President Donald Trump called a group of House Democrats "savages" - language he has previously used for terrorists and gang members - as Democrats begin revving up their impeachment inquiry into the President's actions regarding Ukraine.
Congressional committees have subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, compelling him to turn over Ukraine-related documents, investigating whether Trump jeopardized national security and the integrity of USA elections.
The anonymous whistleblower alleges the White House also tried to cover up the content of other calls by moving memos onto a highly classified computer system.
A White House transcript released this week showed that Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 candidate, and Biden's son. The whistleblower said top USA diplomats became involved in Giuliani's outreach and helped broker a meeting he had with one of Zelensky's advisers.
They include former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, whom Trump reportedly forced out earlier this year for resisting his efforts to pressure Kiev to probe Biden.
"It is disturbing and outrageous that chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff opens up a hearing of this importance with improvised fake dialogue between President Trump and President Zelensky", Rep. Elise Stefanik (R., N.Y.) tweeted on Thursday.
In conversation with The New York Times (NYT), Howard said he hadn't "set out" to write a story that would potentially be followed by senior reporters and media houses. "There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that, so whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great", Trump said, according to the transcript of the call.
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The law requires such complaints to be turned over to Congress. Maguire said he went to the White House first because he thought because he thought calls involving the USA president could be protected by executive privilege.
"We have to flesh out all of the facts for the American people". He said the county is going to go down a "very long and unproductive" road.
President Trump has dismissed the proceedings as a "hoax" and "another witch-hunt".
Samantha Vinograd is a CNN national security analyst.
"President Trump appears to have leveraged the authority and resources of the highest office in the land to invite additional foreign interference into our democratic processes".
"You can understand how the Ukrainians are confused when the personal representative of the president is coming to them and asking them to help destroy one of his political rivals", Murphy said.
It is no secret that Pelosi has been the source of frustration to her party's liberal wing that has called for Trump's impeachment for months.