White House expert tells hearing that Trump made improper 'demand' of Ukraine

Clay Curtis
November 20, 2019

Tuesday's hearings are expected to be broadcast on C-SPAN, as well as all major cable news networks.

He had reported the "inappropriate" discussion to NSC lawyers "out of a sense of duty".

During his testimony he fended off Republican efforts to cast doubt on his competence and loyalty to the United States.

Vindman, who arrived in the U.S. from the Soviet Union at age three, said he and two brothers had all enrolled in the military out of a belief in the American promise.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday (14 November) President Donald Trump already has admitted to bribery in the Ukraine scandal at the heart of a Democratic-led inquiry, accusing him of an impeachable offense under the US Constitution.

Today, I asked Lt. Col. Vindman why he had the confidence to put himself in direct opposition to the most powerful person in the world and still tell his dad not to worry.

At one point, US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff interrupted Mr Nunes' questioning of Lt Col Vindman that appeared to be aimed at revealing the identity of the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint about Mr Trump's 25 July phone call triggered the impeachment inquiry.

"In retrospect, I should have seen that connection differently", Volker said, "and had I done so, I would have raised my own objections".

The other involved a debunked conspiracy theory embraced by some Trump allies that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Depending on what happens in the next few weeks, Mr Trump could end up facing impeachment.

Democrats have also demanded testimony from several senior White House and State department officials, especially Trump's chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who personally discussed Ukraine policy with Trump, and have also subpoenaed internal records.

Former U.S. diplomat Kurt Volker won praise from Republicans after he testified behind closed doors last month in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but will face a cooler reception from Democrats during Tuesday's public hearing. Three witnesses confirmed that they had heard the president personally request, in his July call with Zelenskiy, an investigation of Joe Biden and coordination with Giuliani.

In closed-door testimony in October, Volker said he had not heard any references to investigations during a July 10 White House meeting between USA and Ukrainian officials.

Representative Devin Nunes, the committee's top Republican and a close Trump ally, did not address the substance of the witness testimony about the president's actions in his opening statement on Tuesday but unleashed an attack on the media, calling journalists "puppets of the Democratic Party".

But Sondland revised his original testimony, acknowledging that he had advised a Zelenskiy aide that military assistance was not likely to resume without an announcement of investigations.

He said Trump was critical of Ukraine. And what did Trump direct him to do?

Sondland is scheduled to testify on Wednesday morning.

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