Published: Fri, October 04, 2019

Trump publicly asks China to probe Biden, even amid impeachment inquiry

Trump publicly asks China to probe Biden, even amid impeachment inquiry

In advance of the appearance behind closed doors, Volker has turned over a number of documents to congressional staffers including a chain of text messages with Giuliani, said a person familiar with the matter who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly. Her campaign launched a line of shirts favoring impeachment that has stirred controversy on the right.

"I don't think the court's going to be delighted with the informality of the process thus far by the Democratic majority. Together, we will fight back and protect our democracy", Tlaib tweeted.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Giuliani and others outside of the Trump Administration complained that Yovanovitch was undermining efforts to investigate the Bidens. Ms. Yovanovitch was told by State Department officials that they couldn't shield her from attacks by the president and his allies, according to people close to her.

Volker started his job at the State Department in 2017 in an unusual part-time arrangement that allowed him to continue consulting at BGR, a powerful lobbying firm that represents Ukraine and Raytheon.

Volker resigned last week after being named in the whistleblower complaint as the diplomat who set up a meeting between a top adviser to Ukraine's president and Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani during his quest to pressure Ukraine to investigate Trump's political rival Joe Biden and his son.

The Democrats, who are pursuing an impeachment probe of President Donald Trump, leveled the charge after State Department Inspector General Steve Linick delivered a package of documents to a hastily called hour-long briefing with staff for eight congressional committees.

Photographs of documents delivered by Linick to Congress included what appeared to be a cover sheet addressed to Pompeo on White House stationery.

Ironically, the impeachment fight echoes how Mr Pompeo came to prominence pursuing former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and the State Department in the inquiry into the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

The Madrid meeting was cited in the whistleblower complaint as a follow-up to Trump's July 25 call with Zelenskiy. Hunter Biden had sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company that had been under investigation by Kiev.

Democrats accused the Trump administration on October 2 of using "propaganda and disinformation" to attack the former USA ambassador to Ukraine and demanded that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explain how the material circulated at top levels of his department.

Trump on Wednesday called Biden and his son Hunter "stone-cold crooked".

Toward the end of his speech, Trump highlighted his administration's efforts to lower prescription drug prices and then suggested that drugmakers were helping with the impeachment inquiry by House Democrats.

A person familiar with the briefing said Volker and Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, had drafted a statement for Zelenskiy that would have committed Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and unsubstantiated allegations that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, had meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election on behalf of Hillary Clinton. Republicans, however, have shown little appetite for ousting him.

You know when we won last time I said that's the most important election in our country's history because we were ready to go over the edge.

The Ukraine investigation has angered Trump, whose volatile presidency survived a two-year federal investigation that found Russian Federation had intervened to help him win the White House in 2016.

Mr Volker agreed to a voluntary interview led by House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff as Democrats dig deeper into the administration's handling of Ukraine.

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