Joe Biden is a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination to oppose Trump's bid for re-election next year. A transcript of Taylor's closed-door deposition was released publicly Wednesday.
In the letter, Schiff said "this inquiry is not and will not serve, however, as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit, or facilitate the President's effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistle-blower who courageously raised the initial alarm". "And in shorthand it was suggested that the Ukrainians needed - Zelensky needed to go to a microphone, and basically there needed to be three words in the message, and that was the shorthand".
Two senior National Security Council officials told House investigators that they were alarmed by Rudolph W. Giuliani's efforts to conduct a shadow USA foreign policy in Ukraine, including his push for what one called "partisan investigations" that could help President Trump, according to transcripts released Friday by House Democrats. The impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999 lasted five weeks, and ultimately ended in his acquittal: while Republicans had a majority in the Senate, Clinton had enough support among Democrats to easily beat the required two-thirds majority to convict.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff described a request by the Republicans for public testimony this week by the whistle-blower who sparked an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump as "redundant and unnecessary".
Williams reportedly said that the tone of the call, which was political in nature, was not normal in comparison to other diplomacy calls.
He told investigators he was uncomfortable with what he was hearing about Giuliani pushing the investigations and Trump's special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, engaging Ukrainian officials on the subject.
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The White House released the transcript of the July phone call in late September following allegation from an anonymous whistleblower who accused President Trump of forcing Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son in exchange for military aid.
House Republicans on Saturday submitted a list of witnesses they'd like to testify as part of the chamber's impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine.
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But Harry and Meghan also wanted to show support for the families of service personnel who are now deployed overseas, it said. Meghan exclaims in the clip, before gesturing to the child's bottom gum and saying, " Archie just got two teeth".
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Vindman was "uncomfortable" as he gave Kent the readout and unwilling to share much of what was discussed, even over the secure phone line between the NSC and State.
"It was different than any readout call that I had received", Kent said. Thornberry said. "I don't hear that". I'd love to have him go up.
He also described the role that Giuliani played in attempting to secure an investigation in Kiev into Biden and Clinton, which entailed a campaign to oust Marie Yovanovitch, the US ambassador to Ukraine, whom Giuliani considered an impediment.
Trump told reporters that he believes the Democratic-controlled House Intelligence Committee "shouldn't be having" public hearings, the first of which are scheduled for next week.
"Williams testified that she had limited information about why military aid was being withheld from Ukraine". Now they want to take their case for impeachment to the American public.
The House committees probing Trump's Ukraine dealings released transcripts of the depositions of Vindman and Hill.
The three witnesses at the hearings on Wednesday and Friday will be George Kent, a top official from the state department, William Taylor, a USA diplomat in Ukraine, and Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
"As acting chief of staff, Mr. Mulvaney intends to follow any lawful order of the president and has no reason to think that the order at issue is unlawful - other than the fact the House has threatened him with charges of contempt and obstruction for following it", Pittard said.