House Democrats Release Transcripts of Impeachment Testimony of Alexander Vindman, Fiona Hill

U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien attends the East Asia summit in Nonthaburi Thailand Monday Nov. 4 2019

U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien attends the East Asia summit in Nonthaburi Thailand Monday Nov. 4 2019

If Ukraine's new leader wanted an Oval Office welcome from Donald Trump - and he did - he would have to open a public probe into the president's Democratic foe Joe Biden and his son. Vindman explained to the lawmakers he found it concerning because if a more powerful United States asked Ukraine to investigate a private USA citizen, Kiev may think it's in its national security interests to do so and deliver results favorable to Washington.

As Kent described it, Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, put a hold on aid to Ukraine at the president's direction.

Mr Sondland made headlines after and suggesting that a potentially impeachable offence had been committed by President Trump. He became aware of Trump's interest in Burisma and the Bidens, Volker said, only after the reconstructed notes of the July 25 call was released.

Then Bolton then abruptly ended the meeting.

"It's sad that that's where we find ourselves but the fact is there is nothing that the president has done, that Rudy Giuliani has done, that anybody I have worked with over there has done that I would consider not in the proper purview and done appropriately", he told Dallas-based KLIF.

She testified that she challenged the new ambassador to the point of being admittedly "rude" to him. "He said, 'Good, go tell the truth.' That was the extent of our conversation". When asked precisely what investigations Sondland said were needed, Vindman testified, "he was talking about the 2016 elections and an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma", the gas company where Biden's son served on the board.

Trump, on Friday, blasted the Democratic-led process over the inquiry and for next week's public hearings.

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Trump, who had the transcripts of the call declassified to remove fears of any quid pro quo, said he has no concerns the impeachment effort will affect his presidency or chances of getting reelected. "So this is a man that said, as far as the President is concerned, there was no quid pro quo".

The three committees that have been leading the investigation are wrapping up the closed-door testimony this week.

Earlier this year, he told the Ukrainian journalist: "We are so-called three friends, three friends are [Energy] secretary [Rick] Ambassador Perry [Kurt] Volcker and myself, we Our duty is to supervise our US-Ukrainian relationship between the highest level of US government and the highest level of Ukrainian government".

US House Democrats, running impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump, released transcripts of testimonies of two witnesses - Trump's adviser on Russia Fiona Hill, and National Security Council Director for European Affairs Alexander Vindman.

"There was no basis for her removal", Hill said. "Do you know the testimony I just heard?". Finally, Mr. Sondland concluded that Mr. Trump was withholding US military aid to force Mr. Zelensky's hand and communicated that to one of the Ukrainian's top aides.

"When the president of the United States makes a request for a favor, it certainly seems, I would take it as a demand", he retorted. "Their superiors in the White House have declined to cooperate with the inquiry, but transcripts released today show clearly that individuals close to the President were alarmed by a presidential scheme as illicit and corrupt as a 'drug deal'". "This one's not, well not everyone's cup of tea, as you say".

Kent's remarks bolster the accounts of other officials whose depositions have been made public and underscore the intense back-and-forth within the Trump administration over its Ukraine policy.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

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