The impeachment inquiry - corruption revealed

The impeachment inquiry - corruption revealed

The impeachment inquiry - corruption revealed

"Security assistance money would not come until the president [of Ukraine] committed to pursue the investigation". The testimony also corroborated other witnesses who said Trump sought to pressure the Ukrainians into conducting investigations that appeared to be aimed at helping his re-election campaign.

Trump has denied any quid pro quo, but Democrats say there is a singular narrative developing since the president's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy when he first asked for "a favor". Giuliani and Trump wanted Ukraine to probe Democrat Joe Biden's family and Ukraine's role in the 2016 United States election. Kent testified behind closed doors last month, and told the committees that he had concerns about Hunter Biden's role on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm, Burisma Holdings, in 2015, but was rebuffed by the former vice president's staff, which said the office was preoccupied with Beau Biden's cancer battle.

Volker, in his testimony, acknowledged he was out of the loop on matters related to the administration's moves on Ukraine and that he "never got a clear explanation as to what happened" as regard to the withholding of the military aid.

A day after saying he wouldn't bother reading transcripts released by House Democrats in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, Sen.

Notably, Graham said in September that he might support impeachment if there was evidence of a quid pro quo beyond the White House's memo on Trump's July call with Zelensky.

In transcripts released Monday and Tuesday, State Department officials detailed Yovanovitch's ouster and Giuliani's dealings with the department, White House and Ukraine.

He had known about the reports swirling in the media about the Bidens, however, and he "cautioned the Ukrainians to distinguish between highlighting their own efforts to fight corruption domestically, including investigating Ukrainian individuals, something we support as a matter of USA policy, and doing anything that could be seen as impacting USA elections, which is in neither the United States' nor Ukraine's own interest". The security aid was approved by Congress to help Ukraine curb Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Senate Republicans have so far shown little appetite for removing the president.

"The whole process is a joke".

Mulvaney is the latest administration official to be ordered to testify with the impeachment probe closing in around those nearest the president as it proceeds into a new public phase, in which transcripts of closed-door testimony are being released.

Giuliani, of course, is the president's personal lawyer, and a request from him would surely be seen as having the blessing, at least, of the president.

Ulrich Brechbuhl, who was subpoenaed to appear before the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, was on the plane with Pompeo, who departed early Wednesday morning for Germany. Sondland said Hill's testimony was so contrary "to any recollection I had, I thought I must have slept through something and missed something".

"What I know", he said, "is that the direction was coming from Giuliani".

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