Ex-Russia adviser Fiona Hill to testify in Trump impeachment inquiry

Ex-Russia adviser Fiona Hill to testify in Trump impeachment inquiry

Ex-Russia adviser Fiona Hill to testify in Trump impeachment inquiry

US President Donald Trump's former Russian Federation adviser testified on Monday (Oct 14) behind closed doors as the latest witness summoned in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against Mr Trump over his request that Ukraine investigate a domestic political rival.

The officials are unauthorized to discuss the planning and have been granted anonymity.

A lawyer for Ms. Hill tweeted Monday morning that his client had received a congressional subpoena for her testimony.

A majority of Democrats in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and SC believe President Donald Trump should be sent to prison-not merely impeached-for his conduct in the White House. That's according to several officials familiar with the planning. Once Democrats have completed the probe, and followed any other threads it produces, they will use their findings to help determine whether to vote on articles of impeachment.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the impeachment inquiry upon learning of the whistleblower's complaint.

The impeachment inquiry centers on a July 25 phone call Trump made to Ukraine President Volodymry Zelensky and the handling of the subsequent whistleblower's complaint.

On Oct. 11, Yovanovitch told lawmakers that she was reassigned based on "unfounded and false claims".

Other witnesses are expected to be summoned to Capitol Hill in connection with the impeachment inquiry this week, including Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, who is scheduled for a deposition on Thursday.

Mr. Sondland, who told another USA diplomat in September that there was no quid pro quo between the president's decision to hold up almost $400 million in aid to Ukraine and his desire for Kyiv to mount certain investigations, is expected to tell lawmakers when he testifies later this week that he made that assertion based off the president's word, according to a person familiar with the ambassador's planned testimony.

Michael McKinley has agreed to appear voluntarily for a closed transcribed interview on Wednesday, just days after he announced his resignation as a senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. McKinley, a career foreign service officer and Pompeo's de facto chief of staff, resigned Friday, ending a 37-year career.

Yavonovitch on Friday gave almost nine hours of testimony on Capitol Hill behind closed doors.

A person familiar with the proceedings confirmed that Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defences Laura Cooper would be interviewed by the committees on Friday.

However, in the weeks following the announcement of the inquiry, a growing number of registered voters have shown an interest in seeing the president impeached, with a recent poll from Fox News showing that more than 50 percent of people polled wanted to see the president impeached and removed from office. The elder Biden, who has called for Trump's impeachment, is one of the top contenders for the Democratic Party nomination to oppose Trump.

Trump's request echoed reporting by The New York Times, The Hill, and investigative journalist Peter Schweizer, which questioned Hunter Biden's position on the board of directors of a major Ukrainian gas firm, Burisma. "It may not be necessary to take steps that might reveal the whistleblower's identity to do that, and we're going to make sure we protect that whistleblower".

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday, "We don't need the whistleblower, who wasn't on the call, to tell us what took place during the call. NO!" the Republican president tweeted early Monday. House committees are trying to determine if President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent.

Republican lawmakers have aimed their ire at Democrats and the process, saying Pelosi should hold a vote to begin the inquiry and hold the meetings out in the open, not behind closed doors.

"The tragedy here and the crime here is the American people don't get to see what's going on", said Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee.

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