Tuesday, 12 November, 2019

Ivanka Trump dismisses impeachment probe as attempt to overturn 2016 election

Jennifer Williams arrives on Capitol Hill for the closed-door hearing House Democrats subpoena acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney
Deanna Wagner | 09 November, 2019, 21:24

An official working on the inquiry said the House intelligence panel subpoenaed Mr Mulvaney because other evidence indicated he "could shed additional light on the president's abuse of the power of his office for his personal gain". And he claimed that Democrats were only interested in speaking with people who dislike him, even as the White House has blocked potentially more supportive witnesses, including acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, from appearing.

U.S. Democrats launch the public phase of their impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump next week, with open, televised hearings set for Wednesday and Friday in the House of Representatives.

The Trump administration sparked speculation about a quid pro quo when it temporarily held up much-needed USA military aid to Ukraine as president Trump and others within the administration were urging the Ukrainian government to investigate the Bidens.

If the Democratic-controlled House votes to impeach Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate would then hold a trial on whether to remove him from office.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, walks to a secure area at the Capitol to interview a witness in the House impeachment inquiry in Washington on November 6, 2019.

Democrats allege that Trump suspended the aid package to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to probe the president's Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump insists he did nothing wrong.

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Open hearings in the inquiry are slated to start on November 13 after weeks of hearings behind closed doors.

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House Democrats have released two new transcripts as they wrap up closed-door depositions in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. "I get NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS", he wrote in one tweet. William Taylor, the former top American diplomat in Ukraine, Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, also appeared.

House investigators have released the deposition of Fiona Hill, who until earlier this year served as the top Russian Federation policy specialist on the national security council.

Republicans intend to request their own witnesses, possibly including the whistleblower, the USA official whose complaint about Trump's dealings with Ukraine touched off the impeachment inquiry.

William Taylor, the top United States diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, another career diplomat with experience in the country, will testify on Nov 13.

Last month in a White House press briefing, Mr. Mulvaney linked the almost $400 million in delayed military aid for Ukraine to the administration's desire for an investigation into the 2016 election and whether DNC servers were located in the country.

Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will testify on Friday.

Republicans have been invited to submit requests for witnesses in the first public hearings that start next week and are expected to ask to hear from the whistleblower.

Bolton, who was sacked by Trump in September, was also called to appear on Thursday but did not show, and his attorney said he would not testify voluntarily.