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Politics Sondland to Be Questioned on Call With Trump: Impeachment Update

15:35  20 november  2019
15:35  20 november  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

Trump denies knowledge of call mentioned in impeachment hearing

  Trump denies knowledge of call mentioned in impeachment hearing President Trump on Wednesday denied knowledge of a phone call that he allegedly had with U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland in July about investigations he sought from Ukraine."First time I heard it," Trump told reporters in the East Room during a press conference with the Turkish president when asked about the call, which was described by a U.S. diplomat in public testimony earlier Wednesday.Trump also dismissed the"First time I heard it," Trump told reporters in the East Room during a press conference with the Turkish president when asked about the call, which was described by a U.S. diplomat in public testimony earlier Wednesday.

, Check here for live updates on impeachment fight developments. Sondland, a Trump donor, is likely to come under intense questioning after new information emerged about a telephone call he had with Trump on July 26, the day after Trump ’s phone conversation with Ukrainian President

Vindman has called the attack on his character, particularly those questioning his patriotism, "reprehensible" as well as "callow and cowardly." Trump and his allies have dismissed the impeachment inquiry as a desperate attempt by Democrats to oust him from power.

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(Bloomberg) -- The House Intelligence Committee will hear from Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, on the fourth day of public testimony in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Sondland is set to testify Wednesday morning. In the afternoon, Laura Cooper, the Defense Department’s top official on Russia and Ukraine, and David Hale, the under secretary of State for political affairs, will appear before the committee.

AP source: 2nd US official heard Trump call with Sondland

  AP source: 2nd US official heard Trump call with Sondland A second U.S. embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a key cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing the need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned. The July 26 call between Trump and Gordon Sondland was first described during testimony Wednesday by William B. Taylor Jr., the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Taylor said one of his staffers overhead the call while Sondland was in a restaurant the day after Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that triggered the House impeachment inquiry.

2:55 a . m .: Impeachment inquiry refocuses on ‘inappropriate’ call where Trump pressed Ukraine for Stewart seeks to undercut Vindman with comments on uniform, request to be called by his rank. Trump , at a Cabinet meeting at the White House, took questions about the ongoing impeachment

Trump -Sondland Call Recalled ‘Vividly’ by Impeachment Witness. Under questioning from Adam Schiff, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Holmes was asked if he believed there was a The Trump -Sondland call was first made public last Wednesday by William Taylor, currently the top U.S

Here are the latest developments:

Sondland to Be Questioned on Call With Trump (7 a.m.)

Sondland has put Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani at the center of the effort to extract a promise from Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

Sondland, a Trump donor, is likely to come under intense questioning after new information emerged about a telephone call he had with Trump on July 26, the day after Trump’s phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

David Holmes, a member of the embassy staff in Kyiv, told House investigators last Friday that he overhead Trump asking Sondland about “the investigations.” Holmes said that Sondland told him after he hung up that the president “didn’t give a s--- about Ukraine” and that Trump only cares about the “big stuff” that benefits him “like the Biden investigation.”

Catch Up on Impeachment Coverage

Trump’s Ukraine Envoy Denies Role in Pushing for Biden Probe

Envoy’s Complaint About Trump Triggers ‘Intimidating’ New Attack

Two Officials Say Trump Ukraine Call Was Unusual, Inappropriate

Key Events

  • Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, said Tuesday he wasn’t initially aware of attempts to prod that country into investigating Biden but later realized the anti-corruption efforts sought by the administration meant probes of the former vice president.
  • The Sondland transcript is here and here; Volker’s transcript is here and here. Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch’s transcript is here and here; the transcript of Michael McKinley, former senior adviser to the secretary of State, is here. The transcript of Holmes, a Foreign Service officer in Kyiv, is here. The transcript of Hale is here. The transcript of William Taylor, the top U.S. envoy to Ukraine, is here and here. State Department official George Kent’s testimony is here and here. Testimony by Alexander Vindman can be found here, and the Fiona Hill transcript is here. Laura Cooper’s transcript is here; Christopher Anderson’s is here and Catherine Croft’s is here. Jennifer Williams’ transcript is here and Timothy Morrison’s is here.
  • Taylor’s opening statement is here; Kent’s statement is here. Yovanovitch’s opening statement is here. Kurt Volker’s opening statement is here; Tim Morrison’s statement is here. Alexander Vindman’s statement is here. Jennifer Williams’s opening statement is here.
A text message to Gordon Sondland from Tim Morrison, former National Security Council Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs, is displayed during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. © Jacquelyn Martin - Pool/Getty Images A text message to Gordon Sondland from Tim Morrison, former National Security Council Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs, is displayed during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 19, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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Gordon Sondland won’t quit over sexual misconduct claims .
Gordon Sondland, the American ambassador at the center of the impeachment drama, insists he will not resign over past sexual misconduct claims by three women, according to a report. The envoy to the European Union said Wedmesday through an associate that he has no plans to step down over the allegations, which he denies. “No intention of resigning,” Sondland’s associate told Politico. Three women aired claims this week to ProPublica of what they called Sondland’s inappropriate activity between 2003 and 2011 during his time as a hotel mogul in Portland, Ore., before President Trump appointed him to the plum ambassador post.

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