Friday, 22 November, 2019

Donald Trump May Read Ukraine Call Transcript on Live Television

White House Russia expert Timothy Morrison arrives for a deposition for the House Impeachment inquiries at the US Capitol in Washington DC Saul Loeb AFP Getty Images
Travis Berry | 03 November, 2019, 00:56

She said the inquiry led by House Democrats "has been set up to make - to impeach the president".

Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the November 2020 presidential election.

In his testimony last month, Sondland told lawmakers that he and others had briefed Trump in May about efforts to strengthen relations with Ukraine, but the President had instructed them to deal with Giuliani, something the ambassador said "disappointed" USA officials but was a direction that they followed.

Some Trump supporters, including Sen.

FILE - In this September 25, 2019, file photo, a White House-released memorandum of President Donald Trump's July 25, 2019, telephone conversation with Ukraine's newly elected president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, released September 25, 2019.

Republicans who participated in the deposition on Wednesday dismissed Vindman's opening statement and impression of Trump's call with Zelenskiy. The White House has held extensive talks this week with Tony Sayegh, a former Treasury Department spokesman, and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to fill that temporary role, and senior officials have discussed possibly adding both.

This is not how a functioning White House is supposed to work. Others in the administration are advocating for Ms. Bondi, who is close to the president.

- House impeachment investigators have requested that former national security adviser John Bolton to appear for questioning, but his lawyer told reporters that Bolton would not appear without a subpoena compeling him to do so.

Trump has repeatedly stressed that he knew people were listening in on the call, holding that out as proof that he never would have said anything inappropriate.

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"The president is the best messenger the country has", Mrs. Bachmann said.

[H] e was instructed "at the last second" not to attend the debriefing, Vindman told lawmakers, because Trump's advisers anxious it might confuse the president: Trump believed at the time that Kashyap Patel, a longtime Nunes staffer who joined the White House in February and had no discernible Ukraine experience or expertise, was actually the NSC's top Ukraine expert instead of Vindman.

Later Trump said, "Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it".

The transcript he tweeted about refers to a White House summary of July 25 phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president.

The call, which included Trump asking Zelensky to look into his country's interference in the 2016 US presidential election, led to House Democrats launching an impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Old to the testimony, Barbara Van Gelder, Morrison's prison official, urged CNN that privilege concerns are truth explicit, and so they'll be handled in accordance to the House solutions in the event that they attain up at some stage in the deposition.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified that he received this instruction from John Eisenberg, the top legal adviser for the National Security Council, after White House lawyers learned July 29 that a Central Intelligence Agency employee had anonymously raised concerns about the Trump phone call, the sources said. "I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma, it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained". "It's what we've been saying".

The House impeachment inquiry is looking into Trump's call, in which he asked Zelenskiy for a "favor" - to investigate Democrats in the 2016 election and Biden, a potential 2020 rival - as the Trump administration held up military aid for the Eastern European ally confronting Russian Federation.

Mr. Trump's team has attempted to amplify what they view as the president's accomplishments. Hunter Biden sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

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