House Democrats on Tuesday released the transcripts of closed-door depositions of Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union. "Why not release Ambassador Volker's testimony?". Republicans in the House last week roundly supported the president and blasted the impeachment process as a political sham. A major Trump donor, Sondland was in contact with the president and part of a campaign to get Ukraine to investigate conspiracy theories about the 2016 election and the Bidens' connections to Ukraine.
Sondland said he did recall a September 1 conversation in which Ukraine's president asked Vice President Mike Pence about the USA aid for Ukraine that was being withheld.
In Sondland's initial testimony, he said he didn't recall when he became aware that the corruption that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was pushing to investigate was actually related to Joe Biden and his son.
House investigators released more transcripts Tuesday in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, including hundreds of pages of testimony from two top diplomats deeply involved in the Ukraine matter.
CNN reported Monday morning that National Security Council lawyers John Eisenberg and Michael Ellis, Robert Blair, assistant to the president and senior adviser to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Brian McCormack, associate director for natural resources, energy and science at the Office of Management and Budget, would not testify.
Still, he said he had no personal knowledge of the Trump-Zelensky interactions, and didn't even know about the July phone call until the transcripts were released. Trump says he did nothing wrong.
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"Democrats cherry-pick which transcripts they release and when", Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, wrote on Twitter.
Sondland, a major Trump donor, testified on October 17. The push came as the White House withheld military aid to the East European ally.
Duffey's testimony is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, but White House officials have said that he won't appear.
The chairman of the three House panels said the investigation "has revealed that you may have been directly involved in an effort orchestrated" by the president and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani paused the almost $400 million in aid to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden.
Trump has been the target of the inquiry since a whistleblower complaint alleged that multiple White House officials were concerned that the president illegally sought help in an election from a foreign leader and jeopardized national security.