Trump calls for complete support, not just fight against impeachment

Trump calls for complete support, not just fight against impeachment

Trump calls for complete support, not just fight against impeachment

House Select Committee on Intelligence member Rep.

But Republicans do not want to focus on the much-discussed July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, or even on events of recent months.

"Well, let me ask you, Mr. Wallace, what information Mr. Biden, Hunter Biden, a private citizen who has broken no laws by serving on the board of directors, would have about the president's withholding of military aid to Ukraine?" Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face the Republican president in the 2020 election.

Trump has denied there was a quid pro quo - or exchanging a favour for a favour - in his dealings with Ukraine, defended his call with Zelenskiy as "perfect" and branded the probe a politically motivated "hoax".

In the letter, Schiff said "this inquiry is not and will not serve, however, as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit, or facilitate the President's effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistle-blower who courageously raised the initial alarm". If that occurs, the Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial on the charges.

That may be the case anyway since despite the evidence against Trump and the incredibly consistent testimony of his pressure on Ukraine, there hasn't been a crack in Republican support for him in the Senate.

Democrats and critics of the administration have long argued that the president's financial arrangements, namely his decision to not sell his businesses before taking office, violate the constitution's Emoluments Clause prohibiting gifts to members of the federal government.

It has been 20 years since Americans last witnessed impeachment proceedings, when Republicans brought charges against then-Democratic President Bill Clinton. They will begin laying out a case that Mr. Trump abused his office to secure political favors from Ukraine.

He named former National Security Council official Timothy Morrison, former USA special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.

The House Intelligence Committee will first hear from William Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, who told the committee in closed-door testimony that he was unhappy USA aid to the country was held up by the administration.

The list included Hunter Biden, Biden's business partner Devon Archer, the "whistleblower", anyone else the "whistleblower" spoke to to write his complaint, Democratic National Committee contractor Alexandra Chalupa, Fusion GPS researcher Nellie Ohr, former Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, former NSC official Tim Morrison, and State Department official David Hale.

On Friday, the committee will hear from Marie Yovanovitch, who Mr Trump removed as USA ambassador to Ukraine in May. She says she was ousted from her post after Giuliani and his allies mounted a campaign against her with what she called "unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives".

Maloney during his appearance was asked which witnesses on the list Democrats would approve of.

Trump and Giuliani have made accusations - without providing evidence - that Joe Biden sought the dismissal of a Ukrainian prosecutor to block a corruption probe of Burisma. The Bidens deny any wrongdoing. She was serving as the US ambassador to Ukraine until May 2019.

"What I see right now troubles me". "When you find out who the whistleblower is, I'm confident you're gonna find out it's somebody from the deep state", he said during the interview. "So you'll read the second call and you'll tell me if you think there's anything wrong with it".

"I was part of America's Ukraine policy". "I've said that from the very beginning because how we treat this whistleblower will impact whistleblowers in the future".

"We also need to hear and understand the corruption".

A week has passed since lawyers for the anonymous whistleblower who set off the impeachment inquiry extended an offer to House Republicans to make the whistleblower available to answer written questions under oath.

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