Ukraine security aid essential to keep Russians in check: Pentagon official

Ukraine security aid essential to keep Russians in check: Pentagon official

Ukraine security aid essential to keep Russians in check: Pentagon official

Mulvaney is seeking to join a case already filed by Bolton's former deputy Charles Kupperman and has been granted a hearing at 5 p.m. ET Monday in Washington, DC.

House Democrats on Monday released a transcript of the testimony of a top Defense Department official who stressed the importance of United States military aid to Ukraine and detailed the country's anti-corruption efforts. Volker was Trump's special representative for Ukraine negotiations until he resigned in September.

McClatchy Newspapers: "Trump readies for public phase of impeachment inquiry with new hires, Hill meetings" - "In a quest to streamline its messaging on a fast-moving Democratic impeachment inquiry, the White House has hired two top communications specialists to lead their public response and is sending aides to Republican strategy meetings on Capitol Hill".

The impeachment inquiry is looking at whether Trump violated his oath of office by holding back the congressionally approved funds while he asked the new Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for a favor- to investigate political rival Joe Biden's family and the 2016 US presidential election.

What Democrats say they won't present is testimony from the whistleblower whose alarm uncovered Trump's effort to use tax dollars and foreign aid as ransom for his own political benefit.

"House Democrats on Wednesday released a transcript of the private testimony by the diplomat, William B. Taylor Jr., as they named him as the first of several witnesses who will testify publicly next week in a slate of impeachment hearings".

A third line of questioning may lead to another defence - that what took place between the Trump administration and Ukraine, while distasteful, doesn't rise to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanours", the constitutional standard for impeachment.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper arrives to testify October 23 as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Critics denounced the lawmakers' actions, saying they had compromised US security by taking phones into the secure room.

USA career diplomat Christopher Anderson arrives to review his testimony as part of the House impeachment inquiries on Capitol Hill on November 7. "We still have casualties on a regular basis", Cooper said, according to the transcript.

Cooper said the US military was concerned that denying USA assistance would make it harder for Kiev to negotiate with Moscow.

"They are trying to negotiate a peace with Russian Federation, and if they are seen as weak, and if they are seen to lack the backing of the United States for their armed forces, it makes it much more hard for them to negotiate a peace on terms that are good for Ukraine", she said.

"The call to the Ukrainian President was PERFECT", Trump said in a tweet, referring to his his July 25 phone call with Volodymyr Zelenskiy that is at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

Some Republicans have argued that Mr Trump was motivated by a push to root out corruption in Ukraine, rather than a desire to pressure a foreign government to smear one of his domestic political rivals. He has served under five presidents, three Republicans and two Democrats.

Mr Trump has denied there was a quid pro quo - or exchanging a favour for a favour - in his dealings with Ukraine.

The President wrote on Twitter today that the inquiry should be ended and the unnamed whistleblower, the whistleblower's lawyer and "Corrupt politician" Mr Schiff should be investigated for fraud.

Republicans in Congress will argue that President Trump did not do anything that rises to the level of an impeachable offense. Democrats now hold a solid majority, 233 seats to 197 for Republicans, with four seats now vacant and one held by an independent.

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