Trump tried hard to win Ukraine Biden probes, officials say

Nellie Chapman
November 10, 2019

"They ask for it, and I gladly give it".

Public testimonies with the witnesses are also scheduled to begin next week, as the House announced on November 6.

Democrats have claimed the call was part of an attempted quid pro quo in exchange for withheld USA military aid and a White House meeting between Zelensky and Trump. On Wednesday, Americans will hear from Bill Taylor, the USA special envoy to Ukraine; and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs. "It's a witch hunt and it should never happen to another president".

US Army Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Vindman, a Ukraine expert on the NSC, said Ambassador Gordon Sondland made it clear in a July 10 meeting at the White House that the investigations of the Bidens and Ukrainian gas company Burisma would have to be opened for Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to get an Oval Office meeting with Mr Trump.

In August the whistleblower filed a report that eventually triggered impeachment proceeding against Mr Trump.

But Republicans need the committee's approval to summon their witnesses and Democrats are in the majority.

Democrats launched their bogus impeachment inquiry the night before Trump released the transcript of his call with Zelensky.

House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump after a whistleblower report highlighted a telephone conversation the United States president had with Ukrainian President Zelensky in which the former appeared to request favors from the latter allegedly in exchange for the aid.

There is now not this form of thing as a evidence of wrongdoing by both Joe or Hunter Biden in Ukraine.

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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.

Cooper wants a federal judge to determine whether Bolton and his former deputy, Charles Kupperman, can be compelled to testify against the White House wishes.

The whistleblower complaint alleges Trump pressured Zelenskiy, during a July 25 phone call, to investigate Biden and his son.

"As we have said many times, we will not allow this President, and those who seek to protect him at all costs, to play rope-a-dope in the courts with the impeachment inquiry", an official working on the impeachment inquiry said in a statement to CNN.

Trump later took to Twitter with additional recommendations for witnesses, saying "Shifty Adam Schiff" and others should be added to the list. Giuliani's efforts, with support from the President, led to the ouster of America's top diplomat in Ukraine, who stood in his way, while enlisting emissaries who have since been indicted.

He told lawmakers that the details about the edits are not just the way he remembers them.

Democrats have continually said Trump wanted Zelensky to investigate and threatened to withhold military aid from the country unless that investigation took place.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council (NSC) director for European affairs who listened in on both calls, testified in the impeachment inquiry on October 29, telling lawmakers that he twice raised concerns about the conversation with the NSC's lead counsel.

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