READ: Testimony Of Fiona Hill, Ex-White House Russia Policy Official

Grant Boone
November 9, 2019

Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump and a senior advisor to the president, said that she agreed with her father that the impeachment inquiry against him is about "overturning the results of the 2016 election".

"I think she may have been as direct as saying that Gordon Sondland lies about conversations that occur in the Oval Office", he said.

House investigators are releasing key transcripts from days of closed-door interviews in the impeachment inquiry as they prepare for public sessions with witnesses next week.

Democrats believe that Trump withheld United States aid for Ukraine to "pressure" its president, Volodymyr Zelenski, in a 25 July telephone conversation, to start a criminal probe into Joe Biden, a possible Democratic opponent in the 2020 United States presidential election.

House Democrats are investigating Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate political rivals as aid money was being withheld from the Eastern European country. The paper, citing unidentified people familiar with the effort, said the request was relayed from the president to White House officials, and then to the Justice Department.

U.S. Democrats launch the public phase of their impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump next week, with open, televised hearings set for Wednesday and Friday in the House of Representatives. A transcript of his testimony was released earlier this week.

The battle is likely to go to the Supreme Court and could spill into next year.

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Williams was one of a handful of United States officials who listened in on the call. The second hearing, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15, could include testimony from former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, NBC News reported.

They are trying to determine whether Trump froze US$391 million (S$540 million) in USA security assistance for Ukraine to put pressure on Zelenskiy to conduct the investigation, misusing U.S. foreign policy for his personal gain.

Members of the committees conducting the inquiry have said they want to see if Bolton will corroborate previous witnesses's testimony that he was alarmed at Trump asking a foreign government to get involved in domestic politics.

Senate Republicans have so far shown little appetite for ousting the president.

Democrats have countered that any quid pro quos are usually in furtherance of USA interests overseas, not the personal interests of a president looking to damage a potential 2020 election rival.

In a letter sent on Wednesday to Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee and a strong Trump supporter, the whistleblower's lawyers reiterated that their client was willing to answer written questions. Democrats initially said they wanted the whistleblower to testify in a closed-door hearing but reversed themselves after it was revealed that at least one staff member of House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) met with the person before the complaint was filed.

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