Democrats, Republicans React to Impeachment Testimony as Hearings Enter Week 2

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The call was described by David Holmes, the political counselor at the USA embassy in Kyiv, in evidence given behind closed doors to the impeachment inquiry.

Quincy Murphy, a resident in Flint, Michigan, said that regardless of the outcome of Trump's impeachment hearing, he still firmly believes that President Trump is unfit to hold the highest position in the government of the country.

Throughout Morrison's account, he largely verified testimony from present and former officers about what has been defined as a shadow diplomacy turning into function by Trump's particular person legal professional, Rudy Giuliani, typically at odds with US nationwide safety passions.

The impeachment effort was sparked by a whistle-blower who revealed that during a July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Trump tried to pressure Zelenskiy into opening investigations into Joe Biden.

"Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad", Mr Trump wrote in the middle of her testimony. "She started off in Somalia, how did that go?" the president tweeted as the hearing was underway.

"It's very intimidating", she told the panel.

The White House says Trump delayed the cash because of broad concerns over Ukrainian corruption but Mulvaney undermined this defence when he told reporters in October that there was indeed a "quid pro quo" of aid for investigations.

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. His high-profile public appearance before the committee, scheduled Wednesday, is likely to center on questions stemming from explosive closed-door testimony from another diplomat, David Holmes.

A handful of instances instantly after the Warsaw assembly, Sondland was on the cellphone telling Morrison Sept. seven he had simply gotten off a get in contact with with the president.

Gordon Sondland, Trump's ambassador to the European Union, is the only person interviewed to date who had conversations directly with the president because the White House has blocked others from cooperating with what they dismiss as a sham investigation.

"In the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kiev", he stated. The president only cares about "big stuff", Sondland said.

Sondland reportedly replied, yes, Zelenskiy will do "anything you ask him to".

Other witnesses, including Deputy Secretary of State George Kent and Ambassador William Taylor, the acting chief Ukraine envoy, also testified that Russian Federation was the chief beneficiary of Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine.

Parnas and Fruman also told Ukrainian officials that Giuliani was a partner in the pipeline venture, a project of their company Global Energy Producers, the newspaper said, citing one of the people.

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Morrison also said he anxious that any disclosure of the call would jeopardize bipartisan support for Ukraine in Congress and could also be used as a partisan bludgeon.

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, tweeted early Sunday that the House investigation into Trump is "a travesty".

Mr. Trump's call is at the heart of the Democratic-led inquiry into whether the Republican president misused US foreign policy to undermine former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his potential opponents in the 2020 election.

Pelosi noted that Trump's knowledge of his own error was the source of his decision to tweet about Yovanovitch.

"At some point I became concerned that this parallel process was going to turn into something - and here we are", he said. There is now ample evidence out there that you know there was a corrupt deal being cooked up.

"If Putin doesn't have something on him, he's doing all this for some freakish reason", said Rep. Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat who sits on the House Intelligence Committee. "Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him".

President Trump is being accused of failing to issue military assistance to Ukraine unless the Ukrainian president investigated his political rivals.

2nd US Official Heard Trump Call with Sondland
The Associated Press reported a short while ago that more than one person heard the Trump/Sondland cellphone call. The second diplomatic staffer also at the table was Suriya Jayanti , a foreign service officer based in Kyiv.

In the midst of Yovanovitch's testimony on Friday, in which she said that she was the target of a "smear" campaign orchestrated by Trump's allies, the president suggested on Twitter that she bore responsibility for turmoil in countries where she previously had diplomatic postings, including Somalia.

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