Donald Trump opposes public hearings during impeachment probe

Clay Curtis
November 10, 2019

This week, transcripts of testimony by White House aides linked Mulvaney to offers of a Trump meeting for Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, if he agreed to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter and a conspiracy theory which says Ukraine, not Russian Federation, intervened in the 2016 USA election.

House Republicans submitted a list of witnesses they want to interview, including the anonymous whistleblower, Hunter Biden, former USA special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, high-ranking State Department official David Hale and Tim Morrison, and top advisors on National Security Council from Russian Federation and Europe.

"I hardly know the gentleman", he said.

His comments could give Democrats further ammunition in their push to determine whether Mr Trump misused U.S. foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into carrying out a corruption probe into Democrat Joe Biden, a potential rival in the 2020 presidential election. You'll see the call.

"I had a second call with the president which actually, I believe, came before this one, and now they all want that one". But never in history has anybody gone through this.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ALEXANDER VINDMAN, a Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, on clearly hearing US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland telling Ukrainian officials on July 10 to investigate Mr Joe Biden and his son.

Transcripts released this week have painted a damning picture of attempts to persuade Ukraine to investigate political rivals of the president, potentially in return for an unfreezing of almost $400m in military aid and a White House meeting with Trump.

Before the game's kickoff, the President and first lady Melania Trump received a big cheer as they waved to the crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. "And I'd gladly give it".

Trump's Ukraine call transcript is of interest to House Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry.

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Some possess talked about their perception there changed into a quid pro quo, with the Trump administration requiring the Ukrainian authorities to begin investigations into extinct Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in change for United States army assistance.

Both Presidents Trump and Zelenskiy denied any wrongdoing on the call.

Vindman also said Zelensky specifically referred in the call to Burisma, the Ukrainian gas firm with ties to Hunter Biden.

Their reports made clear that senior officials in the White House were aware of the impropriety and possible illegality of the Ukraine machinations well before Trump and Zelensky spoke on July 25.

-John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser, was aware of "many relevant meetings and conversations" related to the Ukraine pressure campaign that House impeachment investigators have not yet learned about, his attorney Charles Cooper wrote in a letter to the House general counsel.

On Saturday, Trump called the soon-to-be-released transcript very important.

The official added that the White House directing Mulvaney to defy the congressional subpoena to appear on Friday for a deposition "has added to the growing body of evidence documenting his attempts to obstruct the House's impeachment inquiry".

Ambassador William Taylor, a diplomat to Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary for European affairs, are scheduled to testify on November 13, while Marie Yovanovitch, the former USA ambassador to Ukraine, will testify on November 15, according to Schiff.

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