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Politics House Democrats release pair of witness transcripts ahead of jam-packed week of impeaching hearings

00:00  17 november  2019
00:00  17 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Democrats engineer multiple chances to make the case for Trump’s impeachment

  Democrats engineer multiple chances to make the case for Trump’s impeachment Televised hearings offer investigators a third bite of the media apple after details about the testimony from witnesses and the release of transcripts.The House Intelligence Committee, in a pair of hearings with career diplomats, hopes to do what other panels have failed to do in their previous attempts at high-profile investigations of President Trump: deliver a dramatic rendering of the facts that are easily understood by the average voter and make clear how those actions represent abuses of power that are considered high crimes and misdemeanors.

House Democrats on Saturday released a pair of witness transcripts guiding their impeachment investigation, opening the latest window into the closed-door interviews that have dominated their examination of Presiden.

Nearly every Democrat in the US House of Representatives have now said they support an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump. Trump has admitted he delayed aid to Ukraine ahead of the call, but has denied doing anything improper.

House Democrats on Saturday released a pair of witness transcripts guiding their impeachment investigation, opening the latest window into the closed-door interviews that have dominated their examination of President Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

a man wearing glasses and looking at the camera: House Democrats release pair of witness transcripts ahead of jam-packed week of impeaching hearings© Greg Nash House Democrats release pair of witness transcripts ahead of jam-packed week of impeaching hearings

Tim Morrison, a top aide at the National Security Council (NSC), had testified on Oct. 31, while Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service officer and top Pence advisor, had testified on Nov. 7.

Morrison told impeachment investigators about concerns that Trump withheld U.S. aid to Ukraine in order to secure commitments from the country's leaders to investigate the president's political rivals.

Graham on the impeachment inquiry: 'I made my mind up. There's nothing there'

  Graham on the impeachment inquiry: 'I made my mind up. There's nothing there' Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) doubled down on his defense of President Trump amid the ongoing impeachment inquiry, arguing there's "nothing there" in the call between Trump and Ukrainian leaders to suggest the president did anything wrong. "You make your mind up about the phone call. I made my mind up. There's nothing there," Graham said in an interview Saturday with KCCI, a Des Moines CBS affiliate. "I'm trying to let the House know, 'You're"You make your mind up about the phone call. I made my mind up. There's nothing there," Graham said in an interview Saturday with KCCI, a Des Moines CBS affiliate.

Finally, the Democrats are pushing ahead with impeachment proceedings against Trump at a time when they themselves are under investigation. Barr’s appointment came just weeks after he told members of Congress he believed “spying did occur” against one of Trump’s campaign aides.

Video. Transcript . Back. 0:00/5:26. -5:26. Transcript . Trump Impeachment Hearings : Day 2 Highlights. Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former American ambassador to Ukraine, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee for the second public hearing of the impeachment inquiry.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said in a statement said Morrison confirmed that after a September 1 meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland informed a top Zelensky aide that "American military aid was conditioned on the investigations."

Schiff noted that Morrison notified then-White House national security adviser John Bolton of the meeting and "was told by Mr. Bolton to go see the lawyers, which he did."

Williams was among the officials who was on the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky, during which the president asked his foreign counterpart for a favor: he wanted Kyiv to open anti-corruption investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who was employed by Burisma in the Obama era.

"Ms. Williams testified that the President's requests were 'unusual and inappropriate' and shed light on 'possible other motivations behind a security assistance hold,'" Schiff's statement continues.

House impeachment investigators release two more transcripts .
House impeachment investigators on Monday released the transcripts of senior State Department official David Hale and David Holmes, the US diplomat in Ukraine who overheard President Donald Trump's phone conversation with US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); House Democrats released the two transcripts on Monday evening ahead of a full week of public testimony with nine officials appearing, including both Holmes and Hale.

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