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Donald Trump's doctor denies rumours that the president is having health problems

President Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy compelled US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open the inquiry against the president President Trump’s surprise physical exam at Walter Reed Medical raises questions
Travis Berry | 20 November, 2019, 00:13

Jennifer Williams testified in a closed-door session that she was concerned the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky amounted to an "unusual and inappropriate" demand that Ukraine probe Joe Biden, his domestic rival.

In the afternoon, Morrison and Volker are two witnesses that Republicans asked Democrats to bring in for public hearings, and GOP lawmakers are hopeful they will poke holes in the Democratic case.

Vindman and Williams were among the White House staffers who listened in on the phone call.

US whistleblower laws exist to protect the identity and careers of people who bring forward accusations of wrongdoing by government officials. Holmes said he heard Trump ask. Several experts familiar with White House medical procedures said that Trump can get routine labwork done at the White House's on-site clinic, indicating Trump needed tests that can't be done there.

On Sunday, Ms Pelosi said the president was welcome to "speak all the truth that he wants if he wants" before investigators.

The Democratic-led House impeachment inquiry is examining whether Trump sought to leverage Zelensky's desire for an Oval Office meeting and almost $400-million in frozen US security aid that Ukrainian forces needed to battle Russia-backed separatists in return for gaining political advantage over Biden.

In public testimony before the House impeachment inquiry, Kurt Volker said he understands now, thanks to hindsight and the testimony of other witnesses, that Trump was using the aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden's son, Hunter, and his role on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma.

He said the White House's insistence on blocking witnesses from cooperating begs the question: "What is he hiding?"

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Around 3,000 firefighters have been on the ground battling the flames in NSW, a state home to around six million. But authorities say the worst is "still ahead" as hot and dry conditions are expected to continue.

At the time of the call, the officials were just beginning to make the link with the stalled military aid - $391 million approved by Congress- that Ukraine was relying on as it confronts neighboring Russian Federation.

Vindman said the rough transcript of the call was segregated to a small group to prevent leaks.

Trump takes the drug Crestor to lower cholesterol. "The vile character attacks on these distinguished and honorable public servants is reprehensible", Vindman said, adding, "We are better than personal attacks".

He told the committee that Sondland later said the Ukrainians needed to provide "a deliverable" that was "specific investigations".

Vindman defended himself from claims that Morrison, his boss, had expressed concerns about his judgment, reading from his latest performance evaluation in which another former top NSC official described him as "brilliant" and "unflappable".

Vindman is being provided security by the U.S. Army and local law enforcement, according to a U.S. official.

He then addressed his father, saying "Dad, my sitting here today.is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union".

At the first impeachment hearing last Wednesday, Republicans repeatedly blasted Democrats for not calling an anonymous whistleblower to testify publicly or behind-closed doors.

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