House Democrats subpoena Trump lawyer Giuliani in impeachment probe over Ukraine

Former U.S. special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker attends the 15th Yalta European Strategy annual meeting entitled The next generation of everything at the Mystetsky Arsenal Art Center in Kiev Ukraine on Sept. 15 2018

House Democrats subpoena Trump lawyer Giuliani in impeachment probe over Ukraine

Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Thursday, Trump reiterated his opinion that Ukraine's government investigate the Bidens, a similar suggestion he made to newly-minted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a now-infamous phone call in July.

On Friday, Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson will testify at an Intelligence Committee hearing.

Sondland responded that he believed Taylor was wrong about Trump's intentions, saying Trump had wanted to withhold the aid over concerns about corruption in Ukraine.

■ The House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is one of the House committees conducting impeachment probes, said this week it intends to issue a subpoena Friday demanding a wide range of documents and communications from the White House related to the scandal. "If you look and read our Constitution and many other things, I have an obligation to look at corruption". "I weighed those equities hard and long until I had the president's admission that he did what he did".

"Not a single foreign or Ukrainian official or politician has called me or tried to influence my decisions regarding specific criminal cases", he said.

On Monday, Trump said the White House was trying to get more information on the whistleblower, whose identity is protected by law.

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"With the hold (the delay in delivering the military aid), we have already shaken their faith in us", Taylor said in a text message to Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union.

"The Chinese strategy to deal with Trump has been not to get drawn into tit-for-tat verbal battles, but pursue their interests in a very determined way, which is why the US-China trade talks are continuing", said Evan Medeiros, a professor at Georgetown University and former National Security Council official.

Pelosi dismissed that characterization at a news conference on Wednesday, saying: "It's not ideal - it's wrong".

Marie Yovanovitch was recalled from her post as the ambassador to Ukraine in May. "I don't want to do it again". This summer, Trump lobbied Ukraine's president to investigate Biden and Biden's son Hunter, behavior which his critics have called an untenable abuse of presidential power.

In a rough transcript of a July 25 telephone call between Trump and Zelenskiy, Trump asks as a "favor" from the Ukrainian president that he undertake an investigation of Biden.

On Thursday, Trump again invited foreign interference in a USA presidential election by publicly calling on China to investigate Joe Biden.

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Other parts of the story remain unclear.

Giuliani spent months earlier this year contacting Ukraine officials to encourage them to investigate Biden, whose son had business ties to Ukraine. He's also calling on China, which is run by an authoritarian government, to investigate a USA citizen.

One week later, Taylor offered clues about the contents of that call, and it suggests a quid pro quo was on the table.

Committee staff members who attended the briefing said it concerned a package of documents delivered to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that included allegations against Biden and Yovanovitch.

Yovanovitch, who remains in the State Department, was to have gone first on Wednesday; after Pompeo's objections, her appointment was moved to October 11.

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