Lindsey Graham on impeachment inquiry developments

Top US diplomat in Ukraine says there was 'clear understanding' aid tied to investigation announcement

Top US diplomat in Ukraine says there was 'clear understanding' aid tied to investigation announcement

A day after saying he wouldn't bother reading transcripts released by House Democrats in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, Sen. "They don't accept that President Trump won the election", said Graham in an interview with Fox News's" Hannity".

Despite his remarks, Graham confirmed he won't attempt to call Schiff before the Senate Judiciary Committee to grill him about the impeachment process.

"This, to me, is a manufactured issue created by some unknown whistleblower who needs to be known, and the phone call is the basis for the impeachment allegation", the SC senator explained. "So no, I find the whole process to be a sham and I'm not going to legitimize it". "Even if it were a quid pro quo, I think it is rather clearly neither a felony nor a misdemeanor". I don't know who they are, ' he said to Fox News. They're not created to shield the person from being challenged in terms of accusation. "It depends on who you talk to", Graham said Wednesday on "The Story with Martha MacCallum". The whistleblower statute is being abused here.

U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland poses ahead of a meeting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels on June 4, 2019.

He added, "Their biases have to be known if they have any". The House passed a resolution approving the impeachment proceedings and authorizing the release of transcripts of the closed-door testimony on October 31. I want to know who the whistleblower is?

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Sondland for the first time acknowledged a potential quid pro quo with Ukraine, with American military aid held up as the administration pushed the country to release a statement about fighting corruption.

"No amount of salacious media-biased headlines, which are clearly created to influence the narrative, change the fact that the President has done nothing wrong", she added.

Prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky said Wednesday that Stone "lied to the House Intelligence Committee because the truth looked bad for the Trump campaign, and the truth looked bad for Donald Trump", The Washington Post reports.

"The testimony of Ambassadors Volker and Sondland shows the progression of efforts by the president and his agent, Rudy Giuliani, to use the State Department to press Ukraine to announce investigations beneficial to the president's personal and political interests", the statement said.

That request, which sparked the impeachment inquiry, included a public investigation into Ukrainian activities by Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden and his son and Trump's allegations of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 USA election. The proceedings launched after a whistleblower filed an anonymous complaint alleging the agreement was made in a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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