Earlier in September, The New York Times reported that White House advisers Cipollone and Eisenberg were aware of the whistle-blower complaint in August, yet there had been no information regarding how and when the United States president learned of it. Trump was briefed about the complaint by his lawyers in late August, NYT reported. Trump challenged the accuracy of the complaint, though the transcript released by the White House did support the core allegations that he pressed for politically related investigations.
The White House did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Joshua Nelson is a freelance reporter for Fox News.
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Up until this point, the Judiciary Committee has largely been sidelined, with the House Intelligence Committee leading the inquiry and public hearings. "Trump only released the aid because he got caught".
At the heart of the inquiry is whether Trump committed "high crimes and misdemeanors", which is vaguely defined in the U.S. Constitution.
It was launched when the whistleblower revealed what was said on a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which the president again defended as "perfect".
The hearing will be the first impeachment inquiry hearing in the House Judiciary Committee since the passage of H. Res. 660, a resolution that lays out the process for this portion of the impeachment inquiry and extends certain privileges to the President while the Committee considers whether to recommend articles of impeachment to the full House.
Republicans are not necessarily disputing the evidence but insist the president did nothing wrong.