Trump says will 'strongly consider' testifying in impeachment probe

Clay Curtis
November 19, 2019

Multiple current and former administration officials told NBC that Trump fumed over Pompeo's hiring officials who went on to testify before Congress in the inquiry and his failure to prevent them from talking while the two had lunch together at the White House in late October.

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

In this round of hearings all eyes will be on ambassador Sondland, who is considered a key witness to the investigation and reportedly one of three individuals who was tasked with carrying out President Trump's policy in Ukraine.

During the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the president provided written answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller.

Pelosi argued against the "dangerous position" that the election ought to decide Trump's fate rather than the House impeachment investigation, saying that Trump "is jeopardizing the integrity of the 2020 elections".

The public phase of hearings shifts into higher gear this week when a parade of officials will face questioning by Democratic lawmakers seeking details that could link Trump to a pressure campaign against Ukraine.

Mr Trump has become increasingly angry and frustrated over the impeachment process, which he insists is a "witch hunt".

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Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate a debunked right-wing conspiracy theory about the 2016 election. George Kent , deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs.

And testimony suggests he was intimately involved in discussions that are at the heart of the investigation into whether Mr Trump held up U.S. military aid to Ukraine to try to pressure the country's President to announce an investigation into Democrats, including former vice-president Joe Biden, a leading 2020 candidate, and Mr Biden's son Hunter.

House Democrats are forging ahead in what is yet another week of impeachment hearings.

His comments came after Mr Trump tweeted attacks on a witness - Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine - while she was testifying to Congress on Friday. That would lead to a trial in the Senate on whether to convict Trump and remove him from office.

At the first impeachment hearing last Wednesday, Republicans repeatedly blasted Democrats for not calling an anonymous whistleblower to testify publicly or behind-closed doors.

In a pair of tweets, Trump says he will "strongly consider" an offer by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to testify before the House impeachment panel.

"Tell Jennifer Williams, whoever that is, to read BOTH transcripts of the presidential calls, & see the just released statement from Ukraine", Trump said.

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