Among the eight to testify publicly this week is the current U.S. ambassador to EU, Gordon Sondland, who was among the key Trump aides at the heart of the effort to force Ukraine to launch an investigation against former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden over latter's association to a Ukrainian energy company, as a condition for releasing almost $400 million in security aid and according a White House meeting to President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Mr Trump's July 25 phone call is at the heart of the House of Representatives' Democratic-led inquiry into whether the Republican president misused United States foreign policy to undermine former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, one of his potential opponents in the 2020 election.
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The invitation comes as the House intelligence committee is set to hear more testimonies in the second week of the inquiry's public hearings. On Thursday, Fiona Hill, a former top NSC staff member for Europe and Russian Federation, will appear.
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Holmes, who had been subpoenaed to appear last Friday, explained that Sondland had placed the call to Trump, and he could hear Trump because the call was so loud on the terrace of a restaurant in Kiev where they dined with two others. While he's at it, he should drop the White House's opposition to testimony of important witnesses such as acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security advisor John Bolton. 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.
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. 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.
"There was no ambiguity", said Vindman, an Army officer detailed to the White House who showed up at the deposition in his military uniform. "You should ask him", Vadym Prystaiko said, according to Reuters. After that, the three committees will submit a report to the Judiciary panel, which will oversee the impeachment process. Democrats say they are still deciding whether to write them.
The hearings could pave the way for the House to approve articles of impeachment - formal charges - against Trump.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump "should come to the committee and testify under oath".