Trump says second Ukraine transcript to be released
10 November, 2019, 16:25
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".
Investigators are preparing to start public hearings in the coming week.
Following this, the US House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry, the public hearings of which will begin next week, The Hill reported. On Wednesday, Americans will hear from Bill Taylor, the US special envoy to Ukraine; and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs.
Hill said Sondland specifically mentioned Burisma, the Ukraine energy company where Biden's son Hunter had been a director.
"You'll read the second call, and you'll tell me if there's anything wrong with it", he said.
A whistleblower's complaint about that call triggered the impeachment probe, which also focuses on allegations that Trump was holding up military aid to Ukraine, which fears aggression by its neighbor Russian Federation, until he got a public declaration of the Ukrainian investigation.
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The ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes of California, sent the list Saturday to committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California, who is unlikely to approve all of the witnesses on it. And Vindman wanted to add that Trump said, "there are recordings" of Biden, referring to a speech the then-vice president gave about rooting out corruption in Ukraine.
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. In September, the White Dwelling released a rough transcript of that July 25 call following a whistleblower complaint that alleged Trump solicited "interference" from a worldwide country to help his 2020 presidential campaign.
"They want to have a transcript of the other call, the second call".
"The witch hunt continues, lot of witch hunt continues", he told reporters outside the White House about the inquiry.
Notes from the whistleblower complaint said the opposite, citing a White House official who listened in to the phone call and described it as "crazy" and "frightening" and was "visibly shaken". The whistleblower sparked the inquiry into Trump's efforts to press Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
As reported, the investigation into the impeachment of U.S. President Donald trump was initiated by the Democrats in the House of representatives in late September. That call occurred months before the one in July that has been the focus of the impeachment inquiry.
Mulvaney confirmed during a White House press briefing last month that Trump froze almost $400 million in U.S. security aid to Ukraine partially to pressure the country into investigating Democrats.