In a disclosure that drew the most attention in the first public hearing last week, acting ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor pointed to Trump's keen interest in getting the eastern European ally to investigate Biden, a former vice president, and reiterated his understanding that US$391 million in United States security aid was withheld from Kiev unless it cooperated. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, said that if the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump comes to the Senate, he will call Schiff and former President Joe Biden and his son Hunter to the stand to "get to the bottom of it".
But Morrison, unlike his deputy Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, testified that he heard nothing improper in the phone call between Trump and Zelensky.
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The most alarming information in Taylor's public testimony was his account of the moment his colleague, David Holmes, also an American diplomat in Ukraine, overheard President Trump asking US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, on the phone from Kyiv, about the status of "the investigations". Morrison's recollection, though, contradicts the notes of Jennifer Williams, a top aide to Vice President Pence, who said that Burisma was mentioned on the call.
Morrison, who announced October 30 he would be stepping down from the NSC, was brought to the White House by then-national security adviser John Bolton. "I was hoping for a more forward- leaning embrace of President Zelensky's reform agenda from the president", he said.
Since 2014, when Russia invaded Crimea and seized a large swath of Ukrainian territory, Ukraine has been fighting against Russian forces to maintain its independence in a conflict that, as career diplomat and deputy assistant secretary of state George Kent told lawmakers on Wednesday, has claimed more than 13,000 lives.
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When asked later on if he was "willing to abide" by whatever Sondland says, Scalise simply responded, "I abide by what the president did and what President Zelensky actually received".
Holmes described hearing Trump ask about the status of the investigations and heard Sondland affirm that Zelensky had agreed to his request. That meeting never occurred, and Vice President Mike Pence was sent instead.
"I was concerned about leaks", he said, "but I also wanted to make sure that the package was reviewed by the appropriate senior-level attention". The survey also showed that 42% do not support impeachment. I was in charge.
But Morrison said he did not recall Burisma being mentioned.
"What did you think of yesterday's deposition, of the testimony there about the phone call between Sondland..." a reporter asked. "She did not have the same view of how reporting through the chain of command should work".