Trump floats idea of testifying in impeachment inquiry

Clay Curtis
November 19, 2019

"He has every opportunity to present his case", Pelosi said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation".

The invitation comes as the House intelligence committee is set to hear more testimonies in the second week of the inquiry's public hearings.

McConnell said House Democrats "are seized with 'Trump derangement syndrome,"' a catch-phrase used by the president's supporters.

The New York Times reported that Williams, a longtime State Department employee with expertise in Europe and Russian Federation on Pence's national security staff, was one of several officials who listened to Trump's call with Zelensky.

All of the witnesses testifying have already spoken to investigators in closed depositions, some of them for 10 hours or more.

"They call it 'serving at the pleasure of the President.' The U.S. now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different than proceeding administrations".

House Democrats believe that a redacted portion of the Mueller report in which former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort appears to discuss Trump and WikiLeaks is crucial to their investigation into whether Trump potentially lied or obstructed justice.

Meanwhile, President Trump said Monday he would "strongly consider" testifying or answering questions in writing as part of the impeachment inquiry.

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The overheard call came a day after a call between the two presidents that is at the heart of the Democratic probe.

Last week, Ukraine's foreign minister shot down the Democrats' allegations, saying Sondland didn't link military aid to investigations.

Volker, who will testify on Tuesday afternoon, was closely involved in negotiations with Ukrainian officials as they tried to figure out how to meet Trump's demands.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Trump to step up.

On Wednesday, the committee will hear from Sondland as well as Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary of defence, and David Hale, a State Department official. GOP Sen. Rob Portman disputed an account from Morrison that he attended a September 11 White House meeting urging Trump to release the Ukraine military aid. Trump released the transcript of that call, which included the president's inquiry about corruption concerns linked to former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden and his dealings with a Ukrainian oil company. White House insiders, including an Army officer and National Security Council aide, will launch the week's hearings Tuesday.

Hill testified that former National Security Adviser John Bolton abruptly ended the meeting when Sondland brought up the investigations. "You should ask him", Vadym Prystaiko said, according to Reuters.

House Democrats are hoping to finish the process by the end of the year.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump "should come to the committee and testify under oath".

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