Pence aide Jennifer Williams says July 25th phone call was 'unusual'

Pence aide Jennifer Williams says July 25th phone call was 'unusual'

Pence aide Jennifer Williams says July 25th phone call was 'unusual'

The former special envoy to Ukraine testified Tuesday he should have realized - as many of his colleagues did - that President Donald Trump was holding up military aid to Ukraine to pressure the country to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

Hill, Vindman's former superior, testified last month that Bolton told her to alert the NSC's lawyers after a July 10 meeting between American and Ukrainian officials in which the U.S. European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland said there was a shady deal in place for the Ukrainians to secure a meeting with President Donald Trump.

The Democratic-led House impeachment inquiry is examining whether Trump sought to leverage Zelensky's desire for an Oval Office meeting and almost $400-million in frozen US security aid that Ukrainian forces needed to battle Russia-backed separatists in return for gaining political advantage over Biden. In the wake of their testimony, both have also been attacked by the President as "never Trumpers".

Tim Morrison, a White House aide with the National Security Council and who also heard the July phone call. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Vindman enlisted his twin brother, who also works for the White House, to report the matter to the National Security Council's lawyer.

The impeachment hearing "is a great fraud being played out against the American people by the Fake News Media & their partner, the Do Nothing Democrats", Trump tweeted Monday, claiming the hearing rules "are rigged" by Pelosi and Congressman Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence panel. After Volker's closed-door deposition, Republican lawmakers called him "impressive" and said his testimony did not match the Democrats' pro-impeachment narrative.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) brought up the same line of questioning later on Tuesday.

"We are working on what we are going to ask", Jordan told CNN. He should turn over the documents Congress subpoenaed.

Jordan added: "Whether that comes up tomorrow or not - we are still talking about the sequencing of questions and what those questions will be". This, of course, was later repeated in a phone call Trump made with the Ukrainian president, but Vindman was one of the first to see it unfolding.

Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted ambassador to Ukraine - who seems to have been removed to enable a channel to pressure on Zelensky, according to other testimonies - was testifying before Congress on Friday when Trump bashed her career on Twitter.

Lt. Col. Vindman: "Department of State, Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, who's responsible for the portfolio Eastern Europe including Ukraine, and an individual from the office of...in the intelligence community". The State Department didn't comment. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live. The whistleblower account of the July 25 call led to Democrats opening the inquiry.

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