which the U.S. leader asked for the investigations, according to an administration official.

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Ahead of her testimony Thursday, current and former colleagues heaped praise on Williams, with one White House official saying: "She is the most professional person in this building".

A quid pro quo is not necessary to prove high crimes or misdemeanours, which is the standard the US Constitution requires for the impeachment of a president.

One Democratic member of the intelligence panel, Denny Heck, said on Thursday that there is "already a mountain of evidence" in the probe.

Trump has repeatedly attacked the whistleblower in an effort to discredit him or her and along with some Republicans said he or she should be identified.

Democrats have been releasing transcripts of the closed-door interviews as they prepare for the public hearings.

William Taylor, the top United States diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, another career diplomat with experience in the country, will testify on Nov 13.

Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will testify on Friday.

Still, Ivanka Trump said the Bidens had "created wealth as a derivative" of public service while her family had made its money in business before her father became president. Any trial would take place in the Senate, which is controlled by Trump's Republican Party.

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