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World House investigators release more impeachment transcripts

20:55  08 november  2019
20:55  08 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Top national security aide said White House transcript does not include mention of Burisma and other details from Trump call

  Top national security aide said White House transcript does not include mention of Burisma and other details from Trump call Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, told congressional investigators that he made efforts to add edits to the White House transcript of a July 25 call between President Donald Trump and the president of Ukraine, The New York Times reported. Vindman said some of his edits were made, but those regarding adding a mention of Burisma by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the mention of recordings of Biden discussing Ukraine corruption by Trump did not appear in the transcript.


Update: A national security official called in to testify before House committees on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump says a diplomat specifically mentioned that the Ukrainians would have to investigate the Bidens.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says in testimony that there was "no ambiguity." He says the conversation happened during a White House meeting with Ambassador Gordon Sondland, Ukrainian officials and others. A transcript of Vindman's testimony was released Friday. Vindman is an Army officer assigned to the National Security Council.

Trump slams 'witch hunt' after House impeachment vote

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats released new transcripts of Trump officials' testimony Friday as they pushed their impeachment inquiry toward next week's public hearings.

Investigators in the inquiry into President Donald Trump's actions released hundreds of pages of testimony from Fiona Hill, a former White House Russia adviser, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer assigned to the National Security Council. Both testified about their concerns as Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate Democrats.

Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, center, leaves after reviewing his testimony in a closed-door interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in the impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump's efforts to press Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) © Provided by The Associated Press Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, center, leaves after reviewing his testimony in a closed-door interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in the impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump's efforts to press Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Vindman alerted superiors on two occasions, including after he listened to the July call in which Trump personally appealed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate political rival Joe Biden and the outlier theory of a Ukrainian role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Ivanka Trump quotes Jefferson on 'enemies' in Washington after impeachment vote

  Ivanka Trump quotes Jefferson on 'enemies' in Washington after impeachment vote Ivanka Trump quotes Jefferson on 'enemies' in Washington after impeachment voteIvanka Trump tweeted the quote, which is from Jefferson's letter to his daughter Martha describing the political capital of the U.S. The quote reads "...surrounded by enemies and spies catching and perverting every word that falls from my lips or flows from my pen, and inventing where facts fail them.

A whistleblower's complaint about that call triggered the impeachment probe.

Trump insisted earlier Friday he has not been damaged by testimony detailing efforts by him and his administration to pressure Ukraine.

Speaking to reporters as he left on a campaign trip to Atlanta, Trump said he was "not concerned about anything" that has been disclosed so far.

House investigators are releasing key transcripts from days of closed-door interviews in the impeachment inquiry as they prepare for public sessions with witnesses next week.

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Associated Press writers Colleen Long, Matthew Lee, Andrew Taylor, Matthew Daly and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.

Bill Clinton advises Trump to ignore impeachment: 'You got hired to do a job' .
Former President Clinton (D) on Thursday advised President Trump to leave fighting impeachment to his staff and focus on his agenda. "My message would be, look, you got hired to do a job," Clinton said during a phone interview with CNN. "You don't get the days back you blow off. Every day is an opportunity to make something good happen."And I would say, 'I've got lawyers and staff people handling this impeachment inquiry, and they should just have at it,'" he continued. "Meanwhile, I'm going to work for the American people. That's what I would do.

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