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Politics House impeachment investigators release two more transcripts

04:00  19 november  2019
04:00  19 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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David Hale wearing a suit and tie: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale departs the US Capitol after giving a closed-door deposition to the House committees conducting the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump earlier this month.© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale departs the US Capitol after giving a closed-door deposition to the House committees conducting the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump earlier this month.

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.

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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The House committees conducting the impeachment inquiry related to Ukraine will release transcripts of testimonies from two State Department experts on Ukraine tonight, according to an official working on Our live coverage has ended, but you can scroll through the posts to read more .

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.

Holmes testified on Friday that he was with Sondland in Kiev the day after Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Sondland called Trump and held the phone out at a restaurant where Holmes could hear the conversation.

In that conversation, Trump asked Sondland if the Ukrainians were going to "do the investigation," and Sondland responded, "He's gonna do it." Holmes' testimony provides Democrats with firsthand accounting that brings the push for the investigations closer to the President.

Holmes was added to the House Intelligence Committee's public hearing schedule and will appear alongside former White House Russia expert Fiona Hill on Thursday.

Hale, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, was the highest ranking State Department official to testify in the House's closed-door impeachment inquiry depositions when he appeared earlier this month.

House Democrats have now released transcripts for 15 of the 17 witnesses who have appeared for closed-door testimony. Twelve of the 17 officials are scheduled for public testimony in the impeachment inquiry.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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The acting ambassador to Ukraine described a phone call in which the president checked on the status of “the investigations.”William B. Taylor Jr., the acting ambassador to Ukraine, told lawmakers that the phone conversation between the president and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland in Kyiv was overheard by one of his aides. Afterward, Sondland told the aide that Trump cared more about investigations of former vice president Joe Biden than other issues in Ukraine, Taylor said.

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