Published: Sun, November 10, 2019

Trump tried hard to win Ukraine Biden probes, officials say

Trump tried hard to win Ukraine Biden probes, officials say

Vindman also said he wanted to amend the White House's rough transcript of the call in three places, notably by filling in the ellipses when Trump was discussing CrowdStrike, the security firm that's central to the alternative theory of 2016 election interference and a server storing Hillary Clinton's emails.

Both Presidents Trump and Zelenskiy denied any wrongdoing on the call. "This Witch Hunt should not be allowed to proceed!" "We'll probably give it on Tuesday, Monday being a holiday", he said as he prepared to board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews.

"You go and tell Eisenberg that I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up on this", Hill said Bolton told her. "I will give you a second transcript, because I had two calls with the president of Ukraine".

This States that the Democrats have already held a number of important hearings and signaled the end of this phase of closed testimony, authorities released thousands of pages of declassified transcripts.

Democrats want to know if Trump withheld almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine to get President Volodomyr Zelenskiy to publicly commit himself to investigating Joe Biden, a potential Trump rival in the 2020 presidential election, for corruption.

She testified that at the second White House meeting, Sondland "as I came in, was talking about how he had an agreement with Chief of Staff Mulvaney for a meeting with the Ukrainians if they were going to go forward with investigations".

They said Sondland specifically pushed Ukrainian officials in July 10 meetings for a Biden-focused investigation in exchange for a high-profile meeting between Trump and Zelensky.


Their reports made clear that senior officials in the White House were aware of the impropriety and possible illegality of the Ukraine machinations well before Trump and Zelensky spoke on July 25.

But Eisenberg, according to Vindman and other witnesses, hid an abbreviated official transcript of the call in a highly classified computer filing system not normally used for such records, as if to prevent others from ever seeing it.

Mulvaney's move in court adds him to the ongoing case of another uncooperative impeachment witness, former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman, who sued House members and the White House before his scheduled testimony, asking a court to resolve whether he should follow the White House's orders that he is immune from testimony or the House's subpoena.

Hill said Sondland specifically mentioned Burisma, the Ukraine energy company where Biden's son Hunter had been a director.

Trump is the first president in modern history who has not walled himself off from his business holdings. "There should not be impeachment hearings", Trump said.

He told lawmakers that he believes ties between the United States and Ukraine have been damaged by the administration's actions. "This is what's in my notes", he said.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, announced on November 6 that they will hold the first public impeachment inquiry hearing on November 13 amid pressure from Republican colleagues who have demanded public testimonies since the beginning of the probe. U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor and career department official George Kent are to testify Wednesday, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is to appear Friday. On Friday, they will hear from Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine.

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