Vindman testifies that Trump call was 'improper'

Vindman testifies that Trump call was 'improper'

Vindman testifies that Trump call was 'improper'

Watters was commenting on former special USA envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker's testimony before Congress, which took place Tuesday, with his co-hosts.

The inquiry's afternoon session heard from Tim Morrison, the former top Russian Federation and Europe expert on the National Security Council and Kurt Volker, former U.S. special representative to Ukraine.

The White House National Security Council (NSC)'s top Ukraine expert testified that he had been concerned by the president's demands to investigate Mr Biden. Vindman said, however, that Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union, raised the need for Ukraine to open "specific investigations" if Zelensky wanted to meet Trump.

A US Army officer and key impeachment witness saw his loyalty called into question by Republicans on Tuesday, as he testified that President Donald Trump made inappropriate demands on his Ukrainian counterpart for dirt on rival Democrats.

"Now if I were Trump, I wouldn't even talk about impeachment", she said.

It seeks to establish whether Mr Trump withheld United States military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure the country's new leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, into announcing a corruption inquiry into Joe Biden, Mr Trump's Democratic rival for the USA presidency.

Fox News Host Jesse Watters downplayed the gravity of the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump by calling this week's public hearings "cliques of people talking about their feelings" during a broadcast of Fox News' The Five.

"The reference to Biden sounded political to me", she said.

Sitting next to Vindman, Jennifer Williams, a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, said she too had doubts about the July 25 phone call, which they both monitored from a separate room.

Republican Representative Jim Jordan told Army Lieutenant Colonel Vindman that his White House bosses had questioned his judgment, but Army Lieutenant Colonel Vindman read from a July employee evaluation that called him "brilliant" and said he exercises "excellent judgment".

"Do you have any reason why he asked you to do that?" counsel Stephen Castor persisted, asking whether it was a high honour to have been asked, and whether Vindman kept the "door open" to the offer.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, whose family fled the Soviet Union four decades ago and is now a U.S. citizen, told the committee that "character attacks" against public servants testifying in the impeachment inquiry were "reprehensible".

"Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth", he said.

Vindman, dressed in military uniform decorated with his Purple Heart and other commendations, called the attacks on fellow public servants "reprehensible".

A USA official said Vindman and his family might be moved to a military base because of security threats.

The whistleblower's identity has remained a secret, but Mr Trump and his allies have repeatedly called for the individual to be identified.

At the moment, that outcome is doubtful as few Republican senators have broken with Trump.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday it was "inconceivable" that two-thirds of the Republican-controlled chamber would vote to convict Trump.

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