Trump's Former Russia Advisor Testifies in Democrat-Run Impeachment Inquiry

Trump's Former Russia Advisor Testifies in Democrat-Run Impeachment Inquiry

Trump's Former Russia Advisor Testifies in Democrat-Run Impeachment Inquiry

Fiona Hill, President Donald Trump's former top Russian Federation adviser, raised concerns about Rudy Giuliani's role in United States foreign policy toward Ukraine, telling lawmakers on Monday that she saw "wrongdoing" in the American foreign policy and tried to report it to officials including the National Security Council's attorney, according to multiple sources.

President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday said he was "disappointed" in former National Security Adviser John Bolton, after reports emerged that he had called Giuliani a "hand grenade" over his Ukraine investigations - and told a top aide to alert a lawyer in the National Security Council.

"I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and [acting chief of staff Mick] Mulvaney are cooking up", Bolton told Hill to tell White House lawyers, according to two people.

She went on to say on Sunday that Congress" impeachment proceedings already had a "confession', according to the Daily Wire.

Vought, the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, would be among the most senior administration officials called to appear before Congress in the Ukraine probe, though multiple sources told ABC News that the White House is likely to block their appearances before the committee, as they have vowed not to cooperate with the Democrats' investigation. He is set to tell lawmakers that he did understand the administration was offering Zelenskiy a White House visit in exchange for a public statement committing to investigations that Trump wanted, according to the person, who demanded anonymity to discuss remarks not yet given.

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.

To form a top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also been asked to appear for an interview this week, according to several officials familiar with the planning.

The former NY mayor has defended his actions as proper in his role as Trump's lawyer.

House Democrat Jamie Raskin said he believes Ms Hill could shed light on what he described as "a very powerful shadow foreign policy being operated out of Ukraine by the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani" that bypassed normal channels in order to apply coercive pressure on Kiev.

The inquiry stems from a whistleblower complaint about a July phone call between the Republican president and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

Democrats expect her to share her concerns about Trump's involvement in the Ukraine scandal, including his ouster of the U.S. ambassador to Kiev Marie Yovanovitch, who testified to Congress last week.

Trump denied any "quid pro quo" was offered in the call and the White House later released a redacted transcript of the conversation.

The committees are also scheduled to talk to Ulrich Brechbuhl, a State Department counselor, on Thursday. "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".

Mr Sondland, a Trump backer and not a career diplomat, participated in a text message exchange with Mr Bill Taylor, the top USA diplomat in Ukraine.

One witness who may not be called before Congress is the still anonymous government whistleblower who touched off the impeachment inquiry. But it's not merely the way in which Adam Schiff and company are conducting their inquiry that poses a political risk; the existence of the inquiry itself, and what it says about Democratic priorities, could turn into a problem for Trump's opposition.

Unlike the Democratic-controlled House, the Senate is led by Mr Trump's fellow Republicans, who have shown little inclination to remove him.

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.

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