Trump impeachment hearings to be held in public next week

Donald Trump and Gordon Sondland

Donald Trump and Gordon Sondland

"I will have Mr Giuliani give you a call", Mr Trump said, according to a rough transcript released by the White House.

Yovanovitch, who was removed from her posting in May, has already appeared before investigators in the impeachment inquiry into Trump.

U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland (C) arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on October 17, 2019.

"That was my clear understanding, security-assistance money would not come until the president [of Ukraine] committed to pursue the investigation", the transcript read.

At the end of his testimony, Taylor was able to connect the request for a Biden investigation to Rudy Giuliani - but not to the president directly. "NONE, because I didn't know there was a quid pro quo".

"I have not", he said.

Sondland submitted the supplemental testimony on Monday after testimony by other officials, including Bill Taylor, the top USA diplomat at the embassy in Kyiv.

"Although this irregular channel was well connected in Washington, it operated mostly outside of official State Department channels", Taylor said. "We now know that the call was just one piece of a larger operation to redirect our foreign policy to benefit Donald Trump's personal and political interests, not the national interest". "Let me state clearly: Inviting a foreign government to undertake investigations for the objective of influencing an upcoming US election would be wrong", Sondland said.

The public testimony will feature William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

Mr. Kent has testified that he was told to "lay low" on Ukraine policy while the administration, and Mr. Giuliani, were talking with Ukraine officials outside of traditional foreign-policy channels.

Correction: November 6, 2019 12:00 am - A previous version of this story incorrectly suggested Rep. Andy Levin is on the House Intelligence Committee, which held the closed-door depositions.

On Nov. 15, Yovanovitch will testify, he added.

According to a transcript of Volker's testimony to an impeachment inquiry released Tuesday, he told lawmakers: 'I was never asked to do anything that I thought was wrong'.

They are also investigating any alleged interference by Ukraine in the 2016 election. That claim of a quid pro quo initially contradicted Sondland's testimony, but this week, Sondland said he misremembered events, and confirmed the accuracy of Taylor's account.

In what's likely a preview of next week's public hearings, Republicans pressed Taylor on whether he had direct knowledge of the President's intentions.

However, Bondi admits that the president "is his best spokesperson" and praised the work of the current White House staff.

"I'm told no", the White House counselor told reporters when asked if Mulvaney plans to appear.

This was a key allegation in the whistleblower complaint that triggered the impeachment inquiry. Conway said. "What is it about? I would say bad things about it and you wouldn't want me out there doing that'". "What are we telling the American people, right here right now, as to why we're impeaching the president?" Taylor further corroborated allegations of a quid pro quo by President Donald Trump withholding a White House visit and some $400 million in US aid to Ukraine while pressuring the foreign state to investigate the 2016 election and a company tied to the Bidens.

A parade of United States diplomats will head to Capitol Hill for closed-door testimony this week as Democrats build their impeachment case against President Donald Trump, while the White House considers ways to slow down the process. That statement would have had Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky commit to probing a Ukrainian energy firm, Burisma, linked to the Bidens, as well as a conspiracy theory dealing with hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 elections.

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